Asana School of English was created by Colm Breathnach and Adi Vickers in 1993. Originally called ‘Land of Scholar Tours’, it specialised in bringing international students to Ireland to study English and Irish culture. We taught English language, Irish history, literature, music and dance, while bringing our students on a tour of the country.
In 1995, we had a life changing experience when we met the great Mario Rinvolucri (An author and teacher trainer with Pilgrims, UK) at a teacher trainer conference in Dublin. We began to adopt a more humanistic approach towards teaching. We started opening ourselves up to a whole new way of exploring creativity in the classroom. As time passed, we began to see the importance of offering a more transformative type of learning. We prepared ourselves for this new way of teaching by getting trained in Yoga, NLP, and person-centred counselling. We changed the name of our school to Asana (the Sanskrit word for yoga posture) which seemed to be more in alignment with our overall vision.
In 1999 we decided to make Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, our permanent base.
Nowadays, our four sons are fully involved in the school, each one bringing their own talents and expertise to Asana. Our adult and junior students come from Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Russia, Poland, Laos, Guinea and many others. We work with ELT teachers, local artists, musicians, story tellers, nature enthusiasts and visionaries.