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7 Days Yoga and Therapy Retreat in Ireland

  • Slí na Bandé, Kilmurry, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow, A63 DD78, Ireland


Yoga Retreat in Ireland

Join Marlene for a wonderful week of yoga and meditation, including yoga and meditation classes, Ayurvedic massage, Reflexology, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Psychoanalytic sessions. Marlene awaits you with many relaxing and entertaining events for your afternoons and evenings. County Wicklow, also known as the Garden of Ireland, offers you the opportunity to enjoy your retreat surrounded by the most amazing landscapes and sceneries.


  • Shamanic journey
  • Yoga or Shamanic classes
  • Yoga and meditation sessions
  • Afternoon and evening events
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Sl na Band has 8 bedrooms, with a total of 14 beds. Six of these rooms are suites with en suite bathrooms. The accommodation is clean, comfortable, and homey. Rooms exterior to the house are equipped with wood-burning stoves and space heaters. The Back Chalet, with 3 single and 2 double beds, has a compost toilet available for the guests, in a separate building next door. All accommodation is shared. There is an extra charge for people who require a single room. If necessary, extra beds can be added in the rooms.

Communal space

The communal areas include the Coffeehouse and the Yoga Room. The Coffeehouse includes a kitchen. The Yoga Room has its own bathroom.

Sl na Band is situated at 17 kilometers from Glendalough, one of the most important site of monastic ruins in Ireland. The Glendalough valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Ireland.

Nearby places

  • Glendalough Valley, 17 kilometers
  • Greystones, 10 kilometers
  • Kilcoole Beach, 7 kilometers
  • Lakes Lough Dan & Lough Tay, 10 kilometers
  • Powerscourt Waterfall, 20 km
  • 1 daily meditation session
  • 1 daily Shamanic journey
  • 1 Sweat Lodge Ceremony
  • 1 daily yoga class or Shamanic class
  • 1 daily yoga session
  • 1 session of Psychoanalysis or Cranial Sacrum Therapy
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Afternoon events
  • Evening events

Typical daily schedule

  • 08:00 Meditation
  • 08:30 Yoga
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:30 Shamanic Journey
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • Afternoon events
  • 17:30 Yoga class or Shamanic class
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • Evening events

There is the opportunity for individual sessions in the afternoon. In the evenings, you will go to the pub to listen to Irish music and dancing, watch movies, discuss philosophy, etc. On one day, you will hold a Sweat Lodge Ceremony which is included in the price. During the week there is the opportunity for one free session of Psychoanalysis or Cranial Sacrum Therapy.

Driving directions from Dublin

  • Coming from Dublin, take the N11.
  • Leave the N11 at the signposts for Newtownmountkennedy.
  • Follow the signposts to the village.
  • Go through the village until the Industrial Estate.
  • Immediately before the Industrial Estate turn right and continue uphill and through the roundabout.
  • The road forks, take the right fork.
  • Go up the road for a mile, the road becomes a dirt track.
  • Go up the dirt track for 50 yard.
  • There is a granite stone wall on the right hand side which is the entrance of the house. Go up the drive, park on the concrete.

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to Wicklow is Dublin Airport, Ireland (DUB). From the airport you can get to Sli na Bande by bus or by taxi.

Arrival by bus from Dublin

  • Bus Eireann 133 from Dublin - Georges Quay (in front of Busaras, crossing the bridge). Check the bus 133 timetable
  • Get off the bus at the church.
  • At the church turn right and follow road to the left
  • Take first right
  • Road forks and take right fork
  • Go up the road for a mile until the road becomes dirt track
  • Go up dirt track for 50 yards
  • There is a granite stone wall on the right hand side which is the entrance of the house. Go up the drive. We are in the main house.

Arrival by taxi

If you prefer to travel only by taxi, the hosts recommend you the route from Dublin Airport to Newtownmountkennedy. They also advise you about booking the taxi: the Dublin Airport Taxis (approximated price: 90 EUR) or Taxis Dublin Airport (approximated price: 100).


  • Dublin Airport (DUB), 1 hour 30 minutes

Course information

Open Hatha yoga classes are held in Sl na Bands wooden chalet, and are open to everyone. It is not necessary to have any previous knowledge of yoga. %Participants are of mixed ability and the class is adapted to the general level of ability of the people in each class.

Private Hatha Yoga Classes are available for people who have specific difficulties or physical limitations. They are recommended for people with back pain, hip problems, knee injuries etc. The cost for a private session is 30 EUR.

Electricity information

Based on the principle of living sustainably, your host from Sl na Band has solar panels and a wind generator.

Accommodation information

All accommodation is shared. There is an extra charge for people who require a single room. If necessary, extra beds can be added in the rooms.

What to bring

Sl na Band provides mats, blocks, belts and blankets available for use, but participants are invited to bring their own.

Special menu request / information

If you require to your hosts to cook meals without honey and eggs from their house, this will require an extra charge of 25 per day EUR.

Responsible tourism

Sl na Band, meaning The Way of the Goddess, is a sustainable living project and a response to the deteriorating environmental conditions of this planet. Run by Marlene and Douglas ffrench Mullen, and staffed by international volunteers, it is a more than just a place, its a vision and an idea that Marlene and Douglas have been cultivating for more than twenty years. They created an opportunity for people to engage with themselves and their environment differently.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Sli na Bande, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Contact Organizer button to send a message.

In the afternoons, you will go on walks in the Wicklow Mountains or excursions to local top attractions such as Glendalough, Powerscourt etc.

Marlene Muller

According to the testimonies of her students, Marlene has an in-depth knowledge of how the human body works and how to use its energy in order to achieve a higher spiritual fulfillment. Marlene is a registered practitioner with APPI (Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland) and a member of ICLO (Irish Circle of the Lacanian Orientation) since its foundation in 2009. Marlene has taught and studied Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga for over twenty years, having received her certification from the Irish Yoga Association, and has supplemented her training through courses and workshops in India.

Marlene was awarded an IYA diploma from the Irish Yoga Association (IYA) in 1990. She was appointed Tutor on the IYA Teacher Training Course in 1992 and tutored on five of the Associations teacher training courses. She still facilitates yoga study days for IYA tutors. To date, Marlene has represented the IYA three times at the European Yoga Congress in Zinal.

She holds a Junior Iyengar Certificate and also studied with Jenny Beeken, Donna Holleman and Patabi Jois. Marlene facilitates her own yoga study programmes at Sl na Band and this programme has run continuously since 2000. Marlene holds a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from DBS and a MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from UCD.

  • Spa treatments
  • Workshop space

Sli na Bande believes in an ethical approach to food. All meals are vegetarian and prepared from organically-produced food. In so far as possible, all the food is homemade without the use of stock cubes, and the herbs and vegetables are all home grown. Your hosts can cook you dairy-free / gluten free / wheat free for no extra charge, using non-Chinese honey and the eggs from the chickens who free-range about the garden.

During the week there is the opportunity to enjoy sessions of Massage, Reflexology and Shiatsu, available for an extra cost of 50 EUR per session and offered by external therapists.

  • Connect with the nature in the beautiful garden
  • Enjoy the sunshine on the sun deck
  • Explore the nearby ruins, waterfalls, lakes, villages, seaside and other local area of interest
  • Go hiking in the beautiful Wicklow mountains and discover hiking / walking trails of the national park
  • Indulge yourself with a relaxing siesta on the comfortable hammocks
  • Meetup at the welcoming coffeehouse
  • Take a refreshing dip at the natural swimming pool
  • Fishing nearby
  • Golf driving range nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Hot tub
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Beach nearby
  • Caf
  • Caf nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • Yoga studio
  • Parking lot
  • Toiletries
For information about the booking conditions, please send Sli na Bande an inquiry.
  • Review by Eimear

    "Marlene, I cant thank you enough for another amazing weekend, I just feel such a peace after it. So next one, can I book in? Its coming at a perfect time!"

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  • Review by M. Stevens, U.S.

    "Marlenes style of yoga is highly unique. On my first day, the other participants assured me it was the best yoga around. Challenging, creative, and interesting, Marlenes class taught me that there is far more to yoga than what you find in mainstream classes."

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  • Review by Jackie

    "Marlenes yoga class is superb. She has an in-depth knowledge of how the body works and therefore ensures a challenging yet manageable class. I have a long term neck injury and after exploring many different unsuccessful avenues, yoga through Marlenes instruction has alleviated all pain and greatly improved flexibility. Each of Marlenes classes are different, but at the end of each one, you leave her class feeling centred and renewed. The more yoga I do the more I want to learn. I could not recommend this yoga class highly enough"

    Sli Na Bande Yoga website, edited

  • Review by F. Frellstedt, Germany

    "I have attended several open yoga classes with Marlene and every time I am amazed that she manages to make my body pains disappears within one session. And I love to feel my energy flowing through my whole body every time in the relaxation. I can truly find peace in Marlenes classes."

    Sli Na Bande Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Melanie

    "Thank you for the welcoming Yoga session two weeks ago. It was special. Your wisdom and the sacred space you provide. Sli na Bande has a very welcoming and strong energy. Details like the fresh wild flowers put thoughtfully in many places just touched my heart. Thank you to yourself and Douglas for Sli na Bande."

    Sli Na Bande Yoga website, edited

Wicklow, Ireland

Slí na Bandé offers yoga retreats, sustainable living education, group work facilities and accommodation, Shamanic ceremonies, hosted events, artist’s retreats in Ireland.

from US$648

7 days / 6 nights


Arrival: Sunday July 2, 2017
Departure: Saturday July 8, 2017

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