Wild yoga

by M. M. on November 24, 2012

Here is my 4th interview in my “yoga lifestyle” series.   In this interview, I am speaking with Ciara Cullen from her home in Ireland where she and her partner, Christophe, are raising two children on a farm in the wild and windy region called Clare Island off the west coast. Here they not only cultivate the land to support themselves but also run yoga retreats that have drawn people from around the planet to enjoy their expertise and the chance to truly step out of a chaotic space in their lives. 

I met them about 5 years ago on a spring trip I took to get to know a little more about Ireland and to experience my yoga practice far from my usual routine.

When I arrived there at their farm after planes, trains, taxis, and a ferry, I felt completely at ease (and utterly exhausted) as they welcomed me into their beautiful farm home overlooking the bay and the mountain top beyond that was said to be St. Patrick’s place of fasting for 40 days in the 5th century.

I talked with Ciara for about 43 minutes as she gave me a fascinating history of the island and the life she and her family leads here. It’s a great lesson for anyone wondering what it may be like to turn back to, appreciate, and even cultivate the land again–

For more information about Ciara and Christophe’s farm and their beautiful yoga/meditation retreats, you can check out this link here.

Here is our interview.

And I would love to hear your thoughts or your comments.

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Cindy Kirchhoff November 28, 2012 at 3:25 am

It sounds like Ciara and Christophe have put a lot of work into this, but it truly is a labor of love and passion, which is *so* cool to hear about. I love how they pretty much grew it organically – followed their passion, course corrected where needed, decided to grow their own food to have it be the quality they wanted, accepted volunteers for short term or long to help and learn. I think we all need places like this to retreat to, experience what must be a true breath of fresh air, taste food as it’s meant to be, do yoga. All wrapped up in one experience, not picked apart into pieces. This is true wellness – a whole way of being and living … living very well.

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Vonne November 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I love that she took so much care with the food. It really made me want to visit her place. I also agree with the Irish that pumpkin pie is a taste…that I don’t want to acquire! And I found it amusing about the “milking sheep” that she has…of course, where else does sheep’s milk products come from? We just don’t hear much about people getting up early in the morning to milk the sheep and shear the cows.

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Brenda December 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I found that my own yoga journey as followed a similar path as Ciara’s. It started out as a physical practice but subtly takes a turn into something else – something more without my really realizing it. The door of yoga is truly opened then and the veils are lifted one by one. I also found it interesting when she described, the same/old patterns we have keep surfacing when we are put in a new or different environment or circumstance. The way yoga helps is that become more conscious and can alter that destructive pattern quicker instead of going “deeper down that rabbit hole”. Her retreats and property in Ireland sound magical and amazing.

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