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    New Year retreat


    This an OLD retreat.

    Apologies, this retreat took place in 2014.

    Retreats for This Year, please click

    Calendar of Upcoming Retreats

    Click the button above to list all the upcoming retreats for this current year.

    Then click on the blue title of this years’ New Year retreat, to see information about our upcoming New Year Retreat.

    Then click the TABs at top of the page where you will see a full description of the retreat, prices, timetable of classes and activities and also photos from some previous retreats.

    Click the dates below to see details on the retreats available December 2017 and January 2018.

    January 3rd – 9th 2018

    January 3rd – 9th 2014 Start the New Year of 2014 with a weekend or week of yoga


    Last Year’s New Year retreat follows;

    January 3rd – 9th 2013


    Please note we have another course to bring in the New Year of 2013

    Our Christmas Yoga retreat which runs from December 27th 2012 to January 2nd 2013 actually brings in the New Year.

    More details on this Christmas and New Year retreat can be seen at New Year Retreat

    Possible to book a weekend on the whole week of New Year retreat

    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)

    For unwaged, please read Unwaged further discounts

    The course begins with dinner on Tuesday 3rd January 2013.

    Leave Thursday€340€330
    Leave Friday€440€420
    Leave Saturday€540€510
    Leave Sunday€640€600
    Leave Monday€690€650

    Description of New Year 2013 retreat

    How we start the New Year has a very big effect on how the year unfolds for us.

    It’s possible to attend from Tuesday evening until Thursday, Friday… or until following Monday noon. See prices above.

    Start the New Year positively with a week of energising yoga, amazing vegetarian food, and outdoor walks in the hills and by the sea. A beautiful way to begin the year in an energised and refreshed and healthy state of body, mind and soul.

    New Year retreat of Hatha yoga classes, pranayama (breathing) and meditation with the very experienced Michael Ryan.

    This course will be reasonably gentle, but will also challenge each person to work with the postures to their own ability.

    This New Year retreat is suitable for complete beginners to those with a few years yoga experience.

    Description of New Year yoga retreat

    Tune inwards and be guided by Michael 😉

    This New Year retreat week provides a lovely and nurturing space with time to let go of everyday commitments and tune into your self.

    We develop an openness and a freedom of both body and mind through gentle yet sometimes challenging yoga, breathing exercises, sitting meditation and having fun on this hatha yoga week.

    This retreat week is suitable for all levels. Complete beginners to more experienced practitioners and aims to relax, centre and energize you.

    Michael’s approach brings a mindfulness and heart felt centering so that each person finds their own balance in their yoga practice.

    There will be an outdoor walk in the Burren hills or by the sea each day on this retreat.

    And include practices which are designed as a very positive way to begin the New Year.

    And the usual amazing vegetarian meals with Paddi the chef.

    Cost of the New Year meditation retreat

    Reduced to €690 (€650 unwaged) and includes accommodation and vegetarian meals.

    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.

    We eat lunch out locally and you will need to pay for this yourself.

    Additional nights stay at the centre

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

    Availability of staying an extra night will only be known 1 week before the course start date, and will depend on the numbers attending the previous weeks course.

    If the centre is full, you could always stay that night in Kinvara village with one of the many b&b’s.

    Who is the New Year Hatha Yoga retreat suitable for

    This week is suitable to any level and all ages.



    Michael Ryan has been practicing yoga since his teens, and successfully completed the 200 hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher Training course with Dave Curtis in 2006.

    Michael also studied Naturopathy, nutrition and herbs and is also a qualified Reiki master.

    Michael partakes in further ongoing yoga training and 2006 completed a 40 hour yoga teachers intensive with Shiva Rea. In 2008, Michael completed a week’s teachers immersion with John Friend.

    Michael’s teaching style draws from his wide experience of Hatha yoga, Somatics, Vinyasa flow and John Friend’s heart-opening practice of Anusara yoga.


    Michael is also a decated mediator and draws on his vipasana and T.M. meditation training to bring a depth and presence to each class.


    Michael is mindful of each individual’s need to find their own balance in their yoga practice.

    He gently guides and encourages each student to explore and open to their fullest potential.

    Michael leads a flowing Hatha practice with a strong emphasis on integrating physical, mental and emotional wellness.

    Using the breath and integrating core strength and awareness into the practice we step into a deeper sense of aliveness.


    Yoga is an opportunity to balance our entire being; the physical, emotional, mental and energetic. It is a tool which moves us further along in our journey; yoga opens us to the present moment and our perfection in that moment, allowing us to connect with “a deeper sense of stillness and in essence a deeper sense of who we are.”

    Michael holds a space which is creative, inspiring and fun.


    Timetable for the New Year yoga retreat


    Monday 3rd January 2013

    5:30 – 7:00pmArrival & Registration
    7:00pmDinner by Paddi
    8:00 – 8:30pmKarma yoga
    9:00 – 10:00Breathwork and deep relaxation


    Typical day

    8:00 – 8:30amPranayama & Meditation
    8:30 – 10:00amHatha yoga class
    10:45Karma yoga
    11:15 – 1:45pmOutdoor trip into the Burren
    2:30 – 4:30pmFree time
    4:30 – 6:00pmHatha Yoga class
    7:30 – 8:00pmKarma yoga
    8:00 – 9:00pmFree time
    9:00 – 9:30pmMeditation


    Sunday 9th January


    8:00 – 8:30amPranayama & Meditation
    8:30 – 10:00amHatha yoga class
    10:45Karma yoga
    11:15 – 12:00pmFarewells
    12:00 noonDepart