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The Courtyard, Shillelagh, Coolattin, Co.Wicklow

 

Our Instructors

Liz Richards

Yoga Teacher

Liz Richards is a Yoga Alliance Certified instructor with over 700 hours training and 6000 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. Liz is an exceptional and inspiring teacher followed by many. Liz runs a busy yoga studio in Wicklow town.

Naomi Sturdy

Yoga & Pilates Teacher

Naomi has been teaching for over 10 years, starting out as a Physical Education teacher and then moving on to Yoga and Pilates teaching fulltime. She is a 500 hour qualified Yoga teacher and continues to study both in Ireland and abroad refining and progressing personal practices and techniques, as well as teaching qualifications. Naomi now teaches yoga teachers  YTT, yoga teacher training in Dublin. ‘My overall Philosophy is that we can experience great happiness and this starts with ourselves.  Through taking care of both our bodies and our minds we can really begin to live to our full potential. At the core of my own practice and teaching is the concept of challenging ourselves to grow and learn. Through taking time to connect to ourselves we can gain greater understanding, clarity and appreciation for ourselves and others.  I believe that each of us has a wealth of resources to deal with our lives effectively and live the lives that we love and enjoy. My classes are inspired by the Hatha style in which I trained and I love to also integrate flowing sequences.  I encourage each individual to challenge themselves to their own abilities in all postures. Movements are taught with a focus on alignment, breathing and relaxation”.

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Ross Cousens

Tai Chi Teacher

Ross is one of a number of qualified Master Ding Academy instructors teaching Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung in Ireland. He has been training under Master Ding since 1997 and has been assisting Master Ding with classes, seminars and retreats across Europe since 2001.

Ross’s teaching aims to integrate the life affirming principles found within the ancient Chinese practices of Tai Chi and Chi Kung, with the hectic lifestyles that we all lead today.

This fusion of the ancient and modern worlds is attained through the mindful practice of Tai Chi and Chi Kung on a daily basis. This inner discipline results in the much sought after Strong Body and Still Mind, as often described by Tai Chi texts. A movement based mind/body system teaching centeredness, stillness within, relaxation, flow and sensitivity. With a little bit of fun..

Lou Horgan

Yoga Teacher

Lou began practicing yoga in 2000 and qualified to teach in 2004. Her journey began by attending a yoga class in a gym in Dublin, within a year she sat in a Himalayan ashram beginning to understand the true essence of yoga, far from its western interpretation. India led to London and an interdisiplinerary training with the Life Centre (Yoga Campus). In that time Lou trained not only with some of the UK’s leading teachers but international teachers such as Richard Freeman and Shiva Rea. It wasn’t until she met Rod Stryker of Para Yoga she found a teacher that communicated the science of yoga, using all elements, not only asana and pranayama but the more subtle practices of mudra mantra and and corner stone of any yoga practice, meditation. Rod took these ancient yogic techniques, “downloaded” by ancient cave dwelling sages and seers and communicated their relevance to Lou as a woman living and working in a busy city of the west. In July 2013 Lou graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition qualifying as a nutritional health coach. Lou believes the body is our greatest tool in connecting us to our true essence and the food we eat has all to do with how that miraculous machine operates. In the thirteen years Lou has been teaching her classes have evolved with her experiences in life. The journey yoga has taken her on, physically mentally and spiritually is always growing evolving and ultimately like life and the universe that we inhabit, expanding. Lou’s classes are not just a yoga class, she shares so much knowledge, her classes feel spiritual and get a real sense of connection to yourself and to nature.

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Geoff Fitzpatrick

Mandala Meditation Facilitator

I have two great passions, one is the exploration of consciousness the other is the construction of mandalas. In effect these are two sides of the same coin. The first time I saw a mandala was about 25 years ago. A group of Tibetan Monks came to Trinity College Dublin. They spent a week creating a magnificent Kalachakra sand  mandala. I was mesmerised by the experience, the colours, the shapes and the sound of the chak purs are as vivid in my memory today as they were all that time ago. It was eight years later in that very same university whilst studying psychology I came across mandalas for a second time.  I studied the work of Carl Jung and Stanislav Grof both of whom saw the mandala as a powerful psychotherapeutic tool.

During this time at college I learnt how to meditate and cultivated a strong daily practice. The deeper my meditation experience evolved the more fascinated I became with consciousness and the nature of reality. After graduating from college I studied spiritual enrichment at the Milltown Institute of Theology for two years.

Adam Kelly

Personal Trainer, Life Coach, Sport Scientist

Adam is the founder of Pura Vida Fitness, Greystones and also director of South Beach Pavillion, (SOBE) Greystones BSc Hons – Sports Science, Higher Dip in Entrepreneurial Studies, Dip in Life coaching. Adam is a Sports Scientist, a Life Coach, personal Trainer, triathlon L2 Coach, Irish Sports Council Tutor and former Triathlon Editor for Outsider Magazine. Working daily as a personal trainer, Adam though his work with over 1000 different bodies, uses a number of common tools, techniques and exercises that if done optimally gets you closer to that perfectly functioning body. Adam trains and races in Triathlon (Swimming, cycling, Running) with special interest in X-Terra Triathlon (off road triathlon). He teaches Ashtanga yoga to his clients. He has competed throughout the World in World and European Championship races. He is involved in other sports such as surfing and snowboarding. In 2009, Adam trained for and successfully completed an ascent of Mt Blanc, and snowboarded off its summit, just one example of the crazy adventures he subjects himself to.

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