Other ways you can help the Burren Yoga Project
To see how you could make a Private Investment to help us build our new state of the art yoga retreat centre, please see Ethical Funding for new Burren Yoga Centre
If you cannot afford to help us with a financial investment to support this worthwhile project, there are still a number of ways you can help us which will not cost you any money.
Recommending us to your friends
Please see how you could improve the numbers coming on our upcoming Yoga Retreats, and also how you will receive a discount off your next retreat here at Refer a friend discount
‘Share’ a link to our Ethical Funding page on your Facebook
Simply click on the link to Ethical Funding for new Burren Yoga Centre
and then add a link to that page on your Facebook page letting your friends know about our Ethical Funding project to build a state of the art Yoga and Meditation Retreat centre building.
It takes less than one minute to add a link to this page from your Facebook page…… but could help us enormously…especially if you add a nice supportive comment.
‘Download a poster’ for a noticboard
Please download an A4 size poster of our upcoming retreats for your noticeboard at your workplace or yoga centre or health food shop at Print a poster of upcoming retreats
Consider organising a fund raising event
Possibly you would consider organizing a coffee morning or some other event and to collect donations at this event to contribute towards the funding.
If you would like to organize such an event or have any other suggestions, please let us know.
Background of the Burren Yoga Centre
The Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre has been providing yoga and meditation retreats since 1999, and the founder Dave Brocklebank has been working over the past few years to bring about this new state of the art retreat centre which will be sustainable for the long term.
These retreats are suitable for complete beginners as well as regular yoga practitioners, and The Burren is an ideal location for a holiday retreat, either for a weekend or a full week. We have retreat participants from 14 years old to 70 years old.
Yoga and Meditation are ideal for stress reduction, improving physical & mental health and wellbeing, fitness, flexibility, peace of mind, learning how to get in touch with one’s heart centre, being of benefit to others, bringing love and light to everything we do.
The money raised by donations will be used as a deposit in addition to Dave’s life’s savings to secure a mortgage from the bank to build the new building.
Dave has been practicing meditation since 1978 and yoga since 1988 and had the vision to setup the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre in order to pass on the most transformational techniques he has come across in his life.
The centre has been running approx 40 residential retreats all year round for the past few years, and many people have benefitted and still benefit from this unique retreat environment.
The yoga retreats combine
- the best of instruction in yoga and meditation by teachers Dave has handpicked
- amazing vegetarian food by Paddi the chef who used to run Seventh Heaven restaurant in Galway city for over 12 years
- and outdoor activities in the Burren hills and by the sea.
Currently the retreats offered at the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre take place in Dave’s house while he and his wife and their 2 1/2 year old girl live in a mobile home on the same grounds.
This new building project will bring the comfort levels for guests and the facilities to much higher standards, thus ensuring the survival of this unique retreat centre for the future.
The atmosphere on the retreats is very relaxed and friendly, and the emphasis is to have a great ‘get away from it all’ break, while supporting Dave’s aspiration to teach the best of yoga and meditation to people in the most beneficial enjoyable environment.
A huge part of these retreats is to spend time in Nature and the outings into this amazing landscape of the Burren are organised by Dave who takes the groups out on their walks, or surfing, canoeing, horse riding and visiting local attractions such as ancient sites, the Cliffs of Moher and many more.
If you have not been here yet, the best way to get a feeling is to watch the 6 minute video which includes some interviews with course participants, shows some yoga classes, outdoor activities and the type of people who come on these courses.
Artists Impression of the new building
Click to see Photomontage of new building
Other ways you can help with a small financial donation
We ask you to donate a minimum of €10 and we would like to show our appreciation by giving you one of the Rewards below.
Receive download of a Yoga Nidra deep relaxation (20 minute) practice recorded professionally by Dave
Receive a CD of 3 separate Yoga Nidra deep relaxation practices (10 mins, 20 mins & 40 mins) recorded professionally by Dave
Attend Mid Summer Yoga festival 2014 celebration day with lunch and yoga classes and celebrations at the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre. 11am – 6pm Saturday 22nd June 2014
Attend Mid Summer Yoga festival 2014 celebration day with an overnight stay, breakfast, lunch, dinner, yoga classes and celebrations at the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre. 7pm Friday 20th June – 10pm Saturday 21st June 2014
Yoga festival weekend
Attend Mid Summer Yoga festival 2013 entire weekend including celebration day with two overnight stays, breakfast, lunch, dinner, yoga classes and celebrations at the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre. 7pm Friday 20th June – 2pm Sunday 22nd June 2013
Good will weekend Saver
Attend any weekend of your choice in 2014 or 2015. You just let us know sometime before the weekend of your choice.
Good will week retreat Saver
Attend any week of your choice in 2013 or 2014. You just let us know sometime before the week of your choice.
Gold sponsorship of project
Name of sponsor will be put on plaque located at centre. Guest on any course of your choice in 2014 or 2015 and also entire weekend for Mid Summer 2014. Anonymity if preferred.
Platinum sponsorship of project
Name of sponsor will be put on plaque located at centre. Guest on any 3 courses of your choice from 2014 to 2016 and also entire weekend for Mid Summer 2013. Sponsor will be acknowledged in any brochures and website of the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre for the next 10 years. Anonymity if preferred.
Why we need your funding
Over the past 10 years all the profit have been ploughed back into the yoga centre and have included such things as
- Restaurant quality plates, kitchen ware and cutlery
- Hotel quality mattresses
- Egyptian cotton bedlinen and towels
- Ongoing architects & engineers fees for new yoga centre
- Many more areas
As a result, our savings in the bank are not sufficient, and the bank refuse to give us a mortgage for the new building unless we can raise a further €100,000.
I will also put my own life’s savings into funding this new building.
By receiving a donation from yourself, this helps reduce the amount of money that we will have to borrow from the bank.
Once we secure a confirmation from the bank for the mortgage, we can then apply to get the remaining funding required by means of a grant.
When do we need your donations
We need to receive your donations as soon as possible by latest 20th December 2013
Time line to date
- 1999 Original centre founded and residential courses began 2000
- 2000 – present Gradually numbers of courses increased until last few years we had 40 courses per year
- 2008 Dave worked with architects to design the new state of the art yoga centre
- 2008 – 2009 worked on plans to ensure protection of fragile Burren environment
- 2010 Received planning permission for the building which expires in 2015
- 2012 January placed finalized plans on Government eTenders website to get quotations from building contractors
- 2012 February receive quotations and choose best prices
- 2012 April – 2013 February significantly reduced quotations for new building by employing Bill of Materials adviser
- June 2013 the Bank refused our loan for the new building
- 2013 October: Currently seeking Ethical Private Investment to Fund new Burren Yoga Centre
- We aim to achieve our target of €100,000 ethical investment in order for the bank to furnish us with the remaining loan by 24th January 2014
- November 2013 We have already raised €30,000 in your commitments to invest
- December 2013 & January 2014 Raise remaining €70,000 in your commitments to invest
- January 2014: Receive approval from Galway Rural Development as a result of gaining funding from the bank
- 2014 March begin building state of the art yoga centre
- 2015 January open our doors to yourselves to come to this new centre.
How to make your donation
We will then send you bank details so that you can transfer your donation either by 24-hour on-line banking, or by filling in a deposit slip at your own bank, or by posting a cheque to us.
This way, the banks will not take any percentage from your donation as they normally do with a credit card donation.
However, if you prefer to make a credit card donation because it is easier for you to do, then you can do this by Paypal or by Visa or Master or Laser card by phoning Dave at the centre.
Please contact Dave for any further information on our phone number in the footer area of this website or by email
May many people benefit by the provision of this retreat centre over the years to come.
Many thanks for your interest in our project.