Reawaken Your Heart

This Beltane in Ireland

Saturday, April 27th - Friday, May 3rd, 2024

Together, we will prepare ourselves to celebrate Beltane, also known as May Day. Beltane is a celebration of the sun and the earth’s blessings coming together, a time to revel in the warmth of the sunshine as well as the growth, vitality, and fertility that the peak of spring and beginning of summer promises.

Dear Fellow Heart,

 

This photo captures my excitement to be leading this retreat in Ireland alongside the magical mists of sun, clouds, and rain that make green hills and rainbows an emerald reality. 

 

One thing I love about studying the heart is its capacity to hold our human experiences with compassion. With each lived experience, there is an opportunity to bring love to each part of ourselves and each other. We do our best. And we often do better when we are able to better emotionally regulate ourselves. 

 

We’ve heard the saying many times, “Follow Your Heart.” The question here is: how are we living it? In the midst of accelerated personal and collective change, what is our relationship to our own heart’s desires and grief? I’ve found that the energies of urgency and overwhelm override many people’s ability to slow down enough to listen to the voice of their own heart.

 

I’ve found that there are a few things that support us to reconnect with our hearts, all of which will be offered on this retreat. They are:

 

+ Reconnecting with the love and life force of nature

 

+ Activities that bring you into embodied presence

 

+ Sharing circles to tend to each individual heart and the communal heart

 

+ Being nourished with delicious food and warm hospitality

 

+ Rituals that weave your soul’s expression into the present moment

 

The intention for every retreat is to appreciate the opportunity to immerse oneself fully in the retreat experience and also receive clear ways to integrate that experience when you return home.

 

This retreat is designed to prepare ourselves to awaken our heart fire. Together, we will prepare ourselves for our ritual bonfire on Beltane. This holiday is known to the Irish as Lá Bealtaine, which translates roughly to “bright fire.” As we stand before the dancing flames on this ceremonial day that honors turning the wheel of time, we will offer our most sincere prayers that our own hearts, our own essence, may also dance and burn brightly.

 

Is your heart calling you on this journey? If so, I invite you to explore if this is a good time in your life to gather together to share our hearts in circle, dance, reconnect to nature, pray, and listen deeply to the wise, loving voice within.

 

With love,

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ABOUT ROCHELLE SCHIECK

Rochelle Schieck is the founder of Qoya Inspired Movement. Since its inception in 2009, she has trained hundreds of Qoya Inspired Movement teachers, taught thousands of Qoya Inspired Movement classes, and nearly 100 retreats in the most sacred places on earth with one intention in mind: to remember, and to help others do the same.

Qoya Inspired Movement is designed to feel how the body and movement are a portal to remember our essence, to feel our perspective shift from going through the motions to savoring life as sacred. Qoya Inspired Movement does this through classes, workshops, rituals, retreats/pilgrimages, teacher trainings, free videos online, a blog, and Rochelle’s book, Qoya: A Compass for Navigating an Embodied Life that is Wise, Wild and Free in hopes that all that feel the call to remember can be supported on their journey.

There are no levels to Qoya Inspired Movement, and it is a movement that people of any age or ability level can do. It has been featured in outlets like New York Magazine, Oprah.com, The Telegraph, and Psychology Today.

 

May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.

― JOHN O'DONOHUE

PRAISE FOR QOYA RETREATS

Our story

WE'VE GATHERED FOR RETREATS SINCE 2010

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For the last 14 years, Rochelle Schieck has successfully led thousands of people on over 100 retreats on 6 different continents to over 15 countries. Qoya Inspired Movement retreats are rooted in daily movement practice to cultivate embodied presence, soulful intentionality in ceremony and rituals, heart opening practices to deep community connection. and reverence for the land we travel to. This pilgrimage to Ireland has been years in the making. We’re honored to be invited and hosted by Qoya Inspired Movement teacher Lucille Cassidy and steward of the retreat center we will be at. Whether you’ve been doing our videos online, are a Qoya Inspired Movement teacher, attended a retreat in the past, read the Qoya book, or feel inspired by a friend’s Qoya Inspired Movement journey, if you feel the call, we invite you to experience this pilgrimage with a rich community of fellow travelers. Apply below to set up a call with Rochelle to further explore sharing this journey together.

Muckish Mountain, one of our retreat excursions

On this retreat, you will:

+ embody practices that invite you to reawaken your heart

 

+rituals to prepare for Beltane in an intentional and celebratory way!

 

+ connect to self, other, nature, and spirit with reverence through ceremony and ritual

 

+ immerse yourself with the elements hiking in the forest, visiting the ocean, and being adaptable with the ever-changing weather!

 

+ learn embodiment practices and receive encouragement to trust your body’s wisdom in daily Qoya Inspired Movement Classes

 

+ be nourished deeply with heart-centered community, delicious food, and rest

ITINERARY

With this sample schedule below, you can easily see how you can have an active and energizing retreat, a restorative and replenishing retreat, or a mix of both. There are many offerings and also spaciousness to practice choosing what feels right in your body each day. 

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH

2:00pm: Check in

4:00pm-6:00pm: Opening Ceremony

6:00pm: Dinner

 

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

8:00am: Breakfast
9:30am – 12:30pm: Qoya Inspired Movement Class
1:00pm: Lunch
2:30-5:30pm: Afternoon excursions to hike in local forests, visit the sea, make nature offerings and connect with the land
6:30pm: Dinner
8:00pm: Evening Ceremonies

 

Friday, May 3rd

8:00am: Breakfast

9:30am: Blessings on your next adventure

ROOMS

This retreat will be held at a retreat center hosted by Qoya Teacher Lucille Cassidy. If you register for a triple or double occupancy, we will assign you with other roommates. If you wish to room with someone specific, please indicate that on your application.

Triple Occupancy $2,222: a room with three single beds to share with two other roommates and a private ensuite bathroom

Double Occupancy $2,600: a room with two single beds to share with one other roommate and a private ensuite bathroom

SOLD OUT: Single Occupancy $3,100: a room with two twin beds pushed together to make a Super King and a private ensuite bathroom

APPLY

If you are feeling the call to join this journey, we invite you to apply below to speak with Rochelle Schieck, who will be facilitating the retreat, and will answer any questions you may have. 

applications and room requests will processed in the order in which they're received.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you need to cancel for any reason (including COVID-19 travel restrictions) and we can find a person to take your spot, we will refund the amount paid minus a $250 administration fee. If we cannot find a person to take your spot, there are no refunds; however, you can transfer your paid spot to someone else, so you can send a friend or family member to the retreat in your place.

We will also hold your tuition as a course credit for a future retreat minus any housing expenses we incur. If you would be placed in financial distress in the event that you need to cancel without a refund, we encourage you not to register and to wait until closer to the retreat to register so that you may be more sure of your plans and current travel restrictions.

FAQ

Have a question that isn’t covered here? Contact us at info@qoya.love, and a member of Team Qoya will support you.

It starts with the opening ceremony at 4:00pm on April 27th, and ends at 9:30am on May 3rd. We recommend that you arrive around 2:00pm on the 27th to have time to settle in before dinner.

Donegal has a small international airport that you may wish to fly into. If you prefer to fly into Dublin airport, it’s about a 4-4.5 hour journey from Dublin to Donegal by bus from the airport. There are also trains available you can take from Dublin city center.

Yes – contact us directly to register your partner and make payment for their cost of room and board. You may stay with them in most single occupancy rooms as well as the double occupancy. Please email us at info@qoya.love to book. 

In order to ensure a good experience for everyone who attends the retreat, we want to make sure everyone who attends is willing to participate in a safe and sacred space, honoring our communication agreements. 

If you’re not able to attend the retreat, there are no refunds regardless of the reason. We are happy to hold your tuition as a credit towards a future retreat.

If you don’t feel comfortable with this, please don’t sign up. You can get good travel insurance that covers Covid cancellations or wait until the last minute to register and attend to lessen your risk. However, as a small company, we can’t cover refunds in the event of an act of nature, like a global pandemic.

Any questions we haven’t covered here? Email us at info@qoya.love.