Heir Island: Yoga and Mindfulness



For the second year Claire Osborne and I will be running a Yoga and Mindfulness Weekend retreat on beautiful Heir Island, off the West Cork coast.

Claire Osborne will share gentle asana, and mindful movement, breathing practices, yoga nidra, mudras and chanting to link us with the wild nature of the island through the senses.
Paola Vais will be sharing seated and walking meditations, focusing on present moment awareness and loving kindness.

Cost €320 (sharing) / €340 (single room) includes teaching, accommodation, all vegetarian meals and ferry to and from the Island.

Early bird until 1st June – €290/€ 320



Mobius Center – the studio is behind the big window!


FRIDAY: Start 6.30 pm with dinner followed by a welcoming ritual and relaxing yoga and meditation (registration from 6 pm)

SATURDAY: we’ll start with a morning practice of yoga and meditation, followed by breakfast and some free time before the morning sessions. Lunch will be at 1, with some time after to explore the island, go for a swim or simply rest before the restorative afternoon practices. We’ll have dinner at 6, and then meet again for the evening meditation and yoga Nidra.

SUNDAY: THE morning will unfold like Saturday, and after lunch the retreat will end with a closing circle, in time to catch the 3:55 Ferry.

Bookings and info: Claire osborneclaire@hotmail.com or Paola mindfulness.westcork@me.com  or  087 245 3292
Please note, pre-payment is required to ensure your place.



Claire Osborne has been practicing yoga for 23 years, and also a form of mindful movement, called Amerta movement, for more than 18 years. As well as teaching classes and workshops full time since 2001, she is also a massage therapist and yoga therapist. She passionately believes that yoga can help us life live with more ease, vitality and awareness.

Paola Vais has been practicing mindfulness meditation and attending retreats for a number of years. Her personal experience of the many benefits of mindfulness and the belief that mindfulness is an accessible way to live life more fully has led her to train as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher and has been teaching since 2011.


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Courses and events in 2017


Weekly courses

Mindfulness for Health – the Breathworks course for people suffering from chronic pain and illnesses

8 weekly classes starting 14th of March  € 250 (concessions available)

Tuesdays –  14, 21, 28 March, 4, 18 25 April, 2, 9 May (no class April 11th)


Mindfulness for Well-being : a new course introducing mindfulness  for well-being

6 weekly classes starts March 15th  € 180

Wednesdays –  15, 22, 29 March, 5, 19, 26 April (no class on the April 12th )


Mindfulness for Stress 8 weeks – will start in April, dates to be confirmed


Week-end retreats

Summer Yoga and Mindfulness meditation week-end on Heir Island , With Claire Osborne and Paola Vais

from Friday 14th July to Sunday 17th – more details later


Kayaking as a mindfulness practice , a week-end on Heir Island With Paola Vais and Kevin McCormack

From Friday 25th of August to Sunday 27th – details announced in spring


Mindfulness, kindness, compassion – a nature week-end in Ballyhoura, Limerick , With Paola Vais and Susan O’Regan , May 2017 – dates TBC