“Whenever Asana is done mechanically from the front brain, the action is felt only on the Peripheral body and there is no inner sensation. There is no Luminous Inner Light. If the Asana is done with Reflection, the continual reference of the back of the brain, there is a reaction to each action and there is alert sensitivity” Light on Life
As one comes to this state of Reflection one becomes quiet, absorbed, and intellectually alert. The Asana thus reflected, from the back of the brain, is “seen” with the back body itself, it is readjusted and realigned with such purity of Intellect, with such refined alertness of the senses of perception to space, that there is an unhindered awareness of the Actual, the Present, clearly distinct from the remembered or imagined. There is this inner sensation. This Luminous Inner Light.
“To see with the Back Body is to see with the self”. B.K.S. Iyengar
4pm onwards …… arrival, herbal tea/welcome soup
6pm – 8pm ………. THE STATE OF REFLECTION – restorative and pranayama
8.15pm ……………. dinner
8.30am ……………. breakfast
10 – 1pm …………… STANDING IN THE BACK – standing poses and inversions from points unseen
1.15pm …………….. lunch
2.15pm …………….. free time (optional guided walk in the Cooley Mountains)
5 – 7pm ……………. FORWARD EXTENSIONS, hips & arm balances
7.30pm ……………. dinner
8.30am ……………. breakfast
9.30 – 12.30pm …. SEEN WITH THE BACK – inversions & backbends
12.45pm …………… lunch
2 – 2.30pm ……….. depart at leisure
At Eagles Rock Retreat we have four guest bedrooms. Bright, beautiful views, 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 book solo. With hand-crafted beds featuring ornate curtains, 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.
Large En-suite bathroom with a bath
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.
Senior certified Iyengar yoga instructor
Kevin Gardiner, a native New Yorker, began studying yoga in 1970 and has been teaching Iyengar Yoga since 1982. He has had the great good fortune to have studied many times in India with the Iyengar family for extended periods each time. He is indebted and eternally grateful for the genius and compassion of BKS Iyengar, And his family, whose tireless dedication to the subject is the heart of Inspiration. Kevin relocated to Budapest in 2006 after marrying Erika, also an Iyengar Yoga Teacher. They both have worked hard to grow the Iyengar Yoga community in Hungary and continue to do so to this day. Also an actor by profession, Kevin brings passion, light-heartedness and off-beat sense of humor to his teaching. We are very excited to welcome Kevin back to Ireland, his ancestral home and to have him at Eagles Rock Retreat for the first time!
Who is this retreat suitable for?
Anyvody with a regular yoga practice of 2 years and more.
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.