A YOGA RETREAT
The practice of Yoga is a discipline of body and mind. The practice, by it's very nature encourages flexibility, calmness, wellbeing and a ritual and routine that enhances one's life! It activates the body's core, with focus on the breathing and builds strength and stamina in the process. A unique combination of mindfullness, relaxation and exertion. Having the luxury and time to partake in an extended yoga retreat that's more than just an hour, a morning, a day is a wonderful gift to oneself.
THE AWARD-WINNING BALLILOGUE STONE HAMLET
A luxury Yoga retreat deep in the Irish countryside is something that International groups of 12-14 travel to enjoy at Ballilogue, in the Kilkenny countryside. Luxury Yoga travellers come as a group from the US, Europe and Asia to Ballilogue. A group usually selected by the instructor or organisor to travel and spend 5-7 days in the tranquility and calm of the award-winning stone hamlet in Ireland's Ancient East in Spring or Autumn. It's a considered choice with it's 11 bedrooms over three houses, with organic seaweed toiletries from Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, fluffy designer towels, Egyptian cotton bedlinen and Irish made pocket sprung mattresses. The Old Dairy, the long building in the courtyard is perfect for the dedicated Yoga sessions from early morning, the stillness of the countryside, the woodburning stove and the pre-famine Cottage nearby perfect for meditation and music.
EXPLORE & RELAX
The team at Ballilogue arrange everything for a perfect stay so you can focus on the yoga, the relaxation, the experience. The meals, fully vegetarian, the best of local produce from the Kilkenny countryside or combined with fresh fish from the Atlantic coast nearby. Breakfast, lunches, wonderful dinners can be part or fully catered or a combination of Ballilogue catering, recommended restaurants and sights for days and evenings out with transport arranged.
Guided walks too each or every other day, an afternoon of exploration with the fantastic Ballilogue guide, knowledge combined with experience to journey through the hills, rivers and valleys that are lush, green and beautiful and surround Ballilogue Hamlet on all sides.
DESIGNED FOR LUXURY
A yoga retreat allows for the coming together of a group of like minded people but at Ballilogue allows too for time and space apart, given the three seperate light filled luxurious architectural spaces in three Kilkenny stone houses. Houses and spaces designed with comfort in mind. Books, objects and blankets commissioned from designers and craft makers in the Irish countryside. An exhibition space and shop too. Books on Art, Architecture, Design and Gardening. The gardens with perennial planting, orchards and wildflowers too.
CHOICE OF YOGA GURUS
The private hamlet at Ballilogue is under two hours from Dublin airport, down roads less travelled, close to the pretty village of Inistioge. It's where the rivers Nore and Barrow meet. From the US, Martha's Vineyard based yoga instructor had this to say 'Ballilogue, Kilkenny was home to my first yoga retreat in Ireland and I must say that it surpassed my expectations by a long stretch. It was absolutely perfect in every respect. It cultivated the interior quiet we needed to find. Read Mollie's review here