Food Experience Retreat with Steph Sheahan
About This Event
Food Experience Workshops, Ocean Walks, Mindfulness Meditations and Moving & Relaxing in our Yoga Studio
Our Food Experience Retreats will give a holistic appreciation of food – taking you from the garden, to the kitchen to the dining table. With slowing down and connecting back to nature, food and ourselves being the central focus of the retreat the schedule will include:
– Practical hands-on cookery demonstrations
– The establishment of a simple recipe repertoire to take home
– Tips on developing your wholefood pantry for ease of cooking at home
– Design guidelines on creating a calm cooking and eating environment
– Foraging Walks to gather nature’s seasonal abundance in local hedgerows and along the seashore to be used as medicine in our cooking
– A guided eating meditation that can be practiced at home
– Embodied relaxation session
What is a food experience?
It is an encounter between a person and food. Food experiences happen all the time but often we miss them as we hurry through our day. Taking the time to slow down and connect back to nature and the food we eat can greatly deepen our experience of food. Food experiences take many forms and include preparing a meal from scratch for friends and family, growing some herbs on your window sill, foraging in a hedgerow (time of year dependent), visiting a local farmers market or going out to your favourite restaurant for a meal. There are so many moments throughout the day where we can experience and appreciate food more mindfully. The Food Experience retreats create an environment and opportunity to slow down and tune into the gifts of edible nature that are to be savoured in our everyday life.
What will we be doing in our cookery sessions?
The intention for our cookery sessions is for guests to come away feeling more connected, inspired and competent. We will begin some of our sessions in the organic gardens where will see where and how food is grown and harvest the seasonal abundance for our cooking. We then make our way to the kitchen where we prepare food in a sensual and hands-on way. Guests will be encouraged to get involved in the food preparation and to tune into their senses, tasting, smelling and feeling their way through the food-making process. Guidelines will be provided to equip guests with developing a whole food pantry, a calm cooking and eating environment and how to use these practical everyday activities as a meditation.
Unique to these Food Experience Retreats is our workshops with Steph Sheahan. Steph is a Food Experience Designer and your time with her will be so much more than simply learning to cook. Steph has created a food experience based on the Sensuality, Spirituality and Simplicity of edible nature, cooking and eating. Steph excels in the creativity and approachability of our relationship with food, and her purpose is to empower you. Her expertise focuses on mindful eating, cooking as meditation and connecting to the experience with body and mind. For more about Steph please see her website Rituals of Plate.
Dinner is where we will impress you and show you how elaborate and fantastical plant based eating can be – our chefs doing what they do best!
What will I get from the retreat?
A more holistic appreciation of food - Space to slow down and deepen your relationship with food, nature and your body – An opportunity to reflect on your own personal wellness needs - A simple recipe repertoire to take home - Inspiration and practical guidelines for a more calm, creative and mindful cooking and eating experience
Who is this for?
These retreats are for anyone wanting to deepen their connection with food, nature and themselves.
Venue HighlightsOur 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.
AccommodationsLooking 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
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Hot Tub
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
Menu/CuisineOur 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.
DirectionsOur 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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