Connecting to Self & Spirit – 16-18th February

Connecting to Self & Spirit  Fri 16th 4pm -Sunday 18th 2pm February
Price: €395.000 Sharing
Teacher: Lou Horgan

Lou draws on the belief that the more elements available in practice the greater the practices’ potential. In her enlivening classes, breath, posture, visulisation, mudra and mantra are used. As tone, strength and flexibility build so does awareness and understanding of the inner peace and tranquility that exists in us all. The core basis of Lou’s yoga is a faith in the body as our most valuable tool in connecting us with our true essence.

Over the weekend retreat Lou will guide you through the many layers of the yoga practice,  from the physical to the more subtle. Thousands of years of tradition have crafted the practice to reawaken and reconnect you to your very essence, the very same essence that can be seen in the spectacular natural world throughout the surrounding countryside. 
 
Our busy lives have pulled us so far away from the deep intelligence of our bodies. Throughout the weekend Lou will guide you back to a sense of embodiment and when there,  deep calm is found. The stresses fall away as we slowly 
begin to identify with all that we are beneath the burden we may carry.
 
All elements throughout the weekend, from the stunning surroundings, delicious food, silent meditations and flowing yoga will ensure a re “treat” like no other.

About Lou Horgan

Lou began practicing yoga in 2000 and qualified to teach in 2004. Her journey began by attending a yoga class in a gym in Dublin, within a year she sat in a Himalayan ashram beginning to understand the true essence of yoga, far from its western interpretation. India led to London and an interdisiplinerary training with the Life Centre (Yoga Campus). In that time Lou trained not only with some of the UK’s leading teachers but international teachers such as Richard Freeman and Shiva Rea. It wasn’t until she met Rod Stryker of Para Yoga she found a teacher that communicated the science of yoga, using all elements, not only asana and pranayama but the more subtle practices of mudra mantra and and corner stone of any yoga practice, meditation. Rod took these ancient yogic techniques, “downloaded” by ancient cave dwelling sages and seers and communicated their relevance to Lou as a woman living and working in a busy city of the west. In July 2013 Lou graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition qualifying as a nutritional health coach. Lou believes the body is our greatest tool in connecting us to our true essence and the food we eat has all to do with how that miraculous machine operates. In the thirteen years Lou has been teaching her classes have evolved with her experiences in life. The journey yoga has taken her on, physically mentally and spiritually is always growing evolving and ultimately like life and the universe that we inhabit, expanding.

Retreat Schedule

Friday

16:00 -17:30 – Arrive at the Courtyard, relax and settle in to your allocated Courtyard house

17:15 –  Refreshments in The Dairymaids House

18:00 – Our first yoga class in The Carriage House – Duration 1.5 hour class

19:30 – Dinner  in The Dairymaids. 2 course meal. Main & dessert. After dinner guests are free to relax.

Saturday

08:30– Light healthy breakfast snack  (the breakfast snack & fruit is left out from about 8:30 but you are welcome to arrive later, should you wish to lie in)

09:30 – Yoga Class -2 hours

12:00 – Brunch

12:30 – Free time options for Saturday afternoon

– You will be given a walk/trek route to take in some fresh Wicklow air and beautiful forestry and hills

– Visit the Tinahely farm shop & cafe (a Ballymaloe styled café selling crafts and artisan food products)

– Golf at the magnificant Coolattin Golf Club, pre-booking via The Courtyard is essential

– Chill out at The Courtyard alone or with others. Have some quiet time, go for a stroll on a country track

17:00 – 1.5 hour yoga class

18:30 – Delicious healthy vegetarian 2 course dinner, main & dessert– after dinner free to relax.

Sunday

08:30 – Light healthy breakfast snack  (the breakfast snack & fruit is left out from about 8:30 but you are welcome to arrive later, should you wish to lie in)

09:30 – Yoga class 2 hours

12:00 –Lunch

13:00 – Relax

14:00 – Departure

* Fruit, tea, coffee and an array of loose herbal teas are available in The Dairymaids thoughout the weekend