Answers to your most frequently asked questions:
How much yoga experience do I need?
This is a great question! I welcome all levels, but recommend you attend at least a few classes before leaving for the retreat. I recommend you take those classes consecutively, preferably close to June or July before the retreat.
What level of fitness is required?
Everyday (almost) we will do 1.5 hours of yoga, hike 2 to 5 miles over varying terrain difficulties, and go out in the evenings, sometimes for dancing. Coming prepared with a yoga and walking practice already in place will make your whole experience more enjoyable. Not only will you be very active each day, you will also be dealing with jet lag, so take care of yourself before you come!
What does the cost of the retreat include?
The cost of the retreat includes drop off and pick up from Cork Airport or train station in south western Ireland, a room for your entire stay, breakfast, lunch, and all but 2 dinners, yoga instruction, and all afternoon activities. Airfare, alcohol, travel insurance, and 2 dinners are NOT included in the price.
When are the pick-up and drop off times for Bantry & Cork Airport?
Please arrive at the Cork airport no later than 2pm on arrival day. When the retreat ends we will drop you off no later than 10am at the airport. Your outgoing flight should leave the day AFTER the retreat ends if you are leaving from Dublin or Shannon Airport.” style=”simple”]The cost of the retreat includes drop off and pick up from Cork Airport in south western Ireland, a room for your entire stay, breakfast, lunch, and all but 2 dinners, yoga instruction, and all afternoon activities. Airfare, alcohol, and 2 dinners are NOT included in the price.
What if I want to arrive in Dublin or Shannon?
You are welcome to arrive in either place. If you do, you will need to rent a car, or get a bus or train to either Bantry town (which is about a 25 minute drive from the Sheep’s Head) or to the Cork Airport or train/bus station, and then we’ll pick you up from there. Please give yourself ample time to make it to our pick-up points. Ireland is not always known for its’ efficiency! I highly recommend taking extra time to explore this beautiful country either before or after the retreat!
How do I get from Dublin to the Cork Airport? What about Bantry?
To get to Cork Airport from Dublin take the train (http://www.irishrail.ie/home/) from Dublin Heuston to Cork Kent. Once you arrive in Cork you will need to take a bus (http://www.buseireann.ie/) or a taxi to get to the airport. To get to Bantry from Dublin you can do a combination of things. 1. Take the train from Dublin Heuston to Cork City and from there take the bus to Bantry. This option requires a transfer in Cork from the train station to the bus station. It is easy to hail a cab or walk as long as you don’t have tons of luggage. 2. Take the bus to Bantry. You can pre-purchase all your tickets online before you arrive. This is usually the cheapest method. Buying your train ticket in the station will double the cost, I’ve been there before, so take a tip from me!
Where do I get my airline ticket?
This is going to be a multi-step process. I suggest looking on websites such as Priceline or Expedia, as well as checking directly with the airlines. Surprisingly, I’ve often found better prices with the airlines themselves. Heads up: It is usually more expensive to fly into Cork than Dublin. However…Norwegian Air has opened up flights directly to Cork from Providence, Rhode Island!
How do cell phones work in Ireland?
Ireland uses a different bandwidth than America. Some American phones can be used overseas. Check with your provider. Also, find out if your SIM card is unlocked. If you have been a customer with your cell phone provider for awhile they should be able to unlock it for you. Then, if your phone has the proper bandwidth you can purchase an Irish SIM card and insert it into your American phone, subsequently getting cheaper rates than your company will ever provide you. It is also possible to purchase a cheap Irish cell phone with pay as you go credit. You can find out more about that here: http://www.vodafone.ie/ or http://www.o2online.ie/o2/. If you are interested in learning more about any of these options, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in learning more about any of these options, email me.
What kind of food will be served?
Breakfast will be simple with both protein and carb options: hard-boiled eggs, meat and cheese slices, muesli, homemade brown bread and yogurt; and beverages such as milk, coffee and tea. Lunch will include homemade soup or chowder (different everyday), homemade brown breads and butter, mixed salads, poached salmon, quiche and sandwhiches. Dinner will be a mix of different meat/protein dishes, vegetables and other sides, along with dessert! During the registration process you’ll be asked for your favorite meal. We do our best to make sure you get to eat it while in Ireland! When we go out to eat the price will range from 15 – 30 Euros ($18 – $37 US).
How does money work in Ireland?
The Republic of Ireland uses the Euro as their currency. Exchange rates vary, but in general for every American dollar you get 0.76 Euros. Ireland readily accepts credit and debit cards, however it is a good idea to have cash handy. Here are some options: Once you arrive find an ATM in the airport and get out enough cash for your trip. Ireland is a relatively safe country, so this is okay to do. This way you only pay fees once. Check with your bank about what kind of conversion rate they offer. Also check with your bank and find out if they have any partner banks in Ireland. This will eliminate any ATM fees. Credit card companies charge an international fee per transaction and it varies from company to company. Also, if you purchase anything using a credit card make sure the bill is expressed in the local currency. Merchants offer a conversion rate, but often it isn’t very good. Ask to have your bill in Euros. Make sure to tell your bank and credit card company when and where you will be traveling, so they don’t freeze your account. And finally, traveler’s checks have gone the way of the dinosaur. Don’t get them.
What is the VAT and how does it work?
Great question! Rick Steve’s says it best. Go HERE.