Retreats 2022 / 2023
West Cork, Ireland. Mystics Retreat 2022
September 5th - 11th, 2022
Relax | Retreat | Rejuvenate | Repeat . . .
The retreat begins as soon as you land on Irish soil, you will receive our renowned, "Cead Mile Failte" - a hundred thousand welcomes! - Simply book your flights to arrive in Ireland by Monday 5th September. Flights can be booked into Dublin or Shannon Airports and you can take a train or bus to Cork. Alternatively fly directly into Cork International Airport.
Monday 5th - Friday 9th - 4 nights
We meet at a city centre location in Cork and travel together to the main venue in West Cork approx 8o km (over 1 hour drive )
Unwind after your journey and enjoy light refreshments on arrival. taking all the time you need to settle in to our private secluded accommodation. We firmly believe in including plenty of down time during our retreats. The Retreat House is set on its own exotic 20 acre wild woodland garden on the shores of Bantry Bay, offering beautiful sea views, with direct private access to the water and every modern comfort you can imagine.
Each morning we will rise with the sun to meditate and do some gentle yoga and pranayama to start the day. After a leisurely breakfast of fresh local produce there is plenty of time to relax, swim in the sea or explore the surrounding woodland before we begin our daily sessions. Afternoons will include adventures to explore the rugged, beautiful landscape and nearby ancient heritage sites.
There are many local, magical, hidden treasures. you can look forward to visiting and experiencing.
Drombeg Stone Circle is a circle of 17 standing stones which on excavation showed that there had been an urn burial in the centre. It has been dated to between 153BC and 127AD. It is locally known as the Druid's Altar, and is easily accessible as it is located on the edge of a rocky terrace overlooking the sea.
Glengarriff Nature Reserve the setting here is spectacular, with the woods nestled in the sheltered glen opening out into Glengarriff Harbour. Above the woods rise the Caha Mountains, with their dramatic layers of sheer rock creating a stunning waterfall.
Gougane Barra is a scenic valley and heritage site in the Shehy Mountains of County Cork, it is at the source of the River Lee and includes a lake with an oratory built on a small island by St. Finbarr, the Patron Saint of Cork. It’s said that when he first arrived at Gougane Barra he was so blown away that he decided to build a Monastery on its grounds. The ruins of his Monastery can still be viewed today on the island that’s adjacent to the Church. You can also find the Cathedral build in his name (St Finn Barr’s Cathedral) in Cork City.
Lough Hyne is a place of peaceful serenity, steeped in local folklore and home to a unique ecosystem. It is one of the most important marine habitats in Europe and was made Ireland's first Marine Nature Conservation Reserve. Above the narrow rapids is a promontory on which stands the ruins of an 8th Century church to St Brigid. Beside the church is an early inscribed cross and St Brigid's Well, where it is said the knees of the saint have made impressions in the rocks.
Most of your meals are included and will include home cooked simple vegetarian dishes. There will be opportunities to eat out at local pubs and cafes when we are exploring other areas. (not included). Expect short hikes, sea swimming, and a little shopping at local craft shops. Evening activities will vary, there will be an outdoor sauna experience, a fire ceremony and lots of cosy chats around the table, along with music, dancing, and lots of laughter.
Friday 9th - Sunday 11th - 2 nights
We will check out of the lodge house on Friday and travel further afield towards Skibbereen. After lunch we will make our way to a small pier and board a local boat to take us to the venue for our weekend retreat. There is no shortage of things to do or places to see on Heir Island and in Roaring Water Bay.
Make a SPLASH | Get INSPIRED | Go ADVENTURING | Time to RESET
Breathe and live the Wild Atlantic Way in Roaring Water Bay - Heir Island is a haven for group retreats. Check in on arrival in the afternoon at Roaring Water Lodge guesthouse. All rooms have private bathrooms and an array of modern amenities.
There is a purpose built Yoga and Meditation Retreat House on the island where we will have morning and evening meditations, explore deep soul questions, dance, breathe and stretch with gentle restorative yoga sessions.
In between there is a lot to explore on Heir Island.
Heir Wildlife Project gives visitor an interactive Heir Island experience explaining the natural fauna and wildlife.
Relax on one of the sandy beaches or venture further afield to the shell laden Donkey Beach. You might even find the rare and coveted cowrie shell.
Discover “an Dun” which is Irish for “The Fort” and other national monument sites on Heir Island.
Breathtaking views of the Fastnet Lighthouse, Cape Clear and as far down the coast as the eye can see, is a must see.
Run or hike the island. Heir Island has its own 5km running route.
Get the best view of Heir Island from the water, guests can also hire a kayak and discover some of the most beautiful coves West Cork has to offer.
Every morning after our sunrise session you can relax and enjoy a hearty breakfast. A schedule will be provided and there will be plenty down time. You can expect a light lunch and a delicious vegetarian dinner will also be served. We will have herbal teas, water, fruit and light snacks available. All meals are included over the weekend. (Please note that additional soft drinks or alcohol are not included.)
On Sunday we will bring our mystics retreat to a beautiful close with a celebratory lunch on the island. We will depart the island by ferry in the afternoon and arrange transfers to take you back to Cork City (90 km. just over an hour) Expected arrival time in the city will be approx. 6pm so please arrange your onward travel for this time.
Seven Glorious Days - Six Nights
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All Inclusive price: €1295.00 per person based on shared accomodation.
Additional €360.00 single occupancy supplement applies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I fly into? Cork Airport
Are International Flights included? No
What date and time do we begin? Monday 5th September at 2pm at a Cork City venue, details will be supplied.
Are transfers included? Yes, the itinerary includes transfers from Cork City to our secret West Cork Retreat House - approx 1oo miles (just over 1 hour drive )
How do I register? Register and pay a 25% booking deposit of €320.00 to save your place. Balance due July 31st, 2022 €960
“This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.
Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.
If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.”
― John O'Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us