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Secret Heart Anusara Yoga Festival: Ireland & UK Regional Gathering

June 7, 2019 - June 9, 2019

ireland festival

Ireland & UK Regional Gathering


**EARLY BIRD OFFER €380 Expires 1st of March !

Your ticket includes accommodation, food (breakfast, lunch and dinner), all classes and workshops with the best of International and local teachers, social evenings with music, dance, chant and great company.

Professor Bill Mahony – Bridget Kramer Woods – Tiffany Wood – Noeleen Tyrrell and more to be announced

Join us for a weekend of deep blissful yoga, sharing and having fun together. Spend a few days in our little piece of heaven and study with great teachers from Ireland, the UK and beyond. Let the healing wildness of the landscape at Ard Nahoo work its magic as we practice in the stunning home of Anusara® Yoga in Ireland.

The Secret Heart

“In the yogic context, the concept of the heart carries many beautiful connotations.

The Heart (Sanskrit hṛdaya and similar terms) is the the most sublime, powerful, affirming, loving, divine presence within you. So, the Heart refers to the finest essence of your being.

The Heart also refers to the encompassing community that is grounded in and oriented toward the divine Presence within all beings

You may not always experience the true Heart, or you may not always know how to express it, for it is often hidden. In yogic terms, it is guha-hṛdaya, the “Secret Heart.”

Anusara® Yoga is oriented toward aligning with that Secret Heart that pulsates within you.

When referring to yogic texts, the word “heart,” hṛdaya, also refers to the most refined and precise set of yogic teachings about this divine power and presence with each of us. One such textual epitomes of yoga philosophy is called  the “Heart of Recogjtion” (Pratyabhijṇā-hṛdaya), from the eleventh century, which presents the process by which we come to know the true Heart.

In this retreat, we will study, discuss, contemplate, integrate, and apply the teachings of the “Heart of Recognition” (Pratyabhijñā-hṛdaya) as we seek to know, understand, and embody that Secret Heart. Do join us!” Professor Bill Mahony PhD

Meet Our Special Guest of Honour :


Bill is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Religion at Davidson College, where he teaches courses on the religions of India, centering particularly on the contemplative and devotional sensibilities and practices associated with those traditions. The recipient of a number of teaching awards and research fellowships, Bill travels to India frequently and has lived in contemplative settings for extended periods of time.

Bill works internationally with the yoga community in leading workshops and retreats on the cultivation and refinement of the spiritual life. He is known for his warm, lively and compassionate teaching style that is accessible to contemporary yoga students at all levels.

In these workshops and retreats, Bill integrates his knowledge of Indian philosophy gained through his discerning and informed scholarly study with insights refined through over four decades of his own yogic practice.  He shares with participants what he himself experiences to be expansive and transforming wisdom held in texts he studies, and he guides participants in ways they can fruitfully apply these perspectives in their own lives. Bill’s teaching style is oriented toward sustained group discussion and includes periods of meditation.

Tickets/ Cost

Fully Residential Ticket       

Cost: €420 (+ 1.4% Transaction Fee)

Early Bird:  €380 until 1st March 2019
2 nights accommodation
Delicious vegetarian food (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

All yoga classes & workshops

Kirtan & social evenings with live music

Non – Residential Ticket

Cost: €350 (+ 1.4% Transaction Fee)

Early Bird – €320 until 1st of March 2019


Delicious vegetarian food (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

All yoga classes & workshops

Kirtan & social evenings with live music

Starts Friday Afternoon – Finishes Sunday Afternoon

First meal is dinner on Friday evening so please bring snacks and provisions as needed.

Our Festival Teachers: 


Saoirse is founder of Warrior Yoga Sligo and is an Anusara® Inspired teacher and lifelong student.  She teaches mostly from her beautiful home studio under the iconic mountain of the warrior queen Meadbh – Knocknarea .  Saoirse has a playful, heartfelt approach to practice and is experienced in several styles of yoga with a keen interest in the therapeutic use of movement, mindfulness and breath.  Saoirse is a 500 hour registered teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals and has a passion for Kids Yoga.  She both teaches  and has written a book on Kids Yoga.


Jeannine is a Certified Anusara® yoga teacher, yoga therapist and energy-body worker from Eastern Canada. Her devotion to yoga comes from a profound desire to skillfully overcome obstacles and experience life’s abundance. Described by her students as playful and attentive, her teaching style also reflects her wisdom of, and keen interest in: biomechanics, bioenergetics, psychology and yogic philosophy.
The Core Connection – An Exploratory Journey Through the Center of the Body-Universe
In Anusara® yoga, we move from the inside-out, we Open to Grace and connect to our core – our central intelligence. Then, we move or act with this power supporting us from within. This asana class will be a gentle but profound somatic exploration of the intelligence that supports us in the form of our deep core myofascial matrix 
(aka: Deep Front Line)We’ll be slowing things down, taking time to breathe, move, feel and experience from the soles of the feet, up through the pelvic floor, deep abdominal tissues and diaphragm, to the root of the tongue. You’ll refine your awareness, strengthen and align the more subtle layers of your body, and leave class feeling more centered, supported and in harmony with your True Nature.  (Level: All levels. Props: 1-2 blocks).
Justine Purcell is an Anusara inspired teacher  from Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. Anusara yoga has been a big part of her  life for well over 5 years since she first met and trained with Noeleen in 2014. She opened “Just Yoga” Studio in her home town and offers alignment based heartfelt classes which  are creative, strengthening, nourishing and fun. Yoga has helped to enhance every aspect of Justine’s life so she loves sharing her knowledge and experience with people who are interested in the benefits of exploring a mind, body and heart practice.
Spend some time in the wonderful world of backbends, using the concept Lila the Sanskrit word for play. This backbend class will open your heart as well as your spirit. This practice will allow you to connect to a deeper sense of self while accepting everything as is.
NOELEEN TYRRELL ERYT 500, SYT  & Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher

Noeleen has practiced yoga for over 27 years and she is also a registered yoga therapist, C-IAYT. She has trained and been guided by many wonderful teachers and is hugely grateful to each one for the gifts they have given and inspiration and light they have shone along the way. Noeleen draws on her extensive knowledge of body mechanics developed through her years of training, teaching and ‘hands on’ experience as a therapist to guide her as a yoga teacher.  She encourages students to tune into their innate ability to heal through awareness, alignment and practice. Her classes are informative and lots of fun.


Grit & Grace – Dance to Remember
Sirsasana or headstand and its twin sister Sarvangasana or shoulderstand are wonderful poses that create strong and beneficial effects on our physical and on our subtle body.  Here the heart rules the head with an uplifting, softening and deeply calming effect.  To practice these poses well and with respect for the structure of our neck and head we will dance with the polarities of Grit and Grace.  Grit is the discipline of remembering your worth and drawing in to support, stabilise and honour your self.  Grace is the expansion of light from within that turns the ordinary into the extraordinary and effort into ease.  Let’s dance.
Tiffany Wood Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500

The path of yoga began in 1996 and opened Tiffany to the gifts of tenacity, surrender, and reverence for life. A certified Anusara© yoga teacher, she holds space for learning to be playful and connected to the Source of wisdom. Passionate about living life with skill, she combines non-dual Tantra, functional anatomy, mythology, mantra and mudra to the art of transformation.  Tiffany draws from the experience of owning a small business, extensive training as a body worker, life coach, and shamanic healing arts.  She inspires students to look within and love what’s there.

“Yoga is looking within and loving what’s there.” Tiffany brings tremendous depth to the therapeutic aspect of yoga and emphasizes “Radical self-acceptance” as the guiding light she has offered for 23 years of teaching. Tiffany serves  ASHY as director of Community Relations and is a Certified Advanced Teacher Trainer offering credit toward the 300 hour requirements.


Christine has studied Anusara® yoga for over ten years and is touched by its deep
connection to the divine in all its chaotic glory. Her love of yoga has led her to study with many diverse teachers and traditions. She teaches in Boyle Yoga Shack and on Inishbofin where she runs and hosts yoga retreats and events. She is an Anusara® Inspired Yoga Teacher.


This class will focus on twists, unveiling the hidden heart that hides behind the veils of opposites, left and right, light and dark, shallow and deep. She would love for you to join her in this game of hide and seek .


The festival accommodation will be on a first come first serve basis, but rest assured all of the options are truly wonderful!

We have 18 single beds here at Ard Nahoo in our gorgeous award winning Eco Cabins.

We have secured wonderful accommodation in the near by village of Manorhamilton.   And there will be buses to and from the festival to accommodate those staying in one of our appointed houses. W8 is a superbly designed holiday village, nestled at the very heart of  the picturesque and friendly town of Manorhamilton in Co. Leitrim.  These superbly appointed holiday cottages are exquisitely designed, with stylish interiors and their own urban garden, and underground parking.

Our Accommodation tickets will cover you for 2 nights. Once you buy your ticket you will receive an email with your accommodation allocation – if you are interested in booking an extra night, either side of the festival you will be able to contact your host directly to book.

Travel – getting here

Ard Nahoo is a 1 hour drive from Knock International Airport
2 hours from Belfast and 3 hours from Dublin.

There is a bus that goes from Knock and one from Dublin to our nearest big town Sligo.  From Sligo you can get one of our local taxis to drop you out to us or to your accommodation.  If you are travelling in a group we can try to arrange a minivan to pick you up.
Check out the website for further details.

Join us for the Pre-Festival Workshop with Prof. Bill Mahony

9.30am – 12.30am Friday 7th June

***Limited Spaces***

Cost: €85 as a stand alone event

Or €60 to those attending the full weekend

For all yoga enthusiasts who want to deepen their understanding of the roots of yoga, it’s philosophy, history and beauty.  Explore your Heart of hearts with one of the worlds leading lights on the subject.  Professor Bill Mahony will look at the history and relevance of the Pratyabhijnahrdayam – the Heart of Recognition.  Bill will further explore this text in  series of workshops throughout the festival.



Ard Nahoo Eco Retreat
Co. Leitrim, Ireland
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