Christmas Retreat 2024

‎28th December '24 - 2nd January '25

Spaces Left: 11

Let’s say goodbye to this year in style and step into the New Year with a high vibration, more clarity and positivity. Be inspired to make better food and lifestyle choices and to develop your own sustainable yoga and meditation practice. Let’s manifest a better world together.
Self-awareness is the first step.

Allow us to hold space for you so that you can fully utilise this precious time to breathe, be present and explore what’s important for you in the upcoming year and what you want to let go off.

You can count on us for top-quality yoga tuition to transform your practice, on our stunning meditation walks to help you ground yourself, on our tasty and nearly famous vegan meals to nourish you from inside out and on our hospitality to make you feel at home.

Our annual Christmas Retreat always books out so secure your place now to avoid disappointment.

This retreat is suitable for all levels of yoga experience, from beginners to seasoned yogis alike.

<< Please note that we might adjust our schedule according to weather forecast or other unforeseen circumstances >>

SATURDAY 28th December

2.30pm onwards – arrival, settling in, herbal teas/warm fresh soup

6pm – intro, opening circle, introductory yoga class

8pm – dinner

SUNDAY  29th December

7.30am – morning meditation

8am – 10am – yoga class (grounding)

10.30am – brunch (2 courses)

1pm – guided walk/hike with Stuart or free time

5pm – 6.30pm – Sound bath with a sound healer Brenda Coburn,

+++ balancing the energy centres through sound +++

7pm – dinner

MONDAY 30th December

7.30am – morning meditation

8am – 10am – yoga class (working from the core)

10.30am – brunch (2 courses)

1pm – free time/guided walk/optional massage treatment)

5pm – 6.30pm – yoga class (restorative) + yoga nidra

7pm – dinner

TUESDAY  31st December

7.30 – morning meditation

8 – 10am – yoga class

10.30am – brunch (2 course)

11.30am – guided hike to Carlingford along the Tain trail, optional climb to the top of Slieve Foy

– afternoon rumble, snack in Carlingford

5pm – restorative yoga class + yoga nidra

7pm – dinner

8.30pm – little New Year’s Eve ritual to let go of the old and invite the new into our lives

( by the fire if weather allows)

WEDNeSDAY  1st January, 2023

7.30am – morning New Year sea swim (optional)

8 – 10am – yoga class

10.30am – brunch (2 course)

1pm – free time (or a guided walk to Ravensdale along the train trail)

5pm – 6.30pm – restorative yoga class + yoga nidra

THURSDAY  2nd January

7.45am – guided meditations walk with Stuart

9am – breakfast

10.30 – 12.30pm – yoga class (shoulder work, heart opening) + closing circle

12.45pm – lunch

2 – 2.30pm – depart at leisure

At Eagles Rock Retreat we have five guest bedrooms. Bright, beautiful views, en-suite with real comfort and silence, our bedrooms have all the features attributable to a great nights sleep.

Attending solo or or with friends?

More than half our guests fbook solo. With hand-crafted beds featuring ornate curtains made from saris brought from India on our travels,

you have the privacy and quiet space to retire to, when sharing.

If you are attending with friends, will will ensure to give you most appropriate room available.

Bedroom ‘Satya’

Sleeps 3

En-suite Bathroom with a shower, located on the ground floor of the Retreat House

Bedroom ‘Daya’

Sleeps 3

This is a smaller bedroom with a spacious en-suite bathroom,

located on the ground floor of the retreat house.

Bedroom ‘Maya’

Sleeps 2/3

This is our newly renovated King-size double bedroom, and additional single bed suitable to share with a partner or as a family room. This beautiful bedroom is also on the ground floor and has an en-suite bathroom with a shower and bath.

Bedroom ‘Maitri’

Sleeps 4

This is our largest bedroom located on the first floor.
it has stunning views,
an en-suite bathroom with a large jacuzzi bath!

Bedroom ‘Ananda’

Twin bedroom next to the Yoga Studio has magnificent views of the Glenmore Valley and the Irish Sea and a balcony where you can take it all in.

Adjacent is a small bathroom with shower/toilet

Getting to us by car

It could not be easier. From Dublin (North) you will reach us in 1hour and 15min. From Belfast you will be here in an hour. From the M1 motorway, take exit 18 (Carlingford). We are about 15min drive from there.

Using google maps, put in ‘Eagles Rock Retreat’ (make sure you put in ‘Retreat’, otherwise you end up at a different house far, far away!

Getting to us by public transport 

It could not be easier. There are hourly buses from Dublin airport and Dublin City Centre and take approximately 1hour and 15minutes. From Belfast you can take a train.

We offer a free transfer service from Dundalk train and bus stations to our venue.

It’s a scenic 15 minute drive from the station to the venue.

Once here, you do not need a car.

IMPORTANT: Please endeavour to arrive in Dundalk between 3pm and 4.30pm.

We will send you detailed directions by email when you book.

Martina Durnin is an experienced level 3 Iyengar Yoga teacher. Martina started practicing yoga in London in 1999 at the age of 24 and immediately knew that she found something she was going to do for the rest of her life. The effectiveness of the Iyengar Yoga method was mind-blowing to her from the very start. Martina was able to fix her rounded posture and correct her physical imbalances in a relatively short space of time through persistent practice. But it is the deeper psychological benefits of yoga that make her come back to the mat day after day. Martina qualified as an Iyengar Yoga teacher in 2004 and has been passionately sharing this method with others since then. Martina later graduated as a physical therapist to further deepen her knowledge of the body’s function and dysfunction. Martina is a co-founder of Carlingford Yoga and has been running residential retreats with her partner Stuart since 2012. She is devoted to the practice of yoga and continues to deepen her knowledge of every aspect of the practice with the most senior teachers the world has to offer.

I am new to yoga. Is this suitable for me?

Our retreats are very much suited to students of every level, unless otherwise indicated. Small numbers ensure that there is time for each guest to receive the direction and instruction they require. There are basic and more advanced options for each asana/pose. Your teacher will assess your needs and support you all the way.  There is no benefit in overstretching or seeking to take on something that your body is not ready to do. The use of props is key; these will make up the space or distance between where you want to be (classical or full pose) and where your practice allows you to be for now. The Iyengar method is the best place to start.


I am an experienced yogi. Is this for me? 

Your teacher is an experienced Iyengar yoga teacher. There are numerous variations for each pose and you are invited to try these based on your level. There will be at no time any sense of waiting for others to catch up. Be assured of really engaging and fun classes throughout. No matter what your level, you will be challenged!


What age is this suitable for? 

No upper age limit. We all learn so much from each generation. Variety only adds to the experience and the beautiful thing about yoga is that you can start at any age and become healthier. Children aged 14+ may attend where accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Can I take time out from activities?

This is your time. We have the timetable structured to make the most of each day, through practice, rest and recreation. However, if you feel that chilling out by the fire with a book is the right thing for you right now, do it!


Can I get a single room? 

We do not have single rooms at our venue. However, when a retreat is not full and there is availability, we might be able to accommodate you. Ask us. Single room is subject to supplement of €25 per night.


Can I get my deposit back if I can’t make it? 

No. The deposit is non-refundable, however if you let us know 21 days ahead of your chosen retreat, we will transfer your deposit to another date. We do our best and treat cancellations compassionately. Talk to us.


Is there a WI FI?

Yes. However we encourage our guests to turn off their phones while on a retreat and take this opportunity to detox from screens and EMR. We turn WiFi off at night.


I’m a bit nervous coming on my own!

You don’t need to be. Most of our guests come solo. We will pair you with somebody of a similar age and make you feel at home.


Can I come earlier on Friday? 

We will be busy getting the house ready and your room might not be available before 4pm. But you are welcome to drop off your bags anytime and take a drive to Carlingford, enjoy a stroll and a cuppa.


What to bring? 

We provide towels, bedding, yoga mats/equipment. Please don’t forget to pack your hiking boots, rain jacket and slippers (the house is a shoe-free zone).


Do I need a car? 

No. We can collect you at a bus/train station in Dundalk or Newry. Once here, you will not need a transport.

I have a serious food allergy. Can you accommodate me? 

Yes. As long as we know in a good time, we can cater for anything. Talk to us.

Is alcohol allowed on a retreat? 

No. This is a dry house. You will not miss it and if you do, perhaps a pint of Guinness in one of Carlingford’s charming pubs will quench your thirst.