Carrauntoohil Mindfulness Retreat

Carrauntoohil Retreat

A weekend of wellness and self-discovery in the heart of Co Kerry.

What to expect

Surrounded by the rugged beauty of the McGillicuddy Reeks, our retreat offers a sanctuary for those seeking nature’s embrace. Picture yourself stepping into our retreat sauna, enveloped by warmth and surrounded by verdant greenery, a sanctuary where weary muscles find respite and weary souls find renewal.

Embark on a guided hiking journey to Carrauntoohil’s summit. Experience awe-inspiring landscapes and moments of stillness amidst the challenge. Engage in mindfulness and meditation sessions, finding inner peace amidst nature tranquility.

Whether a seasoned hiker or newcomer, our retreat offers a blend of adventure and introspection. It’s a weekend to push limits, connect with nature, and emerge refreshed, revitalised, and ready for new horizons.

May 17th – 19th May, 2024 BOOKED OUT

May 31st – 2nd June, 2024 BOOKED OUT

21st- 23rd June, 2024 BOOKED OUT

16th- 18th, August, 2024 BOOKED OUT 

Sept 20th – Sept 22nd, 2024 BOOKED OUT

Act quickly! Our retreats for April, May, June, July, August and September are fully booked. If you want to secure your spot for winter or our 2025 retreats, put your name down now for further information. Don't miss out on your chance to join us!

Retreat Itinerary 


  • Afternoon (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM): Arrival and Check-in
    • Arrive at the retreat location.
    • Check-in and feel the building.
  • Late Afternoon (5:00 PM – 5:30 PM): Welcome and Orientation
    • Dive into the retreat spirit with a high-energy welcome.
    • Get ready for a thrilling orientation that sets the tone for an adventurous weekend.
  • Evening (6:30 PM – 8:00 PM): Dinner
    • Savor a delectable dinner that awakens your taste buds.
    • Share stories and laughter with newfound friends.
  • Night (8:30 PM Onward): Glow and Flow
    • Immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance with a glow-in-the-dark welcome event.
    • Kick off the retreat with a vibrant bonfire and stargazing session.


Please note that times may change due to weather condition. 

  • Morning (7:00 AM – 8:00 AM): Breakfast
    • Energize for the day ahead with a power-packed breakfast.
  • Morning (8:30 AM – 12:30 PM): Carrauntohil Climb
    • Embark on an epic journey to conquer Carrauntohil.
    • Summit success! Celebrate with breathtaking views and a trail-side feast.
  • Afternoon (1:30 PM – 3:30 PM): Return from Climb
    • Return victorious to the retreat haven.
    • Prepare for an afternoon of relaxation and rejuvenation.
  • Late Afternoon (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM): Sauna Treat or Free Time
    • Immerse yourself in a unique sauna experience like never before.
  • Evening (7:00 PM – 9:00 PM): Dinner Delights
    • Feast on a culinary masterpiece under the stars.
    • Share the day’s triumphs over a sumptuous dinner.
  • Night (9:30 PM Onward):
    • Free time


  • Morning (8:00 AM – 9:00 AM): Breakfast Bliss
    • Enjoy a leisurely breakfast with newfound friends.
  • Morning (9:30 AM – 11:30 AM): Reflection and Group Activity
    • Reflect on the transformative journey.
    • Yoga or body movement 
    • Engage in a group activity that deepens connections.
  • Afternoon (12:00 PM – 1:00 PM): Check-out
    • Bid farewell to the retreat oasis.
    • Depart with a heart full of memories and a spirit recharged.
climbing Carrauntoohil via Brother O'Sheas

Other infomation 

What is included:

  1. Accommodation: Enjoy a comfortable 2 nights stay at the designated retreat location.

  2. Summit Triumph:Prepare to conquer Carrauntohil, Ireland’s highest peak. Our guided climb ensures a thrilling ascent, culminating in a trail-side feast with panoramic views. Expect a sense of accomplishment and breathtaking scenery.

  3. Sauna Experience:Immerse yourself in the extraordinary. Our sauna spectacle combines special infusions, captivating lighting, and soothing beats for a sensory journey like no other. Expect relaxation to reach new heights.

  4. Welcome and Registration: Experience a warm and inclusive welcome, setting the tone for a transformative retreat.

  5. Meals: healthy and tasty meals, carefully curated to nourish both body and soul. From a welcoming dinner to a local cuisine experience at Kate’s Cottage, culinary delights. 

  6. Morning Yoga and Reflection: Commence each day with gentle morning stretching or yoga sessions, promoting mindfulness and setting a positive tone for personal reflection.

  7. Breath Techniques: Delve into personal development with specialised sessions on breath techniques and Reiki healing. These practices aim to enhance your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, providing tools for self-discovery and inner balance.

  8.  Group Connection: Engage in group reflections and activities that deepen connections with fellow participants. Share your experiences and create lasting bonds during this transformative journey. Expect a sense of community and shared understanding.

  9. Activities and Workshops: Engage in a variety of activities tailored for personal development. Participate in icebreaker sessions, group discussions, and a Personal Growth Workshop, where reflection, interactive activities, artistic expressions, and light stretches contribute to your self-discovery.

  10. Mindfulness Practices: Immerse yourself in guided mindfulness meditations and relaxation exercises, fostering mental well-being throughout the retreat.

  11. Dedicated experts: Our dedicated experts to be your supportive companions, guiding and assisting you throughout your journey with genuine care. 

  12. Evening Relaxation: Unwind in the evenings with storytelling, group sharing, and moments of appreciation, creating a serene and reflective atmosphere.

Girmante Plotnikova

Girmante, your personal trainer, is driven by a love for fitness and a deep appreciation for the link between a healthy body and a sharp mind. Her goal is to unleash the hidden potential in each individual, guiding them to develop new habits for a better self. Her mission is to unlock the hidden potential in each individual, guiding them to cultivate new habits for self-improvement. Specifically, Girmante aims to empower women to embrace and love themselves as they are, unlocking the transformative power of confidence.

We provide retreats suitable for:

All ages (from 14 to 75)

Men and women

Intermediate to Elite level of fitness

Come on your own or with a friend


What you wear while climbing Carrauntoohil is very important. It will ensure you will enjoy your climb especially when weather conditions are challenging. It is vital to ensure that you are warm, dry and comfortable in your clothing and footwear and that you have some essential equipment with you to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience. The following is a list of gear that you should own if you are a regular hillwalker or climber: See video and gear list below.


    • Lightweight, long thermal underwear
    • Short and long-sleeved t-shirts
    • Fleece jacket
    • Fleece or cotton trousers (no jeans)
    • Jacket – waterproof and breathable; with attached hood
    • Over-trousers, waterproof and breathable


    • Sun hat with good visor for summer
    • Balaclava/facemask – 1, lightweight
    • Woolly hat
    • Sunglasses – UV & IR protection


    • Gloves – 2 pairs, lightweight and heavier for the cold


    • Light hiking boots
    • Gaiters
    • Trekking Socks

Trekking equipment:

    • Daypack
    • Walking poles
    • Sunscreen – SPF 30-40
    • Lipscreen – SPF 20-40
    • Personal First Aid Kit

Miscellaneous items:

  • Spare boot laces, bulbs, batteries, memory cards, headtorch
  • Coldwater detergent and some toiletries
  • Small sewing kit
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Baby wipes/hand wipes
  • Hand gel
  • Personal medication
  • 1 x flask with a hot drink (optional)
  • Map OSI 78 and compass (optional)
  1. Comfortable Clothing: Pack layers for varying temperatures and comfortable attire for yoga or stretching sessions.

  2. Footwear: Bring sturdy yet comfortable shoes suitable for both indoor and outdoor activities.

  3. Personal Items: Don’t forget personal hygiene items, including toiletries, sunscreen, and any necessary medications.

  4. Yoga Mat: If you have a preferred yoga mat, bringing it along can enhance your practice.

  5. Water Bottle: Stay hydrated throughout the retreat with a reusable water bottle.

  6. Journal/Notebook: Capture your thoughts, reflections, and any insights during workshops and personal time.

  7. Snacks: Pack a few healthy snacks to keep you energized between meals.

  8. Weather-Appropriate Gear: Check the weather forecast and bring any necessary items, such as a hat, sunglasses, or a light jacket.

  9. Daypack/Bag: Carry a small backpack or bag for day trips or personal items during activities.

  10. Comfort Items: Bring any personal comfort items, such as a favorite blanket or pillow, to make your accommodation feel like home.

  11. Outdoor Gear: If outdoor activities are planned, consider items like a hat, sunglasses, and comfortable outdoor clothing.

  12. Chargers: Ensure you have chargers for your electronic devices.

  13. Identification and Important Documents: Carry a copy of your identification, any necessary travel documents, and emergency contact information.

  14. Open Mind and Heart: Most importantly, bring an open mind and heart, ready to embrace the transformative experiences and connections awaiting you at the retreat.

  • Conquer Carrauntoohil: Scale Ireland’s highest peak and enjoy a trail-side feast to celebrate.
  • Unique Sauna Experience: Indulge in a sensory journey like never before in our specially designed sauna.
  • Serene Surroundings: Relax and reflect in the tranquil setting nestled at the base of Carrauntoohil.
  • Memorable Adventure: Experience a weekend retreat where every moment is a celebration of adventure and tranquility.
  • Unforgettable Journey: Explore the beauty of Ireland at Carrauntohil Retreat, creating lasting memories.
Pat Falvey team hiking up Carrauntoohil

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