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. Ballymaloe 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 with Dearbhla Glynn, breakfast, lunch & dinner in Ballymaloe House, as well as bath salts from Robyn Allen in your room on arrival and walled garden herbal tea throughout your stay. Yoga mats, blocks and blankets are supplied along with guided walks through the farm & guided early morning swim at a local beach.
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 http://dearbhlaglynn.com/
Ballymaloe House has a reputation for delivering delicious food. All meals will be served in the beautiful surroundings of the Ballymaloe Dining rooms with produce sourced from the walled garden and local area. Each meal will be a delicious experience to nourish and rejuvenate.
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.
This is a lovely practice which focuses on breathing, stretching and relaxing before lunch.
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.
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.
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.