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Nutrition and Yoga Retreat Ireland

Join this retreat specially designed for you to learn about your personal relationship with eating and food. Discover mindful eating and the root of food issues like weight problems and anorexia, through the study of important aspect of food habits. Discover if you are eating in response to other triggers like appetizing food, boredom, loneliness, or stress, or if food is meeting other needs for you as you learn healthy food habits for your daily life.

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  • 2 yoga classes
  • 4 workshops with Deirdre
  • Cookery class with Carmen
  • Forest walk at Killeshandra Park
  • Excursion around Inis Rath Island
  • Kirtan and chanting music
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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During this retreat, you will stay either in a shared or a private room. Mandala House has private single rooms, twin rooms, and triple rooms. You can either book a room privately for yourself, share a private room with a friend or two, or share a room with others on the same retreat. Single rooms available for all retreats and the rooms can also be shared with other attendees.


During this retreat, Deirdre Kavanagh will help you to explore a mindful approach to eating. You will learn to listen to your body and heart and to respond to them in a nourishing way. This retreat is designed for those wishing to explore their relationship to food, for those who wish to develop a healthier eating behavior, and for those wishing to expand and deepen their mindfulness practice.

Themes of the workshops

  • Identify healthy and unhealthy hunger and fullness signals to guide your decision to begin and stop eating.
  • Develop body awareness skills so you can distinguish between emotional and physical hunger.
  • Become aware of food choices and habitual eating patterns.
  • Develop kindness and compassion towards yourself and your body

Yoga classes

The Power yoga class is designed for beginners but it will also be enjoyed by people with some experience. The class itself is a yoga mini work-out. Atma Power yoga helps to stretch and tone muscles, improves posture and balance, and it's really fun. The exercises are fairly doable by the majority of people, but if you can't quite stretch into certain asanas, there is an easy-going mood.

Everyone is encouraged to practice only according to their own ability. Yoga mats will be provided, so if you've never done even ten seconds of yoga in your life and have no equipment or anything, all you need is yourself, some light clothes, and a little enthusiasm. Atma Power yoga is practiced with a breathing count from start to finish, which adds a dynamic aspect to the class. Each class ends with a gentle relaxation sequence.

Daily schedule

Day 1 - Friday, October 14, 2016

  • 15:30 Arrival
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Workshop with Deirdre Kavanagh

Day 2 - Saturday, October 15, 2016

  • 06:35 Free time or optional spiritual adventure to cross over by ferry boat to Inis Rath Island to visit the temple and enjoy morning chanting and talks on ancient Sanskrit texts. This is a completely optional experience.
  • 08:45 Optional yoga class with Tim McEvitt. This will be a short class of stretches and breathing exercises.
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Cookery class with Carmen. Carmen will give you a one-hour cookery demonstration on Indian cuisine.
  • 12:00 Workshop with Deirdre
  • 13:45 Lunch
  • 15:00 Departure for a 75-minute forest walk at Killeshandra forest park
  • 19:00 Workshop with Deirdre
  • 20:15 Dinner

Day 3 - Sunday, October 16, 2016

  • 08:30 Optional yoga class
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Workshop with Deirdre
  • 12:00 Free time or optional excursion to Inis Rath Island to visit the lake isle and the temple
  • 12:30 For those that choose to visit Inis Rath Island, chant music experience in the temple
  • 13:00 Optional talk on Vedic philosophy of ancient India or walk on the wooded island and relax
  • 14:15 Lunch feast
  • 15:15 Departure. You are also welcome to stay on the island until 16:30 if you wish for the next return ferry. The island is a beautiful place to relax in a safe, natural environment. You may spend some time by yourself wandering in the mature woodlands.

Included excursions

One excursion around Inis Rath Island to visit the temple and one forest walk at Killeshandra forest park are included in this retreat.


Deirdre Kavanagh
She graduated with a diploma in Holistic Nutrition in 2008. As a holistic nutritionist, she treats the person holistically, concentrating on treating the mind and body, through the use of diet, natural supplements, and self-awareness techniques. Holistic Nutrition uses various combinations of food and nutrients to help individuals achieve optimal physical, mental, and spiritual health. She has been meditating and using mindfulness in my own life for over six years.


This retreat will be held at Mandala House near the shores of Upper Lough Erne, Ireland. Mandala House is located 400 meters across the water from Inish Rath Island. The Lakeland area is a peaceful sanctuary where you can enrich your body, mind, and soul. Peacock strut openly around the island, while in the local area heron, swan, and deer wander freely in the peaceful lakeside atmosphere.

Nearby places

  • Belturbet, 12 kilometers
  • Lisnaskea, 11 kilometers



  • Boating nearby
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Sailing nearby
  • Swimming nearby


  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • Meditation garden
  • Yoga deck


  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Tour assistance


During this retreat, you will be served three daily healthy meals. You will also have the opportunity to take a cooking class with Carmen. All food is vegetarian and extremely tasty, cooked with love by vegan chef Carmen. Meals are prepared fresh on the day. Vegans can note that most meals are vegan-friendly. The food is a combination of Indian vegetarian such as samosas, curries, basmati rice, and also Western vegetarian dishes such as pizza, salads, pasta, and soups.

Things to do (optional)

  • Additional vegetarian cooking class
  • Explore the local surroundings
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Walking

Spa treatments

  • Aromatherapy full-body massage (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
  • Aroma touch (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
  • Hot stone massage (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
  • Indian head massage (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
  • Reflexology - massage therapy of the feet (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
  • Reiki energy healing (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
  • Relaxing head, neck, and shoulder (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
  • Sound healing (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
  • Sports massage (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
  • Swedish body massage (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)
  • Thai massage (27 EUR for 30 minutes or 39 EUR for 50 minutes)

What's included

  • 1 75-minute walk at Killeshandra Forest Park
  • 1 cookery class with Carmen
  • 1 visit to Inish Rath Island
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 yoga classes
  • 2 yoga classes
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 4 workshops with Deirdre

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional transportation
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Spa treatments

How to get there

Driving directions from Dublin

  • From Dublin, or the south, take the M3 from Blanchardstown in the direction of Cavan.
  • As you approach Cavan Town, take the third exit at the main roundabout following the signs for Enniskillen and Ballyshannon.
  • After 14 minutes, you will arrive at the Belturbet roundabout and take the second exit towards Enniskillen (you are continuing on the same N3 (M3) road which began in Dublin).
  • Continue on for eight kilometers and then take a right turn at Teemore Cross.
  • You will see a sign says: Lisnaskea nine - you are now in County Fermanagh and road signs are in miles.
  • Continue on this road to its conclusion, following the signs to Inish Rath Island.
  • Just before you come to Geaglum jetty there's an Inish Rath 1/4 mile sign.
  • Continue on the gravel road towards Inish Rath for 400 meters until you see the sign for Mandala House.

Driving directions from Belfast

  • Coming from the Belfast and the east take the M1 which leads onto the A4 in the direction of Enniskillen.
  • It's 12 miles before reaching Enniskillen, look for the left turn taking you to Lisnaskea.
  • At Lisnaskea, there is a primary roundabout beside Lidl supermarket.
  • Go onto the main street by taking the second exit and drive down the road.
  • After one minute you will come to smaller mini-roundabout (a painted circle) on the main street and take the right turn taking you towards Derrylin on the B127 road, which you follow for five miles.
  • You cross over a first and then the second bridge over the lake (both bridges are approximately 100 meters long).
  • Take next turn left and follow signs to Inish Rath from here.
  • Continue on the gravel road towards Inish Rath until you see the sign for Mandala House.

Driving directions from Sligo

  • Coming from the west (Sligo) aim for Enniskillen.
  • Before entering the town take a right (or second exit) at the roundabout and aim for Dublin on the A509 (N3).
  • 10 miles south of Enniskillen you come to Derrylin.
  • On the other side of this one-street village, take a left onto the B127 towards Lisnaskea.
  • After three miles look for the Inish Rath Island signs from here.
  • The first sign you will have to make a right turn off the B127.
  • Continue on the gravel road towards Inish Rath until you see the sign for Mandala House.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB).

Arrival by bus

Enniskillen and Cavan are 25 kilometers away, but you can get closer to the retreat center with the national coach services of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

From the airport you will have to take the bus with (Donegal) as its end destination.

From Dublin, you may take the Donegal line from the main (and only) coach station in Dublin city center (Busárus). You may ask for a ticket to Belturbet. The journey takes about two hours and 20 minutes. And from Belturbet, you will need a taxi to go to Inish Rath Island.

Arrival by taxi

Large towns close to Inish Rath Island are Enniskillen and Cavan town. A taxi from Cavan will cost around 35 EUR and a taxi from Enniskillen will cost approximately 30 GBP.

Benny Corby, with his family and friends, are the cheerful local taxi service. If you arrive on the Bus Eireann coach at Belturbet, the car journey to Lake Isle Retreats, Mandala House near Inish Rath Island costs about 15 EUR. Lake Isle Retreats suggests that it's better for you to phone that morning to make a provisional booking.

Almost two hours after leaving Dublin, the coach stops in Cavan town for a five to 10 minutes break. From the moment this bus departs again you should phone Benny and tell him where you are. He will then know you will be arriving in Belturbet 15 minutes later.


  • Latitude N 54° 11.482'
  • Longitude W 007° 29.409'

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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