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

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

Cole Chance
  • Email address verified
6 reviews

Deposit: $500
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

Shared Room Ensuite
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Twin beds in a co-ed room with ensuite bathroom. 

Deposit: $500
Shared Room no Ensuite
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Cozy bunk beds in a room shared with 3-4 people. 

Deposit: $500
Bunk Share
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Bunk beds in a shared room with 4-5 people 

Deposit: $500
Solo Room
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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
Deposit: $500

Shared Room Ensuite

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Life changing experience. Rob, Des, Cole and Eco created something really special. Learned I love sailing and doing yoga on a boat. Made what feels like lifelong friends. Can’t communicate enough how much I appreciate these beautiful people.
Thank you so much to Cole and Echo for your warmth and love and for everything you did for us. The trip was a lot of fun: the yoga classes were great, I loved Echo's games, the workshops were excellent. The food was amazing, and the accommodations were fabulous, the hosts at Om Waters and at Mala Dhara were so gracious, and everyone on the trip were amazing people and it didn't take long to feel like one big family!
This trip was amazing! I have already been to Guatemala so I was familiar with the surroundings but this was my first time out of the country alone and on a retreat. I was a bit apprehensive at first but quickly felt so at ease when meeting Cole and Jen. They were great at organizing events, being personable with their members, and always offering guidance. I felt so comfortable with them and their presence filled me with confidence in my practice. I loved the group, the atmosphere, all of the various workshops and ways for us to connect. We were all able to connect authentically and I have to thank Cole and Jen for setting up the vibe that we were safe and we can be our true selves with each other. I loved them so much.
I had an amzing time during this wonderful retreat. Thank you so much to both Jen and Cole !!! This was an incredible experience that went so much further than my expectations of what a Bali retreat doing Thai massage and yoga had entailed. The retreat location, in a Balinese cloud forest, was gorgeous. Being surrounded by natural beauty was a great way to approach connection and intimacy, becoming better connected with each other and nature. The workshops on Thai massage and acro-yoga were great introductions into practices I want to learn and play with more in the future. The regular morning yoga practices were definitely a lovely way to wake up and start the day. I loved coming down to breakfast waiting for us all in the common dining area. Group meals together were definitely a highlight of the experience. I think food carries such deep cultural tradition of togetherness and connection, sharing and conversing and nuturing each other. I enjoyed the outings, especially the walks through the jungle and learning about wild edibles from the local guides. There were only two things I wanted more of: 1) More free time to just sit and visit with each other, without having the exhaustion of such full days. 2) A longer workshop or retreat in general. Ideally I want it to last a lifetime, but I think at least 2 weeks would be better to more fully integrate the practices and connect with each other. I am really happy that there are so many of this group that all live in Austin and I look forward to reconnecting back home and cooking delicious Balinese food together or practicing yoga and acro and Thai massage with each other. This was more than a workshop. I fully intend to take the genuinity of connection and openness and vunerability with me in life to share and spread more love and connection to as many people as are willing. I think everyone needs to experience this in thier lives. Thank you again.
This retreat was the most amazing experience. It was an incredible combination of activities, wonderful food, fantastic accommodations, and Cole Chance and Jen Hilman were supremely organized and led incredible workshops. Changed my life and view on travel.
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