Retreats is a business owned by Tim McEvitt, who hosts retreats in conjunction with a group of friends who are
self-employed therapists and facilitators. We've been hosting spiritual retreats at Upper Lough Erne, County
Fermanagh since 2006.
Tim left his Dublin home at 18 to become a Krishna monk, which was
initially a bit of a shock to his family, but now everyone is happy!
He trained at Bhaktivedanta Manor temple near London, and then lived in the temple on Inish Rath
Island for 8 years. While in the temple he studied Vedic philosophy from the ancient Sanskrit texts such
as Bhagavad Gita and the Bhagavat Purana, plus he learned kirtan-yoga - sacred chant music.
As a tender
15-year old Carmen was brought to the Krishna temple by her father, and she soon enrolled as a
full-time member. The head monk was an expert cook and she kindly requested him to teach her the secrets of
Eastern spicing. Instead he had her wash the pots for months! (Remember the scene from the Karate Kid movie?!
Whitewash the fence...) After learning patience and humility (and getting efficient at pot-washing) she began to
learn techniques of Indian cookery. When several visiting Swamis tasted her cooking over the years, they blessed
her cooking to always be amazing, and it seems it's turned out that way, as cooking is about love
and consciousness - as well as expertise. Carmen is our chef, and she teaches people
the people I've had massages from over the past 20 years, Elizabeth was the best ever. She
stood out particularly as an enthusiastic bright light and a very informed therapist. A real star ", wrote one guest.
Need we say
anything more...?! Well, just that Elizabeth can do any kind of massage you can think of, and she's just so
pleasant and reliably cheery all the time.
Sukhada Repass has her own practise near the shores of Upper L.Erne called Ray of Light. She
enjoys helping people through reiki energy healing, sound therapy, Indian head massage and reflexology. She is Mum
to three lively and energetic children, two of whom were born in the State of Vermont,
USA during their time there. Sukhada has deep enthusiasm and faith in energy
One experiences gentle joy on coming into the presence
Frances McHugh, an expert Tai Chi teacher. She graduated from the Irish College of Traditional
Chinese medicine in 1996, postgraduate training in the Nanjing Railway Hospital that same year, and graduated in
medical Qi-kong in 2009. She gets many a retreat off to a flying start by slowing down the guest and drawing him or
her into deep rejuvenation.
Nanda Kumar is a yoga teacher and a great guy who we're delighted to
welcome as many times as possible in a year. He annually spends several months in India perfecting his
practise, and he's completed multiple teacher training programmes. He founded Govinda-Yoga in Dublin, which
continues to operate classes when he's globe-trotting around the world.
Chrissie is originally from Germany, but she has been so
long in Ulster she has the local accent! She's a Yoga teacher, a tour guide and a nice person. She
travels Ireland in coaches assisting German-speaking tourists with their holiday. But back in Fermanagh
we like to invite her to share her unique yoga tips on our retreats. She trained in Doi Saket, Thailand with a
school which traces it's lineage back to Paramahamsa Madhavadasji, in the line of Sri Chaitanya
Padma is a first-class yoga teacher who as well as
being experienced with the physical postures, deeply understands the essence of the subtle side of yoga.
She lectures on yoga philosophy, wisdom and history in a gentle, easy-to-listen-to fashion, and in
conversation she's listens and respects the other person attentively. In the mid-nineteen nineties
she served as an ISKCON Temple President, and she currently also works as a teacher in a guru-kula
(a Krishna primary school) near London.
Welcome to our Retreats
Lake Isle Retreats is affiliated with Govinda's Vegetarian Restaurant,
83 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1; Govinda's Vegetarian Restaurant, 4 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2; and ISKCON Ireland Ltd, 83 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1 - charity no. 6368
(in the Republic of Ireland).