Please contact our professional and qualified teachers before coming to a class for the first time

– Teachers details are below

If you would like to book An Sanctoir for a workshop or a series of classes,

please see the BOOKINGS page for details.


Weekly Classes at An Sanctoir


18.15 – 19.15  –   Okido Yoga – Betty O’Toole  –  087 797 2059

19.45 – 21.15 – Iyengar Yoga –  Irene McCarthy  –  086 075 1632



19:30-21:30 – Acapellabella Choir –  Caz Jeffreys – 083 142 5599



9.30-10.30 – Tai Chi & Qigong – Mark VanDam – 086 1591881


Teachers at An Sanctoir

Corinna Fisher

2Corinna started her interest in all matters of the moving body 30 years ago during extensive dance training. This included the Alexander Technique which she studied at degree level.  Spirituality and self development have been ongoing over the years. Corinna has worked extensively in various community settings here and abroad, teaching and learning.

Injuries, stress and a desire to find ways of supporting body, mind and emotions led her to Yoga and all its many aspects. Yoga has been transformational and healing. She is also a professional masseur and body worker, carrying out her favourite techniques of Lomi Lomi Nui from Hawaii and Thai Yoga massage.

Corinna teaches Yoga regularly in West Cork from her home in Schull, and also the Yoga Diploma for new trainee yoga teachers in Cork City and Waterford. She works as a massage therapist at the Maritime Spa in Bantry and from home.

Corinna is a parent and active community member and feels that all her many experiences and trainings so far come together in her unique teaching practice. Her training is ongoing in all areas. She is working towards her 500 hour Advanced Certificate in Yoga and travels regularly to immerse further in the healing aspects of massage.

Irene McCarthy


Irene’s yoga journey began as a teenager when she went to classes with her mom. In 1998 she began attending classes taught by Iyengar Yoga teacher Laurence O’Toole. She was impressed by the level of precision and the commitment to proper alignment. The high standard of teaching also impressed her as well as the use of props. Through the skillful use of props B.K.S. Iyengar has made yoga accessible to everyone. From there on she has maintained a regular yoga practice. After being encouraged by her teacher, Irene began teacher training and became a fully qualified and certified Iyengar Yoga teacher in 2008.She has and continues to attend many classes and workshops both here and in the U.K. including a workshop taught by Geetha Iyengar. *Teacher certification Iyengar Yoga teachers devise sequences of yoga poses, which build skill and understanding, from posture to posture, and from class to class. They use their deep-seated knowledge of the asanas and anatomy to individualise corrections for each student, including those with specific problems. Students know they are observed and, if necessary, adjusted. Clear demonstrations of the yoga postures, keen observation skills, specific teaching points which awaken the body’s intelligence – these are the marks of an Iyengar Yoga teacher. Use of the certification mark indicates that an Iyengar Yoga teacher has completed at least three years of regular Iyengar yoga classes, two years teacher training and has successfully passed two or more rigorous assessments. Iyengar Yoga teachers are required to maintain their professional development each year to qualify for continued use of the mark. The Iyenger Yoga mark is a guarantee of excellence, clarity and dept of understanding. *M.I.Y.I.

Mark Van Dam

Mark-van-Dam Tai Chi and Meditation lessons with With over 20 years experience, Mark found that many of his students in our fast paced western world seek immediate benefits. That is certainly possible in his group and (semi-) private lessons available around Cork and County. The quick and easy to learn Tai Chi And Chi Gong Styles being taught by Mark van Dam mixes the benefits of meditation with healthy exercise. Muscles, sinews and joints are gently stretched. Through correct breathing maximum oxygen/blood/chi is circulated around the whole body. There is meditation at the end of the lesson.Wear loose fitting clothing and have an extra top and soft soled

Drop in lessons €16. 5 lesson course €60. Concessions available.

Contact Mark on 023 8857370 / 086 1591881

Tara Brandel


Contact improvisation.
Contact Improvisation is a movement form where 2 or more people use weight, momentum and physical contact to allow the dance between them to unfold.
 Tara trained in Contact with Contact Improv pioneer Steve Paxton as a teenager and has been teaching it all over the world for almost 30 years. Her classes are playful, authentic, profound, informative and expanding.  She likes to share her unending delight with Contact.

Caz Jeffreys

Caz Jeffreys is an inspiring and passionate choir leader, project coordinator and community musician living in West Cork, Ireland. She holds an MA degree in Community Music and has more than 20 years of ‘hands on’ experience within a wide range of community groups and music activities. Caz is a member of the Natural Voice Network based in UK and the Association Of Irish Choirs.

Harmony work has been her main passion and Caz is currently Musical Director to three community choirs as well as leading and directing the GraceNotes Vocal Performance Project.

In 2015 Caz started the West Cork BIG SING! project which promotes inclusive singing for community wellbeing. Working with organisations, community groups, choirs and individuals, events and activities are designed to bring people together in song.

Caz also offers support workshops and training for singing leadership and enjoys working with performance, song writing and arranging for vocal groups.

You can find out more about her work on her website at:

“The best workshop I’ve been to for a long time. Caz is a lovely warm person who quickly makes everyone feel relaxed.  She was great fun and unusually sensitive to the needs of the group”.

Meg Turpin – Musical Director to Norwich Community Choir. UK. September 2012

“I started singing in one of Caz’s choirs because I was struck by the great selection of songs and variety of genres and I loved the harmonic arrangements. Caz is full of music and is a great teacher.”

Claire Marie Barton, Clonakilty. Ireland. September 2016