Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Ireland.
Join this wonderful retreat, specially designed for you to enjoy revitalizing yoga practices along with cookery workshops with Carmen Padilla. Learn how to cook the most delicious plant-based food with Lake Isle Retreats’ vegan chef, Carmen, and delve into the joys of yoga and meditation. Become one with nature and enjoy a relaxing time for yourself that will allow you to expand your inner awareness and your culinary knowledge!
During this retreat, you will stay either in a shared or a private room. Mandala House has private single rooms, twin rooms, and triple rooms. You can either book a room privately for yourself, share a private room with a friend or two, or share a room with others on the same retreat. Single rooms available for all retreats and the rooms can also be shared with other attendees.
On retreat, there is a big family mood. In this spirit, Lake Isle Retreats appreciate when people offer to do small services. You will not be asked to help in any way at any time - don't worry: you're also on a mini-holiday. However, generally most people are at least expected to help by washing their own plate after meals. This is referred to as Karma yoga on yoga retreats. Lake Isle Retreats appreciate any little help you can give like this very much.
This retreat will be held at Mandala House near the shores of Upper Lough Erne, Ireland. Mandala House is located 400 meters across the water from Inish Rath Island. The Lakeland area is a peaceful sanctuary where you can enrich your body, mind, and soul. Peacock strut openly around the island, while in the local area heron, swan, and deer wander freely in the peaceful lakeside atmosphere.
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In this weekend retreat, Lake Isle Retreats will not have commercial dairy foodstuffs available. They will have coconut milk, vegan spread, and soya yoghurt. Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and complimentary herbal teas will be served through the weekend.
Lake Isle Retreats do not allow the eating of non-vegetarian foods, defined according to the Vaishnava tradition from India as no meat, fish, or eggs.
Every day of the year in the temple on the island there is a morning ceremony and meditation that you are very welcome to attend. One begins at 4:30 a.m. and the second at 7:00 a.m. You are welcome to attend any service, if you like.
On nearly all retreats there is an option to go on the ferry boat to Inis Rath Island at 6:45 a.m. to attend the kirtan (music chant) from 7:00 a.m. and listen to some of the reading or talk from the Srimad Bhagavatam (an ancient text). For attending the 4:30 a.m. service in the temple you may phone the island the day before and that morning to request your ferry trip. The mangal arati ceremony and chant at this time is a wonderful experience.
Aromatherapy massage; full-body massage; head, neck and shoulder massage; Indian head massage; reflexology; Reiki; sound therapy; and sports massage are all available from 3:30 p.m. and should be pre-booked. The cost is 39 EUR or 30 GBP for a 50-minute therapy. Optional massage times are at 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., or 5:30 p.m.
Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB). Fly into either Dublin, Belfast and Derry. Each of these cities is a similar distance by road from Inis Rath Island and Mandala House. If you are not hiring a car then Dublin may be the most convenient airport destination. Nine times a day a Bus Eireann coach (the national operator) goes through the airport and brings passengers to Belturbet (the small town closest to Lake Isle Retreats).
Ground staff at the airport will assist you to find the location of the bus stop, which is a very short walk from the main exit of the airport building (specifically you want Zone 10, Stop 2, Route 30). You're looking for the bus with 'Donegal' as its end destination. Tickets are 26 EUR, return. The coach at about 1:50 p.m. is the time most convenient for you for arriving for the retreats in general.
Enniskillen and Cavan are 25 kilometers away, but you can get closer to the retreat center with the national coach services of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
From Dublin, you may take the Donegal line from the main (and only) coach station in Dublin city center (Busárus). You may ask for a ticket to Belturbet. The journey takes about two hours and 20 minutes. And from Belturbet, you will need a taxi to go to Inish Rath Island.
Large towns close to Inish Rath Island are Enniskillen and Cavan town. A taxi from Cavan will cost around 35 EUR and a taxi from Enniskillen will cost approximately 30 GBP.
Benny Corby, with his family and friends, are the cheerful local taxi service. If you arrive on the Bus Eireann coach at Belturbet, the car journey to Lake Isle Retreats, Mandala House near Inish Rath Island costs about 15 EUR. Lake Isle Retreats suggests that it's better for you to phone that morning to make a provisional booking.
Almost two hours after leaving Dublin, the coach stops in Cavan town for a five to 10 minutes break. From the moment this bus departs again you should phone Benny and tell him where you are. He will then know you will be arriving in Belturbet 15 minutes later.