Lake Isle Retreats

About This Center

Lake Isle Retreats offers yoga and meditation retreats and classes designed to satisfy spiritual purposes and as a method of relaxation since 2006.

Lake Isle retreats is a wonderful haven to rest relax and renew. It is great value too.Tim and his team create a wonderful relaxed atmosphere and all the treatments are wonderful. I will be going back very soon. P.S, Co Dublin

Venue Highlights

Situated beside a 40-mile long lake which has 154 islands. We are situated in a nature reserve area called an Area of Special Scientific Interest.

Accommodations

7 rooms, which can take up to 13 guests. 5 bathrooms.

Lake Isle Retreats has private single rooms, twin rooms, and triple rooms. You can either book a room privately for yourself, share a private room with a friend or two, or share a room with others on the same retreat. Lake Isle Retreats can cater for between five and thirteen guests. Single rooms available on all retreats. Also, on some retreats accommodation may be shared with other attendees. If you're not used to this, don't worry, this is part of the retreat experience and helps to create a large family atmosphere.

Also, you won't be spending so much time in your room anyhow as the retreat is so packed with events, exotic experiences, and friendly interactions that you hit the pillow tired at night, and then the next morning you jump out of bed and are out walking or jogging through the countryside by the shores of Upper Lough Erne, hearing the morning chorus of the birds.

Amenities

  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

All food is vegetarian and extremely tasty. We also cater to your dietary needs, i.e coeliac, vegan, etc. If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation. Meals are prepared fresh on the day. Everything is vegetarian, no meat, fish, or eggs. Most preparations are vegan (dairy-free). The food is a combination of Indian vegetarian (samosas, curries, basmati rice, and others) and Western vegetarian (pizza, salads, pasta, soups, and others).

In case you're not so familiar with the cuisine of India and you think spicy means hot with chilies you can look forward to many nice experiences on your retreat. Remember, when Europeans first started going to India about 500 years ago, one of the prime motivations was to trade in spices. Some probably picked up a few cooking tips as well, maybe they were getting bored with meat and stale bread.

In case you're a yogi, Vaishnava or someone familiar with a "sattvic" diet, Lake Isle Retreats doesn't use the following ingredients: onions, garlic, mushrooms, vinegar, and alcohol. In Ayurveda, these ingredients may be prescribed for medicinal or other uses, but are not generally consumed by hatha or bhakti yogis. If that sounds "restrictive" then you might find you have a lot to learn about non-European cookery!

Directions

**Driving directions from Dublin**
●As you approach Cavan Town, take the third exit at the main roundabout following the signs for Enniskillen and Ballyshannon. Stay on this main road and after 14 minutes, you arrive at the Belturbet Roundabout.
●Continue on straight taking the second exit here towards Enniskillen. Continue on for 8 kilometers. Take a right turn at Teemore Cross.
●The sign says Lisnaskea 9, you are now in County Fermanagh and road-signs are in miles. Follow this road for 3 miles going in the direction of Geaglum Quay and Inish Rath Island. Continue on this road to its conclusion, following the signs to Inish Rath Island (just before you come to Geaglum jetty there's an Inish Rath 1/4 mile sign). Continue on the gravel road towards Inish Rath for 400 meters until you see the sign for Mandala House.


**Driving directions from North (Derry, Donegal, Omagh)**
●Aim for Enniskillen. The road approaching Enniskillen is the A32. In Enniskillen, aim for Dublin on the Sligo Road (A4).
●A mile out of town center take the first exit or go left at roundabout following signs for Dublin.
●Ten miles South of Enniskillen you come to Derrylin.
●On the other side of this one-street village take a left onto the B127 towards Lisnaskea. After 3 miles look for the Inish Rath Island signs from here.
●The first sign will have you make a right turn off the B127. Continue on the gravel road towards Inish Rath until you see the sign for Mandala House.


**Driving directions from Belfast and the East**
●Take the M1 which leads onto the A4 in the direction of Enniskillen. 12 miles before reaching Enniskillen look for the left turn taking you to Lisnaskea.
●At Lisnaskea there is a primary roundabout beside Lidl Supermarket. Go onto main street here by taking second exit and drive down the road.
●After 1 minute you will come to smaller mini-roundabout (a painted circle) on Main Street and take the right turn taking you towards Derrylin on the B127 road, which you follow for 5 miles.
●You cross over a first and then a second bridge over the lake (both bridges are approximately 100 meters long).
●Take next turn left and follow signs to Inish Rath from here.
●Continue on the gravel road towards Inish Rath until you see the sign for Mandala House.


**Driving directions from the West (Sligo)**
●Aim for Enniskillen. Before entering the town take a right (or second exit) at the roundabout and aim for Dublin on the A509 (N3).
●10 miles South of Enniskillen you come to Derrylin.
●On the other side of this one-street village take a left onto the B127 towards Lisnaskea.
●After 3 miles, look for the Inish Rath Island signs from here. The first sign will have you make a right turn off the B127.
●Continue on the gravel road towards Inish Rath until you see the sign for Mandala House.


**Arrival by airplane**
Fly into either Dublin or Belfast. Each of these cities is a similar distance by road from Lake Isle Retreats' retreat center. If you are not hiring a car then Dublin may be the most convenient airport destination. Five times a day a bus Eireann coach (the national operator) goes through the airport and brings passengers to Belturbet (the small town closest to Lake Isle Retreats in the Republic of Ireland).

Ground staff at the airport will assist you to find the location of the bus stop, which is a 4-minute walk from the main exit of the airport building (specifically you want Zone 11, Stop 2, Route 30). You're looking for the bus with "Donegal" as its end destination. Tickets are 26.50 EUR Return to Belturbet. The coach at about 12:50 is the time most convenient for you for arriving for Lake Isle Retreats' retreats, in general.

Note: in Belfast, there are two airports, George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) and Belfast International Airport (BFS). If you fly into Belfast you'll need to get into the city center to take a coach from Belfast Europa coach station.

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