Our Story

Our Story began in 2007....

Satmya is a Natural Living and Learning centre rooted in Ayurvedic & Naturopathic principals. We place a strong emphasis on education and in supporting an Ayurvedic lifestyle.   We offer courses, consultations, a free dispensary service and Ayurvedic treatments to help support you on your life journey.

What we're about...

Our Area

Satmya is located in the wilds of East Clare, just outside the mountain village of Feakle. The area is steeped in magic, folklore & legend and it’s an absolutely gorgeous part of the world to explore. Famed for traditional music, being the home of Biddy Early (famous Irish wise woman/herbalist) and associated with many folk tales. It has a diverse & interesting community with many healers, craftspeople, artists, homesteaders and organic farmers.

We are lucky to be surrounded by wild beauty with stunning lakes, mountains and unspoilt scenery. If you are staying for a few days there are plenty of great options for accommodation and If you’re up for a little activity there are great local walking trails, canoeing, SUP, bike trails, etc. to keep you occupied.

Here’s a bit of handy information if you haven’t been here before:

Directions to Satmya: We have recently relocated from Killaloe to Feakle. Our new eircode is V94 92X3

Parking: We have a large car park on site.

Accommodation options

Our road actually has a few lovely Airbnb options

The Milking Parlour – The Milking Parlour, Magherabaun is based in a beautiful rural setting, bordered by a stream and open fields but still close to the amenities of Feakle. (less than 5 minute walk)

Unique private retreat in nature tranquil setting – A beautifully converted bus set in quiet rural surroundings 2.4 miles from Feakle, a village in County Clare, Ireland. Lovely glamping experience with everything you need to hand. (next door to Dronagiri)

5 minute drive

Clare Ecolodge – Clare Ecolodge offers a unique blend of tranquillity and fun giving guests a memorable rural Ireland experience. (in Feakle Village)

Quirky cottage in scenic East Clare

Quiet Cottage near walking trail and fishing lakes

Things to do & see nearby

Check out some beautiful walks along the East Clare Way 

Visit some local lakes -Rosslara lake (5minute drive); Lough Grainey (15minutes), Lough Derg (20minutes)

Visit Seed Savers

Visit Feakle (5minute drive)- famous for traditional music & the home place of Biddy Early (legendary herbalist)

Discover Lough Derg is an excellent resource for things to do in the Lough Derg region.

Coole Park (20minute drive) – This is a stunning nature reserve located just outside Gort, Co. Galway. There’s a great cafe there too.

Visit the Burren national Park – (25minutes drive) – Stunning scenery & really magical place to visit


Ancient Vedic texts teach us the necessary tools to live a self sufficient, fulfilling and self actualised life (moksha). They encourage us to follow our true path (Dharma), seek the truth (Paramarthika Satya), live in harmony with nature and look after our own health & spirituality.

Since Satmya began in 2007, we have taken our responsibility to the environment seriously. We are proud of the fact that at the foundations of Satmya lie a strong ethos to work in harmony with our environment. We have always thought it was worth the extra effort!

We are currently building a new eco centre on our nature sanctuary in East Clare where Satmya will relocate by the end of 2021. Our new centre is being built using engineered straw bales and will be passive house standard. We have already planted 1200 trees and will continue to plant trees annually. We also allow our meadows to grow wild and are continually making and improving habitat to increase biodiversity and provide a sanctuary for Irish wildlife. We are 100% organic and we compost and reuse what we can.

Spring at Dronagiri

Some things we do to make a difference

We recycle everything that we can; paper, cardboard, tins, cans, plastics, glass

We compost and use this compost for our trees and plants

We decorate with clay paints, recycled wood and other recycled materials where possible

We print on recycled paper & only when necessary

We print our brochures and flyers on 100% recycled paper using vegetable inks

Our electricity is supplied by Airtricity ensuring it comes from a renewable energy source


We have a buy local, buy responsible policy which applies to all produce, products and services.

We actively support and take part in social and environmental projects within our local area.

We developed a local festival – The Killaloe Festival of Lights in October/November

We help the tidy towns initiatives when needed. We provide advice and information for other businesses


What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy aims to support the body’s ability to heal itself through the use of dietary & lifestyle changes together with other complementary modalities.
Since its conception Naturopathy has evolved to incorporate a vast range of therapies that are considered natural & non-invasive. It is unique in that it accesses a wide variety of holistic solutions to address distinctive health care needs.

At Satmya the following are practiced under this heading:

  • Western Herbal Medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Nutrition
  • Remedial Massage

We have a large Herbal & Homeopathic dispensary at Satmya which is available to the public every Thursday morning from 10-1pm. For more details visit the dispensary


What is Ayurveda?

The word Ayurveda comes from the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. It translates as “Science of Life” and is often referred to as Traditional Indian Medicine.  Ayurveda is said to have originated more than 5000 years ago and is believed to be the oldest & most complete health system known to man.  The first written evidence is contained in the Atharva Veda circa 3000 B.C. Ancient texts help to explain the origins and workings of the universe and life as we know it.  Ayurvedic texts specifically teach us how to lead a healthy and happy life thus enabling us to realise our full potential.

At Satmya we place great importance in upholding the sacred teachings of the classical texts & endeavour to practice Ayurveda in accordance with these teachings. Doug, the Ayurvedic practitioner & teacher at Satmya studied Ayurveda in Australia and he practices classical North Indian Ayurveda.

Ayurveda (Traditional Indian Medicine) is an ancient natural health science that believes in maintaining a balance of energies (Vata, Pitta & Kapha) within the body in accordance with the external environment in which it resides. According to Ayurveda everything in the universe (including our bodies) is composed of 5 elements and these elements manifest as three energies, that is Vata (Ether & Air), Pitta (Fire & Water) & Kapha (Water & Earth). With each season an accumulation, alleviation or aggravation of one or more Doshas may occur, affecting our bodies either positively or negatively. 

Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis

The study of seasons is called Rtucharya and it provides information on diet, cleanses, herbal medicines and activities best suited to any particular season. This seasonal awareness allows us to live in balance & harmony with our environment.Although Ayurveda offers a fairly straight forward approach to health, the complexities lie with balancing individual differences combined with seasonal variations. Nothing can be isolated and the whole picture must be examined before a problem is addressed or a solution sought. To get the most from Ayurveda, awareness about your individual constitution (Dosha) will allow you to completely embrace the Ayurvedic lifestyle. 

Every persons’ body is made up of the 3 Doshas (energies) in varying proportions often with a predominance of one or more Dosha, eg Vata, Pitta or Kapha or a combination such as “Vata Pitta”, “Pitta Kapha” or “Vata Kapha”. Each season will therefore affect people in different ways depending upon their constitution & health.

Ayurveda seeks to balance the body before it becomes aggravated (“prevention is better than cure”). It anticipates imbalances before they arise and in so doing takes the correct measures to avoid or reduce the severity of the problem.The Ayurvedic year is divided into 6 distinct seasons, that is Spring, Summer, Rainy Season, Autumn, Early Winter & Late Winter.

To maintain optimum health through Ayurveda one can choose from a vast range of medicines, therapies and practices such as Yogic exercises, Meditation, Vedic astrology, Panchakarma cleanses, decoctions, herbs, tonics, consultations, fertility and rejuvenating treatments etc.

The practical knowledge of self-healing is accessible to everyone through Ayurveda

Experience Authentic Ayurveda at Satmya

Start your Ayurvedic Journey at Satmya:

Yvette Hyde

BHSC (NAT), B. COMM Naturopath, Herbalist, Homeopath, Nutritionist & Remedial Massage Therapist

Qualified 2005

Yvette is a community Naturopath and co-founder of Satmya. She has been in full time clinical practice since 2005 and has successfully treated many clients since then. Yvette uses a combination of homeopathy, herbalism and nutrition in her work and also runs a free weekly dispensary service. She believes everyone can benefit from using natural remedies.

Background & Studies

Yvette grew up in rural County Kildare and when she was a young child she was fascinated with nature and was introduced to herbal medicine by a local healer when she was 4years old. Over the years, her interest in natural medicine grew and she was lucky enough to have the opportunity to study a Naturopathy Degree at ACNT in Sydney, Australia. 

During her studies she gained experience at a number of clinics and dispensaries. She also went to India to further her Homeopathy studies and attended a postgraduate course at the Bengal Allen College of Homeopathy, Calcutta. Upon completion of her studies in 2005, she was awarded Naturopathy student of the year by Phytomedicine & ACNT. Since graduating she has continued her studies with some excellent teachers all over the world. She continues to update and upgrade her skills annually. Yvette is available in the Satmya herbal dispensary & clinic from Monday to Friday.

Yvette (Sheridan) Hyde

BHSC (NAT), B. COMM Naturopath, Herbalist, Homeopath, Nutritionist & Remedial Massage Therapist

Qualified 2005

Yvette is a community Naturopath and co-founder of Satmya. She has been in full time clinical practice since 2005 and has successfully treated many clients since then. Yvette uses a combination of homeopathy, herbalism and nutrition in her work and also runs a free weekly dispensary service. She believes everyone can benefit from using natural remedies.

Doug Hyde

DOUG HYDE ADV DIP AYUR, B.A. (BIOLOGY) Ayurvedic teacher/therapist/practitioner, meditation teacher & retreat facilitator Qualified 2005.

Doug is an Ayurvedic practitioner & co-founder of Satmya. Through consultations, corporate seminars, workshops and professional courses he endeavours to make Ayurveda accessible to everyone. Doug loves introducing his students & clients to the transformative power of Ayurveda. He believes that Ayurveda empowers people to manage their health and wellbeing to get the most out of life. Doug mainly works from his centre in East Clare but travels nationally with his work.

Work with Doug:

  • Start your Ayurvedic journey with a private consultation. Doug will help you to understand your health through Ayurveda and where necessary will guide you to make changes to improve your wellbeing.
  • Attend a course: Due to time restraints Doug currently only offers practitioner courses. Deepen your current practice with Ayurveda for practitioners; expand your practice with his Shiro-abhyanga (Indian head massage) Diploma or embark on a 2 year Ayurveda Diploma
  • Book a talk: bring Ayurveda into your workplace/ club/community/Yoga centre/Heath Retreat, etc. Doug tailors his talks to your needs and makes Ayurveda practical, fun and easy. (Doug has worked with W2, Ardnahoo, Obus school, Digino, ICA, Canon Hayes Recreation Centre, Clare Youth Service, Avara LTD, New Futures Farming group, Killaloe Ballina Community centre)