Hi, my name is Tony and I will be your host and guide for these exciting retreats over Christmas and New Year. I am really looking forward to showing you some of the wonders that this part of the world has to offer in terms of things to do, food and people. I’ve called Goa ‘home’ for nearly 8 years now, so trust me when I say, you will fall in love with the place! Apart from living here, I have coordinated a number of retreats previously, and I think that I can take you a little off the beaten track to make your experience a little more special. The word ‘saor’ means ‘free’ or ‘freedom’ in Irish, and you really are free to do as much or as little as you like.
I am keen to get to know you personally and in the meantime if you would like to know a little more about my background, please read on.
I completed a two year hatha yoga teacher training course with Yoga Therapy Ireland in 2006 and commenced yoga teaching from that point onwards, in Ireland, Vietnam, India and randomly, the Falkland Islands. I continued my studies in Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre in 2010 where I subsequently had the opportunity of interning and became a Senior Teacher on their 200 hour and 500 hour Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Teacher Training courses.
I have spent time at a number of centres in India such as the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (Kerala), Iyengar Yoga Centre (Goa), Osho Centre (Pune), Mother Amma Ashram (Kerala) and taken meditation courses at the Vipasana Meditation Centre (Aurangabad) and Bodhi Zen Meditation Centre (Kodaikanal).
I have also taken trainings in Thai massage, Ayurvedic Yoga massage and Reiki Level II. All of this is probably to help balance out other training such as doing a degree in Electronic Engineering, and a Masters in e-Commerce. One thing I’ve learned, and especially in relation to yoga, there is no end to learning! I spent many years teaching high school Maths, Physics and IT, although I have taught every age group from 4 year olds up to second year University students. Apart from teaching, I had a brief stint as a web designer and have also spent a number of years working in administration at an Irish university. And survived to tell the tale. Oh, I’m Irish, a country boy all the way from Galway in the West of Ireland.