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.
Gertie is a dedicated yoga teacher with over 25 years experience. She loves to teach with a "hands-on" approach, guiding each student in a gentle way.
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-gong 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.
Sukhada Repass has her own practice near the shores of Upper Loch Erne called Ray of Light. She enjoys helping people through Reiki energy healing, sound therapy, Indian head massage, and reflexology. She is a mother to three lively and energetic children, two of whom were born in the state of Vermont, USA during their time there. Sukhada has deep enthusiasm and faith in energy healing.
Lila Shakti is a spiritual advisor, counselor and active grandmother.
from United States, July 2018
The food on this vegetarian detox week-end prepared by Carmen was fantastic. T' ai Chi sessions by Frances Mc Hugh and Yoga by Lucy (not on drop down menu) was excellent. I liked Tim's chanting and harmonium playing and the guided walk through the woods. The people on the week-end were great. In terms of cost it was also excellent value for money. The facilities as you would expect given the cost are basic but impeccably clean.