Gathering together for a weekend of yoga, dance and heart felt connection, join your hosts, Claire Brides and Noeleen Shannon for Wild of Heart Yoga Retreat in the wilds of West Cavan.

Surrounded by nature, tranquil lakes, wild woodland and the rolling drumlins of West Cavan, Wild At Heart Yoga Retreat offers you a magical space for a weekend of wild camping, yoga, dancing, sound baths, forest campfires, time out in nature, reconnecting to the land, mother nature, community and back to our true selves.

Set on private lands surrounded by the lakes of Lough Oughter and woodland of hazel trees and wildflowers, immerse yourself in nature's beauty, switch off your phone, leave all your cares behind to relax and unwind.

Fiona Flynn will lead us through an amazing restorative dance session on the Saturday evening and Gillian Rodgers will guide you through a relaxing sound bath on the Sunday to leave you floating back home again.

About your Facilitators

Noeleen Shannon

Noeleen has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and has trained with Noeleen Tyrell, Grace Tempany and Yoga Therapy Ireland amongst others. After completing her 200 hours Hatha Yoga training in 2014, she went on to complete further training in Pregnancy Yoga and Restorative Yoga and recently completed 100 hours of Yin Yoga teaching training. In 2020 Noeleen felt and listened to the calling to facilitate women's circles, tuning into the cycles of the moon and our divine feminine cycles within. This led to participating in Kitty Maguire's Red Alchemy Menstrual Cycle Awareness training. For Noeleen being in the safe, nurturing space of a women's circle has been a source of much love and support through difficult times in her life and now she feels strongly about sharing this work and feminine wisdom so that other women may also reconnect with their inner wild woman. Noeleen facilitates Moon Magic Circles by the lake, connecting to mother nature, the elements and the moon cycles, new and full moons.

Claire Brides

Claire found her love of yoga in her early 20’s, using it as a tool to reduce stress while studying a BA in Visual Design. From then on she continued to incorporate the practice into her daily routine and lifestyle. The seed was planted and her love of yoga took her to Thailand to dive deep into the well of yoga, completing her first 200hr YTTC there in 2018. After spending a few months studying and teaching she returned home and moved to Ard Nahoo Eco Retreat to work and study under Noeleen Tyrrell. Since then she has opened Align Yoga Studio in Cavan Town.

Claire believes having a regular yoga practice brings strength, flexibility and freedom into both the body and mind. Expect her classes to be strong, heartfelt and of course fun.

Fiona Flynn

Fiona is a Psychologist who has been developing and delivering positive mental health programmes for over fifteen years. Fiona is a practitioner of mindful dance and movement practices. Fiona is passionate about cultivating awareness using the moving body and the power of movement to promote wellbeing.

What is restorative dance?

Restorative dance is about tuning into our bodies, what we need and how we feel. It is a mindful dance practice which enables us to drop out of the busyness of our minds and into our bodies. Restorative dance is about inspiring people to move in ways that feel good. Restorative dance practice can promote resilience, compassion, joyful connection with others and community building.

Gillian Rodgers 

Gillian has worked as a Physical Therapist for over 20 years, with sport in her background, balancing the body with fitness, health and lifestyle, has always been important to her.

In recent times she has incorporated Sound Therapy, Meditation and Reiki to help her clients maintain a healthy mind and body.

In Gillian’s words “ I am passionate about Sound and the effects all sounds around us have on our own lives. I am a Sound Bath Facilitator, I facilitate the sound instruments to sing and harmonise, radiating their sound frequencies and vibrations, assisting a healthy, relaxed mind and body”.

She feels the power of Sound and vibration in all parts of life. Nature Sounds and vibrations play a big part in her Sound Baths.

She infuses her passion and joy throughout her work incorporating soul magic with human everyday living, offering a balanced and easy to understand approach to all areas of wellness. She has an enthusiasm to share her knowledge to help assist and benefit others in their daily lives.

In the last year, she has collaborated in Yoga & Sound Wellness Retreats, Workshops, Sound Baths, Meditation mornings and sessions.

Cost €275

Deposit €75 secures your place

What's included

2 nights camping on private lands at Drummany Spirit Cavan. This is wild camping, bring your own tent, onsite portaloo, fresh spring water provided, no electricity, this is an off grid, back to nature experience.

Daily yoga with Noeleen and Claire, dance session with Fiona, sound bath meditation with Gillian. Not included but can be arranged for free time Saturday afternoon, kayaking/SUP/boat trip at nearby Cavan Adventure Centre.

Food. Friday evening Potluck Dinner, communal meal, bring food to share. Saturday evening, a vegetarian meal will be provided by local chef Antoinette Ceelan who grows all her own veg and herbs. Oats, fruit< tea, coffee and snacks will be provided for breakfast but feel free to bring your own food and snacks.