Kat Koch: The first time I went to Ireland was on April 15th, 2009. That’s right, tax day! I’ll never look at tax day the same. I spent 2.5 months exploring the perimeter of the country, spending a large portion of time in SW Cork. I fell in love with Ireland. That smile you see on my face, that is pure joy right there. And that is how I feel every time I am in the country.
I have been traveling nationally and internationally since childhood. I would say, without a doubt, it is my passion. When I was 10 years old I spent the summer in Angers, France. When I was a junior in high school I spent 6-weeks in China teaching English to 6-12 year olds. As an adult I’ve taught international yoga workshops, international nature connection workshops, and spent countless hours exploring the back roads of Ireland. If you’re looking for a tour guide that gets mistaken for a local, you’ve found her!
I completed a 28-day intensive yoga teacher training with Ana Forrest in Seattle in March 2010. I continued my yoga education the following year and graduated from the year-long Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program in NYC. And in the summer of 2012 I graduated from the 9-day Forrest-Yoga Advanced Teacher Training. I taught yoga in the greater-Seattle area for 5 years before moving to County Cork, Ireland. I love yoga. In my opinion it is an amazing tool for self discovery and health.
I am also a vocalist and dancer. During my time in Ireland I’ve sung in pubs, traded songs with locals, and learned traditional Sean Nos and Set Dancing. It is a joy and a privilege to receive the opportunity to guide you on the Ireland Retreat. I look forward to connecting with you and spending time together in an ancient land full of magic. If you have any questions, just email me: kat@RetreatToIreland.com
Rosalee de la Foret: I first traveled to Ireland when I was backpacking Europe in my early 20’s. I instantly fell in love with the green rolling hillsides, the kind, generous people I met along the way, and the rich and mysterious history.
For many years I’ve wanted to go back to Ireland to explore it more deeply and so I am especially excited to partner with Kat for this retreat! Kat and I have been friends for over a decade and we share a love of nature, yoga and music. I am thrilled to come along on this retreat to experience Ireland with Kat as our guide!
As a clinical herbalist and herbal educator I look forward to sharing my love of the plant world and using food as medicine with you all. We’ll be drinking cocktails and teas made from herbs we gather ourselves, we’ll make luxurious herbal potions to slather on our skin and we’ll explore the plants we find throughout the countryside. To see more of what I have to offer, check out my book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods and Remedies That Heal. Or find me online at HerbsWithRosalee.com and LearningHerbs.com.
Julie Standish: Julie is a guest yoga teacher for Retreat to Ireland 2017! She began her yoga journey shortly after moving to Columbus, OH in 2004. She has found so much joy in developing her yoga practice over the years and is grateful for all the inspiring people she has met along the way. Julie caught the teaching bug in 2008 when she taught her first yoga class to a group of pre-school students at the library where she worked. In February 2014, she received her teaching certificate from the Little Flower Yoga School in Brooklyn, NY, and in 2015, Julie completed the 200-hour Teacher Training Program at Yoga on High.
In 2008, Julie earned her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. When she is not on the mat, Julie is a full time Library Branch Manager and Children’s Librarian. She also enjoys traveling, playing outside, and growing beautiful things in her garden.