Yoga and the Joy of Mindful Cooking

When and where?

When: Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th September

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

Cost: from €320

To book:

Call us on 051 424936
or email

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

Weekend retreat April 14-16 2023

September is a glorious month in Ireland – awash with the golden glow of late summer! its a good time to slow down and take stock before we start the wind down to Autumn and Winter  Let’s join in and take a three-day immersive journey exploring yoga, nutrition and wellness. Surrounded by the superbly unspoiled natural beauty of St Mullins and the Barrow river valley, we open Mulvarra House and the Breathing Space to you in a safe and warm environment. We will focus on how to slow down using different mindfulness techniques including a heart opening cacao ceremony on the Saturday morning. The yoga component will encompass 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. 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. Linda will provide a few cooking demonstrations so you can create a little bit of Mulvarra at home.


  • 5 yoga classes
  • 3 food demonstrations
  • Cacao ceremony
  • Silent walking meditation
  • Suitable for beginners and all fitness levels
  • All meals included
  • 2 nights accommodation (shared and unshared accommodation options available)

Yoga and the Joy of Mindful Cooking Weekend
Friday 14th – Sunday 16th April


4:00 PMArrival, settle in with tea and a delicious treat.
5:00 PM
Food demonstration of a few treats (including a vegan one)
6.00 PM
First yoga session gentle yin yoga and opening circle
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Yoga nidra session
9.30 PM
Close. Retire to your room, relax in our cosy living room, read a book, journal, get a good night’s sleep
7:45 AM
Cacao Ceremony
8:15 AM
Breathwork and Morning yoga stretch
09:30 AM
11.00 AM
Food demonstration: lunch ideas
1.00 PMLunch
2:00 PM
Free time (go for a river walk, read a book, journal)
4:00 PMFood demonstration: lunch ideas
5:30 PM
yin yoga
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
Mindful art/craft activity
10:30 PM
7:30 AM
Silent river walking meditiation
8:30 AMYoga session
10:30 AM
12:00 PM
Closing ceremony
1:00 PM
Time to head home.
Room type Price (sharing, per person)
Room 1 – Triple room with two single beds and a double bed, ensuite.€330
Room 2 – Twin room with two single beds, ensuite€ 350.00
Room 3 – Twin room with two single beds, ensuite€ 350.00
Room 4 – Twin room with a single bed and a double bed, ensuite€ 350.00
Room 5 – Twin room with a single bed and a double bed, ensuite€ 350.00
Room 6 (downstairs without a river view)- Twin room with two single beds, ensuite€320
Single Occupancy (only available for room 2 and 6)€ 60 supplement

– 2 Nights stay in one of our comfortable ensuite bedrooms

– All meals and drinks during your stay

– All yoga classes and excursion

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)

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.

In order to book one of the places on the retreat, you simply contact us by email ( or you can give us a call, text or whatsapp (087 1777145). Please note that a non-refundable deposit of €100 must be paid in order to secure a place on the retreat. You can either pay by bank transfer or by using Revolut. We will contact you two weeks before the retreat to settle the balance.

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