Summer Yoga Retreats with Dearbhla Glynn and Niamh Fox at Ballymaloe
Yoga instructor Dearbhla Glynn, Chef Niamh Fox, Ballymaloe House and Ballymaloe Grainstore have come together to host three rejuvenating yoga retreats to be held in July, August and September. Each two-day experience will leave you replenished, inspired, and at peace.
After a stressful year, this is an opportunity to indulge in self-care. Let go of your worries while practicing yoga and meditation with Dearbhla Glynn, a teacher with 20 years of experience. Let yourself enjoy the elegant comforts of beautiful Ballymaloe House and be nourished by delicious food mindfully prepared by Niamh Fox who has worked in Ireland’s top restaurants.
Relax with Yin and restorative yoga in the evenings and move and re-energise your body with a slow Vinyasa flow in the morning.
Take time to savour the gardens of Ballymaloe, enjoy a castle walk, jump in the sea, or whatever releases tension and connects you with the tranquil East Cork countryside. This retreat is all about you!
All practices will also be live streamed on zoom if you prefer to practice in your room are are suitable or all levels, from beginner to the more advanced.
Rest, relax and reset.
Ballymaloe Retreat outline
Check in 3 - 4pm
4pm - Welcome drink and healthy snack in the Grainstore
5.30 - 7pm - Yin and restorative yoga in the grain store or on zoom in your room if you prefer
7.30pm - Welcome dinner in the Grainstore
7.30 - 9.00am - Meditation and morning yoga practice in the Grainstore
9am - Breakfast in Ballymaloe House
10am - Mindful walk
11.30am - Herbal tea and a little something from Niamh
12pm - Breath work, gentle stretching and relaxation
1.30pm - Lunch in the Grainstore or weather permitting gardens
Afternoon - free time, find a sunny spot in the garden and read a book, go for a swim at one of the many beautiful beaches close to Ballymaloe. Walk the grounds or take a tour of the Cookery School gardens.
5.30 - 7pm - Evening yoga Yin and Restorative practice - opening up tired joints and letting go of all stress,
7.30pm - Dinner
8.30pm - Yoga Nidra optional extra.
7.30am - Meditation and yoga in the Grainstore
9am - Breakfast in Ballymaloe House
10am - Mindful walk
11.15 - Herbal tea and a treat from Niamh
11.30 - 12.30am - Breath work and gentle stretching
12.30 - Farewell lunch in the Grainstore or weather permitting the Garden.
We have many different strategies in place to follow Covid government guidelines for any eventuality. All participants will be emailed individually with details of our covid guidelines.
The morning practice
Dearbhla will lead a warming Vinyasa flow practice in the mornings. Practicing several sun salutations with a different variations. The overall practice is slow, moving mindfully with the breath. Holding some poses a little longer to develop strength and generate warmth in the body. We will flow through different transitions improving overall body awareness and opening the joints, while also strengthening and lengthening the muscles. The practice is slow, warming and requires some physical stamina yet it has a lovely meditative and mindful quality to it. Dearbhla will offer modifications for any of the more challenging poses and rest is always an option! Creating an overall feeling of stillness and calm.
The second morning practice
This is a lovely practice which focuses on breathing, stretching and relaxing before lunch.
The Evening practices are Yin and restorative
Slow down, unwind and restore your energy with a ninety minute Yin Yoga and restorative practice, aiming to calm the mind, stretch and relax the body. This two-hour practice will create space and stillness in both the mind and body. Yin yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones and even the joints, and releases tension and stress in the body.
The focus is simply about letting go of stress and tension, releasing into a deep yin practice followed by a long restorative practice using bolsters and blankets so people can relax, unwind and recharge. Dearbhla will use relaxing essential oils during the restorative practice for an even more relaxing experience.
A Little Bit About Dearbhla
Dearbhla has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, the more she practiced she noticed how grounded and calm she was after yoga. In time the physical rewards became secondary to the mental and spiritual impact of her practice. Yoga and meditation has both become an integral part of her daily life.
Dearbhla currently practices and teaches Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative yoga and Meditation.And she believes through the practice of yoga we can find balance, clarity and stillness of the mind.
Dearbhla has trained extensively and has vast experience teaching retreats both in Ireland and Internationally, she has been the resident teacher at the Cliffs of Moher for 4 years. She also teaches in Little Bird and Samadhi yoga. And in 2020 and 2021 Dearbhla has been teaching online via Zoom!
Dearbhla is very interested in healing and trauma in the body, her retreats have a focus on healing and letting go of all stress, connecting to a place of peace and calm that is always there.
For more information on Dearbhla visit http://dearbhlaglynn.com/
Dining with Niamh Fox
Niamh Fox hails from Ennistymon, County Clare. Having worked all over in Ireland’s top kitchens such as Kai(Galway ) Ard Bia (Galway) Cafe Paradiso (Cork) and further afield London and New Zealand. Niamh cooked for a number of years at the highly regarded Cliffs of Moher Yoga Retreat in County Clare, this style of wholesome cooking is a great passion of Niamh’s. Up until very recently Niamh has been running her own popular restaurant Little Fox.
In Niamh’s kitchen you will find pure, simple, and clever flavour combinations, as she brings her wholehearted cooking to the Ballymaloe Grainstore. Here she will be plucking and gathering fresh organic food grown on the Ballymaloe grounds, intertwined with the natural rhythm of the seasons, Niamh cooks with heart and flair with the focus to replenish, nourish and restore.
Your bedroom in Ballymaloe will be spacious and comfortable with plenty of room to practice yoga via Zoom if you would prefer not to join the group or if covid restrictions do not allow us to practice together. The award winning Ballymaloe Breakfast will be offered each morning in the Yeats Room with all other meals cooked by Niamh in the Grainstore.
Ballymaloe House will be opening just for the yoga retreat and will therefore not be offering their usual services. A member of the Allen family will be present during the entirety of the retreat if you need anything.
Our cancellation policy is normally within seven days. However, due to Covid restrictions, we are not charging a cancellation fee at the moment, we would appreciate as much notice as possible should you have to cancel your reservation with us. We are not taking deposits for this retreat, just a credit card number to secure your booking.