LUGHNASA: RITE OF HARVEST - A Celtic Wheel Retreat
About This Event
Join Mari for a long weekend of yoga, mediation, walks in nature and delicious food!
The festival of Lughnasa, one of the 8 festivals in the Celtic calendar, was a joyful time when the Celtic people gathered to celebrate the harvest. The festival marks the transition between the summer and harvest season. At Lughnasa our Celtic ancestors assembled at a hill or hilltop to celebrate the first fruits of the harvest and honour the God Lugh, “the Samildanach”(the many gifted one). The word Lughnasa means Lugh’s Assembly.
Until the twentieth century, it was customary throughout Ireland for people to gather at a local beauty spot to meet with neighbours, gather fruit or flowers, make garlands and celebrate the gifts of the harvest.
These excursions took place on the last Sunday of July or the first two Sundays in August, and were known variously as ‘Bilberry Sunday ’or ‘Garland Sunday’, in Irish, Domhnach na bhFraocháin. The Irish word for bilberry is fraughan and they are the first of the wild berries to ripen.
According to Alexei Kondratiev the mood of Lughnasa’s celebration was always “one of exuberance and joy” (Celtic Rituals). The practice of joy and exuberance are rare in our contemporary culture. We rush from project to project, one task to the next rarely stopping to give thanks, celebrate our achievements and bask in the joy. Our default is to “just keep going”, so it’s a radical practice to stop, take stock and celebrate in the way our ancestors did.
Over this 4-day long weekend, we will mark the festival of harvest by gathering to explore our relationship to joy and take time to celebrate our many gifts and blessings. The truth is there are many things in our lives to celebrate and appreciate but because we are hardwired for negativity, we rarely stop to count our blessings and experience the joy.
We will take the time to consciously “let the good in” and begin to rewire our neurology for joy as we gather, practice yoga and meditation, feast on amazing food, jump into the sea, walk in wonder along the Cliffs of Moher, celebrate Lughnasa on a hilltop in the Burren, rest, connect and retreat.
“If you want to feel more joy have more experiences of joy”
Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist
You choose how to retreat. Choose to sleep in or to meditate. Go back to bed after breakie or jump on your mat, find a quiet rock with your book or come for a hike.
What’s not to EnJOY!
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.
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
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!