Bhakti Yoga:
Live like a Monk  weekend

Friday March 22nd -
Sunday March 24th 2019




   Ayurveda, the ancient Vedic health system recommends massage and therapies as a being beneficial to one's health -  even for monks!  So various aromatherapy massages, Indian head massage, sound therapy, etc are available by appointment. See here for details. €35 for 50-mins. We recommend early arrival for this.




Tai Chi with Frances,

followed by meditation with Tim


Introduction to Japa meditation. Japa is the soft Japapersonal chanting of mantra, generally using
wooden chanting beads.
It is a daily practise of monks. This meditation assists oneself with mindfulness practise. Focusing and paying attention to the holy sound brings a sense of peace and contentment.


9.00pm approx.         We recommend you go to bed early. 



 Wake up bell, followed by japa-yoga: meditation from 6.00am, using sacred wooden mantra beads.



Leave for ferry trip to island and visit temple using the temple's ferry boat. The crossing takes 4-minutes. 




Greeting of the Deities in Temple (some spiritual music arranged by the famous musician George Harrison is played during a short meditation, followed by sacred chant music)





Temple morning lecture based on ancient Vedic texts  



 We will be doing some Meditation Walking with japa beads around the forest track on the island



  9.45am  Breakfast, followed by a Rest period back at the retreat house


  Practical work, like working on the land weeding and helping in the production of organic vegetables

(1 hour 30mins)

  1.45pm  Lunch


 Depart for the Killeshandra forest park walk.
30 mins of this 1-hour 15 mins walk will be dedicated to japa walking meditation.





Arrive back at retreat centre


Return from the walks, relax, chat, massages, etc. Dinner available from 6.45pm.

   Early morning: time to reflect, read, explore outdoors, meditate or chant on beads - as you wish.

 8.30am  Hatha-Yoga .... yoga exercises for health and well-being. Suitable for beginners.

 9.50am  Breakfast


Meditative Visualization with Tim


12.10pm  Cross to island for temple sacred chant music and just to relax on the island. This is the normal day-visiting time for visitors in any week.

 1.00pm  (optional) Talk on the Vedic philosophy of ancient India. You may also use this time, or part of this time to explore around the 22-acre wooded island.


The Sunday feast in the temple. An image of this is below.

Sunday Feast_8


 3.00pm  Return back to mainland and departure

lake isle mist

Above: Inish Rath Island at the crack of dawn - the perfect surroundings for meditation

 Optional: Therapies available

  • Aromatherapy full-body massage 
  • Indian head massage 
  • Reiki energy healing 
  • Reflexology (healing and massage of the feet) 
  • Head, neck and shoulders massage
  • Aromatouch
  • Sound therapy 

All therapies available at the rate of €35 for a 50 minute session.



   All prices include:

  • Accommodation for the duration of retreat
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and complimentary herbal teas every day
  • All classes and workshops   

     Fees for this retreat:

  • £170 (Sterling) or €190 (Euro) per person in shared accommodation
  • £190 or €220 single room  
  • Option to stay Sunday night for €35 / £30 



 How to Book:

(1) Email us to let us know your requirements and to check availability.

(2) If you decide to book we ask for a deposit of €100 per person.

Email and Payment options here - Contact and booking



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