The Courtyard, Shillelagh, Coolattin, Co.Wicklow

Vinyasa Flow – Yoga as a Moving Meditation

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09 Nov.

Vinyasa Flow – Yoga as a Moving Meditation

09/11/2018 @ 4:00 pm - 11/11/2018 @ 2:00 pm

Event Details

Retreat: Yoga as a Moving Meditation
Date: 09/11/2018 @ 4:00 pm - 11/11/2018 @ 2:00 pm
Time: Fri 16:00 - Sun 14:00
Level: All Levels of Yoga
Teacher: Liz Richards
Organiser: Olivia Kelly
Tel: 0404-53951
Email: olivia@thecourtyardyogaretreat.ie
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Vinyasa Flow – Yoga as a Moving Meditation

Hatha Vinyasa Yoga

Somatic Movement

Pranayama Breathwork

Flow Yoga

Tension Release

Fun whilst learning

Restorative Yoga

Correct Breath

Correct Posture


• Beautiful vegan meals cooked by the owner Olivia, Ballymaloe Chef
• Disconnection from daily routine & stresses
• A warm welcome & friendly environment
• Beautiful accommodation in a very special place
• Fun & relaxation
• Inspirational yoga tuition with Liz Richards
• Fresh Wicklow Air and pure water
• Country walk
• A break

Join us for a rich, peaceful & meditative journey through ancient, traditional Hatha Yoga, Somatic Movement & Meditation. Using the Vinyasa style of yoga , Liz will guide you in a quiet and reflective way through the different layers of your being to the quiet mental and physical state of “sthira” (steadiness) and sukham (ease).

Benefits of this retreat.

Sometimes we feel a little off-centred, off balance, maybe lacking focus and also energy. This retreat will give you the opportunity to regain balance and focus, to connect with your true self and to restore your energy levels through the practice of vinyasa flow yoga, somatic movement and meditation.

Vinyasa is one of the most popular styles of yoga practised in the Western World today. Popular for it’s flowing sequences. Vinyasa yoga enables you to form a strong mind-body connection and helps you grow in strength and flexibility through fluid and creative movement.Vinyasa is the Sanskrit word for “flow,” and is known for fluid movements that build up in intensity. Vinyasa flows smoothly from pose to pose, creating a smooth rhythm.  Vinyasa can be  vigorous or slow moving sequences which generally build in intensity.  Vinyasa focuses on the breath and synchronized movement, moving from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale.

Liz will focus on the following areas: Alignment- correct posture, correct breath-work, the release of tension in the body and from the mind, focus and awareness, helping you to tune in to your inner body and tune out from external distractions.

Yoga as a Moving Meditation

Hatha is a general term which includes most styles of yoga. It is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring stillness to the body and the mind, helping to prepare the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.

The practice of yoga itself can be meditative and can be a special meditation though movement. You have probably experienced how great it feels when you complete a yoga class in which you have been fully focused and present. This state is a form of meditation, meditation through movement.

There is a quite lot to keep in mind during performing a yoga pose, trying to get the posture right. This level of attention provides so many benefits as well as the way into a deeper practice. If your mind wanders during the practice or you practice the asana carelessly, not only do you lose some of the benefits and but you risk strain or injury, so we need to keep focused and mindful. Liz will help you learn to maintain this attention and focus in order to deepen your practice. 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.

Preparation for the quiet mental qualities required for seated meditation begin with movement and end in stillness. From the beginning of each practice – mindful movement becomes the object of meditation. Throughout the weekend the four sessions will include Somatic Movement sequences (slow, gentle mindful movement practiced mostly lying down or seated), classical yoga asana (yoga postures), Pranayama (Breathing Techniques) & Guided Meditations. When threaded together in an intelligent, flowing and mindful way these practices as tools – invoke an enquiring yet quiet and peaceful experience for all participants.

Drawing from over 15 years of combined study, teaching experience and personal practice Liz has a huge wealth of knowledge of the practice and philosophy of yoga to share with you. She is one of the most experienced and well qualified yoga teachers in Ireland. She is a truly exceptional teacher.



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 – Healthy, tasty breakfast Jar & fruit

10:00 – Class – 2 hours

12:00 – Lunch

13:00 – Free time

17:00 – 1.5 hour class

18:30 – Dinner



09:00 – Healthy, tasty breakfast Jar & fruit

10:00 – Class – 2 hours

12:00 – Lunch

13:00 – Relax

14:00 – Departure





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 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.

  • YOGA
  • 15 YEARS
  • 700 HRS TT
  • Hatha, Vinyasa Krama

Our Guest Reviews

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