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C'est le printemps tout autour de vous dans la nature. Ces retraites vont vous donner l'opportunité de puiser dans votre vraie nature pour exprimer votre propre originalité de manière positive et continuer votre développement. Ces stages sont un mélange de défis et de sessions de yoga amusantes qui sont inspirés à la fois par le yoga vinyasa et hatha, associé à la méditation et à des pratiques restauratives.
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There are four beautiful courtyard houses sleeping up to 18 singles or 25 guests if there is a mix of singles and couples. These impressive houses accommodated the farm workers when the property was a working Victorian farm which served the magnificent Lord Fitzwilliam estate, (adjoining property), now Coolattin Golf Club. Each house has been named after it’s original use - The Dairymaid’s, The Groom’s, The Saddler’s loft, and Tindal’s cottage. They have been beautifully and sympathetically refurbished, retaining traditional features, fabric, and even the patina that have endured for nearly 200 years.
The houses are very spacious and perfect for large groups. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated and are also spacious. Every bedroom has an en-suite or a shared en-suite bathroom. The houses all have well equipped kitchens. All houses have Wi-Fi and flat screen televisions. Most of the houses have a wood burning stove or an open fire, and oil central heating. There are some double bedrooms that can be booked on a single occupancy basis.
The retreat weekend itinerary is quite comprehensive but well planned out and still allows for free time and optional activities. You can also choose to opt out of a class or activity if you feel like having some down time to relax, or simply to have some more ‘me’ time.
This weekend will have a strong focus on mindfulness and how you can be more mindful on the yoga mat while introducing mindfulness techniques into day to day life. You will wind down with deep relaxation and meditation to solidify the whole experience. Sinead shares life coaching tips and insights that she has gained throughout her career to assist you along a soulful-life-path. The retreat will be filled with well balanced physical yoga sessions, including all aspects of Hatha yoga.
The retreat includes:
You will feel like a new person after this weekend!
Most of The Courtyard Yoga retreats are suitable for beginners through to advanced but this is a special retreat for beginners. It will give you an opportunity to have a deep but gentle immersion into yoga in a very relaxed environment giving you a solid understanding and great head start.
Liz Richards has been teaching Introduction to Yoga for Beginners courses for over ten years and has over 7000 hours teaching experience with beginners and advanced students. She is a very accomplished and well balanced teacher. Liz is very well known and respected in the yoga world and has a huge following at her yoga studio in Wicklow. She is also an amazingly lovely person with an amazing energy, generosity and positivity, a great person to start yoga with!
Liz maintains that yoga can not be mastered in a day, a week, a year but that it is a life long, ongoing process of growth and transformation and a de-evolution. A solid and well informed introduction to this subject is important if students are to get a good start.
Correct use of the breath will be introduced and intelligently sequenced classes of classical yoga postures will be taught using modifications and variations when necessary through structured and safe teaching methodology known as Vinyasa Krama.
Over this weekend, the following will be introduced and explored:
In ancient times, the desire for greater personal freedom, health, longevity, heightened self awareness and understanding, gave birth to the beautiful system of physical and mental exercise - yoga - which has since spread throughout the world. The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word “Yuj”, means to “yoke, bind or join together” and when practiced with awareness, integrity and respect, it brings the mind, body and spirit together into one harmonious experience.
Yoga is a system of techniques that can be used for a number of goals, from simply managing stress more efficiently, learning to relax, improving general health and increasing strength and flexibility, all the way to becoming more self-aware and acquiring the deepest knowledge of ones’ own self or enlightenment. Whatever your reasons are for commencing a yoga practice, you will be inspired and encouraged to continue by the hugely powerful and transformative nature of this incredible practice whose benefits can be experienced from as early as your first class.
This retreat is perfect for all levels from beginners to advanced. The yoga and philosophy weekend will give you the opportunity to refresh and awaken your body, mind and senses. There will be strong, challenging yoga sessions to strengthen and re-vitalize, as well as restorative and relaxing sessions to help you ease and wind down each day.
You will be drawing inspiration from yoga philosophy to inspire your perspective and give you insight into the core teachings of yoga. The retreat will guide you through movements, reflections, breath practices, and meditation to give you a platform with a clear mind to grow in your own life.
Included in this retreat:
This early winter yoga retreat offers you the opportunity to de-stress, unwind, and return to a greater sense of calm and stillness which is your natural state. You will leave at the end feeling rested yet energised, open and light with a deeper sense of connection to yourself and the world around you.
With the last of the beautifully coloured autumn leaves falling from the trees, you begin the transition into the shorter colder dry days of winter and move closer to the often busy run up to Christmas.
In the science of Ayurveda (the sister science of yoga) this season of late autumn/ early winter is governed by the Ayurvedic dosha vata. Vata represents the wind, ether and movement. The qualities that characterize vata are cold, dry, light, clear and moving. To keep these elements in balance within you at this vata time of year, the yoga practice should include the qualities of warmth, stability, grounding and focus.
Over this weekend you will explore classical Hatha yoga postures and practices which are appropriate for this time of year to keep vata in balance and which include these qualities. You will practice at a slow, smooth and steady pace, exploring fluidity using targeted warm ups and gentle movements to unlock stiffness and tension in the platforms of the ankles and feet, hips and pelvis, and shoulders and neck.
You will explore the postures from their foundations to create both stability and ease in the mind and body. Each student will be encouraged to work at their own pace and modifications and variations of each posture will be offered so that the practice is made accessible to everyone regardless of age, experience or fitness levels. You will work into an intelligently sequenced flow of Hatha yoga postures each linked to the other on the thread of the breath creating warmth, serenity and nourishment for the mind, body and soul.
This New Year's retreat offers the perfect opportunity to de-stress, unwind and restore balance on every level following the busy Christmas holiday season. Through the practice of yoga in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of The Courtyard and the intake of delicious, nourishing and healthy food prepared and cooked by Olivia and her team, you will return to a greater sense of calm and stillness which is your natural state.
You will leave after the weekend feeling rested yet energised, open and light with a greater connection to yourself and the world around you.
January can be a month in which many people experience feelings of sluggishness, heaviness and lack of motivation. Following the busy Christmas season and the combination of over indulgence in rich foods and alcohol, late nights and being overly stimulated mentally and physically, through increased social interaction, January can also be a month where many people suffer with digestive problems. This of course refers to the physical process of digestion but also to digestion of life in general.
From a yogic and Ayurvedic (the sister science of yoga) perspective, January finds people in the season of Kapha. Kapha season extends from cold winter days, when the ground freezes solid, to damp and luscious early spring when the ground thaws with rising temperatures and the first tentative shoots break through the ground.
These conditions disturb Kapha dosha’s heavy, dense, wet, stable and cool qualities. The Kapha dosha - which is present to a degree in everyone and which is dominant in some people - although the most stable dosha, when increased in Kapha season, produces a sluggish and slow constitution. This is because it is composed of the heaviest of the elements: water and earth. No matter what your Ayurvedic dosha type is, you will be influenced by Kapha’s prevailing influence at this time of the year.
One of the most helpful ways to restore balance to the Kapha dosha within you is through yoga practice which addresses the seasonal decrease in digestive function and associated feelings of sluggishness. This involves stimulating and re-igniting the Jatahara Agni (digestive fire) which resides in the seat of Samana Vayu (equalising wind) in the area behind the naval.
In this January retreat, you will work to do just this through a practice which will include asanas (postures) such as twists and gentle backbends to stimulate the digestive fire and restore balance to the processes of digestion and assimilation. You will prepare the body safely through the step-by-step approach known as Vinyasa Krama to bring you into a gently flowing practice which will include these useful postures; you will also work to find stillness and integration through restorative practice with props and bolsters and gentle breath work.
Each student will be encouraged to work at their own pace and modifications and variations of each posture will be discussed and explored where necessary. This will ensure that students of all levels from beginners to advanced practitioners will benefit from this retreat and will practice in a safe and non-competitive environment. Liz is delighted and honoured to be leading this January retreat and looks forward very much to meeting you.
All levels of yoga and mid to high levels of fitness are needed for this weekend.
For those you want to get active! No matter what your sport or objective, Adam who is a Sports Scientist will help you maximize your body’s potential. Adam will ensure that you come away from the weekend with an arsenal of simple but effective exercises that you can use to keep your body optimally maintained and functioning as it should be.
Lou draws on the Tantric belief that the more elements available in practice, the greater the practices’ potential. In her enlivening classes, breath, posture, visulisation, mudra and mantra are used. As tone, strength and flexibility build so does awareness and understanding of the inner peace and tranquility that exists in us all. The core basis of Lou’s yoga is a faith in the body as your most valuable tool in connecting you with your true essence.
Over the weekend retreat, Lou will guide you through the many layers of the yoga practice, from the physical to the more subtle. Thousands of years of tradition have crafted the practice to reawaken and reconnect you to your very essence, the very same essence that can be seen in the spectacular natural world throughout the surrounding countryside.
Your busy life has pulled you so far away from the deep intelligence of your body. Throughout the weekend, Lou will guide you back to a sense of embodiment and when there, deep calm is found. The stresses fall away as you slowly begin to identify with all that you are beneath the burden you may carry.
All elements throughout the weekend, from the stunning surroundings, delicious food, silent meditations and flowing yoga will ensure a re “treat” like no other.
This special St Patrick’s weekend retreat offers you the opportunity to escape from the mayhem of the St Patrick’s day festivities! It will allow you to take some well deserved time for yourself to completely de-stress, unwind and return to a greater sense of calm and stillness which is your natural state. You will celebrate St Patrick’s Day together in your own special way - and with fun and like-minded people.
You will leave at the end of the weekend feeling rested yet energised, calm, grounded, open and light with a deeper sense of connection to yourself and the world around you.
The yoga practices throughout the weekend will focus strongly on boosting the immune system and energy levels as you begin to emerge from your quieter winter hibernation months and prepare for the arrival of spring and the renewed sense of hope, enthusiasm and awakening which accompanies this lovely time of the year.
According to Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, a properly functioning immune system and optimum energy levels are closely linked with the strength of “agni” or digestive fire. Reinforcing agni is especially recommended in spring as the period between mid-March and mid-June is dominated by the Kapha Dosha (earth/water elements) where cold and wet weather lead to an increase in the Kapha Dosha and more severe, cold, sluggish, heavy and lethargic tendancies are consequently produced in the body and mind.
Ayurveda tradition states that this promotes the build up of “ama”. The word ama literally translated means “undigested”. According to the Ayurvedic texts, ama occurs when the nutrition you take in is not properly digested as a result of poor nutritional habits or weak agni (digestive fire). A build up of this waste product in the body can adversely affect all metabolic processes.
Signs of ama in the body, according to Ayurveda, include stiff joints, a sluggish digestion, lethargy or dullness, headache and fatigue. Strong agni helps remove ama and maintain lightness and energy.
In the four classical Hatha yoga sessions over this weekend, you will work on building sequences which include asanas (postures) which help to balance Kapha and stimulate agni. These will include: one-legged balancing poses, twists, and backbends. You will take an in-depth look at the invigorating and heat building sequences of the traditional Surya Namaskar (sun salutations). You will also explore pranayama (breathing) practices which further encourage an increase in agni.
The practice will be approached safely using the Vinyasa Krama, a (step by step, breath connected movement) system which teaches you to place everything in the correct way so the practice can become a meditation in movement. This system allows practitioners of all levels from beginners to advanced to work at their own pace and explore both their strengths and weaknesses in a safe, intelligent and structured way using fundamental building blocks and modifications and variations of each pose where necessary.
In preparation for each practice, you will work to unlock some of the blocked, tight and restricted areas often present in the body due to the stresses, strains and demands of modern living through targeted and general warm up sequences. You will address the issues that can arise in the platforms/stabilising junctions of the ankles and feet, hips and pelvis, and shoulders and neck, and work to free up the spine so you can open up once more to spring and new beginnings through this beautiful, ancient and powerful practice.
This retreat will give you the opportunity to tap into your own true nature to express your own uniqueness in a positive way that contributes to your personal growth. The retreat will be a blend of challenging and fun yoga sessions. The style of yoga taught on this retreat will be inspired by both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga in which Naomi is trained, combined with meditation, relaxation and restorative practices.
It will be about learning to explore movements in your body, getting creative, finding what feels good, getting to know yourself again and re-connecting to what lights you up. In each class you will be given tools and information to find what serves you best for your body and for your mind. This retreat is a time for you to realign, recalibrate and redirect your intentions.
It will include yoga to strengthen your body and mind. In the classes, Naomi encourages each individual to challenge themselves to their own abilities, having fun along the way. This will be a great opportunity for you to enjoy a weekend away from it all, in the beautiful surroundings of The Courtyard and with delicious food.
Correct use of the breath will be introduced and intelligently sequenced classes of classical yoga postures will be taught using modifications and variations when necessary through structured and safe teaching methodology known as Vinyasa Krama. In the four Hatha yoga sessions over this weekend you will work on:
You will leave at the end of the weekend feeling rested yet energised, calm, grounded, open and light with a deeper sense of connection to yourself and the world around you.
You free time options for Saturday afternoon include:
Fruit, tea, coffee and an array of loose herbal teas are available in The Dairymaids thoughout the weekend.
You have the option to come on a guided walk. It is great to get out and see some of the local area and also to get some fresh Wicklow air. There are different routes and depending on the weather, size of group, and other factors .
Naomi's overall philosophy is that you can experience great happiness and this starts with yourselves. Through taking care of both your bodies and your minds, you can really begin to live to your full potential. At the core of her own practice and teaching is the concept of challenging yourselves to grow and learn. Through taking time to connect to yourselves, you can gain greater understanding, clarity, and appreciation for yourselves and others. She believes that each of you has a wealth of resources to deal with your lives effectively and live the lives that you love and enjoy.
Yoga Alliance International (Hatha Yoga)
Liz’s passion for yoga is preceded by a love of ballet, modern dance, gymnastics, and equestrian sport in her teens. Liz’s inquiring mind and a desire to immerse herself more deeply in the philosophy behind the system of yoga and the hugely transformative nature of the practice led her to continually progress and further her own development and understanding of yoga and its benefits.
Sinead O Connor
Sinead has been teaching yoga for over 13 years. In that time, she constantly expanded her knowledge through continued learning such as "Continued Yoga Teacher Training" with well over 500 hours to date, completing an ITEC diploma in "Diet and Nutrition" and "Anatomy and Physiology" in 2004. Keeping up to date with development in optimum nutrition, Sinead also retreats to a ten day silent meditation course once or twice a year.
Adam is an athlete, a Sports Scientist and a Life coach and works as a personal trainer in his dedicated gym in Greystones Pura Vida. Adam has teamed up with Paulette Egan on our Yoga for Athletes retreat program. Adam’s workshop addresses lifestyle issues, nutrition and exercise. His easy going style means that this interactive workshop, is fun, and possibly a little eye opening, as he exposes the effects that modern lifestyle has on our health and wellbeing.
On entering the gates, you will leave behind the stresses of everyday life and relax into the flow of your peaceful and friendly retreat. You will leave The Courtyard feeling refreshed and invigorated with a sense of calm and a positive mindset and more than likely a few new friends in tow! The beautiful former Victorian model farm is nestled amidst rolling hills and forestry in Wicklow within easy driving distance from Dublin.
The Courtyard is reputed as being one of the best yoga retreats in Ireland and recently featured in "The Guide to the Top Yoga Retreats in Ireland" published by The Sunday Times. Its success as a yoga retreat is not only due to having all the essential elements of a good yoga retreat but the fact that they are a family run business and aims to make their home your home. You will feel at home and part of the group no matter what your age or level of yoga may be.
The chefs at The Courtyard, Olivia and Frances, are passionate about vegetarian food and are always trying new recipes. Olivia trained at Ballymaloe Cookery School and Frances has worked in catering for over 20 years. They make a great team and thoroughly enjoy being creative in the kitchen and nourishing you throughout the weekend. They are more than happy to discuss the ingredients and recipes with you, and share their passion with those who are interested. Some simply want to return for a weekend of amazing food!
Where vegetarian food is concerned, it’s all about getting a good balance of flavors, textures, colors, and of course using good wholesome and fresh ingredients. They have always catered for dairy free and gluten free and now the menus are gradually becoming all dairy and gluten free, except for the breads. However, they do provide gluten free bread, as well as normal gluten loaves. They don’t use sugar but instead maple syrup or honey.
Mealtime is a fun part of your retreat where guests get to really relax, enjoy the good food, and to make the most of being in good company of like-minded people. Guests work as a team to clear the table and pack the dishwasher and reset the table after each meal. When the group work together the clear up, resetting of tables is done within minutes! It’s also a great way to mingle and is an important aspect of team spirit and mindfulness.
All houses are equipped with kitchens. The water in the kitchen taps is water from the private well and is as pure as you can get. You can fill your water bottles from your kitchens to bring with you to the yoga classes.
The magnificent Coolattin Golf Course is the neighboring property. If any of you are golfers, you may wish to go for a round. Advance booking necessary.
Chill out at The Courtyard alone or with others, or outside on the lawn if the weather is nice.
The lovely farm shop in Tinahely is about 12 minutes by car, and sells handmade crafts and artisan produce. The café has lovely soups, quiches, salads, and delicious homemade cakes. It is a lovely environment with very friendly staff.
There is a spa hotel located 12 minutes away. Spa treatments can be booked for an additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB).
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