Annual Santosa Yoga Camp

Santosa Yoga Camp (Ireland), Querrin, Co. Clare (Jun 27th – July 1st)

Join us again this year for our second Santosa yoga festival at our eco-campsite, located in the West of Ireland along the wild and rugged coastline of the Loop Head Peninsula.

We were inspired by our visit to the Santosa Yoga camp in the Cotswolds in May 2010 founded by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. The variety of yoga classes and activities for adults and children provided a really memorable holiday.

We hope we have created a similar experience for visitors to this camp, albeit a little smaller. This year, we will have teachers from the Satyananda tradition, Shadow Yoga, Kundalini yoga, Anusara yoga and Iyengar yoga. There will be yoga for the children and some interesting arts and crafts, making malas, mandalas, wildlife walks and lots more.

Take a look at Uma’s Santosa Camps in England.

NEW ** The 2012 Teacher list can be downloaded here : Santosa teachers and therapists

NEW ** The 2012 programme of classes and activities is here : Santosa programme

Booking for Santosa 2012 is closed now. Limited spaces to keep the festival intimate.

Prices are as follows:

     5-day Adult €180

     1-day Adult €40 (includes overnight camp and day of yoga and activities)

     Children (U17) free

     Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children of same family) €340

Santosa Tickets – kids U17 free! 🙂

Some useful information about Santosa (from Santosa 2011 Yoga camp)

Santosa is a clear pure space, alcohol and drug-free, family-friendly. No cliques, just friendly yogis from all traditions. Complementary therapists and healers working at affordable prices (suggested minimum €30 for an hour). Sorry, no dogs. We provide as many yoga classes as you like, your pitch, parking and water, showers and campfires. You bring yourselves, your friends and family, your yoga equipment, musical instruments and cooking stuff if you want to self-cater. There will be onsite catering available for evening meals and afternoon tea.
It’s a eco-camp, so please be prepared to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What about food?

A: Meals are not included in the cost of your ticket. Many people choose to self-cater, but many may also enjoy to make use (at least some of the time) of our onsite catering provided by a local lady. This will be vegatarian Indian style food with a set meal of curry, rice and chapatis. There is a small on-site shop selling basic provisions like porridge oats, soya milk, ricecakes and the like. We will have a daily fresh bread delivery from our local bakery. We will also have a supply of warm chai in the afternoon with some cakes :).

Q: Where is the site and how do I get there? A: See the main purecamping contacts page.

Q: What about water?

A: There are a number of stand pipes providing water for drinking, washing, cooking. Hot showers are also available.

Q: Can I park on site?

A: Yes and no. There is a special part of the site for cars to park in. It is not possible to drive vehicles on to the camping area, so please do not come expecting to be able to park next to your tent. We will provide you with wheelbarrows to unload and carry your stuff to your chosen pitch.

Q: Can I bring my campervan/caravan/bus?

A: Yes and no. Very limited campervan space is available and is in the main car park. You will not be able to get your vehicle into the main camping area. The parking place is close to the camping space, but out of sight. Please be guided by the camp karma yogis to a suitable space for your vehicle.

Q: What other facilities are on site?

A: This is low impact, minimal camping. We have composting drop toilets (super-deluxe, sitting varieties) near the entrance to the woodland. There are 2 solar showers available in this block. We do hope to have the main shower and toilet block ready for this camp. This block uses a combination of solid fuel and solar energy to provide hot water and uses rainwater harvesting and our spring for water. Try to keep shower time to a minimum to conserve water and energy. In the event that our main shower block is not ready, we can use the shower in the yoga centre and in our main house.

Q: What about rubbish and composting?

A: This is a eco-campsite and we want to adhere to the principles of lively lightly on the land, so please leave no trace of your presence on the site. We have a recycling and rubbish point near the main toilet block. Raw vegetarian food scraps can be collected for the compost. The camp karma yogis can direct you to where this is kept.

Q: What about fires?

A: We keep a single main community camp fire burning throughout the gathering for a heartwarming focus. It will be minded by our fire keepers who will help us keep it safe and sacred. Please join us around this fire and respect the fire keeper’s guidance. There are also some other smaller fire pits around the site. We will provide the timber for this. PLEASE ONLY LIGHT FIRES IN THE ESTABLISHED FIRE PITS AND BRAZIERS. No other individual fires on site please.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: Yourself, all your camping equipment, your cooking gear if you want to self cater, your yoga mat and any other yoga stuff you want to use, musical instruments if you want to play. Flip flops are handy for the outdoor showers. Cosy blankets are a really useful thing to have in your classes and at night round the fire. Bring clothes for all weathers (bring hats, sunblock and sunglasses); pouring rain (full waterproofs, umbrellas and wellies are a must), and the nights get a bit chilly, even if you are round the campfire (warm sweaters and rugs/blankets to sit on). Typical Irish summer gear. We are beside the shore here and have a lovely spot for swimming when the tide is in, which it will be morning and evening during this camp. So, bring your swimming gear and wetsuits for kids if necessary and lifejackets if you have them as we may put some boats in the water. Bring tennis rackets and balls because their is an old handball alley at Querrin shore too.

Q: What about children?

A: I brought our two children to the Santosa Camp in the Costwalds. I wanted somewhere where we could enjoy yoga as a family together, away from our busy lives, surrounded by nature. The children enjoyed the organised activities, like the yoga, art and crafts and other woodcraft type skills. But most of all they loved the freedom of the camp and playing with other children. They ran wildly through the woods, making hideaways and generally getting involved in their own stories and imagination.

With children at the camp, there are some variables, and some not-so variables:

  1. Your child is ultimately your responsibility at all times.
  2. We do not offer creche or childcare facilities
  3. We do offer classes where you and your chidren can do yoga together – family class each day, art workshops and walks etc.
  4. We also offer children’s yoga classes scheduled at the same time as adult yoga classes, often in neighbouring structures so lots of parents find if there child enjoys the class for the kids, at the same time they can enjoy the adult class.
  5. We also offer arts and crafts activities in the afternoons and many parents find that if school age children are enjoying these sessions, then the parents can enjoy their own yoga in the neighbouring tents.
  6. We also have a very pro family friendly feel so loads of people make friends with each other and take turns to mind the children – e.g by joining in with the kids activities while their parents go to the class – this seems to work very well
  7. We create a very safe space for children so that we find on the whole site many children enjoy to play outside the yoga tents or to help out with the karma yogis work. So long as the child is happily occupied and knows exactly where their parent is if they need them then this works out very nicely for everyone – and the children get freedom to play, whilst being ‘held’ in a conscious space by the wider community of grown ups around.

In practice, we find that the parents and children who seem to feel that they all get to enjoy what they like doing most are the ones where the children either bring along a friend to play with, or make friends at the camp and the parents also make friends with other parents and share responsibility for minding the children. Many teachers are also parents and/or experienced kids yoga teachers so are happy to admit children to any of the sessions on the schedule – so that’s an informal way to join the adult classes too.

Q: Can I bring my dog?

A: Sorry, but no dogs on site please.

Q: Where’s the schedule ?

A: We work on the schedule right up to the last minute, so please check the top of this page for the latest version of running order and list of teachers attending. Once you arrive on site all classes and workshops are free. All you need to pay for are any treatments you arrange with the therapists, and the chai and cakes that we will have available. We have over ten yoga teachers registered to teach this year, in three different structures, and there are always last minute changes to the schedule.