I am obviously biased as i run a yoga and mediation retreat centre in Ireland. The west coast of Ireland is like going back 40 years in time, as it is an unspoilt natural landscape, very few people living in the whole area, and most people live an easy going pace of life that is not seen in much of the western world during the past 40 years.... probably longer in the US
The venue is the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre, and it is worth checking out tripadvisor reviews at
(Note this is Ireland Tripadvisor)
We have organized outdoor trips each day, including many activities, which all depend on the preference of the group and include canoeing, surfing, hill walking, swimming, visiting ancient sacred sites and others.
Our courses are either weekends or 6 day, and it is possible to do two 6 day retreats back to back.
Our weeks cost €300 (approx $420) full board, and our 6-day cost €690 (approx $970) sharing with others. A single room costs €120 extra for the 6-days.
We usually practice a meditation class followed by asana class every morning and a meditation, or pranayama or relaxation class every evening. And another asana class every second afternoon. On alternative afternoons we go on longer outings which may include a boat trip to the Aran Islands or a visit to the Cliffs of Moher.
We run courses all year round, about 40 residential courses per year.
Most people come on their own, and come for a variety of different reasons.
We teach about 9 different types of yoga, so it is important to chose the form of yoga that you prefer.
We only take 15 people at a time, as we find that n umber tends to work best. Any bigger then, the group tends to break down into smaller cliches or sub groups. With 15 people everyone gets very good individual attention.
I have been practicing meditation for over 30 years, and yoga for over 20 years, and i select the best yoga and meditation teachers to teach each course while i personally run each course and make sure that everyone has a good time and that the courses run smoothly.
My motivation is to bring the best quality yoga and meditation to complete beginners, and to help deepen the practice of existing practitioners... rather than this being a financial venture. However the centre is run in a financial way in order to ensure it's continued existence and continual improvement.
I am looking forward to hearing about other retreat venues.