What's the Lure?

 Experiential |  Meditative Retreat  |  Ireland


SUMMER  SUMMER ~ AUGUST 19 - 25, 2018

IRELAND come with me? 

W H Y  R E T R E A T  ?

I have come to realize that the best ways to step more deeply into our lives is to step out of our lives as we know them.  Retreats and pilgrimages offer a different lens to the same eyes, allowing us to reconnect with our wonder and spirit.  Adding purpose and a deeper meaning to personal travel has been a passion of mine for over a decade. Once again, I’m very excited to invite you along.

Join me to explore some of my favourite mystical places and friends in Ireland where we will learn to deepen our practice of connection, compassion and gratitude while replenishing our well.

A C C O M M O D A T I O N S 

We stay in a beautiful manor home in Ballyvaughan where we can rejuvenate after our daily outings and all be together under one spectacular roof.  

Rooms are priced at double occupancy but there are some single rooms available for a supplement of €500. Be sure to let me know.  Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom.

All nourishing breakfasts are at the house and some evening meals.

There is wifi in the house and also in some places in the village of Ballyvaughan.  

 A C T I V I T I E S 

Our mornings begin with a check in circle and meditation, taking some time to set intentions and welcome the day. This is where we will begin to weave the theme for the day’s adventures into our waking selves.


Our outings may include: walking the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, visiting the ancient ruins of Kilmacduagh, the bed of St. Colman, and the holy well of St. Brigit with folklorist Jack Harrison, a day of forging our dinner with David Donohue or, a day at the Burren College of Art with Gisele carving a meditation ring or feasting our final meal at the 5 star Gregan’s Castle.

Yoga with both Helga and Jack will be accessible for all. Their lifetime experience and approach to yoga is restorative and connects us to our breathing at best. 

You get to have a contemplative creative day with me at the amazing Burren College of Art. This day is dedicated to creating and carving your own piece of reflective jewelry. I will prepare you with everything you need. The object is to observe working from our heart centres regardless of how many time we jump into our heads, we return to our heart’s loving acceptance of what is.

To complete our time in Ireland we will dine together at the elegant 5 star restaurant in the 18th century Gregan’s Castle.

The goal is to return you home restored, refreshed and fully inspired.

C O S T 

Total cost for the retreat is:

SPRING RETREAT ~ APRIL 29 - MAY 5  €1500 double occupancy or €2000 for a single room (if available).

SUMMER RETREAT ~ AUGUST 19 - 25  €1750 double occupancy or €2250 for a single room (if available). 

P A Y M E N T   S C H E D U L E 

$250 once application is accepted: 

Payment for the balance can be broken down as desired with the final payment 60 days before retreat starts.

 Payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard, PayPal or e-transfers.

(Through Paypal you can choose the currency or I can do the conversion for you if needed.)

P R I C E   I N C L U D E S

  • Accommodations 
  • Organic breakfasts and lunch or dinner each day.
  • All transportation in Ireland during the trip. 
  • All meditations, talks, yoga witn Helga at the Burren Wellness Centre, and Jack Harrison of Celtic Yoga. 
  • Teachings and outings to sacred sites with Gisele and Jack, 
  • A workshop at the Burren College of Art with Gisele, and last but not least… dinner at the multi-award winning Gregan’s Castle. 

N O T   I N C L U D E D  

Airfare – you are expected to make your own arrangements. The occasional lunch or dinner, depending upon the day’s activities.

C A N C E L L A T I O N   P O L I C Y

IF you should need to withdraw your application 90 days before the retreat begins 10% of the trip cost,  (€150. - April/May, €175. - Aug) will be non-refundable.  If you withdraw after 90 days, any refund will depend upon whether we are able to find someone else to fill your place, but in any case, will still be subject to the 10% retention fee. 


C U R R E N C Y   A N D   S P E N D I N G   M O N E Y  

You are advised to bring at least €30 per day for a meal, drinks, etc. - more if you wish to buy local crafts and woolens. The currency in Ireland is the euro.  There are no ATM machines in the village of Ballyvaughan so it is best to withdraw money at Shannon Airport. Credit cards are accepted in most places. 

T R I P   C A N C E L L A T I O N   I N S U R A N C E 

I highly advise that you cover yourself with trip cancellation and medical insurance. This insurance is often available through your credit card provider or a travel agency you may book your flight with.  


We will be one hour from the Shannon airport by car and 3 hours from Dublin.  If you are arriving in Dublin or before Apr 23rd, contact me for arrangements. There are buses into Ballyvaughan.


As the nearest airport is an hour away please schedule your flights not earlier that 8:30am to accommodate travel time and adequate time for airport check in and security.

P A S S P O R T 

You must have a valid passport to travel. Please ensure that it does not expire within six months of returning home.

Please notify us soon as you know you’re interested as space is limited.


Even though these are small retreats I try and keep available one partial bursary for students, those working in non for profit organizations or those in need.

If you have any questions regarding the retreats, feel free to email me directly at and we can schedule a phone conversation.

Until then, stay blessed