Dazzling December: Hello, Positive Lifers! We’re excited to bring you this lovely roundup of holistic news, products and events for the month of December. Our Winter 2019/20 issue has hit the shelves, featuring oodles of inspiring content from our regular contributors, as well as an in-depth look at yoga therapy, an exclusive interview with spiritual pioneer Jac O’ Keeffe and an amazing conversation with Shaman Durek. Our main feature is a tribute to the legendary spiritual teacher Ram Dass, celebrating his life’s work – just in time for the release of his new documentary ‘Becoming Nobody’! Read on to learn about the special event we have planned to mark the occasion…
In our Autumn 2019 issue, Paul shared his amazing experience in Dingle, Co. Kerry, where he enjoyed a retreat courtesy of Stay YNA. Read on to learn all about it.
Home is Where Kerry is
A Positive Retreat
by Paul Congdon
Peace is the theme of this issue – a beautiful feeling available to all humans, yet one we tend to feel in a heightened way when we are in a conducive environment like on a retreat, a walk in nature, meditating or swimming in the sea. It’s nice if you can generate peace on the inside, so that it’s available to you no matter where you are but, for now, I take a break and head away.
If staying in Ireland, Kerry is my place of harmony. This is a love letter to Kerry and begins in March of this year when the lovely people at Stay YNA invited me to stay in one of their luxury houses in the wilds of Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry.
I arrived to one of the most luxurious houses I’ve ever seen, furnished with all-natural materials, boasting a stunning view and a welcome pack of homemade bread and brownies. The living room had a wood-burning stove for those rainy hours when you just want to kick back, read a book and while away your holiday in peace. Each bedroom had its own unique style and more sweet views. There is something about this area. No wonder the ‘Stars Wars’ people felt that the force was here, with its wonderful beaches: Béal Bán, Wine Strand, Ventry (check out the view from Quinn’s pub), and Coumeenole, where Ryans Daughter was made.
When you feel like a bit of a buzz, head into the lovely hum of Dingle, about 10 minutes away by car. The scenery everywhere you go is breathtaking and the drive into Dingle has a different feel each time you look, with the colours always changing and the bay opening up before you. With great restaurants and pubs, the vibe in the town is so special. One pub that stood out was Kennedy’s, an entirely candlelit pub. The live music in the area is so eclectic too – check out singer Muireann and the fiddle player Jeremy Spencer, to name but two. A shout out to some cool veggie /vegan spots in the town: Boy Blue, The Pantri, and the lovely Thyme Out Cafe, which is connected to the health store Ré Nua. Top-class food and service from all, and such a welcoming vibe. Back home to the house for a bit of stove-action with my book, followed by some yoga, and I felt suitably recharged.
My mum and dad popped down from Dublin on the free train and we ended up in a lovely pub in Ballyferriter where the locals all speak as gaeilge. They regaled us with some stories about the filming of ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Ryan’s Daughter’.
Swimming in the sea, lunching in Dingle, meditating, reading, and the odd glass of something when the mood took me … after a few days, I had that peace both outside and inside, and as you all know, it feels so good.
If you feel a retreat coming on, we have it here on our home soil, and no better place than Kerry. Stay YNA will look after you. Tell them we sent you.
Paul stayed in Ballyferriter, courtesy of Stay YNA: stayyna.com
They offer luxurious holiday homes in Dingle, Spain and France.
We are thrilled to be hosting Declan Hammond and Louise O’Donnell this Thursday, October 24th in Bewley’s Café for an evening of honouring Samhain and welcoming in the new season. Read on to learn more!
Our publisher Paul Congdon was thrilled to enjoy a beautiful retreat in Kerry recently, courtesy of the amazing folks at Stay YNA. He shared the whole story in our Autumn 2019 issue – to hear all about it, just read on. The full magazine is available through your local stockist, or you can subscribe online here.
One of our favourite sections of the magazine is our Positive Vibes section, which features some of the products, events, and foodie treats we’re loving this season! Check out our Autumn Vibes article below, as featured in our Autumn 2019 issue. If you haven’t picked up a copy of the magazine yet, check your local stockist here, or subscribe here to get it delivered right to your door.
Join us for an exploration of psychedelics’ potential with the founders of InwardBound, Ireland’s first psychedelic retreats business. This event will take place on Thursday September 12th from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in Central Hotel, 1-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.
Looking for a real treat to lift the January blues, Positive Lifers? If so, check out Soul Centred Retreats’ ‘New Year, New You’ retreat, taking place in Aherlow House Hotel, Co. Tipperary, from January 14th to the 17th.
As this year draws to a close, many people’s thoughts are turning towards warmer days ahead … and if you’re looking for a getaway with a difference in 2019, we have a great suggestion for you. Learn all about the magic of the Earthsong camps in this beautiful article by Ruth Pinson, which appears in our Winter 2018/19 issue.
This beautiful reflection on the famed Spanish Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route by Brendan McManus gave us some food for thought. This account of his incredible journey appears in our Winter 2018/19 issue, and it’s got us feeling inspired … have any of you ever walked the Camino or a similar pilgrimage route, Positive Lifers?
It’s time for our Winter Vibes roundup! This selection of amazing holistic products, services, events and news appeared in our Winter 2018/19 issue. If you haven’t yet seen the magazine, click here to find your nearest stockist, or here to subscribe and receive a copy direct to your door.