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The Courtyard, Shillelagh, Coolattin, Co.Wicklow

10 Reasons to come on a yoga retreat at The Courtyard Yoga Retreat in Wicklow, Ireland.

10 Reasons to come on a yoga retreat at The Courtyard Yoga Retreat in Wicklow, Ireland.

1. You’ll take your yoga to the next level.

Either starting yoga for the first time or already a regular it is not always easy to find time to immerse yourself in yoga practice when you have a busy schedule and other responsibilities to distract you. Retreat time is ‘me’ time where you can immerse yourself in the yoga practice without the guilt that you should be doing something else.

2. Take a break

Getting away creates an opportunity to reflect and see yourself and your life from a different perspective. This may be from a perspective of appreciation of your current life or it may in fact encourage you to make some changes in your life, it can also help to give you focus.

3. Disconnect from digital devices

We encourage you to detach yourself from your mobile phones, ipads, etc during your stay. It feels so great to just disconnect!!! Even if it is just for a few days!

4. You will leave your stresses behind

On entering the courtyard gate you will leave your stresses of everyday life behind you and settle into the calming environment of the courtyard retreat. The courtyard gives a sense of seclusion and calm and stillness. You will completely relax. Sometimes we have to be far from home to let ourselves truly relax.

5. A retreat like no other

The Courtyard is our family home. The courtyard was a Victorian model farm. The courtyard consists of the main house which was originally the steward’s house and 4 large farm houses within the courtyard. The property is steeped with history and each house has a story to tell. The Dairymaid’s house, The Groom’s house, The saddler’s and Tindal’s cottage. The beautiful Carriage House was specially renovated as our yoga room. The houses have been painstakingly restored and all existing features were retained which give the houses a very special ambience.

6. Free from – gentle detoxing

The retreat even if it is a short one that you come on gives you the opportunity to break food addictions such as fatty salty foods or refined sugars, it gives you the opportunity to reset your digestive system and eating habits. We spoil you with tasty & creative vegetarian food, free from refined sugars, dairy and fatty foods. Whilst still enjoying wonderful creative healthy food it is completely guilt free. We create our recipes with thought, love and passion and you will feel it.

7. Inhale some good country Wicklow air

It sounds so simple but many of us overlook the importance of touching base with nature and deeply inhaling beautiful clean air. Getting a few hours of exercise in countryside can do wonders for our mind and spirit. Wicklow as you will know is known for it’s beauty and deservedly inherited the name of The Garden of Ireland. The Courtyard is surrounded by beautiful mature forestry and rolling hills with endless bridle paths and forestry walks.

8. You’ll make new friends.

You will meet people with similar interests. We attract such lovely people to our retreats and I am forever grateful for this as it makes our job even more enjoyable. Our groups gel so quickly. Whether you are alone, in a couple or come with a friend you will no doubt meet people with whom you have common interests, yoga for a start! I often see people exchanging contacts at the end of a retreat. Mainly people don’t want to leave and some will book their next retreat before they have even left! This makes us feel great! It means we have done our job well!

9. You’ll appreciate the retreat even when you get home

You will go home feeling refreshed with a greater appreciation for life. You will feel happier, healthier, and re-energized and ready to take on your usual routine but with a new energy and enthusiasm and you will feel happy that you have found somewhere like The Courtyard where you can come to retreat every year or a few times a year as some of our regulars do.

10. Your home from home!

From the time you arrive we encourage you to make yourself at home, our home is your home for the retreat and you will settle in and feel at ease straightway.

To view our exciting 2017 yoga retreat listing please click Yoga Retreats 2017

The Courtyard YogiThe Courtyard Yogi

Olivia Kelly

Owner of The Courtyard Yoga Retreat

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Our Guest Reviews

"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