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Join Wild Atlantic Way Yoga's "Samhain" yoga retreat weekend in Cork, Ireland. Every day you will wake up by the sea, fill your lungs with the fresh air of the Atlantic Ocean and immerse yourself in the teachings of Laura Vaughan who wishes to hold the sacred space of yoga so others can experience this deeper connection with their own essential nature within. Samhain or the Celtic New Year is the beginning of the time of more darkness than light and a time for personal reflection as we make the journey inwards to plant the seeds for new growth.
Wild Atlantic Way Yoga is a traditional Irish farmhouse. While immersing yourself in your yoga practice, you will be looking out at the Atlantic Ocean while enjoying the intimate setting of only eight guests. The farmhouse was brought back to life at the turn of this century, along with retaining the original features; the double height, underfloor heating, and yoga studio was added.
There are four double or twin bedrooms and two bathrooms which the majority of guests will be sharing. The four rooms are allocated upon arrival and will accommodate two people each. Private rooms are subject to availability for a supplement of 55 EUR. You will enjoy the experience of a traditional Irish farmhouse with beautiful views of the famous Old Head and of course, the Atlantic Ocean.
You will arrive on Friday at 16:30, just in time for a strong yoga class after sunset. You will end the day with a soothing Restorative yoga practice, creating that dream-like high after savasana, which must be felt to be believed. Yoga is suitable for all levels.
For the rest of the weekend, you will enjoy mouthwatering vegetarian meals, two sunrise yoga practices, and an evening yoga class. You will practice pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation every morning. The afternoon is free for you to explore and unwind in the stunning setting of The Wild Atlantic Way Yoga.
The opening ceremony is on Friday evening at 5 p.m., followed by a 90-minute gentle Hatha yoga class, meditation, and relaxation after dinner
The Saturday morning Yang practice includes sun salutations for 90 minutes and morning meditation for 30 minutes. The evening Yin practice is comprised of Hatha yoga with a focus on chakras for 90 minutes, followed by meditation and relaxation after dinner.
On Sunday you will have morning pranayama or conscious breathing and asana or movement practice for 90 minutes, and meditation and relaxation for 30 minutes. The closing ceremony will take place after brunch.
Yoga Therapy Ireland Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
Laura comes from a psychology and social care background. Her spiritual journey began 12 years ago while studying Psychology in Oxford where she also discovered the science of Hatha yoga with Tara Yoga School, Atman Yoga. Her passion for psychology and yoga continue to go hand-in-hand. Yoga is a form of therapy, a very powerful tool for self-transformation which allows for deep healing and the realization of higher states of consciousness. She received her 500-hour Diploma in yoga teacher training from Yoga Therapy Ireland in 2016 and teaches yoga from her home in the woods in Kildare.
This retreat will take place in Cork, Ireland. Wild Atlantic Way Yoga is a mere 30-minute drive from Cork Airport (ORK). It overlooks the Atlantic Ocean on the famous Old Head of Kinsale. There are many beautiful sandy beaches in the vicinity. The famous beaches of Garrettstown are merely a five-minute drive away as is the famous Old Head Golf Links. The beautiful tourist town of Kinsale is a mere ten-minute drive away.
Meals are taken very seriously at Wild Atlantic Way Yoga, as the owner, Shirley, did her primary degree in Food Science. You will be served wholesome and nourishing vegetarian options throughout the weekend. There will be two main meals per day, brunch and dinner. Snacks will be served throughout the weekend.
At Wild Atlantic Way Yoga, treatments such as massage can be organised on site upon request. A 24-hour notice is required to book the treatment.
Please book your flight to arrive at Cork Airport (ORK). From the city center or Cork Airport, driving or taxi is your best option. Wild Atlantic Way Yoga can help organize transport to and from the retreat center. Expect to pay 45 EUR for a taxi from Cork city or 40 EUR from Cork Airport.
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