temple grove

Temple Grove, a spiritual retreat in Ireland

In  How to save money while traveling  we explained how to save money on food and accommodation in exchange for a few hours of work a day. During nine months we lived in a small caravan and helped creating a beautiful garden on the property of our Irish hosts.

This place isn’t just a homestay. Temple Grove is the name of the stunning home of Elly, a Reiki healer and Roderic, a cosmic philosopher. They created Temple Grove so it would be a sacred place, where people find the time and space for spiritual growth and (re)connection with themselves and nature.


Temple Grove is  a pearl for the eyes! A little hidden paradise near Sneem, in the midst of the woods and the irish hills. Many visitors are in awe when they visit. Temple Grove is a piece of art, with nature as its biggest creator. A stunning place to get away from the world, to retreat into silence and reconnect with yourself and your surroundings.


Want to know more about Temple Grove?
Have a look at the website of Elly and Roderic:


Temple Grove - A Spiritual Retreat in Ireland
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Would you like to see how we helped Roderic and Elly creating this beautiful place? Niko will show you in this video:

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I have Belgian roots but the world has been my home for the past 8 years. I'm an artist at heart and often get lost in my thoughts. I like to create some-thing out of no-thing and once I feel inspired, I'm unstoppable. I love telling stories and taking photos, showing the beauty and extraordinary of the world around me. Oh, and I love making the impossible elegantly probable. Once you realize that you're a creator and the world is your playfield, there's no limit to what can be done!

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Wow!! Ik doe het even in het Nederlands, naar Cythia. Jouw verhaal ‘Waarom ik koos voor het nomadenleven’ raakte me zo erg. Ik herken mezelf zo erg in jouw verhaal voor je ging reizen!! Van daaruit klikte ik door naar deze pagina, omdat dit PRECIES het soort vrijwilligerswerk in het buitenland wat ik al ZO lang zoek maar nooit kan vinden. (ik snap dat deze plek nu af is) Ik was zó benieuwd hoe deze plek er nu uit zou zien, en hoe duur een verblijf zou zijn. De website die hier gelinked staat werkt echte niet meer en via… Read more »

Rob Taylor

This looks like an incredible place and a work of art at that. I love that you guys get involved in the places you visit and stay. You’re really wonderful, fascinating people.

Adonis Villanueva

It looks like a scene from The Lord of The Rings! Is that Hobbiton?

Archana Kapoor

I love homestays… reminded me of our wonderful stay at a senior couple’s lake house in Pensacola, Florida. This is a lovely post and amazing pictures 🙂


This place looks lovely. Wish the photos were bigger so to see more detail of the gardens and the architecture.


What a tranquil place, no wonder it is a spiritual retreat, can sense the serenity through the pictures.