Yoga in the Land of Saints and Scholars

Dromin, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, Ireland

1 review
Aug 30 - Sep 6, 2023
Group size: 10 - 18
Yoga in the Land of Saints and Scholars
Dromin, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, Ireland

1 review

Aug 30 - Sep 6, 2023
Group size: 10 - 18

About this trip

Your bucket list just got shorter!

Come and join us for a yoga retreat in the land of saints and scholars. Spend seven nights and eight days doing yoga and exploring some of the most breathtaking sites Western Ireland has to offer along the Wild Atlantic Way. 

Mornings will start with meditation, pranayama and yoga or preparing for our daily excursions where yoga practices will be weaved in with the adventure. The weekend will be spent enjoying a magical Yoga Festival where you will enjoy yoga workshops with your retreat leaders and local Irish yogis. Dinner will be at the Marine Restaurant where they offer international cuisine produced by local food sources. Evenings will be spent visiting, in meditation, fire ceremonies, and enjoying local Irish music and pub theater. 

This retreat is perfect for those who love yoga, are new to yoga and for those who love to travel and take in the local culture. 

USE DISCOUNT CODE: EARLYBIRD when signing up before February 1, 2023 to save $250!


Check out our itinerary below to get a good sense of the flow of our days.   Every single day we are doing something amazing! 

The Accommodations

We will be staying at the lovely Marine Restaurant, Boutique Hotel & The Hatch Coffee Shop. 

Located in the beautiful seaside town of Ballybunion, on the Wild Atlantic Way, the Marine Boutique Hotel enchants guests with views of stunning coastline. Escape reality with a warm welcome, elegant dining and intimate bedrooms.

Overlooking the beautiful coastline of the North Kerry leg of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Marine Boutique Hotel is perfect for exploring or relaxing. For activity enthusiasts, cycling, surfing and epic beach and cliff walks are on our doorstep. For those who want to relax and escape the bustle of life, leisurely walks, seaweed baths, character filled bars and seaside frolics are a stone’s throw away. 

All double/twin rooms are exclusively decorated with furnishings of the highest standard and coziness to make your stay both special and memorable. We are proud to display the striking original prints of ‘Bally B by the Sea’ by our talented local photographer Grainne Twomey and Jerry Lane Photography in our rooms and throughout the hotel. Guests are welcomed with soothing colours, super-sized and comfortable beds, deluxe linens and peaceful surroundings. Nespresso coffee machines are ideal for coffee connoisseurs to enjoy while sitting back and enjoying our unparallelled coastal views.

All rooms are double occupancy.  During registration, please specify if you would like a twin bed or will be sharing a double bed with your partner. 

Food & Drink

The retreat includes dinner each night in the hotel.  The Marine Restaurant’s elegant and relaxed atmosphere welcomes guests with spectacular views of the Wild Atlantic Sea. 

The symphony of Irish and international cuisine creates an exquisite fine dining experience for guests. With locally sourced produce and fresh local fish, the Marine Restaurant presents a unique menu boasting signature flavors with Wild Atlantic Way influences. Our famous sirloin steaks, fresh fish and vegetarian dishes feature on our extensive menu.

Additionally, savor the Marine Bar as the picture-perfect place to enjoy a relaxing drink in cozy surroundings. Their bar boasts a wide array of wines, spirits, beers and whiskeys served with a trademark customer service. Our selection of delicious cocktails suits everyone’s taste buds. Guests can sit back and unwind while chatting with friends or family.

During sunny days, guests can enjoy drinks outside on our terrace overlooking the Castle Green and the gorgeous blue flag beach of Ballybunion.

The Yoga

Throughout the week you can expect to practice yoga that is gentle, beginner-friendly, contemplative, and easeful.  No prior yoga experience is necessary.  If you have been practicing for a while, you will enjoy the slow pace of the classes that allow for tremendous depth and exploration in the postures and time to integrate our daily cultural experiences. 

The breathwork and meditation practices are accessible and straightforward.  The focus will be on depth and cultivating a mindful presence through open and loving awareness and taking that with us out into the Irish countryside as we interact with the people and environment. 

Benefit from a staff of 6 yoga instructors who each bring their own unique heart, wisdom and experience of yoga to the mat.  Cathy Healy, Laurel Adams, Marci Becker, Natalie Javid, Katie Tragni, and Matece Skow.

Ballybunion Yoga Festival

As part of this retreat, you get full access to the Ballybunion Yoga Festival, a two day event bringing together local Irish yogis and teachers with our group.

Enjoy a variety of classes and workshops while making friends with fellow yogis from Ballybunion and beyond.  Some of the offerings included are yoga philosophy and ancient wisdom in the modern day, the history and myths behind the yoga postures, diving into breathwork (pranayama), yoga nidra, shamanic journeying and more!  See our itinerary for more details. 

In the evenings, enjoy traditional Irish music in the local pub, arranged especially for us!

The Journey

The suggested airports to fly into are Shannon and Dublin.

Travel day info:

August 30: arrival anytime! We will be checking in at the Marine hotel at 3 pm

September 6: depart anytime! We can arrange a taxi to take you to the airport or make other suggestions.  Ideally, you check out of hotel by 10am, and have a flight no earlier than 12pm.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted in writing by email to

The $500 deposit is non-refundable.  

If you cancel before May 1, 2023, you will get a full refund less the deposit.  
If you cancel on or before June 1, 2023 you will get half a refund less the deposit.   

For cancellations made after June 1, 2023 any payments made may be transferred to a friend or family member, otherwise all payments will be forfeited and you should contact your travel insurance company for reimbursements. Nourishing Heart Yoga cannot refund any payments for any reason (COVID, injury, illness, death) after June 1, 2023. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

Retreat to be paid in full by August 1, 2023.

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    7 nights, 8 days at The Marine inn Ballybunion
  • Dinner
    Dinner is provided each night with locally sourced produce and fresh local fish. The Marine Restaurant presents a unique menu boasting signature flavors with Wild Atlantic Way influences.
  • Daily Meditation
    Safe and nurturing environments for transformation of body and heart through the practices of breathwork and mindfulness meditation.
  • Daily Yoga
    Beginners welcome and encouraged! Enjoy a variety of styles from our staff of expert teachers.
  • Killarney National Park
    Killarney National Park contains many features of national and international importance.
  • Yoga Festival
    Full access to the Ballybunion Yoga Festival, 2 days of yoga workshops with your retreat leaders and local Irish yogis.
  • Cliffs of Moher
    One of Ireland’s favourite visitor experiences, the Cliffs of Moher tower over the rugged West Clare coast. Walk the safe, paved pathways and view the famous Cliffs on Europe’s western frontier and e
  • Skellig Michael
    See the 6th century monastic settlement on the north peak of the island. Great Skellig was home to the monks of St Fionan.
  • John B Keane Pub Theater
    Visit Listowel's John B Keane Pub Theater for excerpts from John B Keane's works that were written in that very bar. Performed by local playwrights & authors. Hosted by John's son, Billie Keane.
  • Airfare
    We are happy to offer guidance regarding flight itineraries.
  • Airport Transfer
    While we do not provide airport transfer, we will offer information, support and carpooling suggestions in our private retreat online group.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Souvenirs/Personal Items
  • Gratuities
    It is recommended to bring cash for gratuities for drivers and staff. We can offer guidance in this area.


Day 1

2:00 pm Check-In and get settled

6:00 pm Dinner

7:00 pm Welcome and Opening Circle

Your Organizer

Nourishing Heart Yoga
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Guided by Founder, Matece Skow, and additional expert instructors, Nourishing Heart Yoga provides safe and nurturing environments for the transformation of body and heart through the practices of yoga, breathwork, meditation, essential oils, hands-on healing, and massage. Nourishing Heart Yoga has been leading international yoga retreats since 2012. Participants on our retreats walk away feeling rejuvenated, inspired, and refreshed.


This experience was beyond what I could have imagined. I walked away rested and with more “tools” to access my own healing and growth. I will definitely be doing this again!
By Dejah R for Nourishing Heart Trauma Informed Yoga Retreat & Training on 23 Jan, 2023