Mystic Ireland. Yoga & Creative Writing w/Cole and Victoria

Cole Chance
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36 reviews
Jul 21 - 28, 2019
Group size: 1 - 24
Mystic Ireland. Yoga & Creative Writing w/Cole and Victoria

Cole Chance
  • Email address verified
36 reviews

Jul 21 - 28, 2019
Group size: 1 - 24

About this trip

“Ireland is a land of poets and legends, of dreamers and rebels. 

All of these have music woven through and around them.

Tunes for dancing or for weeping, for battle, or for love.”

~Nora Roberts

We so thrilled to be curating a seven night retreat this summer, in Ballyfad, Wexford, Ireland.  We will be nestled in a quiet mountain valley made up of equal parts beauty and serenity -

a stunning feast for the senses, and gathering with the earth.  

To us, the word mystical means to inspire a sense of mystery, awe, and fascination.  This week has been created to be an evocative journey into the mystical landscape...inside and out. 

The retreat combines creative writing, yoga, and relaxation + exploration of  spirit.   We will gather to connect, share stories, play in the ethereal scenery, reclaim inner and outward movement to renew our bodies and minds, and remember who we are at the very core. 

Our home for the week is an enchanted renovated barn called Monalea dating back to the 1770’s with both east coast beaches and indigenous oak forest nearby. There are many beautiful woodland and hill walks in the area where we can wander, daydream, take photos, and find inspiration.  It is a mindfully tended, warm space embodying sweetness and tranquility in a natural setting for contemplation and creation. 

This includes: 

-Meeting at from the jaw dropping Trinity College Library located in the heart of Dublin. We will have transport from the Arklow train station to the Monalea, located at the Wexford/Wicklow border, our home for the week.

-Seven nights at the gorgeous Monalea Barn and adjacent farmhouse that has been named one of the top airbnbs in all of Ireland. It has a large open air fireplace, two big round tables, a space to fit 30 yoga mats, and stone walls that become atmospheric at night, where we can light candles in the many little alcoves.

-A week’s worth of healthy, vibrant vegetarian food to nourish you from the inside.

-An excursion to the exquisitely fantastical gothic Johnstown Castle and Gardens in Wexford These gardens are a diverse and peaceful secluded haven.

-An excursion to the gorgeous Wicklow Mountains National Park and valley town of Glendalough.

-An excursion to the nearby Tobair Patrick Beach, with high dunes looking out to the Irish Sea.

-Two yoga classes per day led by Cole Chance, a 500 RYT teacher, Thai Bodywork Therapist, and international retreat leader who deeply believes in exploring the relationship to self in order to find both freedom and wholeness -on & off the mat. 

-Two writing workshops per day, led by author, writing coach and international workshop/retreat leader Victoria Erickson who believes in writing as alchemy, ceremonial gathering, and an ongoing invitation to go deeper into the body and imagination to tell our truths, stories, and ultimately reach our highest creative potential both on and off the page. 

-transport to and from Dublin.  (meeting points centrally located) 

All writing and yoga classes are optional! 

Join us and celebrate simply being alive.

“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

W.B. Yeats


We are happy to work with you in creating a payment plan if it makes this journey more feasible for you.  Please inquire personally to discuss payment plan options.  


90 days from start of program--APRIL 25th--50% of your total payment in

45 days from start of program--JUNE 5th--final balance due

If you pay through US bank transfer on WeTravel there is no charge.  To use CC it is 2.9% for Visa, MC, and Discover or 3.9% for AMEX.


Deposit non-refundable, due upon registration - $600

Before April 25th 50% of retreat total will be refunded minus deposit  

After April 25th - payments are non-refundable (this is where your travel insurance with trip protection will come in!)

If we have a waiting list and can fill the room we will be able to refund fully minus deposit. 


Highly recommended. No one plans on having to cancel an epic journey but life happens and insurance can help recoup cost for the retreat and your flight.

Don’t always play it safe, but in this case... DO!   

We Travel(this site) offers a wonderful travel insurance but please do look around as well. 

Available Packages

Bunk Share

Bunk beds in a shared room with 2-4 people 

Deposit: $600
Shared Room no Ensuite

Shared room with one other person

Bathroom is shared with another room.  

Deposit: $600
Shared Room Ensuite

Twin beds in a co-ed room with ensuite bathroom.  1 FEMALE 

Deposit: $600
Solo Room

Private room.....the only solo rooms we have left will share a bathroom with on or two other people but room is private.

Deposit: $600

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Cole Chance
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It was a truly amazing experience on so many levels. Cole and Kimberly are more than yoga instructors - they are magical human beings that created and delivered wonderful experience to everyone and guided the group through the Heart practices. The morning yoga sessions with the sun rising above the mountains were very special and will stay with me forever. I found Paul's mediation and Michelle's breathwork sessions positively surprising and they complemented work we've done on and off the yoga matt wonderfully. We had great excursions and the gratitude session at the big Buddha statute at the sunset was a pure magic. The Mala Dhara resort is simply beautiful and so peaceful and relaxing. The vegan food was delicious, vibrant and full of flavour. Signing up for that retreat was the best decision I've made in 2023.
By Dominika B for THAILAND RETREAT: The Heart Practices on Dec 06, 2023
The Hearth Practices yoga and meditation retreat was a beautiful week in a stunning location with lovely people.
By Janette F for THAILAND RETREAT: The Heart Practices on Dec 05, 2023
A Glowing Review of Cole's Recovery Program Cole is an extraordinary human with a trifecta of talent, intelligence, and wisdom that she shares with the world through her teachings and yoga offerings. Personally, I am forever grateful for her prolific contributions to the recovery community, as they have made a profound impact on my life. Cole has a gift for exploring the diverse recovery landscape and helping her students navigate through both the treacherous and glorious terrain by providing tools, empathy, and support. Her ability to be vulnerable and share her own trials and tribulations keep Emerge real, where participants feel safe enough to say, "Me too!" Cole’s conscientious delivery of important and sometimes difficult material is dotted with perfectly timed humor and anecdotes. She has a profound sense of knowing when to dig deeper and when to simply pause, put her hands to her heart while exhaling, and saying "Whoosh!" because there really is no other word at that sacred and critical moment. And most importantly, we really are not alone. Cole extends a private Facebook group to alumni to stay in touch and continue to connect, support, and love on one another after the program ends. For anyone who is sober curious, sober serious, or sober—anyone really, who wants to take their life to the next level and experience more freedom, understanding, and resilience, I highly recommend Emerge. Cole and her guest facilitators delivered a program that is par excellence and far exceeded my expectations. Big love right back at you Cole! ~ Jami Hanna
By Jami H for EMERGE Online Spring 2023 on Jul 05, 2023
I was looking for a complete reset mentally, physically, and emotionally. The potency of healing and processing as a community is overwhelmingly powerful. This trip was everything I was hoping for and more. Cole, Carolina, and Kim provided the structure, and the participants truly created magic together with them.
By Marissa N for Bali Nourish Retreat 2023 on Mar 02, 2023
Incredible experiences! Beautiful nature, deep yoga and lovely fellow travellers. Very grateful to have been part of this.
By Martina H for Bali Nourish Retreat 2023 on Feb 23, 2023
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