Travel Review: Lisnavagh House, Ireland, Yoga, Meditation Retreats

The stunning rural countryside of Ireland is the perfect spot for a yoga retreat or meditation retreat. And the beautiful Lisnavagh House in Country Carlow offers precisely that.

Sitting here in the middle of the city, where all the eye can see are apartments and office buildings, I sure as hell wouldn’t mind getting away to somewhere rural, somewhere more natural, somewhere green and relaxing, you know, like Ireland.

Doing yoga at home in my basement is great and all, but what’s better is doing yoga at a manor house in the heart of County Carlow. It’s beautiful escapism. The type of place you can’t help but feel zen.

Lisnavagh House & Gardens is an estate house originally built in 1696 and then expanded upon. Now, with the rise of yoga and mindfulness, the house is offering weekend retreat packages where you can reconnect with your “heart space”. At the house you’ll experience delicious vegan and vegetarian food, tuition from expert teachers, and guidance to help you find your inner peace.

As a meditation teacher I feel like it’s cheating to ask people to relax somewhere so beautiful. When you’re in a stunning building surrounded by rolling green fields, what choice do you have but to relax? It’s almost too easy to find nirvana in a place like this, so far away from the busy city. It’s surrounded by a whopping 600 acres of woodland, including a farm and walled gardens where you can dine. Making things even sweeter is the fact that it’s a family-run house. It has that wholesome family feel that package holidays lack. The home is full of charm.  Guest rooms are delightful and individually styles with antique furniture and beautiful bathrooms.

What matters most, however, is the quality of the mindfulness and yoga retreat at Lisnavagh House.

The yoga retreat offers everything you would expect: advice to reduce screen time, and to instead read books. And guidance to help you find inner peace—that thing so many of us feel so far away from in today’s busy life.  The yoga classes take place in a very bright, warm room surrounded by gardens, which is great because there’s nothing quite like looking out across a beautiful garden when you’re in Warrior.

Peace is sewn through the heart of the home and is the core focus of the retreats. They are designed to restore the body and mind to their natural, healthy, peaceful ways. Weekend retreats feature expert tuition. They’re designed to cater to different experience levels, so whether you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi you will find something suitable.  Then after the classes it’s time to unwind on the sofa and read a book by the log fire in the oak-paneled library.

I must say, this package has the lot. The combination of classic rural Ireland combined with the classical style manor house and the yoga classes is the perfect way to reclaim your heart-space. Definitely worthy of your consideration.


Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation. You can read his books on Amazon

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