Macalla farm’s story
Our collective story began in 1998 when we met on a yoga retreat in Ireland and discovered a shared passion, not only for yoga, but also for horses and sustainable living. Christophe, originally from Paris had come to Ireland in 1988 to continue his sailing career. Ciara, originally from the US, an aspiring writer and sociologist turned farmer, had lived with Michael Joe O’Malley on Clare Island in the 1980’s until his death in 1989, subsequently inheriting the farm.
We settled on Clare Island permanently in 2001 and ran our first residential yoga course that year. Our son Theo was born in 2002, our daughter Maude three years later. By 2004, we had built the timber house which included a 55sq m yoga room with wonderful views of Croagh Patrick as well as a large open-plan kitchen, perfect for our cooking courses. Our better infrastructure allowed us to teach more retreats as well as host top-quality teachers from around the world.
Over the years, our style has evolved from the ashtanga vinyasa we were teaching in the early days to a slow, strong and balanced practice integrating pranayama, meditation and ethics with asanas, which we call Sati yoga.
Our work with horses has developed in parallel with our yoga practices, fostering a deeper interaction between human and horse while the importance of sustainable eating has become a keystone to our lives as we produce more of the food we eat.
Finally, our meditation practice and teaching of mindfulness has emerged as a unifying principle for all our endeavours .
We are keen to share our extensive experience in these areas and welcome visitors, students, fellow practitioners and volunteers to our little corner of the island!