I received an email early one morning from Redcastle hotel inviting me to experience their yoga retreat for an entire weekend. A holistic weekend at a 4* hotel in one of the most beautiful parts of Donegal? You bet! I replied immediately accepting the offer.
I was even more delighted to be able to invite my friend and fellow yoga enthusiast, Yasmin. Yasmin has been integral to the growth of Replenish, and she was the first person who came to mind when I was told I could bring a friend. Yasmin has experienced Yoga in all its glory when she was travelling through South East Asia, so of course she was exactly the person who would appreciate this retreat as much as myself.
The retreat was guided by Tara O'Rourke, founder of SaolBo Therapies and Training based in Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin. The first word that comes to mind when I think of Tara is 'gracious'. She was passionate about every single person's experience during the yoga retreat and became a friend to everyone. She has the most calming presence and soothing voice. Tara is also a Wellness Therapist, Homeopath and Meditation teacher as well as being a Yoga teacher.
I received the itinerary and I patiently waited for Friday to come.
I practice yoga often as you'll see on my Instagram . Whilst I'm very flexible, I like to work on my strength and balance as having inner ear problems can inhibit my balance in general. Yoga is part of my 'Replenish Lifestyle' that I lead, and encourage others to lead in order to yield optimum mental health and wellbeing.
From the first Yoga practice on the Friday until the very final practice on Sunday morning, I had never felt more at peace, both physically and mentally.
Tara educated us in every aspect of the various types of Yoga we were practicing. Her passion for what she was teaching enlightened me just as much as the learning of the importance of 'Pranayama Practice'. Prana is 'life force' and the sources of Prana are vital to our wellbeing, whether that is through our food, air quality and environment. So, Yasmin and I decided to go a walk in Moville for some good quality Donegal Prana after our practice on Saturday.
I also thoroughly enjoyed our 'Mantra with Intentions' session as I had never experienced doing anything like that before. We did Chakra Meditations with Mudras and Mantras and by the end of the session I felt relaxed yet, re-engerised.
For two mornings and two evenings Redcastle hotel provided the utmost quality of food that I found enhanced our experience even more. We sat, as a group, along the tables provided for us and we exchanged stories with each other, laughed and truly enjoyed each other's company.
|View from our hotel room|
|Ready for Yoga|
|There WERE strawberries...but I ate them.|
|Our Yoga room for the weekend|
|Yasmin getting ready for some flow|
|There's my balance away...|
|A walk in Moville|
|Don't pretend like you don't run for dinner as well|
|Tea by the Sea|
Even if Yoga isn't your 'thing', just to experience a weekend in Redcastle Hotel is enough to help you unwind.
Thank to you Tara for making me feel renewed and to The Redcastle Hotel, and of course Feleena, for your unprecedented service and care.
Keep an eye out on The Redcastle website for their next retreat and offers:
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