Skellig Retreat

Skellig Michael Retreat

Where every step has a story 

Dates for Retreat 

July 12th-14th, 2024

August 30th -1st September, 2024

Retreat Itinerary

Friday:

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Arrival and Check-in

  • Welcome and registration at the designated retreat location.
  • Room allocation and settling in.

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Opening Ceremony and Icebreaker

  • Gather for a welcoming circle and introduction to the weekend.
  • Opening meditation or ceremony to set the tone.
  • Icebreaker activities to help participants get to know each other.

19:00 pm – 20:30 pm: Welcome Dinner

  • Enjoy a delicious and nourishing dinner together.
  • Casual conversations and networking.

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Evening Session:

  • Group discussion or sharing circle.

Saturday:

Please note that times may change due to weather and water tide. 

6:45 am – 7:50 am: Enjoy a wholesome breakfast together.

7.50 am – 9:00 am: Leaving Mountain Lodge to Portmagee.

  • Takes about 1h10 min by car. 

9:00 am – 13:00 pm: Landing Trip to Skellig Michael

  • Depart for the boat trip to Skellig Michael.
  • Explore the island, climb the steps to the monastery, and enjoy the breathtaking views.
  • Lunch may be provided on the island or upon return, depending on the tour schedule.
  • Spiritual Meditation on the island.

13:00 pm – 14:00 pm: Departing back by boat to Portmagee

15:00 pm – 16:00 pm: Travel back to the lodge

16:00 pm – 18:00 pm: Free Time relax 

18:00 pm – 19:00 pm: Workshop Session:

  • Personal Growth
  • Reflection and interactive activities.
  • Artistic activities
  • Light stretches

20:00 pm – 22:00 pm: Dinner at Kate’s  Cottage- local Restaurant

22:00 pm Evening relaxation: 

  • Storytelling
  • Group sharing and appreciation.

Sunday:

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Morning session

  • Gentle morning body movement  or yoga session.
  • Time for personal reflection.

8:30 am – 9:30 am: Breakfast

  • Final group breakfast to conclude the weekend.

10:00 am – 11:30 am: Closing Ceremony and Gratitude Circle

  • Reiki healing 
  • Gather for a closing ceremony to express gratitude for the weekend.
  • Share insights and reflections in a gratitude circle.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Check-out and Farewell

  • Check-out and farewell activities.
  • Participants are free to depart or linger to connect with others.

More Information

Skellig Michael is not just a destination; it’s a sanctuary of peace, serenity, and absolute beauty.

Skellig Michael is a unique and magical place but it is also a very fragile location. Everyone who visits the Skelligs must be aware of the burden of care that rests with them to respect the Island, allowing future generation to enjoy this mystic place. 

Journey from Portmagee to Skellig Michael (Duration: Approximately 45 minutes)

This part of the trip takes in:

Pormagee Harbour

Illaunloughan Island, the site of an ancient Christian burial site

Bray Head on Valenitia Island, one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s Signature Points, and the site of Bray Tower, a coastal lookout post from the Napoleonic Wars.

Kerry Cliffs, the stunning coastal cliffs overlooking Portmagee and the Skelligs.

You can also see the rich variety of bird and sea life in the area.

The boat is often accompaied by a pod of dolphins. Dive-bombing gannets and our iconic puffins are also visible during the Summer months.

At certain times of the year, you may be fortunate and see either basking sharks or the awesome sight of humpback whales.

Exploring Skellig Michael (Duration: Approximately 2 and a half hours)

Alighting from the boat, you will be given a safety talk by the official OPW staff who maintain the island over the Summer months.

You can climb the 618 steps up to the monastery, taking in the now-famous Wailing Woman rock, as seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Christ’s Saddle, the valley in between the two main peaks.

At the end of the famous steps is a pathway to the monastic settlement built between the 6th and 12th centuries. Here, you will hear a talk from one of the guides about the history of the island and the life lived by the monks who chose this island as their place of worship.

Circumnavigation of Skellig Michael (Duration: Approximately 10 minutes)

This takes in the Western and Northern aspects of the island.

You will see the alternate approaches used by the monks to reach the island

Also, the lighthouses created in the 1840s to provide safe passage for ships in the area.

This is the second largest gannet sanctuary in Europe, containing nearly 20,000 nesting pairs.

Seals are often visible on the island’s rocks.

What is included:

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

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

  3. 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. 

  4. 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.

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

  6. Adventure to Skellig Michael: Boat trip to Skellig Michael, a journey that seamlessly blends adventure with spiritual reflection. Experience the island, climb monastery steps, and partake in a spiritual meditation for a truly transformative encounter.

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

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

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

  10. Breath Techniques and Reiki Healing: Delve into personal development with specialized 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.

  11. Closing Ceremony: Join the Closing Gratitude Circle for a meaningful ceremony expressing thanks and insights, solidifying the transformative experience of the retreat.

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



  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.

What to expect...

Experience a unique retreat filled with stories, spiritual enrichment, and meaningful connections. Engage in guided mindfulness practices, relaxation exercises, and spiritual meditations for mental well-being. The Skellig Michael adventure and Personal Growth Workshop offer excitement and reflection. Enjoy local cuisine at Kate’s Cottage, unwind with storytelling, and start mornings with gentle yoga. Conclude with a Closing Gratitude Circle for renewal and connection.

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