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.

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Nourish Yourself

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.

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About Ballymaloe Yoga Retreats:

About Dearbhla

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/

About Niamh

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.

Sample Retreat Itinerary

Sunday

  • Check in  3 - 4pm
  • 5pm - Welcome drink and healthy snack in the Grainstore
  • 5.30 - 7pm - Yin and restorative yoga in the grain store or on zoom in your room if you prefer
  • 7.30pm - Welcome dinner in the Grainstore

Monday morning

  • 7.30 - 9.00am - Meditation and morning yoga practice in the Grainstore
  • 9am - Breakfast  in Ballymaloe House
  • 10am - Mindful walk
  • 11.30am - Herbal tea and a little something from Niamh
  • 12pm - Breath work, gentle stretching and relaxation
  • 1.30pm - Lunch in the Grainstore or weather permitting gardens
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.
  • 5.30 - 7pm - Evening yoga Yin and Restorative practice - opening up tired joints and letting go of all stress,
  • 7.30pm - Dinner
  • 8.30pm - Yoga Nidra optional extra.

Tuesday morning

  • 7.30am - Meditation and yoga in the Grainstore
  • 9am - Breakfast  in Ballymaloe House
  • 10am - Mindful walk
  • 11.15 - Herbal tea and a treat from Niamh
  • 11.30 - 12.30am - Breath work and gentle stretching
  • 12.30 - Farewell lunch in the Grainstore or weather permitting the Garden.

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.

Ballymaloe House & Grainstore

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.

What our clients say

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.

Deidre from our September retreat

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

Joan 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

Veronica from our August retreat

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