For our Winter 2020/21 issue, our publisher Paul got the chance to visit the amazing Creacon Wellness Retreat, and learn how the centre has grown since it first opened. We highly recommend it as a getaway destination, once travel becomes possible again.
In our Autumn 2019 issue, Paul shared his amazing experience in Dingle, Co. Kerry, where he enjoyed a retreat courtesy of Stay YNA. Read on to learn all about it.
Home is Where Kerry is
A Positive Retreat
by Paul Congdon
Peace is the theme of this issue – a beautiful feeling available to all humans, yet one we tend to feel in a heightened way when we are in a conducive environment like on a retreat, a walk in nature, meditating or swimming in the sea. It’s nice if you can generate peace on the inside, so that it’s available to you no matter where you are but, for now, I take a break and head away.
If staying in Ireland, Kerry is my place of harmony. This is a love letter to Kerry and begins in March of this year when the lovely people at Stay YNA invited me to stay in one of their luxury houses in the wilds of Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry.
I arrived to one of the most luxurious houses I’ve ever seen, furnished with all-natural materials, boasting a stunning view and a welcome pack of homemade bread and brownies. The living room had a wood-burning stove for those rainy hours when you just want to kick back, read a book and while away your holiday in peace. Each bedroom had its own unique style and more sweet views. There is something about this area. No wonder the ‘Stars Wars’ people felt that the force was here, with its wonderful beaches: Béal Bán, Wine Strand, Ventry (check out the view from Quinn’s pub), and Coumeenole, where Ryans Daughter was made.
When you feel like a bit of a buzz, head into the lovely hum of Dingle, about 10 minutes away by car. The scenery everywhere you go is breathtaking and the drive into Dingle has a different feel each time you look, with the colours always changing and the bay opening up before you. With great restaurants and pubs, the vibe in the town is so special. One pub that stood out was Kennedy’s, an entirely candlelit pub. The live music in the area is so eclectic too – check out singer Muireann and the fiddle player Jeremy Spencer, to name but two. A shout out to some cool veggie /vegan spots in the town: Boy Blue, The Pantri, and the lovely Thyme Out Cafe, which is connected to the health store Ré Nua. Top-class food and service from all, and such a welcoming vibe. Back home to the house for a bit of stove-action with my book, followed by some yoga, and I felt suitably recharged.
My mum and dad popped down from Dublin on the free train and we ended up in a lovely pub in Ballyferriter where the locals all speak as gaeilge. They regaled us with some stories about the filming of ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Ryan’s Daughter’.
Swimming in the sea, lunching in Dingle, meditating, reading, and the odd glass of something when the mood took me … after a few days, I had that peace both outside and inside, and as you all know, it feels so good.
If you feel a retreat coming on, we have it here on our home soil, and no better place than Kerry. Stay YNA will look after you. Tell them we sent you.
Paul stayed in Ballyferriter, courtesy of Stay YNA: stayyna.com
They offer luxurious holiday homes in Dingle, Spain and France.
May 9th-11th 2014 from € 225pps
Situated just outside Tralee, the capital town of Kerry, Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa is a spa seekers paradise. Set on six acres of beautifully manicured gardens and looking onto the vast Sliabh Mish Mountains everything you need to surround yourself in luxury is found here.
Enjoy a 2 night deep relax spa retreat with breakfast each morning and the following classes during your stay:
Breath work meditation class: An effective method of stress management contributing to help raise energy levels, equally this method induces deep relaxation through a variety of controlled breathing exercises.
Pilates class: Your instructor will conduct a beginners pilates class offering you a performance of posture and breathing exercises, each of which have very specific physical benefits.
As well as these classes, the deep relax retreat includes:
- A four course meal in Brooks restaurant on an evening of your choice
- 60min Aromatherapy Associates Full Body Massage in Nádúr
- And as an optional choice on Saturday evening; enjoy some fresh Kerry air with a guided walk through Ballyseedy Wood.
- This unique break also entitles you to unlimited access to Nádúr Spa Thermal Suite including their Crystal Steamroom, Glass Sauna, Vitality Showers and Outdoor Hot Tub.
Ayurvedic 6 Day Health & Wellness Retreat at Luxurious Weir Haven, Ireland
October Ayurvedic Retreat Sold Out!
– Next Ayurvedic Retreat commences Monday November 11th for 6 days.
Weir Haven is a place of tranquillity and natural beauty near Clarenbridge, Co. Galway. And it’s open to you for a very special six days of reconnecting with yourself, your body, wellness, peace of mind and happiness.
Escape to its beautiful surroundings. Experience blissful, relaxing Ayurveda massages daily to purify your mind and body. Relish the all organic food and breathe in the fresh air in some of Ireland’s most beautiful sights.
Our therapist, Martha Conneely, began her Ayurveda journey in India and completed it in Ireland, bringing the knowledge and blessings of the East, to us. She has more than 10 years experience working in the field of Ayurveda massage treatments.
On this retreat holiday enjoy:
- Daily massage treatment with special blend of oils.
- Simple daily meditation.
- Physical exercise – learn better body postures and breathing exercises.
- A healthy, organic, vegetarian diet.
- Visit the beautiful attractions on your doorstep: The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Ailwee Caves, Thoor Ballylee, Galway City.
For more information visit:
Tel: 00 353 91 796637
Mob: 00 353 87 2539537