Imbolc is a time when first signs of spring begin
to show and as the light becomes stronger,
the darkness of winter loses its grip.
It is time of change and excitement,
but also time to truly let go of the safety and comforts of the
known in order to grow more fully into ourselves.
Are you ready to face new challenges,
in the form of stretching and moving your body in different ways,
discovering parts of you, which you have not moved for a long time?
Take this special time for yourself,
enjoy our offering of fresh tasty plant – based food,
warm hospitality, transformational yoga, great company
and magical walks.
feel renewed, energised and inspired.
4pm onwards – arrival, settle in, tea/coffee, soup
6.30 – 8pm – intro/yoga class – setting the stage
8.15pm – dinner
7.30am – seated meditation
8 – 10am – yoga class – grounding
10.30am – two course brunch
1pm – guided scenic walk to Carlingford / or free time
5 – 6.45pm – restorative yoga practice and yoga nidra
7pm – dinner
9.15pm – little ritual for Imbolc,
7.45am – guided meditation walk
9am – breakfast
10.30 – 12.30pm – yoga class – focus on the upper body
1pm – lunch
2/2.30pm – depart at leisure
Attending solo or with friends?
With hand-crafted beds featuring ornate curtains, you have the privacy and quiet space to retire to, when sharing. More than half our guests book solo.
If you are attending with friends, will will ensure to give you most appropriate room available.
Large En-suite bathroom with a bath
Twin bedroom next to the Yoga Studio has magnificent views of the Glenmore Valley and the Irish Sea and a balcony where you can take it all in.
Adjacent is a small bathroom with shower/toilet
Getting to us by car
It could not be easier. From Dublin (North) you will reach us in 1hour and 15min. From Belfast you will be here in an hour. From the M1 motorway, take exit 18 (Carlingford). We are about 15min drive from there.
Using google maps, put in ‘Eagles Rock Retreat’ (make sure you put in ‘Retreat’, otherwise you end up at a different house far, far away!
Getting to us by public transport
It could not be easier. There are hourly buses from Dublin airport and Dublin City Centre and take approximately 1hour and 15minutes. From Belfast you can take a train.
We offer a free transfer service from Dundalk train and bus stations to our venue.
It’s a scenic 15 minute drive from the station to the venue.
Once here, you do not need a car.
IMPORTANT: Please endeavour to arrive in Dundalk between 3pm and 4.30pm.
We will send you detailed directions by email when you book.
Martina Durnin is an Intermediate level 3 Iyengar Yoga teacher. Martina started practicing yoga in London in 1999 at the age of 24 and immediately knew that she found something she was going to do for the rest of her life. The effectiveness of the Iyengar Yoga method was mind-blowing to her from the very start. Martina was able to fix her rounded posture and correct her physical imbalances in a relatively short space of time through persistent practice. But it is the deeper psychological benefits of yoga that make her come back to the mat day after day. Martina qualified as an Iyengar Yoga teacher in 2004 and has been passionately sharing this method with others since then. Martina later graduated as a physical therapist to further deepen her knowledge of the body’s function and dysfunction. Martina is a co-founder of Carlingford Yoga and has been running residential retreats with her partner Stuart since 2012. She is devoted to the practice of yoga and continues to deepen her knowledge of every aspect of the practice with the most senior teachers the world has to offer.
I am new to yoga. Is this suitable for me?
Our retreats are very much suited to students of every level, unless otherwise indicated. Small numbers ensure that there is time for each guest to receive the direction and instruction they require. There are basic and more advanced options for each asana/pose. Your teacher will assess your needs and support you all the way. There is no benefit in overstretching or seeking to take on something that your body is not ready to do. The use of props is key; these will make up the space or distance between where you want to be (classical or full pose) and where your practice allows you to be for now. The Iyengar method is the best place to start.
I am an experienced yogi. Is this for me?
Your teacher is an experienced Iyengar yoga teacher. There are numerous variations for each pose and you are invited to try these based on your level. There will be at no time any sense of waiting for others to catch up. Be assured of really engaging and fun classes throughout. No matter what your level, you will be challenged!
What age is this suitable for?
No upper age limit. We all learn so much from each generation. Variety only adds to the experience and the beautiful thing about yoga is that you can start at any age and become healthier. Children aged 14+ may attend where accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Can I take time out from activities?
This is your time. We have the timetable structured to make the most of each day, through practice, rest and recreation. However, if you feel that chilling out by the fire with a book is the right thing for you right now, do it!
Can I get a single room?
We do not have single rooms at our venue. However, when a retreat is not full and there is availability, we might be able to accommodate you. Ask us. Single room is subject to supplement of €25 per night.
Can I get my deposit back if I can’t make it?
No. The deposit is non-refundable, however if you let us know 21 days ahead of your chosen retreat, we will transfer your deposit to another date. We do our best and treat cancellations compassionately. Talk to us.
Is there a WI FI?
Yes. However we encourage our guests to turn off their phones while on a retreat and take this opportunity to detox from screens and EMR. We turn WiFi off at night.
I’m a bit nervous coming on my own!
You don’t need to be. Most of our guests come solo. We will pair you with somebody of a similar age and make you feel at home.
Can I come earlier on Friday?
We will be busy getting the house ready and your room might not be available before 4pm. But you are welcome to drop off your bags anytime and take a drive to Carlingford, enjoy a stroll and a cuppa.
What to bring?
We provide towels, bedding, yoga mats/equipment. Please don’t forget to pack your hiking boots, rain jacket and slippers (the house is a shoe-free zone).
Do I need a car?
No. We can collect you at a bus/train station in Dundalk or Newry. Once here, you will not need a transport.
I have a serious food allergy. Can you accommodate me?
Yes. As long as we know in a good time, we can cater for anything. Talk to us.
Is alcohol allowed on a retreat?
No. This is a dry house. You will not miss it and if you do, perhaps a pint of Guinness in one of Carlingford’s charming pubs will quench your thirst.