Ballymaloe House, County Cork
with Marybeth Grinnan & Niki Schemmel
October 8-14, 2023
We have one female we can still place a roommate wth!
Join Marybeth and Niki for a mind-body-spirit vacation in mystical, magical Ireland!
Enjoy a week of Irish charm, striking backdrops, farm-to-table food, and of course yoga and Nia. During this retreat, we’ll offer morning and afternoon classes, group meals, excursions, and even a surprise! How you spend your time, though, is up to you: feel free to explore, relax in the drawing room by the fire, or enjoy afternoon tea in the fragrant, flower-filled conservatory. Whatever you choose, prepare to return home refreshed and revitalized in every way.
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 can enjoy a nice soak with fresh bath salts. 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, which is filled with scented geraniums and winter jasmine and overlooks our gardens and river. The gardens are dotted with benches, where you can sit and read or listen to the sounds of the farm. During our visit in October, the drawing room will be warm and peaceful—the perfect place to relax after a long walk by the sea and look out at the wild Irish sky.
Nia and Yoga classes will be onsite at the “Grainstore,” which was originally built in the 17th century, but converted to host groups and events. Many of our meals will be catered for us here at the Grainstore, and we’ve been invited to a special dinner at Ballymaloe House.
During our week, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the grounds of Ballymaloe, a picnic on the Ballycotton cliffs, and a day trip to Blarney castle (with a special dinner out at a surprise restaurant!). This unique retreat will open your eyes to many of the splendors of Ireland and is perfect for single travelers, couples, culinary enthusiasts and you!
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, for example hiring a private driver service 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, Dingle and other gems. Kinsale is also a lovely village not far from Cork. 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 connect those of you on similar arrivals if you want to hire a taxi bus as a group. 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
Marybeth Grinnan, SoulShine Studios owner, First Degree Nia Black Belt
Marybeth is a First Degree Nia Black Belt with over twenty years of experience teaching Nia, an accessible and joyful movement practice that combines elements of dance, mindfulness, and martial arts. She has deepened her practice by attending many Nia trainings, and is certified to teach Moving to Heal, Nia Five Stages, FloorPlay, FreeDance, and MOVE It. In addition to her teaching practice, she has led over twenty retreats in the United States, Costa Rica, and across Europe.
Over the past two decades, Nia has taught Marybeth to live with more joy, connection, and belonging, and it is her passion to share these lessons with others. Since returning to her hometown of Richmond, VA, in 2008, Marybeth has magnetized a thriving community of Nia students and teachers who uplift and support each other’s growth. In 2019, she co-founded a home for this community: SoulShine Studios, a Nia and yoga studio in Richmond. Marybeth loves dancing in community and creating the space for people of all ages to feel playful, loose, and free.
Niki Schemmel Nia First Degree Black Belt, RYT 500 e-RYT 200 YACEP
Niki Is a passionate facilitator of growth and joy. She began teaching yoga in 2001 after she fell in love with yoga philosophy that opened her heart and alignment principles that strengthened her body. Being a former jazz dancer she was drawn to the freedom and artistic expression of the Nia practice and began teaching Nia in 2010. In all of her classes, Niki is committed to creating a space that is inclusive and supportive for every body. She offers modifications and progressions while encouraging participants to focus on how they feel rather than how they look. She experiences the depth of yoga and the playfulness of Nia as the perfect marriage of practices to nourish body, mind and spirit.
In addition to teaching weekly public classes at SoulShine Studios, Niki has been teaching yoga and Nia retreats locally and internationally since 2012. She lives in Midlothian, VA with her husband, two teenage kids and her cat Cheddar.
Ireland was amazing! Everything was absolutely wonderful: beautiful land and accommodations, spectacular hosts, delicious food, fun day trips, nourishing classes, 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 (Ireland retreat participant)
I could not have imagined how much this retreat would shift my perspective, challenge me physically, spiritually, and emotionally. It was a perfect balance of human connection, exercise (that exercised your body and mind simultaneously), and quiet reflection. The group was phenomenal and embracing and I could not recommend this retreat more
– previous Marybeth & Niki retreat participant
This retreat was an amazing experience. Marybeth and Niki were so thoughtful and detail oriented about every aspect of the retreat. I felt cared for and comfortable. I also felt free to choose to participate as much as I wanted with the group, or to spend time doing my own thing
– previous retreat participant
Double Occupancy room:
Queen / King or 2 twin beds
$3995 per person
We have one female we can still place a roommate with!
Single Occupancy Room:
Superior Double Occupancy Room:
$4195 per person
*to reserve, you only need to place your initial $695 deposit. We will confirm your reservation and can split your balance into payments through July 2023
- 7 days / 6 nights accommodations at Ballymaloe House
- Classes with your teachers (2 / day on most days)
- Breakfasts lunches and dinners catered by Ballymaloe House
- Walking tour of Ballymaloe
- A day trip to Blarney Castle plus a special dinner out
- Picturesque walk along the Ballycotton cliffs with picnic
- Optional add ons: tour of the famous Jameson Distillery, tour of 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 15, 2023. No refunds after June 15, 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 July, 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.