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Escape to luxury and retreat into Ballintubbert the Place of Wellness. Earth yourself in the gardens and walk barefoot in the steps of a residence that was once home to such literary greats as Poet Laureate Cecil Day Lewis, Sebastian Shaw and Sir John Hurt. Wander 14 acres of living garden-rooms surrounding our home. Explore the Sir Edwin Lutyens-inspired sunken garden with Gertrude Jekyll-style planting, lose yourself in the yew cloisters, and revel in the Arthur Shackleton-designed garden nestled near the side door. Relax in the secret garden before exploring the woodland walks and newly established Bee-tropolis Biodiversity space. Breath in the energy as you practice in the Tabernacle, be mindful as you slip away to the hidden woods. Book your Retreat today.

Upcoming Wellbeing Retreats

“A Time to Blossom” a Lu Thornely Retreat


Time To Blossom

Time to Blossom is A Mid Week 2 DAY retreat to embrace Bealtaine. Escape to dedicate time for yourself as we transition into high summer, the peak of the year in the northern hemisphere.

The Insightful Lucy founder of lucybloomyoga joins Chef Lu Thornely to host a wellness retreat celebrating the union of Food & Yoga.

Set in the magic of Ballintubbert gardens which will be in full bloom.

This special mid week retreat will be an opportunity to reconnect through embodiment practices utilising Yoga, tantra, breath & ritual facilitated by yoga teacher Lucy Bloom .

Fluidity of Movement

“Lucy Bloom is a gifted teacher and communicator. Her insights fuse ancient wisdom with modern life. In her classes I always find both grounding and uplift.”

Immerse yourself in nature by waking to the sound of the dawn chorus, relaxing in the lime avenue or simply enjoying the scent of the rose garden.

Dynamic morning yoga practice & evening restorative yoga practices combined with plenty of time to relax, read & soak up the serenity of the surroundings will leave you feeling lighter & glowing with inner calm.

‘The retreat space really allows us time to drop out of the day to day as well as the mundane. Here we can gain clarity on how to move forward.’ Lucy

There is the option to add a soothing massage, Reiki or reflexology. These will be available on Wednesday pm : pre-booking is required at a separate cost.

Feel nurtured & nourished with Lucy’s wisdom and Lu’s fresh & flavoursome healthy food.

All meals will be shared together in Ballintubbert’s dining room and refreshments will be served throughout the day.
Yoga mats can be provided but we recommend you bring your own. Props such as bolsters and blocks will also be available but bring your own if you prefer. All yoga practice takes place in the incredible Pavilion in the garden . It will be heated and regularly ventilated and adhere to covid regulations.
To book please contact Lu directly https://www.luthornely.com/mid-may-retreat 087 990 8003

Sample Itinerary

Bursting with Flavour & Vitality

Lu Thornely’s retreat menu is inspired by Indian cuisine, ayurvedic ingredients & an Irish kitchen garden. All dishes are lovingly prepared from the finest seasonal, local and organic food. Lu will be sharing some her skills in a cooking demo on Wednesday afternoon. This will feature ways to spruce up a salad for the summer months ahead as well adding healthy elements to your everyday meals. A recipe sheet to take home to inspire following the retreat is also included.

‘The food, Lu’s energy & the beautiful house along with the lovely people and the yoga made the experience sublime ’ – Victoria Mary Clarke

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