Christmas sati yoga and meditation retreat
22 December - 27 December€720
We warmly invite you to join us for Christmas on the island for this special retreat—a chance to deepen your meditation and yoga practice in a small group, whilst also enjoying delicious and festive vegetarian food in a welcoming environment. The retreat is ideal for those who consciously wish to take time out during the Christmas/New Year period, to reflect on the year just ending and create space and possibility for the year to come.
This intensive course is aimed at those who have a keen interest in both yoga and meditation. We will be exploring the practice of Satiyoga which involves the integration of mindfulness (sati in the ancient language of Pali of the Buddha) into the practice of hatha yoga, allowing us to slow down, deepen our experience and increase our understanding of both the body and the mind. The practice of Satiyoga enables us to find a balance between the physical and mental practices of both postural yoga and meditation as well as allowing for the transformational possibilities of these practices to enter our everyday lives. Periods of silence help cultivate our practice: noble silence is kept from the evening meditation to brunch. To take full advantage of the retreat we ask participants to turn off their mobile phones, tablets, etc. while you are here (we will pass on any emergency calls if necessary).
The morning session begins at 8am and consists of guided meditations as well as explorations of a variety of asana. A delicious brunch follows at 11am, after which you have some spare time to relax by the fire or brave the elements and explore the wild and beautiful landscape of the island in winter. The afternoon session, beginning at 4.30pm focusses primarily on pranayama (breathing) and mindfulness of breathing meditation, but may also include kryas (yogic cleansing techniques), restorative and/or yin postures as well as other meditation practices including walking meditation. A delicious dinner follows, prepared from ingredients grown at the farm. The day concludes with a 30 minute silent sitting meditation session.
Some previous knowledge of yoga and meditation is essential. Please note that this course involves over five hours of yoga and meditation practice each day and is therefore not suitable to people complete beginners.
The farm is an alcohol free space, so we ask participants to please not bring any alcoholic beverages.
Cost of the course is 720 euros (full board, tuition and transfer from Westport).
To apply for this course, click here.
A 50% deposit, payable online by Paypal or by bank transfer, is required to confirm your booking if your application is accepted.
Cost of the course is 720 euros and includes:
- Five nights accommodation (sharing in a triple room, single rooms no longer available)
- All meals (delicious organic vegetarian food, all vegetables grown on our farm)
- About 25 hours of tuition in yoga and meditation
We take a maximum of 12 participants on this course.
When planning your travel, please note that this is winter! It is often the case that there is only one boat per day and that sailing times may change as the ferry service is weather and tide dependent. This is the 15th year we have run this course and we have never had to cancel, though sailing times have sometimes changed at the last moment. Thus, it is important to be as flexible as possible for your travel to Westport on the 22nd. All going as planned, the ferry will be leaving Roonagh pier at the scheduled time of 4.00pm on the first day of the course, but we will in touch by email during the week leading up to the first day of the retreat to clarify travel times and arrangements for transport from Westport to the ferry. We also we recommend that you travel by public transport, rather than drive, as the ferry uses different harbours depending on weather and tide conditions, and therefore may not take you back to your car!
Transport will be available from Westport to the boat for course participants.
If you are travelling from abroad, you will need to arrive in Ireland the day before the course and preferably spend a night in Westport. It is also wise to allow for a spare day at the end of the retreat, to afford enough time (and greater peace of mind) for your return travel.
See the getting there section of the site for more important travel information.
Please keep in contact with us regarding your travel plans.
First day *
4.00 pm Depart Roonagh Pier for Clare Island (time to be confirmed as this is weather dependent)
5.00 pm Arrival at Macalla Farm, settle into accommodation
6.30 pm Introduction followed by dinner
8.30 am Evening meditation
Second to fifth day
8.00 am Meditation / breath awareness
8.30 am Morning yoga
11.00 am Brunch, then free time for hill walking, reading, relaxing
4.30 pm Afternoon yoga class
6.30 pm Dinner
8.30 am Sitting meditation
Last day *
7.00 am Closing meditation
7.30am Morning yoga
9.00 am Breakfast
10.00 am Depart centre for morning ferry
*timetable for first and last days subject to change if weather conditions warrant different ferry times.