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Ballymaloe Yoga Retreats

with Dearbhla Glynn & Niamh Fox










Yoga instructor Dearbhla Glynn, Chef Niamh Fox, Ballymaloe House and Ballymaloe Grainstore have come together to host a series of yoga retreats. Each two-day experience will leave you replenished, inspired, nourished and at peace.

About Ballymaloe Yoga retreats:

After a stressful year, this is an opportunity to indulge in self-care. Let go of your worries while practicing yoga and meditation with Dearbhla Glynn, a teacher with 20 years of experience. Let yourself enjoy the elegant comforts of the beautiful Ballymaloe House and be nourished by delicious food mindfully prepared by Niamh Fox who has worked in Ireland’s top restaurants.

Relax with Yin and restorative yoga in the evenings and move and re-energise your body with a slow Vinyasa flow in the morning. 

Take time to savour the gardens of Ballymaloe, enjoy a castle walk, jump in the sea, or whatever releases tension and connects you with the tranquil East Cork countryside. This retreat is all about you!

All practices will also be live-streamed on zoom if you prefer to practice in your room and the yoga practices are suitable for all levels, from beginner to the more advanced.

Rest, relax and reset.


Monday morning 

Afternoon - free time, find a sunny spot in the garden and read a book, go for a swim at one of the many beautiful beaches close to Ballymaloe. Walk the grounds or take a tour of the Cookery School gardens.

Tuesday morning

We have many different strategies in place to follow Covid government guidelines for any eventuality. All participants will be emailed individually with details of our covid guidelines.

The morning practice 

Dearbhla will lead a warming Vinyasa flow practice in the mornings. Practicing several sun salutations with a different variations. The overall practice is slow, moving  mindfully with the breath. Holding some poses a little longer to develop strength and generate warmth in the body. We will flow through different transitions improving overall body awareness and opening the joints, while also strengthening and lengthening the muscles. The practice is slow, warming and requires some physical stamina yet it has a lovely meditative and mindful quality to it.  Dearbhla will offer modifications for any of the more challenging poses and rest is always an option! Creating an overall feeling of stillness and calm.

The second-morning practice 

This is a lovely practice which focuses on breathing, stretching and relaxing before lunch.

The Evening practices are Yin and restorative

Slow down, unwind and restore your energy with a ninety minute Yin Yoga and restorative practice, aiming to calm the mind, stretch and relax the body. This two-hour practice will create space and stillness in both the mind and body. Yin yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones and even the joints, and releases tension and stress in the body. 

The focus is simply about letting go of stress and tension, releasing into a deep yin practice followed by a long restorative practice using bolsters and blankets so people can relax, unwind and recharge. Dearbhla will use relaxing essential oils during the restorative practice for an even more relaxing experience.

Dearbhla has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, the more she practiced she noticed how grounded and calm she was after yoga. In time the physical rewards became secondary to the mental and spiritual impact of her practice. Yoga and meditation has both become an integral part of her daily life. 

Dearbhla currently practices and teaches Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative yoga and Meditation.And she believes through the practice of yoga we can find balance, clarity and stillness of the mind.

Dearbhla has trained extensively and has vast experience teaching retreats both in Ireland and Internationally, she has been the resident teacher at the Cliffs of Moher for 4 years.  She also teaches in Little Bird and Samadhi yoga. And in 2020 and 2021 Dearbhla has been teaching online via Zoom! 

Dearbhla is very interested in healing and trauma in the body, her retreats have a focus on healing and letting go of all stress, connecting to a place of peace and calm that is always there.

For more information on Dearbhla visit

Niamh Fox hails from Ennistymon, County Clare. Having worked all over in Ireland’s top kitchens such as Kai(Galway ) Ard Bia (Galway) Cafe Paradiso (Cork)  and further afield London and New Zealand. Niamh cooked for a number of years at the highly regarded Cliffs of Moher Yoga Retreat in County Clare, this style of wholesome cooking is a great passion of Niamh’s. Up until very recently Niamh has been running her own popular restaurant Little Fox. 

In Niamh’s kitchen you will find pure, simple, and clever flavour combinations, as she brings her wholehearted cooking to the Ballymaloe Grainstore.  Here she will be plucking and gathering fresh organic food grown on the Ballymaloe grounds, intertwined with the natural rhythm of the seasons, Niamh cooks with heart and flair with the focus to replenish, nourish and restore. 


Come take sanctuary in the beautiful grounds of Ballymaloe House and Grainstore.

We promise to nurture you and create a safe space where you can rest, reflect, reconnect with yourself. Our retreats are for those of us who really want to rest and take some time out to self care, reflect, unwind and simply let go of all stress.

Ballymaloe is is a beautiful, nourishing environment,  you are in a safe and cosy cocoon of comfort, where every detail of your stay has been thought of.

All you have to do is show up and we will make sure you have a wonderful, restful stay

There is plenty of time to reconnect with yourself, move, stretch, rest and reset.

Your bedroom in Ballymaloe will be spacious and comfortable with plenty of room to practice yoga via Zoom if you would prefer not to join the group or if covid restrictions do not allow us to practice together.  

The award winning Ballymaloe Breakfast will be offered each morning in the Yeats Room with all other meals cooked by Niamh in the Grainstore.

Ballymaloe House will be opening just for the yoga retreat and will therefore not be offering their usual services.  A member of the Allen family will be present during the entirety of the retreat if you need anything. 

Ballymaloe Grainstore, as the name suggests is an old grainstore that was turned into a multipurpose venue by Rory Allen. The large airy space offers a calm light filled area for you to practice yoga in a safe and covid friendly environment.

Our cancellation policy is normally within seven days. However, due to Covid restrictions, we are not charging a cancellation fee at the moment, we would appreciate as much notice as possible should you have to cancel your reservation with us.  We are not taking deposits for this retreat, just a credit card number to secure your booking.

To Book:

Bookings can be made with Ballymaloe House on Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm on 0214652531 or by email to

If you would like more information and to chat to someone about the retreats please feel free to call Bree on 021 475 7200

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Upcoming Dates:

We will be announcing more Ballymaloe Yoga retreats in the coming days. Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.




Deidre from our September retreat:

I must say I had a lovely experience during my stay. I had never done anything like this before, but I felt very comfortable and relaxed from the very beginning.

You are a very warm and welcoming host, and I didn't feel like a visitor in Ballymaloe House, I felt at home there for the few days. 

I really enjoyed the yoga classes,( being a complete novice) the food was amazing, and it was nice to have a bit of free time, so all in all I guess you got the perfect balance.

I met some lovely, interesting people and felt everybody seemed to fit as a group. You all put in a great effort in ensuring that all flowed smoothly. I know how difficult it can be to please everyone especially if you don't know the group, but I would certainly recommend the retreat to anybody.

Joan from our August retreat:

I really enjoyed the whole experience! I would definitely sign up for another retreat in 2022.


Veronica from our August retreat:

The retreat was so well done, and you all made it look so effortless, that it added to the whole restful and peaceful atmosphere. It was just what I needed, time to slow down a bit


Set the tone for your New Year with these nurturing day retreats. In January while the days can seem so short and busy it is important to take in all the sunlight you can and make the most of every moment. Day retreats are a wonderful opportunity to take a breath and press pause on life for awhile as the days grow longer.

 We start the retreat with complete relaxation as Dearbhla leads you through meditation and a gentle, warming Vinyasa flow in the luxurious and spacious Ballymaloe Grainstore. This session is followed by a calming and mindful walk around the beautiful grounds of Ballymaloe House after which you can warm up from with some delicious, wholesome homemade refreshments and a mug of hot cleansing tea. The day will wind down with a deeply relaxing Yin and restorative yoga practice that will give that lovely melting, lighter than air feeling to your mind and body. 

Show yourself some self- love and bring some warmth into January as you undergo a day long yoga journey with Dearbhla that re-energizes, relaxes and relinquishes stress. 

January 3rd, 8th & 9th 10.30am - 2.30pm

€65.00 investment per person

To join email



The Inner landscape of Beauty,

A reflective yoga and meditation retreat.

‘let there be an opening into the quiet that lies beneath the chaos, where you find the peace you did not think was possible to see what shimmers within the storm’ - John O’Donoghue


Join us on a journey where we tune in to ourselves and connect to that beautiful sense of deep- set tranquility that's in all of us. Spring is a lovely time to press pause, rest, reflect and set the tone for the year ahead. This retreat is for those who want to practice loving self-care for the mind and body and dispel the stress of every-day life. Our hope with this retreat is that we create a safe sanctuary for rest, reflection and restoration and that through thoughtful yoga practice, wonderful food and in beautiful company we learn to strengthen our minds and relax our bodies, finding inner balance. 

Every morning will begin with a beautiful and energizing meditation practice at the Grainstore with the slants of early morning light peeping in the window. We will focus on breath and thoughtful movement, setting the tone and intentions for the day ahead. This will be followed by a mouth watering, healthy, warm Ballymaloe breakfast. After breakfast we'll enjoy a guided mindful walk around the farm and grounds of Ballymaloe which is a delight in early Spring with the budding of trees and new daffodils cropping up. The walk will lead us back to the Grainstore where we'll focus on breath work practice followed by meditation and some gentle stretching and opening into our bodies.

After this practice there will be a healthy hearty lunch cooked by Nimah Fox using the bountiful new Spring ingredients from the Ballymaloe Garden. In the afternoon there is some time off to give you a chance to explore the nearby beaches, cliffs and forests, maybe go for an exhilarating swim, curl up on one of our cosy couches with a book, or have a bath soaked in Ballymaloe lavender bath salts. We encourage people to rest as much as possible and take full advantage of Ballymaloe's beautiful house and gardens and enjoy all the hidden treasures East Cork has to offer. 

We will reunite in the evening for yoga that centres on letting go. After the day's activity we will practice restorative yoga which is calming for the nervous system and deeply relaxing for the mind and body. This practice will unlock all the stiffness of your body and achieve that lovely melting feeling that makes you feel like you're floating out of the session. 

After another mindfully prepared and scrumptious dinner together we will enjoy candlelit yoga Nidra in the Grainstore. This is a further practice into deep relaxation where we loosen our muscles and minds to ensure a deep and blissful nights sleep.

On this yoga retreat we hope to really take care of you and ensure that everything from food, to environment to the wonderful people you'll meet all create a calming and enjoyable space where you can soak up all the indulgences of Ballymaloe House. We hope that through warm and personal yoga practices, freshly made food and in the lovely setting of the East Cork countryside you connect to an inner sense of serenity. We hope you carry this stillness with you after and relish in the inner beauty it brings. 

All prices include yoga practices, all meals and accommodation as well as bath salts in your room on arrival and tea throughout your stay. Yoga mats, blocks and blankets are also included. 

Harvest Retreat

September 25th, 26th, 27th

A reflective yoga and meditation retreat.

After all the activity and hubbub of the Summer, September is a lovely and necessary time to invest in some self- care. At the Harvest Retreat in Ballymaloe we take a holistic approach to your relaxation, meaning activities, dining and where you stay are all centered on relaxation and finding peace. Enjoy the luxurious yet cozy comforts of  the beautiful Ballymaloe House and its surrounding gardens (home to a family of native red squirrel!). Practice yoga with Dearbhla Glynn and be guided through mediation and movement that allows the mind and body to release stress. And let yourself be nourished by the incredible chef Niamh Fox as she tailors a menu that combines health, wholesomeness and pure deliciousness.


The mornings will begin with a slow and thoughtful Vinyasa flow that strengthens and re- energizes the body for the day. This is followed by the renowned Ballymaloe breakfast buffet. The afternoons will be a restful time of garden walks, plunges in the Wild Atlantic ocean, walks on the coast, a scented soak in the bath, and curling up to the cosy fires of Ballymaloe house with a good book or nice chat with your like- minded yoga group. The evenings are dedicated to Yin and Restorative Yoga that allow you to relax completely and get that lovely melting full body feeling only yoga can achieve. Dinners will be candlelit, cooked with the finest seasonal ingredients grown in Ballymaloe and bursting with flavour. 


This retreat is made to nourish, replenish and devote time completely for yourself. Sink into the comforts of Ballymaloe House, indulge in the wonders of such a talented chef, and find peace in the timeless practice of yoga. With a little time, care and thought wonders can be achieved! 


All prices include yoga practices, dinner, bed and breakfast as well as bath salts in your room on arrival and tea throughout your stay. Yoga mats, blocks and blankets are also included.


Samhain Retreat

October 23rd, 24th, 25th 2022

As we approach the darker cycle of the year it is a lovely time to take time out to rest, reflect and nurture yourself. The darkening months can sometimes take quite a toll on your energy and mental health, it's important to take time for yourself to recharge your mind, body and spirit before the hectic rush of the festive season.

Traditionally Samhain ( Halloween) marked the end of the Celtic year as it was the end of the harvest season, this was a time to replant the seeds and prepare for the new year ahead. It is the perfect opportunity to keep with this tradition in a metaphorical sense and plant the seeds and intentions for your year ahead. On this retreat we turn our attention inwards, and focus on nourishment, rest and renewal. Letting go of the past and welcoming the new harvest year.

Dearbhla Glynn will lead calming, grounding yoga sessions focused on mindfulness, and guide you through deeply relaxing Yin and Restorative practices. The highly esteemed Niamh Fox will nourish your body with delicious and healthy food, using the best of what Ballymaloe Gardens have on offer.

Through the morning meditation we will nurture quiet, stillness and peace, nourishing both the body and spirit. We will focus on strengthening the muscles by working through a lovely warming slow flow, moving through different yoga postures and transitions. This will be followed by a lovely and lovingly prepared breakfast. 

The end of Autumn is a gorgeous time at Ballymaloe house and grounds, the leaves turn brilliant shades of red and gold before they finally fall from the trees. We will enjoy crisp, leaf- carpeted mindful Autumn walks around the grounds, observing nature, the light and the end of the harvest season at Ballymaloe farm. In the practice before lunch, we will enjoy some breath-work, gentle stretching and relaxing.

The afternoons and evenings  are for resting, maybe taking a plunge into the sea and a walk along the beach, cosying up by the fires in Ballymaloe house, reading a book or having a soak in your bathtub.

Our evening practice will relish in the wonders of Yin yoga, opening up tired and stiff joints and eventually moving towards deep relaxation as we hold restorative poses, which calms the body, mind and the nervous system.

The Samhain Retreat at Ballymaloe is a retreat that ultimately nurtures mind and body through food, comforts, beauty and the healing powers of yoga. Deep relaxation, heavenly meals and treats, luxurious accommodation and the natural beauty of Autumn, all the ingredients needed for a blissful few days at Ballymaloe.

All prices include yoga practices, dinner, bed and breakfast as well as bath salts in your room on arrival and tea throughout your stay. Yoga mats, blocks and blankets are also included.