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Stillness by the Sea

This unique 'time-out' grew out of a shared vision between Phil and Elaine Brennan of Waterford Camino Tours and Deirdre Lawlor and Sinead Gaynor of ReNew You Retreats. All we do here on this unique and unspoilt stretch of coastline happens to the sound of the ocean. Your days with us is an invitation to connect to something deeper in yourself and in the universe. As our day unfolds, we will encounter the breath-taking beauty of the Waterford coastline. Each day provides an opportunity to rest, anchor in at the isle for a while and soak in the peace and the beauty of the places we pass along the way. The magic moments are always the unscripted ones; the chats, the laughs... the spontaneous happenings that make your few days away all the more memorable.

The Wellbeing Way – along the Waterford Coastline

Waterford Camino Tours

Sunrise Swim and Beach Walk|Stunning Coastline Trails|Mindful Moments|Nutritious and Delicious Locally Sourced Food|
4 Star Hotel with Seaviews
|Oriental Gardens|Body Boarding in the Bay|Stillness|Song|Fun

 

Day 1: To the sound of the sea

10.00am.

Check in to the Majestic Hotel. Located in the beautiful seaside town of Tramore, Co, Waterford, in the south east of Ireland, the 4-star Majestic Hotel overlooks Tramore Bay with its impressive 5km stretch of golden beach and sand dunes and is less than 10km from the historical city of Waterford.

11.00am.

Get excited as your Inside Outside retreat is finally underway! There will be time to leave your luggage before meeting the team and your fellow retreaters when you join us for some delicious fruit platters, smoothies and savoury scones overlooking Tramore Bay. 

Our aim for this Inside Outside retreat is to help you press pause, step off the treadmill of your busy life and re-connect with yourself and renew your body, mind and spirit. The calming and invigorating influence of nature will renew and replenish us every step of the way. To this end, each morning will begin with a calming, nurturing mindfulness practice to help you become completely immersed in the present, releasing any pain or tension from your body and de-clutter those busy minds. By now we are ready to set our intentions for the journey ahead and so the fun and adventure begins!

Taking an invigorating walk to Newtown Cove, we pause for a calming mindful moment to the sound of the ocean. By now, you should feel your heart rate slow right down. There’s nothing more refreshing than a swim in the famous Guillamene. Don’t forget your swimming gear. You’ll be glad you did! 

We will then make our way back to the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens for a guided tour followed by a delicious, hearty lunch.  After lunch we set off on an invigorating walk along the seafront before we check into our rooms at 3.30pm.  

We can ‘check-in’ to our rooms now and enjoy some well-deserved “Me-Time” before joining us again at 4.30.

Our themed gatherings are what sets our Inside Outside Retreats apart. We want this to be life changing for you, feeling renewed, invigorated and re-connected long after this amazing experience ends. Our daily gathering will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on the day, have some fun and learn some easy to apply take-home tools.

4.30
Gathering Theme Day 1 Reflections and Mindset
7.00  
Dinner:
Dinner will showcase the best of seasonal local produce including fresh seafood, vegan and vegetarian delights, delicious curries, sumptuous salads and fresh pasta 
9.30
Optional Yoga Nidra to help you sleep soundly.

Day 2: To the waters and the wild – Dunmore East

7.30
Morning mindfulness practice, grounding exercise and light stretching. 
8.15
Breakfast:
A hearty and healthy breakfast to set you up for an active day. Options include homemade granola, fruit, yogurt, porridge, choice of eggs, smoked salmon, avocado toast and homemade brown bread. 
9.30

Coach transfer to Dunmore East for an early morning cliff walk. The hike from Ballymacaw to Dunmore East is 8km of stunning beauty. Along the way we pass the picturesque coves of Rathmoylan and Portally. Here, along the headland, we walk in the steps of those who have walked this way before. This age-old pathway has been centuries in the making. It’s a hidden gem that you will not want to end.  

As we hike along the headland, energy ripples in symmetry with the dancing of the waves. What we observe leaves lasting imprints; the magical hues of the azure ocean as it laps onto the flat rocks, the languid majesty of the seal as it basks in the sun, the silhouette of Hook Lighthouse as it peers out through misty skies.

We descend the headland trail towards the harbour in picturesque Dunmore East. Here, on the new footbridge beneath the cliff, we come face to face with curious remnants of a bygone time. 

Dunmore East is the perfect ‘still zone’ to ease us back to where we belong. Here we’ll have some light refreshments in the Lemon Tree Restaurant before we take to the sea for the next stage of our Dunmore East odyssey. Paddle boarding in the Bay is just beautiful. To ‘walk on water’ through nature is a unique experience. We will stay close to the shoreline and fully qualified instructors from the Dunmore East Adventure will lead the way. Trust yourself and trust the universe. It is as liberating as it gets!

Our boat trip is the highlight of the day, where you will have the opportunity to experience the beautiful Waterford coastline, gain perspective and have some fun pulling lobster pots! There will be time for a light fish lunch too. When in Dunmore, it would be a shame not to.

We round off our Dunmore East Adventure with a swim off Pegs Rock. 

We’ll take our coach transfer back to the Majestic Hotel .

5.00
Gathering Day 2 – Theme Reflections and Finding Your Own North Star
7.00
Dinner
9.30
Optional Yoga Nidra to help you sleep soundly
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Day 3: From Source to the Sea

7.30 
Morning mindfulness, establishing healthy boundaries and exercises to wake up your body.
8.15
Breakfast
9.30

Our day begins with a cycle along the magnificent Waterford Greenway . Here, along the banks of the River Suir, we slow-down in line with the rivers flow and tune into the frequency of the universe… 

Early morning by the river is so peaceful, almost mystical. Each step slows the rhythm right down. It’s like being transported back in time; passing the moorings of old along the riverbanks, soaking in the wonderful aromas from the adjoining Mount Congreve Gardens, hearing the old locomotive train follow the century’s old pathway into the city. Memorable on so many levels.  

We then take a coach transfer to the Mahon Falls in the heart of the Comeragh Mountains and follow the rivers flow through Crough Woods below… 

This trail leads you beyond the world as you know it. It’s as though you arrive somewhere that civilisation has yet to reach. High up beyond the peaceful majesty of the woods lies this amphitheatre of rock that has stood there for over 300 million years. The Falls echo from the heart of stone in ways that lingers long after the visit has passed. 

We then follow the path of the river to where it meanders its way beneath the viaduct in Kilmacthomas. It’s good to sit awhile and just breathe. We enjoy lunch to the sound of the river’s flow. 

We then make our way to the coastline where the Mahon River rolls out to the sea at Bonmahon. In the distant skyline, we can see the Falls from where the river began. Bunmahon (‘Bun Machan’, meaning ‘river-mouth of Mahon’), inspires in its beauty and in its wildness. Here, on the far outpost of the Copper Coast, you sense the journey of the river reflects your own.  

Time for a little stillness by the shoreline. We take the short trail across the headland to arrive at Tra na mBó – a hidden gem on the Copper Coast. The lone stack on the beach is not the only feature of this beautiful cove. If you wander out along the headland to the left of the beach you can catch some lovely views and have some fun scrambling up the unusual rock formations! It really is a magical spot. 

The 20 km coach transfer back to Tramore provides us with breath-taking views along the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark. Time to soak in the unique history of this special coastline… and its beauty. Transfer back to hotel.

7.30
Dinner
9.30
Optional Yoga Nidra to help you sleep soundly

 

Day 4: Sand Dunes Walk -Trá Mhór 

7.30
Breakfast
8.30
Sand Dunes Walk – Trá Mhór 

Early morning meditation on the Doneraile overlooking Tramore Bay before our walk. 

The 10km loop around the dunes is best done when the tide is out and before the crowds arrive. Each step along the beach brings you closer to where you need to be. Waves roll into shore to remind us that we are part of something far greater than ourselves. The world may not have changed on our return but somehow we have. 

Tramore beach leads to a line of some of the highest sand dunes in Ireland, backed by a salt marsh and is home to some rare seaside plants and interesting wildlife. The sand dunes have been developing for over 5000 years and are constantly under change due to wind and sand deposits covered in Marram Grass slowing down erosion. Timing our walk to when the tide is out is key to making this a very special trail. The images say it all. Additional commentary seems unnecessary. 

12.00
Light Lunch in the Lafcadio Hearn Gardens.
1.30
Gathering Theme Day 3 Committing to Wellbeing

Farewells and ideas to stay connected – until the next time!

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The Wellbeing Way Team……………..

Phil and Elaine Brennan

Phil and Elaine set out on their Waterford Camino adventure in 2017 and have been welcoming visitors from near and far ever since. In many ways they have chosen the path less travelled as a career option but for both of them there is no turning back. Phil is a former teacher with a recent PhD in Spirituality and Elaine is a former café manager who has ventured into tourism project management for the first time.

An accomplished musician and composer, Phil formed the Island of Ireland Peace Choir in the aftermath of a bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland in 1998 that claimed 31 lives. The choir has become synonymous with the promotion of peace and inclusivity through their music. Over the past few years, Phil has worked as Musical Director with the High Hopes Homeless Choir and created opportunities for this choir to tour the country and spread their message through their song and the power of their story. 

Phil and Elaine started out on their Camino journey 4 years ago and love nothing more than to roll out mindful experiences in the great outdoors. Tramore is their home. Each journey starts and ends from the shoreline. Phil’s reflective musings are posted monthly on www.waterfordcamino.com 

Deirdre Lawlor

Deirdre is a business owner, coach and mother to 4 children ranging in age from 14 to 21. She is passionate about living life to the full and pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone to see what’s on the other side!! Her mantra is “feel the fear and do it anyway” which has seen her compete in marathons, long distance mountain hikes and sea swims. 

Her fascination with wellness and personal wellbeing stemmed from her 20 years experience in early years education. From observing children busy at play she became aware that we are all born perfectly imperfect and at home in our own skin until the realisation that society has “a role for us to play” causes us to forget who we really are and what makes our souls sing. This observation has sparked a passionate love affair with all things mindfulness, wellness and holistic living.

Deirdre’s many areas of study include personal and business coaching, addiction coaching, NLP, self-compassion practice, mindset change, emotional intelligence, personal growth and equality and diversity. Deirdre’s natural warmth and enthusiasm has helped clients move beyond a mindset of fear and doubt to a mindset of possibilities and courage.

Sinead Gaynor

Grabbing life comes to mind in describing Sinead. A proud mother to two teenage daughters she relishes motherhood, adventures with her family, hiking and swimming in the great outdoors and sharing experiences with her tribe of ‘hussies’. As an entrepreneur, Sinead has led her corporate coaching and personal development business from strength to strength with a loyal and growing clientele. 

A love of lifelong learning coupled with a curious mindset has meant that Sinead has studied diverse fields including positive psychology, NLP, personality profiling, coaching, mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence and energy. She is passionate about wellbeing, building personal resilience, and helping her clients to achieve sustainable change. 

Her natural warmth, compassion and insight, coupled with 29 years of experience in personal development has enabled Sinead to help thousands of clients to raise their conscious awareness, develop a healthy rhythm, realign their career, grow their confidence, challenge their self-limiting beliefs and consciously create the life they want.

The wellbeing way – ‘inside out retreat’ – what to expect!

This unique ‘time-out’ grew out of a shared vision between Phil and Elaine Brennan of Waterford Camino Tours and Deirdre Lawlor and Sinead Gaynor of ReNew You Retreats. All we do here on this unique and unspoilt stretch of coastline happens to the sound of the ocean. Your days with us is an invitation to connect to something deeper in yourself and in the universe. 

Spending time is nature is so therapeutic and leaves you feeling renewed and refreshed, we want you to take that feeling home with you so you can make real and lasting change to your life. Each morning, we invite you to join us in gentle guided meditation, visualisation and grounding exercises before joining your fellow retreaters for a delicious, nourishing and healthy breakfast.

As our day unfolds, we will encounter the breath-taking beauty of the Waterford coastline. Each day provides an opportunity to rest, anchor in at the isle for a while and soak in the peace and the beauty of the places we pass along the way. The magic moments are always the unscripted ones; the chats, the laughs… the spontaneous happenings that make your few days away all the more memorable. 

Having nourished our senses, we will enjoy a sumptuous lunch and snacks along the way, savouring the delicious bounty of Waterford wholesome artisan produce, to nourish and renew us. 

Our return to our base each day gives the opportunity to partake in our “gatherings” where we will spend time reflecting on the growing sense of wellbeing, connection and ease and discover exercises and tips to maintain this feeling going forward.

 Our evening meal is always a highlight to our day as we emerge with rosy cheeks, a healthy appetite and sense of anticipation. A selection of the freshest local seafood, , vegetarian and vegan delights will not disappoint. 

The ‘inside out experience’ is more than just a break away. It will leave you feeling refreshed, energised and wanting more. The universe works its own unique brand of magic. We just create the conditions and allow the rest to happen. Let the journey begin!

Price includes:

  • 3 nights bed, breakfast in the recently refurbished 4 star Majestic Hotel in Tramore.
  • Lunch and dinner each day.
  • Mindful guided experiences along the stunning Waterford coastline led by our 5 star team. 
  • Luxury coach transfers.
  • Guided tour of the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens for the duration of your time with us. 
  • Welcoming reception in the Coastguard Cultural Centre, Tramore.
  • Boat trip in Dunmore East. 
  • Paddle boarding along with fully guided instructors in Dunmore East.

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