Experience the serene lake, towering mountains, and enchanting forest—a trio of nature’s wonders that will stay with you forever.
31st May-2nd June, 2024
15:00 – 17:00: Arrival at The Mountain Lodge
Enjoy the serene surroundings, check-in, and settle into your accommodations.
17:00 – 18:45: Workshop – Welcome Circle and Introductions
Orientation to the retreat and its objectives.
19:30 – 21:00: Dinner and Chat
Share a delightful meal and engage in meaningful conversations.
21:00: Sunset Meditation and Relaxation Session at the Lodge
7:30 – 8:30: Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30: Workshop – Mindfulness
9:30 – 10:15: Free Time to Get Ready for an Adventurous Day
10:15 – 10:50: Travel to Ross Castle Pier
11:00: Boat Departure from Ross Castle Pier
Explore the Lakes of Killarney, passing by historical landmarks such as the Island of Innisfallen, Muckross House, Torc Mountain, and more.
12:30 – 13:45: Lunch at Lord Brandon Cottage
13:45 – 17:00: Walk or Horse Carriage through the Gap of Dunloe to Kate’s Cottage
17:00 – 18:00: Tea/Coffee/Relaxation at Kate’s Cottage
18:00 – 20:00: Relax/Get Ready
20:00 – 22:00: Dinner
8:00 – 9:00: Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30: Drive by Car to Tommies Woods
9:30 – 12:00: Walk in Tommies Woods
Explore the oldest oak forests in the country and the largest in Europe. The walk leads to O’Sullivan’s Cascade, a picturesque three-tiered waterfall at the edge of Lough Leane. Optional: Heart Meditation at the lake’s edge and a refreshing swim in the cascade.
12:00 – 13:00: Free Time
13:00 – 14:00: Lunch
14:00 – 16:00: Free Time
Discover the mystical O’Sullivan’s Cascade by boat, navigating the Lakes of Killarney past historic sites like Innisfallen and Muckross House.
What is included:
Accommodation: Enjoy a comfortable 2 nights stay at the designated retreat location.
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.
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.
Welcome and Registration: Experience a warm and inclusive welcome, setting the tone for a transformative retreat.
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.
Morning Yoga and Reflection: Commence each day with gentle morning stretching or yoga sessions, promoting mindfulness and setting a positive tone for personal reflection.
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.
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.
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.
Mindfulness Practices: Immerse yourself in guided mindfulness meditations and relaxation exercises, fostering mental well-being throughout the retreat.
Dedicated experts: Our dedicated experts to be your supportive companions, guiding and assisting you throughout your journey with genuine care.
Evening Relaxation: Unwind in the evenings with storytelling, group sharing, and moments of appreciation, creating a serene and reflective atmosphere.
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
Comfortable Clothing: Pack layers for varying temperatures and comfortable attire for yoga or stretching sessions.
Footwear: Bring sturdy yet comfortable shoes suitable for both indoor and outdoor activities.
Personal Items: Don’t forget personal hygiene items, including toiletries, sunscreen, and any necessary medications.
Yoga Mat: If you have a preferred yoga mat, bringing it along can enhance your practice.
Water Bottle: Stay hydrated throughout the retreat with a reusable water bottle.
Journal/Notebook: Capture your thoughts, reflections, and any insights during workshops and personal time.
Snacks: Pack a few healthy snacks to keep you energized between meals.
Weather-Appropriate Gear: Check the weather forecast and bring any necessary items, such as a hat, sunglasses, or a light jacket.
Daypack/Bag: Carry a small backpack or bag for day trips or personal items during activities.
Comfort Items: Bring any personal comfort items, such as a favorite blanket or pillow, to make your accommodation feel like home.
Outdoor Gear: If outdoor activities are planned, consider items like a hat, sunglasses, and comfortable outdoor clothing.
Chargers: Ensure you have chargers for your electronic devices.
Identification and Important Documents: Carry a copy of your identification, any necessary travel documents, and emergency contact information.
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.
The Oak Forest:
Tomie’s Woods, we walk through one of the oldest oak forests in the country and the largest in Europe. We take our ease and relax as we make our way through this ancient forest strewn with moss-covered boulders. We can admire the vivid colours and serenity of a place that could have been part of the Alice in Wonderland fairy tale.
The Oak Forest is a magical, mystical place that calms the senses as we take in the sights and sounds. The first leg of this beautiful walk is to O’Sullivan’s Cascade, a picturesque three-tiered waterfall at the edge of Lough Leane (Lake of Learning). We depart by boat to carry us to our next destination through the Lakes of Killarney.
Through the Lakes of Killarney:
From the lakeshore, we continue our way along the forest’s edge. We see the Island of Innisfallen with its monastery ruins. It was once the seat of the king of Munster, and the famous Annals of Innisfallen originated from here centuries ago. We continue under Brickeen Bridge which takes us to the Middle Lake (Muckross Lake). Legend has it that this lake is named after a fair maiden. When drawing water forgot to replace the capstone on the well as she was distracted by a handsome warrior.
The scenery on the next section of our journey is spectacular; Europe’s largest yew forest. Muckross House and its beautiful gardens. Built-in honour of Queen Victoria in 1861. We pass Torc Mountain and the Colleen Bawn Rock, commemorating one of Ireland’s most tragic love stories.
We continue our journey past an old hunting Lodge on Dinis Island under Toothache Bridge and the meeting of the waters to the Old weir bridge before we continue our way to the Long Range and the Upper Lake of Killarney. The vegetation gets more luxurious as the boat makes its way through mosses, liverworts and, of course, the famous Arbutus trees, an introduced species that have intermingled and grown wild with native plants in the natural woodland.
We make our way to the Upper Lake, also known as Serpent’s Lake, where legend has it that Saint Patrick imprisoned the last of the great snakes. We pass Ronayne’s Island and Eagle’s Nest Mountain. Which inspired Alfred Lord Tennyson in his poem “Set the wild echoes flying”. We break for lunch at the end of our boat journey at Lord Brandon’s cottage before continuing on the final leg of our walk for the day.
The Black Valley
The Black Valley is between the towns of Killarney and Kenmare in County Kerry, Ireland. To visit the Black Valley is to have one of the finest scenic experiences in the world. The valley has a wild, rugged and extreme beauty, yet it also has calmness, friendliness and tranquillity. It is a natural, untamed place that reflects the people’s struggle to make a living throughout the ages.
The Black Valley is one of the most remote regions in the country to have a living community. It saw its whole population wiped out by the potato famine. Now home to a mere handful of families. It was the last valley in Ireland to benefit from the rural electrification scheme.
As we make our way through the valley, we see the towering mountains overhead. The MacGillycuddy Reeks have numerous peaks, many over 3000 feet and are home to Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohil. Although bare of vegetation today, up to the middle of the 17th century, they were covered with vast woodlands – destroyed by the charcoal works by Sir William Petty for his ironworks at Glencar.
The Gap of Dunloe
As we leave the Black Valley, we make our way through the famous Gap of Dunloe. The Gap of Dunloe is a wild and rugged place, gouged out by ice flows during the last ice age. The scenery is spectacular as we make our way through this deep gorge with imposing cliff sidewalls. We also pass several deep corrie lakes as we make our way for a well-deserved drink back to our starting point at Kate Kearneys Cottage and meet up with the rest of our group before retiring to The Mountain Lodge for a shower before dinner.