5 Days Relaxing Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Aran Islands, Ireland

  • Inishmore, Aran Islands, County Galway, Ireland

5 Days Relaxing Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Aran Islands, Ireland

  • Inishmore, Aran Islands, County Galway, Ireland

Nurturing Yoga Retreat Ireland

Join Mary O'Toole for a peaceful, relaxing, and healing week in Ireland for daily yoga, meditation, wholesome delicious food, nature, and Irish culture. The retreat is held on the beautiful and historic Aran Island, Inis Mor, off the Galway coast in Ireland. Come experience life on an island and explore Inis Mor beautiful historical sites at your leisure. Nurture your body, clear your mind and feed your soul with yoga, meditation, and a sacred healing practice designed to help you take an amazing inward journey.

Highlights

  • Daily Gentle yoga classes
  • Group meditation sessions
  • Guided tour to beautiful historical sites
  • Free time to read, write, relax, and explore
  • Admission to the greatest Barbaric Fort in Western Europe
  • 4 nights' en-suite accommodation
  • Delicious wholesome food
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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This guest house is an elegant eighteenth-century stone-built house situated halfway along the island between Kilronan and the western village of Bun Gowla. The house has a gorgeous view of Dun Aonghasa, the greatest Barbaric Fort in Western Europe, and Kilmurvey Beach, a magnificent sandy beach within minutes walk from the house. There are 12 en-suite rooms, and all rooms are tastefully decorated and have direct dial telephone.

In this retreat, you will begin each day with a gently opening and the awakening of your body with a morning yoga practice. After this, you have the freedom to spend your day on how you want to like reading, writing, relaxing, wandering, sipping tea in front of the fire, exploring the island with the group or on your own. Evenings will begin with a gentle chill yoga practice in front of the fire and continue with a nurturing dinner and a group meditation before bedtime.

You will enjoy a guided tour of the island.

  • Mary O'Toole

    Mary O’Toole, a wellness professional whose primary focus is to support those with the desire to decrease stress and be healthy is the owner and founder of The Light Within. Mary is a wellness coach, international yoga retreat leader, certified yoga instructor, reiki master teacher, and laughter yoga leader. She discovered yoga in 2004 at a time of personal challenges and found that yoga helped her cope with stress. She takes her corporate background and blends it with her wellness training to offer each individual and group a unique wellness experience.

This retreat will be held at a guest house located on the beautiful and historic Aran Islands, Inis Mor, off the Galway coast in Ireland. The island of Inis Mór or Inishmore that means "the big island," is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland.

It is well-known internationally with over 50 different monuments of Christian, pre-Christian, and Celtic mythological heritage. The Aran Islands are beautiful and quiet this time of the year making it the perfect place to go to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.

Dún Aonghasa

Dún Aonghasa is one of Irelands most visited attractions. Located on the 300-foot cliff side or south side of Inismór, It is a semi circular stone fort over looking the Atlantic with daunting and dramatic views that stretch the length of the Island. Dun Aonghasa is deemed to be one of the best examples of its kind in Europe. Archaeologists, scholars, and tourists come here from all over the world and it is likely to be given the official status of a world heritage site in the near future.

Most people cycle to Dun Aonghasa from the pier and this cycle to Dun Aonghasa has become an attraction in itself due to the eclectic mix of attractions along the way

a 14-acre site the fort consists of three terraced walls surrounding an inner enclosure containing a platform on the edge of a three hundred foot high cliff. The views from it are breathtakingly spectacular. Excavations carried out in the 1990's indicated that people had been living at the hill top from circa 1500 BC with the first walls and dwelling houses being erected circa 1100 BC. A remarkable network of defensive stones known as a Chevaux de Frise( circa 700 BC) surrounds the whole structure.

In this retreat, daily breakfast and dinner are included. Food is made from scratch on-site at your guest house by the owner and chef, Treasa. If you have any food restrictions, please let The Light Within know when you register.

The island of Inis Mór (Inishmore) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. During your stay, grab the opportunity to do fun activities on the island.

Children's playground and basketball court

The island of Inishmore has some facilities that are handy for tourists. One of these is the modern children's playground. Another is the basketball court.

Cliff divers and rock climbers

The Aran Islands have long been a destination for rock climbers and cliff divers due to its dramatic cliff faces. In recent times cliff diving has become hugely popular as Inis Mor Island has become a venue for the red bull cliff diving series. Located at the Serpaints Lair or 'worm hole' which is a naturally occurring square which looks like it is cut out of the rock is where the divers dive into from the cliff. It is a very dramatic sight.

Cycling

Cycling on the Aran Islands has been the main method for tourists to get around the islands, and certainly, the 30-minute bike ride from the Pier on Inis Mor Island to Dun Aonghasa is established as the most popular cycling route in Ireland.

The islands are perfectly suited to cycling with gentle roads and relatively flat circuits. Their small size makes cycling accessible to people of all fitness levels. It is also very easy to explore the island and find complete isolation, as well as being able to visit the historical sites with only the chirping of wild birds to keep you company.

Fishing, boats, and yachtsman

Casual fishing is also popular on Inis Mor. The pristine beaches, rock side coastal areas are perfect for anglers and are as good as anywhere in the West of Ireland. Deep sea angling is very popular with many local fishermen from the Galway region who base themselves on the Aran Islands for fishing trips to take advantage of 25 different species of fish including the Blue Shark.

The Aran also plays host to many casual yachtsmen, enjoying Galway Bay especially over the summer months where Kilronan harbor sometimes can resemble the Mediterranean resorts with its turquoise clear water. It is a very popular stopover indeed.

Surfing

Being that the island is on the edge of Galway bay, the swells generated make for good surf in certain parts of the islands. In these times surfers congregate from all parts of the country to take advantage of the big waves. The numbers seem to increase each year with increasing popularity of the sport in Ireland.

Walking

The Aran Islands landscape makes an ideal setting for walkers of all levels. It is relatively flat although there are some relatively modest higher points so one can get a good vantage of the entire Island. It is a good idea to wear strong shoes if you are venturing towards the cliff face areas as the terrain is rocky or gravel. There are few signposted parts of the island where one needs to walk such as the Blackfort which is about 30 minutes walk from Kilronan Village and is more or less a flat walk.

  • 2 daily 90-minute yoga practice
  • 4 nights' en-suite accommodation
  • Admission to the greatest Barbaric Fort in Western Europe
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Daily meditation practice
  • Guided tour of the island
  • Ferry transfer to and from the island
  • Shuttle bus from Galway city to the ferry in Rosaveel
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Local activities
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

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

Arrival by bus

From Dublin Airport (DUB), you may take City Link or Go Bus to arrive at Galway City. While from Shannon Aiport (SNN), take the Bus Eireann. They provide regular services to Galway City.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Nancy

    " I have known Mary since July 2011 and have experienced her awesome yoga and reiki skills firsthand. In March of this year I engaged her as a wellness coach as I was having difficulty getting 'past myself' in the creation of my resume. Mary then helped me uncover and discover many aspects of my inner workings that have been holding me back. Mary worked with me in discussing and developing my specific wellness plan to include healthier eating, self-care, booking 'fun' into my calendar (the hardest one), meditation, focus, and coping skills for various events in my life, etc. Mary held me accountable and I have definitely developed awareness for better habits to promote my own wellness. Mary's background accompanied by her knowledge, intuition, ability to dig to the root of a perceived problem, balanced energy, sense of humor, and listening skills are the things that make her a great wellness coach. I feel I am truly now on the yellow brick road to wellness - in mind, body and spirit - thanks to Mary."

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  • Review by Susan

    "My Reiki session with Mary O’Toole means one hour to re-energize, one hour to sort through all the baggage that I carry around with me each day and one hour to heal my body, mind and soul."

    The Light Within website, edited

  • Review by a traveler

    "Restorative yoga is the absolute best way to finish the work week and enter the weekend. It is relaxing and helps me achieve balance and find my center. It would be a great class any day of the week, but is extra special on Fridays."

    The Light Within website, edited

  • Review by a traveler

    "Laughter yoga has got to be the best class for connecting with my inner child. Letting loose, feeling silly and leaving with my sides pleasantly aching from laughing so hard. It doesn’t get any better than that."

    The Light Within website, edited

  • Review by a traveler

    "Mary truly believes that yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, body type, and ability. She provides a comfortable and safe environment, teaches modifications for poses as necessary and shows each person how to set their intent for their practice. Truly a wonderful class."

    The Light Within website, edited

Massachusetts, United States

The Light Within is a wellness boutique that offers a variety of programs like yoga and reiki for individuals, groups, and organizations led by Mary O'Toole.

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5 days / 4 nights

Availability

Arrival: Monday May 21, 2018
Departure: Friday May 25, 2018

Cancellation policy

Cancelling 28 - 14 days before retreat start date, you will receive 50% refund of remaining balance (does not include your retreat deposit which is non-refundable) paid. If you cancel 14 days or less, you will recieve 0% refund.

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