Meet the Team

Fit and Healthy Journey's Retreat is a healthy holiday, that provides the perfect balance of fitness, food and fun. It is not the kind of retreat that involves a detox or overhaul of diet and restriction. Here, well-being is reached with blissful afternoons exploring what Ireland has to offer after a morning of physical training and stimulating topics for discussion. Your evenings will be filled with indulging gourmet food, local culture, and nights winding down with yoga before drifting into a dreamy slumber. The retreat has a more relaxed approach to keep your health goals in check whilst holidaying, and making sure you leave having fully unwound and relaxed.


Mary Hopperton

Retreat Director, Personal Fitness Trainer, Holistic Health Coach and 200YTT

Mary's love of exercise, nutrition, and Ireland (native home) has led her to create a magical place where women can take a journey to renew their health, re-balance their minds and bodies and reward their souls. Over the years she found that after returning from a trip to Ireland, she always returns feeling totally rejuvenated. This is how "Fit and Healthy Journeys" was born. Your journey not only includes a trip to experience the magic of Ireland in a beautiful cottage, nestled in West Cork, but more importantly embark on a journey to create balance in your life by renewing your health and re-balancing your mind and body through amazing whole foods, and a balance of exercise, relaxation and fun.

Mary is the owner of an all women fitness gym in greater San Diego area called Fitness Xpress. She is also a personal trainer and holistic health coach and an instructor for many different fitness classes and most recently a YTT200. She has a very simple and realistic approach to nutrition and believe that little changes over time make everlasting results. No matter if you're a newbie or a pro, you're going to have a perfect fitness experience. Mary helps women achieve their fitness goals through realistic, achievable movement and aims to always make her sessions fun. Her creativity is unmatched, energy is contagious, and positive attitude and a dash of humor is inspiring. No matter what your experience level is, you'll be captivated by Mary's radiant persona and empowering attitude.




Dora has several passions that she calls her loves, because she enjoys each one of them to the fullest. COOKING is her favorite. For many years, Dora has prepared exquisite international dishes, initially for her family, and then as a catering business. She owned a successful family restaurant in Colombia, where the menu featured some of her favorite Columbian recipes. Her family has a long history of medical issues and to avoid such issues she evolved her cooking expertise to pure wholesome recipes made from organic ingredients.  Dora says, “Eating organic home cooked food is a must to live a long and healthy life”.  “Let food be thy medicine” quoted by Hippocrates many years ago, which holds more truth today than ever before. This is what she strives to do with each meal she cooks.



Tour Guide & Professional Driver

Conor was born in West Cork and has lived there all his life. He was a farmer for many years and since retiring from that enjoys life as a local tour guide in the Cork area. He still enjoys farming and exploring the local hiking trails.
Conor has great knowledge of the history and culture of Ireland and knows the best tourist destinations, amazing hidden gems, interesting stories and much more. His great sense of humor will make you eager to hear more local folklore and a pleasure to listen to sharing some of the local gab and goings on.