In our Summer 2019 issue, we were delighted to interview the renowned Indian mystic Sadhguru, who spoke to us about his Inner Engineering programme, enlightenment, the yogic path, the role of business leaders in society, and more.
Awesome August! We are definitely enjoying a good summer, and the last month of this lively season is going out with a bang! There’s plenty of events and activities to do in Dublin city and all over this beautiful island and we are all taking advantage of the fair weather. To pair up with the buzz we are bringing you some beautiful news including events, three amazing competitions, Positive Nights news, as well as retreats event recommendations & more! Our fabulous Summer magazine edition is still out! Sign up here to get a hot copy in your postbox! Loads of love, from all the team. Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter if you haven’t already.
Leopard Warrior at Positive Nights!
Positive Nights is on a short summer break! We will return on the 24th of August with a lovely surprise.
HERES a heads up on one of our upcoming events…from our AUTUMN SCHEDULE:
Date: August 31st, 2017
Powerscourt Theatre, Dublin 2
A very interesting evening. John lockey is the Author of the upcoming book Leopard Warrior, he is a fully initiated sangoma (healer & shaman) in the Xhosa lineage of South Africa. His remarkable journey through the constrains of Apartheid is a testament to the human spirit, and to the power of frogiveness and reconciliation.
Thrive: Wellness @ Groove Festival!
Groove Summer Festival presents Thrive, the Festival’s all new health, fitness and wellness quarter, which offers festival goers the chance to relax, rejuvenate and re-energise the mind, body and soul through a jam-packed programme of over 35 free movement classes, wellness workshops and inspirational talks.
Remember that we are also giving away two tickets for two winners each for this fantastic festival! Simply follow Positive Life on Facebook or Twitter, share this post on your Facebook or Twitter page and tag @positivelifemag so we know!
Spirit of Folk 2017
A Beautiful Spiritual Gathering
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.
Sir Richard Branson @ Pendulum Summit 2018!
Date: January 10th – 11th, 2018
The Pendulum summit is returning to Ireland! This is the world’s leading business and self-empowerment summit taking place on January 10th – 11th 2018 at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Among the confirmed speakers are Top Sport Psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella and NY Times bestselling author Marci Shimoff. Headlining the event will be Philanthropist, Entrepreneur and Adventurer Sir Richard Branson. Our Autumn 2017 Positive Life issue will feature Sir Branson and his sacred approach to business, so stay tuned!
Visit Pendulumsummit.com for more info!
The Beautiful melody of Deva Premal & Miten
Remember we are giving away two tickets for this beautiful Concert! Simply share this post on your Facebook or Twitter page and tag @positivelifemag so we know!
Deva Premal & Miten concert
Date: September 22nd, 2017
Location: RDS, Dublin
Celebrated chant masters Deva Premal & Miten bring their Temple at Midnight Tour to Ireland. Accompanied by Nepalese bansuri maestro Manose, with Canadian Joby Baker on bass and Danish percussionist Rishi, their unique, spiritually inspired evenings of mantra, song, and chant are treasured by audiences around the planet.
Experience the spiritual teachings of Eckhart Tolle
Date: Saturday, September 9th, 2017
RDS centre, Ballsbridge, Dublin.
Globally renowned spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle will be in Dublin for this special event. His profound yet simple teachings have already helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfilment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution.
Dr. Joe Dispenza in Dublin!
Remember we have two tickets to give away for Dr. Joe Dispenza’s Progressive Workshop weekend event in Dublin from September 29th – October 1st, 2017. Just follow us on Facebook or Twitter, share this post and tag us to let us know!
Date: September 29- October 1st
Royal Dublin Society (RDS), Merrion Road, Ballsbridge
Dr. Joe Dispenza’s Progressive Workshop returns to Dublin in 2017 presenting a unique three day workshop where Joe will lead you through the language of science to reveal the latest research and findings of how to step into a new personal reality!
You can get tickets and learn more here!
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Intro & Recipe by Tony Keogh, Head Chef at Cornucopia
Summer time is upon us. The warm evenings and glorious endless days are here again. Vitamin D and energy levels have been restored, and we are all pining to be outdoors. It’s that time of year to break out the sun cream, the chequered blanket, and a bottle of vino, and head down to your favourite spot in the park for some impromptu alfresco dining. Stepping out for a nibble is something people have relished since time immemorial. It’s one of life’s many mysteries, but for some reason, food always tastes better in a friend’s house or outdoors. Breaking bread in the sunshine is also a great way to catch up with old friends.
At Cornucopia, we have you covered for all your alfresco needs. Whether it’s a summer picnic, a potluck barbecue, or an office lunch, we have your back with a wide selection of salads, cold pressed juices, raw chilled soups or sweet summer nibbles. We have also have just introduced a second summer sandwich
to rival and complement our famous daikon smoked tofu wrap. It consists of fresh herby falafels, sundried tomatoes, sumac, and fresh shredded vegetables with creamy tahini mayonnaise and hummus, all enrobed in a soft tortilla shell. It’s portable and it’s healthy, and is available at the restaurant today.
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By Pamela Ryan
Ayurveda, meaning ‘science of life’, is an ancient Indian system of healing which has guided people in their pursuit of health for thousands of years. According to Ayurveda, the energy of the world is in constant flux, shifting with the seasons. Similarly, our bodies are constantly changing in response to this flux, and have an innate orientation towards homeostasis (balance) and health. Imbalances can lead to illness, and the goal of Ayurveda is to prevent illness, looking to the root cause and providing the tools required to restore health.
Ayurveda identifies three elemental groups known as doshas; Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The doshas are three particular combinations of the natural elements which are the building blocks of our bodies and the world; ether, air, fire, water and earth. Together they are responsible for everything that happens inside our bodies. We each contain all three doshas, all elements, however in varying degrees of intensity. Your dominant dosha is your ‘Prakruti’ (original nature). Once you understand your prakruti you can recognise symptoms of imbalance and implement changes to your nutrition and lifestyle to restore balance and prevent illness.
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By Edie O’Reilly
Ayurveda teaches us that we all have a natural balance of the 5 basic elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth). These elements will fluctuate and change depending on what we are eating, what we are doing, where we live, what our age is, and what season it is. While the elements are always moving, we can learn to be in tune with our bodies to counter the effects of them getting too high in our systems. It is only when these elements get too high that there is a concern for our health.
Summer time is the time when the element of fire is dominant due to the closeness of the sun to the earth. Some of us may be experiencing signs or symptoms of too much fire within our bodies. These symptoms would include increased anger and irritability, skin irritations such as rashes and acne, loose stools or diarrhoea, acid reflux, heartburn and infections. These are all signs that the fire element in your body has become too high, which is common during this season. If these symptoms aren’t taken care of they can lead to more serious illnesses that can have an effect on your health and well-being.
In Ayurveda, we learn that the qualities of an element can be balanced by using their opposites. The qualities of fire are hot, light and dry. You can counter the effects of too much fire by choosing foods that have the opposite qualities such as cooling, heavy and moist. In general, foods that are naturally ripe or ready to eat will balance most people during a specific season. For example, melons are ripe during summer; they are cooling to the body, heavy due to the water content, and moist. Melons are a natural way to beat the heat.
Here are some more ways to beat the heat.
Cucumbers: Cucumbers can be eaten or used in body products to help cool down the system.
Aloe Vera: Aloe is used for many body products and is best used in the summer time when our bodies have extra heat. The aloe plant can also be consumed as juice or gel to aid in cooling down the body internally.
Fresh Coriander: Coriander is an herb that will naturally cool down the system, especially the skin. For any heated skin irritation, you can blend fresh coriander leaves with a little water or aloe gel to help in greatly cooling down and combating skin irritations. You can also assist the skin in cooling down by adding coriander to foods as a spice.
Rose: The rose flower is great for cooling down the body and again it has been used for centuries in beauty products. You can drink rose water or smell the essential oil of rose to aid the body in cooling down. Adding a tablespoon of rose water to fresh lemonade in the summer time will make a refreshing drink that will cool you down.
Mints: Any mint will help to cool down the body. You can make a tea with fresh mint by boiling water in a saucepan. Then, once the water has boiled, turn off the heat and add the fresh mint leaves to the water. Never boil fresh leaves, as it greatly depletes the vital, medicinal oils found in the leaf. You can also add fresh mint leaf to salads, sauces or drinks.
Green leafy vegetables: Now is the time to eat salads. Green leafy vegetables are considered bitter and will greatly cool down the body. If you are feeling over heated this summer, having a fresh green salad with a variety of raw vegetables will help to keep the body in balance and will give you a kick of energy.
There are many foods you can eat this summer to aid you with whatever ails you. Knowing what your body needs in each season can greatly improve your health and your overall energy levels.
Edie O’Reilly is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist trained in the United States and India. She offers consultations, body treatments, workshops and courses in Ayurveda. firstname.lastname@example.org
“MAMMA MIA!” – The Wellness Escape
Haven’t booked your summer holiday or getaway yet, not to worry. Lisa from Wellness Escapes just let us know about an amazing holiday coming up late September. Places are limited however so get in touch soon.
6 days/5 nights inclusive of all mentioned below €750.00
- Wellness Program of Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Meditation with John Collins.
- Full board in 4 Star Hotel with Pool (Price is per person sharing a room, single occupancy supplement €50 per person additional cost.)
- Airport transfers for the Aer Lingus Flight Dublin to Naples Sep 26th and Oct 1st 2015 (Contact Lisa if travelling from other destinations.)
- 3 Hour Sea Water Spa Experience at Approdo Spa Resort Including transport to and from Spa* (Treatments are optional extras)
- Day excursion of the Coast and Buffet party on the seafront to conclude your escape experience.
Lisa@wellnessescapes.ie | 087-943-7228 | wellnessescapes.ie
No reason is needed for loving.” – Paulo Coelho
The summer issue of Positive Life is out Monday and we’re so excited to share an awful lot of love. Even amongst the team there’s been a great buzz around this issue.
From our interview with Eckhart Tolle to get you feeling in the now, to Lorna Byrne’s angelic messages for you and Patricia Lohan’s secret love formula!
We’ve also got feng shui tips for attracting love from Amanda Collins, a beautiful piece on the importance of self love from Mary Berkery and if you’re feeling hungry for the outdoors, Cornucopia also teach us how to make a great vegan barbecue! Subscribe today to make sure you get one posted out next week.
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By Ann Hill
Earthsong Camps are a series of gatherings held during the summer in Ireland each year. They are the creation of drum teacher John Bowker and his band of merry women and men who dedicate themselves to getting every detail of this eclectic experience just right. Going to Earthsong is like taking a trip to India or Antarctica or the moon. You might think you’ve been somewhere like it, but once you go you know there is nowhere like it at all.
The Camps are a delicate mix of down-to-earth living on the land as well as a kind of cosmic road-trip around the universe of creativity and joy. The Camps are strictly non-electric, bringing you back to a simpler every day life, and free from all drugs and alcohol, so whatever magic happens, it’s created by the beauty and vision and authentic creativity of all who attend or are involved. It is these uniquely strict boundaries that make Earthsong such a safe space for the wild and gentle human spirit to run free. The heart of the Earthsong ethos, is that a group of human beings come together in agreement to live together consciously for a week.
Each day is filled with workshops in a variety of disciplines including drumming, dance, song, the arts, healing and transformation in more ways than you could think of. Everyone lives co-operatively, camping in circles of 15-30 people around central fires where food is cooked together for the week. Each circle becomes your homestead, and some of the people you meet will become the people whose hands you hold while crossing roads for the rest of your lives. This summer four camps will be running at two different venues in Ireland.
Co. Clare Camps
The venue in East County Clare is a site which has been specially managed for hosting camps. It’s a beautiful, secluded location with a private swimming lake, stone circle and an atmosphere of wildness and beauty that makes it the perfect container to hold a deep retreat.
Healing Drum Camp, June 6-13: Healing Drum is aimed specifically at those who have some experience of Earthsong or Tribal Spirit Drumming weekends. As the Camp is small in size and suitable for adults only, it offers a very intimate healing space. While there is an emphasis on drumming, a wide variety of indigenous cultural healing tools are offered to create the possibility of deep transformation. Enjoy the Sweat Lodge, Native American chants, Dance of Life, Sharing Lodge and more. The safety of the camp allows a very playful spirit to come out and this sense of play skips through the whole week and lights up the journey for everyone.
“Healing Drum Camp gave me sanctuary after some difficult events in my own life to be with people in a safe group dynamic where my expressions of grief were accepted as easily as my joy and enthusiasm. The connections I made with people have stayed with me – it is impossible not to bring them away with you.” – Ruth.
Midsummer Solstice Camp, June 17-21: The Midsummer Solstice Camp is a celebratory camp which captures all the joy and mischief of this time of year. While the camp runs for six days, tickets are available for any number of days from three or more, making it a perfect camp for anyone who wants to dip their toes into the enchanted Earthsong pond for the first time. The Midsummer Solstice Camp is open to adults and accompanied teens.
Some of the offerings include Heartsong, Dances of Universal Peace, Rainforest Chants, Dance of Life, Sauna, Beginner Drum and Experiential Astrology. This year the Camp will place a giant standing stone on a ley line and the week will be celebrated with a Midsummer Firedance.
“This camp is the perfect way to celebrate the summer solstice. It was free-flowing and high energy with drum sessions in the stone circle, dancing and singing, swimming in the lake. It was a lovely way to experience the fun and human connection of a weekend festival without the usual messiness that any event where there is alcohol and a lot of people usually entails.” – Ruth.
Co. Tipperary Camps
In Tipperary, the Earthsong Camps are hosted on a beautiful organic farm which is transformed into the type of village that fairies might live in for the weeks of the camps. There is a shop selling vegetables from the garden, a café with straw bale chairs, a crèche for the babies, a river to wander by, woods to stroll and chat in, big tops and marquees where open-hearted people are playing, singing, dancing and listening. Both of the Tipperary Camps offer a rich menu of workshops which run all day, with an individual programme for children, tweens, teenagers and adults.
Dance Camp, July 4-12: Dance Camp is an upbeat and joyful week of celebration of everything music and dance. Some of the highlights on offer this year include Heartsong, Flamenco, Gong Bath, 5 Rhythms, Kirtan, Belly Dance, Family Drum, Singing from the Heart, Laughter Yoga, Firedance, Trance Drum and dozens more. At the heart of the Camp is the beautiful village green where each evening a band of what seem like fairy folk play instruments for all to dance or listen to while the sun goes down over the Tipperary hills.
Harvest Camp, July 18-26: Harvest Camp offers all the joy of music and song and also many opportunities for deep personal transformation work. This year’s workshops include Heartsong, Family Constellations, Heart Mapping, Liberating Voices, Sound Healing, Yurt Making, Sacred Clowning and very many more.
“Going to camp each year has been one of the most beautiful gifts I have been able to give myself and my children. It is hard to put it into words. More so it is a feeling – of wonder, magic, merriment, community, depth, laughter and connection to ourselves, each other, the planet and Source energy. It brings me hopethat the planet can heal.” – Nichola.
13-14 June, Co. Meath
The fourth Moynalty Yoga festival takes place this year on the 13th and 14th June 2015. The event is run by a small voluntary committee with an army of hard working and dedicated volunteers. The workshop leaders give of their time and expertise freely as do our speakers, lecturers and performers and we are very grateful for their generosity and commitment year after year.
The aim of the Yoga Fest is to make yoga accessible to all. We try to keep cost at a minimum so that families can attend, participate and enjoy this fun filled event.
Other activities include:
- Holistic treatments
- Vegetarian and raw food
- Healthy juices
Make Space for the New
De-clutter for summer.
By Amanda Collins
Clutter has a way of keeping us stuck in the past and not supporting us in moving forward. We may hold onto things that provide us with a false sense of security instead of trusting that things will come to us as we need them. In fact, the less attached we are to things, the happier we are. Letting go of items you don’t need, use or love, opens you up to new possibilities. You will feel lighter, have more energy and become aware of how these items actually weighed you down.
You may be concerned that if you let go of things, you will forget the occasion or the people who gave them to you. The truth is these memories will be forever in your heart. To cherish them, one practice I invite you to do is to create an album or scrap book to hold photos of such items. You can date the photos and write a little note with the story behind it. Then, instead of having an entire garage or house filled with things you don’t need, you’ll have a lovely book to enjoy. After a time, you may even let go of the book. Such a process will unfold step by step.
Just because someone gave you something, does not mean you need to keep it. Perhaps the item was a gift or an inheritance. If you do not need, use or love the item, pass it on.Keep in mind that what is the highest good for one is always for the highest good for another.
‘Just in Case’
If you are keeping things “just in case,” that may represent a feeling of lack in your life. Trust that everything comes to you exactly as you need it and stay light-filled instead of clutter-filled.
Time and Flow
If you have items that are not serving you, let go, and see how everything will flow better in your life. You will have more time to spend with your loved ones instead of spending hours looking for things. You feel more peaceful when your home looks and feels simpler.
Think also about your wallet; the place where abundance flows in. There needs to be space there as well as in your car’s glove compartment and the boot; these spaces relate to how you journey through life. Your computer desktop and email inbox are one of the forms of communication in the world. Check to see if your phone has contacts that you no longer need?
Check in with yourself while shopping. Before buying, ask “Do I really need or love this?” Then, every time something new comes in the door, let something old go out.
Schedule time to clear the clutter, make it fun by having friends over to help, play music and enjoy it. You don’t want to be angry while clearing out or you might let go of things you didn’t mean to! Prepare and organise by having bags or boxes ready for recycling, charity, trash, and gifts for others.
Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so clutter doesn’t have to be cleared in one. But as you do it, keep asking, “Do I need, use or love it? Am I keeping this for my highest good?” Let these questions become your mantras.
Amanda Collins is the founder and teacher at the International Feng Shui School.