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Retreats 2023

Mystical Retreat, West Cork, Ireland.

Relax | Retreat | Rejuvenate | Repeat . . . 

September 5th - 11th, 2022

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step . . . 

You are invited to join us in Ireland for a Mystical Adventure & Retreat hosted by Suzi von Mensenkampff and Anne Vetter of dharma tour. All you have to do is jump on a plane and show up as we take care of everything else. The retreat begins as soon as you land on Irish soil, you will receive our renowned,"Cead Mile Failte"  a hundred thousand welcomes!

 There are many magical, hidden, treasures that 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, the woods are 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 Finbarr’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 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.

 

 

Monday 5th - Friday 9th - 4 nights 

You will be met at a city centre location in Cork and we will travel together to West Cork  approx. 8o km. just over 1 hour drive. Enjoy light refreshments on arrival, relax and take all the time you need to settle in to our private secluded accommodation. 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. We firmly believe in including plenty of down time during our retreats.

Each morning we will rise with the sun to meditate together, we will also do some gentle yoga and pranayama to start the day. After a leisurely breakfast of fresh local produce take 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.

Your meals will include simple home cooked vegetarian dishes. However, there will also be opportunities to eat out at local pubs and cafes (not included) when we are off exploring local areas. 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

At the weekend we will check out of the lodge house on and travel further afield towards Skibbereen. After a local 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.

Breathe and live the Wild Atlantic Way in Roaring Water Bay - Heir Island is a haven for group retreats. Check in on arrival at Roaring Water Lodge guesthouse. All rooms have private bathrooms and an array of modern amenities. There is also a purpose built Yoga and Meditation Retreat House on the island where we will have morning and evening meditations,  dance a little (or a lot!), breathe and stretch with gentle restorative yoga sessions.

In between there is a lot to explore on Heir Island.

Heir Wildlife Project gives visitors 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.

Each morning on the island after our sunrise session you can relax and enjoy a hearty breakfast. We will take time to do some deep soul writing and tune in and do some deep listening.  Our schedule is flexible so we will let the weather lead us, with plenty of down time to explore the island. All of your meals are included over the weekend and you can expect light lunches and delicious vegetarian dinners. On Saturday evening we will celebrate our precious time together in Ireland with a beautiful Full Moon Ceremony.

 

On Sunday we will bring our mystical retreat to a 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.

All you have to do is 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.

Six Nights & Seven Glorious Days 

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gougane-barra

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drombeg

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All Inclusive price: €1295.00  per person based on shared accomodation.

 

Early bird offer - Pay in full before July 17th and save €25.00 

 

(Limited single rooms available. €360.00 single occupancy supplement applies, pay at checkout)

Secure your place by paying a Booking Deposit online and the remaining balance can be paid online or by bank transfer:
 

Booking Deposit: €320.00 | Balance Due By July 31st: €975.00

Our mission for our retreats is to support each guest by meeting them where they are at, holding space for them and sharing tools to guide them into expand states of awareness as they explore their unique path back to health, balance and wholeness.  


Our passion is to follow our guidance and make choices that feel aligned (not what is always the easiest) and give room for spontaneous actions to arise.  When you join us for your annual retreat; prepare to be amazed, and assured that we do our very best to make you feel safe and taken care of – no matter where we are in the world.

 

We invite you to experience some of that magic and mystery with us this year, book your flight and explore our new retreat destination in Ireland.

Suzi & Anne

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“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

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