West Cork Runners Retreat

After an amazing retreat in West Cork in 2019 pre covid, we are excited to return again now to the beautiful Beara Peninsula in 2022. This year we have a new exciting venue as our base. On the glorious Bere Island we will spend our 4 day (3 night) escapes at the spectacular Wild Atlantic Glamping. A true escape – the views don’t get any more spectacular than here.

2022 Bere Island Getaway Dates: 

We will have two retreats (July and August) this summer 2022 at this fabulous venue.

  • July : Monday 25th – Thursday 28th (2 tents remaining)
  • Aug : Monday 15th – Thursday 18th (waiting list only)

What will we be doing?

From a running perspective, the focus will be on enjoyment of our running, taking some time to focus on mindful running, technique, mobility, injury prevention and planning for our running future. There is no pressure to run fast or run far! In fact, we want you to leave feeling refreshed rather than tired.

Our summer escapes are suitable for anyone who can run 5k between 25 and 35 minutes and possibly have run 10k in the past. Any longer runs we do on the escape will have plenty breaks along the way.

Mary will be leading all these running getaways and you may also get to meet some more of our coaches along the way! More about Mary’s coaching.

Why join Mary in Beara? 

Mary has spent her summer holidays in Beara since she was a child and loves the area. She also is VERY passionate about how fresh air and running can help us manage stress and find balance in our lives.  So on this runners retreat she will combine both passions and help you take a little time for yourself far away from your day to day responsibilities sending you home refreshed and excited about your running future. More about Mary’s coaching.

Accommodation : The venue is made up of 10 luxury bell tents each with their own private terrace. There is an architecturally designed common area which we will use for our meals and certain coaching sessions. You can choose to book at full tent for yourself (limited availability) or team up with a running buddy (or two, or three) to share a tent.

What’s included: 

The luxury bell tents are different sizes. Prices vary based on how many of you are sharing, but all prices include the following :

  • 3 Nights Accommodation
  • Coaching and Support from Mary throughout
  • 3 pre run breakfasts
  • 3 late morning brunches/picnic lunches
  • 3 full Evening Meals
  • Time to escape and relax too
  • A few gourmet surprises

Sample Itinerary : 

Each day we will head out in the morning for our running adventure. We will return to our venue for brunch (or if heading further afield will have a picnic with us). In the afternoon we will have free time to relax, swim, explore or simply enjoy the view. Before our evening meal together we will have a coaching session (don’t worry – not any running here) before spending the evening doing what we do best, chatting, eating and enjoying the west cork summer air in front of the fire pit (maybe even with a few marshmallows on sticks!)

Pricing for 4 Days : 

  • Luxury Bell Tent : 1 Person private (€850 – July or Aug)
  • Luxury Bell Tent : 2 Friends Sharing (€625 each – July only)
  • Luxury Bell Tent : 3 Friends Sharing (€495 each – July only)
  • Luxury Bell Tent : 4 Friends Sharing (€425 each – July only )

Sharing rooms : If you wish to share a room, it will only be with friends you have chosen to travel with rather than us pairing strangers together. You can reserve the bell tent and decide then which buddies you wish to invite!

Book your place : Please email Mary if you are keen to book in with your accommodation preference, any dietary requirements and a little info about the running you currently do.

Getting there : The location is indeed remote but what we pay for in time on the journey is rewarded in the beauty of the destination. Ideally, break up your journey and stay Sunday night somewhere along the way to avoid too long a drive if you are coming from Dublin or further afield. Remember there is also a ferry to the Island. But we can send more details on directions closer to the time.

Roll on summer 2022 – we cannot wait to bring you to Bere Island.