Tim left his home at Dublin when he was 18 years old to become a Krishna monk, which was initially a bit of a shock to his family but now everyone is happy. He trained at Bhaktivedanta Manor temple near London and then lived in the temple on Inish Rath Island for eight years. While in the temple, he studied Vedic philosophy from the ancient Sanskrit texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Bhagavat Purana, plus he learned kirtan-yoga and sacred chant music.
Carmen learned to cook her first recipes from her mother in Panama when she was only seven years old. Later, at 18, she learned how to cook delicacies and tasty dishes from India with the head monk at the Krishna temple, Hari Chakra Das. Carmen cooks for all the retreats at Mandala House. Carmen has a relaxed, laid-back, and cheerful way of sharing her cookery tips.
Frances McHugh is an expert Tai Chi teacher. She graduated from the Irish College of Traditional Chinese medicine in 1996, has a postgraduate training from the Nanjing Railway Hospital, and she also graduated in medical Qi-kong in 2009. Frances gives classes in therapeutic exercise and relaxation through Tai Chi. Her classes are suitable for practically anyone. She designed a way to do the exercises while sitting after an injury she had herself, although typically Tai Chi is meditation performed while walking and standing.
Chrissie is originally from Germany, though has a sweet Irish accent. She is a yoga teacher and a tour guide. She sometimes travels around Ireland to assist German-speaking tourists with their holiday. But back in Fermanagh, she shares her unique yoga tips during the retreats. She was trained in Doi Saket, Thailand with a school which traces its lineage back to Paramahamsa Madhavadasji in the line of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
I had such a lovely time, the retreat offered the space and relaxation I was looking for and the treatments, classes, walk and introduction to the Krishna community were all just the icing on the relaxation cake! Although the entire team contributed to very special memories for us all, above all, It was Tim's warm, welcoming and accepting nature that put us all at ease with ourselves and each other and it truly was a pleasure to spend time with everyone there. Stunning location, and a program designed with love and care at a great price, I'm so glad I went.
I have visited lake isle retreats twice now and have just returned from the relax and rejuvenation retreat. This does exactly what it says and you leave feeling totally refreshed. The treatments are wonderful, the setting of the house is lovely, the yoga instruction is really fantastic. Most of all I have to say the food is just brilliant! Overall the retreat is excellent value for money and makes for a fun and interesting weekend away