Mulvarra House | Workshop and Retreat Centre St Mullins

Reconnect!

When and where?

When: Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd August 

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

Cost: €360 p.p single / €310 p.p sharing

To book: Click the button below

/or call us on 051 424936

/or email info@mulvarra.com

Your teacher:
Tim Dawson

Tim is a qualified 200-hour yoga teacher.  He has spent long periods studying and practising yoga in India, where he gained his teaching qualification in 2012.

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Your foodie guide:
Linda Huskes

Linda is an enthusiastic food lover who prepares all of Mulvarra’s meals from scratch. Having spent hours and hours in the kitchen, perfecting her meals and trying out recipes, she is now ready to share her experiences with you.

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Reconnect - a Retreat weekend of yoga, nature and self care

21st - 23rd August

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”

Eckhart Tolle

Are you suffering from zoom fatigue? Lockdown stress, cabin fever? Like most of us you may have found the last three months to be a particularly challenging time. The extra pressures of lockdown combined with lack of access for many to our go-to pressure valves (be it a yoga class, chilling out in good company or just a walk in the hills) have taken a toll on our sense of wellbeing.

While we were all grateful for the technology which  allowed us to avoid isolation, there are only so many instagram yoga classes and zoom pub quizes we can do before we realise something is missing. If we ask ourselves what we really miss, it is that the sense of real connectedness which only comes from sharing the same space with other human beings.

Join us for this three day shared immersive journey exploring yoga, nature and self care. Surrounded by the superbly unspoiled natural beauty of St Mullins and  the Barrow River valley, we step away from technology and reconnect once more on a deeper level.  We mark this high summer weekend with an open heart and mind.

Using nature as our primary guide, we learn how to slow right down using different mindfulness techniques. Some of the techniques we explore include the Japanese art of Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing  and a range of yoga styles from Hatha and Vinyasa Flow to Yin yoga. Meditation will be another focus of the weekend and we will experience a range of different Meditation approaches. There will be an optional talk on nutrition and health followed by a cookery demonstration.

Mulvarra’s hosts Tim and Linda are looking forward to welcoming you. Tim will guide you through some dynamic yoga sessions in the morning and afternoon and relaxing yin and yoga nidra/meditation sessions in the evening.

Highlights

  • 5 yoga classes
  • Optional  food demonstration
  • Suitable for beginners and all fitness levels
  • All meals included
  • 2 nights accommodation (shared and unshared accommodation options available)

Read more about this event

This event is suitable for all fitness and ability levels, no experience of yoga or meditation is expected. Don’t  worry that you might not have sufficient flexibility or fitness: learning to work each of us within our unique sets of capabilities will be the emphasis in the studio. So, this is the perfect opportunity to try a very powerful science of movement in a very supportive and non-competitive environment.  Or perhaps you have been practising yoga yourself or in a class for some time but would like to go back to the first principles to reinforce your understanding of the basic building blocks of yoga.

Not all of us are blessed with a yoga body, so it is natural to feel a sense of trepidation about the prospect of being surrounded in a yoga class by a group of picture perfect yoginis. We all have a tendency to compare ourselves, often unfavourably, to those around us. Luckily, with yoga, the reality is that those of us who least conform to those idealised images on the covers of yoga magazines and Instagram are exactly the people who have the most to gain from yoga:

  • Increased flexibility and suppleness
  • Relief from joint and muscular pain
  • Improved circulation
  • Reinvigorated immune system
  • Relief from stress and anxiety
  • Better concentration and focus
  • Rebalanced appetite/ relief from food cravings
  • Improved sleep patterns

Yoga is also as much about mental relaxation as about the physical exertion, which is another reason why Tim encourages everyone to accept where they are physically.  So, if you can’t touch your toes, this might just be the right yoga workshop for you. Modifications of the basic poses will be suggested so that everyone can derive similar benefits from the poses.

The kayaking excursion will happen on Saturday morning. No prior experience of kayaking or canoeing is required, as the stretch of river we will be traveling flows at a very leisurely pace, giving you ample opportunity to sit back and take in the gorgeous scenery as you float through it.

Food is another vital component of this special experience and we spare no efforts to bring you the healthiest and most delicious vegetarian food, all made by Linda. We can also cater for a wide variety of dietary restrictions with advance notice.

Also important is that we have time to digest, both physically and mentally. To that end we have been careful to build in provision for downtime. Mulvarra looks down on a path which stretches alongside the Barrow River for over 100 Km and passes through some of the most beautiful river scenery in all of Ireland. The perfect tool in fact for passing time with your thoughts while letting the natural splendour of the Barrow River calm you.

And then, there is…. Breath. Part of the weekend will be given over to a discussion of the concept of Prana and how it relates to both yoga and meditation. Prana and breathing are very closely related, and we will also learn some practical techniques for directly working with our prana using different breathing techniques or Prananyama. Lastly and very much not least, sleep is crucial both physically (for the rest it provides our bodies) and psychologically (for the mental shift it achieves, allowing our unconscious to come out and play). Rest assured you will have sound sleep and lots of it while you stay at Mulvarra.  And if sleep has been eluding you of late, you may find that the yogic practice of yoga nidra, another strand of the weekend, has real benefits for you. All in all a very rich tapestry woven together seamlessly, and delivered in a relaxed and very down to earth environment by your hosts, Tim and Linda. Sure what else would you be doing? 

Coronavirus guidelines

We are all learning how to deal with the current circumstances.

It is very important to us that everyone feels safe and that you can enjoy your stay here without feeling nervous or anxious.

As HSE and Government guidelines are bound to change over the coming months, we will make sure to implement these changes as they occur.

We have taken all the necessary precautions so we would appreciate it if you take some time to read through them so that you know what to expect from us and what we would expect from you. In this way, we can all enjoy the peace and tranquillity that Mulvarra House offers.

We recommend you read our full guidelines here . This page also explains the thinking behind  our policies, and above all, how we are approaching reopening as safely as possible.

Schedule
Saturday, 24 October
  
From 4.30pm Arrival, settle in with tea and a delicious treat.
6.00pm First yoga session
7.30pm Dinner
8.30pm Yoga nidra session
9.00pm Close. Retire to your room, sit at the stove in our cosy living room, read a book, journal, get a good night’s sleep
   
Sunday, 25 October   
7.00am Yoga asanas
8.15am Breakfast
10.00am Kayaking excursion
2.00pm Lunch
3.00pm Free time
5.30pm Yoga session
7.30pm Dinner
8.30pm Yoga nidra session
9.00pm Close. Retire to your room, sit at the stove in our cosy living room, read a book, journal, get a good night’s sleep
   
Monday, 26 October   
7.30am Optional river walk: can you spot an otter?
8.30am Yoga session
10.30am Brunch
12.00 Closing ceremony
Accommodation and Prices

In the interest of  maintaining  as safe an environment as possible, we can  only offer one shared room for our  retreats. This is also because we think it would be unreasonable to expect our guests to be willing to share a room with someone they don’t know while the current situation persists.

The shared room can only be booked by people who book this room with one other person (so friends, couples or relatives). All the other five rooms can only be booked as a single room. All our rooms are en-suite rooms. 

Shared double room, en-suite bathroom – Sharing with 1 other person – €310 p.p for the weekend. Single room, en-suite bathroom – €360 for the weekend. 

What’s included

– 2 Nights stay in one of our comfortable ensuite bedrooms – All meals and drinks during your stay – All yoga classes/meditation sessions/ walks/ talks

How to get here

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)

Your teacher

Tim Dawson Tim favours a gentle approach to yoga with poses being held and emphasis on breath focus. Students blessed with greater flexibilty are invited to go deeper into poses, but overall everyone in the class should feel comfortable with where their body is at. Tim trained as a teacher in Classical Hatha Yoga at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in Trimbakeshwar district in India, where he also trained as a Yoga Therapist. He occasionally integrates Pilates elements within classes in order to give more of an energetic workout to core muscles. Tim’s overall approach to Yoga flows from Patanjali’s second Yoga Sutra: ‘Yoga chitta vritti nirodhah’: Yoga is the Stilling of the Mind Waves.

Payment Options

In order to book one of the places on the retreat, you must go through the booking form and choose one of our accommodation options by clicking on the booking link at the bottom of this page. Please note that a 30% deposit must be paid in order to secure a place on the retreat. If you are unable to attend the retreat this deposit is refundable, and as long as you notify us within three weeks of the retreat, we will refund your deposit (less a 25 Euros cancellation fee to cover administration costs). However if the cancellation is inside 3 weeks of the start of the retreat, refunding of the deposit cannot be guaranteed, as it is contingent upon being able to fill your 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.

When and where?

When: Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd August 

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

Cost: €360 p.p single / €310 p.p sharing

To book: Click the button below

/or call us on 051 424936

/or email info@mulvarra.com

Your teacher:
Tim Dawson

Tim is a qualified 200-hour yoga teacher.  He has spent long periods studying and practising yoga in India, where he gained his teaching qualification in 2012.

.

Your foodie guide:
Linda Huskes

Linda is an enthusiastic food lover who prepares all of Mulvarra’s meals from scratch. Having spent hours and hours in the kitchen, perfecting her meals and trying out recipes, she is now ready to share her experiences with you.

.

an immersive journey into yoga, nutrition, and wellness

3 day workshop 21st - 23rd August

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”

Eckhart Tolle

Are you suffering from zoom fatigue? Lockdown stress, cabin fever? Like most of us you may have found the last three months to be a particularly challenging time. The extra pressures of lockdown combined with lack of access for many to our go-to pressure valves (be it a yoga class, chilling out in good company or just a walk in the hills) have taken a toll on our sense of wellbeing.

While we were all grateful for the technology which  allowed us to avoid isolation, there are only so many instagram yoga classes and zoom pub quizes we can do before we realise something is missing. If we ask ourselves what we really miss, it is that the sense of real connectedness which only comes from sharing the same space with other human beings.

Join us for this three day shared immersive journey exploring yoga, nature and self care. Surrounded by the superbly unspoiled natural beauty of St Mullins and  the Barrow River valley, we step away from technology and reconnect once more on a deeper level.  We mark this high summer weekend with an open heart and mind.

Using nature as our primary guide, we learn how to slow right down using different mindfulness techniques. Some of the techniques we explore include the Japanese art of Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing  and a range of yoga styles from Hatha and Vinyasa Flow to Yin yoga. Meditation will be another focus of the weekend and we will experience a range of different Meditation approaches. There will be an optional talk on nutrition and health followed by a cookery demonstration.

Mulvarra’s hosts Tim and Linda are looking forward to welcoming you. Tim will guide you through some dynamic yoga sessions in the morning and afternoon and relaxing yin and yoga nidra/meditation sessions in the evening.

Highlights

  • 5 yoga classes
  • Optional food demonstration
  • Suitable for beginners and all fitness levels
  • All meals included
  • 2 nights accommodation (shared and unshared accommodation options available)

 

Read more about this event

This event is suitable for all fitness and ability levels, no experience of yoga or meditation is expected. Don’t  worry that you might not have sufficient flexibility or fitness: learning to work each of us within our unique sets of capabilities will be the emphasis in the studio. So, this is the perfect opportunity to try a very powerful science of movement in a very supportive and non-competitive environment.  Or perhaps you have been practising yoga yourself or in a class for some time but would like to go back to the first principles to reinforce your understanding of the basic building blocks of yoga.

Not all of us are blessed with a yoga body, so it is natural to feel a sense of trepidation about the prospect of being surrounded in a yoga class by a group of picture perfect yoginis. We all have a tendency to compare ourselves, often unfavourably, to those around us. Luckily, with yoga, the reality is that those of us who least conform to those idealised images on the covers of yoga magazines and Instagram are exactly the people who have the most to gain from yoga:

  • Increased flexibility and suppleness
  • Relief from joint and muscular pain
  • Improved circulation
  • Reinvigorated immune system
  • Relief from stress and anxiety
  • Better concentration and focus
  • Rebalanced appetite/ relief from food cravings
  • Improved sleep patterns

Yoga is also as much about mental relaxation as about the physical exertion, which is another reason why Tim encourages everyone to accept where they are physically.  So, if you can’t touch your toes, this might just be the right yoga workshop for you. Modifications of the basic poses will be suggested so that everyone can derive similar benefits from the poses.

The kayaking excursion will happen on Saturday morning. No prior experience of kayaking or canoeing is required, as the stretch of river we will be traveling flows at a very leisurely pace, giving you ample opportunity to sit back and take in the gorgeous scenery as you float through it.

Food is another vital component of this special experience and we spare no efforts to bring you the healthiest and most delicious vegetarian food, all made by Linda. We can also cater for a wide variety of dietary restrictions with advance notice.

Also important is that we have time to digest, both physically and mentally. To that end we have been careful to build in provision for downtime. Mulvarra looks down on a path which stretches alongside the Barrow River for over 100 Km and passes through some of the most beautiful river scenery in all of Ireland. The perfect tool in fact for passing time with your thoughts while letting the natural splendour of the Barrow River calm you.

And then, there is…. Breath. Part of the weekend will be given over to a discussion of the concept of Prana and how it relates to both yoga and meditation. Prana and breathing are very closely related, and we will also learn some practical techniques for directly working with our prana using different breathing techniques or Prananyama. Lastly and very much not least, sleep is crucial both physically (for the rest it provides our bodies) and psychologically (for the mental shift it achieves, allowing our unconscious to come out and play). Rest assured you will have sound sleep and lots of it while you stay at Mulvarra.  And if sleep has been eluding you of late, you may find that the yogic practice of yoga nidra, another strand of the weekend, has real benefits for you. All in all a very rich tapestry woven together seamlessly, and delivered in a relaxed and very down to earth environment by your hosts, Tim and Linda. Sure what else would you be doing? 

Coronavirus guidelines

We are all learning how to deal with the current circumstances.

It is very important to us that everyone feels safe and that you can enjoy your stay here without feeling nervous or anxious.

As HSE and Government guidelines are bound to change over the coming months, we will make sure to implement these changes as they occur.

We have taken all the necessary precautions so we would appreciate it if you take some time to read through them so that you know what to expect from us and what we would expect from you. In this way, we can all enjoy the peace and tranquillity that Mulvarra House offers.

We recommend you read our full guidelines here . This page also explains the thinking behind  our policies, and above all, how we are approaching reopening as safely as possible.

Schedule
Saturday, 24 October
  
From 4.30pm Arrival, settle in with tea and a delicious treat.
6.00pm First yoga session
7.30pm Dinner
8.30pm Yoga nidra session
9.00pm Close. Retire to your room, sit at the stove in our cosy living room, read a book, journal, get a good night’s sleep
   
Sunday, 25 October   
7.00am Yoga asanas
8.15am Breakfast
10.00am Kayaking excursion
2.00pm Lunch
3.00pm Free time
5.30pm Yoga session
7.30pm Dinner
8.30pm Yoga nidra session
9.00pm Close. Retire to your room, sit at the stove in our cosy living room, read a book, journal, get a good night’s sleep
   
Monday, 26 October   
7.30am Optional river walk: can you spot an otter?
8.30am Yoga session
10.30am Brunch
12.00 Closing ceremony
Accommodation and Prices

In the interest of  maintaining  as safe an environment as possible, we can  only offer one shared room for our  retreats. This is also because we think it would be unreasonable to expect our guests to be willing to share a room with someone they don’t know while the current situation persists.

The shared room can only be booked by people who book this room with one other person (so friends, couples or relatives). All the other five rooms can only be booked as a single room. All our rooms are en-suite rooms. 

Shared double room, en-suite bathroom – Sharing with 1 other person – €310 p.p for the weekend. Single room, en-suite bathroom – €360 for the weekend. 

What’s included

– 2 Nights stay in one of our comfortable ensuite bedrooms – All meals and drinks during your stay – All yoga classes/meditation sessions/ walks/ talks

How to get here

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)

Your teacher

Tim Dawson Tim favours a gentle approach to yoga with poses being held and emphasis on breath focus. Students blessed with greater flexibilty are invited to go deeper into poses, but overall everyone in the class should feel comfortable with where their body is at. Tim trained as a teacher in Classical Hatha Yoga at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in Trimbakeshwar district in India, where he also trained as a Yoga Therapist. He occasionally integrates Pilates elements within classes in order to give more of an energetic workout to core muscles. Tim’s overall approach to Yoga flows from Patanjali’s second Yoga Sutra: ‘Yoga chitta vritti nirodhah’: Yoga is the Stilling of the Mind Waves.

Payment Options

In order to book one of the places on the retreat, you must go through the booking form and choose one of our accommodation options by clicking on the booking link at the bottom of this page. Please note that a 30% deposit must be paid in order to secure a place on the retreat. If you are unable to attend the retreat this deposit is refundable, and as long as you notify us within three weeks of the retreat, we will refund your deposit (less a 25 Euros cancellation fee to cover administration costs). However if the cancellation is inside 3 weeks of the start of the retreat, refunding of the deposit cannot be guaranteed, as it is contingent upon being able to fill your 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

 

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

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