April 15th-19th Wild Spirit, women's retreat, Heir Island.
June TBC Day retreat for women and girls, Heir Island
October 23rd-25th Hatha Yoga and Meditation weekend retreat for all, Heir Island.
April 15th-19th Wild Spirit retreat for women
Heir Island, West Cork
Yoga, Movement, meditation, Art, ritual, time with Nature.
Claire will guide you with daily practices indoors and outdoors, to reconnect with the wild world, with your senses, the elements, your body, your heart.
Supported by Art Therapist, Marika O'Sullivan. (for info about Marika, click here)
- greeting the day: early morning outdoor womb yoga and movement practice to welcome the sun and connect with the elements.
- mid morning yoga, movement and meditation, or Art Therapy, guided by Art Therapist Marika O'Sullivan
- afternoon free time for walking, wild swimming, kayaking, rest
- early evening Yoga nidra
- into the night; restful practices to guide you towards sleep (nidra, welcoming the moon, movement, restorative yoga, story sharing).
- on one of the evenings we will have an outdoor fire ceremony and sharing circle.
- community time, including outside fire ritual, sharing circles and walking meditations.
Weather permitting we will have lots of time outside, so be sure to bring warm, waterproof clothing and boots.
Shared room (2/3 people per room) €580 / early bird €540 before February 28th
2 Single rooms available on request for an extra fee.
Please note single rooms are prioritised for people with medical conditions, or that snore.
Fee includes accommodation, all food, teas, snacks etc. and the ferry to the island.
Full payment in advance secures your place.
Cancellation policy is on the booking form.
Bookings: Contact Laura at
for a booking form and payment information.
June TBC: Heir Island, West Cork. Retreat day for girls and women
All ages, all levels welcome: from 10 -110! Bring your mums/sisters/aunts/cousins/friends/ nieces/granma's etc. Celebrate cycles of life, the wisdom of women's bodies, and being together.
We will start by catching the 10am ferry, and walk to the yoga studio, where we'll do yoga together until around 1. Take time for picnicking and wandering the island, before gathering together again at 3 for Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. The day ends by catching the 6pm ferry. All levels of yoga experience or ability are welcome. Bring a picnic!
Weather permitting we will do some practice outdoors.
Cost: Adults €70, under 18's €55. Plus ferry ticket €6 per person.
Spaces are limited, so book asap to be sure of a place. This event booked out last time!
October TBC, Heir Island. Hatha Yoga and Meditation weekend retreat.
Hrydaykasha Dharana: focus on the Heart Space.
Men and women, all levels of experience welcome.
Asana and pranayama (physical practices and breathing exercises) to settle the body, mind and emotions, clear tension and blockages and prepare for meditation.Focus on heart Chakra and related meridians.
Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra to release deeply held tension, allowing the heart to soften and blossom.
Meditation based on the Hatha and Tantra yoga practice of Hrydayakasha Dharana, meditation on the heart space. Over the weekend we will build up to the full length version of this practice which takes around 40 minutes.
Transformational Mediation to shift negative deeply held emotions.
Chanting; learn the full length version of the Shanti Path, the peace mantra.
Residential weekend with practice of Mouna (silence) from Saturday evening until Sunday morning after breakfast.
Friday: 6pm ferry, followed by check in and dinner. Evening practice 8.30 - 9.30pm.
Saturday 7.30-9am asana practice followed by breakfast. 11am-12.45am introducing meditation and yoga philosophy. Lunch and free time from 1-5pm. 5-5.45pm yoga nidra. Dinner 6.30pm. Evening practice and silence from 8pm.
Sunday: Morning schedule as for Saturday. Afternoon practice 2.30-3.30pm.
End with Ferry at 4pm.
Cost : €330 / Early bird €310.
All food and accommodation included, as well as your ferry to the island.
All rooms are sharing with one other person. 2 single rooms are available and prioritised depending on needs - if you snore i ask you to book a single room. €10 surcharge per night for single room. Please contact me about this directly.
One Karma Yoga place is available for a reduced fee. This involves assisting Claire with retreat studio set up and clean up as well as other tasks during the weekend.
This weekend is based on Claire's extensive training and experience of teaching Yoga for the past 19 years. Her approach draws from classic hatha yoga practices (asana, pranayama, chanting, Yoga Nidra and meditation), as well as exploratory contemporary asana practice inspired by Teachers such as Uma-Dinsmore Tuli, Angela Farmer and Victor Van Hooten, as well as her movement teacher for the past 23 years, Suprapto Suryadarmo, among many others.
About the venues
Heir Island is a small Island, just a 5 minute ferry from the mainland between Skibbereen and Ballydehob in West Cork. Although it's just a hop across the water on the little ferry boat, it feels like a world away. You step onto the island and immediately feel soothed and your cares drifting away, as you soak up the peace and wildness of this magical place.
Heir Island Retreat Centre, run by Sarah and Paul Matthews, is our practice space.
Warm, bright, atmospheric and facing out onto the wild open beauty of Roaring Water Bay. http://www.heirislandretreat.ie/
Roaring Water Lodge provides accommodation for the residential retreats. 2-3 people sharing. A limited number of single rooms available on request for an additional fee. Spacious, bright rooms, comfy beds, and home-made, delicious vegetarian food. You are guaranteed to be well looked after by your hosts.
Optional extras (please organise yourself)
Kayaking. Contact Kevin: 0871488127
Massage, indian head massage, reflexology treatments, with a local therapist on the island. Contact Rosie:0861963465
Booking terms and conditions
Retreat payments are due in full before the start of the retreat. Your place is only secure once payment is received.
If you cancel one month or more before the retreat you will receive a 50 percent refund.
Payments are non-refundable if you cancel less than one month beforehand
If you cancel, it is not possible to transfer your booking to a different event, unless you can personally find someone to take your place.
In the event of a retreat being cancelled by the organiser, an alternative date will be offered. If you cannot make the new date, a full refund will be issued.
If you cannot attend at the last minute, for whatever reason, unfortunately we are unable to offer a refund.
If a persons behaviour during a retreat is deemed offensive, inappropriate or disruptive to the rest of the participants, they may be asked to leave. In this event, no refund will be issued.
If you are booking flight to come, we recommend that you take out travel insurance, in the unlikely event that a retreat has to be cancelled, or you have to cancel yourself.