Join Mari for a long weekend of yoga, mediation, walks in nature and delicious food!

 

 

The festival of Lughnasa, one of the 8 festivals in the Celtic calendar, was a joyful time when the Celtic people gathered to celebrate the harvest.  The festival marks the transition between the summer and harvest season. At Lughnasa our Celtic ancestors assembled at a hill or hilltop to celebrate the first fruits of the harvest and honour the God Lugh, “the Samildanach”(the many gifted one). The word Lughnasa means Lugh’s Assembly.

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Until the twentieth century, it was customary throughout Ireland for people to gather at a local beauty spot to meet with neighbours, gather fruit or flowers, make garlands and celebrate the gifts of the harvest.

These excursions took place on the last Sunday of July or the first two Sundays in August, and were known variously as ‘Bilberry Sunday ’or ‘Garland Sunday’, in Irish, Domhnach na bhFraocháin. The Irish word for bilberry is fraughan and they are the first of the wild berries to ripen.

 

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According to Alexei Kondratiev the mood of Lughnasa’s celebration was always “one of exuberance and joy” (Celtic Rituals). The practice of joy and exuberance are rare in our contemporary culture. We rush from project to project, one task to the next rarely stopping to give thanks, celebrate our achievements and bask in the joy.  Our default is to “just keep going”, so it’s a radical practice to stop, take stock and celebrate in the way our ancestors did.

 

Over this 4-day long weekend, we will mark the festival of harvest by gathering to explore our relationship to joy and take time to celebrate our many gifts and blessings.  The truth is there are many things in our lives to celebrate and appreciate but because we are hardwired for negativity, we rarely stop to count our blessings and experience the joy.

 

 

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We will take the time to consciously “let the good in” and begin to rewire our neurology for joy as we gather, practice yoga and meditation, feast on amazing food, jump into the sea, walk in wonder along the Cliffs of Moher, celebrate Lughnasa on a hilltop in the Burren, rest, connect and retreat.

 

 

If you want to feel more joy have more experiences of joy”

Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist

 

You choose how to retreat.  Choose to sleep in or to meditate. Go back to bed after breakie or jump on your mat, find a quiet rock with your book or come for a hike.

What’s not to EnJOY!

 

 

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Prices

Due to the limited number of places on our retreats, deposits are non-refundable for any cancellations within 21 days of the retreat start date. Click here to read our full Terms and Conditions.

 

All prices are per person, all-inclusive and include all classes, meals, beverages, accommodation, walks, hot-tub and sauna.

 

Quad Room (female only)         €570

Twin – Shared Bathroom          €620

Single – Shared Bathroom        €720

Twin/Double Ensuite                 €690

Single Ensuite                              €795

 

  • For a detailed description of the rooms please visit our Bedrooms page
  • If you are travelling on your own and want one of our shared room options, we can pair you with someone of the same gender
Schedule

Friday

Check in anytime after 16:00

Relax, take a walk and partake in a welcome drink and sweet treat with your fellow retreat participants

18:00              Out of the car/ bus or train and onto the mat – yoga class

19:30               Dinner

20:30              Opening Circle & Celtic Wheel: Induction to Lughnasa

 

Saturday 

07:30               Mindfulness meditation

08:00               Breakfast

09:30              “Ten Thousand Joys, Ten Thousand Sorrows” Yoga and Lughnasa wisdom practice               

12:30               Lunch

Free time – Options to take a trip to Lahinch to the beach, go surfing, take a tour of the area including the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren or stay and relax and enjoy a treatment.

17:30               “Grounding in appreciate” hip opening and forward bends yoga practice

19:30               Dinner

 

Sunday 

07:30               Visit to local Holy Well

08:00               Breakfast

09:30               “Opening to joy” Yoga and Lughnasa wisdom practice

12:30               Lunch

14.00               Lughnasa excursion and ritual: A hike in the Burren where we will “assemble on a high place” and mark  Bilberry Sunday

18:00             Free time – spend this time as you please, relaxing or exploring more of the local area.

19:30               Dinner

 

Monday

07:30              Mindfulness meditation

08:00              Breakfast

08:30              Cliffs of Moher walk

10:00               “Harvesting the Joy” Yoga and Lughnasa wisdom practice & Closing circle

12:00 – 12:30  Room check out

12:30                Farewell Lunch

 

Our beautiful glass fronted sauna and Canadian cedar hot tub will be available at all times during your stay

During the day tea, coffee and herbal teas will be available at all times

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Getting here

 

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Address:

Cliffs of Moher Retreat

Liscannor

Co.Clare

V95 A499

Ph: +353 (0) 86 851 7710

info@cliffsofmoherretreat.com

 

 

Shannon Airport:

Shannon is our closest airport. You can catch a taxi from the airport directly to the Retreat.  To ensure your transfer will be there to meet you, instead of waiting for a taxi at the airport, we recommend contacting Philip O’Dwyer and Tom Dowling who offers competitive rates from Shannon to the Retreat compared to picking up a taxi at the airport. Phillip and Tom can accommodate individuals and groups. To pre-arrange transfers please contact directly at (phone is the preferred method):

Philip:

–       Email:             thetaxicompany@gmail.com

–       Phone:            +353 (0) 65 707 5000

–       Mobile:           +353 (0) 86 606 6761

Tom:

–      Phone              +353 (0) 86 8346450

 

Depending on the time of day and number of passengers, a taxi from Shannon costs €80 to €120 each way.

 

Public Transport:

Bus

Dublin Coach has a great service from Dublin (airport or city centre) to Ennis. Please visit their website for up to date time tables and costs: www.dublincoach.ie

Dublin Coach arrives into the Friars Walk bus park in Ennis. If you’re connecting to the Bus Eireann service it is about a 10 minute walk to the bus depot located at Ennis Train Station.

Bus Eireann run a service (Route 350) from the Ennis train station to Lahinch and Liscannor (close to us). Please visit their website for up to date time tables and costs: www.buseireann.ie

Train

Ennis is our local train station: www.irishrail.ie

Taxi

From Shannon, Ennis, Lahinch or Liscannor to the retreat. To pre-arrange transfers please contact the taxis companies directly:

Philip:

–       Email:             thetaxicompany@gmail.com

–       Phone:            +353 (0) 65 707 5000

–       Mobile:           +353 (0) 86 606 6761

Tom:

–      Phone              +353 (0) 86 8346450

 

Car Rental:

Renting a car is the easiest way to get around Ireland – we are a small island! It will mean you can make the most of this amazing area and take in all the fantastic sights while you are here without relying on taxis or public transport.

Cars can easily be rented from both Shannon and Dublin airports.

Dublin airport to the Retreat: 3 – 3.5 hours

Shannon airport to the Retreat: 1 hour

 

 Directions from Lahinch:

Eircode for SatNav: V95 A499

We are 7kms from Lahinch driving straight out on the road to the Cliffs of Moher. As you enter Lahinch follow the signs for the Cliffs of Moher and Liscannor (it’s a right turn before you come into the main street of the village).

Drive along that road, with the golf course on your left. After 4 kms you will reach Liscannor Village. Continue driving through Liscannor Village. After another 3kms turn left, just before The Rock Shop (which is on the right side of the road). After 200 metres you will reach a crossroads, turn right. Continue up the road for approximately 750metres, we are the third property on the left, you will drive up a long driveway and we will be waiting for you there!

 

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