one day retreat
SUNDAY DECEMBER 22nd - 11.00am - 5.00pm
A turning point on the Celtic calendar, celebrated by our ancestors on this island and the indigenous peoples of the northern hemisphere, the Winter Solstice is a time of rebirth, renewal and regeneration.
Solstice or 'Sun Standing Still' marks the time of year when the sun is at is furthest position from the earth. This year, it will fall on Sunday 22nd, at 4.19am exactly.
It is on this longest night, in this deepest of dark, that our ancestors saw the greatest energetic opportunity for growth & transformation.
This year, not only is it the longest night and the dawn of a new year, it is the dawn of a new decade. A potent time for reflection & contemplation.
Join Sorcha on Sunday December 22nd for
Gentle Restorative & Yin Yoga to calm the nervous system
Yoga Nidra (guided meditation) to relax the body deeply
Healing Mantra to soothe & calm you
Tea Ceremony to ease into contemplation
Gong bath to integrate & rejuvenate.
11.00 - 11.15 | Arrivals, Settle in, Introductions
11.15 - 11.45 | Gentle Movement & Stretching
11.45 - 1.00 | Restorative & Yin Yoga
1.00 - 2.00pm | Lunch. *
2.00 - 2.15 | Chakra Tune Up
2.15 - 3.00 | Yoga Nidra & Tibetan Bowls
3.00 - 3.10 | Small Break
3.10 - 3.30 | Healing Mantra Circle
3.30 - 4.15 | Gong Bath
4.15 - 4.45 | Candlelight Tea Ceremony
4.45 - 5.00pm | Closing
* Delicious Vegan Lunch (included)
**Accommodation Option (extra)
Please see below for full descriptions of these practices
and for a list of items to bring.
Testimonials from previous events:
'As a total newbie I wasn't sure what to expect. I need not have worried. Sorcha immediately makes you feel at ease. She is clearly highly skilled as a teacher / healer and from the start, I felt I was in safe hands. She led us to a place of such deep rest, I didn't know existed. Today, I feel so grounded and energised with a new found sense of clarity about my life. Highly Recommend.'
'I had never been to a yoga class or relaxation session before so I didn't know what to expect. For my first experience, it was amazing. Sorcha is so gentle & kind with a big heart. Could not recommend higher.'
'Amazing. I had the best night sleep I've had in a year'
'Beautifully held space. Sorcha invited us on a journey inward and I found a core of peace & stillness in me that I hadn't expected to find. A truly wonderful evening. I came out feeling deeply contented and connected.'
'One of Sorcha's many gifts is the ability to guide a group to total relaxation of mind and body. I found the auditory and physical sensation of the vibrations of the singing bowls and gong to be profoundly moving and indeed sacred. Wholeheartedly recommended.'
A BIT MORE ABOUT THESE PRACTICES
Yin Yoga: a deep slow mindful practice effecting the major meridian lines of the body.
Restorative Yoga : a deeply restful yoga practice that is designed to not be physically challenging yet opens the body releasing blockages. Expect bolsters, blankets, blocks, bliss.
Yoga Nidra : a guided meditation where you are lying down, covered with blankets and invited to rest every bone, tissue, muscle, cell and in your body. More bliss.
Gong Bath : The Gong is a powerful instrument with multiple tonal ranges that bring the listener to a state of deep rest, mental harmony and balance.
Healing Mantra : The body is an instrument. With the voice we vibrate the instrument using the ancient language of Gurmuhki, producing deep healing on cellular level.
Tea Ceremony : A Japanese practice of contemplation that invites us to consider 'wabi', our inner spiritual lives, and 'Sabi', how we present to the external world. We will work with winter berries Hawthorn, Rosehip and Elder.
ALL OF THE ABOVE IS FULLY GUIDED.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
Wear layers of loose comfortable warm clothing
Wear thick socks
Bring a blanket or shawl for meditation
Bring a scarf to use an eye rest.
Bring additional blankets (optional)
Camping mat to lie on for extra heat (optional)
Pillow for extra support during restorative yoga (optional)
YOUR HOST : SORCHA
Practicing for twenty years and teaching for fifteen, Sorcha first qualified in Iyengar Yoga and then went on to study Vinyasa Yoga with Carol Murphy, More recently she has studied Kundalini Yoga with Shiv Charan Singh. She has additional training in Yoga Therapy & Yin Yoga from Yoga Campus London, Yoga Nidra with Uma Dinsmore Tully.
She studied Sound Therapy with Celtic School of Sound & Gong Therapy with Mehtab Benton. A reiki healer, shamanic journeyer, plant & herbal medicine apprentice, she is deeply sensitive to the rhythms of earth & sky. She is a longtime practitioner and student of Vipassana Meditation as taught by SN.Goenka having completed over 140 days of silent meditation.
Her classes are a unique combination of ancient & modern wisdom traditions. Sorcha is founder of Manorhamilton Yoga Studio .
Add a one night or two night stay at the fabulous new W8 Centre, across the street.
50% Deposit on booking. No Refunds. Must be paid in full by Dec 15th
Double Kingsize Ensuite (2 )
Double Kingsize Shared Bathroom (2)
Twin Room 2x Single Bed (4 available)
Single Bed Private (1 available)
Designer lounges with WIFI,
TV and comfortable furniture.
Fine art by local artists.
Outdoor space with table and chairs.
Digital central heating system through out.
Contact Sorcha on T. 087 2562515 for accommodation prices and to arrange booking.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW:
EARLY BIRD - €80 (until Dec 10th)
FULL FEE - €100
1 x Gentle Restorative & Yin Yoga practice
1 x Yoga Nidra (guided meditation) accompanied by singing bowls
1 x Powerful Healing Mantra to soothe the nervous system
1 x Gong Bath to integrate & rejuvenate
Locally foraged wild winter herb teas
Delicious Vegan Lunch