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Developing a Practice: Sati Yoga Retreat

9 August - 14 August


This unique yoga and mindfulness residential course covers the fundamental elements of a balanced yoga practice including sun salutations, asanas (postures), pranayama (yogic breathing) and meditation techniques and explores the relevance of the yamas and niyamas (yogic ethical practices) and their connections with other aspects of yoga practice. 

The course is designed to be very interactive, with feedback from students encouraged and is tailored to the experience and interests of the participants.

This retreat is an introduction to Sati yoga, with a special focus on helping students develop their own practice. Integrating mindfulness (sati in the ancient language of Pali of the Buddha) to the practice of hatha yoga allows us to slow down, deepen our experience and increase our understanding of yoga. The practice of Sati yoga enables us to find a balance between the physical and mental practices of postural yoga and meditation as well as allowing for the transformational possibilities of the practice to enter our everyday lives.

This Developing a practice retreat is suitable for anyone who enjoys doing yoga and meditation, and who wishes to have a practice they can do outside of attending formal classes. Beginners are welcome, as are those who are experienced yogis but who would like some guidance towards renewing their present practice.

Please note that this course involves periods of silence. To truly gain the benefits of being on retreat, we will also encourage students to turn off phones and any other electronic devices while you are here on the farm.


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The cost of this retreat is 780 euro (full board and tuition). A 50% deposit, payable by bank transfer or through Paypal, is required at the time of booking.

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Cost of this seven day course is 780 euros, and includes:

  • Five nights accommodation (single room, a 25% discount applies if you are coming with a partner or friend with whom you are sharing a room)
  • All meals (delicious organic vegetarian food, all vegetables grown on our farm)
  • 9 yoga classes and 5 meditation sessions, equivalent to 28 hours of tuition

On this course you will learn:

  • Sun salutations
  • A number of asanas which you can include in your daily routine
  • How to build a balanced asana practice (sequencing and structuring, therapeutic effects of various postures)
  • How to fit your practice into your daily life
  • Basic pranayama techniques
  • A simple meditation routine
First day
5.15 pm Depart Roonagh Pier for Clare Island
around 6.00 pm Arrival at Macalla Farm, settle into accommodation
6.30 pm Restorative yoga class with introduction to breath awareness
7.30 pm Dinner followed by introductory talk
9.00 am Evening meditation

Second to fitfh day
8.00 am Meditation / breath awareness
8.30 am Morning yoga
11.30 am Brunch, then free time for hill walking, reading, relaxing or private interviews with the teachers
4.30 pm Walking meditation
5.00 pm Afternoon yoga class
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 am Sitting meditation

Last day
8.30 am Meditation / breath awareness
9.00 am Self practice class
11.30 Brunch
12.45 Depart centre for 1.00pm ferry


9 August
14 August
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Ciara Cullen