Yoga & Meditation Retreat
July 23-29, 2023
Journey to Ireland
A complete yoga and travel experience
Co-hosting with Jennifer Winther, Yoga Leaders
All experience levels welcome
Every Detail Planned from Start to Finish
Meet Your Retreat Leaders
Mixed race. 50-something. Cancer survivor. Buddhist. Founder – Yoga Leaders. Loves the physical practice. Loves the spiritual practice. LOVES the transformative power of retreats.
40-something, PTSD, moderate-to-severe brain injury, and cervical injury-surviving, Canadian woman. Loves the path of yoga. LOVES nature and exploring.
Gather. Spread out. Practice. Rest.
Our home base is a beautifully renovated & spacious castle in County Galway with areas to gather and areas to retreat quietly on your own
Book with friends to fill a room for privacy or travel solo and we’ll match you with same-gender roommates
All rooms are configured for shared occupancy:
5 rooms configured differently for 2-3-or-4 guests (en suite baths in each room)
1 room configured for 4-6 guests (separate full bath + separate 1/2 bath)
Per Person: $4600 ($1000 deposit due by February 17th, 2023)
Early Bird discount: $3900 (applies only when paid in full by March 17th, 2023)
Yoga & Meditation
The core of every retreat is our practice and all are invited.
Whether you are new to yoga or teach others, you are welcome here.
Want to travel with a “non-yoga” friend? They’re welcome, too.
This retreat is co-hosted by two experienced and caring teachers, and all yoga mats & props are furnished by Castle Hacket House.
Sample schedule for CASTLE DAYS:
Coffee/Tea available before practice and all day long
Practice in the Yoga Ballroom (90 – 120 minutes)
Post-practice Brunch at the Castle
Walking meditation at Knockma Hill
Practice in the Yoga Ballroom (90-120 minutes)
Short break to freshen up
Dinner at the Castle
Post-dinner activities (when scheduled)
Rejuvenating Outdoor Walks & Hikes
Comfortable walking shoes with good traction are a must on this retreat!
Not only will we visit some of the most stunning landscapes of western Ireland, but you’ll be able to choose your length/level of intensity for each AND we’ll weave our inner journey into walking meditations with reflective questions and journaling.
The Cliffs of Moher (this is a true bucket list destination!)
Burren Geopark, County Clare
Connemara Diamond Hill
Walled Garden & Trails at Kylemore Abbey
Knockma Hill & Wood
Immersive Cultural Experiences
We’ll head offsite twice as a group for full touring days that will include free time to eat, drink, shop, take in some music, art, or history, or just hang out like a local*
Village of Doolin
Town of Clifden
City of Galway
Kylemore Abbey & walled garden
Sample Schedule for TOURING DAYS
Optional sunrise yoga & meditation with Jennifer (depending on shuttle departure time)
Breakfast at the Castle
Private shuttle departs for hike/walk outdoor destination
Weave in stops for lunch, cultural sites, pubs, shopping, etc.*
Galway City for dinner*
Return to Castle
*bring some Euros: food & drinks offsite are not included in the Retreat Package price
Street art in Limerick. Pubs. Museums. Cycling the Great Western Greenway. Private massage at the castle.
Time to rest and relax is an essential part of any retreat experience, but if you’re keen, please book additional activities for scheduled free time.
*note that arranging and paying for additional activities is a personal endeavor, but we can lean on castle staff for logistical help.
Our castle stay includes delicious veg/vegan meals and snacks curated by an experienced and professionally trained chef
*regional meat options will be included for Brunch on Castle Days
*breakfast only on Touring Days
*book early to request other dietary requirements
One group shuttle is included between Dublin Airport (only) and Castle Hacket House on arrival and departure days
Exact times TBD
Arrival shuttle (Sunday 07/23): departs Dublin Airport sometime between 1-4
Departure shuttle (Saturday 07/29): departs Castle Hacket to Dublin Airport (only) no later than 11am
*Time between Dublin Airport and our Castle is approximately 2.5 hours
Your whole experience taken care of by two thoughtful, experienced teachers and travelers.
How do payments work?
FIRST DEPOSIT: $1000 deposit by February 17th secures your spot & gives you room assignment preference GENERAL PAYMENT SCHEDULE: $4600 per person (total) paid in full no later than June 1st EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $3900 rate per person (total) applies only when balance is paid in full by March 17th PAYMENT METHODS: through the online store on our website
What's NOT included in the retreat fees?
International/Domestic travel between your home and Dublin International Airport (DUB) Lunch & Dinner during two offsite Touring Days Alcohol (available for purchase at the Castle) Laundry (24 hour service at the Castle)
Can I request a certain room?
Retreat leaders reserve the right to reassign rooms up to the moment we settle in at the castle Early booking gives you priority preference for any particular room Retreat leaders will communicate directly after your deposits are received to record room requests and group member names Groups will be kept together and private whenever possible, but can only be guaranteed when all beds in a room are filled
What is your refund policy?
All payments are non-refundable unless & until another person fills your spot Filling vacated spots: 1) Retreat leaders will first invite waitlist individuals or groups to fill a vacated room 2) Retreat leaders will invite same-gender individuals/groups from the waitlist to fill empty beds in a shared “new friends” room 3) Retreat guests will contact retreat leaders before inviting friends/family to fill vacated beds in shared family/friend room
Can you share some travel details?
GETTING TO DUBLIN (INTERNATIONAL): Our Castle proprietor recommends flying Air Lingus to Dublin, and for ease of travel, not stopping in London if that route is available* *your domestic/international travel costs between your home and Dublin International Airport are not included in the retreat package price DUBLIN to CASTLE: your retreat package includes one group shuttle ride between Dublin International Airport (DUB) and the Castle on arrival and departure days (no other stops) TOURING DAYS: your retreat package includes a private group shuttle for Touring Day excursions CASTLE DAYS: if you choose to explore the area outside of the Castle during free time, you must reserve and pay for your own transportation (details and contact information given in the spring)