The Courtyard, Shillelagh, Coolattin, Co.Wicklow

Mid Summer Wellness Weekend

28 Jun.

Mid Summer Wellness Weekend

28/06/2019 @ 4:00 pm - 30/06/2019 @ 2:00 pm

Event Details

Retreat: Mid-Summer Wellness Retreat
Date: 28/06/2019 @ 4:00 pm - 30/06/2019 @ 2:00 pm
Time: Fri 16:00 - Sun 14:00
Level: All Levels
Teacher: Liz Richards
Organiser: Olivia Kelly
Tel: 0404-53951
Email: olivia@thecourtyardyogaretreat.ie
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Mid-Summer Wellness Retreat

Hatha Yoga

Yoga Vinyasa


Gentle Somatic Movement

Restorative/relaxation Yoga

Connection to Self


Guided Meditation

Well-Being practices

Liz Richards is our teacher for this beautiful retreat. Liz will lead you through a rich, peaceful & meditative journey through ancient, traditional Hatha Yoga practices and Somatic Movement. Olivia the owner and her team will spoil you with delicious home-made food throughout the weekend. The weekend is one of relaxation where you will put your feet up, enjoy top class yoga and meditation sessions. Yummy food and fun sociable meal times and an optional walks in fresh Wicklow air.



Using Vinyasa Krama and practices presented in the classical teachings of Patanjalis Yoga Sutras, Liz will guide you to the quiet mental and physical state of “sthira” (steadiness) and sukham (ease). Preparation for seated meditation begins with movement (yoga) and ends in stillness (meditation)


Throughout the weekend the four sessions will include:

-Classical Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga

-Pranayama (Breathing Techniques)

-Guided Meditations.

-Somatic Movement sequences (slow, gentle mindful movement practiced mostly lying down or seated)

– Restorative Yin Yoga


When threaded together in a flowing and mindful way these practices invoke an enquiring yet quiet and peaceful experience for all participants.


Friday evening


Somatic Movement & Meditation

Using inherent natural movement patterns and Somatic Movement Sequences we will ease out the body after a busy week and use some breathing techniques to prepare the mind for a guided meditation.


Saturday morning


This session will focus on yoga asana & breathing practices which address problems that can be present in the physical platforms and stabilizing junctions of the body – primarily the feet & ankles, hips & pelvis, shoulders & neck.  The health of the spine benefits hugely from these practices and facilitates more efficient breathing and co-ordination.


Saturday evening


We will take the fruits of the mornings practice with us into some spinal work which will include some Somatic Movement sequences and yoga postures which will liberate the front body.



Sunday morning


Drawing from all we have done in the previous sessions, the Sunday morning will bring everything together in an integrated and well rounded practice which will conclude with a 40 minute Restorative Yin Yoga practice using bolsters and props to ensure that everyone leaves feeling rejuvenated & energised yet peaceful, calm and rested.

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.  Liz is a highly qualified and dedicated teacher with vast experience. Her passion for yoga and teaching is outstanding.  Her teaching style is thorough and she is very conscientious that each and every guest gets maximum benefit from the retreat.

Drawing from over 15 years of combined study, teaching experience and personal practice – Liz uses refined specific approaches & modifications and variations where necessary to ensure that all students – regardless of age, ability or fitness levels receive the maximum benefits from their practices. She will guide each student safely – addressing problematic areas of the body such as hips, hamstrings, lower back, shoulders and neck – easing out stiff joints and tight muscles along the way. Liz has a unique way of using her skills to challenge those who are more experienced while nurturing those who are just beginning – all in the same environment.  As the body becomes more open and free through the tools of the practice – so too does the mind as it enters a more peaceful and meditative state.

Olivia and her team will be on hand throughout the retreat to host you and will spoil you with delicious food and tasty snacks. You will have access to an array of beautiful loose natural herbal teas, black tea and coffee throughout the weekend.

All levels are welcome.  We hope you can join us!

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





Naomi’s classes are very special and gentle.  She has over 10 years teaching experience. Her teaching is well balanced, fun and gentle. Her style of yoga is hatha vinyasa and she teachers Mindfulness and facilities Meditation also. 

  • 500 HRS TT
  • Yoga, Meditation

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