Yoga Retreat with an introduction to Ayurveda – April 20th -22nd

Yoga Retreat with an introduction talk on Ayurveda 

Duration: Fri-Sun 2 nights/3 days (Friday 4pm/5pm- Sunday 14:00)
Cost: €395 – €420 for a twin room, €450-€465 for a single Room
April 20-22nd
Teachers: Liz Richards and Dr Donn Brennan
Type: Yoga with a talk on Ayurveda
Levels: All yoga levels and no previous understanding of ayurveda required

We feel so privileged to have Dr Donn Brennan visit The Courtyard for a morning session talk on Ayurveda. This special yoga retreat will include 3 yoga sessions which will be carefully integrated with the ayurvedic approach and 1 Ayurveda talk with Dr Donn Brennan. 7 hours tuition, 5 hours yoga tuition, 2 hours ayurveda session with Dr Donn. Donn is a very inspirational and entertaining speaker you will love his talk.  Liz Richards has worked for The Courtyard for a number of years, she is one of the most highly trained yoga teachers in Ireland. I can not recommend this retreat enough.

Vata, Pitta or Kapha? Which one are you?

Do you feel off balance out of sync?
Do you feel tired and lack energy?
Do you lack restful sleep?
Do you feel like your thoughts are racing?
Do you lack motivation?
Do you feel like it’s all too much?
Do you feel too cold, hot, tired, restless or have too much nervous energy?
Ayurveda is not only fascinating but it is an imperative tool to restoring balance in your life. Just a few simple adjustments to your daily routine can improve your quality of life dramatically. Most of you have heard of Ayurveda and know that yoga and ayurveda go hand in hand. We are aware of the benefits of yoga on our body and mind but Ayurveda is fundamental to keeping yourself in balance, through simple lifestyle recommendations and dietary recommendations according to your type which are categorised into three: vata, pitta, kapha.
Ayurveda is actually quite simple and easy to follow, it breaks us down into 3 body types and characteristics, Vata, Pitta and Kapha and gives recommendations for our diet and lifestyle according to our type. Just a few simple adjustments to your daily routine can improve your quality of life dramatically.
I hope you can join us for what will be a enlightening weekend.
Thank you,
Note from Liz:

The wisdom of Ayurveda determines that each of us are very unique in our constitution and makeup and therefore we all have specific and different needs in the management of our overall health and wellbeing.

As with diet, herbs, colours, aromas, seasons, etc – Ayurveda sheds light on which specific Asanas (Postures) are best for each individual based on his/her constitution.  With some knowledge and understanding of Ayurveda, a practitioner of Yoga can learn how to refine his/her practice so it is in harmony with their internal balance of energy while remaining in synergy with nature and the ever-changing cycle of the seasons. These valuable tools can be used also to restore balance whenever life takes us off course.

In the three Yoga sessions over this weekend we will take a look at the many different approaches and styles of yoga on offer in the western world and their suitability in relation to the body/characteristic types and their various combinations.  We will look at the parallels between what are known as the three Gunas (qualities of nature) of Rajas, Tamas and Sattva in relation to the three Ayurvedic doshas of Vata, Pitta & Kapha and explore  how they  interplay with one another.

Dr Donn Brennan will give an inspiring talk on the above topics.

See a short video clip of one of Dr. Donn’s seminars

Ayurveda (from the Sanskrit root ‘Ayu’ meaning life and ‘veda’ meaning pure knowledge) is the traditional health care system of India.

It is the worlds most ancient system of natural health care, 6000 years old and over time much of the knowledge of this system became fragmented but, more recently, leading Ayurvedic experts pooled their knowledge into a comprehensive body of knowledge called Maharishi Ayurveda – A prevention oriented, time tested and holistic natural health system.

Ayurveda helps you take control of your life by:

  •  Giving you understanding of your particular physical and psychological needs.
  •  Explaining the effects of foods, environment and experiences on your mind and body.
  •  Providing better understanding to give you the motivation to make the changes needed for better health
  • Knowing where you are going wrong, how it affects you, and how you can restore health.
  • Offering many strategies for health such as food and lifestyle changes appropriate to you: Transcendental Meditation, yoga, cleansing treatments, specific herbal and mineral preparations, aromatherapy, music therapy, etc.- to suit your needs.
  • Helping you co-operate with your own innate natural healing mechanisms.


About Dr. Donn Brennan MB, BCh, BAO, MRCGP, MSCI

Doctor Donn Brennan, from County Kildare, was one of the first western medical doctors to train in India in Maharishi’s Vedic Approach to Health. He qualified in medicine in 1979 at UCD and spent the following decade working in different specialities in hospitals throughout the island of Ireland before becoming a General Practitioner (GP) in the UK.


Dr Donn Brennan is the founding President of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association in the United Kindgdom, which is the representative body of Ayurvedic practitioners and is currently assisting in government proposals for regulating the standards and practise of Ayurveda in the UK. He is also a director of the European Herbal Practitioners Association.

Ayurveda offers comprehensive health programmes to prevent illness and promote perfect health and long life. Ayurveda has been successfully used in the treatment of many conditions, some of which are considered chronic (long standing or persistent) disorders, these include rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, headaches, eczema, psoriasis, constipation and non-insulin dependent diabetes among others.p>

About Liz Richards

Liz is one of our resident yoga teachers at The Courtyard. She is highly experienced and is simply inspiring, her knowledge of the practice and philosophy of yoga is outstanding.  Our guests feel inspired, energised, motivated and balanced after attending her retreats.

Liz Richards is a Yoga Alliance Certified instructor with over 700 hours training and 7000 hours teaching experience.  Liz has steadily earned a reputation of excellence throughout her yoga teaching career.  Liz’s passion for yoga is preceded by a love of ballet, modern dance, gymnastics and equestrian sport in her teens.  Liz’s enquiring mind and a desire to immerse herself more deeply in the philosophy behind the system of yoga and the hugely transformative nature of the practice led her to continually progress and further her own development and understanding of yoga and it’s benefits.  Liz specialises in Classical Hatha Yoga using the Vinyasa Krama System for all levels from beginners to advanced students.

Retreat Schedule


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.


09:00 – Healthy breakfast

11:00 – An inspirational talk about Ayurveda given by Dr Donn Brennan -2 hours

13:00 – Lunch

14:00 – 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.


08:15 – Light healthy breakfast snack  (the breakfast snack & fruit is left out from about 8:15 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

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