The Courtyard, Shillelagh, Coolattin, Co.Wicklow

Viniyoga and Meditation Retreat

10 May.

Viniyoga and Meditation Retreat

10/05/2019 @ 4:00 pm - 12/05/2019 @ 2:00 pm

Event Details

Retreat: Vini Yoga and Meditation Retreat
Date: 10/05/2019 @ 4:00 pm - 12/05/2019 @ 2:00 pm
Time: Fri 16:00 - Sun 14:00
Level: All levels of yoga
Teacher: Anne O Loughlin
Organiser: Olivia Kelly
Tel: 0404-53951
Email: olivia@thecourtyardyogaretreat.ie
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A special Vini Yoga & Meditation Retreat.


Pranayama (correct breathing)


Sound Bath

Yoga Nidra

Simple Intro to Qi-Gong Energy Work

This beautifully balanced retreat will combine viniyoga, meditation, breathing techniques, yoga nidra, some qi-gong movement, a sound bath and deep relaxation with gentle movement.

Friday Evening Class

Friday evening will start with a gentle yoga practice to help us arrive and settle. Including relaxation and meditation to prepare for a good night’s sleep.

Saturday Morning

On Saturday morning we will practice some Qi-Gong clearing and cleansing movements for about 20 minutes. This will help move and clear the energy in and around our bodies. It will help to ground and steady the body and mind in preparation for our yoga practice. This is a yoga practice that you will be able to practice at home following the retreat.

We will then move into a yoga practice using the breath to support the body in movement in a structured and steady manner. We will explore opening the upper back the hips and the spine, to help ease tension and stress in the overall body. We will do some floor work using gravity to gain the most benefit from our yoga practice with the least amount of effort.

These simple movements target the rigidity and restrictions inside the tissues and joints and help to remove blockages and restrictions that cause pain and limit mobility.

Saturday Afternoon Class

We will have a pranayama Session ( The breathing exercises of Yoga )
Followed by deep relaxation and a Sound bath. Some very gentle movement and a short meditation to finish.

Sunday Morning Class

Repeating the Qi practice to support your understanding and integration.
In our yoga practice we will continue with more opening practices for the hips, upper back and spine. Continue and develop the use of the Breath. Explore postures on the floor. Relaxation and finish with meditation.

Yoga helps to free our mind from habitual thought patterns that don’t serve us and access the peace, joy and happiness that is within us.
Yoga enhances flexibility, increases muscle strength and tone, improves respiration, energy and vitality.

This really is a beautifully balanced weekend, with lots of learning and feel good techniques. You will gain a deeper understanding of your breath capacity, how to support yourself in movement. You will learn about gravity and how to let it support you. You will also learn techniques to feel connected to yourself and others and useful tools to deal with stress. This is an all-round feel good retreat which will leave you feeling happy within yourself and around others, you’ll feel more centred and balanced within yourself and your environment.

*You do not need to have any qi-gong experience. It is a simple practice that you will be introduced to and this short practice is a useful tool take home with you. Qi-gong is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, focused attention, controlled breathing and gentle movement exercises. Qi: means vital energy.

Retreat Schedule


16:00 -17:00 – Arrive, relax and settle & have welcome tea & healthy treat

18:00 – Our first class in The Carriage House – Duration 1.5 hour class

19:30 – Dinner



09:00 – Tasty & healthy breakfast Jar & fruit

10:00 – Class – 2 hours

12:00 – Lunch

13:00 – 17:00 Free time

17:00 – 1.5 hour class

18:30 – Dinner



09:00 – Tasty & healthy breakfast jar & fruit

10:00 –  Class (2 hours)

12:00 – Lunch

13:00 – Relax

14:00 – Departure

Yoga Instructor 


Anne O Loughlin


Anne O Loughlin has 15 years of experience. 

  • 15 YEARS
  • 1000 HRS TT
  • Vini Yoga, Meditation, Qi-gong

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