New Year, New You: Five Relaxing Retreats in Ireland

The new year is well underway, and as we all start getting back into the swing of things, it’s time to find some new ways to treat ourselves and relax in 2022. Whether you’re looking to chase away those January blues with some revitalising yoga, or you’re ready to start a new spiritual adventure, we’ve got just the solution. Here are five of Ireland’s most relaxing and eye-opening retreats:

New Year, New You: Five Relaxing Retreats in Ireland

Ard Nahoo, County Leitrim

Find your way to the picturesque hills of County Leitrim’s countryside. Ard Nahoo is the perfect spot to escape the stresses of life and embrace serenity, just off the Wild Atlantic Way. This retreat has it all, with self-catering Eco Cabins nestled in the best of Leitrim’s natural landscapes.

With the Ard Nahoo Yoga School, you can release any tension you might be holding onto while you bond with like-minded people. Join ‘Uisce Hour’ and take a dip in the detox bath and hot tub, allowing the earth’s most versatile element to soothe and relax you as you soak it all up.

Burren Yoga Retreats, County Galway

Leave it all behind on this yoga and meditation retreat at the edge of the Burren, one of Ireland’s most spectacular areas. With a whole calendar of events, from weekend escapes to six-night retreats, you can take as much time as you need to recharge.

Burren Yoga Retreats eliminate all distractions as you’re encouraged to connect with your surroundings. There’s tranquility in nature, and you’ll be treated to regular outings in the Burren area, so you can really appreciate the landscape between sessions at the retreat centre. With no phones or no alcohol allowed and nourishing vegetarian food on the menu, both your body and mind will thank you.

Cloona, County Mayo

Head to the idyllic Cloona retreat in County Mayo and let go of your troubles as you embrace nature, exercise and a nutritious diet. The retreats provide a number of helpful activities designed to bring out the most relaxed and healthy version of you. With revitalising yoga, scenic walking routes, relaxing sauna and massage sessions and gut-loving detoxes to boost your system, the retreat has lots to offer.

Tucked between the beautiful seaside and the scenic Croagh Patrick, the retreat is serene and secluded, giving you plenty of room to connect with nature and those around you. Whether you’re after a meditative escape or a feel-good detox, you’re guaranteed to leave Cloona refreshed and rejuvenated.

Dzogchen Beara, County Cork

Join this Tibetan Buddhist Retreat to experience spirituality as you never have before, in the beautiful surroundings of South-West Cork’s Beara Peninsula. The Dzogchen Beara retreat is open to everybody, bringing people of all faiths and backgrounds together. There are plenty of accommodation choices, including cosy clifftop cottages, comfortable bedrooms in the Spiritual Care Centre and dormitory or family accommodation at the on-site hostel.

With a year-round programme of retreats, seminars and workshops, you can embark on a new adventure and discover tranquility as you escape to Ireland’s stunning seaside. With a number of approaches to some of life’s toughest challenges, the centre offers support to those struggling with severe illness, grief, stress and burnout.

Jampa Ling, County Cavan

Jampa Ling is another meditation and retreat centre dedicated to preserving the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and culture. The centre was established in 1990 and still stands strong in a stunning nineteenth century estate in County Cavan, overlooked by the Cuilcagh Mountains. Welcoming guests from all backgrounds, Jampa Ling aims to inspire peace and bring people together through meditation and relaxation.

There’s much to learn from the monks at the centre, as they work to encourage love, kindness and harmony between all faiths. When translated, ‘Jampa’ and ‘Ling’ together mean ‘Place of Loving-Kindness’, reflecting the inclusive values of those attending and teaching at the retreat.


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Ava Farrelly
Ava Farrelly is a travel journalist for travel2ireland, ITTN and TravelTimes. With a background in arts, culture and lifestyle, Ava has a keen eye for the most visit-worthy destinations and all their attractions.

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