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Yoga courses at the Clare Island Retreat Centre

Christmas yoga and meditation retreat, 22nd - 28th December

Join us for Christmas on Clare Island: a very special week of in-depth yoga work and meditation as well as time to roam or read by the fire, and of course, delicious festive vegetarian and organic food.
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New Year yoga and meditation retreat, 29th December- 3rd January

See in the New Year with us at Macalla Farm for an alternative celebration of the passing of the year and the start of the new. One of our favourite courses of the year, this is a week of building strength and clarity through yoga and meditation, eating delicious organic food and enjoying good company.
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Sati yoga: mindfulness yoga retreats

These yoga and meditation courses are held over bank holiday weekends. They are designed for serious students (from beginners to experienced) who wish to explore the connection between mindfulness (sati in the ancient language of the Buddha) and the classical eight limbs system of yoga. Students will explore the application of mindfulness not only to their physical asana practice (through classical hatha yoga postures) but also to the broader canvas of their daily lives.
This course would be of interest to keen beginners as well as experienced practitioners, and especially to anyone who has done an 8 week MBSR course. Yoga teachers are also welcome.
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Establishing Your Own Practice: Summer Asana, Pranyama and Meditation Retreats

These unique intensive week long courses are geared towards beginners or intermediate yoga students who seriously want to develop a balanced yoga practice, and use yoga as a tool for self-healing and self development. Through a combination of led classes, self-practice and individualized tuition, participants will build a personalised practice programme which they can continue at home. We also offer follow-up support through Skype or email.
The daily course programme includes asana (postures), an introduction to yogic breathing (pranayama), meditation as well as discussions about yogic ethics and diet.
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Breath by breath intensive

On these five day courses we explore different ways of using the breath to further our yoga practice. The daily programme includes asana, pranayama, and breath awareness meditation. This course is only suitable for students with an established yoga practice.
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Mindful living, joyous eating retreat

During this intensive retreat, we will be looking at how we feed ourselves. We will work at developing mindfulness of our body, mind and  emotions, specifically exploring why, how and what we eat. This course is particularly suitable for people who want to develop a healthy,  joyful relationship with food. 
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7 day retreat with Rossella Baroncini

Rossella Baroncini, a direct long-time student of Vanda Scaravelli (author of Awakening the Spine, 1991) has been teaching classes, workshops and private lessons since 1987. This retreat is designed for experienced yoga practitioners and is of special interest to teachers.
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Pranayama and backbend intensive

This four day course is designed for experienced asana practionners who wish to build (or boost) a pranayama practice.
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Yoga and natural horsemanship courses

These courses are for people who want to learn yoga and mindfulness techniques to improve and enhance their interaction with horses, or want to combine yoga, meditation and work with horses.
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Click here for the calendar of courses

For a printable course schedule, click here for MS Word format, or here for a .pdf version.

General information about our yoga courses

Price includes shared accommodation, food, tuition, and travel to and from the island from the mainland. (return ferry is normally 15 euros).
Single room supplement (subject to availability) is 25 euros per night and is payable cash on arrival at the centre. If you require a single room, you may have to stay in a B&B near the harbour (about a 15 minute cycle--we will lend you a bicycle) but will, of course, still have all your meals in the centre.
We wish to open our courses to as many people as possible and offer a mumber of attractive discounts for people on tight budgets, see below for more details. 

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Discounts on yoga courses

  • Early bird discount:
    We offer a 10% early bird discount to people booking for a course more than two full months before its start date.
  • Bring a friend discount:
    If you have been here before and come back with one or more friends who have never been here before, we offer a 5% discount if you bring one friend, 10%  if you bring two friends, etc.
  • Returnee discount:
    We offer a 10% returnee discount on all yoga courses to people who have been on one of our courses within the past year.
  • Camping discount:
    On all summer courses, we also offer a 20 euros / day discount for camping. As there's only limited space for the camping option,  contact us as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
  • Karma yoga discount
    We wish to open our courses to as many people as possible, and therefore offer a few concessionary places on our courses to people on low incomes. You will be asked to work in the kitchen, house or garden for a few hours a day, in exchange for a discount on the price of the course. Your duties will include washing up and cleaning of the kitchen / dinning room after each meal, cleaning of the yoga room and the student accommodation and possibly helping with some of the cooking or gardening.
    We normally offer a discount of 25 euros per full day (excluding the first and last day of the course, unless you can arrive early or leave late), but are willing to discuss it with each person on an individual basis, depending on how much work you are willing and able to do, and what your particular financial circumstances are. PLease note that with this option, you will not have much free time to explore the island in the afternoons.
    If you would like to apply for one of these discounted places, please contact us.
    Because we have a limited number of places per course for this work exchange basis, it is best to get in touch with us as soon as possible.
Note that a maximum of two discounts can be avail off on any one course.