Macalla Farm is a place of learning, collaboration and reflection. Located on Clare Island off the west coast of Ireland, we are an organic farm and small retreat centre. We run Sati Yoga residential retreats and skill sharing courses – through it all, exploring an embodied ethics with which to respond creatively to the times we’re living in.
When we started at Macalla farm two decades ago, our interests and passions were many – yoga, vegetarianism, horses, tree planting, living close to the land. Two decades on, these passions have only deepened and widened – the boundaries between them becoming more porous. We started to not only see that everything was interconnected but actually experience it as such. What matters is how we are in relation to ourselves and to others and crucially how we are in relation to the non-human world. The crises of climate, natural systems and inequality demand that we show up and respond as best we can. This ever evolving response colours all that we do.
Thus our approach to yoga, to all aspects of food, to the land and the animals is one that is caring, playful, inclusive, regenerative – maybe best described as an exploratory and ethical process rather than something fixed and complete.
An invitation, then, to join us – on one of our Sati Yoga retreats or practical courses on food or horses or in the Stone Barn Cafe or as a volunteer or – all of the above!
We have been running residential courses at Macalla Farm
for more than two decades. Yoga and mindfulness retreats, skill-sharing courses in vegetarian and vegan cooking and fermentation as well as an introduction to natural hoof trimming.
The last two seasons have been a challenge as we navigated COVID restrictions as successfully as we could – along the way meeting some wonderful people on our retreats.
So turning towards the future we are looking forward to getting back to teaching and running retreats from April 2022.
Since 2004 the running of Macalla Farm has been assisted by a large number of generous volunteers and woofers, coming from more than 25 different countries.
It works as an exchange – your help for food and accommodation – the help can be with any aspect of what we do, the food is organic, mostly fairtrade, of the highest quality and delicious, the accomodation comfortable, the place open and welcoming.
Long term opportunities and apprenticeships are available, but note that we usually plan our volunteer team a number of months in advance.
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