Greenloons http://www.greenloons.com/, which guides travelers to sustainable, eco-certified vacations, offers a six-day, June 9-14, 2013 Zen & Active in the Burren adventure (http://www.greenloons.com/ecotours/ireland/zen-and-active-in-the-burren) coinciding with some of The Gathering Ireland 2013 events designed to help people explore – and enjoy – their Irish roots.
The per person rate is $1,099 including accommodations, meals, entertainment, transport and guided activities. Admission to The Gathering events is extra.
The trip spirits guests from Dublin through Galway and to home base, The Boghill Centre www.boghill.com, a holistic gathering place located on 50 acres of bog land near Burren (means great rock) National Park in County Clare. Here through exploring local culture and meeting the locals, guests will gain insights into both inland and coastal heritages.
During the week participants will walk across Europe’s most extensive karst landscape, listen to traditional music and enjoy organic, vegetarian meals. There will also be optional activities (ceramics, kayaking and yoga) and healing therapies at affordable rates (aromatherapy massage, Indian head massage, reflexology, Reiki and spiritual healing) spliced into frequent sightseeing outings. Guests will tour farms represented by Clare Farm Heritage Tours to learn how nature, culture and farming have shaped the Burren. A farmer who has inherited an ancient and unique system that links directly to pre-historic Burren farmers will share his farming history. Walks along coastal cliffs and through the burren will reveal ruins and vistas of this ancient land that during the stay may be captured plein aire at the Burren Painting Center.
This year guests will have the special opportunity to engage in events associated with Ireland’s Gathering 2013. Events that coincide with the trip dates are:
- June 1-2 Carrigaholt Dolhins and Nature Festival
- June 1-2 Wavemaster Surf and Music Int’l Gathering in Clare County
- June 5 Dublin Duathlon
- June 7-9 Dublin Irish World Cup
- June 14-16 Doolin Folk Festival Gathering
- June 15-16 Global Sports Gathering
- June 17-22 Flowers of the Burren Clare Embroidery
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