IRELAND YOGA RETREAT
CLIFFS OF MOHER
IRELAND YOGA RETREAT
Explore the phenomenal beauty, culture, cuisine and – of course the pubs – of Western Ireland. 8-12 people with a private driver, mythology guide and yoga teacher, visiting the famous Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, and other wonders of Killarney. A great trip for solo travelers, friends and mother-daughter/son duos.
IRELAND YOGA RETREAT ITINERARY:
On arrival at Shannon Airport, meet with your experienced Irish driver/guide who will transfer you to a nearby hotel for a welcome breakfast. Feeling suitably refreshed, travel to Killaloe, said to be the home of the famous Banshee Aibhill who haunted the rock of Craglea above Killaloe. Aibhill was said to be attached to the house of O’Brien and visited the last High King of Ireland, Brian Boru, the night before his death at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 to tell him of his fate! Relax after lunch as you travel to one of Ireland’s most popular towns, Killarney. Overnight at Lake Hotel, Killarney.
This morning enjoy the grounds of the hotel with its wonderful views of Lough Lein (Killarney’s lower lake), the mountains, islands, woodlands and the 12th century McCarthy Mor castle ruins as you partake in a yoga session prior to breakfast. Following breakfast, discover the wonderful scenery on the famous Ring of Kerry. Weather permitting, take a boat trip to Skellig Michael which lies off the coast of Port Magee and where a well preserved 6th century monastic settlement can be found. Continue to Kenmare to explore its Stone Circle and Holy Well before returning to your hotel in Killarney.
Following breakfast travel around the Dingle Peninsula which although not as well- known as the Ring of Kerry, is just as beautiful. The scenery to the west of Dingle town is particularly rugged with views out to the formerly inhabited Blasket Islands. Whilst travelling around the peninsula you will visit Dunbeg Fort, a small but impressive fort located on a sheer cliff promontory projecting south into Dingle Bay, Bee Hive huts that are thought to be over 4000 years old, the Gallarus Oratory which is the best preserved church in Ireland and was built between the 7th and 8th century and Riasc Monastic Settlement which contains the ruins of a 6th century monastery and important carved stones. Overnight at Lake Hotel, Killarney.
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and travel to Bunratty Castle and its associated Folk Park that depicts life in the 19th century. En-route stop at the picturesque village of Adare, one of the prettiest in Ireland, and visit the Franciscan Friary, Trinitarian and Augustinian Priories and Desmond Castle or just walk along the main street admiring the thatched roofed cottages. Lunch (you’re on your own) may be taken at one of the oldest pubs in Ireland at Bunratty, Durty Nellie’s. After lunch enjoy the scenery as you travel to one of Ireland’s natural wonders, the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs rise to over 700 feet along a five mile stretch of the Clare/Atlantic coastline and the views are just incredible. Continue through the Burren region of Clare with its unique flora and fauna that grows on the mystical lunar like landscape and learn of local folklore. Visit such places as Hermit’s Cave and the Poulnabrone Dolmen before arriving at your hotel which is part of Dromoland Castle Estate. We stay at the 5-star, historic Dromoland Castle.
This morning we travel to the largest of the three Aran Islands, Inis Mor. On the island there are several ancient stone forts and churches, the most impressive being Dun Aenghus which rests on the edge of a perpendicular cliff which rises over 300 feet above the sea. Another beautiful night at the exquisite Dromoland Castle!
Closing breakfast, goodbyes, and off to the Shannon Airport for your return flight home — full of vitality, breast memories and stories to share!
YOGA CLASSES W/ GAYLE OLSON
IRELAND YOGA RETREAT INCLUDES:
- 6-day guided tour of ancient sites, villages & culture of Southwestern Ireland
- 5-nights luxury accommodation at the 5-star Dromoland Castle & 4-star Lake Hotel, Killarney
- Visits to the following attractions and sites: Ring of Kerry, Aaron Islands, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Dunbeg Fort, Bee Hive Huts, Gallarus Oratory, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre, Dun Aenghus Fort
- Boat trip to Skellig Michael (weather permitting)
- Gentle yoga sessions interwoven throughout the day in parks and mythological sites
- Morning serenity walks on the shores on castle grounds and the shores of Lake Killarney
- All breakfasts & 3 dinners. Lunches on excursions are not included.
I'm leaving the retreat feeling the happiest and freest I've ever felt!— Naseem Nikoo, Iran
Life changing, eye-opening and deeply inspiring! This retreat 'reset' my life. It was beyond what I envisioned was possible in one week! —Saige Rutherford, USA
My mom and I enjoyed the trip very much...every day was perfect!—Jane Srivastava, Russia
This is, without a doubt, one of the best experiences of my life. I have made connections with people and myself that I never would have expected. Those connections will be in my heart and help me be a better version of myself for the rest of my life.—Brent Vanlyke, Canada
This was my first yoga retreat and I didn't know what to expect... and it blew my mind! I would recommend this experience it to anyone!—Ale de Rienzo, Mexico
Absolutely amazing boat and crew, and food and cleanliness were excellent. I had so much fun! I will definitely do another retreat with you and your company. —Lana Ferguson, USA
This retreat was exactly what I needed... a week long oasis focused on self-care. Gayle did an awesome job of breaking down the poses and focusing on alignment. She built intensity and also relaxation in the practice. I loved her teaching tips for the few teachers on the retreat!—Alia Allison, Yoga Teacher
Thank you for bringing together wonderful people from all walks of life and from around the world! The connection and friendship that we shared has inspired and changed my life.—Chinwe Nwazota
Gayle is an extraordinary teacher who makes everyone feel empowered, strong and special!—Christine Costello, USA
Gayle is everything I needed in a yoga instructor. Someone to push me try new things (headstand, arm balances) while making me feel completely safe. I did old poses with completely new eyes due to her instruction. She was warm and inviting and made me able to have the most amazing experience of my life. I loved the program. I’d do it ten times over! I feel the best I have in my life. Refreshed and ready to take on whatever I have to deal with at home.—Kara Ellis, Canada
Thank you and Gayle for such a life changing experience. I feel so open in my body and mind. I became more devoted to my yoga practice experiencing the various styles of yoga you teach so effortlessly. The amount of hands-on guidance and adjustments helped me develop new appreciation for the postures and new appreciation for my body! —Nicole Hernandez, USA
Everything about this retreat was special. I have the most beautiful memories, new friends and experiences that I will cherish! The retreat combined the perfect blend of yoga, meditation and fun excursions. I also enjoyed the flexibility in our daily schedule... I had time for myself, to re-align and reflect on my life; as well as meet great like-minded people. Meeting Gayle has been a true delight. Her loving and positive energy was very present and made this retreat a real joy for me. I recommend this retreat to anyone looking to 'switch-off', re-balance and have a lot of fun!—Hala Darwazeh, Jordan
Healthy hedonism" set the tone for a playful week of yoga and mindfulness, laughter and connection. Each morning, Gayle guided us through blissful meditation, followed by a combination of vinyasa flow and stretch sequences. She really took the time to tailor the class to each of our needs so it felt more like one-on-one tuition a lot of the time. I'll never forget the energy we created as a group or the peace, joy and friendships which blossom there.— Joanne Joseph, Australia
Hands down, the best retreat I've ever been to (and I have been to many)! Perfect combination of leisure, relaxation, cultural immersion, and exceptional food! Gayle's yoga has an incredible depth of knowledge, from her anatomical references, to her deep teachings of asana and pranayama. The best is her acceptance of all levels of practice, respecting each individual's body and level of practice. Can't wait to join another Exotic Yoga Retreat!—Tricia Desvarieux, Haiti
I love the personal attention Gayle gave to her students, providing not only awesome instruction, but reminding us to be ever present and mindful.—Chrissy Coleman, USA
The perfect healing at the right moment! I feel another person since this week... a more comfortable one! I hope to do another retreat soon to feed my curiosity!—Maria Paula, France
Gayle inspired me to try new things and gave me confidence in incorporating touch and adjustments in my classes. It feels great to give and receive authentic touch to connect.—Ina Yeijnen, Yoga Teacher in Holland
Gayle has the unique ability to be kind and caring while pushing your yoga practice to the next level. She creates a flow that is beautiful, feels amazing and challenges you to become stronger. This program will forever be life changing. The experiences I have had this week will be cherished forever.—Julie Cameron, Canada
Gayle very clearly is a remarkable teacher because she transmits the essences of mindfulness and balance in enough dimensions so you actually get it!—Jerry, USA
I love Gayle’s loving style of teaching. I appreciated the emphasis on various breathing techniques and the balance between physical intensity, relaxation and meditation.—Michael Neria, Israel