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3 Days Walking and Yoga Holiday in County Fermanagh, Ireland, Northern Ireland, UK

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

Yoga Retreat Northern Ireland

Get some much-needed break from daily routine on a yoga retreat in the peaceful Upper Lough Erne area. Located in Northern Ireland, this retreat will give you opportunity to relax and reconnect with yourself. Enjoy daily yoga classes, a meditation session, and energizing walk at the Cuilcagh Mountain Geo-park, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. You will return home feeling refreshed and recharged!

Meet the instructors

Tim & Chrissie
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Highlights

  • Mountain and forest walks
  • Visualization meditation session
  • Yoga classes with expert teachers
  • Kirtan mantra relaxation group session
  • Daily meals and herbal tea included
  • 2 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Facilities

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

The retreat center 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 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.

Program

Friday

  • 18:00 Approximate arrival time. You can arrive from 3 p.m. if you wish. Some people like to book a massage after their journey. Therapies cost 35 EUR or 30 GBP for 50-minutes. Aromatherapy full-body massage, reflexology, Reiki, Indian head massage, Aromatouch, Rahanni, Thai head, neck and shoulders massage, are available.
  • 18:45 Yoga and stretching with Lucy
  • 20:15 Dinner

Saturday

  • 06:35 Option to take a boat service over to an island (across 300 meters of lake water) to visit a temple. Although this is an optional activity (due to the early morning rising), Lake Isle Retreats recommends that you join in this fascinating cultural experience. The temple's first program is at 4:30 a.m. every morning, so this the second half of the morning program.
  • From 7:00 a.m., there is the attendance of the "Greeting of the Deities". This ceremony begins with some spiritual music arranged by George Harrison (of the Beatles) in 1970 - George played the harmonium for the recording. The program continues with some chant music and an arati - aratis are ancient ceremonies that have taken place in Hindu and Buddhist temples for millennia. Afterwards, there is a talk on Bhagavad Gita, a Sanskrit philosophical text. You are welcome to stay for as long as you like, or may relax elsewhere on the island, as you wish. The group will depart from the talk early. As breakfast is later, you're welcome to take snacks during the early morning time if you feel hungry.
  • 08:50 Yoga with Chrissie
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:30 Depart for the Culicagh Mountain walk. A picnic is included for you. This is walk can take four to five hours to complete. The group will be driven for 35 minutes to reach the Cuilcagh Mountain Geo-park, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The walk is linear, going up a marked trail and back the same way, so guests may walk at their own walking pace. Cuilcagh Mountain has a long and wide table-top summit
  • 18:00 Dinner back at the retreat center; massages available during the evening - 35 EUR or 30 GBP for 50 minutes
  • 19:00 Kirtan mantra relaxation group session. Relax weary but happy muscles by lying on the yoga mat and hearing the sounds of melodic and soothing live music chants, Tibetan singing bowl (30 minutes)

Sunday

  • 08:30 Yoga with Chrissie and time for optional therapy and massage sessions
  • 10:15 Breakfast
  • 11:15 Visualization meditation session with Tim
  • 12:05 Option to depart from retreat centre for ferry to Inis Rath Island
  • 12:30 Kirtan-yoga chant music in temple room
  • 13:00 Optional talk on Bhagavad Gita - an ancient text covering many of the subtle aspects of Vedic philosophy. This talk will be focused on Bhakti-yoga, which is the yoga of developing pure love. Another option is to use this time to walk around island. There are many outdoor paintings and murals depicting Krishna and his friends.
  • 14:00 The Sunday feast
  • 15:00 Departure by ferry boat

Instructors

Tim McEvitt

Chrissie

Retreat location

Discover one of the most ideal spiritual retreats in Ireland with Lake Isle Retreats. The retreat center, Mandala House, is situated on the shores of Upper Lough Erne, 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. Deer and other wildlife wander freely in the peaceful lakeside atmosphere.

The venue is situated in Fermanagh, one hour 45-minute 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 6th century.

On nearby Inis Rath, there is a beautiful Krishna temple, and at the retreat and accommodation facility on the adjacent mainland you will be offered a very warm welcome.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

All 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.) 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, Lake Isle Retreats doesn'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!

The venue doen't allow the eating of non-vegetarian foods, defined according to the Vaishnava tradition from India as no meat, fish or eggs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

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

Things to do (optional)

On Sunday, optional therapy and massage sessions may begin during part of the yoga class and continue until noon time. Therapies available include full-body aromatherapy massage, back massage, Reiki, Rahanni, sound therapy, Indian head massage, reflexology, and aromatouch. The massage session costs 30 GBP or 35 EUR for 50 minutes.

Mandala House does not have TV; remember the old days when people sat beside the open wood-fire and told stories? Well, welcome back to the good old days. Mind you, Lake Isle Retreats often shows an interesting documentary related to spirituality on Saturday evening. The schedule on retreats is generally quite jam-packed with activities and classes. However, if you skip something here is what you may be doing otherwise:

Your time on the retreat is meant for you to re-experience the simple things in life. Remember when houses only had one TV and you did more reading? You can chat, read, or go for moon-light walks in the evening. You are welcome to go outside any time of the day or night and hear and experience nature in the woodlands by the lake.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and complimentary herbal teas every day
  • All classes and workshops

What's not included

  • Massage therapies

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Belfast

  • Coming from the 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 main street here by taking second exit and drive down the road. After one minute you come to smaller mini-roundabout (a painted circle) on 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 a 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 gravel road towards Inish Rath until you see the sign for Mandala House.

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. Follow this road and after 14 minutes, you arrive at the Belturbet Roundabout (do not take the earlier turn-off for Belturbet town)
  • Continue on straight taking the second exit here towards Enniskillen (you're continuing on the same N3 (M3) road which began in Dublin). Continue on for eight kilometers. Take a right turn at Teemore Cross.
  • The sign says: Lisnaskea 9 - you are now in County Fermanagh and road-signs are in miles. Follow this road for two 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 gravel road towards Inish Rath for 400 meters until you see the sign for Mandala House.

Driving directions from the North

  • Coming 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 town center, take first exit or go left at roundabout following signs for Dublin.
  • Ten 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 will have you make a right turn off the B127. *Continue on gravel road towards Inish Rath until you see the sign for Mandala House.

Driving directions from the West

  • 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).
  • Ten 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 will have you make a right turn off the B127. Continue on gravel road towards Inish Rath until you see the sign for Mandala House.

Arrival by airplane

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 the venue 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 1:50 p.m. is the time most convenient for you for arriving for the retreats, in general.

Aerlingus and Ryanair operate into Dublin. Easyjet and British Airways operate into Belfast. Note: in Belfast there are two airports, Belfast City and Belfast International. If you fly into Belfast, you'll need to get into the city center to take a coach from Belfast Europa coach station.

Arrival by boat / ferry

From Great Britain, especially if you live in the vicinity of a ferry port on the Irish Sea, travelling by rail (or coach) and 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.

Arrival by bus

Large towns close to Inish Rath Island are Enniskillen and Cavan Town. 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. A taxi from Cavan will cost approx 35 EUR and a taxi from Enniskillen will cost approximately 30 GBP.

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.

Arrival by taxi

Via Rep of Ireland: 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 15 EUR. It is suggested that you 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-minute 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.

Via Northern Ireland: If you arrive on a coach from Belfast, get a taxi to take you from Maguiresbridge to Mandala House near Inish Rath Island. The journey will cost about 11 GBP.

GPS

  • N 54° 11.482' - W 007° 29.409'

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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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