Galway Yoga Festival, April 2017

Nourish your mind, body and soul with a host of different styles and types of yoga from the absolute beginners to advanced, to deeply spiritual, to mindfulness and meditation.  From a night of embodiment and movement medicine to breathing techniques.  From wild and free to calm and content and back again.  In a location surrounded by beautiful trees and nature, with massage & holistic therapy available on site.  This is not a festival to be missed. We are bringing together a bunch of absolutely amazing teachers to share their knowledge and wisdom for this three day festival.  There will be a variety of yoga styles coming from traditions based in the North & South of India.  Including Hatha yoga, Ashtanga, Flow, Gentle, Partner, Kundalini, Gong Baths, chanting & much more.  Some of the teachers include Paul & Katrina Hardiman from “An Seomra Yoga” (Galway), Colin Callinan teaching Ashtanga & meditation, Andrew Hassett teaching Bhagavad Gita & Hatha yoga. Aisling Reidy from “Optimum Health” bringing an awareness of mindfulness and psychotherapy to the practice and much more.  Extras include funky dance workshops, thai massage training and Des Richmond Kinesiologist and Life Coach.

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Over the course of the weekend there will be 45 different classes/workshops and there is something for everyone.  Many classes are repeated once so that if a time slot is running two classes that you want to attend, you will have a second chance to participate in it.

Esker Monastery is in a beautiful location in East Galway surrounded by the stunning and vast countryside, giving you a sense of being away from it all, immersed in nature.  There are long treelined walkways, huge, beautiful trees, expansive green areas, lots of animals and an all encompassing sense of being in nature. This retreat is a fantastic getaway to relax the mind, awaken the heart, restore and rejuvenate the body.


Katrina Hardiman: Has been teaching yoga for many years and has studied Yin, Iyengar, Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, Ashtanga and Pre-natal Yoga throughout Los Angeles but mainly in Yoga Works, Santa Monica and Sacred Movement in Venice. Her teaching style bares the imprint of this wide range of yoga studied over the years. Her classes have a strong emphasis on the breath and allowing the breath to guide the practice safely to a more supple and strong body and calm mind.

Aisling Reidy: Has been teaching yoga for over 15 years, having trained initially in India.  She is a fully qualified sports injury therapist, nutritionist, psychotherapist, mindfulness practitioner and much more.  Aisling runs recognised qualifications in Yoga teacher training, sports massage, massage, nutrition & counselling. With twenty years of meditation and practice, she brings an awareness of all her studies, practice and experience to her classes and sees yoga as a meditation in motion, focusing on the breath and the therapeutic aspect of the movements.

Paul Hardiman:  Has been practicing yoga since 1994.  With a marital arts background he shifted his focus to yoga after being introduced to it by Katrina. He continued his practice of yoga in Los Angeles in a variety of styles having fun with teachers Steve Ross and Kathryn Budig, eventually leading to his teacher training with Yogaworks in Santa Monica under the guidance of Malachi Melville, Birgitte Kristen, Anne Van Valkenburg and Colleen Garrity. His yoga is inspired by the classical Ashtanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga schools, all in the lineage of Krishnamacharya complemented by Alan Finger’s deep knowledge of meditation and the subtle body.  He has expanded his interests to Thai Yoga Massage and his classes tend to be strong and energetic with a Qi Gong influence, and always with a light hearted approach.

Colin Callinan: Has been practicing vipassana meditation for over fifteen years and has sat in silent meditation for up to 30 days at a time.  He has been practicing yoga for many years and completed two yoga trainings both in India, his studies included a Hatha teacher training and Ashtanga training,  He will teach yoga and share his meditation experiences and will lead guided meditations throughout the weekend.

Andrew Hassett:  Has been practicing yoga and meditation for over ten years.  As a trained psychologist, he did research in the areas of mindfulness and is a dedicated meditator.  He is deeply interested in the Bhagavad Gita and will give workshops in Hatha yoga & Gita.

Linda Martin:  Has been teaching Kundalini yoga for several years and will do a five session course over the three days on Compassion based yoga.  You can either enter all five workshops and follow the flow of this style or you can come to one class and still get the benefits from the practice.

Clair Carter:  Trained in Ashtanga & Hatha in India, Ireland and around Europe.  Clair’s classes combine the roots of her meditation practice, her daily asana practice in the Ashtanga system of yoga as well as her training in Hatha Yoga. We will begin with a short introduction to sitting meditation, gently moving into a dynamic asana practice and finish with a deep relaxation or Yoga Nidra which will leave the whole bodily and energetic systems deeply nourished and rejuvenated.

Tina Hannon: Tina is trained in somatic movement and dance.  For those of you who love to dance, we will create nights to remember with music and dance from all over the globe.  Using dance as a meditation, somatic movement awareness, and also a space to let go and connect to the beat.

Secret Garden Cafe: Are here to tantalise your tastebuds and fill you with delicious cakes and energy balls.  Mara is also doing her special Tea ceremonies for those who would like to book in advance.



Massage: Mick Herron –  with over fifteen years experience in Acupuncture, Physical Therapy, Sports Massage, Shiatsu, Inidan Head Massage.  Mick has dedicated his life to studying the body, health & a variety of sports from yoga training to triathlons and even cross fit.  He has a deep knowledge of the body and gives a variety massage styles

Massage: Daryl Belmore –  started his career in health and wellness by qualifying to be a fitness instructor in 2001. In 2002 he qualified as a massage therapist, and then went on to study sports injuries. spending time training and treating various teams. From 2005 he started to work full time in the spa industry and has over 11 years experience working as a senior therapist, trainer and eventually spa manager.  His expert treatments include a luxurious deep massage, reflexology, sports massage and much more.

Kinesiology: Des Richmond – is a mindfulness coach, law of attraction coach and a Kinesiologist for over ten years. He works with clients to help them remove their mental and emotional blocks to success and happiness. He is dedicated to a create your own reality approach and how to develop and improve your life on all levels.  He is an inspired teacher and coach & an informed therapist.  He will do a variety of talks aswell as one to one sessions over the weekend.

Woodland Walks: There are beautiful grounds, trees and nature in Esker Monastery and they have several specific walks/trails as well as orientering that you can follow.  There is even a pitch and putt course.

Accommodation: Each room is for two people and has two beds. The rooms are spacious, warm, clean and cosy.  There are many shared bathrooms and toilets. There are also lots of lounge and relaxation areas throughout the building. There are a limited number of single rooms available for an extra cost.  Please call for details.

Date: 28th-30th April 2017 Cost: 250€ for the full weekend which includes all food and board.  Or buy a one day ticket for 95€ not including accommodation. Unfortunately spaces are limited. Location: Esker Monastery, East Galway


Venue: Esker Monastery Retreat House