Yoga & Sleep Retreats at Lisnavagh, CarlowSep2020Lisnavagh

Retreats run from Friday 5pm to Sunday noon. Guests are welcome to arrive from 3pm Friday.

18th - 20th September - fully booked

23rd - 25th October - last places remaining

4th - 6th December

8th - 10th January, 2021

5th - 7th February, 2021

The only constant is change.

September brings a change of season. Like leaves on a tree, it's a good time to let go, be still, and re-set in body, mind and spirit.

The events of the past few months have brought deep change to our world and our individual lives.

Finding inner stillness and quiet, where we can rest deeply and recharge, builds a positive and healthy foundation for an open-hearted life.

Yoga, meditation and relaxation will help you to move with compassion and confidence, let go of stress, and rest deeply.

Pam has been teaching yoga for 20 years and has lead countless retreats at Lisnavagh over the past decade. Her experience and gentle touch are part of this deeply rejuvenating experience.

Join us, and greet the coming season with renewed confidence and strength.


 Booking inquiries: Please email Emily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




From the Irish Times, (2015):

This healthy food and the slow process of switching off contributes hugely to good, deep sleeps, but nothing as much as the yoga, according to Emily.

Pamela Butler taught Emily yoga and runs most of the classes at the retreats. She has been teaching yoga for 15 years and classes during the retreats are aimed at all levels. “She taught me yoga and she’s got one of those lovely voices that kind of just makes you feel relaxed,” Emily says. “She usually has a class that are all different levels quite often so I don’t know how she gets it so she can teach them all... [she] gets people to feel confident enough to be able to do some home practice, which is obviously good for them.”


This unique Yoga & Sleep retreat will slow you down, draw you in and restore you. Pam has been leading the retreats for a decade, since she developed the yoga programme at Emily's invitation in 2010. The yoga practice is designed to deepen awareness of your self through the breath.

Those newer to yoga will enjoy moving in a safe and mindful way. Those with more experience can approach this weekend as a chance to re-connect with the fundamentals of practice

The setting at Lisnavagh supports the intent to slow down, retreat, and sleep well. A nutritious, seasonal vegetarian menu is freshly prepared to enhance your wellbeing. Extensive gardens and crackling open fires allow you to find your own space to reflect and relax.

For more information and to book, contact Emily directly: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For details on the yoga programme, contact Pam.

Yoga Retreat Testimonials

A selection from the past decade...

"This retreat weekend was a revelation - my first yoga retreat experience but certainly not my last!" -- Dec 2019

"I would highly recommend this as a treat retreat for anyone who needs some nurturing, rather than mere pampering, or anyone who wants a healthy timeout. As someone who was not previously practising yoga, I found it to be a great introduction that encouraged me to take up yoga, although most of the participants were already practising." - Anon, 2018

"I thought Pamela Butler was a really gifted and excellent teacher. The different levels in the small group were seamlessly catered to and we all got a lot out of it. We stayed in yoga clothes for meals which helped us to stay in relaxed mode and it was with reluctance that we changed into street clothes on Sunday afternoon." -- Margaret, March 2015

"I've just got back into yoga recently after a long absence and I thought Pam was a wonderful teacher, gently correcting my posture when needed." - Oonagh, April 2015

"I attended your Yoga retreat in November this year. I cannot praise your efforts highly enough. The surroundings were amazing and the house was so peaceful and made me realise how noisy life can be! ... Our daily Yoga sessions were just what I needed and our instructor was knowledgeable, kind and very calm! I would highly recommend Lisnavagh House and I plan to return in 2017 hopefully with Hubbie in tow!" — Rosie, November 2016

"Having travelled to many retreats Lisnavagh is in my opinion the best sanctuary in Ireland for yoga, great company and recuperation where one emerges refreshed and renewed both physically and mentally. I arrived world weary from the stresses of modern life and emerged recharged and reenergised with a sense of real health. The yoga is both restorative and healing with a wonderfully intuitive Teacher who taught us life lessons as well as physical asanas. I will definitely be coming back to this idyllic retreat."— Susannah, December 2013 

 Bespoke Retreats at Ballin Temple

Ballin Temple hosts retreats and courses for groups seeking to deepen their sense of purpose in business and in life.  The 3km of private Slaney River beat and surrounding woodlands make it an ideal place for regaining headspace in a beautiful, natural environment.

bluebelltrack300Groups can book space in our cottages or plan a day of guided walks and indoor space to paint, draw, write or hold a training session.

  • We have accommodation for up to 12 people and can help to arrange accommodation for a larger group in the surrounding area.

  • Our yoga facilities include a room that fits 3 comfortably, for private/small groups; and a large open-sided pavilion that is suitable for the warmer season (May-August). This facility can easily accommodate 25 yogis.

  • Lunch can be included. We provide vegetarian food using fresh, seasonal organic produce from our own garden and local suppliers. Other nutritional profiles can be catered for.

  • The Ballin Temple estate offers great natural beauty, and we would encourage you to include meditation walks in your program.

Personal Retreats

Writers, web designers, artists, and other creatives have come to Ballin Temple to be quiet and recharge - and focus and get some work done. Our cottages provide that perfect space. Some are furnished with wood stoves. All are well equipped and comfortable for you to move in, for a couple of nights or a couple of months.


Nature is a great balm for the soul, and you are welcome to explore the surroundings, including our ancient woodland and banks of the Slaney river.

Cottages can be booked online at Private yoga lessons with Pam can be arranged if that helps you move into the right space. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

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