3 Days Cooking and Yoga Retreat in Ireland

  • Mandala House, 42 Geaglum Road, Derrylin, Fermanagh BT929GN, Ulster, Irelan

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Multicultural Cooking and Yoga Retreat Ireland

  • 2 days with instruction
  • Join this wonderful retreat, specially designed for you to enjoy revitalizing yoga practices along with cookery workshops with Carmen McEvitt. She will delight you with a sample of Indian, Chinese, and Latin American cuisine. Become one with nature and enjoy a relaxing time for yourself that will allow you to expand your inner awareness and your culinary knowledge.


    • Daily yoga classes
    • Cookery class with Carmen
    • Visit to Inis Rath Island temple
    • Kirtan and chanting music
    • 2 nights accommodation
    • Daily vegetarian meals

    Skill level

    • Beginner


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    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.

    Day 1 - Friday, September 16, 2016

    • 15:00 Arrival
    • 18:00 Cookery class with Carmen
    • 19:30 Dinner

    Day 2 - Saturday, September 17, 2016

    • 08:30 Breakfast
    • 09:15 Cookery class with Carmen
    • 11:00 Break
    • 11:30 Cookery class with Carmen
    • 13:30 Lunch
    • 14:45 Free time or optional 90-minute walk to the local Florencecourt Estate
    • 19:00 Dinner

    Day 3 - Sunday, September 18, 2016

    • 08:30 Optional yoga class
    • 09:20 Breakfast
    • 10:10 Cookery class with Carmen
    • 11:50 Break
    • 12:00 You may enjoy some relaxing time or visit Inis Rath Island to see the temple and enjoy music chant. You may also take a nice walk around the island.
    • 14:15 Lunch feast
    • 15:15 Return trip on ferry followed by departure

    Florencecourt Estate walk

    This walk will be a 90-minute walk to the local Florencecourt Estate. This estate is beautifully maintained by the national trust charity. There will be an option to go on the house tour for an additional cost.

    Inis Rath Island's temple

    You will visit Inis Rath Island to see the local temple where you will enjoy music chant at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. There is also a nice walk around island. The Sunday feast will be at 2:15 p.m. and you may stay for lunch. The return ferry will be at 3:15 p.m.

    • Carmen McEvitt

      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.

    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.

    Nearby places

    • Belturbet, 12 kilometers
    • Lisnaskea, 11 kilometers
    • Boating nearby
    • Cooking classes
    • Hiking
    • Sailing nearby
    • Swimming nearby
    • Beach nearby
    • Dining area
    • Fireplace
    • Garden
    • Kitchen
    • Lake nearby
    • Meditation garden
    • Yoga deck
    • Convenience / grocery store nearby
    • Tour assistance

    During this retreat, you will be served three daily healthy meals along with four cooking classes with Carmen where you will be given a sample of Indian, Chinese, and Latin American cuisine. All food is vegetarian and extremely tasty. Meals are prepared fresh on the day. Vegans can note that most meals are vegan-friendly. The food is a combination of Indian vegetarian such as samosas, curries, basmati rice, and also Western vegetarian dishes such as pizza, salads, pasta, and soups.

    • Additional vegetarian cooking class
    • Explore the local surroundings
    • Florencecourt Estate House tour
    • Hiking
    • Swimming
    • Walking
    • Aromatherapy full-body massage (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
    • Aroma touch (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
    • Hot stone massage (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
    • Indian head massage (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
    • Reflexology - massage therapy of the feet (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
    • Reiki energy healing (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
    • Relaxing head, neck, and shoulder (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
    • Sound healing (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
    • Sports massage (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
    • Swedish body massage (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
    • Thai massage (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
    • 1 90-minute walk around Florencecourt Estate
    • 1 visit to Inish Rath Island
    • 1 yoga class
    • 2 nights accommodation
    • 3 daily vegetarian meals
    • 4 cooking classes with Carmen
    • Complimentary herbal teas every day
    • Additional activities
    • Additional transportation
    • Airfare
    • Airport transfers
    • Spa treatments

    Driving directions from Dublin

    • From Dublin, or the south, take the M3 from Blanchardstown in the direction of Cavan.
    • As you approach Cavan Town, take the third exit at the main roundabout following the signs for Enniskillen and Ballyshannon.
    • After 14 minutes, you will arrive at the Belturbet roundabout and take the second exit towards Enniskillen (you are continuing on the same N3 (M3) road which began in Dublin).
    • Continue on for eight kilometers and then take a right turn at Teemore Cross.
    • You will see a sign says: Lisnaskea nine - you are now in County Fermanagh and road signs are in miles.
    • Continue on this road to its conclusion, following the signs to Inish Rath Island.
    • Just before you come to Geaglum jetty there's an Inish Rath 1/4 mile sign.
    • Continue on the gravel road towards Inish Rath for 400 meters until you see the sign for Mandala House.

    Driving directions from Belfast

    • Coming from the Belfast and the east take the M1 which leads onto the A4 in the direction of Enniskillen.
    • It's 12 miles before reaching Enniskillen, look for the left turn taking you to Lisnaskea.
    • At Lisnaskea, there is a primary roundabout beside Lidl supermarket.
    • Go onto the main street by taking the second exit and drive down the road.
    • After one minute you will come to smaller mini-roundabout (a painted circle) on the main street and take the right turn taking you towards Derrylin on the B127 road, which you follow for five miles.
    • You cross over a first and then the second bridge over the lake (both bridges are approximately 100 meters long).
    • Take next turn left and follow signs to Inish Rath from here.
    • Continue on the gravel road towards Inish Rath until you see the sign for Mandala House.

    Driving directions from Sligo

    • Coming from the west (Sligo) aim for Enniskillen.
    • Before entering the town take a right (or second exit) at the roundabout and aim for Dublin on the A509 (N3).
    • 10 miles south of Enniskillen you come to Derrylin.
    • On the other side of this one-street village, take a left onto the B127 towards Lisnaskea.
    • After three miles look for the Inish Rath Island signs from here.
    • The first sign you will have to make a right turn off the B127.
    • Continue on the gravel road towards Inish Rath until you see the sign for Mandala House.

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB).

    Arrival by bus

    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 the airport you will have to take the bus with (Donegal) as its end destination.

    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.

    Arrival by taxi

    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.


    • Latitude N 54° 11.482'
    • Longitude W 007° 29.409'
    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


    • Review by Leah C.

      "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."

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    • Review by Aisling

      "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"

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    • Review by C. Brennan

      "I feel more at peace and connected to yoga in order to help me on my journey of self-discovery. I leave with a lot of wisdom on how I can live my life in a better way."

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    • Review by Adam

      "I found my retreat to be thoroughly relaxing and beneficial exactly what I needed to calm the mind. The atmosphere in the house and temple was very special."

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    • Review by Suzanne

      "I just wanted to thank you and Carmen so much for a fantastic weekend. I came back completely rejuvenated and energized. It was great from start to finish. As for the food, wow! I thought Id lose weight only eating vegetarian food for the weekend, but it good and we all went back for second helpings. Im still dreaming of Carmens chickpea stew. If the recipe isnt a state secret, Id really love to get it so my husband can finally taste what Ive been ravishing about! Again, thank you and all the community for a wonderful time. Namaste!"

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