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The Courtyard, Shillelagh, Coolattin, Co.Wicklow

 

About Us

A Family Run Retreat

I set up the yoga retreat with a vision of creating a holistic lifestyle hub where people can come together to enjoy yoga, mindfulness and meditation in a fun learning environment, to be nourished with delicious fresh homemade nourishing vegan food, enjoy country walks, relax or read a book on the lawn in summer or by an open fire in winter.

Most of us live very fast moving, stressful and sometimes sedentary lifestyles, which is having a negative impact on our physical and mental health. Yoga, mindfulness and meditation have been proven time and time again to help restore balance to people’s lives and reduce stress, sleep problems, anxiety, depression and other issues which are affecting so many people today. People are being over-prescribed prescription drugs for issues which can be dealt with in natural, holistic and fun ways. People are now looking for alternative solutions and turning to natural health care such as the Ayurveda (ancient Indian natural health care) which is becoming popular. Ayurveda promotes a holistic lifestyle approach which encourages balance through a tailored healthy diet, the practice of yoga and the practice of meditation.

A lot of us read self-help books in an effort to resolve personal issues, though in reality they all boil down to the same thing, we need balance, we need a healthy diet, we need time to be still, we need to actually learn how to be still, we need time for self-care, we need time to do things that are good for us and to do things that we enjoy. We need to connect with ourselves and nature. Connecting with oneself comes with stillness of the mind, this can be achieved through meditation, mindfulness practices, yoga and other disciplines such as tai chi.

I have a wonderful and dedicated team of staff who all work really hard to make the retreat a success. Our teachers are exceptional. They are highly qualified and all have between 10 and 20 years of experience in their field. I choose the teachers very carefully, choosing those who are true advocates of their professions and have a genuine love of teaching. Our teachers are very approachable and lovely people and they are there to support you.

We run each retreat as if it were our first retreat. Every retreat is special. We depend greatly on repeat business and referrals. Unlike other retreat centres, I made an executive decision to be a private retreat, i.e not to hire out our retreat to visiting or pop-up retreat groups, I believe this is paramount to maintaining high standards and consistency in relation to the food and tuition.

My parents Noel and Dee spent 14 years restoring this special property from what was a very dilapidated state. The courage and vision they had for this project was unquantifiable. The results are truly remarkable, thanks to a combination of Noel’s practical skill-set and self -learned knowledge of the renovation of old buildings and Dee’s exquisite taste of decor and finishing touches. The property has appeared in many renovation and interior design magazines to date.

Thanks for reading and hopefully see you at The Courtyard soon!

Olivia

Next Events
  1. October 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  2. Yoga as a Moving Meditation

    November 9 @ 4:00 pm - November 11 @ 2:00 pm
  3. Vinyasa Yoga with Gentle Somatic Movement

    18/01/2019 @ 4:00 pm - 20/01/2019 @ 2:00 pm
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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