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Discover one of the most ideal spiritual retreats in Ireland with Lake Isle Retreats. They are offering you a chance to introduce yourself to meditation and peace. Enjoy the silence and gentle spiritual sounds. Take a break from the gossip and superficial chatter that you often come across in daily life. Rejuvenate and relax with meditation, walks, and gentle chanting. You can spend the weekend reconnecting with yourself or share this wonderful experience with your partner, friend, or family.
You will be accommodated at Mandala House. They have 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 are available on all retreats. Also, on some retreats accommodation may be shared with other attendees. If you're not used to this, don't worry! This is part of the retreat experience and helps to create a large family atmosphere.
Also, you won't be spending so much time in your room anyhow - the retreat is so packed with events, exotic experiences, and friendly interactions, that you hit the pillow tired at night, and then the next morning you jump out of bed and are out walking or jogging through the countryside by the shores of Upper Lough Erne, hearing the morning chorus of the birds.
'To meditate' is defined as the practice of focusing one's mind for a period of time for spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation (Oxford English dictionary). Lake Isle Retreats' meditation class is designed to satisfy these two motivations. As long ago as 1500 years before the present, early monks in Ireland established monasteries on several islands of Lough Erne. The feeling of meditation and calmness permeates the lake land atmosphere, and they especially recommend you arise early and to experience this for yourself, even if the retreat you attend only begins at 08:30.
The power yoga class is a set which is doable for beginners that will also be enjoyed by people with some yoga experience. It is a yoga mini workout. Atma power yoga helps to stretch and tone muscles, improve posture and balance, plus it's good fun. The exercises are fairly doable by the majority of people, but if you can't quite stretch into certain asanas, there is an easy-going mood. Everyone is encouraged to practice only according to their own ability. Lake Isle Retreats provides the yoga mats, so if you've never done even ten seconds of yoga in your life and have no equipment or anything, all you need is yourself, some light clothes, and a little enthusiasm. Atma power yoga is practiced with a breathing count from start to finish, which adds a dynamic aspect to the class, and each class ends with a gentle relaxation sequence (after you've done the hard work!).
Arrival time anytime that suits you between 14:30 and 18:00. Massages are available: full-body aromatherapy massage, head, neck and shoulder massage, back massage, aromatherapy for 50 minutes at an extra cost (30 or 35 GBP). During Friday evening you are welcome to get to know the other participants on this retreat, by chatting with them informally. The official "silent time" begins from 21:00.
Ayurveda, the ancient Vedic health system recommends massage and therapies as being beneficial to one's health. Various aromatherapy massages, Indian head massage, reflexology foot massage, sound therapy, etc. are available by appointment for a 50-minute therapy at an extra cost.
Option 1: Relax in the retreat house at your own pace.
Option 2: Visit Krishna Temple. Depart the retreat house to walk to the jetty for the ferry crossing to Inis Rath Island.
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.
This retreat is located at Mandala House near the shores of Upper Lough Erne, Ireland. Mandala House is located 400 meters across the water from Inis Rath Island. The Lakeland area is a peaceful sanctuary where you can enrich your body, mind, and soul. Peacocks strut openly around the island, while in the local area, the herons, swans, and deer wander freely in the peaceful lakeside atmosphere.
The house is situated in Fermanagh, one hour 45 minutes' drive from the start of the M3 motorway in Dublin, or the same drive-time from the start of the M1 in Belfast. For spiritual, holistic and meditation retreats in Ireland, perhaps there is no more fitting and beautiful location as L. Erne, with its 154 islands - five of which were historically the sites of monastic communities from the sixth Century.
On nearby Inis Rath there is a beautiful Krishna temple, and at the retreat and accommodation facility on the adjacent mainland, Lake Isle retreats offer you a very warm welcome.
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The food is vegetarian and extremely tasty, cooked with love by vegan chef Carmen Padilla Quiel. Meals are prepared fresh on the day. Vegans can note that most meals are vegan-friendly. The food is a combination of Indian vegetarian (e.g. samosas, curries, basmati rice, etc, etc.) and 'Western' vegetarian (e.g. pizza, salads, pasta, soups, etc).
In case you're not so familiar with the cuisine of India and you think 'spicy' means hot with chilies, you can look forward to many nice experiences on your retreat. Remember: when Europeans first started going to India about 500 years ago, one of the prime motivations was to trade in spices. Some probably picked up a few cooking tips as well - maybe they were getting bored with meat and bread.
In case you're a yogi, Vaishnava, or someone familiar with a 'sattvic' diet, they don't use the following ingredients: onions, garlic, mushrooms, vinegar, and alcohol. In Ayurveda, these ingredients may be prescribed for medicinal or other uses, but are not generally consumed by Hatha or Bhakti yogis.
If that sounds 'restrictive' then you might find you have a lot to learn about non-European cookery! They don't allow the eating of non-vegetarian foods, defined according to the Vaishnava tradition from India as no meat, fish, or eggs.
This is a light massage of the back and feet. Aromatouch is where essential oils are applied along energy meridians and visceral contact points of the back and feet to help balance sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of the body. Aromatouch helps general well-being by reducing physical and emotional stressors and supporting healthy automatic function. A session is deeply relaxing.
An ancient form of healing massage for the back, shoulders, scalp, and face. To begin the client lies face down to receive a back, shoulders, neck, and scalp massage, then the client sits up for the treatment to be completed with a chest, neck, face, and top of scalp massage. This massage improves circulation, reduces stress, helps relieve eye strain, encourages muscle relaxation, and promotes hair growth. It is a beneficial form of stress management, revitalizing, and balancing the body’s energy system.
A gentle therapeutic pressure point massage, working on the reflex zones of the feet, which correspond to different parts of the body. Stimulating these reflex points can help with many health problems and boost the body’s healing ability. Restores natural balance and promotes a sense of well-being. Wonderfully relaxing.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for relaxation and stress reduction which is beneficial for all ailments. Sukhada has been giving reiki therapies since 1999, and she offers restorative reiki-yoga workshops. Sound healing is the use of tuning forks on the body to restore harmony and balance. It works on similar principles to Reiki and helps to restore harmony and balance as well as reduce stress. Each energy center within the body has its own note, so when one receives sound healing, it's an aid to restore the body's natural vibration. Sukhada has completed 100 hours of sound healing training.
Sukhada is also qualified to do Rahanni. This is a gentle therapy that balances the masculine and feminine energies, working deeply at a heart level. It helps to heal emotions and is administered by a light hands touch with the client fully clothed on a massage couch.
It is a traditional massage with regulated pressure, excellent for releasing knots and easing away tensions in the body. A combination of massage techniques are used to effectively ease aches and pains, improve circulation, and increase muscle tone.
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 04:30 and the second at 07:00. You are welcome to attend any service if you like. For attending the 04:30 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.
It is a system of massage and manipulation developed in Thailand and influenced by traditional medicine systems of India and South-East Asia as well as by yoga. The massage practitioner uses their hands to apply firm rhythmic pressure along designated lines (Sen) in the body. The therapist Sukhada focuses on the head, neck, and shoulders, and she can work on the arms, back, and feet. Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during the treatment. Thai massage is described as being both relaxing and energizing.
Belfast International Airport
Transfer not provided
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB).
You can also fly into Belfast International Airport (BFS). 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 Airport (DUB) 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 the retreat center in the Republic of Ireland). 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 13:50 is the time most convenient for you for arriving for the retreats, in general.
Large towns close to Inis Rath Island are Enniskillen and Cavan Town. A taxi from Cavan will cost approximately 35 EUR and a taxi from Enniskillen will cost approx 30 GBP. 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 take the Donegal line from the main (and only) coach station in Dublin city center (Busárus). Ask for a ticket to Belturbet. The journey takes about two hours and 20 minutes. From Belturbet, you need a taxi. From Belfast, there are buses every hour from Belfast to Enniskillen. You get off at Maguiresbridge, about 12 miles before Enniskillen. Then, take a taxi.
Especially if you live in the vicinity of a ferry port on the Irish Sea, traveling by rail (or coach) and a ferry is a fine alternative to travel by air. For example, visitors from Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Wales, and the English midlands can access Holyhead in North Wales by rail or coach. Once you arrive at Dublin city center, you're on a coach from the central coach station (Busarus) to get to Mandala House.
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