If you are a regular reader of our print magazine, you may recognise Alison as the author of our Positively Metaphysical column: offering her sage advice, issue after issue, on subjects such as mindful exercising, the importance of spending time in nature, or learning how to care for ourselves. She is also the organiser behind the highly successful Full 360 health and wellbeing shows that take place on a regular basis around the country.
Hello, Positive Lifers! Today, we wanted to share this throwback to our Autumn 2018 issue, featuring personal development coach Lloyd Chambers’ remarkable story of freedom, and what one of his products, Organo Gold, has meant to him.
We are excited to share this sneak peek from our Winter 2018/19 issue, exploring the incredible healing journey of Dr. Alweena Awan, who now leads Ho’oponopono Harmonising Circles (HHC) all over the world, giving people an understanding of the theory and philosophy behind Ho’oponopono – an ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness. Read on to learn all about it.
We are pleased to share that Martin Duffy, shamanic practitioner, transpersonal psychotherapist, and director of the OakTree Charitable Trust, is joining us for a special Positive Nights event on Thursday November 1st in the Central Hotel, 1-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. Click here to book your tickets.
Paul says, ‘the last time Martin visited us at Positive Nights, we had an amazing discussion, one of my favourites – this time we will enjoy more of the same.’
The topics you can expect include: shamanism, holotropic breathwork, Wetiko, astral travel, plant medicines, psychedelic therapy revival, the current global crisis, the psyche, Carl Gustav Jung and transpersonal psychotherapy. This will be a once-off unique discussion, brimming with teachings and insights that you can use in your own life.
About Martin Duffy MIAHIP, MIACP, CMHN, EAP:
Martin is the director of the OakTree Charitable Trust, a nonprofit organisation that runs the Irish Centre for Shamanic Studies and The Transpersonal Institute at Dunderry Park, Co. Meath. The Centre is dedicated to promoting and preserving shamanic traditions from around the world, particularly those of the pre-Celtic and Celtic era. Contemporary transpersonal approaches are also taught at the centre.
Martin has worked as a mental health care professional since 1977. He is an accredited transpersonal/Jungian psychotherapist. He has trained in various forms of consciousness raising methods, including Holotropic Breathwork ™, Dreamwork, Trance Dancing and Firewalking.
His grandfather and mother are traditional folk healers and he is following in their footsteps. His work is influenced by the Druid traditions of ancient Ireland.
He has done fieldwork with indigenous Shamans from Mongolia, Mexico, the Amazon, the Andes, and Africa, and also has trained in Core Shamanism with the Foundation of Shamanic Studies (U.S.A.) and the Scandinavian Centre for Shamanic Studies.
Martin brings warmth and compassion to his shamanic practice.
He has strong values with regards to integrity, honesty and openness. In particular, he believes in empowering the individual to find healing, knowledge and wisdom within themselves.
He is available for one-to-one sessions for Transpersonal Psychotherapy, Shamanic Counselling, soul retrieval, extraction work, shamanic healing and ceremonies. For more information, see www.shamanismireland.com or email email@example.com.
Join us on November 1st for what is sure to be an enlightening evening! Click here to reserve your place – tickets can also be purchased at the door.
On Thursday October 11th, we are excited to welcome chiropractor, craniosacral therapist and spiritual healer Dr. Yvonne Murphy to Positive Nights. She will explore how we can move our lives from fear into love. This will take place from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Bewley’s Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Click here to book your tickets.
Do you want to enter the energy field of healing, and even have the energy of the field itself?
Yvonne Murphy is an Irish healer whose last 30 years have been dedicated to chiropractic treatment, biodynamic craniosacral therapy, birth trauma release, animal adjustment, and most of all, divine healing. Thanks to her strong intuition, she is able to identify the hidden causes of illnesses. With the help of the Greater Power or Mystery, she heals deep placed traumas, releases psychical and energy blocks, removes defective energy patterns and dysfunctional ways of behaviour originating from clients’ family lines.
She is passionate about helping clients feel more vibrant and alive. Join us on Thursday October 11th, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Bewleys’ Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, and let’s move from fear into compassion, inner serenity, joy and quiet. Divine Clearing evolved from Yvonne’s work as a chiropractic doctor, along with craniosacral and spiritual healing she underwent in the USA, Ireland, India and New Zealand.
Her workshops are suitable mainly for those who want to:
- Learn healing secrets from the chiropractic world
- Bring more love into their lives
- Liberate themselves from old, dysfunctional patterns
- Bring more abundance into their lives
- Meet their soul mates
- Heal their partner relationships
- Call the baby soul of their planned child
After her evening with us, she will be running workshops in Galway on the 13th and 14th of October, and in Dublin on the 24th and 25th of November. For more information, go to her website: divine clearing.com.
In this YouTube video, she explains more about her work and practice.
Join us on Thursday October 11th, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Bewley’s Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, to learn how you can let go of fear with the help of Yvonne’s techniques! Click here to book your tickets.
In this instalment of Autumn Vibes – which appears in our just-released Autumn 2018 issue – we picked the best products, events, and positive news that the holistic scene has to offer this season. To get your copy of the new issue, check your nearest stockist or subscribe to have a copy sent direct to your door.
“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
The Autumnal, John Donne
Products With Pep
Newly launched Irish brand Chi Fit Tea is an amazing blend. Ten ingredients from Yunnan, the oldest tea region in China, are selected for their unique energy boosting properties and delicious flavour. This tea can also be used to aid slimming in conjunction with the Chi Fitness healthy eating programme.
Squbes are an Irish health food company with a passion for healthy living and nature. Their delicious, gluten-free, cube-shaped granola snacks come in a variety of different flavours: dark chocolate, coconut and sea salt; blueberry, cranberry and vanilla; and caramel, almond and sea salt.
YourBeautyTonic is a unique food supplement that nourishes skin, hair and nails from the inside out. It’s rich in collagen, hyaluronic acid and 14 other nutrients that assist not only skin, hair and nails, but – along with added magnesium bisglycinate, B12 and MSM – are also beneficial for sleep, energy and joint health.
Water is one of the most important substances in the world, and drinking plenty of it on a daily basis is vital to our health and wellbeing. Kangen® Water is alkaline, antioxidant, rich in minerals, purged of impurities, and best of all … it can be made in your own home.
For a takeaway with a difference, check out NKD Pizza’s unique offering: pizza with a crust composed of ten different ancestral grains. Yes, you read that right – ten. By making better, more thoughtful decisions when sourcing their ingredients, they hope to create a healthier pizza. NKD Pizza is based in Rathgar, Co. Dublin.
A Positive Tip
by Corina Bambina
A ‘negative’ emotion is only negative if you resist it, push it away or deny the feeling. Joy can be a negative emotion if you’re not letting yourself feel joy when it comes (maybe because you’re so used to the opposite). Allow emotions to transform and teach you.
Looking for a unique gift idea this autumn? Check out the creations of psychic artist Patricia Hughes, based in Monkstown, Co. Dublin. Her paintings contain roses, mandalas, dancing feet, and other vivid scenes, all inspired by otherworldy themes. If you would like a unique piece of spirit art hanging on your wall, contact her.
087 237 8568
The Time is Now
Never before has there been such a proliferation of entrepreneurs and cultural creatives in Ireland: beavering away, following their passion and contributing to making the world a better place. Psychotherapist Monica Haughey offers monthly forums in Dublin where small groups of women meet to support each other and grow their businesses.
Movement coach Tobias Pintar, based in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, runs weekly movement therapy classes aimed at reducing chronic pain. In these classes, he teaches stretching and foam rolling exercises specifically designed to reduce muscular tension levels, for long term pain relief.
Yoga of Life
If you want to take your yoga practice to the next level, look into Living Yoga’s teacher training programme. They welcome qualified teachers from all lineages for one or more modules, and combine traditional yoga studies with contemporary somatics, experiential anatomy, developmental movement, voice work, and applied teaching methodology.
Stores to Restore
Healthy Habits Store in Quarantine Hill, Co. Wicklow, has everything you need to live a healthful, happy, productive life. They run inspiring courses, monthly talks and holiday retreats in exotic locations … and even produce their own vegan and gluten-free wraps, energy bars, onion bread and breakfast cereals. The selection must be seen to be believed!
The Health Beat
Beata’s Health Shop in Killorglin, Co. Kerry, pursues an impressive zero waste policy. All organic nuts, dry fruit, grains and seeds are available loose, with customers encouraged to bring reusable jars or containers. In-house treatments include Lomi Lomi, holistic massage, energy treatments, nutritional consultations, health talks, vitamin and mineral tests, and much more.
Kate Curtis of Golden Spears Healing is hosting a holotropic breathwork workshop from the 5th to the 7th of October in Aghvannagh, Co. Wicklow. The circle will be opened with shamanic drumming, followed by acupuncture sessions. Breathing quickly and deeply for two to three hours will be the method used to go deep within.
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, known throughout the world as Amma, has served the world for decades, imparting wisdom, strength and inspiration. She has inspired thousands to follow in her path of service to humanity. Receive your embrace from Amma at Citywest Hotel, Dublin, from the 13th to the 14th of October 2018.
Corina Bambina and Kim Kindersley recently began to lead special ceremonies through Chant Breath Dance. Having completed a weekend workshop in Glastonbury, they are coming to Dublin soon. Kim says, ‘when you combine dance, sacred chanting, ritual and breath work, it really heightens the group experience. I can’t wait to share it.’
This autumn, we have many exciting events lined up for Positive Nights. Some highlights include a mini parenting workshop with our regular Positive Parenting writer Anna Cole, an evening of psychic art, a visit from renowned medicine woman Rosie White Elk and lots more … watch this space!
September Salutations: Good news, Positive Lifers – we have just released our Autumn 2018 issue, and it’s a cracker: filled to the brim with inspiring and thought-provoking content from our regular contributors, invigorating health tips and an exclusive interview with Marianne Williamson. You can pick up your copy in one of our stockists throughout the country, or subscribe here to get a copy delivered right to your door. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most enticing holistic happenings, products and events we’ve picked out for you this month! We are giving away FIVE TICKETS to the Vitality Expo on our Facebook page today, with the winner announced in the afternoon – click here to read all about it.
Dive into Ireland’s Ancient Energies
Next week, we are thrilled to welcome the acclaimed seer, mystic and author Tantra Maat to Positive Nights. On Wednesday September 12th, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m., Tantra will join us in the Central Hotel, 1-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. She will discuss the powerful energies present within Ireland, and how they can be utilised to advance the awakening of the Earth. Click here for tickets and further information.
Look Out For These Amazing Beeswax Cloths, Coming Soon
Looking for a convenient way to reduce your plastic consumption? Seidi Salomonson and Marit Nyhuis, who are planning to set up a new beeswax wraps business called PLOT, explain that they liked the idea of beeswax wraps so much, “we started making them ourselves about a year ago.” Marit says, “The main idea was to start using less plastic and clingfilm, and use these instead as much as possible. We buy our pure beeswax from a lady in the next town who has her own bees, so we know where it’s coming from.” Curious? Email Marit at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Marianne Williamson to Hold Seminar in Dublin
Marianne Williamson’s phenomenal work in the field of spirituality and self-development speaks for itself: seven out of her twelve published books have been New York Times bestsellers. Marianne will be speaking in Ireland on Wednesday October 10th 2018, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Co. Dublin. For tickets and further information, follow this Seminars.ie link. To read a sneak peek of our interview with Marianne, just click here.
New Company Offers Super-Charged Turmeric Powder
Recently, the health-enhancing benefits of turmeric have become more widely known. It can reduce inflammation, fight against free radicals, and even boost brain health. Turmerix is a new company that specialises in producing high-quality, fast-acting turmeric powder. This powder also contains an “X-blend” of supporting spices and herbs: cinnamon, coconut powder, green tea, liquorice, kelp, fennel, vanilla, aniseed, caraway, ginger, clove, cardamon and more.
Kangen Water®: Health-Boosting Hydration
Water is an essential component of our daily lives. However, with concerns growing about the range of pollutants and chemical residue that can be found in tap water supplies and bottled water, many people are searching for an alternative to put their minds at ease. Kangen Water® (a.k.a. electrolysed reduced water [ERW], or hydrogen water) begins as tap water. An Enagic® machine filters out chlorine and other impurities from the tap water, then separates the hydrogen and oxygen through a process known as electrolysis. Email email@example.com to learn more!
Vitality Expo Hits Dublin This Weekend
This weekend – Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of September – Dublin’s RDS will play host to the amazing Vitality Expo 2018, brought to you by Health Stores Ireland. The Expo will be dedicated to all things health-related, with a diverse array of wellness, lifestyle, fitness and nutrition talks being delivered by Irish and international speakers and natural health brands. All talks will be hosted by nutritional therapist Jemma Kehoe. The Expo will also boast a Food & Cookery Stage, an outdoor entertainment area, and of course, a vast array of stands, featuring some of Ireland’s established and upcoming brands. Click here to enter our competition for FIVE FREE TICKETS.
Our resident gardening and food writer Hans Wieland shares the secrets of horseradishes in this extract from our Summer 2018 issue.
Horseradish, a Vegetable to Cry For
Growing vegetables that make a difference
By Hans Wieland
I have been living with horseradish all my life – in fact, even before my life, as the wedding dish of my parents was beef in horseradish cream sauce with potatoes, considered a poor man’s dish in the 50s, but with an outstanding flavour, as my late mum claimed.
Horseradish is a hardy root crop, an often neglected group of nutritious vegetables, which are most useful during the winter months. In German, it’s called “Meerrettich” (sea radish) because it grows best by the sea. Many believe the English mispronounced the German word “Meer” and began calling it “mareradish.” Eventually it became known as horseradish. In my humble view, horseradish is one of those plants that can transform dishes.
How to grow horseradish…
My parents did not live by the sea. They grew their horseradish beside the compost heap, probably with no other intention than to give it enough space. The main culinary use at home was for sauces, to be grated and mixed with freshly made quark, and also as a source of Vitamin C in my mum’s winter tonic of horseradish, onions and garlic.
Horseradish is a vigorous perennial plant from the Cabbage family (brassica), which also includes mustard, wasabi and broccoli. It can grow up to one metre tall and develops long stout roots. As a root vegetable, it is cultivated primarily for its large, white, tapered root, and also used as a spice. The plant is probably native to south eastern Europe and western Asia, but has a place in most Middle European gardens.
It grows better roots for harvesting if given its own space and attention. A rich fertile soil would be great. Being a deep root crop, it needs depth to grow, so a hard subsoil won’t be to its liking. But in the wide area between these extremes, which is pretty much any healthy garden soil, it will give you a good crop with very little effort.
We grow horseradish at Neantóg in true family tradition, beside our compost heap where its spreading habit doesn’t become a problem. In a herb garden, it can be grown in a big and deep container: a half barrel, for example. It’s a large-leafed, tall perennial plant, so make sure it won’t be overpowering a more delicate neighbour.
Horseradish is best grown from a root cutting – similar to comfrey – or start with a potted plant from a good garden centre. In year one, I recommend growing it in a big, tall pot to boost growth without harvesting. In year two it can be planted in its final position.
After the first frost in autumn kills the leaves, the root can be dug and divided. The main root is harvested and one or more large offshoots of the main root are replanted to produce next year’s crop. Horseradish left undisturbed in the garden spreads via underground shoots and can become invasive. Older roots left in the ground become woody, after which they are no longer culinarily useful, though older plants can be dug and re-divided to start new plants. The early season leaves can be distinctively different: asymmetric and spiky, before the mature typical flat broad leaves start to be developed.
The culinary use of horseradish
The intact horseradish root has hardly any aroma, but when cut or grated, enzymes from the now broken plant cells break down the sugars to produce mustard oil, which can irritate the mucous membranes of the sinuses and eyes. Once exposed to air or heat, it will begin to lose its pungency, darken in colour, and become unpleasantly bitter tasting over time.
The mustard oil (allyl isothiocyanate) serves the plant as a natural defence against herbivores. When an animal chews the plant, the mustard oil is released, repelling the animal. The health benefits of horseradish are manifold: a very high Vitamin C content, antibiotic properties and beneficial for blood circulation. Homemade remedies are more potent than bought ones. Chefs often use the grated root of the horseradish plant mixed with vinegar, which they call “prepared horseradish”. Preserved like that, it can be stored for months under refrigeration, but eventually it will darken, indicating it is losing flavour and should be replaced. The leaves of the plant or “horseradish greens” – while edible – are not commonly eaten, because of their very strong flavour.
The preferred use of horseradish in the Wieland household, besides being an ingredient in Gaby’s master tonic, is mixing it with quark, soft cheeses or ricotta. Here is a very simple recipe:
500g of fresh quark or soft cheese
3-4 tablespoons of freshly grated horseradish
1 apple grated, lemon juice, salt and pepper to season
Hans Wieland worked and taught at the Organic Centre for over 20 years before ‘retiring’ to Neantóg Kitchen Garden School in Cliffoney this May, along with his wife Gaby Wieland, herbalist and naturopath. The couple offer a range of courses and workshops in food growing, fermenting, foraging, cheese making, healthy cooking and baking.
Chlorella’s age-defying magic
by Kumiko Kumagai
However hard we try, we’ll never be able to turn back the clock and get back the looks and figure we had when we were younger. However, nature may have the ability to slow things down as we move forward in life, though this help might come in a rather unusual form…
Chlorella is a type of green algae that grows in fresh water. This can be harvested and dried to create a superfood. Those in the know have been taking chlorella for a number of years for its reputed health benefits. Recent scientific research has helped to back up these claims. It appears nature really has provided us with a means to help us look and feel at least a little bit younger.
Scientists have found that chlorella may have an ability to prevent the breakdown of a substance in skin called elastin. As its name suggests, ‘elastin’ is what gives our skin its elasticity. As we get older we begin to lose elastin, which is what causes wrinkles to form. By helping to prevent the breakdown of elastin, it is believed that chlorella may have the ability to keep wrinkles at bay.
Research has also shown that chlorella could have a role to play in helping to reduce weight gain. A protein found in the algae appears able to reduce the increase in size of the body’s fat cells, which is normally seen when eating a diet high in fat.
Summer is well and truly at its peak (and our Summer 2018 issue has hit the shelves), so we just had to share the Positive Vibes section from the magazine, which showcases some of the most exciting events, courses, products, and tasty treats that Ireland’s holistic scene has to offer this season. Sit back, read all about it, and while you’re at it, make a note to pick up a copy of the Summer 2018 issue in your local health food store. You can also subscribe online to receive this issue, and three others, straight to your door.
“Summer moonlight / All soft and fair… Breathes sweet thoughts everywhere”
Bloom n’ grow
Thirsty to drink from the font of feminine wisdom which lies within you? Facilitator Sky Buitenhuis invites you to embark on ‘The Heroine’s Journey’, a four weekend immersion into the wilderness of nature and the self, to emerge empowered and attuned within. Come share in the rich tapestry of women’s wisdom awaiting YOU.
The Peace Team
Ready to share the bountiful benefits of meditation and mindful living? The Meditation Teacher Academy® is now offering a 200hour certified teacher training course which enables you to confidently teach a variety of chill-out techniques. Think loving-kindness, yoga nidra, mantra and mindfulness. Let the peace ripple on.
Optimal Brain is an advanced, personal transformation system designed to help you get the best use of your brain. With training, you can enhance just about anything in the realms of brain functioning; relieving stress and anxiety and improving sleep cycles, focus, attention and retention. Do you brain a favour and have a gander.
Hope and healing
Disenchanted and ready to embrace a new health paradigm? Paulette Agnew, in her book FAB Health, shares the story of her recovery from Lyme disease. A compilation of personal experience, research and interviews with leading health professionals, Paulette offers hope and a simply explained solution to antibiotic-resistant illness through Frequency And Biomagnetic (FAB) medicine.
Camp out in the Heartspace this August during a six day extravaganza of playfulness, celebration, learning and transformation. Expect a diverse range of workshops from African dance to circus skills and yoga, helping to deepen your connection with yourself, others and nature. You can bring the kids along too! See the Heartspace Facebook event for details.
Creacon Wellness Retreat, nestled in the lush Wexford surrounds, is the perfect place to plot your next summer escape. Whether you’re going solo or attending a specialized retreat or workshop, Creacon offers an abundance of ways to relax and rejuvenate.
Downsize your baggage and travel ultra-light with Mooncup; a reusable, portable silicone menstrual cup to replace disposable tampons and pads. If you’re heading off the beaten track this summer, Mooncup will be your best travelling companion!
Lion’s Mane mushroom is a delicious variety of mushroom, with a special affinity for the brain. Mushroomstuff creates 100% organic, highly bioavailable, Lion’s Mane in capsule form to enhance and protect those precious neurons in your noggin’.
Small-batch, unhurried production prevails in Stoneybatter, Dublin, where Genovese Foods have been crafting their gourmet, additive-, gluten- and GMO-free pesto products since 1999. The oldest producers of fresh pesto in Ireland, their flavoursome little jars are well worth the dip.
Rise and shine
Mushrooms are all the rage. We tried the mushroom coffee by Four Sigmatic: rich, earthy and delicious, it sends positive vibes coursing through your system. The mushroom works with the caffeine and neutralises the jitters, replacing them with a balanced feeling. Wake up and smell the mushrooms.
Mother natures’ bounty
Medical Medium Anthony William’s fascinating book, Life Changing Foods, reveals the healing properties on physical, emotional and spiritual levels of fifty fruits and vegetables which the earth provides us with. Discover the choices for healing, health and recovery you can make each time you sit down to a meal.
Way of the heart
Share in the “most healing, centring, transforming and enlightening thing” in Kevin James’ life this July, as he arrives to Dublin for an evening of chanting heartsongs, mantra and kirtan to reconnect with the intelligence of the heart. Come spread the love!
Marianne Williamson will be winging her way to Dublin this October 10th for what’s sure to be an inspiring, uplifting and empowering seminar. Marianne is author of twelve published books and shares stories and wisdom on love, the spiritual journey and miracles. Check out the Seminars website for more.
Melting pot of positivity
Come simmer in the power of positivity and an atmosphere of inspiration, sharing and enlightenment during the summer series of Positive Nights. Bring an open heart and an open mind and expect to meet more of the same.
Be the Divine You
Mother Meera, native to India and embodiment of the Divine Mother, will be in Dublin this July bestowing her blessing on all those who feel the call to enlighten their inner divinity. In total silence, experience a purification of consciousness and a bestowal of light upon the soul.
Treasa Traynor, director of Chrysalis Wellness, is on a mission to bring the strengths of a yoga practice into school communities. Specializing in programmes such as ‘Time out for teachers’ and ‘Wellbeing workshops’ for teens, Treasa seeks to help young people and their teachers cope with the many challenges they face during the transition from childhood to adulthood.