Retreat Details

Dates  –  September 3 - 10, 2016

Retreat Prices, per person

Double Occupancy (double or twin)  $2475
Single Occupancy*  $2745
Triple Occupancy (twin)*  $2365
*limited availability

Arrival: Fly from the US on Saturday 9/3, landing in Dublin early Sunday 9/4 in time to meet group transfer, departing at 12:00pm

Departure: anytime on Saturday 9/10
OR  join the Add-On Itinerary (details below)


Add-On Itinerary Details

Dates  –  September 9 - 13, 2016

Add-On Trip Cost, per person

Standard Double  $1450
Premium Double*  $1575
Single* $1675
*limited availability


Retreat Overview

Join Ananda Expeditions for a 6-night/7-day yoga + adventure retreat that comprises daily Vinyasa yoga practices with Martin Scott, adventurous hiking and sightseeing excursions led by Michael Hoyer and local guides, and meditation and Yoga Nidra sessions.

Martin Scott

Martin Scott

Michael Hoyer

Michael Hoyer

Our home base in Western Ireland offers comfortable lodging in beautifully-renovated 19th-century farm buildings and delicious vegetarian meals of seasonal, organic produce. The yoga studio perches on the edge of the achingly-green Irish countryside; its glass wall looks straight out onto the Atlantic.

During the week, we'll practice daily, walk the length of the stunning Cliffs of Moher, explore the wild landscape of the Burren with a local guide, enjoy a traditional music session in a pub in Doolin, and take a day-trip by ferry to Inis Oírr and cruise back along the Cliffs of Moher. In addition, you can swim in the Atlantic, explore the area by bike, take a surf lesson in Lahinch, and/or schedule massage treatments on-site.

This is your chance to take your practice abroad and treat yourself to the vacation you've been craving!

Retreat Daily Schedule

Day 0 — Saturday (9/3)
Depart your home airport for the overnight flight to Ireland.

Day 1 — Sunday (9/4)
Arrive into Dublin Airport, by approx. 10:30 AM, and meet up with the group to transfer to the West Coast by private coach. Settle into your room at the retreat center and unwind with a grounding yoga practice with Martin. Enjoy your first vegetarian meal of organic produce before retiring for a good night's sleep.

Days 2 - 6 — Monday - Thursday (9/5-8)
While the schedule is subject to change, here's an outline of the two types of typical days:


Variant 1:

  7:30 AM — Elective: Yoga Nidra / Meditation

  8:30-9 AM — Breakfast

  9:15 AM — Depart for Day Trip

  10:00 AM — Guided Walk / Ferry Trip / Etc.

  12:00 PM — Lunch

  2:00 PM — Return to Retreat Center / Free Time

  4:30-6:30 PM — Yoga with Martin

  7:00 PM — Dinner

  9:30-11 PM — One night: Traditional Irish Music
at Local Pub

Variant 2:

  7:30 AM — Elective: Yoga Nidra / Meditation

  8:30-9 AM — Breakfast

  9:30-11:30 AM — Yoga with Martin

  12:00 PM — Lunch

  1:30/2 PM — Length of Cliffs Walk / Free Time

  5:30 PM — Shuttle back to center

  7:00 PM — Dinner

  8:30 PM — Elective: Yoga Nidra


Day 7 — Friday (9/9)
The morning will follow the "Variant 2" schedule, culminating in a final, farewell lunch at the retreat center. You'll have time to finish packing up after lunch, and we'll check-out by 2 PM.

Then, either you'll transfer back to central Dublin, where you'll spend the night at a hotel of your choice near St. Stephen's Green before flying out the following morning/afternoon...


You'll opt to join the Add-On Itinerary, detailed below.

Add-On Itinerary Overview

Day 7 — Friday (9/9)
Travel south to Killarney, a small, lively town that borders Killarney National Park. Settle into the family-run hotel where we'll spend two nights before heading out for dinner at one of the recommended area restaurants. Retire early or stay out to enjoy a live music session at a local pub.

Day 8 — Saturday (9/10)
After breakfast, we'll drive the scenic Ring of Kerry, stopping to admire the Kerry Cliffs and gaze out at the Skellig Islands. Circling the peninsula, we'll get dinner in Kenmare, an up-and-coming foodie town. Take in still more incredible scenery as we cross Killarney National Park on the home stretch back to Killarney.

Day 9 — Sunday (9/11)
Experience a centuries-old pastime: a guided traditional boat tour up the interlocking lakes of Killarney National Park. We'll picnic at Brandon's Cottage and then set out to walk through the Gap of Dunloe (horse-drawn "traps" are also available for those less inclined to hoof it themselves). Enjoy a Guinness at the terminus. Next, we'll make our way to the tiny gem of a town, Dingle. This will be your last chance to enjoy live traditional music....

Day 10 — Monday (9/12)
After an awesome breakfast, we'll make our way around the Dingle Peninsula — guided, in part, by a well-respected local historian and naturalist. Transfer up to Shannon to spend our final night in a hotel near the Shannon Airport.

Day 11 — Tuesday (9/13)
Whenever you need to, hop the hotel shuttle for the 10-minute ride to Shannon Airport.

Please contact Michael at if you have questions or need help with the registration process.

What's Not Included:

What's Included:

  - Accommodations at retreat center and 3 vegetarian meals daily, starting with dinner on 9/4 through lunch on 9/9
  - All group transportation, including transfers from Dublin Airport to retreat center (9/4), and back to Dublin (9/9)
  - Planned activities, entrance fees, and local guides

Add-On Itinerary:
  - 4 nights accommodations
  - All breakfasts (4) and lunches (3), and 1 dinner
  - All group transportation, including shuttle to Shannon airport (9/13)
  - Planned activities, entrance fees, and local guides

  - Airfare from/to your home city
  - Accommodation in central Dublin (9/9)
  - Transfer to Dublin Airport from central Dublin (9/10)
  - Short-term traveler's insurance
  - Alcoholic beverages (unless noted)
  - Meals not itemized on itinerary
  - Teacher/guide gratuities
  - Supplemental activities (i.e. spa treatments, shopping, etc.)

Frequently Asked Questions

So, I need to book accommodation in Dublin for the night of Friday 9/9?

Yes — if you’re not joining us on the Add-On Itinerary, you will need to book accommodation in Dublin for the last night of the trip. I recommend staying near St. Stephen’s Green, which is where the private coach will deliver you by about 6 PM on Friday evening. Also, if you choose the option of Air Coach to travel to the airport Saturday morning (€8.50 per person; 40-45 minutes), it picks up on the north side of the green. I have reserved a few rooms at a couple hotels near the green for signing over to participants on a first come, first served basis.

Can I rent a car and drive myself to the retreat center?

Of course! Keep in mind two things before deciding: 1) one drives on the left-hand side of the road in Ireland, as in the UK; the driver sits on the right-hand side of the car, and shifts with his/her left hand, and 2) gas is significantly more expensive than what we Americans are used to; expect to pay €1.10-15 per liter.

Can my non-yoga-practicing partner/friend come along?

Yes! The great thing about the yoga + adventure structure, is that it allows yogis and non-yogis alike to enjoy a unique travel experience together — one on which the yogi can still practice regularly. Depending on availability, we might be able to offer a non-yoga-practicing participant a discount; please inquire!

What will the weather be like?

Irish weather, particularly in the West, is notoriously changeable and generally on the wetter side. This means that, although September is typically the driest, sunniest month, we best be prepared for some rain.

Is there Wi-Fi at the retreat center?

Yes — in a common area, but not in the individual rooms.

Payment Schedule & Cancellation Policy

- $750 deposit to reserve space
- Balance due ASAP / by August 6, 2016 at the latest

Cancellation Policy
Should circumstances arise that result in your canceling your reservation, Ananda Expeditions, Ltd. will refund payment less a cancellation fee as follows (computed based on date of receipt of written cancellation):

  Days Prior to Trip:
More than 120 days
91 – 120 days
46 – 90 days
45 days or less

Cancellation Fee:
  $100 administrative fee
  100% of deposit
0% of trip cost
  100% of trip cost

Ananda Expeditions, Ltd. reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure in the event that cancellation is deemed necessary or wise. Such conditions might include, but are not limited to, insufficient participant registration or other logistical challenges that would negatively affect trip operation. The refund of all payments received shall release Ananda Expeditions, Ltd. from any further liability. Ananda Expeditions, Ltd. is not responsible for non-recoverable expenses incurred by clients in preparation for a cancelled trip, including airfare.