The Courtyard, Shillelagh, Coolattin, Co.Wicklow

Yoga Retreat with Ayurveda Workshop

15 May.

Yoga Retreat with Ayurveda Workshop

15/05/2020 @ 4:30 pm - 17/05/2020 @ 2:00 pm

Event Details

Retreat: Yoga & Introduction to Ayurveda Lifestyle
Date: 15/05/2020 @ 4:30 pm - 17/05/2020 @ 2:00 pm
Time: Fri 16:00 - Sun 14:00
Level: All levels of Yoga
Teacher: Liz Richards and Dr Donn Brennan
Organiser: Olivia Kelly
Tel: 0404-53951
Email: olivia@thecourtyardyogaretreat.ie
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A Yoga Retreat with an Introduction to Ayurveda

This is a very special weekend which will include 3 yoga sessions and one Ayurveda workshop with Dr Donn Brennan, GP and Ayurveda Doctor

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Tension Release

Connection to Body and Mind

Special Ayurveda Workshop

Pranayama Breathing Techniques

Focus on Correct Posture

Restorative Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Restore Balance

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience an amazing yoga retreat with the added value of an Ayurveda Workshop by Dr Donn Brennan.

There will be 3 yoga classes lead by our inspirational yoga teacher Liz Richards and in addition we will have the privilege of an informative and highly entertaining talk about Ayurveda from one of the worlds leading Ayurveda experts and GP, Dr Donn Brennan.

*You dot not need to have any experience of yoga, meditation or Ayurveda to take part in this retreat.

Ayurveda is for everyone and all levels of yoga are welcome! Ayurveda is one of the worlds most ancient natural holistic healthcare systems, it is a fascinating subject and by implementing some small and simply changes to your lifestyle and routine you can dramatically improve the quality of your life.

The wisdom of Ayurveda determines that each of us are very unique in our constitution and makeup and therefore we all have specific and different needs in the management of our overall health and wellbeing.
As with diet, herbs, colours, aromas, seasons, etc – Ayurveda sheds light on which specific Asanas (Postures) are best for each individual based on his/her constitution.  With some knowledge and understanding  of Ayurveda, a practitioner of Yoga can learn how to refine his/her practice so it is in harmony with their internal balance of energy while remaining in synergy with nature and the ever-changing cycle of  the seasons. These valuable tools can be used also to restore balance when ever life takes us off course.In the three Yoga sessions over this weekend we will take a look at the many different approaches and styles of yoga on offer in the western world and their suitability in relation to the three doshas and their various combinations.  We will look at the parallels between what are known as the three Gunas (qualities of nature) of Rajas, Tamas and Sattva in relation to the three Ayurvedic doshas of Vata, Pitta & Kapha and exolore  how they  interplay with one another.  We will also discuss how to honour our unique Ayurvedic makeup and individual needs in a “one size fits all” public yoga class setting where more often than not many of the sequences, asanas and pace of the class may be unsuitable for many if adhering  to the principles of Ayurveda. It sounds more complicated than it is! It is actually very straightforward and easy to understand and implement.


Retreat Schedule 


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

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

19:30 – Dinner



09:00 – Tasty & healthy breakfast Jar & fruit

10:30 – Ayurveda Workshop with Dr Donn Brennan

12:30 – Lunch

13:30 – 17:00 Free time

17:00 – 1.5 hour yoga class

18:30 – Dinner



09:00 – Tasty & healthy breakfast jar & fruit

10:00 – Yoga Class (2 hours)

12:00 – Lunch

13:00 – Relax

14:00 – Departure

Resident Teacher


Liz Richards, Dr Donn Brennan


Liz’s classes are predominantly based on Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Throughout the sessions she will make reference to Ayurveda philosophy which will tie in with Dr Donn Brennan’s workshop on Ayurveda 

  • 12 YEARS
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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