The Heart of the Matter

Elemental Yoga™  Retreat

Relax, Restore,

& Rediscover yourself...

in mystical Ireland

at the majestic Springfield Castle

May 22 - 29, 2021

"Mystical Ireland, Elemental Yoga™,

& the magic of the Sacred Elements;

 Air, Water, Fire & Earth

 alchemize to offer you an unforgettable journey into The Heart of the Matter.

Into what matters the most: YOU!"

 

Why come to Ireland with us?

Relax, Restore  & Rediscover Yourself ...

Relax, Restore  & Rediscover Yourself

in the Light  of  Yoga, the Sacred  Elements and Mystical Ireland.
 

Our intention during this Elemental Yoga™ retreat is to connect lovingly with ourselves, and with the land.

 

The ancient Celts lived a rich life, filled with wisdom gained from profound connections with the natural world.

If we forget our connection with the land, we lose our ability to navigate our own landscape.

Through Elemental Yoga™, the Sacred Elements (Air, Water, Fire & Earth) and the magic of Ireland we will connect deeply with the land to relax, restore and rediscover ourselves.

Connect with the Land ...

Ireland  is a place of mystery!

Often called one of the most fascinating lands in Europe, everyone who visits Ireland is deeply touched in the most astonishing ways, by the landscape, the sacred sites, the heart of the people, and their traditions.

The Irish landscape is stunningly beautiful and diverse.

From lovely fields blanketed in wild flowers dotted with castles, to towering cliffs defying the rough oceans surrounding the Emerald Isle, there really is nothing quite like the dramatic Irish landscape.

The sacred sites are some of the most powerful places on the planet and you can find them everywhere you turn.

There are over 1,200 huge stone monuments some of which are older than the pyramids.

Ancient sacred mounds, dolmens, monasteries, ancient holy wells, celtic crosses and circles of energy decorate the rolling green hills.
These are symbols of devotion to the land, its energy and its people.
We will travel to the majestic Cliffs of Moher and The Burren during our retreat.
Immerse yourself in this land of mystery,

 

The mystic essence & beauty of  the Emerald Isle will stir your Soul.

Ireland is wild but welcoming!
Come with us to mystical Ireland!

Yomna Zein

The 8-day experience with Maria was beyond anything I could have imagined. There was an intimate connection with all the four elements that I had never experienced before. Maria helped me deeply connect with my inner wisdom and allowed me to truly show up in my truth as she so beautifully embodies being a wise, compassionate, loving human being.

The entire experience was one magical moment after another. Volumes upon volumes can be written about the amount of Divine messages, synchronicities, healings and epiphanies that happened in such a short time frame. I am truly Blessed to have been guided to take this journey with Maria as I 100% know that her essence brought something inexplicably unique and powerful into the program.

Yomna Zein ~ Certified Soul Coaching® Practitioner

Soul Coaching® Practitioner Certification ~ 2019 Prescott, AZ ~ USA

Elemental Yoga

Elemental Yoga™, is a gentle yet powerful practice open to students of all levels.
It weaves together gentle Yoga with the wisdom of the Four Sacred Elements.

 

This beautiful practice brings forth the awareness that we are of the Earth, like everything else created from the Four Sacred Elements of Air, Water, Fire, and Earth.


Carl Sagan said, “We’re made of star stuff”… as above, so below.

When we restore our connection with the nature of who we are, we understand that everything around us is interconnected.

Modern life removed us from our true connection with Nature and therefore we feel that the environment is separate… outside of us. This has lead us to pollute and destroy the environment.

 

The survival of our species depends on a return to an intimate relationship with Nature.

In the pursuit of that intimacy, we realize that Nature’s ebb and flow influences how we feel about ourselves. And how we feel about ourselves will affect our environment.


We begin caring more, protecting the Earth and bringing hope to the future of humanity.

The true meaning of Yoga, which means union, will be realized.

"Elemental Yoga™ is a revolution to awaken our relationship

with our “nature self” and our place in the Universe."

~ Maria McGonigal

AIR

WATER

FIRE

EARTH

Do you often feel lost and confused?
ELEMENT AIR: Learn to use Air to clear your mind.

With ancient breathing exercises, simple meditation practices, etc.

Do you feel emotionally stuck in life?
ELEMENT WATER: Learn to use Water to harmonize emotions.

Through visualization techniques, charged Water, etc.

Do you lack purpose in your life?

ELEMENT FIRE: Learn to use Fire to ignite your passion.
Activating Breath of Fire, connecting with the Sun, etc.

Do you have difficulty manifesting your desires?

ELEMENT EARTH: Learn to use EARTH to ground your vision.

Through mindful eating, Forest Bathing on the Castle's ancient grounds, etc.


Through inner and outer adventures you will experience an intimate connection with all the four elements that you may never have experienced before.
 

You will deeply connect with your inner wisdom

which will allow you to truly show up in your truth.

Our Majestic Retreat

Travel in your imagination, to the distant past, as you enter

the secluded elegance of Springfield Castle.

Delight in the luxury of a gone by era where every detail

envelops you with sheer nobleness.

  Springfield Castle

Historic Springfield Castle will be our home for this magnificent retreat.
It is also the ancestral home of Lord and Lady Muskerry.

The castle is situated in the heart of County Limerick on a magical 200 acre wooded estate and is approached along a magnificent three quarter mile long avenue, lined with ancient lime trees.
Springfield castle is set on an eco-farm with over 150 deer.

For the photographers please know the castle staff have taken past guests in a pickup truck for closer pictures.

An ideal place for you, to bring yourself into the present moment surrounded by nature.
 

Our Regal Accomodations

This is your royal home for a week.
Immerse yourself in luxury and beauty!

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Please let us know if you wish to share a room.

To reserve your Room click link below.

Sumptuous Meals

Daily meals created by the house chef are with true Irish passion with fresh produce picked fresh from

the Castle gardens.

Whatever food is not grown on the grounds are sourced locally.

Meals are organic, fresh, and delicious. 

We have a wide range of options,

from Argentinian Asados, Peruvian style ceviche, Italian fire cooked pizza, Indian curries, Spanish tapas,

South African barbeques

to traditional Irish meals.

 

Kitchen is always open for snacks

and tea.

 

Wine is offered on the honor system.

E lemental Yoga™ 

Set your day in motion by immersing yourself in the ancient practices of Yoga and the magic of the forces of creation; the sacred elements of AIR, WATER, FIRE & EARTH.

 

As the day winds down we will focus on deep relaxation with Restorative Yoga, gentle movement, breathing,  essential oils, flower essences and poetry.

Special Guest, Rian McGonigal, will elevate and expand our hearts with the romance of the classical guitar.

 

The ancient Celts believed music to be a gift from the Gods.

Allow this divine gift to open your heart wide as the sun rises and lullaby you into the dream world as the sun sets.

Elemental Yoga™ classes held daily in the 5th century tower in the west wing.

 

Yoga room at Springfield Castle is available if you wish to spend time alone in this space.  

Magical Excursions

Magical Excursions to the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren

Cliffs of Moher

"When you make your pilgrimage to the Cliffs of Moher, you’re coming for one of two things: the staggering height of the rock face, and the even more staggering beauty of the views from the top. Soaring to 214m, the striated stone reaches its long fingers southward to counties Cork and Kerry beyond, with a keen eye from O'Brien's Tower even able to spot the Aran Islands to the north."

"Amazing and awe-inspiring... Makes you humble."
NJH-MB, TripAdvisor

The Burren

The largest limestone pavement anywhere in the world

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"What first hits you is the silence.

It’s a silence as layered as the undulating landscape itself, filled with the riches of Irish history; of aeons of stories, told and untold. All around you is pale grey stone ribboned with crags and crevices; miniature cliffs spread like mosaics as far as the horizon; and a microcosm of Ireland’s wildlife thrives.
Ireland is so much more than 40 shades of green – and nowhere are its many hues more celebrated than in County Clare’s limestone paradise on the Wild Atlantic Way."

“Wildflowers in spring give the Burren brilliant, if ephemeral, colour amid its stark beauty.”

Lonely Planet

We will travel on a luxury bus to visit the Cliffs of Moher & The Burren.

MEET YOUR RETREAT LEADER

Maria McGonigal

Maria began her Yoga practice in earnest in 1997 doing Bikram style yoga. In 2001 she got her teaching certification at the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Grass Valley, CA, the oldest Yoga Center in the USA and a far cry from Bikram Yoga.
Her natural tendency has always been to bring together sets of opposites and allow her students to find their "middle of the road" perspective.

During her self studies in Ayurveda (Science of Life), Maria was introducedto the exploration of the Sacred Elements. 

 

In 2010, in order to acquire more tools to assist her students, she began her studies in Soul Coaching®, which has a foundation in the Four Sacred Elements.
For over a decade she continued her studies and underwent an intense Initiation into the Sacred Elements.
Maria is now a Soul Coaching® Master Practitioner & Trainer.

The profound transformation that she experienced from immersing herself in Yoga & the Sacred Elements lead to the creation of Elemental Yoga™.

Her forthcoming Yoga Book "Sermons on the Mat" will be available in 2020
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Maria McGonigal

 

Founder, owner, CEO of OURO, LLC

Yoga Siromani (Teacher of Yoga) – 2001 - 200 Hours

The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Grass Valley, CA

Mini Yogis® Yoga for Kids – 2008 

Trained by Founder Shana Meyerson      
Aquastretch Basics – 2008

Trained by Founder George Eversaul, A.P.H.      
Aquatic YogaDancing – 2008

Trained by Founder George Eversaul, A.P.H.


Master Soul Coaching® Practitioner & Trainer - 2016 

Trained by Founder Denise Linn
Vibrational Sound Facilitator & Trainer - 1996 to Present Mentored & Trained by Rian McGonigal

Reiki Master – 2000

Trained by Laurie Grant, M.A. Reiki Master Teacher

Special Guest
 

The Romance of the Classical Guitar

Rian McGonigal

Classical Guitarist, Certified Yoga Teacher,
Vibrational Sound Healing Pioneer & Trainer

Sound may also be considered an element in itself; an element which can immediately influence consciousness, thought and emotion. 

 

When played with healing intention, the benefits are enhanced. When received with healing intention, the benefits are deepened.

 

Rian is delighted to bring a lifetime of Classical Guitar & Sacred Sound to this amazing Elemental Yoga™ Retreat.

Rian McGonigal began his life with music in 1960 with guitar lessons. In 1962 he started Classical guitar training and grew up in the 60’s era as a classical guitarist who was also lead guitar in his high school rock band.

 

In his mid 20’s Rian was accepted to classical guitar Master classes in France with Alirio Diaz, and Italy with Oscar Ghiglia, where he was chosen to represent the United States.

He was awarded the Diploma of Merit at Academia Chigiana, in Sienna, Italy, where the great Andres Segovia spent decades training many of today's masters. 

 

In 1987, Rian began his journey into acoustic sound therapy. He directed the Therapeutic Music & Sound Departments for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the Simonton Cancer & Counseling Center, and has trained thousands in the field of sound therapy.

He composed "Songs Without Words" , an album of original music for Yoga & Relaxation, and "Devotion" a Sanskrit Chanting/Kirtan CD, where Rian & Maria McGonigal chant together.

He also composed a Trilogy: Bhrama, Vishnu and Shiva performed by Rian and Maria McGonigal with the Prescott Strings.

 

Investment  in Yourself

$2495  per person/double occupancy

$500  Non-Refundable Deposit is Required to hold your spot.

Payment Plans Available

Please contact Caroline to set up a Payment Plan
 

What is Included

~ Regal Accommodations at Springfield Castle

    on a magical 200 acre wooded estate
~ Sumptuous Meals
~ Elemental Yoga™ Classes
~ Scheduled trips within Ireland to the Cliffs of Moher & The Burren
~ The Romance of Classical Guitar with Special Guest Rian McGonigal

~ Private FB GROUP - Once you Register you will be added to our private FB
   Group to begin connecting with other participants.
   Share a Room, a ride, begin creating friendships that will last a lifetime.

Not included - flights and airport transfers

The Castle supplies wine on an honor system.
From the field to the fork is our menu for the week.

Vegetables in season from the castle garden. Locally sourced fruits in as much as they can be.
 

After dinner each evening, for those wishing to chat. A fire will be lite in the sitting room.
Early spring in Ireland can have cooler evenings.
   
There are two kitchens in the castle that are open for you.
Tea and fruit, Irish cheese and crackers are available.

All areas of the Castle are open for you to explore.
Springfield Castle is truly your royal home for the week.
     

May this be a week of timeless memories for all.

What to Bring

An open heart  & adventurous mind!

~ Yoga Mat
~ Comfortable clothing and shoes
~ Layers

~ Journal

Yes, I want more information!

Please request a time to chat with Caroline or Maria,
to get more info and see if this retreat is right for you!

Caroline Holmes

Founder of Yoga Retreats Ireland, Guide, Yoga Teacher

Please contact Caroline if you would like information about Registration, Accommodations, Food, Dietary Needs,

Excursions, Traveling, Insurance, etc..
Caroline is originally from Dublin in Ireland and has a wealth

of knowledge  and experience as the Founder and

Guide of Yoga Retreats Ireland.

For those with a hope of seeing a particular place in Ireland

please contact Caroline. She can guide you there.

Maria McGonigal

Founder, owner and CEO of OURO LLC
Certified Yoga Teacher
Soul Coaching® Master Practitioner & Trainer
Vibrational Sound Healing Facilitator & Trainer

Reiki Master

Please contact Maria if you would like more information about the Yoga Program.

  Let the Magical Transformation Begin...