Magnificent March: Hello, Positive Lifers! Enjoy this collection of fabulous events, products and holistic news we have put together for you this month.
Following our previous visits from the acclaimed yoga teacher, musician and folklorist Jack Harrison, we are thrilled to have him back at Positive Nights to perform his beautiful music on Thursday March 28th from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in Bewley’s Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
Jack first encountered yoga in the 1970s and 1980s in San Francisco. After leaving the U.S., he began to work with the Irish Wheel of Yoga in Galway. He launched his career as a yoga teacher in 2005. Throughout his career, he has travelled extensively and studied a wide range of yoga styles, including Iyengar, Satyananda, Ashtanga and Anusara.
Jack has also had a keen interest in music and singing since his childhood. He holds a Masters degree in Irish Folklore and Archaeology and has worked for many years as a consultant and lecturer in Heritage Interpretation. In recent years, he began to understand the deep connections between his three interests – yoga, music, and folklore/archaeology – and established the Celtic School of Yoga to help tie together the yoga traditions of India with those of the Celtic world.
He has travelled widely around the world, offering workshops, intensives and teacher trainings. and his teaching work is now strong influenced by the Celtic tradition. These practices explore how to ally movement of the body with breath, focus, mythology, poetry, music and the natural world.
We are thrilled to be hosting him for a special concert called ‘The Heart of Spring Time’ on Thursday March 28th from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in Bewley’s Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Click here to book your tickets.
We are thrilled to announce that the renowned teacher and Kirtan singer Krishna Das will be joining us for two very special events this June, both taking place in the Griffith Conference Centre, Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8.
The Joys of January: Happy New Year, Positive Lifers! We wish you all the best for the year ahead, and we hope 2019 has many blessings and gifts in store for each one of you. Sit back and enjoy this collection of inspirational events, products and holistic news we have put together for you this month, and get ready to start the year with a bang!
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.
We are excited to announce that our first Positive Nights event of the year will take place on Thursday January 17th, when we will be visited by the spiritual teacher and healer Mark Cleary. This event will be held in Bewley’s Café, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. Read on to learn more!
We are pleased to announce that the wonderful community musician John Bowker will be joining us at Positive Nights on Thursday December 6th for an evening of Christmas Heartsongs. The event will take place from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Bewley’s Café, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
John Bowker is well-known within Ireland’s holistic community for his heart-centred musical workshops and Tribal Spirit Drumming sessions. We have been pleased to host him here at Positive Nights on a number of previous occasions, and on Thursday December 6th, we are going to do it all again.
On this evening, we will enjoy a Christmas special with John, who will guide through a range of Heartsongs designed to awaken joy and contemplation. John describes Heartsongs as “software to open your heart, exploring intentional blessings and weaves of harmony in a playful friendly space for humans”. Expect to feel a lot of love in the room!
Absolutely no prior singing experience is required and absolute beginners are welcome. Doors open at 7.00 and the event begins at 7.30.
You can pay on the door or book your tickets here.
November‘s News: It’s official. Winter is here, and it’s time for the gloves and scarves to come out. Our summer heatwave is a distant memory … but there are many things to look forward to about this time of year. What could be better, for instance, than sitting beside a roaring fire, dressed in cosy pyjamas and enjoying some delicious hot chocolate, while the cold rages on outside? We have picked out a number of treats for you to check out this month, ranging from our very own Positive Nights events (look out for our extra-special speed dating event or Heartsongs with John Bowker) to an in-depth look at the gorgeous Calm Rooms of Monkstown, Co. Dublin.
Positive Nights: Some of Our Best Picks to Enjoy!
Following our successful speed dating events last November and April, we are ready to bring it to another level and help singles to connect once again. From your hosts with the most, Orla Bass and Paul Congdon, we present to you an evening of Speed Dating From the Heart on Thursday the 22nd of November, from 7.15 to 10.00 p.m. in Bewley’s Café, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Doors open at 6.45 p.m. Click here to learn more and get your tickets.
Also make sure you keep an eye out for our Heartsongs with John Bowker on December 6th, and our event with Andrea Hayes on December 13th. Details will be announced soon – watch this space!
The Organic Trust: Excellence Assured
The Organic Trust is the organic certification body of choice for professional organic producers in Ireland. The Trust describes their mission as, quite simply, “upholding the integrity of organic food.” The organic food sector in Ireland is in a continuous state of development, and the Organic Trust are proud to certify a huge range of organic products on retail shelves in Ireland (with the bulk of Irish-produced organic food being marketed under the Organic Trust logo). If you are an organic producer who wants to learn more, make sure you check out their website!
The Calm Rooms of Monkstown: An Oasis of Wellness
The Calm Rooms is a brand-new wellness hub in Monkstown Village, specialising in therapeutic treatments, meditation, yoga and pilates. This new business is hoping to establish themselves as a premium centre for wellness and relaxation in the city. We can’t wait until they announce their full range of treatments! Check out their website or Facebook page to learn more. You can also watch our recent Facebook live video that we did with them to get a sense of what they’re all about.
Our Exciting New Visualisation Track With Judith McAdam
We are pleased to introduce a meditation track we have always wanted to do for you: a 20-minute visualisation in which you get to actively enhance your resonance with health, love, abundance and your personal purpose. This track was co-created by the Positive Life team and Judith McAdam. Judith is a renowned theologian, kinesiologist, holistic life coach and author of the beautiful book The Source, and we are thrilled to have launched this new collaboration with her. To learn more and download the track, just click here.
Ahead of Anna Cole and Tosha Schore’s upcoming appearance at Positive Nights on Thursday November 7th, we are pleased to share Anna’s article from our Autumn 2018 issue. Consider it a brief taster of what she and Tosha will have to say on the night!
Healing the hidden triggers
Why children push your buttons, and what to do about it
By Anna Cole
Parenting isn’t easy! Some days start with one child sitting defiantly on the floor, refusing to put on their shoes, with another grumpy, prickly and ignoring the dishwasher she’s been asked to empty. We’re bristling before breakfast is over, and things go downhill from here. When we’re upset and stressed, the fun drains out of parenting, to say the least. Even our sense that our children are dear to us disappears. Every single one of us grapples with tough days as we do our best to be good parents.
Why do we struggle so hard in parenting? Because, let’s face it, despite reading about peaceful and positive parenting, we do struggle hard some days. In the heat of the moment, we act in ways that we are less than proud of. Unconsciously, our own memories of past hurts are wrenched back into the here and now.
This kind of triggering is ubiquitous for parents and stems from events or bad times at different ages and stages of our own childhoods which left us hurt. When we act in ways we wished we hadn’t, the quiet, and not so quiet, whispers of times gone by which have left a mark, a wound, and a rigidity in us, have an effect on the day-to-day of parenting. We plaster them over to get by, as likely no one could listen to them when we were young. We learn to ignore them and attempt to stride, positively, into each parenting day. But here’s the rub: the wonder and the intensity of parenting is that, as much as we’d like to avoid it, ‘out of sight, out of mind’ parenting has an uncanny, almost precision ability to bring up these hidden triggers – often and many times! After some years of working on my own hidden triggers around parenting I have learnt to think of them as mirrors of opportunity. They invite healing and growth, if we can get the support we need.
As the autumn nights draw in and we head towards the ‘dark half of the year’ as the ancient Celts called it, we’re offering you a remarkable and rare opportunity to come learn a practice for releasing your parenting triggers with a couple of ‘masters’ – well, ‘mistresses’ – of the art of healing our parenting triggers. For one night only, Anna Cole – that’s me – certified Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor, and Tosha Schore, parent educator extraordinaire and co-author of the successful book, Listen. Five Simple Tools to Meet your Everyday Parenting Challenges, will be in Dublin talking at Positive Nights.
Join us for a welcoming and intimate evening and take home practical tools which will transform your parenting days – and nights – and help make your peaceful parenting dreams a reality. Come ready to practice. We’ll share perspective and practical ideas based on more than a combined couple of decades of our own experience, along with our training in Hand in Hand Parenting. We guarantee that this will make things go more easily in your parenting journey.
You’ve read the books, you know the theory, right? You know how you want it to look but you just keep losing it with your kids when they wake at 5am every morning, or refuse to go to sleep overnight, or (insert here!)…
You know the what! Let us show you the how! Come ready to laugh, talk and have some fun on this often bumpy, and less than perfect, journey of parenting.
Anna and Tosha will be appearing at Positive Nights on Thursday November 7th, with a mini parenting workshop which – if you’re a parent or hope to be – you don’t want to miss. This special evening will take place in the Bewley’s Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. Click here to learn more and book your tickets.
For more, see: positivelife.ie/positivenights
Anna Cole, Ph.D., is a parent educator, researcher, writer and a certified instructor with Hand in Hand Parenting. She can be found on Facebook at:
Hand in Hand Parenting with Anna Cole
October is upon us and autumn is unfurling at a rapid pace. In this edition of our ever-popular Vibes newsletter, we are pleased to share the details of some amazing events and products on the holistic scene. Grab a nice warming cup of tea and check them out below!
The Joys of October: Temperatures are dipping, leaves are falling, cosy fires are being lit, and Hallowe’en is just around the corner – yes, it is that time of year again. First things first: our cover star Marianne Williamson is coming to the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, on Wednesday October 10th, for a special talk being run by the lovely folks over at seminars.ie. Tickets for the much-anticipated event are sold out, but we are giving away a free ticket on our Facebook page – just click here to access our pinned post, which contains all of the competition details. Simply like the post, comment with your favourite Marianne Williamson quote, and you’re in! The winner will be announced on Monday October 8th.
If you haven’t had a chance to read our Autumn 2018 issue, fear not: you can pick up your copy in one of our stockists throughout the country, or subscribe here to get the magazine delivered right to your door.
The Conscious Concert: a Unique Experience of Joy and Connection
For a night out with a difference, check out the Conscious Concert taking place from 1.00 to 10.00 p.m. on Sunday November the 11th in Griffith College, Dublin 8, organised by Conscious Concerts Ireland. The concert experience promises to be an immersive adventure with music and wisdom from around the world, and will include some games that are designed to let your body intelligence guide you to the people you are meant to meet and connect with. The experience will also feature times of stillness and dancing.
Positive Nights Presents: An Evening With Trinity Vision Seeker
We are thrilled to announce that Trinity Vision Seeker (formerly known as White Elk), a gifted grandmother/ healer from the Cree/Salteaux Nation, will visit us for a special evening of love, truth and wisdom on Thursday October 18th, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Central Hotel, 1-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. To learn more and book your ticket, click here.
After her evening with us, Trinity Vision Seeker will be leading inspirational workshops around the country with fellow teacher and healer, Unity Star. For all details on those events, just follow this link.
Rupert Sheldrake to Deliver Seminar on Science and Spirituality
Traditional religion has declined in Europe, but recent studies have shown that spiritual experiences are surprisingly common even among those who are non-religious, including near-death experiences and spontaneous mystical insights. On Tuesday October the 30th, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m., well-known biologist and author Rupert Sheldrake will visit the Hampton Hotel, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 to deliver a talk on the many intersections between science and spirituality. More information is available here.
Celebrate Hallowe’en in an Alternative, Alcohol-Free Way
If you want to celebrate Hallowe’en in a way that doesn’t put alcohol at the centre of the experience, take a look at the PRANA Alcohol Free Party, set to take place in St. Kevin’s Community Centre, Bloomfield Avenue, Dublin 8 on October the 27th, from 5.30 to 10.00 p.m. Organisers promise “an evening of high velocity fun, dance and excitement.” Fancy dress is optional. You can learn more about the ethos and inspiration behind the PRANA Alcohol Free Party by visiting its Facebook page.
Party in My Pants: The U.S. Company Making Menstruation Easier
Party In My Pants specialises in reusable menstrual pads. All of their pads are handmade in Ashland, Wisconsin, USA. Owner Luci started sewing at the age of just three, and can whip up anything from a skunk costume to a wedding dress. After years of frustration with conventional menstrual products, Luci sat down at her sewing machine and made her first cloth pad. Her designs are quirky, beautiful and unique – check them out here.
Gifted Intuitive Paul Buggle Offers Profound Readings
Paul Buggle knew he was intuitive from an early age, but in 1991 he began to open up to his psychic gifts in a profound way. He has now worked as a healer and intuitive reader for many years, and views it as an honour to assist clients with their journeys in life. He says: “I help people on their spiritual path. In a reading, which can take up to an hour or more, I communicate with spirit guides and loved ones who have passed over. I never know what will happen in a reading: everyone is unique. It works on many levels, answers questions and brings about balance and harmony. It is always enjoyable and often profound.”