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Ireland Yoga & Meditation Retreat - Fall 2019

Ireland Yoga & Meditation Retreat - Fall 2019

Embracing the Mystic—An Irish Yoga Retreat Exploring the Journey Inward with Laura Jane Mellencamp

An authentic yoga retreat in the Irish Countryside awaits…

Our lives can be overwhelmed with the details of daily living. The amount of information being directed at us on a daily basis is never given an opportunity to be digested, assimilated and ultimately eliminated. Life can be lonely for the soul when our lives are too busy just existing.

Who can pause enough to make space for being insightful to our deeper longings? There is profound desire to belong not just in our various roles, personalities or identities but to the deeper inner landscape of our soul—the willingness to open and reveal that essence of our inner light.

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Come away to Ireland and share in a retreat that promises to inspire your spirit of wonder and adventure, and yet nourishes your sweet soul, as it reconnects to self. Ireland is home to magnificent green countryside, gorgeous cliffs, communal pubs, and legends of faeries and leprechauns. For many, Ireland also holds the key to ancestral roots and cultural heritage. Enjoy the natural beauty, history, and lore of Ireland while partaking in an unforgettable yoga experience with Laura Jane Mellencamp.

Explore Ireland through hiking the trails around the Co. Clare countryside. Partake in daily yoga practices of asana and deep meditation spiced with the beauty of poetry — all while overlooking the awe-inspiring, rugged Cliffs of Moher facing the shimmering, expansive ocean. Dine on mouth-watering, abundant homemade vegetarian meals that will delight your palate. Share in an evening sanga before drifting off to sleep by the sound of the waves breaking on the cliffs. It’s a mystic place of profound beauty that nourishes the soul!!


Unforgettable yoga experience with Laura Jane Mellencamp

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Using the practice of meditation, Laura Jane has designed this week to support you in exploring the tools of stilling the mind and embracing your authentic self. The yoga classes will blend the disciplines of various styles of Hatha yoga with the mindfulness of meditation. They will cover the fundamental principles underlying the therapeutic application of yoga and how to incorporate these principles into your practice. Work to dissolve old blockages, unravel samskaras, and create new pathways to vibrant health and happiness. The end result will be one of the most incredible, unforgettable yoga experiences you will ever have.

This week is a perfect balance between rest and play. Laura has discovered through leading and attending many retreats that traveling together and saying yes to life and its opportunities in the moment create lasting friendships and a gratitude for life’s abundance that will last forever.

This yoga retreat is for all ages and all life experiences. It is perfect for all levels of practitioners, yoga teachers, and bodywork therapists. Private yoga sessions will also be available.


Sample Daily Schedule*

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  • Early morning meditation

  • Breakfast

  • Yoga practice overlooking the Cliffs of Moher with Laura Jane

  • Free time to explore, relax, or take part in optional add0on activities

  • Lunch

  • Free time to explore this beautiful and healing environment

  • Afternoon practice with asana, sutra study and meditation

  • Dinner

  • Evening shared sanga

*Schedule is subject to change.

Usually there is one dedicated “excursion day” in which we do not hold yoga and meditation classes. This is a day to take take advantage of some of the more involved tour and excursion offerings and is always a lot of fun! A more specific itinerary is sent out via email 2 or more weeks before the retreat starts.


Reviews of Past Retreats



  • A trip to Greece had been on my “bucket list” for many years. The experience with Laura Jane in Amorgos was beautiful, peaceful, and exceeded my expectations about visiting Greece! We practiced well thought out yoga classes twice a day, and still had plenty of time for outings on the island, or time to relax by the pool. The group was a true sangha, community, of friendly open people. Old friends reconnected, and new friends were made by each yogi. I feel confident about traveling with Laura Jane and through True Nature again!
    — KAY GILMORE


  • My experience on Laura Jane’s retreats are always unique. Travel changes people no matter what the destination. Yoga changes people too. When combined you have transformation that changes the heart. Everything you see, taste and experience is better and I return home with my “cup full”. The friendships I made on retreat will last a lifetime, we shared and were there for one another. I loved every minute and will never forget the beautiful yoga room by the Aegean Sea. An amazing trip made even more special by one of the best mentors and teachers in the Chicago area. Ευχαριστούμε, Thank You!”
    — CATHY CHRISTOFF


  • I am so excited to attend my third retreat with Laura Jane and this amazing community of yogis. There is a reason so many of us keep coming back year after year. Beyond the incredible resort we are staying at (and "incredible" doesn't do it justice), Laura Jane creates such a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which to explore your yoga practice regardless of where you are at in your life. The twice daily practices and daily sutra study, combined with the beauty of the Baja peninsula and the phenomenal food, make this a retreat everyone should experience!
    — BOBBY PARKHILL


  • I try to never miss Laura Jane's wonderful yoga retreats! They are the one time of the year that is just about me. I don't have to take care of anyone or anything other than myself. The combination of yoga, healthy food, journaling, quiet time, a wonderful guide and amazing friends is just what I need to regenerate for the year ahead. Not to mention that Prana Delmar is a real jem!
    — KANDICE HENNING

Accommodations

The retreat center is well located, on the west coast of Ireland, set on 10 acres against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher and the gorgeous countryside of Co. Clare, Ireland.

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The yoga studio is beautifully designed to support your practice overlooking the ocean, farmland and wide open skies. You can watch the wild waters of the Atlantic Ocean from the comfort of the under-floor heated space through a massive wall of glass that takes in the most stunning view. Fully stocked with yoga props and everything you will need for your retreat experience.

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The rooms are all tastefully decorated with comfortable mattresses and linen. All the rooms have views, whether of the sea or countryside. The gourmet vegetarian meals are homemade and will delight your palate: beautifully curated, abundant and mouth watering.

The owners of this center bring years of yoga and retreat experience to you along with all the wholesome elements necessary to create the perfect retreat adventure.


Retreat Costs

$2495 Shared Accomodations
$2795 Single Accomodations

The cost of the retreat includes:

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  • 7 Nights Accommodations

  • 3 Vegetarian Meals Each Day

  • Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Shannon Airport to the retreat center

  • Daily Yoga Practices

  • Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)

*Full price starts June 2.


Registration

Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.

Laura is planning this trip in conjunction with True Nature Travels, a holistic, educational travel company that provides planning, support and guidance for the trip. More information about our Ireland retreat including things to do, sites to see, how to book your flight for the best price possible and getting to County Clare, plus all booking/payments is handled on the True Nature Travel website. Click the button below.

 
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SOLD OUT!  Jamaica Yoga Retreat  Winter 2020

SOLD OUT! Jamaica Yoga Retreat Winter 2020

Good Hope Coach House (map)

Return to Love—A Yoga Retreat at Good Hope, Jamaica with Laura Jane Mellencamp

February 8–15, 2020

It’s been 10 years since our last trip to this amazing respite. Now it’s time to come home! Limited to 15 people.

Join Laura Jane and fellow like-minded friends for a small, intimate yoga retreat at Good Hope Plantation in Jamaica. Originally a sugar plantation, Good Hope is 2,000 acres in size and is located in the parish of Trelawny, Jamaica. This property, including its historic 260 yr old Great House, sits in a idillic valley surrounded by the lush green hills of the cockpit country and the meandering Martha Brae River.

The Great House at Good Hope

The Great House at Good Hope

The plant life, scenic views, and private beach provide the perfect environment for togetherness and discovering nature, deeply amplifying the effects of your yoga and meditation practice. Immerse yourself in the history, the nature & the beauty of Jamaica and nourish a deeper understanding of your self!


An Unforgettable Yoga Experience with Laura Jane Mellencamp

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Using the practice of meditation, Laura Jane has designed this week to support you in exploring the tools of stilling the mind and embracing your authentic self. The yoga classes will blend the disciplines of various styles of Hatha yoga with the mindfulness of meditation. They will cover the fundamental principles underlying the therapeutic application of yoga and how to incorporate these principles into your practice. Work to dissolve old blockages, unravel samskaras, and create new pathways to vibrant health and happiness. The end result will be one of the most incredible, unforgettable yoga experiences you will ever have.

This week is a perfect balance between rest and play. Laura has discovered through leading and attending many retreats that traveling together and saying yes to life and its opportunities in the moment create lasting friendships and a gratitude for life’s abundance that will last forever.

This yoga retreat is for all ages and all life experiences. It is perfect for all levels of practitioners, yoga teachers, and bodywork therapists. Private yoga sessions will also be available.


It is perfect for all levels of practitioners, yoga teachers, and bodywork therapists.


Sample Daily Schedule*

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(Optional to meet each student’s needs)
• Early morning hike and meditation
• Breakfast
• In-depth yoga practice with Laura Jane
• Lunch
• Free time to explore this beautiful and healing environment
• Late practice includes asana, chanting, sutra study and meditation
• Dinner
• Evening shared sanga

*Schedule is subject to change.

We will be going down to the private beach most days (15 min from the Coach House). Price includes daily transportation to the beach.


Reviews of Laura's Previous Retreats



  • I am so excited to attend my third retreat with Laura Jane and this amazing community of yogis. There is a reason so many of us keep coming back year after year. Beyond the incredible resort we are staying at (and "incredible" doesn't do it justice), Laura Jane creates such a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which to explore your yoga practice regardless of where you are at in your life. The twice daily practices and daily sutra study, combined with the beauty of the Baja peninsula and the phenomenal food, make this a retreat everyone should experience!
    — CATHY CHRISTOFF


  • A trip to Greece had been on my “bucket list” for many years. The experience with Laura Jane in Amorgos was beautiful, peaceful, and exceeded my expectations about visiting Greece! We practiced well thought out yoga classes twice a day, and still had plenty of time for outings on the island, or time to relax by the pool. The group was a true sangha, community, of friendly open people. Old friends reconnected, and new friends were made by each yogi. I feel confident about traveling with Laura Jane!
    — KAY GILMORE


  • I try to never miss Laura Jane's wonderful yoga retreats! They are the one time of the year that is just about me. I don't have to take care of anyone or anything other than myself. The combination of yoga, healthy food, journaling, quiet time, a wonderful guide and amazing friends is just what I need to regenerate for the year ahead. Not to mention that Prana Delmar is a real jem!
    — KANDICE HENNING


  • I am so excited to attend my third retreat with Laura Jane and this amazing community of yogis. There is a reason so many of us keep coming back year after year. Beyond the incredible resort we are staying at (and "incredible" doesn't do it justice), Laura Jane creates such a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which to explore your yoga practice regardless of where you are at in your life. The twice daily practices and daily sutra study, combined with the beauty of the Baja peninsula and the phenomenal food, make this a retreat everyone should experience!
    — CATHY CHRISTOFF

Accomodatations

The Coach House

The Coach House

Forty minutes from the Sangster Intl Airport in Montego Bay, the Coach House villa, situated in the heart of the beautiful 18th century historic Good Hope Plantation, is the Coach House, a country villa with 7 contemporary bedrooms, all with ceiling fans, air conditioning & en-suite bathrooms.

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Recently renovated with stylish new interiors and the addition of a 50-foot infinity edge pool & an open air dining terrace. Good Hope’s private beach house (15 min drive away) has a 110-foot white sand beach and calm waters for swimming.

Good Hope Coach House offers exclusivity and privacy. She sits on a hill with breathtaking views. The garden is full of trees, tropical flowers and bird life. The vibe at Good Hope is surely one to experience true Jamaican Hospitality. Like travelling through a time warp, the pace is slow here, the lifestyle uncomplicated, the people are kind and calm, service is relaxed and meals are served family style.

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In addition, the Good Hope plantation is the Caribbean’s first and only nature adventure park with an unparalleled variety of adventures and cultural experiences including the thrilling zip line canopy, rugged ATV and Dune Buggy adventures, relaxing jungle river tubing, Appleton Rum Tasting, Great House tour, and bird aviary.

Fun fact: The Bachelor Final was filmed here in 2016.


Retreat Costs

Book early! This retreat is limited to 15 people!

Cost

SOLD OUT!

Early Bird Rate:  SAVE $100. Pay $1959 double occupancy, when you book and pay the deposit by November 1.

Standard Rate: $2059 double occupancy

$600 deposit due at time of booking. The full payment is due no later than January 8, 2020. Payment methods: PayPal, credit card, cash, check. Discounted rate of $2000 double occupancy ($1900 early bird by Nov 1), if paying by cash or check in full.

The cost of the retreat includes:

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  • Roundtrip airport transportation to & from the resort

  • Deluxe accomodations for 7 nights. All bedrooms have bathrooms, A/C, and ceiling fans

  • 3 gourmet, mostly vegetarian meals daily with some seafood meals during the week. Gluten/dairy free options are available upon request

  • Water, teas, & juices

  • Daily yoga classes & sutra studies—Private yoga sessions available

  • Full use of all resort amenities - including pool, beach, boogie boards paddle boards, river swimming, yoga room, pool table, ping pong table, and ADSL internet access.

  • Daily transportation to and from the private beach

  • Sales & hospitality taxes

The retreat does not include:

  • Airfare to Sangster Intl Airport in Montego Bay

  • Spa treatments (massage, mani/pedis, etc)

  • Alcoholic beverages & personal purchases

  • Optional excursions such as pottery classes, horseback riding, chukka adventures (zip lines, river tubing, horse and buggy rides and dune buggy rides and tours of the historic Great House)

  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

  • Gratuities


Register in 3 steps

Register online or mail your registration form and cash/check today! A deposit of $600 is due at time of registration to hold your place. Payment is due in full by January 8, 2019.

1) Please click the button below to fill out and submit a registration form

 
2) Pay your initial deposit of $600 to hold your spot for the trip. You can also opt to pay the entire amount. Credit cards accepted online through PayPal only.

Early Bird Rate:  SAVE $100 when you book and pay the deposit by November 1.

Credit Card Payment - Early Bird

Select Early Bird Payment Option
Traveler's Full Name
Traveler's Contact Phone#

Cash Payment - Early Bird

Mail or drop off your check of $1900 payable to Yoga Among Friends, 4949 Forest Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515.

YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.


 

3) Pay your balance for the trip by January 8, 2020.

Credit cards accepted online through PayPal only.


Refund/Cancellation

Payment will be refunded less a $300 cancellation fee, if this request is received in writing by January 2, 2020. Any refund requests postmarked after January 2 will be granted only if the cancelled reservation can be filled.


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