Retreat to an oasis of calm
Book in for a weekend wellness retreat and let yourself truly relax as you experience nature and soak up spectacular scenery.
Head to sunny Wexford to the Creacon Lodge Wellness Retreat. Rejuvenate in this tranquil lodge, near the pretty village of New Ross. Lie back and relax as an experienced therapist guides a reflexology session and after, chill in the café enjoying a nutritious meal and refreshing juice. Stay in their modern but media-free suites and relish a break away from technology.
With ‘escape’ in its name, this is the perfect place to get away. Unwind with The Wicklow Escape in The Glen of Imaal far removed from everyday life. This peaceful space has 18 luxury beds, a relaxation room, wooden dining cabin and kitchen. Meals can be catered for with The Wicklow Escape serving up ethical, homegrown, organic, and locally sourced food.
Check into a beautifully restored 19th century farmhouse near the Cliffs of Moher in Clare. With a studio space purpose built for retreats, the luxury getaway of the Cliffs of Moher Retreat has one of the most stunning backdrops in all of Ireland. Partake in yoga retreats, savour contemporary vegetarian cuisine, and discover pure relaxation.
Secluded and quiet, The Boghill Centre in Clare has 50 acres of natural bogland to explore at your own pace. Book in with a group of friends or come on your own to enjoy ceramics classes and ‘free-from’ cooking experiences. The clay used at the ceramics workshops comes straight from the Boghill Centre’s own land.
On the Beara Peninsula in Cork, Dzogchen Beara Retreat is a Buddhist centre with daily guided meditation classes and weekend retreats for beginners. High up on the cliffs, the retreat overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Check out the self-catering accommodation and marvel at the outstanding views. Experience ‘Loving Kindness’ meditation, listen to talks from famous authors and soak up the stillness in this welcoming space.
Admire the rolling Leitrim landscape and check into Tawnylust Lodge. This eco-friendly self-catering space is a fine example of a home away from home with incredible views of the Ballinabehy mountain range and Munakill Lake. Make sure you check out the family farm and have a chat with owner Nuala, an expert on Leitrim’s scenic walks and hikes who can show you all the hidden gems.
A renowned eco-retreat centre, the stunning Ard Nahoo is just outside Dromahair village in Leitrim. Come here and stay in eco cabins made from sustainable materials such as hemp insulation and natural paints. Warm up the wood pellet stove and gaze out at the gorgeous scenery as you tuck into homemade bread and organic eggs. Book in for Uisce Hour and have a soak in the hot tub and later, enjoy a stargazing experience under the clear night sky.
Visit Cloona in Mayo and restore your mind, body, and spirit. The well-known centre is known for its cleansing and detox retreats where you can enjoy gentle meditation while eating well and exploring nature. The retreat is based in a converted woollen mill that was restored by Tibetan monks in the 1960s.
Stretch the limbs with mindful yoga
Thinking about checking out yoga retreats in Ireland? With our amazing landscape, it’s easy to find a peaceful place to escape to.
Thanks to an unrivalled karst limestone landscape and unbeatable views, the Burren Yoga Retreat allows guests to truly relax and unwind. Brush up on your skills with advice from expert instructors and take guided outings to The Burren and the seashores of Clare. Experience the silence with fellow yogis in spacious practice rooms.
Overlooking the Old Head of Kinsale, Wild Atlantic Way Yoga is a special retreat which concentrates on the connection between body and mind. Book in for yoga classes or a guided meditation and take serene walks on the southern Irish coast as you lap up Cork’s tranquil surroundings.
11 | Macalla Farm, Mayo
Escape to Clare Island off the coast of Mayo and press reset on a yoga retreat at Macalla Farm. Tucked away in a secluded part of the island, get to grips with mindfulness on a weeklong exploration of Sati yoga. Focus on breath work and developing your own practice, make friends with the local horses and embrace the farm to fork ethos with delicious food straight from the garden.
Find moments of peace and wellness
Check out epic experiences that will have your senses tingling.
One of Ireland’s oldest therapies is a key feature at Sólás na Mara Seaweed Baths in Waterford. Discover the health benefits of the marine algae, soak your body in seaweed and feel it recover from the stresses of the day. Combine your seaweed experience with a massage for the ultimate pampering day out.
Connect with nature on another level at The Healing Forest in Dublin. This memorable experience is all about slowing down in this quiet space enveloped by trees and forest. Watch out for the vibrant flora and fauna and listen to the sounds of the wild on a guided group forest walk. While the term ‘forest bathing’ is used metaphorically, the goal here is to immerse yourself in nature.
Take a trip to Ireland’s only Indian Sculpture Park, Victor’s Way in Wicklow. Spread across 22 acres of forest and open land, it is designed to be a place of contemplation. Spend an hour walking around the park and spot its black granite and bronze sculptures. A photo exhibition on site tells how these wonderful sculptures were crafted in India.
Nurture with nature
Go behind the scenes of sustainable food growing and foraging in some of Ireland’s most beautiful destinations.
Organic gardening, horticulture and sustainable living are key elements to The Organic Centre in Leitrim. Choose from breadmaking, home fermenting and cheesemaking courses or learn all about growing delicious organic food. The centre has seven well-organised polytunnels to showcase their produce and teach their students, as well as an eco-shop where you can buy their organic seeds and special tools.
Travel to Roscommon and head out with the Butler family who have been farming for generations. Wander along the allotments at the Hillside Organic & Holistic Farm and book in for alternative therapies including stress-reducing reiki, calming reflexology, or a life coaching session.
Discover how the streams, fauna, boglands and lowlands of the Blackstairs Mountains intertwine to create something magical. Take a foraging workshop with Blackstairs Eco Trails in Carlow where you’ll find wild greens for fresh salads and make rose petal ice cream. Explore the open fields while gathering plants, leaves and roots to cook up following the recipes provided – this is a truly unique experience.
18 | Sonairte, Meath
Check out Sonairte, the National Ecology Centre in Meath. This visitor experience prides itself on promoting sustainable living across ten glorious acres of land. Stroll through the walled garden, taste the organic produce, and head off on the nature trail on the banks of the River Nanny.
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