Embracing Winter – The Women’s Retreat

  • The Cliffs of Moher Retreat The Cliffs of Moher Retreat
  • County Clare, Ireland
  • Oct 20 - 25, 2019 (6 days)
  • Quad Bedroom with Shared Bathroom - €1,060.00 Twin Bedroom with Shared Bathroom - €1,145.00 Single Bedroom with Shared Bathroom - €1,310.00 Twin/Double Bedroom with Private Bathroom - €1,260.00 Single Bedroom with Private Bathroom - €1,435.00

About This Event

This is your chance to immerse yourself in rural West Ireland, embrace the outdoors and to blow away the cobwebs while stretching your body, calming your mind and soothing your soul. This retreat experience, created by Sophie Hellyer, is aimed at empowering women to discover their passions and creating lasting change. During this 5-night retreat, through a balance of yoga, outdoor adventure and relaxation, Sophie will take care of the agenda so you can really let go and enter into retreat mode.


Studies show that women perform better in all female environments. We participate more actively, feel less anxious and have more confidence in our ability. To love and give fully is bliss, so an environment that supports this is important. We hope that creating this gender specific space will help more women flourish. We also want to create a welcoming and safe space for those who fall outisde the gender binary, female identifying members of the trans community are welcome on this retreat.


Thrill your adventurous side with cold water surfs and breathtaking views as you hike The Cliffs of Moher, soothe your contemplative side, with deeply nourishing vinyasa yoga and mindfulness meditations, and give back to the community with local beach clean ups.



The retreat will have a strong focus on treading lightly and sustainability, from a plant based local & organic diet with veggies straight from the garden to the table, to consciously practicing plastic free living. Enjoy a cookery class, with food from farm to table; harvest the veggies alongside our local gardener and then learn how to prepare and cook that evening’s meal.


Activities will include an opening women’s circle, daily vinyasa flow yoga class, hike from The Cliffs of Moher to Haggs Head, surf lessons (all standards welcome, beginner & advanced lessons available), cookery class, beach clean up (2 minute beach clean) and use of outdoor hot tub and sauna. There will also be plenty of free time each day to relax with a massage on site, visit new surf spots, pop up to Moy Hill Farm, find a cosy spot for coffee or simply be.


Of course, Sophie will be going for their daily #risefierce cold water sea dip (weather and tide dependant) so the bravest among you are more than welcome to join here too in the free time.

After all, “There’s no such thing as bad weather” Alfred Wainwright.



This retreat will give you new tools to embrace winter, make lasting lifestyle changes and lead a healthier and happier life.


Venue Highlights

Our purpose designed, luxury venue is set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher and the beautiful countryside of Co.Clare, Ireland. We are located on the west coast of Ireland and Europe just about the mid-point of The Wild Atlantic Way, a 400 Kilometre stretch along Ireland’s rugged western coastline. We provide a variety of luxury yoga retreats throughout the year.

Join us in our beautiful yoga studio and watch the wild waters of the Atlantic Ocean from the comfort of our under-floor heated space. Set in the grounds of our retreat and facing directly out to Liscannor Bay, a massive wall of glass spanning 10m x 3m takes in the most stunning sea-view.

Our architecturally designed building has been lovingly created with your retreat in mind. All the details have been carefully planned and thought out. You will find the most modern heating system, bringing the room to the temperature of your choice. There is a state of the art sound system operated by Bluetooth and our lighting scheme allows for different moods and options.

The space is fully stocked with yoga equipment including mats, blocks, bricks, belts, blankets and bolsters. We have a fluoride-free fresh water filter and 2 bathrooms, one of which is wheelchair accessible. There is a large spacious arrival hall and a beautiful therapy room which is available to use for massages and other therapies.

The yoga studio has been orientated with the South-facing glass curtain taking in the views of the Atlantic Ocean and there are 2 panoramic windows, one facing East and catching the morning sunrise and the other facing West and allowing the pink light of sunset to filter in.


Looking for a peaceful night’s sleep? We have 14 bedrooms and can sleep up to 30 guests. Here is a list of the types of rooms we have available. At the time of booking, only the remaining rooms will be available to book. No matter what room choice, all our beds are made with the same Egyptian Cotton linen, hotel style mattresses, a bath towel per person and a hand towel per bathroom, hairdryer and hand-soap.

The Quad Room (female only): This is a large spacious room with 4 single beds with ample space beside each of them. There is a separate bathroom with an additional separate toilet in the same house.

Twin Shared Bathroom: This is a smaller twin room to our ensuite twin rooms, and shares a large bathroom with one other single room. The bathroom has a freestanding shower and large bath. There is an additional separate toilet in the same house. This room has two single beds in it. We have only one of these rooms available.

Single Shared Bathroom: This room has a window looking out to the courtyard with a single bed and shares a large bathroom with one twin room. The bathroom has a freestanding shower and large bath. There is an additional separate toilet in the same house. We have one of these rooms available.

Twin Ensuite: Our most popular room choice, these rooms are large with two twin beds, a number of which can be converted into a Queen sized bed when occupied by a couple. We have many of these rooms available and they range in style, decor and view but are all similar. All these rooms are ensuite.

Single Ensuite: These rooms are similar to our Twin Ensuite above and vary in size, decor and view, but are all ensuite.


  • Free Wifi
  • Sauna
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • Bicycles For Rent

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Our Food Philosophy

We believe in delicious food that makes us feel great. We believe in food that leaves as little footprint as possible. We believe in food that is cooked and prepared with love, in a harmonious environment. We believe in organic. We grow our own vegetables. We believe in local first, regional second and international after that. We believe in food that supports the community. We believe in BIG FLAVOURS. We love colours. We believe the kitchen is a blank easel where creative juices are allowed to flow with the seasons, the weather, the mood and the people creating it. We believe that food is at the heart of our retreats, that our dining room is the main place where groups all meet as one, as equals and as valued guests.

Food is a leveller. Food is for sharing. Food is community.

We believe that the atmosphere in which we eat accounts for a lot of the experience.
We believe in homemade, handmade and happy.
We believe in simple, sensual and seasonal meals.
We believe in service and we are honoured to serve you.


Our yoga retreat is in Co.Clare on the West Coast of Ireland

Eircode: V95 A499

Shannon is our closest airport. You can catch a taxi from the airport directly to the Retreat for approximately €90.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

My inspiration is to find some very much needed solace away from the stress of raising 4 children, working (as a dietitian) and trying to get my private nutrition counseling practice launched. I am a registered yoga instructor and have practiced for over 10 yrs, and have always dreamed of taking a yoga retreat just for my own inner well being. Linda

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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