In 2018 Retreat to Ireland will be holding 2 different retreats in 2 different locations! One will be held on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula, like all the years before. And the second will be held near the beautiful village of Glengarriff, home to Ireland’s second largest oak woodland. Read below for more information on both locations!
Sheep’s Head Peninsula
The Sheep’s Head Peninsula is one of the best kept secrets of southwestern Ireland. It has plenty of infrastructure, without the tourism that commonly surrounds the Cliffs of Moher and Dublin. Spending time here I’ve felt more like a resident than a traveler!
We will be staying in a beautifully renovated Irish home that belongs to a friend of mine, Sheila Ellis. Sheila is a carpenter, teacher, and swing dancer. She has done an amazing job refabbing and expanding her family cottage making it an ideal location for a retreat!
Sheila’s home has the quaint feel of a by-gone Ireland with many modern amenities. The yoga room overlooks the sea and the floors are heated. Shared rooms with bathrooms nearby are the norm. Both breakfast, lunch, and most dinners will be taken care of here with provisions coming from local farms and gardens whenever possible.
Watch this award-winning video about the magic of the Sheepshead Peninsula!
In the Irish language Glengarriff or Gleann Gairbh means rough or rugged glen. Near the small village lives the Glengarriff Nature Reserve, known as one of the best examples of oceanic sessile oak woodlands in Ireland! With over 740 acres and a herd of red deer (and wild goats) it once was home to the hunting grounds of Lord Bantry and his family.
Glengarriff Harbor is home to seals, sea eagles, and otters. It also has a small island called Garinish with plants growing from all over the world who thrive in this mild climate.
We will be staying in a beautiful home just above Glengarriff Harbor and within 2 minutes walk to the sea! The yoga room overlooks the ocean and shared rooms with ensuite bathrooms are available. Both breakfast, lunch, and most dinners will be taken care of here, with provisions coming from local farms and gardens whenever possible.