Our detox programme is designed to nurture body, mind and spirit, and is personally run by owner Dhara Kelly. Having long observed and refined the course, we are assured that it leads to brighter eyes, clearer skin, renewed energy and a heightened sense of well-being. In the absence of T.V., radio and newspapers our single room accommodation is designed to create an environment conducive to rest, clarity and inner peace. Guests are encouraged to use the time and space as a retreat, to focus on self-care and to leave work and worries at home.
In addition, some of our retreats have a particular emphasis, such as weight-loss, liver flush, raw food etc, details of which you will find on our News page.
Our courses, be they Five-day (Sunday to Friday) or Three-day (Thursday to Sunday) are exclusively residential. This, together with a quiet, tranquil environment ensures full privacy for our guests.
Some of our bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms, while others have shared facilities. While we encourage guests to come on their own, we do have one twin-bed room and one room with a double bed. Throughout the building the decor is simple and calming, with comfortable beds and warmth a priority. In keeping with our eco-friendly environment, where possible the furniture and furnishings are hand-crafted by skilled artisans using natural materials. Access to all bedrooms is by stairway. To enhance tranquillity the Centre is kept free of television, radio and mobile phones.
DAILY TIMETABLE (subject to minor variations)
10.15 a.m Any time up to this, guests may have breakfast, which is preceded by a shot of wheatgrass. Breakfast consists of a selection of citrus fruits, an important part of the cleansing diet. Alternative fruit is always available if for anyone who may not take citrus fruit. For those who opt to follow the Green Program (read about it in the Cloona News section) we provide a green alkalizing juice for breakfast instead of fruit, but this must be requested at the time of booking.
10.45 a.m. Yoga, the ancient practice for modern times
1.00 p.m. Lunch, the main meal of the day (soup and salad)
2.00 p.m. Guided walk with instruction on movement and posture. Suitable for all levels of fitness.
3.30 p.m. Free time, until...
6.00 p.m. Supper, a varied assortment of fruits, sweet and semi-sweet. Or, for people who opt to do the more in-depth Green Program we provide, as an alternative to fruit, a different green alkalizing juice. However, guests may only do the Green Program when it is requested at the time of booking.
7.00 p.m. Sauna time.
7.30 p.m. On Monday and Tuesday guests will enjoy complimentary evening massages of 20 minutes duration. Relaxing though firm, this is the body's time for enjoying the sensation of a day well spent on a variety of health promoting activities
Yoga, meaning 'union', is a practice that involves our whole being and is probably the oldest and longest-surviving system of self-development known. We practise the more traditional type of yoga which is based on meditative movement co-ordinated with the breath. Our yoga sessions, based on the Satyananda tradition, are accessible to all regardless of age or level of fitness. Each session is a balance of breath awareness, movement and deep relaxation. For almost two hours on a daily basis participants are guided and encouraged to tone the body, still the mind and calm the emotions through a time-honoured and widely respected tradition.
The cleansing/detoxing aspect of our programme requires that the diet be as undemanding as possible on the digestive system, while still providing the sustenance and enjoyment necessary to satisfy. The food is based exclusively on fruit and vegetables that are organically and/or bio-dynamically grown. To further assist detoxing, the principles of food-combining are adhered to, and the diet is meat, dairy and gluten-free. We have our own natural spring well which enables us to pipe water of the highest purity, vitality and taste into the kitchen. All of our retreats entail a shot of wheatgrass each morning and our five-day retreat includes a juice-fast on Wednesday. For information on wheatgrass please visit the 'News' page or click on this link directly: www.cloona.ie/news.html
Blessed as we are with a network of quiet roads in the vicinity, we aim to achieve more from our walks than a simple appreciation of natural beauty. Our daily, guided walks are another way to energise the body and heighten self-awareness, with instruction provided on the various aspects of walking. To walk effortlessly with elegance and beauty is the aim. The walks are different each day, and follow circular routes. On our five-day programs we go to the beach for one of our walks. Walking will never be the same again!
Some treatments that are healing and therapeutic are provided as optional extras. Currently, these are massage, reflexology, Shiatsu, Tibetan Singing Bowls, and facials. The skills and knowledge of our dedicated team of therapists reflect the passion and experience gained from many years of working in their chosen fields. These are practitioners who excel in what they do and we are privileged to have them working with us in Cloona. Treatments may be booked on arrival and are available during free time in the afternoon. Also available during all our five-day retreats is Laghoo Shankaprakshalana, an intestinal flush, more thorough than a colonic while at the same time less invasive.
WHAT TO BRING
The following is a list of items which we recommend you bring:
- Loose, comfortable clothing, i.e. tracksuits, leggings, t-shirts etc.
- Comfortable walking shoes or runners.
- House shoes or slippers for wearing indoors at all times.
- Large towel, particularly needed for use in the sauna
- Dressing gown.
- Cash or cheques for extra treatments. Therapists are
It is important to prepare for your stay with us, and especially so for the shorter, week-end retreat which we run in the Winter. Tea and coffee are best eliminated completely seven days before arrival. Chocolate and sugary foods are also best minimised, if not totally avoided. Heavy meals, especially with meat, should be tapering off during this time. These preparations will minimise withdrawal effects and will add significantly to the benefit of the retreat.
It is important that as a guest you decide to come for your own sake, and take responsibility for yourself alone, even if you choose to come with a friend. Any prospective guests with doubts about their physical condition/suitability are asked to consult their doctor, show him/her this information and, where necessary, obtain consent!
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
Guests arrive between 5 and 7pm, in time for the introduction at 7pm, and depart after an early lunch on the last day, at approx 1pm.
"I'm writing to thank you and all at Cloona for such an important week of retreat and detox, in such a beautiful atmosphere and landscape. It was like an exquisite piece of dance everything in its place, thoughtful, mindful, open, flexible, healthful and sensuous." J.T. (London)