If you are trying to spring-clean your mind before taking on the more banale cupboards and curtains routine, a yoga retreat is the ideal way to breathe in the new season. A three day escape to one of the most western points of Ireland overlooking Clew Bay and the Atlantic awaits you. It is the Clare Island Yoga Retreat Centre which is located about a half hour boat ride from Roonagh, Co. Mayo. If it is a retreat you are after, this is it. Family-run, it offers weekend and week-long yoga breaks, accommodation and home-cooked organic vegetarian meals, using local produce. Water is even sourced at the local private spring. The Centre is committed to sustainable living, recycling, and alternative energy as well as offering the visitor a window onto the life of this wonderful small island community.
Yoga sessions take place in a purpose-built timber studio overlooking the sea. The warmth of the west of Ireland light fills the room to soothe the aches and uplift the spirits. Just take the boat across, walk up the hill for a couple of miles, say hello to the sheep and horses on the way, and collapse into the safe hands of Ciara and Christophe who will offer all the comforts you need to clear the cobwebs (they will collect you if you want, of course, but the walk is a great start to your spring-time awakening).
Clare Island is one of Ireland’s hidden beauties. With abundant bird-life, pristine beach, mesmerising hill-walking and welcoming islanders, it will be hard to get the boat back.
For further details:
The Healing Path
Co Mayo, Ireland
Phone / Fax: (353) 98.25412
Mobile: (353) 87.2504845
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