Women Escape to Ireland

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An Authentic and Adventurous Retreat in Awe-Inspiring northwest Ireland

Find your center and grounding, your personal truth, amid Ireland’s stunning, powerful landscapes and monuments, her palpable magic, her mystery, ancient history, and timelessness. Come away feeling elated. Tune in, tune out, turn on or turn off. Just meet yourself where you’re at. Give yourself time, freedom, movement and space to rest, reflect and renew.

Real downtime, real adventure, real freedom.

A restorative escape where we’ll:

 

  • Eat delicious, real, local food

  • Spend time with other strong, diverse women in an atmosphere of support, not competition
     
  • Discover new strengths and share stories, experience, and talents

     

  • Invigorate our bodies and minds with walks and hikes through stunning landscapes

     

  • Celebrate in the village pub, listening to live, traditional music

     

  • Get great bodywork/massage

     

  • Drop in and tune out with a facilitated and guided meditation and breathing session

     

  • Create art (we are all creative, everyone has an inherent artist within)

     

  • Laugh, sing, dance

     

  • Be enchanted by an Irish storyteller

     

  • Receive a personalized, individual Ayurvedic consultation

  • Observe the spring equinox alignment at an ancient neolithic monument.

     

  • Visit Carrowkeel Megalithic Tombs, the Labby Stone, Queen Maeve's Cairn on Knocknarea, Loughcrew, a series of Neolithic chambered cairns spread across three hills, known collectively as Sliabh na Calliagh, the “Mountain of the Witch” and more

  • Do what you feel like when you feel like it…participate in all activities and adventures, some, or none at all. It’s your choice and your time.

     

  • 5 spaces remaining

“We are the mirror as well as the face in it,
We are tasting the taste this minute of eternity,
We are pain and what cures pain, both.
We are the sweet cold water and the jar that pours.”

-Rumi

Why This Retreat to Ireland?

1. You need a break. From being a carer. From a relationship that may have gone past its expiration date. From stress, burn-out, the epidemic of busyness.

2. It’s Ireland. For me, being in Ireland is like coming home, and I am not alone in that sense of feeling that I’m just where I need to be. The feelings are difficult to put into words, for some of it may be some sort of “genetic memory” and for others it’s the energy, the stunning landscape and living close to it, the welcoming people, the connection and sense of community here, the air of mystery and wisdom, of history that goes back 1000s of years, of familiarity and the sense of reverence that permeates. Ireland’s unique combination of all of this makes it a very special place you just have to experience for yourself firsthand.

3. You want to relax and leave all the details and organizing to someone else for a change.

4. Time to yourself. We’ll have time to relax and to explore incredible and very old sites including megalithic portal tombs and dolmens, whose true purpose/s remain a mystery. Though some are thought to have been burial tombs, perhaps calendrical, ceremonial and sacred sites, as the remains of humans and artifacts have been found in some of these and some appear to be aligned with solar, planetary and other stellar cycles. We’ll have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in Irish culture and revel in some much-needed downtime.

5. Meet cool people in Ireland and in our gang of adventurous women OR just keep to yourself and chill OR some combo of the above.

6. Travel and experience a country you may have never been to under the organization and experience of someone who has traveled to Ireland half a dozen times and three times on her own.

 

Why Me?

Dawn Geula, LMT, MD

1. I’m relaxed yet organized, compassionate, respectful of boundaries, and I want to help women reconnect with their hearts, their quiet space to breathe, their inspiration and their sense of purpose and connection. All while exploring some amazing places and introducing you to new people, ideas, and activities, if you’re so inclined.

2. My openness to adventure, possibility, and life. My down-to-earth, often goofy sense of humor.

3. I’ve traveled internationally in Asia and Europe for weeks at a time, by myself, including backpacking the West Highland Way and mountain biking the Great Glen Way solo in Scotland. I’m also experienced in organizing and leading groups of up to 12 people for multi-day outings and around 10-20 for day outings, events, and classes.

4. I’m very familiar with roads and driving and other nuts and bolts in Ireland, well-known attractions and those special places off the beaten path (some that even many Irish people have never seen).

5. I like to have a good time, I appreciate good, real food and real conversation.

6. One of my passions in life is supporting and nurturing women and their empowerment and providing fertile ground for women to support each other—as it should be. I am in no way against the male gender—there needs to be a balance of both the masculine and feminine in our world. But that dynamic has become unbalanced and it’s been that way for far too long, to the detriment of women and men, to our global society, and the big green and blue ball we live on. Coming together as strong women who support each other, who have each other’s backs, is part of the tide of change that I believe needs to happen to turn things back around and bring the situation towards balance. We need a big dose of the mighty, powerful, creative and receptive Feminina. But no worries, we won’t be burning our bras during our Irish escape, unless that sort of thing just happens naturally and collectively 

7. Ireland is my element and my heart’s home.

8. My dedication to you. My hope and goal is that we inspire each other and are open to the inspiration around us in Ireland, and continue to be, wherever we are in the world.

What's Included

Your Escape retreat package includes airport transfers*, accommodation, dinner the first evening of the retreat, breakfast the last day of the retreat, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on the days between the first and last days of the retreat; tea, coffee and snacks on hand throughout the day at our accommodations; listed activities, wellness and bodywork sessions as described in the details section, and support from the escape team. Excluded from the package are airfare, alcoholic drinks, purchases of a personal nature, and additional activities before or after the retreat. If you have any questions as to what is and isn’t included, please get in contact. 

* If you meet us at 12 noon on Saturday March 16th at Dublin Airport and depart with us from our accommodations on Saturday March 23rd at 10 a.m. 

Our job is not to comprehend or control everything, but to learn which story we are in and which of the many things calling out in the world is calling to us. Our job is to be fully alive in the life we have, to pick up the invisible thread of our own story and follow where it leads. Our job is to find the thread of our own dream and live it all the way to the end. Michael Meade

Event Highlights

  • Eat delicious, real, local food
  • Spend time with other strong, diverse women in an atmosphere of support, not competition
  • Discover new strengths and share stories, experience, and talents
  • Invigorate our bodies and minds with walks and hikes through stunning landscape
  • Celebrate in the village pub, listening to live, traditional music
  • Get great bodywork/massage
  • Drop in and tune out with a facilitated and guided meditation and breathing session
  • Create art (we are all creative, everyone has an inherent artist within)
  • Laugh, sing, dance
  • Be enchanted by an Irish storyteller
  • Receive a personalized, individual Ayurvedic consultation
  • Observe the spring equinox alignment at an ancient neolithic monument.
  • Visit Carrowkeel Megalithic Tombs, the Labby Stone, Queen Maeve's Cairn on Knocknarea, Loughcrew, a series of Neolithic chambered cairns spread across three hills, known collectively as Sliabh na Calliagh, the “Mountain of the Witch” and more
  • Do what you feel like when you feel like it…participate in all activities and adventures, some, or none at all. It’s your choice and your time.

Amenities

  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea

Schedule

8:00 am: breakfast

9:30 am: walk/trek/hike

12:30: lunch

1:30-3:00 pm: no scheduled activity as a group, some may be getting bodywork

3:00 pm: group activity (art, guided relaxation with a partner, journaling session, short sightseeing trip)

6:00 pm: dinner

7:00-10:00 pm: individual time, songs, dancing or storytelling by the fireplace (we will go with the flow)

Outing days:
7:30-8:30 am: breakfast

8:30-~5:30 (or later if we have dinner out): visiting ancient sites like Carrowkeel Megalithic Tombs, Carrowmore, Queen Maeve's Carin on Knocknarea, Labby Rock, Keshcorran Caves, Loughcrew, portal dolmens, wedge tombs, hill walks)

7:30-10:30: relax/free time

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Includes Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Three meals a day including the first evening and last morning. We will have real food, as much of it locally sourced as possible, because it makes sense and eating things that come from where you are just tastes better. There will be caffeine available in the form of tea, coffee, and chocolate. If you have your favorites that you know make you happy, then bring them.

If you’re an herbivore, you’re welcome here, if you’re a meat-eater, you’re welcome too. We’ll have yummy things for both. If anyone has a peanut allergy, we’ll make sure nothing we serve contains peanuts. But seriously, if you have a life threatening peanut or other allergy, please let us know and please travel with an epi-pen.

If you’re gluten or dairy free that’s okay. No one will be singled out for their dietary preferences and we expect our fellow retreaters to extend the same respect to each other. There is no right or wrong way of eating and this isn’t the time or place to convert each other to a preferred method, unsolicited. Of course there is nothing wrong with and we encourage discussion, exploration and sharing knowledge of and experience with food and ways of eating, let’s just please do this non-judgementally. And that non-judgemental part applies to everything. After you register, we’ll be sending you some forms which will have a section where you can indicate if you are gluten or dairy free or vegan and if you have a life threatening allergy to any food.

We’ll have a kitchen, so if you want to buy something at the market and cook, have at it. Be cool and clean up after yourself, you’ll probably get help. For supplied meals we’ll take care of clean up so you can relax but if you want to help, très bien.

Accommodations

There will be a mixture of private and shared room accommodation. You are welcome to come with a friend or friends and we will put you in a room together if you wish. The shared rooms will be at a $100 discount. If you select any remaining shared rooms but haven’t arranged a roommate prior to the trip, we’ll work with you on arrival to find a pairing that works. We want everyone to get good sleep and feel comfortable in their space. If this is something the roomies want to work out on their own without our assistance, that’s fine too.

Our home base will be in a 200-year-old modernized stone cottage in Foxford, County Mayo, in the heart of an ancient, neolithic megalith filled region of northwest Ireland. The cottage is on a working farm and exudes a warm, cozy, authentic feel. We're close to pubs, the sea and most of the hotspots we'll visit which have had such a profound effect upon my own life and which I believe will affect yours as well.

Directions

Transportation will be provided from Dublin International Airport, leaving 12 noon on Saturday, March 16th. Return transportation to Dublin International Airport is provided from our accommodations on Sunday, March 23rd leaving at 10 am. If you cannot make the noon departure on March 16 or want to arrive on your own:

Cars can be hired at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports, the main airports in Ireland.
Our accommodations are located in Foxford, County Mayo, Ireland.

Bus Eireann: http://www.buseireann.ie/inner.php?id=406&form-view-timetables-from=Dublin+Airport%28Atrium+Rd+Zone10+Stop1%29&form-view-timetables-to=Foxford+%28Browns+Monument%29&form-view-timetables-route=&form-view-timetables-submit=1

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