Fabulous February: Hello, Positive Lifers! As spring begins to dawn on the horizon, it’s that time of the month again: time to sit back and enjoy this collection of inspirational events, products and holistic news we have put together for you.
As winter slowly but surely begins to release its grip, what better way to celebrate than by checking out some of the most enlivening products, events and getaways the new season has to offer? We have picked out some of the best and brightest below. This Spring Vibes section is featured in our just-released Spring issue, available now at stockists around the country. You can also subscribe to have this magazine – and the next three for the year ahead – delivered straight to your door.
Delphi Adventure Resort
‘Is the spring coming?’ he said. ‘What is it like?’
‘It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…’
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
EATS N’ TREATS
If you’re in the mood for indulgence, check out the adorable Cake Room, located on 19A Main Street, Blackrock, Dublin. This popular café serves breakfast, lunch, drinks, coffee … and of course, a dazzling array of cakes. Their reputation for high quality service has earned them a well-deserved place in customers’ hearts.
All Shouk Up
For a dining experience with a difference, we highly recommend Shouk, an Eastern Mediterranean restaurant in Drumcondra, north Dublin. Shouk is tucked away in a beautiful redbrick Victorian building that just oozes character. Our advice? Try the mezze platter. You won’t regret it.
YOPE’s New Hope
Polish cosmetics brand YOPE is releasing three gorgeous new hand creams: ginger and sandalwood, tea and mint, and salvia and green caviar. ‘They contain 98% natural or low-processed ingredients, most of which are valuable oils and plant extracts,’ explains YOPE creator Karolina Kuklinska-Kosowicz. You can’t say nope to these beauties.
Naturally Cleaner Teeth
Irish brand Happy Humphry is fully committed to delivering great dental care products with excellent customer service. Their 100% Natural Activated Charcoal Powder is derived from coconuts – one of nature’s most powerful healing sources – and their activated charcoal is 100% natural with no chemicals and no fluoride. Happy days!
The Ría Organics Energising Day Cream provides essential all-day hydration. Certified COSMOS-Organic, this unique rosehip blend is packed with hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Ría Organics is planting its own organic roses this spring to produce rosehip oil for its products.
For a break with a difference, check out the beautiful Forest Domes of Finn Lough in Northern Ireland. These domes feature 180º transparent walls that allow you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of the surrounding countryside. Ensconced in the comfort of these domes, you can enjoy a night of stargazing like no other.
SaolBeo has created an inspirational retreat this May in the beautiful Inistioge, Co.Kilkenny. This will include accommodation, freshly prepared vegan meals, guided yoga, meditation, Feng Shui classes, a Beauty Ritual workshop and of course, plenty of time to explore the breathtaking surroundings of Inistioge. For further information please contact Tara at email@example.com.
Unlock Life’s Magic
Jody Mountain’s new online course – The Body Consciousness Training – is aimed at awakening our bodies’ cellular wisdom. She will also offer a transformational retreat at The Boghill Centre in Co. Clare from May 26 to June 1. Here, mystical movement, music, breath and Ancient Bodywork will reignite our essential wisdom.
While training under Deepak Chopra, Siobhan McKenna of PerfectHealth.ie met Deepak’s then lead educator, Davidji. She is now thrilled to bring Davidji to the Velvet Strand, Co. Dublin, for a unique meditation workshop from April 13–15. Positive Life readers can avail of a €50 discount off a standard price ticket. Visit perfecthealth.ie and use the discount code PHPLDJI.
Delve into Delphi
In need of revitalisation? Look no further than Delphi Adventure Resort’s fantastic Spring Cleanse Retreat, a yoga weekend designed to de-stress and rejuvenate the body, mind and soul. This retreat runs from April 13 – 15. If you can’t make it, don’t worry: Delphi will hold another retreat in September!
SAVE THE DATE
An Evening With Anamarta
If you want to learn more about how the ancient healing practices of the Tao can help you to feel more revitalised and balanced in your everyday life – and the powerful role that sexual energy has to play in this process – then come along to our evening with the much-loved Tao teacher Anamarta. She will be visiting us at Positive Nights for a special evening on Thursday March 22nd, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. More details are available here.
Our Mantak Moment
Grandmaster Mantak Chia will teach in Dublin for the first time in May 2018, leading two fascinating workshops: ‘Foundation/Basic Practices’ and ‘Sexual Alchemy: Healing Love Practices’. We are thrilled to be welcoming him to Positive Nights on Thursday May 17th. This unique opportunity to learn from a living Tao Master is not to be missed.
Join world-leading health expert and best-selling author Dr. Gabor Maté for a very special two-day workshop in Cork, starting on June 30th. Dr. Maté will share his insights and wisdom on mental health, stress, addiction, trauma, health, ADHD and childhood development disorders. Register here: bookwhen.com/gabormate.
Erase Your Ennui
Fans of the classic synthpop band Erasure will be thrilled to hear that they have rescheduled their Dublin gigs in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, after being forced to bow out in January due to illness. The new shows will take place on Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of March. Tickets that were purchased for the January gigs will be eligible for the new dates. You can book tickets and find more information via this link. The support act on the night will be Ekkoes.
HEALTH IN FOCUS
Linda O’Connor founded the private blood testing company Bloodworks in 2013 after undertaking years of research into phlebotomy. Bloodworks now offer over 3000 tests, ranging from basic health screenings to genetics testing, with no consultant request required. The services of a holistic doctor and counsellor are also available to all clients.
Heal with Dheai
Dheai Ilsaaid is a general Oriental practitioner and author with extensive training in acupuncture, Reiki, massage, iridology and more. He addresses health issues from every aspect: emotionally, physically, structurally, and functionally. Dheai treats children under the age of fifteen for free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact him on 086 077 7700 to arrange an appointment.
Cannabis CBD Oil or CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a nutrient compound found in the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. Hemp is a source of nutrients unlike any other, containing all the families of essential fatty acids. ImproveMe CBD Oil is filled to the brim with nutritional and health promoting properties.
For a healthy brew with a difference, try Chaga tea. It has a deliciously rich earthy flavour similar to coffee, but those who try it report feeling energised yet calm. Chaga Tea Ireland’s founder Philip says, “Chaga mushroom is known as the ‘King of Mushrooms’, and with good reason. I haven’t had a cold or flu in four years.”
The renowned spiritual teacher Mooji recently released a new book called An Invitation to Freedom. If you are longing for a profoundly clear and direct guide to Self-realisation, Mooji’s Invitation is for you. In this radiantly alive pocketbook, he will lead you into the recognition of your own infinite Self.
Davidji is a world-renowned expert in meditation, stress management, and mindfulness. Ahead of a seminar he gave in Dublin last September, we heard his advice on establishing a meditation practice, his experience of working with Deepak Chopra, and his thoughts on the late, great Louise Hay. He will be visiting Dublin again for a special Saoirse Weekend Workshop from April 13 to April 15. Click here for more details. Davidji’s website is davidji.com.
Interviewer: Aisling Cronin
Thank you for speaking with us today, Davidji. What do you feel are the secrets of meditation?
The most important secret to meditation is to just surrender. We always try to control situations in our lives, and meditation requires us to fully surrender and just allow. The only ‘bad’ meditation is the one we don’t show up for. I think if we realise that meditation will help make us more patient, better listeners, and better choice makers, we would be more inclined to take aside five minutes here, ten minutes there, just to take a step back and do it.
Can you tell us about how this journey began for you?
I started meditating when I was in college, but as I got more involved in my corporate job, my meditation practice slipped away, and so did my sense of balance. I didn’t realise at the time that there were tools you could use to have a job out there in the ‘real world’ and also maintain a sense of balance through meditation. So my journey went through a lot of different phases. I travelled through India seeking Gurus, I studied under some amazing masters, and I was also the dean of Deepak Chopra’s university for a decade.
How did you find your experience of working with Deepak Chopra for so many years?
It was really one of the highlights of my life. I first met Deepak at a retreat he was running in England, and he soon became a great friend and teacher. After I returned from my travels in India, I said to him, ‘let me share my business skills with you and maybe you can share some of your brilliance with me’ … and it was a beautiful exchange.
Your books are published by Hay House, and we were sad to hear about the passing of Louise Hay recently. What was your experience of working with her?
Thank you for acknowledging Louise Hay and remembering her. She was a powerful mentor, who invited me to start hosting a show on Hay House Radio, and was always very kind to me. What is amazing about her is that she wrote her first book, You Can Heal Your Body, in a very male-dominated publishing world, and said, ‘I will not be denied – if you don’t want to publish my book, I will do it myself … and even set up my own publishing house!’ Louise Hay really shook things up and raised the vibration of the world.
What are your plans for the future?
I’ve just submitted my third manuscript to Hay House. The book will be called Sacred Powers, and it’s about how to access your innate sacred powers when you find your life is at a crossroads, to help you awaken and move into the next phase of your life.
You can watch our full, unedited interview with Davidji via this YouTube link. To find our channel, just search ‘Positive Life Magazine’ on YouTube. For more information on Davidji and his work, visit his website davidji.com.
It’s competition time again, readers! This time, we are offering two free tickets to a talk by the renowned meditation teacher Davidji, which will be taking place on the 12th of September in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Co. Dublin. To enter, just follow Positive Life on Facebook or Twitter, share this post on your Facebook and Twitter page, and tag us using @positivelife so we know you’ve done it. A winner will be selected soon. Good luck!
By Aisling Cronin
Davidji is a world-renowned expert in meditation, stress management, and mindfulness. He is the bestselling author of Destressifying: The Real-World Guide to Personal Empowerment, Lasting Fulfilment, and Peace of Mind, in addition to the award-winning Secrets of Meditation: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace and Personal Transformation. One of his most well-known teachings is his pioneering adoption of a twenty-one day meditation process, which has inspired many other twenty-one day meditation movements around the world.
This month, Irish audiences will get to hear his words of wisdom when he leads a seminar in the Talbot Hotel on the Stillorgan Road in Dublin, for what is sure to be an enlightening evening. During the talk, entitled ‘Secrets of Meditation’, Davidji will share his own personal journey, and discuss the many benefits that a meditation practice can have for your physical health, your emotional health, your relationships, and your spiritual journey.
He will aim to share ancient wisdom in an entertaining and accessible manner, debunk the five greatest myths about meditation, and reveal the most effective rituals you can use to establish a meditation practice. So if you want to learn more about how to find fulfilment in your everyday life, make sure you don’t miss this powerful evening.
Davidji’s talk, ‘Secrets of Meditation,’ will be taking place from 7.00 to 9.30 p.m on Tuesday the 12th of September 2017 at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Co. Dublin. For more information and booking details, go to seminars.ie.
Sweet September! Autumn is near, the nights are getting longer and the air feels chilly. We begin to feel coziness in the atmosphere and we dream of sweet nights in by the fire! This month we bring you our wonderful Positive Vibes and want to remind you of our 3 wonderful competitions for: Dr. Joe Dispenza, Deva Premal & Eckhart Tolle as well as wonderful activities, and lovely recommendations for your mind, body & spirit! Our Autumn edition of Positive life Magazine is now out and this one is filled with inspiring interviews and news, and a profile piece on Sir Richard Branson, Beautiful lessons on Vipassana from Alison Canavan, a tasty and cosy Autumn recipe from Cornucopia and much more! Sign up here to get a chilled copy in your postbox! Loads of love, from all the team. Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter if you haven’t already.x
Mind, Body & Spirit at the Wellbeing Festival
Mind Body & Spirit: The Wellbeing Festival
Date: 28-30 October 2017
Location: Waterford, Ireland
Nurture your Mind, Body and Spirit at The Wellbeing Festival. Check and experience a large selection of stands to inspire and educate. The Festival provides something for everyone in the holistic arena, including an interactive area for children. Experience an exciting range of free talks, dedicated spaces for both Yoga and Meditation and a Live Stage in the exhibition area. Expand your knowledge with what’s sure to be a great selection of mini-workshops over three days.
Griffith Conference Centre, Dublin
Date: September 24-25, 2017
Dublin Vegfest promises to be the largest vegan food and drink event in Ireland and whatever your food preference is they got us covered with healthy whole foods, plant milks, cheeses, meats, fusion cuisine, juices, super foods, raw, gluten free, energy bars, cuisines from Asia, The Middle East, Europe, North America and Latin America and so much more!!!
Spirit of Folk 2017
We are giving away two tickets for this wonderful Festival! Simply share this post on your Facebook or Twitter page and tag @positivelifemag so we know!
The event is alcohol free to ease your connection with nature!
Location: Dunderry Park, Co. Meath, Ireland
Date: 9th – 10th September
Spirit of Folk presents the Dunderry Park Festival 20th Anniversary: The Gathering 2017. This celebration will feature some SOFF favourites with a specially curated SOFF stage and storytelling in the cairn, along with a whole host of inspiring speakers and workshops. We have been before and we love the vibe, we also hosted MARTIN DUFFY at one of our recent Positive nights and he is the biz.
Alison Canavan: 360 Series
Date: Saturday, September 17th, 2017
Location: Radisson Blu – Golden Lane, Dublin
Time: 11:ooam – 7:00pm
Award winning author of wellness book “Minding Mum” and health and wellness coach, Alison Canavan will host the first in a series of events – The Full 360 Series. The first show of its kind in Ireland, The Full 360 Series is a day where the sole focus will be on complete holistic self-care centering on health, skincare (for men and women) and wellness from the inside out and the outside in.
Visit becomplete.ie for more info and tickets!
Lomi Lomi Massage in Beautiful West Cork!
Eva offers Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Nui, along with other healing therapies, previously in Dublin city centre. Her journey with Lomi has brought many gifts but ultimately brought her a profound shift in her awareness and continues to transform her life daily. She is passionate about sharing this amazing practice with as many people as possible and thats why she is now in WEST CORK.If you live there, or on a holiday give her a buzz for an experience you will never forget.
For Bookings & more info visit evalennox.com
Ireland Awakens Conference
Date: 15-17 September 2017
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin
This Conference will provide a platform for amazing international speakers like Kerry Cassidy from Project Camelot and Miles Johnston from the Bases Project to bring their knowledge to the public. EXPECT topics like UFO sightings in Ireland, Sacred Ancient Sites of Ireland, Life After Death, and much more. It is also a fantastic opportunity to meet likeminded people from all over Ireland and share experiences.
Learn the Secrets of Meditation
Date: September 12th, 2017
Location: Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
7:00pm – 9:30pm
For thousands of years people have tried to tap into the stillness and silence that rests within to discover their deeper selves. In Secrets of Meditation, davidji takes you there, demystifying the practice along the way and guiding the reader on an epic journey into your own consciousness.