World-renowned meditation and spiritual teacher davidji is returning to Dublin this month to offer an amazing weekend retreat called ‘Saoirse 2019 – Power, Presence and Grace.’ It’s all about helping you to step into your truth as a spiritual warrior … and Positive Life readers are offered a special discount on the ticket price! We wanted to share a video that explains the purpose of davidji’s work in greater detail. Read on to learn more.
We’re still on a high after attending the wonderful Vitality Expo in the RDS last weekend. For an in-depth tour of the atmosphere on the day, and a behind-the-scenes insight into the people who made the event so great, make sure you watch the live video we recorded over the weekend, showcasing the presenting skills of our very own Paul Congdon! Catch it here.
We wanted to put together this list of our best picks from the show. If you didn’t get the chance to go, consider this a recap of the best and brightest offerings!
Tried and Tested
Eskimo 3 Fish Oil
Eskimo-3 aims to differentiate themselves from many other fish oil brands through an unwavering commitment to high quality. They are proud to be one of the purest, safest and most environmentally friendly fish oils on the market.
Rossmore Health, located in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, is a family owned business founded in 1997. They stock a huge range of natural products, covering areas such as weight loss, energy boosters, immune enhancers, detox, skin care, joint care, sugar free candies and snacks (diabetic friendly), and food supplements.
Macánta Nutrition Ltd. is an Irish company based in Galway producing high quality nutritional supplements that are available exclusively within Irish Health Stores. The word Macánta itself means honest/sincere, and to the company, it represents the standard for everything they do. In the design and development of their products, product integrity and quality are number one priorities.
Wild Nutrition was formulated by the best-selling nutritional author, practitioner and speaker, Henrietta Norton BSc DipNT. The company’s Food-Grown® supplements provide superior nutritional support throughout the key stages and events in life. In 2018, Wild Nutrition won the Best Natural Supplements honour at the Beauty & Wellbeing Awards.
Pravera is dedicated to helping people lead a healthier life. The company specialises in offering its customers the best possible product options in the fields of cosmetics, skin care, natural household cleaning and more. Some of its brands include Lavera, Primavera, SoulTree, Khadi, Organyc, Organii, and EcoCosmetics.
Nature’s Plus has worked hard to earn the loyalty of millions of satisfied consumers and health food retailers worldwide with their emphasis on high quality at every stage, from manufacturing to on-time delivery to their work with retailers. Nature’s Plus is committed to supplying superior quality natural vitamins and nutritional supplements.
April Danann’s Shroom Coffee
Holistic coach April Danann takes great care when producing her amazing Shroom Coffee. The coffee is blended with medicinal mushrooms: reishi, shiitake, cordceps and lions mane. It also contains organic cocoa powder, cinnamon, roasted dandelion root and chicory root. Delicious! Click here to read all about it.
Abundance and Health
We were very impressed by Altrient C, Abundance and Health’s innovative vitamin C sachets which promise up to 98% absorption, thanks to liposomal technology. Liposomal Encapsulation Technology consists of microscopic healthy fat particles which are made up of phospholipids, along with water soluble vitamins and minerals. This technology has been used for many years as a way of delivering small amounts of therapeutic substances to the specific tissues of the body, without affecting any other part of the body.
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.
Many of us are on the lookout for something that can reduce stress and help us achieve a sense of balance. Stefan and Lorenzo – the dynamic duo behind a brand-new food company called Ooom Snacks – have come up with a nutritious solution. Ooom products have a measurable anti-stress effect, due to the presence of adaptogen plants. These plants can increase our body’s ability to resist the detrimental effects of stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol.
Hifas Da Terra
Hifas Da Terra is a Spanish biotechnology company founded in 1999. The company is committed to improving people’s quality of life using the previously untapped medicinal properties of mushrooms. This emerging science is called mycology. Hifas Da Terra’s range includes medicinal products, food, skincare goods and supplements.
Other Blissful Picks
Creacon Wellness Retreat
Creacon Wellness Retreat in New Ross, Co. Wexford, is dedicated to giving guests the most relaxing retreat experience possible when they visit, offering comforting and nutritious food, spacious rooms, and a range of interesting activities through a daily opt in/out schedule that includes Five Tibetan yoga, Gentle Hatha Yoga, Japa Meditation Class, Mandala Class and more. Tara Congdon wrote about her experience with them in our most recent Autumn 2018 issue. You can read Tara’s full article here.
Dr. Bronner’s is a family business committed to honouring the vision of their founder Dr. E.H. Bronner by making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, and by dedicating their profits to help make a better world. These fantastic products are available in Ireland through their wholesaler, Life’s Great.
Genovese Foods is an award-winning producer of pestos, tapenades and mayonnaise, with a passionate clean food ethos. Their ranges include: Genovese, Oh Mayo and the brand-new Veggie Earth, which was launched at the Vitality Expo. It contains delicious pestos, tapenade and veganaise (a type of mayonnaise produced without eggs).
Mag 365 produces high-quality dietary supplements to assist individuals in achieving optimum health, while simultaneously providing education on how a healthy lifestyle and supplementation can increase quality of life. Their powdered magnesium supplements contain a highly bioavailable active ingredient called magnesium citrate. All natural ingredients and no fillers.
The acclaimed wellness coach Alison Canavan gave a great talk at the Expo – and Paul caught up with her for a quick chat which you can watch here. Alison runs a highly successful series of health and wellness shows around the country called the Full 360 Tour. Check her website for full details! You can also read her most recent article for us here.
Monmore Organic Male Grooming
We were intrigued by the products of men’s skin care brand, Monmore Organic Male Grooming. The company describes themselves as “an Irish brand with Italian quality”. They create unique combinations of ingredients which are carefully blended to ensure the collective works as one, smell subtle, feel good and leave skin and hair in prime condition.
Grown Clothing is an Irish ethical clothing company inspired by the sea, coast and wildlife of Ireland. They use only organic, post-consumer and earth friendly materials to make their garments … and the clothes themselves are of an amazing quality!
Kama Hemp Juice
This juice packs a powerful punch! Kama Hemp Juice is high in calcium, zinc, vitamin B12, provitamin A, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium and iron. The company grows their hemp organically, under the sun, wind and rain, on our family farm in Co. Monaghan, Ireland. They harvest and juice the crop at the very peak of its growing season to ensure that its nutrition is preserved at its best.
If you are a fan of soulful, high-quality music, we have some exciting news to share with you. Bruno Major – a classically trained guitarist who is beginning to gain much attention and recognition in the music world – will be supporting Sam Smith during his two concerts in the 3 Arena, Dublin, on March 30th and 31st. He is also undertaking his own headline tour in April and May. This tour will include gigs in Belfast and Dublin. Read on to learn more!
Bruno Major is based in Camden, London. He originally trained as a classical guitarist and released a live EP showcasing his skills (which bears the simple name Live EP) in 2014. 2016 was the year that Bruno began to receive widespread recognition, as he set out to release a new song every month for a full year. This ambitious project extended into 2017, and gained a great deal of praise. Bruno accompanied this steady stream of digital singles with regular live appearances across London. All of the songs he created as a result of that process are available together as the collection A Song for Every Moon.
Bruno’s captivating, soulful sound has been compared to the work of Jamie Woon and Rufus Wainwright. If you would like to experience Bruno’s sound for yourself, make sure you listen to A Song For Every Moon on Bruno’s SoundCloud page here, or watch the video for Cold Blood here. His website is brunomajor.com.
Bruno will be the support act for Sam Smith during his concert dates in the 3 Arena, Dublin, on March 30th and 31st. Tickets for the Sam Smith concerts are available here. Bruno is also headlining his own tour in April and May. As part of this tour, he will be performing at Empire, Belfast, on April 28th, before moving on to the Workmans Club in Dublin on April 29th. Tickets for Bruno’s Empire show can be found via this link, while tickets for his Workmans Club gig are available here. Both his headline tour and his tour with Sam Smith will include other dates in Belfast, London, Glasgow, and Manchester, to name a few. A full list of Bruno’s upcoming concert dates and locations for both tours can be viewed on his website – just click here.
As the evenings slowly lengthen and hints of spring begin to emerge, what better way to brush off the cobwebs of winter than going on a rejuvenating yoga retreat? From Friday the 2nd to Sunday the 4th of February, dancer and movement teacher Laura Sarah Dowdall is leading a Vitality Retreat in Lisnavagh House, Co. Carlow. It promises to be an energising, tranquil experience that fills you with optimism for the year ahead. To learn more, visit healingyoga.ie/retreat. Tickets can be purchased by emailing Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As spring begins to dawn, the beautiful Lisnavagh House will be hosting a very special Vitality Retreat, led by the dancer, yoga and somatic movement teacher Laura Sarah Dowdall. Laura practices an integrated approach to her clients’ wellbeing, using a mixture of techniques she has mastered through her study of somatic movement methods, traditional yoga, bio-energetic practices, and transformational change processes. She believes that by opening the body, clients can open their minds, and to this end, she works with each of them on a deep individual level to help them attain new insight, creativity and self knowledge.
The three-day Vitality retreat programme will include techniques based on Healing Yoga, Asana, Pranayama (breath work), Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation), Soul Dance (a dance practice Laura has developed) and voice work, amongst others. This video will give you a glimpse of what you can expect during this beautiful retreat.
In addition to the group activities, one to one Integrated Healing and Reiki sessions with Laura will be available during the retreat. These sessions, which can be purchased for €50, are designed to enhance the movement and meditation processes of the weekend, facilitating a deep level of healing for those who choose to avail of them. These clients will also receive a personally designed practice to assist them in achieving their goals.
The Vitality Retreat will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of February 2018 at Lisvanagh House, Co. Carlow. You can book tickets by emailing Laura at email@example.com. For more information, visit healingyoga.ie/retreat. You can find out more about Laura’s work through her dance website, laurasarahdowdall.wix.com/dancer, or her therapeutic background information page, healingyoga.ie/about.
The Open Minds Conference, taking place from the 2nd to the 4th of March 2018 in Dooley’s Hotel, Co. Waterford, aims to bring together those who wish to explore deep truths about the world around them. By inviting a wide range of guest speakers to delve into issues as diverse as environmental pollution, meditation, the history of ancient Ireland and sound healing (to name just a few), the organisers of the conference hope to inspire attendees to create positive change in their communities and the wider world. For more information, go to openmindsconference.com or facebook.com/OMIC2018. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS (the Beast from the East). When alternative arrangements have been made, this article will be updated.
If you have been searching for an action-packed event that will broaden your understanding of the world around you and invite you to consider a breathtaking array of new perspectives, look no further than the Open Minds Conference taking place in Co. Waterford this spring. This three-day conference will play host to speakers such as DJ and music researcher Mark Devlin, health and fitness advocate Damien Mooney, and yoga teacher Tracy Boland. The inspirational two-time cancer survivor Bernadette Bohan and the well-known musician, artist and researcher Max Igan will also be in attendance.
Aisling Fitzgibbon, one of the Open Minds speakers, will be discussing the evolution of activism, and how people can effectively deal with pressing social, environmental or political issues while maintaining their own wellbeing. She brings a wealth of campaigning experience to the event, having spent many years raising awareness of the fluoridation of the Irish water system in her role as the Girl Against Fluoride. She is also the director of the Energy is Your Currency Community and the weekly Aisling’s Holistic Health Show. “The purpose of the Open Minds Conference is to bring conscious awareness to different topics that affect everyone, and then connect like-minded people,” she explains. “Once people start learning about health and political issues that impact everyone, they can start to feel quite isolated and negative. The idea behind the event is to highlight those issues, and then present positive solutions as to what we can do.”
Other topics that will be covered during the conference include natural health and wellbeing, nutrition, shamanic drumming, and lively discussions on a range of political and social issues. A full list of speakers can be found here. The video below – featuring the conference’s Executive Producer Trevor Eivers – will give you an idea of exactly what you can expect.
Trevor sums up the event by saying, “be prepared for a life changing experience, and to feel an amazing energy and vibration – the ripples of which will spread far and wide.” Aisling echoes this, adding that the fundamental idea behind the Open Minds Conference is “not to feel hopelessness or despair, but to actually realise just how powerful we are.”
The Open Minds Conference will be taking place on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of March 2018 in Dooley’s Hotel, Co. Waterford. More information about the event can be found at openmindsconference.com or www.facebook.com/OMIC2018, while tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite. To learn more about Aisling’s work on conscious activism, check out her website, aislingfitzgibbon.com
Facebook Page | Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, 7:30pm | Eur 20 / 15 euros concession | Location: The Powerscourt Theatre, Dublin 2.
An Incredible Musical Evening!
On this fabulous Thursday, Jack will bring us his amazing concert of yoga music integrated with Irish music and inspiration from the Celtic School of Yoga. The numbers of musicians at these concerts can range from just myself up to about 15 people—singers and instrumentalists thus imagine an amazing beautiful & musical evening!
Delicious natural juices to be provided by Cornucopia Dublin at the break.
Click here to book your place or email us for more info to firstname.lastname@example.org
More about Jack
Jack Harrison has been practising and teaching yoga for the past 30 years and in the last 10 years has become the best known Irish yoga musician in the world. He has made 6 music albums and written a widely acclaimed book on a new approach to yoga called The Celtic School of Yoga.
He has a Masters degree in Irish Folklore and Archaeology and works as a museum consultant and a lecturer at the National University in Galway.
Since 2007, Jack has travelled internationally to give workshops, intensives and teacher trainings and now teaches with a strong influence from the Celtic tradition. His teachings and practice explore how it is to ally movement of the body with breath, focus, mythology, poetry, music and the natural world—and the astonishing fact of being alive.
SOLD OUT Positive Life presents Positive Nights: A Special Evening to Raise Your Vibration with Teal Swan
THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.
A very Special Positive Nights event!
Facebook Page | FRIDAY, November 11th, 7:30pm | Eur 20 | Location: The Powerscourt Theatre, Dublin 2.
We are honoured & excited to welcome Teal Swan to our Positive Nights stage!
Teal is an amazing soul that has managed to impart love and wisdom around the world for years! Our evening with her will have an intimate feeling. Starting with a conversation between Paul and Teal in which we will get to know a lot more about her and how we can bring out our most positive intentions. After a short break, we will have an interactive Q&A for you, the audience so we can collectively keep the positivity flowing. Afterwards we will have a special guided meditation to close the night.
Email us at email@example.com or send your payment via Paypal directly to the same email address to book! Please book your place early as seating is limited.
In Teal’s own words
About Raising your vibration:
“If you are dedicated to raising your vibration, you can’t afford the luxury of a negative thought. However, never resist a negative thought; just accept that you are where you are, express it in a healthy way and move in the direction to feeling better emotionally.”
About Letting go and finding our hidden positivity:
“We all want to find the key to letting go. After all, this is one of the most important steps when it comes to any form of healing. But most of us get stuck when it comes to letting go because we are missing a puzzle piece relative to what we cannot let go of. That puzzle piece is the piece that ties it all together and it is in fact, the key to letting go. The missing puzzle piece is the hidden positive intention.
Every action that is ever taken and every belief that is ever held is taken and held for one reason and one reason only; because the person taking that action, or holding that belief, is convinced that it will enable them to feel better in some way. Another way of saying this is that we only ever engage in something that we think serves us positively in some way. But often this positive intention is buried so deep that we do not have conscious awareness of it. Our healing depends on us being brave enough to uncover and be honest with ourselves about those buried positive intentions. And our ability to live in an open, compassionate way towards others depends on our ability to recognise those buried positive intentions in them.”
If you wish to learn more about Teal, her upcoming events in Ireland & abroad, her blog and/or check her videos, please click below:
Experience the power, beauty and wisdom of sacred Lomi Lomi Nui Massage and Hawaiian Kahuna bodywork. These forms of massage, rooted in the Mysticism of Ancient Hawai’i, aim to access new levels of cellular intelligence, clear old trauma and uplift the Spirit.
Attend a 6-Day training in Kahuna Bodywork or Lomi Lomi Nui, June 5-10, 2015 at Cliffs of Moher Retreat in Co. Clare, with certificate upon completion. Jody will offer extended training in a second Retreat at the same location, June 14-19, 2015.
For more information visit www.LineageofLight.com.
Watch a video below from Jody’s Hawaiian Mysticism Retreat 2011 in Molokai where Jody introduces us to more about Lomi Lomi Nui Massage.
‘I Can See Clearly Now’
By Dr. Wayne Dyer
In our Spring issue, we have an excerpt from Dr. Wayne Dyer’s latest book, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’. He’s been referred to as ‘The Father of Motivation’ so we decided to add in a great video of a talk by him as well on here. Pick up a copy of the magazine in one of our stockists or subscribe here to have the magazine delivered and read the full excerpt and lots of other good stuff!
“As you begin to see more and more clearly not only how and why your life took all of its twists and turns but what direction it is going to take from here on in, you will see that your soul will not ever lead you astray. This is because this is truly who you are—not your accomplishments or possessions, but that inner sense of purpose that seeks out immensity and expansion.
Listen when it beckons you in a certain direction, or when it sends you a teacher, or sets up a synchronistic series of events. It all feels so mysteriously exciting when it occurs because your outer world is finally meshing with your soul’s innate need to keep on expanding. It must and always will prod you this way because it is infinite, and therefore it must just keep growing. That which is infinite cannot be labeled or put into any kind of a box for safekeeping. To do so would deny its very nature and turn it into the opposite of infinite, which is finite.”
You can find the full interview in our Spring issue. Pick up a free copy in any of these health food stores and holistic centres around the country from Friday. If you’d like the magazine delivered quarterly, you can subscribe here.
DEEPAK CHOPRA is the author of more than sixty books translated into over 85 languages. The books deal with elements of consciousness and how meditation and being present can affect our lives and help us to achieve our goals.
In this video, Deepak invites you to become the kind of leader most needed today: a leader with vision who can make that vision real. Chopra has been teaching leadership to CEOs and other top executives for eight years, and the path outlined in The Soul of Leadership applies to any business, but the same principles are relevant in every community and area of life, from family and home to school, place of worship, and neighborhood. “At the deepest level,” Chopra writes, “a leader is the symbolic soul of a group.”