ASTRO SPRING RETREAT in Ireland (English)

Basic Astrology Course from 5-7 March 2021

Are you ready to ignite your spring energy? Fancy the unique combination of a long weekend break, studying astrology, practicing yoga, indulging yourself with homemade vegetarian food, enjoying some me-time, walking in nature or swimming in Sli Na Bande’s ecological pond?

On this beautiful ecological estate in Ireland, you will learn the meaning of the planets, the Ascendant (the energy by which you present yourself to the world), and the Midheaven (your career, fate or destiny) in your own horoscope.

You will learn how the astrological houses and zodiac signs influence the planets and shape your personality. Just by looking at these celestial bodies and some other significant points in the universe we can already arrive at a general idea about our astro persona. Starting with yours.

Classes are in English. A basic understanding of the language will do. And don’t worry, we can always translate the odd word into Dutch or French if necessary. You don’t need to know about astrology at all as this is a beginner’s course. 

For the Dutch online training in Belgium, please turn to the Dutch programme (in Dutch).

The classes at the retreat are a mixture of  

  • theory (in clear and simple words),
  • clarification of the signs of the zodiac, the elements and the houses in a horoscope, 
  • the aspects or connections between planets, 
  • examples and exercises in small groups based on your own and fellow students’ horoscopes, to learn how to read the ‘story’ in the seemingly complex interpretation of a planet in a zodiac sign and a house. 

After the retreat you are able to

  • identify all the planets,
  • locate the Ascendant and Midheaven in a horoscope,
  • explain the meaning of these celestial bodies in their sign and element (eg. Sun in Aries, fire sign),
  • combine this information with the meaning of the house the planets are located in (eg. Sun in House 4),
  • unravel the planets’ way of co-operating: in a harmonious or disharmonious aspect
  • understand this in your own horoscope with help of the syllabus
  • repeat these steps using a “Mystery Horoscope” in the closing practice class
  • do the same with horoscopes of friends and family at home

After this weekend, you’ll be fully equipped to play around and experiment with this newly acquired knowledge of basic astrology. This way you can start taking your first steps in this wonderful and magical world of the heavens. 

For whom? 

– this is a beginner’s course
– no knowledge of astrology is required. We start from scratch.
– different nationalities from Europe (Ireland, England, Belgium, The Netherlands, …)
– starting 8 people (max 14)

Price for the weekend (starting Friday at noon 5 March, until Sunday afternoon 7 March 2021)

The weekend is extended with half a day so you can have more time to work on your own horoscope. We will start Friday at noon instead of Friday evening.

– €345 for a shared room with ensuite bathroom
– €395 for a single room with ensuite bathroom

Included in the accomodation

  • a room for 2 nights
  • 7 home-made vegetarian meals
  • minimum 2 yoga lessons
  • use of the hot tub
  • use of the ecological swimming pond

Remark: for allergic or other than dairy, gluten or weat free dietary requirements, a supplement of €50 will be charged on the spot as all food is homemade and bought locally.

Included in the course

  • the astro classes
  • exercises (+10 pages)
  • syllabus (+40 pages)
  • cheat sheets of planets, signs and houses
  • print of your own horoscope
  • print of the ‘Mystery Chart’

Not included

Transport tips & deals

Aer Lingus ‘Summer 2021 on Sale’ deals to Ireland: fly from €35,99 single fair
Ryanair deals to Ireland: Brussels Zaventem-Dublin: fly from €23,99 single fair
detailed route description to Slí Na Bande (transport around €40 two-way)

Estimated total for the 3-day weekend

In between €485 and €505


Corona remark!

If we can’t travel to Ireland because of the Corona virus, the course will still take place online. Please note the following dates (and times!!) in March 2021 on Monday evenings: 

– March 8, 15, 22 and 29
– April 19: “Mystery Chart” practice class
– from 7:30 pm until 10 pm Belgian time!!
– from 6:30 pm until 9 pm Irish time!!
– via Zoom
– in English

Price for the online course

– standard: €250 for 4 evenings + 1 practice class (Mystery Chart)
– y
ou will receive a refund on the excess money you paid

Note: the workshops can’t be taken separately because they are a whole. 

Included in the online course

  • the astro classes
  • exercises (+10 pages)
  • syllabus (+40 pages)
  • cheat sheets of planets, signs and houses
  • print of your own horoscope
  • print of the ‘Mystery Chart’

What previous groups say about the Astro Retreat 

  • “Astrology with Nele is empowering rather than scary. Knowing information that Nele has provided me with has allowed me to feel more safe in the world and to understand myself.” Louise, 29 years old, Greystones, Ireland
  • “What really impressed me is Nele’s talent to explain complex things in a very structural and comprehensible way.” Marlene, 64, Newtownmountkennedy, Ireland
  • “It felt like I got ‘the key’ as to what drives people. It was so helpful in understanding some human dynamics in my own relationships and my own behaviour as well.” Astrid, 31, Waasmunster, Belgium
  • “The 3-day ‘Introduction to Astrology’ workshop (…) was truly a transformative experience. Astrology can be an important tool for heightening our awareness on how to become the best version of ourselves. Aside from the astrology, the setting of Slí na Bandé was incredible with all meals prepared from mostly local organic food grown onsite, cosy cabins, nearby woods and fantastic people.” Meadhbh, 31, Brussels, Belgium


– a basic knowledge of English
– pen and paper
– birth details of your own horoscope (date, hour and time of birth) or the horoscope you want to practice with

Trainer astrology: Nele from Adara, +25 years astrologer,  trained by self-study from mother to daughter, years of classes in a study group with fellow astrologers and +10 years of professional experience with Adara.

Yoga teacher: Marlene ffrench Mullen, exceptional yoga teacher since 1990 and psychoanalyst 

Location: Slì Na Bande, Newtownmountkennedy, County Wicklow, Ireland, or your own living room if we work online due to Covid-19.

Hope to see you in Ireland!

Nele and Marlene


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