Five Yoga Retreats To Book Now - The Gloss Magazine

Five Yoga Retreats To Book Now

Set up some good intentions for May by booking these yoga retreats – a work out for the mind as well as the body, all in inspiring locations

Yoga Retreat at Glin Castle, Co Limerick 

Hosted by Dee O’Rourke from Friday May 13 to Sunday 15, this a great opportunity to unwind while also exploring all that Glin Castle and its 400-acre gardens has to offer. Dee’s practice blends classic yoga poses with free motion; her unique system is the result of 26 years teaching Hatha, Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga. The retreat is designed to suit all lifestyles and levels and is designed to clear your head and free your body of tension. The retreat costs €850 per person and includes a two-night stay in one of the 15 luxurious bedrooms at the Castle. Guests can enjoy the facilities and make themselves at home: whether in the comfortable library and drawing room, enjoying the artwork in the grand entrance or exploring the walled garden which supplies the kitchen with flowers, fruit and vegetables; www.flow4life.ie 

Tara O’Rourke at Titanic Hotel Belfast, Co Antrim

If a trip to Belfast has been on your agenda, this summer yoga weekend could be the perfect excuse to combine exercise and excellent views. Yoga guru Tara O’Rourke will help participants perfect their techniques and will lead Vinyasa flow and restorative yoga sessions across the two-night retreat, which is suitable for all levels including complete beginners. Accommodation, breakfast and dinner at the hotel’s award-winning Wolff Grill Restaurant is included, as well as four yoga sessions and an opening and closing ceremony. The package is from €619 double occupancy. There is also a daytime yoga package available (€190 per person), with an optional guided tour of the Titanic Hotel, once the former headquarters of Harland & Wolff, builders of RMS Titanic; www.titanichotelbelfast.com 

New to Yoga Experience at the Park Hotel Kenmare, Co Kerry

Whether you have never tried yoga before, but are keen to start, or you have tried a few classes and you are ready to commit to a regular practice, this programme will set up participants with a strong foundation. Ease into your practice in a relaxed and welcoming space with small classes and lots of encouragement. Taking place from Friday, May 13 to Sunday May 15, this yoga retreat places a strong emphasis on building mind and body health awareness. It is of course taking place in one of the most iconic of Irish hotels – where the Samas Spa, dining facilities and proximity to beautiful Kenmare are some of the additional benefits.  The price of a two-night bed and breakfast stay with the New to Yoga Experience is from €375 per night; www.parkkenmare.com 

Yoga With Maura at Powerscourt Springs Health Farm, Co Wicklow

Yoga guru Maura Rath is offering the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate during a two-day yoga retreat at the Powerscourt Springs Health Farm, from Friday June 10 to Sunday June 12. Maura’s classes will concentrate on breathing in conjunction with movement with a mix of deeply relaxing and energetic yoga practices that will leave participants feeling lighter and happier. Maura has incorporated a range of  meditation practices and soothing sound baths to elevate this retreat experience. Guests will also have access to The Powercourt Spring’s swimming pool, outdoor hot tub and outdoor sauna for further relaxation. From €539 per person for a shared room, or €599 for a private room, this includes breakfast, dinner and one lunch; www.yogawithmaura.ie 

Time To Blossom Retreat at Ballintubbert House & Garden, Co Laois

Lucy, of Lucy Bloom Yoga, will join chef Lu Thornely to host a midweek wellness retreat celebrating the union of food and yoga from Tuesday, May 17 to Thursday May 19, which coincides with Bealtaine. The focus is on connecting with summer energies, nurturing good intentions, and enjoying the magical setting. Lucy will teach embodiment practices using yoga, tantra, and breath work during dynamic morning and evening sessions. There is plenty of time to relax and soak up the atmosphere. If you are unfamiliar with Ballintubbert it is a particularly special place with sublime gardens and has been home to many theatrical and literary greats including John Hurt, Sebastian Shaw and poet Cecil Day Lewis. The luxe accommodation comprises five double bedrooms in the main house, while a converted coach house has a further four bedrooms and there is also the stylish self-contained Rose Garden Cottage on the grounds. Prices start from €550 per person sharing and includes all yoga, a garden tour, cooking demo, dining and two nights accommodation; www.luthornely.com or www.ballintubbert.com 

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