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    Christmas yoga retreat

    This an OLD retreat.

    Apologies, this retreat took place in 2014.

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    Christmas 2012 yoga retreat

    A lovely way to take time to nourish yourself after Christmas day, to take a week at the beautiful Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre to relax, refresh and recharge.

    A nice gentle nurturing Christmas yoga retreat in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland.

    Christmas yoga retreat 2012

    Full details on New Year 2013 yoga retreat at xxx

    December 27th 2012 – January 2nd 2013


    We have reduced the price of all our week long courses back to the 2007 prices

    We realize that many people are having financial difficulties and now more than ever need to get away for a stress free week of yoga in the Burren.

    Reduced to €690 (€650 unwaged)

    Possible to book a weekend or less than whole week Christmas retreat

    The course begins with dinner on Tuesday 27th December 2012.

    StayCostUn waged Cost
    Leave Wednesday€340€330
    Leave Thursday€440€420
    Leave Friday€540€510
    Leave Saturday€640€600
    Leave Sunday€690€650

    Description of post Christmas & New Year yoga retreat

    This post Christmas & New Year yoga retreat is a lovely way to spend 6 days just after Christmas with refreshing and energising yoga classes, relaxing yoga Nidra sessions and outdoor walks in the beautiful Burren. Not to mention the delicious vegetarian food.

    Satyananda yoga is a more traditional form of yoga and includes breathwork and working with one’s awareness right from the start.

    Emphasis is placed on working with one’s awareness, rather than on focussing on one’s physical capabilities.

    Christmas Yoga retreat

    This Christmas yoga retreat is reasonably gentle and includes

    • breathwork
    • gentle postures
    • salutation to the sun
    • Yoga Nidra deep relaxation
    • Meditation

    The goal of the course is to introduce you to Satyananda yoga so that you may practice at home after the course.

    Or you may like to come along to deepen your yoga practice, and learn to tune inwards more deeply.

    One big difference between attending regular weekly yoga classes and going away on a week yoga retreat is that being in a yoga environment allows one break away from the normal life patterns and responsibilities which in turn allows one to experience the practices and their effects to a deeper level in more tranquil surroundings.

    To get a good idea of what the Christmas 2012 retreat will be like, it is a good idea to see the 6 minute video on the home page xxx

    There will also be organised outdoor trips into the Burren each afternoon.

    Cost of the Christmas 2012 retreat

    The cost of the Christmas retreat is reduced to €690 and includes accommodation and vegetarian meals.

    Unwaged further reduced to €650.

    For unwaged, please read xxx

    The food is cooked by Paddi the gourmet vegetarian chef who ran Seventh Heaven the well known restaurant in Galway city.

    A single room costs €120 extra.

    Additional nights stay at the centre after the New Year yoga retreat

    To avail of a cheaper flight you may like to stay an extra night or two. Cost is €35per night. No meals included.

    Who is this Christmas retreat holiday retreat suitable for

    This Christmas yoga holiday is Suitable for beginners to intermediate.

    It is suitable for all levels of fitness, and all ages.


    Tadhg Ferriter is in his mid forties, and practiced from many yoga styles before discovering Satyananda yoga in the mid 90’s. Like many students of yoga he was first attracted to the relaxing benefits the postures brought to the busy lifestyle and demanding career path he found himself on.

    After completing his training as a Satyananda teacher with Swami Shraddha Murti and Swami Chetan Murti Tadhg visited Swami Niranjanananda who is leader of Satyananda Yoga worldwide and resides in his Ashram in North East India.

    Tadhg is very inspired by Niranjananda and his time spent in India, and he regularly attends further training and yoga courses, seminars, and yoga gatherings both in Ireland and abroad.

    With three young children and a distinguished career in management Tadhg has direct experience of integrating a successful vibrant personal yoga practice into a busy modern lifestyle. Much of his work as a teacher aims to facilitate others to reap the benefits of doing the same in their own lives.

    Tadhg’s daily yoga practice, teaching and yogic lifestyle are guided by the principles of the Satyananda yoga system.

    Swami Satyananda describes yoga as “a higher form of common sense, a pure and precise science which evolves from within. To live yoga is to be in harmony with oneself.”

    While asana (yoga postures) of appropriate strength for the each individual student are important for progressing, the use of Pranayma (work with the Breath) and meditation are also considered necessary from an early stage in the Satyananda system.

    Satyananda yoga teachers are trained to the highest standard, with regular in-service training and assessment. The teaching diploma is recognised by Yoga Federation Ireland (YFI), Bihar School of Yoga (Satyananda Yoga) and the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY). These qualifications are approved and recognised worldwide.

    Tadhg has also travelled to the Satyananda yoga ashram in India, and brings back the heart felt approach and into his classes and his life.

    Tadhg specialises in the integration of yoga into everyday life and encourages students in an open and sensitive way to work with themselves as they are and in the situation they find themselves in.

    Timetable for the Christmas 2012 yoga week


    Tuesday 27th December 2012 arrival

    6:00 – 7:00pmArrival & Registration
    7:00pmDinner by Paddi
    8:00 – 8:30pmKarma Yoga
    9:00 – 10:00pmBreathwork and relaxation


    Typical day timetable

    7:45 – 9:15 amSatyananda yoga class
    9:15 – 9:45amBreathwork and meditation (Intro for beginners)
    10:45Karma Yoga
    11:30 – 5:00pmOutdoor trip into the Burren
    2:00pmLunch out locally
    5:00pm approxReturn to centre
    7:30 – 8:00pmKarma Yoga
    9:00 – 9:30pmMeditation

    Alternate days

    Every second day, as well as the usual classes listed on the typical day’s timetable above, we have an additional afternoon class.

    4:30 – 6:00pmSatyananda Yoga class

    Sunday departure

    7:45 – 9:15 amSatyananda yoga class
    9:15 – 9:45amBreathwork and meditation
    10:45 – 11:30Karma Yoga
    12:00 noonDepart