The Courtyard, Shillelagh, Coolattin, Co.Wicklow





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  What We Do


We offer weekend yoga retreats which run throughout the year. The retreats  include yoga, mindfulness, meditation, ayurveda, sound healing, Qi-gong and more. The weekend retreats run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. The Courtyard is a leading Irish retreat  offering high standards of tuition, vegan food and beautiful accommodation in our beautifully restored victorian courtyard property.


The day retreat is a perfect opportunity to get a taste for what we do at The Courtyard. You will enjoy lots of tasty homemade vegan treats, 2 classes, a delicious homemade vegetarian lunch, time for relaxation and to mingle with other guests or to take a country walk between classes. The day retreats may include yoga, yoga and mindfulness, yoga and meditation, ayurveda and sound healing therapy.


Stress is an over-riding factor of discontentment and low productivity in the workplace. Yoga & mindfulness help lower the stress associated with sedentary office lifestyles and can improve productivity and positive attitude of the team which leads to better results.  We hold day & residential corporate retreats to include yoga, mindfulness, meditation, health and fitness seminars.

Yoga room


We employ teachers with extensive teaching experience & reputable qualifications. All our teachers have 10 years plus teaching experience.  We engage those who live and breathe their passion, those who continuously strive to learn and undertake more teacher trainings and who study out of curiosity, professional development and very importantly, those who truly love to share their passion with others.


Our lovingly restored courtyard houses date back to the 1840’s when the property was the homefarm to adjoining Coolattin Estate formerly home to Earl Fitzwilliam. Each house is named after its original usage, The Dairymaids, The Grooms, The Sadders and Tindals Cottage. The Courtyard Yoga Retreat and it’s accommodation has featured in numerous lifestyle, interior design and country magazines.


The Courtyard is reputed for it’s delicious vegetarian food. Olivia, the owner, is a Ballymaloe trained chef.  All recipes are homemade and made from fresh and wholesome ingredients. Olivia says “I like to offer guests  the opportunity to go vegetarian for the weekend, to realise how we can be less dependent on meat and to experience how really tasty and satisfying vegetarian food can be.



The Courtyard Yoga Retreat Ireland is situated in beautiful County Wicklow is reputed as one of the best yoga retreats in Ireland. The family run retreat is known for it’s warm and friendly hospitality, excellent yoga tuition, magnificent courtyard property and it’s delicious 100% home-made vegan food, cooked by the owner, Olivia, who is a Ballymaloe Chef and her team. Guests come from all over Ireland, Europe and further a field to experience all that The Courtyard has to offer.

A yoga weekend at The Courtyard Yoga Retreat will leave you feeling well rested, energised with a positive and happy state of mind. The yoga retreat is essentially a yoga holiday. It is a restful, restorative, healthy weekend break away from the stresses of daily routine where you can switch off eat well, sleep and enjoy the beautiful accommodation and surroundings of The Courtyard. There’s no need to book a yoga retreat abroad as The Courtyard really has it all.





We source the best teachers that Ireland has to offer. All our teachers have between 10 - 15 years of teaching experience. They are all highly qualified and respected in their field.


Liz Richards

Yoga Teacher

Liz has explored many different forms of yoga including Hatha, Vinyasa Krama, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Shadow & Viniyoga. She has almost 10 years full-time teaching experience. She teaches Classical Yoga using the Vinyasa Krama system and Hatha Yoga principles. With Liz's enquiring mind and passion for yoga she continues to learn and study with senior teachers in Ireland and abroad, including Sri Srivatsa Ramaswami and Vinyasa Krama teacher Stephen Brandon``.


Lou Horgan

Yoga Teacher

Lou has been teaching yoga for 14 years. Lou's classes take you way beyond your expectations. Lou trained in the ashrams of the Himalayas where she developed a true understanding of yoga and the importance of connecting to self and to the rhythms and cycles of nature and where we fit in within the universe, which has a very grounding affect. Lou's specialist area is yoga for women.


Pam Butler

Yoga Teacher

Pam walked into her first yoga class in Hong Kong in 1992. Having moved from Asia to Ireland Pam completed her first teacher training with the Sivananda school in 2000. Since discovering Shadow yoga in 2003, Pam developed her practice and trained intensively to teach this style of yoga. She has travelled around Europe to train with Shadow school founders Shandor Remete and Emma Balnaves and completed a further teacher training programme in 2019 with Karen Watson in London.


Naomi Sturdy

Yoga Teacher

Naomi's has been teaching yoga for 13 years. Naomi's yoga classes include a healthy blend of mindfulness, meditation and self enquiry so that individuals can develop awareness, feel empowered, inspired and find their own unique way towards happiness and growth. Naomi's also teachers yoga teacher training in Dublin.


Anne O Loughlin

Yoga Teacher

Anne's teaching approach comes mainly from the Viniyoga tradition.The heart of Yoga summarizes Krishnamachara's yoga guidance, adapting the practice of yoga to individual needs.
Anne incorporates the union of Body, Breath, and Mind in her teaching and practice. She teaches meditation, sound baths, qi-gong, deep relaxation and yoga nidra. Anne has 14 years of teaching experience behind her.


Dr Donn Brennan

Ayurveda Doctor

Dr Donn Brennan is a GP and an esteemed Ayurvedic Doctor. Dr Donn has spent many years training in India, he is a fascinating and enlightened individual. Ayurveda is an ancient natural health system, 6000 years old. Maharishi Ayurveda can determine your state of health, detect any imbalances and make tailored recommendations to restore balance through lifestyle, diet and activity suitable for a particular individual.



At The Courtyard we promote a holistic approach to health and well-being. A well balanced lifestyle with healthy eating habits, good sleep, pleasurable & restful activities such as yoga and meditation are all vital to feeling connected, revitalised and balanced.


Yoga is learning to come back to yourself, it helps to truly relax into who you are. It is about restoring balance and enhancing well-being


Mindfulness is paying attention in the present moment & bringing a non-judgemental compassionate awareness to the nature of things


Meditation is a technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is different from the normal waking state.


Ayurveda is ancient Indian natural health system promoting physical, emotional & mental well-being through lifestyle, diet and remedies.

Our Guest Reviews

Dear Olivia, Just a brief note to thank you for a wonderfully organized and thoroughly enjoyable weekend. Everything superb. Ambience, hosting, food, rooming, all excellent. Most importantly, the yoga I really enjoyed and teacher Liz was the best I have encountered. Muchas gracias. Adrian

Adrian Boyle

6th December 2019

I am hooked! This was my first yoga retreat and I was nervous as I wasn't sure what to expect, plus I was going solo! Well it turned out to be a wonderful weekend from beginning to end. It was so relaxed, welcoming and fun. The accomodation and surroundings are breathtaking and the food is delicious. I believe the weekend I spent there has been life changing for me, its the start of a new me that takes a moment to appreciate the wonderfulness of everyday and to enjoy every moment of life. Thank you Olivia, Liz (the yoga instructor) and Don (the aruveyda specialist). I cant wait to return. Maureen

Maureen O Hara

26 th October 2019

Definitely worth it such a beautiful place ,really lovely relaxing weekend great yoga teacher .food all home cooked delicious .Olivia and her mam are very welcoming to the amazing retreat weekend. Highly recommend it .

Louise O Reilly

10 November 2019

Beautiful home cooked vegan food and the location was so peaceful..accomadation was 5 star

Anna Jordan

13 November 2019

The whole experience was amazing. The yoga,the instructor, the food, the venue and the company. Perfect get away weekend in a beautiful location in Wicklow.

Becks O Reilly

10 November 2019

My recent stay was an amazing experience. As a first-timer at Yoga I was nervous of not keeping up in the classes. However our instructor Ann structured the class so everyone from total novice (me!!) upto instructor level (who was also attending the classes) were all fully included. The location and the buildings are amazing. The rooms are really comfortable and were renovated with a passion to detail. The courtyard buildings provide a really tranquil setting for the Yoga weekend. The food is amazing. I was amazed at the quality, taste and standard of presentation. Award winning in its own right. I highly recommend a visit and think I will be back very soon!!

Dave Kelly

25 August 2019

My stay here recently was calming and uplifting; it is a beautiful place and the yoga classes with Liz were very enjoyable and very beneficial in strengthening my own practice. She is a great teacher. The food was delicious and the accommodation was most comfortable. I highly recommend.

Brid Heffernen

8 July 2019

From the moment we arrived, we knew our weekend would be one to remember. The setting is beautiful, great food and accommodation, but most of all a warm welcome from Olivia and her family. The group was varied with yoga ability at all levels, so everyone felt included and looked after by Liz, our terrific teacher. I would highly recommend Courtyard retreats to all, and will be booking a return trip soon!

Emma Gallen

8 July 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed the venue, yoga, food, ambience and fun during the weekend at The Courtyard. Well done Olivia, Liz, Noel and Dee!

Angela Maguire

15 April 2019

The Courtyard is a very special place. Stunning location in the wicklow mountains and then you have the buildings that have been renovated beautifully to create a calm restful open space. The yoga classes with Liz Richards were incredibly well planned so as to be suitable for a large group with mixed ability from total beginner to a teacher trainer. Don Brennan gave a 2 1/2 hour talk on ayerveda that was simply fascinating. I floated home after a weekend retreat and will absolutely be back. Thank you Olivia, that was exactly what I needed.

Isobel Mc Carthy

16 April 2019

The Courtyard Yoga Retreat is a very special place. It provides nourishment for the body and soul. A truly authentic experience in a wonderfully authentic space and place. Superb yoga with Liz a true yogi, who generously shares her knowledge and guides each individual through the practice carefully and attentively. The food is a delight home cooked and delicious. Olivia has mastered the art of creating vegetarian food that tastes absolutely divine. The surroundings of the beautiful original house and courtyard buildings, which have been loving restored by her parents Dee and Noel top off the entire experience offering serenity in the heart of Wicklow. It’s a truly special place.

Patricia Duignan

16 April 2019

An absolutely amazing weekend. Olivia and her family are so incredibly welcoming and professional. The location is just stunning and so calming. They've done such brilliant job at restoring it. You can see how much love and hard work went into it. The food was delicious and there was plenty of it (which is important after lots of yoga!) Liz, our yoga instructor was so knowledgeable and intuitive. I've been doing yoga for nearly two years and I learned more in those few sessions with liz than I've done in all my time practicing. She's so passionate.

Beth Maguire

15 April 2019

Best yoga retreat I’ve been on. Olivia and her family are so kind and welcoming. Place is fantastic and relaxing. Liz the yoga instructor was so knowledgeable and managed the class of beginners to advanced at ease. Food was delicious too.

Hilda Maguire

15 April 2019


Anne Reid

17 April 2019

"Great retreat today. Beautiful venue. Will definitely return"

Carol O Sullivan

10 Dec 2017

"My husband and I have nothing but positive to say about The Courtyard. We made to feel very welcome from start to finish, with a ‘home-away-from-home’ sort of feel the food was an absolute treat and the yoga teaching was insightful and inspiring. Would give 6 stars if we could."

Claire O’ Malley

19th March 2018

"Myself and my Mum had the most fantastic weekend at the Courtyard Yoga Retreat. Everything from the Yoga, to the food, to the setting and the welcome was second to none. Liz Richards is a particularly experienced and excellent yoga teacher. Olivia’s cooking is simply delicious. It is so satisfying, light but filling and extremely tasty and easy to eat. Both Mum and I can’t wait to come back. Thanks v much, Ali"

Ali O Connor

23rd March 2018

"Just back from a most amazing yoga retreat at the courtyard. From the warm welcome, yummy treats by the fire, amazing yoga sessions by Liz, and delicious and nutritious food, it was all just perfect for what I was looking for; rest, restoration, learning, good food and lovely company. Liz is a great teacher, bringing it right back to the basics and through her almost meditative stream of instruction bringing you to a new level of yoga awareness. Thank you all at the Courtyard. I will be back!"

Mathilde Murray-Veldt

14 Jan 2018

"Came to the courtyard retreat with my sister last weekend. It did not disappoint…..beautiful surroundings, comfortable accommodation and delicious vegetarian food. Olivia and her family were very welcoming, always on hand and worked so hard to make our weekend effortless. Liz is an amazing yoga teacher. Her classes allowed us to focus on the body, breath and mind. I felt revitalize and relaxed after a weekend of delicious food, excellent yoga and great company. Wonderful way to start the year!"

Geraldine O’ Gara

15 Jan 2018

"Just back from a weekend yoga retreat and feeling renewed and energised. The yoga classes were truly enjoyable and the vegetarian cuisine was excellent! Olivia is the perfect host and created a warm and friendly atmosphere throughout the weekend. I am looking forward to returning and enjoying another gorgeous weekend in this wonderful venue."

Jackie O’Brien

14th Jan 2018

"Just spent the weekend here . What an amazing place to kick start the year with mind blowing yoga , fantastic food and beautiful surroundings! A great experience I can’t wait to repeat !"

Clara De Paolo

15th Jan 2018

"Words cannot adequately describe how truly amazing the courtyard yoga retreat is … I was looking forward to my weekend but the reality was far better than my expectations. The yoga was incredible and meditative – I learnt more in a weekend than ever before… and the food…… amazing!! A nurturing wellness weekend- I will be back as soon as I can – thank you"

Fiona Barry

18th Jan 2018

"Fantastic day..enjoyed the fresh home made lunch, the desserts & the lovely sweet treats left out for us, The yoga was amazing & Liz is a super teacher, Olivia really made us feel @ home looked after us very well.Great company & beautiful scenic views around the area Will definitely be back"

Deirdre O Farrell

10 Dec 2017