Join Kim Dastrup for an unforgettable week of yoga, poetry and music on the west coast of Ireland, Co. Clare. Kim is thrilled to welcome poet, David Whyte, and Irish musicians, Blackie O’Connell and Cyril O’Donoghue to this retreat - sharing their beauty, talent, and exquisite love of the land with us.
With the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and the wild Atlantic as our backdrop, we will enjoy daily yoga sessions, meditation, poetry, walks along the cliffs, contemporary vegetarian cuisine, and the hallowed sounds of traditional Celtic music. This mystical land, with its rolling green countryside, ancient limestone, and windblown shores, is bound to "catch the heart off guard, and blow it open." (Seamus Heaney, from Postscript)
$1950 (before Jan 15, 2019)
$2200 (after Jan 15, 2019)
WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES
This price includes everything except airfare and minor incidental costs during the week. The price does NOT include airfare, transportation to/from Shannon airport, massage and other treatments, extra excursions, occasional meals off-site.
The Cliffs of Moher Retreat is a luxury retreat venue, located on the west coast of Ireland. With beautifully appointed bedrooms and reception rooms, a state of the art yoga studio with amazing views of the sea, organic vegetarian homemade meals, and outdoor hot tub and sauna, this is perfect setting for an extraordinary retreat experience.
There are 14 bedrooms on the estate, and can sleep up to 30 guests. All rooms are en-suite, and have views of either the countryside or the sea. The rooms are all twin-share with 2 rooms that can convert into a Queen size bed for couples.
There will be two yoga sessions offered per day. The morning session will be more active and energizing, while the afternoon session will be more gentle and restorative. The yoga is open and accessible to all levels, with many options to modify. We will also offer early morning meditation and pranayama sessions.
All meals at the retreat are fresh, seasonal, organic and vegetarian. Many of the ingredients are grown in an on-site green house. Three vegetarian meals are served daily: breakfast (8:00), lunch (12:00), and dinner (19:30). Teas, fresh coffee, and filtered water available all day. On at least one occasion, we will enjoy a meal off-site, at a local pub or restaurant.
There is an outdoor hot tub and a sauna available on-site, as well as massage and other holistic treatments available at additional cost. Wi-fi is available.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
- Walks along Cliffs of Moher
- Surfing at Liscannor Bay
- Hiking and walks through the Burren and countryside
- Bike riding
- Cookery classes
- Doolin (caves, shopping, pubs)
- Boat tours of Cliffs of Moher
- Aran Islands
- Irish pub tour
Please schedule your arrival at the Shannon airport (SNN) by 3 pm on Monday, June 3rd. Please schedule your departure out the Shannon airport (SNN) anytime after noon on Sunday, June 9th.
TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM SHANNON AIRPORT
As we get closer to the retreat, we will clarify transportation to/from the Shannon airport. The airport is a one-hour drive from the Cliffs of Moher Retreat center in Liscannor. Some participants will be renting cars for the week, and we will arrange carpools depending on your arrival/departure times. If you do not feel comfortable driving or renting a car in Ireland, we will make sure you are placed in a carpool with someone else. Rental car costs will be split among carpool groups. We estimate this cost to be approximately $50/person.
Each participant must have a valid passport.
Full refunds given until January 1, 2019. Cancellations after this date will forfeit the $500 deposit, but everything else will be refunded. No refunds will be given after March 1, 2019.
Please note that Cliffs of Moher Retreat is a dry facility. There is no alcohol served or allowed on the premises. Retreat attendees are welcome to frequent the local pubs for a pint of Guinness and the like, but not at the center.
David Whyte (poet, author, lecturer)
website: David Whyte
Poet David Whyte grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
The author of eight books of poetry and four books of prose, David Whyte holds a degree in Marine Zoology and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon and Himalaya. He brings this wealth of experience to his poetry, lectures and workshops.
His life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organizational leadership.
An Associate Fellow at Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many European, American and international companies. In spring of 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Neumann College, Pennsylvania.
In organizational settings, using poetry and thoughtful commentary, he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement; qualities needed if we are to respond to today’s call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace. He brings a unique and important contribution to our understanding of the nature of individual and organizational change, particularly through his unique perspectives on Conversational Leadership.
Jason Lawner (yoga co-facilitator)
Kim is delighted to welcome Jason Lawner to co-facilitate the Ireland yoga retreat this year.
Jason Lawner is a highly regarded and sought after yoga teacher with an expertise in working with various injuries and therapeutic needs, helping a wide range of people heal and prevent injuries.
Known for his passion, enthusiasm, and clarity as a teacher, Jason brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the work he does. His dynamic and challenging yoga classes, weave precise alignment instructions with a light-hearted uplifting message, that emphasizes the practical application of yoga to our modern day lives.
This teacher’s teacher has been extensively trained as an Anusara yoga teacher and a student of Hindu Tantra. Jason holds numerous strength and conditioning certifications and has studied a wide spectrum of movement practices throughout his career.
He is the creator and founder of The Fluidus Method, a system of transformative postural alignment practice that maximizes strength and flexibility utilizing various yoga and movement practices, targeted corrective exercises, and precise movement training that heals as well as fortifies the body, mind, and heart.
When Jason is not teaching or leading trainings you can find him outside enjoying the mountains, climbing, hiking, skiing and at home cooking and playing his trumpets.
Vicki Overfelt (mindfulness meditation teacher)
Kim is honored to have Vicki Overfelt lead daily mindfulness meditation at the Ireland retreat. Vicki is a dedicated, enthusiastic instructor of mindfulness in the greater Salt Lake City area. She specializes in the delivery of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and has been teaching in this tradition since 2006. She received her training through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society, located at UMASS Medical School. She has completed the full training path in MBSR and is a fully certified instructor.
A practitioner of mind-body disciplines for more than 25 years Vicki follows a dedicated retreat practice which fortifies her devotion and understanding of the material she is dedicated to sharing with others. Her beloved spiritual teachers include Pema Chödrön, Jesse Miller, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche.
When Vicki isn’t teaching, you can find her hiking with her husband and beloved pups, skiing, playing the ukulele, out and about listening to music…or at home…one of her favorite places on earth.