7 Days Magical Journey Yoga Retreat in County Limerick, Ireland

Relaxing Yoga Holidays Ireland

Join in for a magical journey to Ireland as you take a step back into the past of the Medieval Ages where castles were abundant and life was simple. In this retreat, you will learn a bit of Ireland's history with yoga classes thrown in the mix! Unwind yourself as you dance along traditional Irish music at the castle's local bar or spend the afternoon visiting boutique shops showcasing Irish designers. You would not want to miss this opportunity!

Retreat highlights

  • Daily all-levels yoga classes
  • Exciting excursions to explore ancient sites in Ireland
  • Get the copy of Angela's Ashes - Francis "Frank" McCourt
  • Dance to traditional Irish music at the castle's bar
  • 6 nights comfortable accommodation
  • Daily homemade meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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Accommodation

During this retreat, you will be staying at Springfield Castle. The rooms are available for single or double occupancy. If you are coming with a friend, Yoga Retreats Ireland will do their best to accommodate you. Springfield Castle is the ancestral home of Lord and Lady Muskerry.

County Limerick is the birthplace of Malachy McCourt, the author of Angela's Ashes. One of the delights of staying at Springfield Castle is the seclusion and tranquillity offered by the 200 acres of wooded estate. When you drive in through the gates and up the three-quarter mile long tree lined avenue, you will feel the magic of entering a “different world”.

There are fields of quietly grazing deer and acres of woodland walks tempting you to explore. Springfield is a prime example of an Irish Castle with gardens. The organic farm, woods, and gardens at Springfield are all yours to roam and in the season you can enjoy a visit to the Victorian era walled garden with flowers, herbs, salads and vegetables organically produced for local markets and available to guests.

A tour of the farm with Jonathan on the tractor and trailer to meet the deer is a fascinating opportunity to see nature up close. Wildlife abounds at Springfield and the dawn chorus in spring and summer may be the loudest thing to disturb you.Walking through the woodlands and avenues you may be lucky enough to see some of the wildlife that lives here. We have rabbits, foxes, badgers and even barn owls.

Yoga Retreats Ireland Program

You will have two yoga classes for all levels daily and will be held in the West Wing of the castle which boasts a heated floor. Caroline, Ena, and a local guest teacher will be teaching a class with you. If you wish to improve your practice or have never been to a yoga class. This is the place to for you.

Do not worry about your novice experience as a yogi as there has been past guests that have never taken a yoga class. One lady started her yoga practice at the age of 76. It is truly a testament that yoga is for everyone.

All classes with have assists and adjustments as Ena will also be teaching Nidra yoga, the yoga of sleep. They hope you will take away some of the tools from this practice to your daily lives. Your afternoons are scheduled with group activities or time to be alone. County Limerick is the birth place of the Irish writer, Malachy McCourt, and all guests will be sent a copy of his book, Angela's Ashes. It is truly a sad story but with the resilience of the Irish, it has now become a musical.

In the evenings, dance along traditional Irish music at the castle's own bar. You can also join Yoga Retreats Ireland on a trip to nearby Newcastle West which is a small town is situated on the River Arra where you can spend the afternoon visiting boutique shops showcasing Irish designers.

Yoga Retreats Ireland hopes for everyone to make this retreat their vacation. They have found from past retreats that women talking and sharing is truly the essence of the retreat, without the interruptions of their daily lives. If you are traveling alone, Yoga Retreats Ireland will be there to welcome you. If you are coming with a friend, you will find space to reconnect. Ireland is their native land and they hope that you will love it as much as they do.

Benefits

  • A chance to get away and step aside from all the hustle and bustle of city life
  • Be more relaxed and refreshed than you have ever been
  • Become stronger mentally and find inner peace
  • Rediscover yourself after too long of feeling disconnected

Schedule

Day 1 - Saturday, May 12th

  • 12:30 Bus pick up at Dublin Airport. Ena will be at arrivals, Terminal one at the Upper Crust Restaurant. There will be a pit stop en route to the Castle
  • 16:00 Arrival: meet and greet with refreshments
  • 17:30 A gentle class to unkink from your travels. All yoga classes will be held in the west wing which has a heated floor
  • 19:30 Welcome dinner in the dinning room of the west wing.

Day 2- Sunday, May 13th

  • At your leisure ,join in one of the two kitchens for a light breakfast .
  • 09:00 Yoga
  • 11:00 Brunch
  • 12:30 Afternoon discussion of Frank Mc Courts book
  • 17:30 Yoga
  • 19:30 Dinner

Day 3 - Monday, May 14th

  • 08:30 Yoga class
  • 11:30 Depart for Limerick City. You will follow the footsteps of Frank Mc Courts childhood .Ending at Stouts pub. This is a walking tour , lasting an hour and a half. You are free to shop or wander the city for a couple of hours after the tour.
  • 16:30 Pick up from St Mary's Cathedral
  • 17:30 Yoga
  • 19:30 Dinner

Day 4 - Tuesday, May 15th

  • 09:30 Yoga
  • 11:00 Brunch
  • Afternoon walk on the estate .There are over two hundred acres to explore .
  • 17:30 Yoga .
  • 19:30 Dinner followed by a fire ceremony (weather permitting)

Day 5 - Wednesday, May 16th

  • 08:00 Yoga
  • 09:30 Brunch
  • Depart for the Burran and the cliffs of Moher. A hike is planned on the Burren please wear appropriate shoes. Time to be confirmed
  • 19:30 Dinner

Day 6 - Thursday, May 17th

  • 09:30 Yoga
  • 11:30 Brunch
  • Afternoon walk to the village .
  • 17:30 Yoga
  • 19:30 Farewell dinner. A member of the Sykes family will join us to share some of the Castle's history
  • Enjoy an after dinner Irish coffee to end our evening

Day 7 - Friday, May 18th

  • Light breakfast will be served before departure

Included excursions

Enjoy a day in Newcastle West and spend the day the a small town is situated on the River Arra. Enjoy lots of local eateries and boutique shops that showcases Irish designers.

Instructors

Ena
Ena believes life is a journey filled with new paths and unwritten pages; a story to be told. A trained ballet dancer and teacher, currently Cecchetti IV teacher certified, and pediatric nurse, winning a DAISY award for compassionate nursing in 2013. Ena married her high-school sweetheart Joseph and together they have two wonderful daughters. For many years, yoga took a backseat as Ena focused on her family and nursing career. She read yoga books, practiced with instructional DVDs, and developed a self-guided home practice. As her girls grew, so did her passion and interest in yoga.

Retreat location

This retreat will take place at County Limerick, located in the province of Munster in Ireland. The castle is situated on a 200-acre wooded lot. You will walk among the ancient lime trees.

Nearby places

  • Cliffs of Moher - 1 hour 54 minutes
  • Grangs Stone Circle - 49 minutes
  • Newcastle West - 18 minutes
  • River Arra - 21 minutes
  • Rock of Cashel - 1 hour 27 minutes

Unique features

General

  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Terrace

Food

You will be joined by a local chef who will whip up some tasty and nourishing meals daily. Please let Yoga Retreats Ireland know if you have any dietary restrictions. They will do their best to ensure your dietary needs are met. The local foods will be used depending on the seasons. Tea and fruits will always be available in their kitchen as the kitchen never closes in Ireland.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

During your free time, you may enjoy exploring the grounds of this Irish castle and some potential nearby wonders such as Cliffs of Moher, Rock of Cashel, and Grange Stone Circle.

What's included

  • Daily yoga practice for all levels
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Daily homemade meals, snacks, fruits, and tea
  • Visits to ancient sites
  • A copy of Angela's Ashes - Francis "Frank" McCourt

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Optional trips
  • Ground transfers

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Shannon Airport (SNN) or Dublin Airport (DUB). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request as Yoga Retreats Ireland will organize them for you. A chartered bus will be available for pick up and return to both airports on the first and last day of the retreat.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 25 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday September 29, 2018
Departure: Friday October 5, 2018

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