Jump into January: Hello, Positive Lifers! We’re excited to bring you this roundup of holistic news, products and events for the month of January. If you have not yet seen our Winter 2019/20 issue, make sure you check it out soon. It features 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, who passed away on Sunday December 22nd. Click here to read our article, and click here to learn about the special event we have planned to mark the release of his documentary, ‘Becoming Nobody’.
One of the many fantastic changemakers we featured in our Winter 2019/20 issue was Natalie Balmond, founder of sensitive skincare company Balmonds. She discussed how she first began to make soothing creams and lotions to help her daughter Lula overcome eczema, and how Balmonds has gone from strength to strength ever since!
We are thrilled to bring you the latest instalment of our Positive Vibes newsletter, featuring some of the best and brightest picks from the holistic world this season! This appeared in our Winter 2019/2020 issue – click here to find your nearest stockist, or subscribe to receive a copy direct to your door.
We were thrilled to feature an amazing health store called Open Sesame in the Short and Sweet section of our Autumn 2019 issue! Their philosophy – ‘eat well and local, reuse, don’t waste, live well and keep moving’ – is one that deeply resonates with us. Read on to learn more about them.
If you’ve ever been curious about the healing practice of kinesiology, one good place to start learning about it is this interview with seasoned practitioner Siobhán Guthrie, which was featured in our Autumn 2019 issue. She had plenty of wisdom to share!
We absolutely loved Alison Canavan’s article in our Autumn 2019 issue, which explored how we can navigate towards peace. Click below to read all about it!
Join us on Thursday December 12th in Bewley’s Café, for a revolutionary discussion on health, nature and ascension with medical intuitive April Danann.
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 love the work of Martin Duffy, a shamanic teacher and practitioner based in Dunderry Park, Navan, Co. Meath. We were delighted to speak with him for our Autumn 2019 issue, on Transpersonal Psychology, plant medicine, Wetiko and more. This is a longer version of his conversation with Paul than the one that was published in the magazine. Enjoy!