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Archery, Treks & Natural Horsemanship – 3 Night Package
Includes all meals, accommodation, 2 two hour treks, 1 horseback archery session and 1 natural horsemanship session.
Archery, Treks & Natural Horsemanship – 6 Night Package
Includes all meals, accommodation, 5 two hour treks, 3 horseback archery sessions and 3 natural horsemanship sessions.
Included – All meals in the certified organic restaurant (many vegetarian options), riding & other activities as per package
Excluded – Flights, transfers, drinks (there is an honesty bar with wines, bottled beers and spirits/mixers you can help yourself to)
Slieve Aughty is close to Loughrea, Galway and an easy drive from most places in Ireland, taking about 1.5 hours from Dublin.
BY PLANE & BUS
Most people from abroad fly into Dublin from where you can self drive or you can take a bus to Loughrea and we can organize a taxi/transfer from there which will cost approximately Euros15-20.
For our yoga holidays see specific dates. Other trips can bee booked anytime. Open early June - end September 2021
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For something a little different Slieve Aughty is a little little gem of a place we’ve discovered hidden amongst the foothills of the wild and remote Slieve Aughty mountains, surrounded by forests and lakes. We think its the perfect wholesome retreat for horse lovers, especially those who have missed their riding lessons or been unable to leave home during a year of on and off lock downs.
Do you love yoga? Have you a holistic approach to your horse riding and always fancied to deeply connect with horses and learn more about natural horsemanship? Do you love fresh organic, healthy & delicious mostly vegetarian food? Do you want to try archery?
As well as practicing natural horsemanship, optional archery and yoga, the magic of Slieve Aughty is off road access to over 2,000 acres of enchanted forest right on their doorstep. This means miles and miles of fabulous hacking as well as some cross country jumps to play over, options for picnic lunches and all day hacks. It helps if you believe in fairies and unicorns…even if you don’t…you just might after a stay in this fairytale bubble. If you’d like to bring your own horse or pony on holiday with you they are very welcome with just small nightly charge of E20 to cover stabling, feed and hay.
The horses and ponies here are well loved and clearly happy horses. It’s the perfect place to build up your confidence, bring your family or friends and to introduce non riders to the magical world of horses. We also have a lot of solo riders coming here as it is such a welcoming spot. If you need to escape the stresses of the world and take time out to enjoy a holistic approach to country life…in lovely surroundings with cute and quirky accommodation, amazing organic mainly vegetarian food and a relaxed home from home feel this could be the sanctuary to head to.
Horses – 12 horses and ponies; A good mix of solid Cobs, Connemaras and ponies.
Level of Riding & Pace – Beginners to Intermediate. If you’ve never ridden Slieve Aughty will take great care of you. If you enjoy lovely hacking and some light cross country jumping this is all on option plus of course learning archery on horse back is amazing as well as natural horsemanship which the team are passionate about and love to teach.
Tack – English style.
Weight Restriction – 15 Stone / 95 kg / 210 lbs.
Group Size – Maximum 6 riders to any lesson or hack.
Slieve Aughty is a purpose built modern lodge with 9 ensuite rooms in the main house where there is also a lovely dining area, sitting areas, bar area and spots to relax in. Each room is tastefully decorated by Esther who is from Holland and you can see the Dutch/sometimes Indonesian influence in the design. The rooms are quirky and well thought through with a mix of antiques, clever design using local materials (a stone dashed bath tub which I loved for example) and spotlessly clean.
Outside there are 2 wooden eco cabins which can also be used for families and self catering, again these are cutesy, quirky and unique in their design. We’d love to snuggle up in one of the mezzanine beds in the cabins.
With a certified organic restaurant on site and organic garden which you are welcome to explore the food is wholesome, pure and absolutely delicious. Outside there is a Pizza oven for pizza nights but most of the meals are served buffet style in the lovely airy dining area indoors. Keeping in tune with the holistic approach here many meals are vegetarian but there are always meat and fish options too so everyone will eat well.
Breakfasts include cereals, granolas, museli, selection of cheeses, salami & pates, yoghurt, eggs cooked to order, pancakes cooked to order, mushrooms, tomatoes, homemade breads, coffee, teas & juices.
A typical light lunch would include homemade soup, signature seasonal salad, homemade breads, homemade dips, spreads & cold meats, organic cheeses, brownies or cookies, juice, tea and coffee.
Delicious and filling dinners are offered with choices that include starters like Roast sweet potato soups, a main could be bangers, mash & onion gravy or a potato and cauliflower curry all accompanied with rice, potatoes, chips and a wide array of fresh garden salads. Desert options include homemade ice-cream & buttermilk pie with berry sauce.
There is a bar with a good selection of bottled beers, wine and spirits with mixers. It’s an honesty bar so groups and individuals can help themselves if there is no-one about to serve, all very relaxed.
YOGA & NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP ITINERARY
17.00: Welcome and introduction
17:30 -18:30: Evening yoga class (60 mins) –– Settling in – Arriving on your yoga mat and settling into the practice; in this grounding sequence we’ll prepare for the transformative days ahead, closing with some restorative poses for a good night’s rest!
19:00: Dinner with a glass of wine
08:00 -09:30: Morning Yoga class (90 mins) –- Opening Up – This class will focus on heart opening poses, increasing awareness of body language and releasing any blocked emotions or anxieties to support a healthy, open heart.
11.00-13.30: Natural Horsemanship
15.00-17.00: Forest Trek with options Cross Country jumping
17:30 -18:30: Evening yoga class (60 mins) –- Stretch it Out – In this class we will focus on hip- and shoulder-opening poses and twists, ending with some deep stretches in a nourishing Yin sequence followed by a guided meditation.
08:00 -09:30: Morning Yoga class (90 mins) –- Striking a Balance – A gentle vinyasa flow class which includes a series of balancing poses, requiring us to strike a balance between strength and softness, and cultivating concentration.
11.00-13.00: Natural Horsemanship
15.00-17.00: Breathwork and Yoga on Horseback
17:30 -18:30: Evening yoga class (60 mins) –- Going Deeper – In this class we will slow it down, focusing on releasing tension and ending with a yoga nidra.
08:00 -9:30: Morning Yoga class (90 mins) –– Trust and Flow – A gentle vinyasa flow class focusing on breathing and moving in rhythm. Ending with partner yoga to build trust.
11.00-13.00: Bareback Forest Ride with a picnic (weather permitting)
13.00-14.00: Final yoga class (60 mins) – Coming Full Circle – a mandala yoga sequence to incorporate what we’ve been working on in the previous days; observing, opening, accepting, balancing and trusting.
ARCHERY TREKS & NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP ITINERARY (3 nights)
Arrive, explore the surrounding area, take a walk in the enchanted forest and enjoy dinner and few glasses of vino or whatever your tipple. Overnight in your lovely room in the main lodge.
After breakfast you’ll meet your horse and have a fantastic 2 hour trek through the enchanted forest. If you are experienced you can have some fun jumping some of the many cross country jumps. A good lunch alfresco if the weather allows will be followed by a fun afternoon learning the basics of archery on horseback…definetely not as easy at it looks. Time to chill and enjoy some pre dinner drinks followed by a tasty dinner and more drinks and chats about your day.
This morning you’ll enjoy a session of natural horsemanship with a selection of horses, a really fascinating and eye opening experience, enjoy a nice lunch and then head off for a long two hour ride through the forests taking a different route this time. Then its time for drinks, dinner and recounting the day before falling into a deep slumber.
After a leisurely breakfast it’s time to go and say goodbye to your horse and head off up the road saying goodbye to your new found friends.
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