Ballymaloe House, County Cork
with Dr. Betsy Rippentrop
September 24-30, 2023
Join Dr. Betsy Rippentrop for an unforgettable yoga retreat in mystical, magical Ireland!
Family owned and run, Ballymaloe House will be your home for 7 lovely days and 6 nights. Tucked into the quiet Cork countryside and complete with farm, pristine gardens, artists residency and a world renowned cookery school, your days will include morning and afternoon yoga classes, farm to table meals, strolling the property, picnicking on the Ballycotton cliffs and more. You’ll enjoy a day trip to Blarney castle, and have the opportunity to visit the Jameson distillery or enjoy a cooking demo at the Ballymaloe Cookery School. This special retreat is an experience of all of the splendors of Ireland and is perfect for single travelers, couples, culinary enthusiasts and everything in between.
Join us as we stroll through the gardens, linger of libations and enjoy each others friendships.
Your retreat week will be at the award winning Ballymaloe House. Condé Nast Traveller Magazine has acknowledged Ballymaloe House on their Gold List, and it was the only Irish venue on this prestigious list of the World’s top 100 hotels. The McKenna Guide 2018 listed Ballymaloe House as one of Ireland’s 100 Best Restaurants.
Accommodation at Ballymaloe House is simple and elegant. Each room has a private bathroom (most with bathtubs!) where you will be treated to fresh bath salts for a nice soak. All accommodations have a calm and relaxing feel. There are paintings and drawings by Irish modern artists such as Pat Scott, Michael Farrell, Louis Le Brocquy and Norah McGuinness throughout the house as well as examples of Irish studio pottery.
Enjoy afternoon tea in the drawing room by the fire or in the conservatory filled with scented geraniums and winter jasmine looking out onto our gardens and river. Benches are dotted throughout the gardens for you to sit in summer and read or listen to the sounds of the farm. In winter the drawing room is warm and peaceful-the perfect place to relax after a long walk by the sea and look out at the wild Irish sky.
Yoga classes will be onsite at the “Grainstore” – originally built in the 17th century, but converted to host groups and events (including local yoga workshops). Many of our meals will be catered for us here at the Grainstore, plus we’ve been invited to a special dinner at Ballymaloe House.
During our week, we’ll explore the surrounding area, have a picnic on the Bally cotton cliffs, visit Blarney Castle and more.
Please plan to meet the group at Ballymaloe House on the start day of your retreat. Rooms will be available between 2 and 4pm. On the last day of your retreat, check out is after breakfast (so there will not be a yoga class on that day).
The closest airport to Ballymaloe House is Cork international (ORK) which is about 30 minutes via taxi or car. The other major airports in Ireland are Dublin (3 hour drive) and Shannon (2 hour drive). We anticipate that some participants will add time before or after the retreat to explore and some may choose to fly into an Dublin or Shannon, rent a car or take other transportation (you can check out train and bus options) to get to Cork and then to our retreat home at Ballymaloe.
There is so much beauty worth exploring if you have any extra time to add. In the past, some have added time in Dublin, while others have ventured from Cork to Killarney, the ring of Kerry and other gems. (for Star Wars fans, the island Michal Skellig where Luke Skywalker went into hiding is off the coast here!) So, a car rental may be worth it, especially if shared by a friend or two (to share the cost) … but don’t forget – the Irish drive on the left!
We will start gathering participants travel plans well in advance, and certainly if we see many on similar flights arriving to the Cork Airport, we may be able to assist with arrange a shared shuttle bus. For transportation after the retreat (for example back to Cork airport), the receptionist at Ballymaloe can easily assist.
What to pack:
- Cool weather clothing
- Good walking shoes
- A couple of nicer outfits for evenings out
- Yoga clothes
- Adapters for electronics
Dr. Betsy Rippentrop
Dr. Rippentrop’s work is one of integration – the blending of science, yoga, psychology, spirituality, and esoteric healing traditions. Doctoral training in counseling psychology at the University of Iowa provided Dr. Rippentrop a strong foundational understanding of mental health, research methodology, and the practice of psychotherapy. She has specialty training in pain management, sleep disorders, psychosocial oncology, and mind/body interventions for both physical and mental health. She completed her clinical internship at Rush Medical center in Chicago, and has worked in various departments within academic medical centers. She has been in private practice for the past 17 years.
During her graduate studies, Dr. Rippentrop turned to yoga as a much needed respite from the stress of her work. Her interest in yoga and its healing properties took root, leading to additional in-depth study of energy medicine, meditation, mindfulness, hypnosis, breath work, the chakra system, and mystical teachings. She completed teacher training in the Anusara yoga method in 2008, and has completed over 500 hours of training in yoga with various teachers from different lineages including John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Angela Farmer.
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Ireland was amazing! Everything was absolutely wonderful: beautiful land and accommodations, spectacular hosts, delicious food, fun day trips, nourishing yoga, fantastic community. It was bittersweet to leave, but I did so feeling completely replenished and full of joy. This was my perfect first solo traveling adventure.
– Kelly S
Couldn’t have asked for more! Amazing accommodations at Ballymaloe, the homemade food was so delicious, and, most important, I formed a new tribe with some of the most wonderful people I have ever met! Left a wee bit of me heart in Ireland!
– Caroline P
Double Occupancy room:
King or 2 twin beds
$3995 per person
Single Occupancy Room:
Superior Double Occupancy Room:
$4195 per person
- 7 days / 6 nights accommodations at Ballymaloe House
- Yoga Classes
- Breakfasts lunches and dinners catered by Ballymaloe House
- Walking tour of Ballymaloe
- A day trip to Blarney Castle and other treats
- Picturesque walk along the Ballycotton cliffs with picnic
- Optional add ons: tour of the famous Jameson Distillery, cooking demonstration at the world famous Ballymaloe Cookery School
- Travel to and from Ballymaloe House
- Optional activities
- Gratuities you might like to offer drivers and guides
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended – see Travel Guard Link)
A $695 deposit will secure your space and we would be happy to try to match you with a roommate if you need one.
Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($695) before June 1, 2023. No refunds after June 1, 2023. In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify One Yoga Global 21+ days in advance. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy.
If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through June 2023, unless other arrangements are made. Participants will be required to sign the application and liability waiver to participate on this trip.
We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies like Travel Guard and Trawick International offer policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to to weather & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency travel medical. Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.
We recommend that you consider purchasing trip insurance to protect your investment. Trawick International and Travel Guard are two providers that we recommend. Please review policies carefully to ensure they provide the coverage you need.