The Courtyard, Shillelagh, Coolattin, Co.Wicklow

Active Balance Yoga Retreat 18th-20th January 2019

Active Balance Yoga Retreat 18th-20th January 2019

Let’s rid those feelings of sluggishness and lack of motivation which tend to follow after the busy Christmas period of over-indulgence in rich foods and alcohol, office parties, late nights and family meals, all good fun but let’s reset and get back on track!


  • Special hatha yoga practice to stimulate the digestive system
    • Yoga to re-energise the body and rid it of sluggishness
    • Country walk – burn some calories & inhale clean Wicklow air
    • Delicious vegetarian food, free of refined sugars, fat and dairy
    • Reset your digestive system and break habits
    • Detox your mind from over stimulation of Xmas activity
    • Time for reflection
    • Reset focus and goals
    • Disconnect when possible from phones, etc
    • Detox from social media, take a break!
    • Have some fun & make new friends
    • Relax, eat well and enjoy!


This retreat offers the perfect opportunity to reset and restore your body and mind and find balance through the practice of yoga in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of The Courtyard. Reset your digestive system with delicious, nourishing and healthy food prepared and cooked by Olivia and her team. After the weekend you’ll feel balanced, rested yet energized, focused & positive, with a lightness of body and clarity of mind.

January can be a month in which many of us experience feelings of sluggishness, heaviness and lack of motivation.  Following the busy Christmas season, over indulgence in rich foods and alcohol, over stimulation, mentally and physically, it’s a time when many suffer with digestive problems, heaviness and lack of motivation.

From an Ayurvedic perspective, January finds us in the season of Kapha, winter to early spring. One of the most helpful ways to restore balance to the Kapha dosha within us, is through yoga practice which addresses the seasonal decrease in digestive function and associated feelings of sluggishness.

This involves stimulating and re-igniting the Jatahara Agni (digestive fire) which resides in the area behind the naval. We will include asanas (postures) such as twists and gentle backbends to stimulate the digestive fire and restore balance to the processes of digestion and assimilation.

We will prepare the body safely through the step by step approach known as Vinyasa Krama to bring us into a gently flowing practice which will include these useful postures and we will also work to find stillness and integration through restorative practice with props and bolsters and gentle breath work. Each student will be encouraged to work at their own pace and modifications and variations of each posture will be discussed and explored where necessary. This will ensure that students of all levels from beginners to advanced practitioners will benefit from this retreat and will practice in a safe and non-competitive environment.

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The Courtyard YogiThe Courtyard Yogi

Olivia Kelly

Owner of The Courtyard Yoga Retreat

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Our Guest Reviews

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