Dancing with the moon WOMEN'S gathering

17-19 May 2019

 Monalea Barn, Co. Wicklow

Monalea Barn, Co. Wicklow


Nicky Halliday and Pernille Leth Villumsem have joined forces to create a truly unique women’s gathering which will nourish your mind, body and soul through movement, music, meditation complimented by the healthiest tastiest vegan food. This retreat will leave you feeling re-energised, relaxed, glowing and ready to embark on a new healthier lifestyle.

Monalea barn is a stunning rural retreat, only an hour from Dublin, which is nestled in a quiet valley high in the southern reach of the Wicklow mountains at the foot of Croghan hill. With long sandy beaches nearby and lots of trekking and forests, it’s a complete escape from everyday life.

 Yoga and Meditation room

Yoga and Meditation room



While Pernille takes you on a physical and spiritual journey in the heart of the barn, Nicky will be preparing the most sumptuous banquets of delicious gourmet vegan food designed to complement these classes and your sense of well-being. You'll rest well in the comfort of the bedrooms after your day full of deeply relaxing activities, good food and bonding with warm like-minded women.

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Nicky studied Culinary Arts in a holistic nutrition school in California. This professional training focused on cooking delicious nourishing food for optimum health. As Nicky is also a qualified nutritional therapist, she dedicates her time to preparing dishes that can be adapted to everybody's health requirements. Her food is not only bursting with nutrients, it tastes delicious too. Nicky started the fresh food deli in The Hopsack Health Store and worked as the head chef there for 3.5 years. Since then she decided to go on an adventure to Central America where she has gained so much experience working as head chef at Farm of Life healing retreat centre in Costa Rica. Nicky learned a new way to live & heal, connecting to nature and practising meditation. She experienced wonderful openings working with plant medicine, including cacao. As she has spent many years DJing in Dublin, she naturally took a big interest in cacao ceremonies with chakra dancing. She believes this is a powerful tool to help open the heart and still the mind aided by cacao, music and movement.

Nicky has held successful workshops & retreats and loves to share her knowledge with eager people. Her creative energy, passion for her work & her heart intention shines through to create beautiful gatherings for people to enjoy and leave bursting with inspiration.

What can i expect at monalea?



What a great way to reconnect in with the body and give it love! For this retreat, Pernille will be teaching a mix of Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin & Acro Yoga. The classes will be gentle and revitalising and will set us up for the day of activities. All levels welcome!

Full Moon Workshop

Cacao Ceremony with Chakra Dance

On Saturday we will be offering a cacao ceremony to, awaken your senses and embark on an eclectic musical dancing journey! We will discuss the wonders of cacao and the importance of opening the main energy points in the body. Nicky will play some enthralling music that will have you captured beautifully in the present moment. We will be shaking off any blocks we might have, mental or emotional, feel our vibration raise as we let the melodies and beats carry us away! 

Heart Opening Circle

Connecting to Nature

We will lead a hike in the beautiful Wicklow mountains for you to soak in the picturesque landscapes & immerse yourselves in the wondrous nature of Ireland.



3 pm Arrival

 Welcome Circle, Tea & Treat


Bonding Activities & Meditation



8am Yoga with Caroline


 Hike in Nature

 Light Lunch

Cacao Ceremony


Full Moon Workshop around Bonfire



8am yoga


12.30  Closing Circle


Price for full weekend    €320

Early Bird €295 first 4 or pay in full by Jan 31st

Enquiries & Bookings  Nicky 0877541993  Pernille  hello@nickyhalliday.com


Prices include accommodation, classes and all meals