Year round (excl. Summer)
Gort,Co Galway, Ireland - next bookings from Sept 2018
From €50 per night
Unplugged in the wilderness
Meet yourself through deep
Ever felt the longing to be on your own for a while?
Give yourself the gift of time….time spent by yourself for yourself!
Need to find answers…
Make decisions and create a new vision for your future.
Dare to meet your wonderful self?
Unplugged Solitude Retreats
Shape your personal retreat
3, 5 or 7 Nights
Total Recluse with no contact to others at all
Solitude with limited one to one contact with facilitators
May include supportive and complimentary activities
Ascetic Solitude: fasting with natural spring water from well
Juicy Solitude: juices, smoothies, herb teas and spring water
Home-grown Solitude: healthy, vegetarian or vegan farm food
We invite you to stay for a minimum of 3 nights in a cosy 4m (14′) diameter Bell Tent equipped with futon bed, sheepskins, stove, carpeted floor and kettle.
There’s a fire pit and natural spring well in your camp site for your water supply.
Your hermitage is in a secluded, designated area in which you shall remain unless you make other arrangements with facilitators.
You will be completely unplugged and without electricity.
The wilderness will be your home.
When we immerse ourself in Silence we become aware of the depth of this ever flowing moment and this infinite space we share and are an intrinsic part of.
A sense of Peace, Freedom and Belonging can arise from within when we give ourselves the permission to just be still and listen and allow everything to simply be as it is, right here and right now.
We hold sacred space for you
The camp in general is a non-sectarian space. We are all about reconnecting people with nature and self.
You can shape your personal Solitude Retreat, according to your needs, in regards to the kind of detox and the depth and length of the solitude you require. Physical and digital detox, fasting or pure organic, whatever you need.
We are happy to support your inner journey by holding a safe space for you and offer care and guidance from our resources within and around the farm.
Your Options For Solitude
Be completely unplugged with no contact to others at all (apart from daily ‘moving the stone’ as a safety signal to your facilitators).
You may bring your journal, art material, books, an acoustic instrument.
Solitude with Support
Completely unplugged, limited one to one contact with facilitators of your chosen supportive activities at your hermitage.
See activities detailed below.
Retreats of 3, 5 or 7 nights in the hermitage camp.
These supportive and complimentary activities will be facilitated for you one on one at the hermitage. Choose from:
Yoga, Meditation, Nature Therapy Guided Walks, Medicine Walks, Animal Imagery, Dance of Life, Nature Schooling, Nature Arts & Crafts, Campfire Storytelling & Stargazing, Massage, Acupuncture, Sound Therapy.
Ascetic Solitude: fasting with natural spring water from well only.
Juicy Solitude: juices, smoothies, herb teas and spring water only. We supply the freshly made juices and smoothies, and provide you with herbal teas and water
Home-grown Solitude: healthy, vegetarian or vegan farm food, served at your hermitage. Ask us, lets talk about your needs.
Once we have received your enquiry we will reply with a quotation for your self designed retreat. We have flexible terms for payment from deposit to full payment. We will send payment methods when you are ready to pay.
Once your reservation is complete we will send you a link to a questionnaire for information we need in order to ensure your comfort and safety while in solitude. This information will be treated with the utmost respect and privacy.
Base rate for Solitude Retreats: €50 /night
Rates for retreat options and activities are upon application and vary depending on your selections and availability.
Our Solitude Retreats do not follow any particular schedule of availability. We like to offer this experience outside of our busy periods (Sept-April) to ensure the quality of your solitude and our ability to support you.
In general these retreats are possible from Easter through to early June and again in September. But this may vary, so please send an enquiry for your preferences and we’ll get back to you promptly.
Activities-Choose from the below list of activities to incorporate into your personalised retreat.
Yoga, Meditation & Breath
Yoga, meditation and breath work sessions can be sprinkled throughout the duration of the retreat, led by our experienced instructor Marion Edler. Marion teaches the Satyananda Yoga System, based on the Tantric system, which is one of the oldest sciences’ and philosophies of man exploring the process of expansion of mind, energy and consciousness.
It is a holistic system, developing body, mind and spirit. The key is awareness and equanimity as one moves deeper inwards to get in touch with ones true nature, rather than the identification with the conditioned personality. The benefits for the physical body are more a welcomed side effect rather than it’s purpose.
While this Yoga system is appropriate for beginners and advanced Yoga practitioners, participants on this retreat should have some prior basic Yoga experience.
Nature Therapy Walks
True nature connection provides the purest and deepest source of wellness. Nature connection happens by opening up to the senses rather than entertaining the mind. Since the ill-effects of our technological era have become obvious, we acknowledge the essential need of humans for direct nature connection.
Nature and Forest Therapy Guides are trained to lead and accompany walkers into a deeper experience of nature than most people will allow themselves when simply going for a walk. Guides learn techniques and approaches to nature that they invite their fellow walkers to experience, each leading to a slowing down into the present moment where one’s perception is enhanced and expanded beyond the edges of their usual experience. We invite you to experience nature in ways that release restrictions to sense perception, and encourage you to perceive with additional senses, that for many of us in modern times remain forgotten, under utilised and potentially uncomfortable.
ReNature Retreats are multi-faceted and cultivate a heart based experience of life whereby the mind is regarded as a tool, rather than the author of our story. Mindfulness practices and approaches are not about being caught up in the mind and thinking. Rather such approaches are about being aware of all things, all thoughts and emotions as they arise and pass. Awareness + wisdom in dispassionate compassion.
Furthermore, a mindful approach encompasses awareness of the why, or the causation behind the arising of thought and emotion and how these influence one’s choices and actions in the present moment. We encourage our participants to bring this approach into all daily activities and experiences, from our Yoga practices to our wanderings to the way in which we eat and perceive abundance. We offer it this way; Where is the mind now? And what is it doing?
Nature Arts & Crafts
We take great joy in in our nature arts and crafts, it’s so much fun! So simple, so easily accessible, so rewarding. Tactile fun, working with our hands, senses and creativity to make what ever is in us to do. Playful, engaging and wonderful for group bonding. We make space to liberate our playful natures and be like children again, being and playing with anything we can find in nature and shaping it with our creativity.
Working with nature’s shapes and materials is more than being creative. It is releasing, relaxing and research demonstrates, it is directly effective on physical, mental and emotional well being. The simple act of playing with soil with our hands can be emotionally and physically restorative, let alone playing with clay, wood, living willow, plants, seeds, nuts, fruits, leaves and many other materials.
Camp Fire & Storytelling
Our Hogan round house is a rustic off-grid structure that serves as a kitchen and dining cabin for ecotourists and campers. We use it on our retreats for camp fire nights. The Hogan is based on a North American Indian round house and is equipped with a chimney hole in the centre of the roof structure. This allows for indoor camp fires even in bad weather.
Around the camp fire we can spend evenings enjoying storytelling and impromptu music. We encourage participants to bring instruments, song and performance with them to share around the fire. Group built, round the fire stories are a great laugh and often inspiring. Marshmallows and camp fire bread are a treat. Or simply a quiet night remembering ages past gazing into the camp fire, so simple yet so nurturing. And often just simply great craic!
Healing vibrations – 1.5 hours sound journey into deep relaxation!
Be bathed in the sounds and vibrations of Tibetan Singing Bowls, Mantras, Tim shas, Wind Gong, Shakers & Energy Chime Bars. Let go and feel your body, mind & soul relax and harmonise to the frequencies of the instruments. These vibrations help to rejuvenate your body, inducing a deep, meditative state.
This is a wonderful experience for those seeking rejuvenation and relaxation, it will be grounding and bring you back into your body, sensations and vibrations. There are no known negative effects from sound energy healing and there is research demonstrating benefits.
Please let us know if you’re on any medication, in the early of stages pregnancy or have a pacemaker.
Catering is totally vegetarian and we do our utmost to accommodate all dietary regimes. Prepared for you by our very own resident staff, all meals will use ingredients sourced either from our own organic gardens, or local sources.
You will delight in the food we prepare with love and care each day. Our approach to catering for our events is that the food we eat and prepare for our guests should be as nourishing as our reconnection to nature.
The food combined with the energy absorbed from the natural surroundings is essential to a deeper, more regenerating experience.
Words can not describe adequately enough the effect our animals have on all who visit our farm. They are part of our family, integral to the running of the place and our relationship with the land.
An ever present source of fun and companionship our animals are wise healers. Their innate ability to sense the needs of we people, and their loving natures are evident in the smiles of faces, and words of many visitors.
Our loving dogs, horses, cats, sheep, chickens and ducks keep us grounded and remind us constantly of our completeness in nature. It is our pleasure to introduce you to them all and to share in their naturally wise and loving company.
" What a blessing and privilege it was to be a participant this past weekend at the retreat! The kindness of our hosts and everyone was so very special, the setting was just magical, the delicious food, the yoga lessons, nature therapy walks, arts, animal therapy, and the beautiful new friendships we built with the other participants made everything truly special and deeply empowering.,Highly recommend!" - Areil A - April 2018
"If you've ever wondered what it's like to experience a little magic, reconnect with the beauty of nature, disconnect from the pressures of modern life and re-emerge as a newly energised, truly whole individual with reawakened sensuality then you need wonder no more.
The renature yoga retreat is the perfect antidote to the modern malaise. Marian and Flor's wisdom, expertise and gentle guidance made me feel at ease. From the second I arrived I felt at home. Physically, spiritually and emotionally nurtured.
As a child I dreamed of magic faraway trees and enchanted woods. I found them. Turns out this eco farm has been keeping them safe.
Go see for yourself. Discover a new place, new friends and a new you. I loved every second. You will too." Helen M - April 2018
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