Carrauntoohil Retreat

Carrauntoohil Retreat

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

Retreat Itinerary 

31st May-2nd June, 2024


  • 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.

More Information

Discover a retreat like no other, nestled at the base of the majestic Carrauntohil. Our weekend escape is crafted for those seeking a perfect blend of exhilarating adventure and blissful relaxation. From Friday to Sunday, immerse yourself in a journey that transcends the ordinary.


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.

Why Choose Carrauntohil Retreat:

  • Unparalleled Adventure: Conquer Ireland’s highest peak, Carrauntoohil, and celebrate your triumph with a trail-side feast.

  • Sauna Like Never Before: Our unique sauna experience is designed to transport you on a sensory journey, combining relaxation with pure indulgence.

  • Tranquil Setting: Nestled at the base of Carrauntoohil, our retreat offers a serene backdrop for relaxation and reflection.

Embark on a weekend retreat that transcends the ordinary – where adventure meets tranquility, and every moment is a celebration. Join us at Carrauntohil Retreat for an unforgettable journey into the heart of Ireland’s beauty. Book your escape now and let the adventure begin!

What is Carrauntoohil...

Climb Carrauntoohil with Pat Falvey and his experienced team and discover the beautiful McGillicuddy Reeks. Carrauntoohil is Ireland’s highest mountain and Carrauntoohil’s altitude is 1,039m / 3,407 feet. The distance to climb to the summit and back is 12km, and it will take the average walker 6 to 7 hours to complete. You need to be reasonably fit if you are unsure about your fitness; please contact our office.  People from Ireland and all around the world to reach its lofty summit.

Carrauntoohil from Drone

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