Michael & Michelle
Our story is a family story. While both of us travelled and lived abroad separately for many years, we grew up down the road from each other in a small rural community in Co. Meath. When our paths finally crossed again in 2004, we formed Yogatraveller, which was a combination of our passions for yoga and travel. We did all the groundwork from the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India, building a website and continuing studying yoga. For the next few years Yogatraveller was grown in Thailand, the Swiss Alps and Gozo, Malta. In 2007 we returned to Ireland to have our first child and shortly after we relocated to this part of Co.Clare where we have been since. After many years of wandering we knew we had found home.
We continued to grow Yogatraveller and in 2009 we opened our very first retreat centre in the cottage we had moved into (we moved out of course!). After 5 years of running retreats in many countries including Thailand, Bali, Turkey and Gozo we were thrilled to put our experience into practice by bringing together all the elements we believe are important for a yoga retreat: beautiful location, healthy food, a warm welcome and of course, excellent yoga. The Little Yoga Cottage was a great success and we ran yoga retreats from that idyllic cottage nestled in the Clare countryside for almost 3 years. During that time our second son was born and life continued peacefully until we first laid eyes on the Farmhouses of Moher Lodge, Liscannor. This was a moment that was to change our lives forever.
Set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and in the fields coming down from the Cliffs of Moher, the moment we laid eyes on the 5 houses that make up the property we knew it was perfect for our dream. Many years prior to that moment, while living in the Swiss Alps, we had dreamed of owning our own world class retreat centre where we could really grow our business and do what we passionately believe in. In 2012 we closed the deal on the 5 houses and began the work on the buildings, which had been lying empty, part finished, for 4 years. We renovated, decorated and moved into one of them and in October 2012, only 3 months after getting the keys we put on our first retreat to past guests. We haven’t looked back, although the work hasn’t stopped.
Running parallel to the purchase was the opportunity to get grant aid from LEADER, a European organization offering financial support to businesses such as ours in rural areas. We started the long process of designing a state of the art yoga studio with a wall of glass, getting planning permission and proceeding with the grant application. In July 2013, a year after we had finalized the sale, we received the amazing news that we were successful and building commenced late in 2013 with the studio opening in July 2014.
During this time our third son came into the world and everyday we are filled with gratitude at the love and abundance surrounding us.