The Clown Within

When and where?

When: Friday 9th – Sunday 11th August

Where: Mulvarra House in St Mullins. You can get directions from our website contact page

Cost: from €430

To book: Call Ruth on 087 9936418

/or email

Your teacher:
ruth lehane

About Ruth

Ruth has a BA in Drama from Trinity College Dublin. She also studied for two years at École Jacques Lecoq in Paris where she completed their two year specialised programme in Physical Theatre. It was at École Jacques Lecoq that Ruth became interested in the relevance of physical awareness, how we present and express ourselves, in everyday life. The analysis and control of body language is recognised as an essential skill in the business world.

Ruth’s unique range of experience makes her workshops highly interactive, fun and energising.

the clown within weekend workshop

Friday 9th – Sunday 11th august

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” – Martha Graham.

This inspirational workshop is led by expert Ruth Lehane and influenced by both European & Native American approaches to clown.

The Focus: This workshop focuses on the freedom given by the red nose which allows us to discover more about who we really are in essence, at our core. When we drop the accumulated perceptions of who we think we should be, a door opens to a place where we can reveal our true selves without judgement and where anything can happen.

The Aim: Through various preparatory exercises influenced by both European and Native American approaches to clown, the participants will access the many colours of their individual palette and allow them to shine through, for example; light/darkness; joy/pain; frivolity/seriousness; disappointment and delight. Once the various facets of the clown are discovered, we can then bring them to a state of play.    

Ruth’s unique range of experience makes her workshops exciting, challenging, inspirational and fun!

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Room type Price (sharing, per person)
Room 1 – Triple room with two single beds and a double bed, ensuite.€ 440
Room 2 – Twin room with two single beds, ensuite€ 460
Room 3 – Twin room with two single beds, ensuite€ 460
Room 4 – Twin room with a single bed and a double bed, ensuite€ 460
Room 5 – Twin room with a single bed and a double bed, ensuite€ 460
Room 6 (downstairs without a river view)- Twin room with two single beds, ensuite€ 430
Single Occupancy (only available for room 2 and 6)€70 supplement

– 2 Nights stay in one of our comfortable ensuite bedrooms

– All meals and drinks during your stay

– All workshop sessions

The closest public transport is the bus or train from Dublin or Waterford to Thomastown . From Thomastown there are taxis available (cost is 25-30 Euros)

In order to book one of the places on the retreat, you can either email (, text or call us (087-9936418).  Please note that a non-refundable deposit of €100 must be paid in order to secure a place on the retreat.

The Breathing Space studio

This large, light-filled space has commanding views over the Barrow River and surrounding forests, as well as the 7th century monastic settlement of St Mullins itself.  Although it was designed specifically to function as a yoga studio and mediatation space,  it supports multiple uses. It features  a special infra red heating system and a full complement of yoga equipment.

The food experience on the retreat

At Mulvarra, we are very excited about food. Excited about where it comes from, how it is grown, how it is prepared, who you eat it with. As we are still in the early stages of developing Mulvarra and its Breathing Space, we are currently using fresh ingredients and organic food where we can but in the future we will grow our own food.We generally stick to vegetarian cooking in Mulvarra, although we are flexible and also cater to a variety of dietary restrictions. Vegetarian cooking is so versatile, you really don’t miss that piece of meat on your plate when it’s not there. Whatever your thoughts are on the topic, there is no denying that the meat production in most countries is not sustainable and certainly not animal friendly. When we do, very occasionally, prepare meat dishes we make sure it’s organically sourced

Food Highlights

  • Full board accommodation
  • All meals and drinks included
  • healthy energy snacks
  • Food is all vegetarian and organic produce


St Mullins: The backdrop to the retreat

  • A unique chance to experience the magic of St Mullins, known as the jewel of the Barrow
  • 7th century monastic site
  • 12th century Norman motte
  • Vibrant cafe and river community
  • Proximity to hikes in Blackstairs mountains and numerous river and forest nature walks