May 5-7th 2017
(back same as last year by popular demand!)
Yoga Weekend with Deirdre Desmond and Susan Montgomery, Lough Ine House, Skibbereen, West Cork
On the quiet and peaceful saltwater lakeshore of Lough Ine, join us in this luxuriously beautiful heritage house for an intimate weekend of Yoga, meditation, sauna, walks, delicious food and more elemental surprises.
Featuring food by Bridget Healy, co founder of Cafe Paradiso and Geraldine Swift of Glebe House and the infamous Bosca Beatha, mobile sauna
The Celtic Festival of Beltaine which marks the beginning of summer in the ancient Celtic calendar is a Cross Quarter Day, half way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, this falls the week of the retreat. In irish mythology great bonfires of Beal-tine would mark a time of purification and transition. To mark this celebration and transitional time of year we will once again focus our attention on the idea of inner heat and intention (tapas)*.
Excess dampness and stagnation builds up in the cooler weather of winter and spring, ready to be melted away with heat in preparation for the months ahead. Summer becomes a time for blossoming vitality and as we are charged by the sun and all is in bloom. However during the summer months our inner fire can become easily burnt out or depleted and result in imbalances. With mindful dynamic and flowing practices and traditional yogic Kriyas (cleanses) we will work on building up heat slowly and safely while remaining firmly connected to our centre, this will allow us to move forward with the intention of remaining both balanced and abundantly strong right throughout the season and beyond.
Join us in the magnificent period house, originally built as a hunting lodge for Lord Carbery in 1830. with roaring fires, bay windows looking over the lake and forests, plenty of quiet features and corners to get lost in and while away hours of restful time and complete immersion in nature.
The weekend will host a total of 10 hours of blissful dynamic vinyasa and restorative hatha vinyasa yoga, pranayama, meditation and some gentle traditional Kriyas
There is a small row boat for use by guests, Bridget can provide picnics to take on the lake by request...!
As an optional 'add' on for this particular retreat we will work with our friends at Atlantic Sea Kayaking to spend some time 'on' the lake at night time in kayaks. This will be the perfect opportunity to safely spend time exploring the infinite possibilities of the expansive sea and sky above and below simultaneously, last year it was a massive hit....
We also have a masseuse on site practicing deep tissue and aromatherapy massage for those that wish to avail
470 euro per person in main house
460 per person in boathouse (also on the grounds with private living room)
(based on twin room sharing)
-10 hours of Yoga and Meditation
-all meals and snacks by Bridget Healy and Geraldine Swift
-Luxury Accommodation in this decadent period house overlooking the lake
- full use of Bosca Beatha (mobile Sauna) situated privately on the grounds overlooking the lake
For more details contact us, places are limited
*(Tapas (Sanskrit"heat") refers to spiritual practices including deep meditation, reasoned self-discipline, and effort to achieve self-realization. )
* Kriyas (Yogic cleanses) Tratak, Jala Neti
Arrive and register 4/ 4.30
Welcome practice 4.30-5.45
Evening Meditation 9pm (noble silence begins)
Morning yoga practice Dynamic Vinyasa practice with Pranayama 7.30-9.15
Sauna/ Swim 11-1
(noble silence ends/ optional to continue)
Dynamic and restorative practice followed by Yoga Nidra 3.30–6
Sauna optional/ free time
Dynamic closing morning practice with meditation 8.30-10.30
* Tratak is a traditional Yogic Kriya (cleanse) that involves gazing at a candle flame directly followed by meditation. It is a highly beneficial tecnique that induces both concentration and stillness.
* Yoga nidra ancient yogic practice designed to cultivate utter relaxation and meditative awareness.
*Nutritious snacks and herbal tea/ coffee will be available throughout the Retreat on a self service basis.
Lough Ine is on the south western tip of Ireland in West Cork, 1h20mins drive from Cork International airport and ferry. The nearest town of Skibbereen is 5km away and the seaside village of Baltimore is 4km in the other direction. Dublin is 3hrs 30 min drive, also an International Airport.
- Cork Airport 85km
- Ferryport 90km
- Car Rentals at Cork Airport.
- Free airport transfer