If you’d love to strengthen your connection to the Earth, rejuvenate your body and regain mental clarity, then this is the moment to release your emotional blocks and allow your heart and mind to open up to new experiences; to reconnect to your soul and the sacred ground beneath your feet.
This unique retreat experience is for an intimate group of up to twelve people. We’re LGBTQ-friendly and welcome a diverse range of singles and couples.
21 - 28 July 2019 - Book now to secure your place.
Experience the true power and beauty of planet Earth during this soul-nourishing, magical retreat nestled amongst the breathtaking scenery of Slieve Gullion in Northern Ireland. This is your gift to yourself; an opportunity to become reconnected to your intuition while feeling completely supported, nourished and in tune with your spiritual energy.
We’ll visit the ancient stone circles that date back to Neolithic times, listen to storytellers recount historical legends of Viking history and experience authentic Irish hospitality with a very special private invitation. Our local team of experts, guides and teachers have been intuitively and lovingly hand-chosen to guarantee you a life-changing, transformative experience for body, mind and soul. Together we’ll open up to the magic of the land and the energy buried deep within.
The land around Killeavy Castle is largely untouched, with open vistas that draw your eyes to the horizon, while the stillness of the surroundings allows you to escape the noise of modern life, blessing you with treasured moments to reconnect to yourself and reflect on your deep, inner thoughts. It’s during these moments of peace and tranquility that fears and worries can disappear, while creativity and clarity are heightened, bringing forth a multitude of ideas, dreams and desires.
Our accommodation is the enthralling Killeavy Castle Estate, a newly renovated 45 room resort with luxury spa and restaurant set in 350 acres of undulating hills and sparkling rivers - like a scene from Lord of the Rings. We’ll be enjoying a specially designed bright and healthy menu favouring local, seasonal produce, (including vegetarian and vegan options), and have plenty of opportunity for evening walks and quiet contemplation.
This sets my heart on fire, I want to be there!
Get closer to what’s important…
Welcome to Killeavy Castle Estate, a secluded Castle and Coach House with walled garden, café and state-of the-art spa near the city of Newry, Co. Armagh. This privately-owned Estate set on the east base of Slieve Gullion in the tranquil Killeavy countryside provides a truly majestic, nourishing and enchanting venue.
Start your Killeavy Spa journey by enjoying our water therapy area with hydro and exercise pool with views of the magnificent landscape. Move to the laconicum to purify and detoxify the body by gently heating up and stimulating circulation before cooling down in our Aroma Mist and drench showers. For something different relax in our outdoor hot tub or our Tylarium which is a combination of a sauna and a steam bath.
The original Mill and Coach House at Killeavy with its equestrian feel has been lovingly restored and transformed into a modern hotel with sweeping views of the Estate giving a true sense of connection with nature. Each of the 45 guestrooms and lounges is delicately decorated in a soothing contemporary style, with walls in soft greys and rich fabrics of pumpkin, lemon, teal and sage signifying Irish seasonal colour.
Fresh Vibrant Food
Chef Darragh Dooley comes to Killeavy Castle Estate with over 25 years’ experience within the hospitality industry. Working in some of Ireland’s most prestigious hotels such as Castle Leslie, the g Hotel, K Club and Ashford Castle.
Darragh's style of cooking is synonymous with the farm to fork model; creating fresh dishes using as much local produce as possible and cooking with precise methods to achieve optimum flavour and beautiful presentation.
Chef Darragh will treat Soul Maven retreat guests to a light, bright summer menu catering to all diet preferences including vegan and vegetarian.
Come Be Transformed
Hello, I’m Maeve, owner of The Soul Maven, and creator and host of our bespoke Transformational Spiritual Healing Retreats.
I’m an Intuitive Soul Coach and have been using my gifts for decades to help men and women heal pain, find clarity, connect with the Divine, and move forward to realize their dreams and live life as their highest self. Possessing claircognizant and clairsentient abilities, I am able to intuitively gauge people’s energy and emphasize emotional and spiritual healing.
Tessa Ann Greer of The Sound Healing Spa
This Sound Healing Session will allow you to open yourself to the concept of Sound as a therapy in a safe environment.
Whether you’re completely new to the concept or have experienced it before this will provide the opportunity to experienced a feeling of deep relaxation and bliss, using a range of wonderful Sound Healing Instruments such as Crystal Singing Bowls, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Gongs, Drums and percussion instruments.
Jennifer McGovern, Certified Practitioner
We all need more laughter in our life! Laughter yoga is a new twist on an ancient practice. Not only does it increase happiness, but it also strengthens the immune system, reduces pain and lowers stress. More contagious than a cough or sneeze, laughter relaxes the whole body. It triggers the release of endorphins, promoting an overall sense of well-being.
Brian Williams, Certified Transformational Breath Trainer
Transformational Breath® is a safe, self-empowering, dynamic healing process which uses conscious connected breathing to enhance all aspects of your life. It has the power to fully energise your body, radically change negative core beliefs, permanently resolve emotional traumas and connects to your deepest self.
Deepen Your Intuition
Daithi Connaughton, Diviner
Divining (or dowsing) is known as the ancient art of finding water and has been around for at least seven thousand years. However, it’s also important in the detection of subtle Earth energies and Geopathic stress and can measure the functionality of your chakras and may change the way you look at your life forever. Divining provides you with the tools to open up to a world you may never have known existed. If you have your own pendulum, please bring it along.
Visit Sacred Sites
Peter Connolly, Twisted Briar Tours
From megalithic burial chambers over 6,000 years old & early monastic churches to 17th century forts & reminders of more turbulent times…
Tour the historical and cultural gem of Ireland’s east coast. Enjoy beautiful scenery, ancient monuments, rich folklore and a little insightful craic along the way!
Northern Ireland Retreat Agenda
Sunday 21 July - Saturday 28 July 2019
Sunday: 3pm arrival. Relax and enjoy the grounds and the spa, meet your host Maeve and fellow retreat guests before a delicious dinner and welcome ceremony.
Monday: A relaxed day at the resort with Laughter Yoga, private soul coaching sessions, walks and meditation.
Tuesday: We’ll start the day with Energy Work before heading to the sacred stone circles in the afternoon.
Wednesday: A gentle day with Laughter Yoga, private soul-coaching sessions and an evening Sound Bath.
Thursday: Experience Transformative Breath Work with Brian Williams.
Friday: Our final session of Laughter Yoga, private soul-coaching sessions, meditative walks, and Shamanic Work
Saturday: We’ll head out on a tour of Slieve Gullion and a ferry trip to Carlingford and Green Castle. A Meditation Walk in Silent Valley will complete our afternoon’s activities before a pub dinner and traditional Irish music in a special location by private invitation.
Sunday: A group farewell breakfast and closing ceremony before departure at 10am.
Tell me more about....
The Killeavy Castle Estate is a secluded castle and coach house and Grade A listed building which has recently undergone an eight million dollar renovation to the highest standards. It’s set on the east base of Slieve Gullion near the city of Newry, County Armagh and provides a truly majestic and enchanting venue. The hotel effortlessly weaves together the romance of its historical past with the comfort of modern facilities. if you’re flying into Northern Ireland for the retreat, the closest airports are Belfast, Northern Ireland - UK (1 hour) or Dublin (Republic of Ireland - EU) (1.5 hours). There is ample parking at the resort.
The Dining Experience
Our menu has been designed in collaboration with the hotel’s head chef, Darragh Dooley, and will feature local and seasonal produce with an emphasis on light, fresh summer flavours which support the energy and healing work we’ll be undertaking each day. The hotel is passionate about sustainability and ensures it leaves only a gentle an imprint on the land and its resources. Vegetarian and vegan guests will be catered for as well as special diets including dairy free and gluten free (please inform us in advance to ensure plenty of variety and choice). All meals are included, except the two meals eaten out on tour on Saturday.
Activities and Exercise
All activities are designed to focus on personal transformation and internal reflection. Everyone has plenty of free time each day to explore their surroundings or to spend quiet time reading, writing or drawing. No previous experience of any activity is necessary. Please see the descriptions above for each host and activity. The terrain around the resort can be hilly in places, but this is not a fitness retreat and is suitable for most people (except wheelchairs or severe walking limitations).
This is an all-inclusive retreat except for travel to and from the hotel, and the two meals taken outside of the resort. Tea will be served twice daily. Additional snacks, drinks between meals, and alcoholic drinks are payable locally.
• Dinner on the day of arrival.
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day from Monday - Friday.
• Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
• Accommodation from Sunday 21 July at 3pm to Sunday 28 July at 10am.
• Day trip to Slieve Gullion, Carlingford and Green Castle, including ferry costs.
• Daily activities including Laughter Yoga, Breath Work, Shamanic Work, Sound Bath, Energy Work and walking excursions.
• Private Soul-Coaching Session (one hour per person) with Maeve
I need to be at this Retreat! How do I sign up?
To secure your place you’ll need to complete the registration form and pay your deposit of £1000.
How much is the retreat investment?
The full investment including accommodation, food, activities, tours and personal coaching session is £3000, payable in full at least 12 weeks before the retreat (28 April 2019).
This sets my heart on fire, I want to be there!
Do I need any special visa requirements if I’m coming from outside of the United Kingdom or Europe?
No advance visas are required for holiday visits to the United Kingdom if you hold a valid passport. If you’re resident outside of the US, Canada or Europe and are unsure, please check before booking your trip.
We want to come as a couple and share a room, what’s the deal?
We are delighted to welcome both solo travellers and couples to our Northern Ireland retreat. Rooms can be taken on either a single or double occupancy basis. No single supplement applies. Couples are offered a £400 discount on their total retreat cost when sharing a room. (i.e. £6000 - £400 = £5400)