The Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre have been running Ecotourism holiday retreats for over 12 years… long before they even heard about the term EcoTourism.
It is only in the past few years that Dave realized that there is a term “Eco Holidays” which describes these retreats which he has been running which consist of small groups being taken out to spend time in Nature, and to learn about various aspects of the Geology and History of the area, where one hears about conservation of the environment, all within a lovely genuine yogic environment.
Dave Brocklebank who founded the centre in 1999 believes that spending time in Nature is like food for the soul.
Since 2000 all our yoga retreat holidays have included time spent in Nature and Dave brings the small groups out himself to show them some special places in The Burren, many of which are well off the beaten track.
Eco Holidays Ireland
Ireland is a small green beautiful island with very beautiful scenery and friendly people.
To experience the true rural countryside of Ireland with it’s easy going pace of life and the most beautiful scenery, one needs to visit the more quieter and unspoilt west coast of Ireland which can be like stepping back in time 40 years ago.
To take an Eco holiday on the west coast of Ireland is very energising and uplifting, and the time one spends in Nature has a deeply refreshing effect on one’s whole being.
The Burren Ecotourism
The Burren is a unique landscape within County Clare which consists of spectacular shaped limestone hills which plunge down into the Atlantic.
The Burren is about 30 miles long and 15 miles wide and is largely uninhabited with a few villages and rural cottages dotted around this unspoilt landscape.
The Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre is a small Ecotourism family business which provides Eco retreats all year round and includes guided outings into the Burren hills and by the sea.
During the winter we have mainly weekend courses, and during the summer we have week long eco retreat holidays. We asso have week long retreats at Chrsitmas, New Year and Easter.
Nature and Yoga eco retreats
These Eco retreats are an experiential immersion in Nature in the Burren within a genuine yoga environment.
You will be looked after by
- a very experienced yoga and meditation teacher
- a very experienced guide to the Burren Geo Park
- a very experienced cook who used to run Seventh Heaven restaurant for over 12 years in Galway city.
These Eco retreat holidays are suitable for complete beginners to yoga and also for regular yoga practitioners.
More can be seen at Eco Yoga Retreats
The complete package includes
- Accommodation at the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre
- Daily yoga and meditation classes
- Guided outings into Nature in the Burren hills and by the sea
- Delicious vegetarian food
Some weekends we have very gentle meditative yoga, while others are more dynamic and vigorous.
The courses are suitable for all age groups from 14 to 70, both men and women and for all levels of fitness.
Most people come on their own, and we are also very happy to welcome couples, friends and also small groups.
Dave who founded the yoga centre will personally take you to some of the many beautiful places in the Burren where you will see wild flowers, spectacular landscape and also see many places which the casual visitor will be unaware they even existed. Dave believes that time spent in Nature is food for the soul.
Optionally you can participate in the educational aspects of learning how the Burren rock was formed, hear about the wild flowers and the practices and guidelines to help protect this fragile protected area on the west coast of Ireland. BurrenBeo have an information centre about the Burren in Kinvara and we often go there to take a look through their information and also to give guests an opportunity to signup for Burrenbeo conservation membership which helps protect this fragile landscape.
Optionally you can take time out away from the group to absorb the peacefulness of this unspoilt natural environment of The Burren to simply chill out and relax.
One of the success factors of the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre is that we don’t try to provide many different types of courses. Instead we focus only on Yoga and Meditation and time spent within Nature in The Burren, and have been continually improving these eco retreats over the years.
This “Nature and Yoga Eco retreat” has been running for over 10 years with over 100 very successful weekend retreats over the past 3 years alone.
Dave has hand picked the yoga and meditation teachers himself, and facilitates each course himself which ensures high standards are maintained and that every guest receives a genuine yoga experience and that you are looked after warmly and to help you have the best possible stay.
This Eco experience has been designed using the ethos of the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre to protect the environment both in the design and build of the yoga centre, the very nature of this no-impact low numbers retreat and will help you to find out how you can become involved in helping protect this magical area of The Burren.
Yoga begins by learning techniques and practices for your own mind, body and soul, but ultimately is about getting in touch with the light and love that is within every moment, helping others, looking after the environment and ensuring our children have healthy and positive lives and a sustainable natural environment for the future.
Burren EcoTourism Network
Since the start of 2012 Dave has undertaken training with the Burren Ecotourism Network to become accredited with an EcoTourism award.
Although Dave has been organising these Eco Holidays for many years, he is now learning how important it is to document what he had been doing intuitively, in order to showcase the practices which the centre has already adopted, and also to help encourage and deepen the awareness of our visitors and also to give them opportunities to become involved in conservation of the Burren.
The Burren was awarded Geopark status in 2011 by the UNESCO-supported Global and European Geoparks Network.
There are a number of Geopark areas within the Burren and many of our outings take us to these Geopark status areas and also into the Burren National Park.
The Irish Tourism board is also becoming more aware of the important of promoting our EcoTourism ventures in the Burren, and they have featured our retreats on their Discover Ireland website.
See a video on our Eco Retreats
Please do not hesitate to ask about our retreats and to get a good overview it is worth watching at least 1 of our 6 minute videos at Short Videos about Burren Yoga Centre
We look forward to seeing you here soon, on one of our Eco Yoga Retreats retreat holidays.