Take Sanctuary

About This Event

A Restorative Yoga & Meditation Retreat

Silence is essential, we need silence, just as much as we need air, just as much as plants need light. If our minds are crowded with words and thoughts, there is no space for us’ Thich Nhat Hanh’


Come take sanctuary in our stunning yoga retreat. We promise to nurture you and create a safe space where you can rest, reflect and reconnect with yourself & nature. This retreat is for those of us who really want to take some time out to self-care, unwind, let go and allow yourself to be looked after.

Our retreat is a beautiful space, with our spectacular studio overlooking the sea, allowing you to watch the weather rolling in from a far. In the evening, candlelit yoga and yoga Nidra is practiced on our cosy woolen mats, often we can hear the wind whirl around the studio, whilst we relax inside. It feels like a warm nest, safe and deeply relaxing.



Throughout the accommodation there are plenty of comfortable couches to unwind in, beside fires or with a sea view, and our glass fronted barrel top sauna and our cedar wood hot tub adds an extra spa experience to your stay. We pride ourselves in making people feel at home, whether chatting in the dining room, walking the beautiful surrounding areas or being welcomed by our wonderful staff.


Every morning will begin with a healthy and nutritious breakfast, followed with a beautiful silent walk beside the sea or over a hilltop overlooking the sea.  Walking in silence is a complimentary practice to our meditation practice, the aim is to walk mindfully, letting go of the need to talk, to quote Naht Han ‘talking is who we think we are, silence is who we are.'

Returning from our walk we will head up to our exquisite glass fronted studio to enjoy a breath work practice followed by meditation and some gentle stretching and opening into our bodies.


After this practice there will be a healthy hearty lunch, lovingly prepared by our dedicated and creative kitchen team. In the afternoon there is free time for you to do as you wish, it is often a lovely opportunity to curl up on one of our comfortable couches with a book, or enjoy the sauna, or cedar wood hot tub or go explore the local area. Our intent is to encourage people to rest as much as possible and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of our retreat.

The evening practice is all about letting go. We will practice restorative yoga, which is calming for the nervous system and deeply relaxing for the mind and body. Expect to float out of this practice.

We will return to the dining room for another delicious meal, and then after dinner you can enjoy a calming yoga Nidra session before heading off for a deep relaxing sleep.

Overall this is a restorative yoga and meditation retreat. You will rest, feel nourished and develop a practice that you take with you to help you unwind and relax in your own home.

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

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.

Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • John Morrissey   February 12, 2020

      First class centre

    We has a truly wonderful weekend at the centre. I managed to get my dates wrong and arrived on the wrong weekend! Rebecca in the office did her best to accomodate us, fortunately there was a cancellation and we could stay. We hadn't booked a yoga retreat, my wife was a little anxious, not having done yoga before but she ended up really enjoying it and we booked yoga classes locally when we arrived home. The centre is beautifully appointed, very restful with a lovely peaceful athmosphere and the yoga studio is stunning with its front glass wall overlooking the sea. The cliffs of Moher are nearby and the whole area has a magical quality. The delicious vegetarian food is to die for and we can't wait to go back again soon.

  • Liz Lawler   December 11, 2019

      cliffs of moher yoga and hiking weekend

    I have just returned from my 3 rd trip to the cliffs retreat. I first went there in 2017 with some friends and as soon as the weekend is over I start thinking and planning my next retreat. The yoga, food, setting and general ambiance is just perfect. Staff are lovely and especially our teacher Derbhlea who’s gentle ways manages to accommodate all levels in her classes. I am longing for my 2020 trip already. Thank u all. Liz

  • Muireann Harte   November 13, 2019

      Hiking & Yoga Retreat

    Absolutely wonderful experience in this beautiful place. Windswept hikes, yoga that catered for all levels and felt truly nurturing and restorative, delicious food. Our teacher Dearbla had a lovely nurturing presence. Hope to come back again!

  • Siobhan Spiro   October 14, 2019

      Finding Inner Peace

    A life changing retreat. Each day started with a delicious plentiful breakfast including porridge to warm us up. This was followed by a meditation, each day with a different theme, and then yoga. Afternoons were at leisure providing the opportunity to swim, use the outdoor hot tub or sauna or just relax and read in front of a roaring fire. Evening yoga was restorative. I came to the retreat a complete yoga beginner suffering with exhaustion. I left a yoga convert feeling strong in body and mind and ready to face the challenges life throws at you. The place is simply magical and the staff are magical too. I’ve already booked to return next year. If you are looking for someone to nourish every part of you both spiritually and physically this is the place.

  • Laura Tuite   August 31, 2019

      Fantastic, exceeded expectations!

    I just took the Rest, Recover and Reflect retreat and thoroughly enjoyed it! The instructor, Michelle, was down-to-earth yet an expert and I learned so much. It can be as active or as restful as you want it to be as there are walks and sea swims (optional) as well as rest. The walk along the Cliffs of Moher was wonderful, as well as the delicious food, scenery, yoga, people, and the overall atmosphere. You really feel recharged after the experience. It's exactly as described on the website, only better and I'll be back for sure!

  • Barbara Cooney   April 22, 2019

      Absolutely bliss

    Big thanks to Michelle for being such a spiritual guide and treacher for the weekend. Accomodation couldn't be faulted and the food was superb. I found it hard to leave...

  • Colette Young   April 10, 2019


    A stunning setting on the west coast of Clare, beautifully decorated lounges with wood burning stoves always attended to. Delicious food and helpful and friendly staff. Epic yoga studio with view of the ocean. Highly recommend.

  • MC McNoodle   March 27, 2019

      Cliffs of Moher Retreat

    I loved every minute of the weekend. The calm and quiet of the area and the amazing night sky. The yoga practice each morning with an amazing view over the Atlantic was beautiful. The food was so tasty and nourishing . Having the hot tub at night under the stars was a highlight. Lovely staff and Dearbhla the yoga teacher was very knowledgeable and inspiring. Can’t wait to go back????.

  • Kathleen Cole   March 08, 2019

      Amazing Yoga Retreat

    I really enjoyed the retreat. The accommodation was superb, the food was excellent, and the yoga sessions were very good. I loved watching the sea and listening to the wind and rain. My only point to make is that the gluten free bread on the tables was not labelled as such, creating a chance of cross contamination. The same with the butter, a separate labelled dish would be good, again to avoid cross contamination. Hope to return soon.

  • Aine Ni Aichir   February 06, 2019

      2 night connect with nature retreat

    A fabulous retreat with a amazing facilities and people working there. I was made feel welcome from the off and enjoyed every moment from yoga sessions in a studio with the best view I’ve ever encountered to the lovely facilities provided and excellent food. Practicing yoga in sunrise and sunset, with a fabulous teacher Eithne, was truly a pleasure.

  • Natalie Browne   November 01, 2018

      Above and beyond my expectations

    I was extremely lucky to spend 5 days at The Cliffs of Moher Retreat for the Embracing Winter October Retreat. Everything about this most spectacular place is amazing....the owners, teachers, chefs, and staff all go above and beyond to make your stay seriously special. From the warm welcome you receive to the beautiful yoga and meditation classes, the delicious food (which way exceeded my expectations), the outdoor hot tub and sauna, surfing and swimming in the cold sea, Moher the dog, all set against the breathtaking, wild and freezing Atlantic is an experience that I will never forget. A huge thank you all at the retreat for a magical experience and I can't wait to come back!

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