Clare Island Yoga Retreat Center, Ireland

Stationed on the Lighthouse Road, the Clare Island Retreat is miles away from the turmoil of the world. The ethereal destination covers 240 acres of the island and is an abode for a devoted ‘yogi’. If you want to take the flavor of the primitive style yoga, then Clare Island is the right place for you. The place spells austerity with solar panels, wood burning stoves, a small organic farm and a private spring for fresh water. At this amazing hideaway, you will get a chance get in touch with your roots again. It is currently run by Frenchman Christophe Mouze and Irish-American Ciara Cullen.

This rugged and deserted island offers an unconventional yoga experience. The yoga courses offered at the centre include yoga and vegetarian cooking, yoga and horsemanship or a yoga-only retreat. They all have duration of 3 to 6 days and are usually conducted by trained visiting teachers. These courses run from mid-March to September. Since the weather on the island is volatile, these are the perfect months for conducting sessions.

An exclusive ‘Open House’ session is offered thrice a year when dexterous and practiced yogis mediate in the natural surroundings of the island. During Open House Christophe and Ciara themselves guide the visitors, and conduct daily morning yoga sessions. A minimum three-day stay is required for Open House.

The accommodation at the Retreat is offered in an eco friendly cottage. The cottage architecture emulates the rustic style of the island. The sleeping arrangement is communal, with five twin rooms, one double. For the ones who seek privacy, you can book a bed and breakfast some 15min down the road. To take some feel of adventure, you can bring your tent and camp in the wilderness of the island. The food served to the visitors is completely home cooked. The vegetarian food is based on locally acquired ingredients. Cooked by Christophe and Ciara themselves, it is a delight to eat!

Accommodation, food and classes are included in the price. A minimum stay of three nights at the Retreat will cost you 100 Euros per night.

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