Unwind and Rejuvenate with Yoga  

Escape to the beautiful natural surroundings of East Cork for a yoga retreat. If you seek a sanctuary of peace and harmony from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, look no further than the yoga and meditation retreats at Ballymaloe Grainstore.

We host a range of Yoga Retreats throughout the year with day and residential retreats featuring Irish and international instructors.

Surrounded by lush greenery and fresh country air, you will enjoy an instant sense of calm and a connection with nature.

Upcoming Retreats

yoga Retreat Space

Get ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery, wellness, and renewal through the practice of yoga.

The idyllic countryside location, Ballymaloe Grainstore, located on the grounds of Ballymaloe House Hotel, offers a retreat space, that nurtures mind and body through delicious food, comfort, beauty, and the healing powers of Yoga practice.

If you are looking for a space to host a retreat, contact Bree for more details. We have different options available, with two unique spaces.

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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. 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.

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.

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A Yoga Retreat with delicious Food

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.

Sample Retreat Itinerary

Day 1

  • Check in  3 - 4pm
  • 5pm - Welcome drink and healthy snack in the Grainstore
  • 5.30 - 7pm - Yin and restorative yoga in the Grainstore
  • 7.30pm - Welcome dinner in Ballymaloe House

Day 2  

  • 7.30 - 9.00am - Meditation and morning yoga practice in the Grainstore
  • 9am - Breakfast in Ballymaloe House
  • 10am - Mindful walk
  • 11.30am - Herbal tea
  • 12pm - Breath work, gentle stretching and relaxation
  • 1.30pm - Lunch in Ballymaloe House
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 in Ballymaloe House

Day 3

  • 7.30am - Meditation and yoga in the Grainstore
  • 9am - Breakfast  in Ballymaloe House
  • 10am - Mindful walk
  • 11.15 - Herbal tea
  • 11.30 - 12.30am - Breath work and gentle stretching
  • 12.30 - Farewell lunch in Ballymaloe

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.  

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.

feedback from our clients

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 a 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 a perfect balance.
I met some lovely, interesting people and felt everybody seemed to fit as a group. You all put in a great effort to ensure 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, September yoga retreat attendee.

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

I had a fabulous time at my first yoga retreat. It was a blissful two days with a lovely blend of yoga sessions and delicious food. I really enjoyed being able to experience the food at Ballymaloe with a lovely group of people.

Alison, October 2022 Retreat

Thank you Bree for your guided tour of the cookery school. Again a bonus being able to visit the cookery school and grounds.

Guest from our September retreat