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3 Days Spiritual Warrior Meditation Retreat in Northern Ireland

Lake Isle Retreats, 42 Geaglum Road, Lisnaskea, Enniskillen BT92 9GN, Northern Ireland, Ireland, United Kingdom

Ireland Meditation Retreat

Discover one of the most ideal spiritual retreats in Northern Ireland with Lake Isle Retreats! This is perfect for someone who wants to live a life like a monk but has no much time. On this retreat, you will be able to take time for yourself, rejuvenate and relax, and enjoy a weekend away from your daily stressful life. Lake Isle Retreats will offer you a very warm welcome in their comfortable accommodation with extremely tasty vegetarian meals!

Meet the instructors

Tim & Rabindra
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Highlights

  • Daily classes and workshops
  • Various meditation styles daily
  • Hatha yoga on Sunday morning
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided
  • Complimentary herbal teas every day
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

2 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
18:00
Check-out Time:
15:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Library

Mandala House

In June 2012, Lake Isle Retreats opened their cozy new retreat center, Mandala House, ​about 400 meters across the water from the lake isle of Inish Rath. Here, Lake Isle Retreats hosts spiritual, yoga, meditation, holistic, and vegetarian cookery weekend retreats. The shores of

​Lough Erne at this location is in an area of special scientific interest.

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. Lake Isle Retreats can cater for between five and thirteen guests. Single rooms available on all retreats. Also, on some retreats, the 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 will hit the pillow tired at night and then on the next morning, you will 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.

Program

Day 1 - Friday

Ayurveda, the ancient Vedic health system recommends massage and therapies as being beneficial to one's health, even for monks! So various aromatherapy massages, Indian head massage, sound therapy, etc. are available by appointment at 35 EUR for 50 minutes. You are recommended to arrive early for this.

  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:15 Meditation with Tim; silent meditation, kirtan relaxation, and introduction to Japa meditation. Japa is the soft personal chanting of mantra, generally using wooden chanting beads. It is a daily practice of monks. This meditation assists oneself with mindfulness practice. Focusing and paying attention to the holy sound brings a sense of peace and contentment.
  • 20:45 You are recommended to go to bed early. ​

Day 2 - ​Saturday

  • 05:00 ​Wake up call; the first activity of the day for all monks is to have a shower.
  • 05:45 Japa Meditation - Talk and discussion, followed by Japa meditation.
  • 06:30 Leave for a ferry trip to an island and visit a temple using the temple's ferry boat. The crossing takes four minutes. ​Greetings of the deities in the temple (some spiritual music arranged by the famous musician George Harrison is played during a short meditation, followed by sacred chant music).
  • 07:30 Temple morning lecture with Rabindra Das based on ancient Vedic texts
  • 08:20 You will be doing some mindfulness walk around the forest track on the island
  • 09:15 Breakfast on the island
  • 10:00 Rest break and back in the retreat house.
  • 12:15 ​Practical work, like working on the land weeding and helping in the production of organic vegetables
  • 13:30 Light lunch
  • 14:15 Depart for Castle Coole forest walk and for the Killeshandra forest park walk; this walk will be dedicated to walking mindfulness.
  • 16:30 Return from the walk
  • 17:00 Meditation
  • 18:15 Dinner
  • 19:00 Massage options and 20 minutes (optional) after dinner kirtan chant relaxation

Day 3 - Sunday

  • Early morning time to reflect, read, explore outdoors, meditate or chant on beads, as you wish.
  • 07:30 ​​Meditation and mindfulness walk for 45 minutes
  • 08:30 Hatha yoga - Yoga exercises for health and well-being.
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:15 Meditative Visualization with Tim
  • 12:10 Cross to the island for a temple sacred chant music and just to relax on the island. This is the normal day-visiting time for visitors in any week.
  • 13:00 (Optional) Talk on Vedic wisdom and philosophy open to the general public. You're welcome to go for a walk around the island during all or part of this period.
  • 14:00 The Sunday Feast in the Temple - A unique cultural experience (and the food is pretty good also!)
  • 15:00 Ferry departure back to the mainland and end of the retreat.

Who comes on the retreats?

Anybody but the typical guests are aged from the mid-20s to the mid-60s. Most people come on their own, although many couples, friends, sisters, mothers and daughters, parents and their sons or daughters come as well.

Is it okay to not do some things on the schedule?

It's fine if you want to skip a part of the schedule to do your own thing for a while.

What if a guest is a Catholic; is the retreat suitable for everyone?

Practically all guests that come on Lake Isle's retreats are from Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, or other European or North American countries, or India or Australia. So they come from a variety of cultural and faith backgrounds commonly found in these regions.

Lake Isle's retreats are open for anybody and everybody. Yes, when Lake Isle Retreats talks about philosophy, they refer to the Vedic texts of ancient India but the essential point is that spirituality is universal, not a restricted practice but an open commodity.

Can you smoke or drink alcohol?

Smoking outside the retreat center is fine. Regarding alcohol, if someone has a drinking problem, then you are asked to not bring alcohol, otherwise, two or three friends having a glass of wine is not a problem.

Where will you leave your car?

You can leave your vehicle beside the new retreat facility.

Can you bring the kids?

Lake Isle Retreats apologizes but no, the retreats are group activities for adults. All guests must be 16 years or older and teenagers should have a personal interest in the activities of the weekend. Lake Isle accepts children on retreats when it is a group booking of a family and friends are all coming together.

Can you join the retreat even if you've never done yoga or meditation?

Yes, many guests have not experienced much yoga or meditation before. If a retreat is for advanced or experienced people Lake Isle Retreats will clearly let you know about this in the information about that particular weekend.

Meditation

"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). The 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 and silent retreats on several islands of Lough Erne.

The feeling of meditation and calmness permeates the Lakeland atmosphere and you are especially recommended to arise early and to experience this for yourself, even if the retreat you attend only begins at 8:30 a.m.

What is a Class like?

The facilitator sings some slow deep mantra chants using the beautiful harmonium instrument. Everyone relaxes and centers themselves and everyone will pause in silence. Seated on chairs, everyone takes part in a silent meditation, attempting to expand his or her own consciousness through deep hearing.

You will then focus on being mindful in the moment and listening to the sounds of the world, without your attention wandering, without day-dreaming. Simply hearing, simultaneous to this, you will silently repeat two simple mantras representing the Divine masculine and the Divine feminine. The mantras help the mind to have a specific focus.

After your meditation, you will discuss your experiences. The facilitator touches on some philosophy behind the practice of meditation. Then you will begin the relaxation sequence. Participants choose whether they want to remain seated on chairs or switch to lying on a yoga mat or specifically-tailored flat cushions. Other options include sitting cross-legged or holding oneself in a yoga pose.

Calming relaxation music is played out over the room with flutes, oriental violins, and sounds of birds singing and water falling, etc. The participants are taken through a visualization sequence, a guided meditation where you will travel to a distant beautiful land with the mind's eye. In the end, as you are all mentally returning to the room, the facilitator sings auspicious mantras along with the harmonium.

Finally, participants open their eyes feeling very refreshed and enlivened. Other kinds of meditation experiences at Lake Isle Retreats include Japa meditation, the soft chanting and murmuring of the maha-mantra using traditional wooden prayer beads, Mindfulness walks outdoors in nature, Kirtan-yoga, which is the singing of mantras accompanied by instruments such as harmonium, karatalas, and drums, reading and discussing meditation philosophy as based on the 6th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita (Dhyana-yoga), and Mindfulness on specific retreats.

Included excursions

  • Relaxing around Inis Rath island
  • Forest walk in Castle Coole and Killeshandra

Instructors

Tim McEvitt

Rabindra Das

Retreat location

Lake Isle Retreat's retreat center, Mandala House, is 12 kilometers or eight miles from Belturbet in County Cavan and seven miles from Lisnaskea in County Fermanagh. The retreat center is easy to reach from the cities, you will stay on the same road N3 (or M3) all the way up from Dublin to within five kilometers from the retreat center (the turn-off is Teemore).

From Belfast, you're on the M1 and A4 for 90% of the journey to the center. Both of these two principal cities in Ireland are less than 90 miles or 140 kilometers away.

Unique features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Reiki

General

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free parking

Food

Tasty Homemade Vegetarian and Vegan Food

All food at the retreat center is vegetarian and extremely tasty, cooked with love by vegan chef, Carmen Padilla Quiel. Meals are prepared fresh on the day. Everything is vegetarian with no meat, fish, or eggs. Most preparations are vegan (dairy-free). The food is a combination of Indian vegetarian (e.g. samosas, curries, basmati rice, etc.) and Western vegetarian (e.g. pizza, salads, pasta, soups, etc.).

Lake Isle Retreats caters to any special diets for allergies and intolerances. ​In case you're a yogi, Vaishnava or someone familiar with a "sattvic" diet, Lake Isle does not 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!

Lake Isle Retreats has a polytunnel and a vegetable garden for growing food. During the growing season, they use their own organic potatoes, carrots, courgettes, peppers, corns, tomatoes, beetroots, cucumbers, French beans, and some herbs in preparing the dishes.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

All therapies are available at the rate of 35 EUR for a 50-minute session.

  • Aromatherapy Full-Body Massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Reiki Energy Healing
  • Reflexology (Healing and massage of the feet)
  • Head, Neck, and Shoulders Massage
  • Aromatouch
  • Sound Therapy

What's included

  • Daily meditation and other activities
  • All classes and workshops
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Complimentary herbal teas every day
  • 2 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • All treatments and therapies

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at either Belfast International Airport (BFS), George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD), or Dublin Airport (DUB). Each of these cities is a similar distance by road from the retreat center. If you are not hiring a car, then Dublin may be the most convenient airport destination. Five times a day, a Bus Eireann coach (the national operator) goes through the airport and brings passengers to Belturbet (the small town closest to Mandala House in the Republic of Ireland).

Ground staff at the airport will assist you to find the location of the bus stop, which is a four-minute walk from the main exit of the airport building (specifically you will go to Zone 11, Stop 2, Route 30). You're looking for the bus with "Donegal" as its end destination. Tickets are 26.50 EUR (return to Belturbet). The coach, at about 12:50 p.m. is the most convenient for you for arriving at the retreat, in general.

Please note that there are two airports in Belfast, Belfast International Airport (BFS) and George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD). If you fly into Belfast you'll need to get into the city center to take a coach from the Belfast Europa coach station.

Direction 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. Stay on this main road and after 14 minutes, you will arrive at the Belturbet Roundabout.
  • Continue on straight taking the second exit here towards Enniskillen. Continue on for 8 kilometers and take a right turn at Teemore Cross.
  • The sign will say "Lisnaskea 9", indicating that you are now in County Fermanagh and the road signs would be in miles. Follow this road for three miles going in the direction of Geaglum Quay and Inish Rath Island. 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 a gravel road towards Inish Rath for 400 meters until you see the sign for Mandala House.

Directions from the North (Derry, Donegal, Omagh)

  • Aim for Enniskillen; the road approaching Enniskillen is the A32. In Enniskillen, aim for Dublin on the Sligo Road (A4). A mile out of the town center take the first exit or go left at the roundabout, following signs for Dublin.
  • Ten miles south of Enniskillen, you will 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 will have you make a right turn off the B127. Continue on a gravel road towards Inish Rath until you see the sign for Mandala House.

Directions from Belfast and the East

  • Take the M1 which leads onto the A4 in the direction of Enniskillen.
  • Twelve 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 here by taking the second exit and drive down the road.
  • After one minute, you will come to a smaller mini-roundabout (a painted circle) on Main Street and take the right turn, taking you towards Derrylin on the B127 road, which you will follow for five miles.
  • You will cross over a first and then a second bridge over the lake (both bridges are approximately 100 meters long); take next turn left and follow the signs to Inish Rath from here. Continue on a gravel road towards Inish Rath until you see the sign for Mandala House.

Directions from the West (Sligo)

  • Aim for Enniskillen, before entering the town, take a right (or the second exit) at the roundabout and aim for Dublin on the A509 (N3).
  • Ten miles south of Enniskillen, you will 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 will have you make a right turn off the B127. Continue on a gravel road towards Inish Rath until you see the sign for Mandala House.

Arrival by coach

From Dublin, take the Donegal line from the main (and only) coach station in Dublin city center (Busárus). Ask for a ticket to Belturbet. (www.buseireann.ie) The journey takes about two hours and 15 minutes. From Belturbet, you will need a taxi. From Belfast, there are Ulster bus coaches every hour from Belfast to Enniskillen. You have to get off at Maguiresbridge, about 12 miles before Enniskillen, then, take a taxi to the retreat center.

Arrival by taxi

  • Via the Republic of Ireland

Benny Corby, with his family and friends, is 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 15 EUR. You are suggested to phone them on that morning to make a provisional booking. Almost two hours after leaving Dublin, the coach stops in Cavan town for a five-minute break. From the moment this bus departs again, you should phone Benny and tell him where you are. He'll know you'll arrive in Belturbet after 15 minutes.

  • Via Northern Ireland

If you arrive on a coach from Belfast, here are the phone numbers to take you from Maguiresbridge to Mandala House near Inish Rath Island: 028-67722446, 028-67722360, 028-67722220, and 028-67723222. The journey will cost about 13 GBP; please note that these are UK phone numbers.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Departure: Sunday July 12, 2020

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