Women Escape to Ireland

  • Waterfall Lodge, Oughterard, Co. Galway
  • Mar 16 - 24, 2019 (9 days)
  • 1900-2250

About us

Step off the treadmill of epidemic busyness.


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. 

 

Give yourself time, freedom, movement and space to rest, reflect and renew.

 

Just meet yourself, wherever you’re at.

 

Real downtime, real adventure, real freedom.

 

∞ 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 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

  • Make herbal remedies under the expertise and guidance of a local herbalist

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

  • Visit Loughcrew, a series of Neolithic chambered cairns spread across three hills, known collectively as Sliabh na Calliagh, the “Mountain of the Witch.”

  • 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.

  • Limited to 10 participants

“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

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
  • Make herbal remedies under the expertise and guidance of a local herbalist
  • Observe the spring equinox alignment at an ancient neolithic monument.
  • Visit Loughcrew, a series of Neolithic chambered cairns spread across three hills, known collectively as Sliabh na Calliagh, the “Mountain of the Witch.”
  • 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

  • Free Wifi
  • 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 Loughcrew, portal dolmens, wedge tombs and Blackhead ringfort in the Burren, County Clare; herbal remedy making session with local herbalist and naturopath; Kylemore Abbey in the Connemara area; coral strand/beach walk; Diamond Hill walk in Connemara Nat'l Park)

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 big 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, Waterfall Lodge, is located in the traditional fishing village Oughterard, on the western shores of Lough Corrib, Ireland’s second largest lake with 365 islands, some of them inhabited. Waterfall Lodge itself is an elegant period style residence with antique furnishings, set in a mature garden.

Oughterard’s atmosphere is relaxed and friendly one that makes everyone feel welcome. The village, a one minute walk from Waterfall Lodge, has a wealth of quality restaurants and pubs with traditional Irish music.
as well as several excellent craft shops including Fuchsia Crafts and Connemara Candles.

“A more beautiful village can scarcely be seen than Oughterard. It stands upon Lough Corrib; picturesque and romantic. The river Feogg comes bashing over the rocks and by woods until it passes the town and meets the lake.”

William Makepeace Thackeray

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 24 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.
Waterfall Lodge is situated in Oughterard and is well signposted from the road

Oughterard is 17 miles from Galway City on the N59.
Galway is served by major trunk roads:
N17 - Sligo - (1 hour 30 minutes)
N6 - Dublin - (3 hours)
N18 - Limerick - (2 hour 30 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/zV3fr8meMKS2

There is a mainline train from Dublin to Galway
Irish Rail http://www.irishrail.ie/

Express buses serve Galway City from Dublin and other major cities.
Local buses link towns and villages throughout the county.
Bus Eireann http://www.buseireann.ie/

Tags: ancient monuments bodywork escape hiking nature relaxation sightseeing storytelling walking wellness

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