LUXURY YOGA RETREAT IN IRELAND • OCTOBER 2017

Ireland is magical. There is just something about this place that makes people come alive with awe and joy! I designed this yoga holiday to capture Ireland’s luxurious royal history, it’s lively local pub life, the charming hospitality of it’s people and of course, Ireland’s stunning mystical natural beauty! I had no idea how much I’d fall in love with Ireland through this experience – I hope you will too!

— Gayle Olson, founder of Exotic Yoga Retreats

AUTUMN IN IRELAND

EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC!

A healthy and indulgent holiday—with a pinch of mischief and mayhem! On this 6-day Irish adventure you will experience the range—from 5-star luxury castles and cuisine, to a taste of pub fare and local life, balanced by true luxury—Ireland’s nature in all it’s majesty! Ferry to the Cliffs of Moher, sip high tea in the afternoon, drink lager and tap your foot to Irish medleys by night—balancing it all with the deep and rejuvenating yoga of Irish teacher, Sylvia Ferguson.

Flow of the Day

MORNINGS  begin with a cup of tea cozied up in front of a fire in one of the beautiful castle salons. Mornings are as leisurely or “retreat-like” as you desire. You can have a good lie-in and read a book, or join in an optional 7:30 am group meditation, followed by a half hour silent fitness and mindfulness walk around the castle grounds. After breakfast, we’ll meet for our yoga session from 10:30-12, sharing a mindful, energizing and relaxing yoga practice.

AFTERNOONS are free to wander and relax on castle grounds,enjoy the spa, or join in on the host of wonderful excursions we have set for each day: hike the famous Greenway in Westport, ferry to the Aaran islands for lunch and then a view to the Cliffs of Moher from the sea; experience a unique sheepdog demonstration and the home of Ireland’s Benedictine Nuns and their magnificent gardens at Kylemore Abbey… and of course, tour castles and drink high tea in stunning tapestried salons!

EVENINGS  are luxurious, with fine dining at our 5-star castle hotels—or full of music, mischief and mayhem, as we hit the local pubs—where anything can happen!

EXOTIC YOGA CLASSES

Discover or rediscover the joy of yoga with our Exotic Yoga Retreats yoga and meditation program, emphasizing safety, awareness and intelligence—and of course, the joie di vivre of yoga!  Blending classical Hatha, Anusara and Ashtanga vinyasa traditions with mindfulness meditation, Irish yoga teacher, Sylvia Fergusonreceived her teaching diploma from Yoga Therapy Ireland in 2003 and was featured in May of 2015 Nationwide as a teacher that ‘exudes the calmness she aims to instill in her students’. Sylvia currently offers public and corporate programs in Dublin, travels internationally teaching for Exotic Yoga Retreats, and has active an array of online hatha yoga, yoga nidra and mindfulness courses. When not teaching or mothering, Sylvia writes articles about yoga and mindfulness for the Yoga Therapy Ireland Magazine.

DATE:

October 2017

LOCATION

West Ireland

 

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For help with booking travel, our exclusive travel agent Justin Harrison provides excellent support getting you to our retreats! He knows the trips, and he will meet or beat any airfare you see online, book hotels with upgrades, arrange transport, offer trip insurance… and can even suggest day tours for your stay prior to or following the retreat. Email Justin Harrison

First, review our Payment & Cancellation Policy, then click the BOOK NOW button. You will be redirected to our MindBody registration site to deposit by credit card. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please contact us here. If you have questions before you book, feel free to contact us by phone (+1) 415-361-3396 (PST)

RETREAT DATES
October 2017

ARRIVAL DAY:
10:00 am Your driver will pick you up at this central hotel in Dublin: O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel

DEPARTURE DAY:
9:00 am Official closing of our holiday; complementary transfer to Shannon bus, train or Airport anytime between 9-1pm
1:00 pm Late check-out for those who would like to enjoy the spa at the Dromoland Castle

Price per Person

Shared Room: $2,995 per person  (5-star castle, ensuite room with King bed or two queen beds) Single Room:  $3,995 per person  (5-star castle, ensuite room with King bed)

Reservations & Cancellation

First, review our Payment & Cancellation Policy, then click the BOOK NOW button. You will be redirected to our MindBody registration site to deposit by credit card. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please contact us here. If you have questions before you book, feel free to contact us by phone (+1) 415-361-3396 (PST)

LUXURY YOGA RETREAT IN IRELAND INCLUDES:
  • 6-day guided tour of ancient sites, villages & culture of Southwestern Ireland
  • 5-nights luxury accommodation two amazing 5-star hotels:  Ashford Castle & Dromoland Castle.
  • All breakfasts & dinners; 2 lunches
  • All excursions and entrance fees
  • Daily yoga class each morning
  • Daily 30-minute led meditation
  • Morning fitness and serenity walks on castle grounds
Not included:
  • Pre-retreat accommodation booked at the Gresham Hotel (if you choose to stay here, we can arrange)
  • 4 lunches
  • All beverages (alcohol or non-alchohol)
  • Spa services
  • Gratuities for driver (€30-50 total)
Sample Luxury Yoga Holiday Ireland Itinerary

Day of Arrival  ~  Depart Dublin at 10 am for the beautiful and luxurious 12th-century Ashford Castle, our hotel for the first two nights. En route, we’ll stop to lunch and tour Kilbeggan, Ireland’s oldest licensed distillery. Discover the heritage and passion that goes into making this iconic golden nectar. We’ll arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon in time to settle in and get ready for our opening yoga class. You are in for a treat with Irish yoga teacher, Sylvia Ferguson! After yoga, a group toast to our good fortune to be in this historic place together as we with to enjoy a gourmet dinner in the grand George V Dining Room!

Day 2  ~  Our morning begins with a 7:30 am group meditation and a half hour fitness walk through the estate gardens—or opt for a leisurely morning lie in and delicious buffet breakfast. At 10:30 we’ll practice yoga, and then have the aftertnoon free to explore the castle grounds and enjoy activites at the castle, such as golf, archery or falconry. Or join our private tour to Killary Sheep Farm for a fascinating sheepdog demonstration at the home of Ireland’s Benedictine Nuns and their magnificent gardens at Kylemore Abbey. Lunch is on your own, dinner on us in a local village pub!

Day 3 ~  Live the perfect morning, balancing health and leisure with morning meditation, a walk in the autumn country air, yoga and breakfast. Lunch on your own and then join our afternoon and evening excursion to the village of Westport, in County Mayo, known for it’s famous off-road Greenway Trail where you can bike or hike in the beautiful nature of west Ireland. Continuing with our sampling of Irish pubs, we’ll taste local fare and experience pub life in the village of Newport.

Day 4  ~ An exciting and full day ahead viewing the Cliffs of Moher en route to our next castle stay at the famous Dromoland Castle! We start early with yoga and breakfast, ready to depart at 8:30 am for the Port of Rossaveal where we take a ferry boat to Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aranof Islands. Upon arrival we’ll enjoy a tour of the island, followed by lunch on your own in a local pub. At 4 pm we reconvene to ferry along the Cliffs of Moher experiencing the best views magnificent cliffs that characterize the dramatic coastline of Western Ireland! We’ll arrive at Dromoland Castle in time to settle in, with a rest or aperatif, before dining together in this historic 12th-century castle. One of the most famous baronial castles in Ireland, Dromoland Castle was the ancestral home of the O’Briens, Barons of Inchiquin, who are one of the few native Gaelic families of royal blood and direct descendants of Brian Boroimhe (Boru) High King of Ireland in the eleventh century.

Day 5  ~  Wake up and take a cup of tea by the fire, meditate, walk, practice yoga, and enjoy the large and luxurious estate of Dromoland Castle. Today we will also visit one of the most complete castles in Ireland, Bunratty, and its associated Folk Park which recreates life in rural Ireland during the 19th-century. Before entering the castle, we will lunch together in one of Ireland’s oldest pubs, Durty Nellie’s, located just outside Bunratty. Then you will have the afternoon free to wander and explore the castle and park. Our final evening of this holiday will be a celebration in the musical capitol of Ireland—Doolin, in the County of Clare—enjoying dinner, traditional Irish music, and the new friendships we have formed.

Day 6  ~  Breathe in the beauty of Ireland in autumn one last morning as we meditate and share our closing farewell Sun Salutes together. While some people may need to depart straightaway for the airport, hopefully you can stay a while longer to indulge in the exquisite spa experience at Dromoland Castle.  We have arranged a late check-out (1 pm) for anyone wishing to enjoy the spa—after all, when was the last time you received a facial, body wrap or full body massage in a centuries-old castle? Our Irish Yoga Holiday officially ends at 9 am, with a group transfer to Shannon International Airport.

Travel Details

For all overseas flights. . . we strongly encourage you to arrive a day early. This extra day assures that travel delays do not cause disruption to your retreat.

ARRIVING TO VERBIER

Distance to Verbier from:
Geneva: (160 km) Driving: 1 hour 50 minutes
Zurich: (280 km) Driving: 3 hours

Directions by plane, car to Verbier:
Directions

For further information regarding travel, please contact the W Verbier Hotel & Spa:
Telephone: +41 27 472 88 88
Email: ww.verbier@whotels.com

FOR HELP WITH BOOKING TRAVEL:

Our exclusive travel agent Justin Harrison provides excellent support getting you to our retreats! He knows the trips, and he will meet or beat any airfare you see online, book hotels with upgrades, arrange transport, offer trip insurance… and can even suggest day tours for your stay prior to or following the retreat.

Email Justin Harrison