For our Winter 2020/21 issue, our publisher Paul got the chance to visit the amazing Creacon Wellness Retreat, and learn how the centre has grown since it first opened. We highly recommend it as a getaway destination, once travel becomes possible again.
We are huge fans of Creacon Wellness Retreat here at Positive Life, and in our Winter 2019/20 issue, we were pleased to feature them in the ever-popular Short and Sweet section. Read on to learn all about the amazing retreats, food, classes and other services they offer.
Creacon Wellness Retreat in New Ross, Co. Wexford, served as the perfect getaway location for Tara Congdon, who described it as “a blissful place.” Learn more about it below!
A Beacon of Bliss
Total relaxation in Co. Wexford
by Tara Congdon
I recently had the enormous pleasure of taking a trip to Creacon Wellness Retreat. Creacon is cosily nestled a stone’s throw from New Ross in Co. Wexford. On entering the little driveway, a cute Buddha welcomed me with a smile from the garden, and as I parked, my eye was drawn to a sign that said, ‘it’s a wonderful life.’ My usual frantic adrenalin immediately began to settle itself.
I tumbled out of my car and into reception, passing sweet chimes on my way, setting the tone for my adventure. An aside – bags hanging out of me and arriving late, just a few minutes before dinner, I was distracted from the fact that my top had pretty much come undone and so I stood in front of Veronica, the receptionist (decorated receptionist, I might add: Veronica won the 2017 Receptionist of the year award) in my bra – I have to say I would highly recommend it as an icebreaker because it gave us a great belly laugh and we were solid buds from then on.
From the minute I saw my beautiful bedroom, named Hawthorn, and my big cosy double bed, all of my busy world faded away and I was completely enchanted by the place. There is Anespa Alkaline mineral ion water in the bathrooms – it helps relax the entire body, helps improve dry skin, poor circulation, eczema, insomnia, stiffness, fatigue, rheumatism and much more.
Creacon serves Kangen water, which is alkaline water. Some of its benefits include: relief of IBS and Acid Reflux, lowers blood pressure and blood sugar, and alleviating stress and anxiety!
At dinner, I was served up the most delicious menu of nutritious, wholesome and healthy plate of food – homemade marinated salmon served with basil mousse and garlic crostini, followed by a vegetarian ragu and polenta. Later, I had some chamomile tea with cookies in the heart room.
The café has recently opened up daily to the public too. The chef is Gaetano Pernagallo, who believes ‘food is medicine.’ The benefits of each dish are listed on the menus. Something I really liked is how everyone seems to gravitate together for meal times – including the staff – and it’s like chowing down with your family. It’s warm, with lots of storytelling and great craic too.
Some of the other lovely treats I discovered during my stay at Creacon were the bijou conservatory area for quiet time and meditative colouring, the yoga/meditation room equipped with cushions and cosy mats, the relaxing heart room, sometimes showing an inspirational film, and the upstairs yellow room with the most snug couches.
There is a daily opt in/out schedule, including things like Five Tibetan yoga, Gentle Hatha Yoga, Japa Meditation Class, Mandala Class … there really is something for everyone! If you wish, you can book a consultation or private session. Everything is put together so carefully to nurture and love its guests. Nothing is missed.
I am blessed to have had this experience. If I was to put my finger on one stand-out from my stay, it was, without a doubt, the people: staff and guests. Funny, witty, warm, honest, down to earth people – I immediately felt like part of the family … and I just felt completely at home. Creacon is a blissful place!
If you’re looking for a tranquil getaway destination to nourish the body and spirit, as the searing heat of summer gradually gives way to a more autumnal feeling, look no further than Creation Lodge Wellness Centre, located in Co. Wexford. Creacon was founded by Derek O’Neill, with the aim of providing a safe haven for guests who want to escape from the busy outside world for a while.
The quality of Creacon’s accommodation is second to none. Their guest suites – available with king-size beds, double beds or twin beds – come equipped with nutritious snacks, alkaline Kangen water and lightly scented relaxation mists to help encourage total relaxation and enable guests to enjoy a restful night’s sleep. Creation also boasts a personal fitness studio, an art room, a library, community loungers and beautiful lush gardens to explore and enjoy.
A wide range of treatments are offered at the Lodge: under their Spirit healing programme, Heart Healing, Prema Birthing, Rising Star and Relationship Rising Star treatments are offered. For the Mind, hypnotherapy, mindfulness training, NLP and psychotherapy sessions are available. For the Body, the range of physical treatments include acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, cranio-sacral reflexology, massage, organic natural facials and Quantum Biofeedback. For more in-depth descriptions and reviews of each modality, just click on the links provided.
As if all of that weren’t enough, they also offer classes on yoga, meditation, essential oils, Tibetan bowls healing and many other topics – to browse the full programme, just click here.
Of course, no description of Creacon’s facilities could be complete without mentioning their scrumptious food. Resident master chef, Gaetano Pernagallo, prides himself on designing meals that are designed to provide optimum nutrition and wellness, while also appealing to the taste buds. Based on the philosophy that ‘food is medicine’, Creacon uses only high-quality ingredients – many of which are grown in their own gardens – all specially chosen for their seasonal and environmental appropriateness. To view the café menu, just click here. A juice cleanse programme is also available.
In February this year we were able to gift one of our readers with a overnight stay for two at the wonderful Creacon Lodge Wellness Retreat in Co. Wexford, Ireland. The lovely Emma Cooper was the winner and she has some wonderful things to say:
‘Really loved my weekend at Creacon Lodge – it is a perfect choice for a relaxing, weekend escape! The facilities, food, staff and treatments are all excellent. Creacon has a lovely peaceful/chilled vibe and we were made to feel welcome the moment we arrived. The staff there are so warm and friendly and they really went out of their way to take care of us during our stay. I was really impressed with the standard of our accommodation – our bedroom was newly renovated, really stylishly decorated, spotlessly clean, really comfortable and we had a wonderful view of the garden. Although it is a wellness centre, I would describe the accommodation at Creacon as more ‘upmarket boutique style’ as it was of such a high standard. There are also so many lovely areas/ rooms to explore and chill out in while you are there. They have a beautiful hall where they run yoga and meditation classes. The garden is also very pretty and peaceful and it was lovely to just explore/spend time in it while we were there. The food was also fabulous – all natural, nutritious and very tasty! I booked a treatment while I was there too – a heavenly, deep tissue massage with Susanne, who is an excellent therapist. I highly recommend Creacon Wellness Retreat and would like to say a big thank you to all the staff there!’
If you would like to visit this peaceful and restorative place, check out their site here.
By Paul Congdon
Break those busy patterns. As the old saying goes, ‘if you are too busy to meditate, that’s when you really need to meditate’. After a rest, you return to your tasks with a clearer mind. You get a lot more done and your brain is in much better shape when it’s had a break.
Nap, walk in nature, try Gravity, you name it. Busy has had its day. Rest is the new buzzword.
With this in mind, I head to Creacon Lodge in Wexford, a stone’s throw from Dublin by car. It’s a holistic centre with a unique vibe, founded by Derek O’Neill.
I was welcomed with a lovely raw juice, and listened to Derek tell his story of how he set up this wonderful sanctuary. It reminds me of the Tao Garden, in Thailand. A little piece of Thailand in Wexford! Go figure.
There is a very pleasant sense of peace that pervades the centre from the meditation hall to its quirky library bar (no drinks, only books).
Creacon Lodge has got something for everybody, from mindfulness classes, to a range of body treatments including acupuncture, deep tissue massage, there’s something here for all your needs. They’ll leave you relaxed and ready to get back in the groove. There’s a ‘heart energy’ here, plus for those who like their comforts, the rooms are really lovely. Remember to keep taking those mini-breaks. They work. And if you start here, you’re on to a winner.
Fascinating February! The longest month of the year has now passed and we have already began to see the light of day staying longer with us, signalling the coming spring! The month of February and its contagious loving feeling has arrived. Whether you are expecting to receive or planning to give the gift of love to a friend, family member or a soulmate, the atmosphere of kindness and love is all around us. Even during these unusual times, empathy and the desire to give to those less fortunate prevails! In this edition we have some wonderful news for you. On February 10th, Positive Nights welcomes John Bowker for a Valentine’s Heartsongs Special. You can click here to read more about it and book your place. We are also bringing you wonderful events, books and the chance to win some lovely prizes.
LOMI LOMI TRAININGS: ALOHA HOUSE, IRELAND
Aloha House is based in Killorglin, County Kerry, and is the home of Lomi Lomi Ireland School of Hawaiian Healing Arts. They offer workshops and certified training in Lomi Lomi massage and other training’s and classes such as Kua Lua Hawaiian Backwalking & Yoga.
For the upcoming workshops and more info click here
DAWN CARTWRIGHT BACK IN IRELAND
Dawn Cartwright will be back in Ireland to impart her Tantra knowledge in 3 amazing workshops. She will also be our guest at our Positive Nights event on Thursday, April 19th, 2017 (more info coming soon).
Women’s Sacred Sexuality
The Red Tent . Wicklow
Apr 20, 2017 – Apr 21, 2017
Sacred Sexuality . How We Love
2-Nights of Tantric Bliss . Wicklow
Apr 21, 2017 – Apr 23, 2017
Weaving the Beloveds
Boutique Couples Retreat . Sligo
Apr 28, 2017 – May 01, 2017
RISE SISTER RISE WITH REBECCA CAMPBELL
Date: April 8th, 2017
Location: Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland
Rebecca will be hosted by Positive Living Network for this one day workshop at Dromantine Retreat Centre. A roomful of women will be gathering to listen to the whispers of their soul, unleash their inner wisdom, potent power and rise together. A beautiful gathering!
Watch our for Rebecca’s article in our upcoming Spring issue!
LOMI LOMI MASSAGE BY EVA LENNOX
Eva offers Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Nui, along with other healing therapies, 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.
CELEBRATING MINDFULNESS WITH ULTRA SPIRITUAL JP / CONSCIOUS CONCERT 2017
Date: March 25th
RDS Concert Hall, Dublin
“In case you haven’t noticed, the New Age has become the Old Age. But don’t recycle your crystals just yet! His Enlightenedness JP Sears is ushering in the Newer Age, blinding us with the dawn-like brilliance that is Ultra Spirituality”.
Returning this year we have the wonderful Conscious Concert in Dublin including VIA SKYPE the hilarious new age comedian JP Sears. Click here to learn of the full lineup and to book your tickets.
We are giving away two tickets to the concert. Click here to learn how to participate!
CREACON LODGE EXPERIENCE
Our very own Paul attended an open day here recently and absolutely loved it.Their Food Is Medicine programme introduces Eastern Therapeutic Cuisine and Ayurvedic meals to the menu. The philosophy is food is designed to nourish and keep you sweet and healthy and give you energy.AND boy the food is delicious, the rooms are gorgeous, the peace is free, and the vibe is lovely, check it out and check in….its magic. They do all sorts of packages to include, food , mindfulness, healing, yoga , whatever you need its there.
WE have two overnight stays to giveaway so you and a friend can switch off and turn on…all you have to do is share this link on social media and let us know on any of our pages, twitter, facebook or instagram.
CALM CURE BY SANDY NEWBIGGING
Sandy Newbigging, Author and creator of Mind Calm Meditation, Body Calm Mediation and the Mind Detox Method, is releasing a new book on his latest technique: Calm Cure. The book was described by The London Evening Standard as one of the ‘top 10 books on mindfulness and meditation for 2017.’
WATCH out for Sandy as our guest at an upcoming Positive Nights in May 2017.
Book will be out in stores on May 2nd, 2017. So stay tuned! If you wish to learn more about Sandy and his other work, click here.
INTUITIVE DINNER CLUB WITH PAUL BUGGLE
Date: February 4th
The Wonderful Intutitive Dinners with Paul Buggle are back! This is your chance to experience an incredibly insightful and heartwarming evening with Paul. There are still some places left, click here to learn how to book.
Paul will soon be launching a workshop event, its a one day workshop , held in Monkstown Dublin, teaching people individual
tailored methods to help them access their own higher, broader awareness. First one will take place on a Saturday in February, Full details coming soon. Stay tuned!
Creacon Lodge Wellness Centre
Sandra Grey Wolf is the resident Shaman at Creacon Lodge Wellness Centre in County Wexford. Thirty years of doing healing work, ceremony and teaching Native American ways from an ancient lineage of those who walked in nature, she shares how to heal yourself through using the earth, and how to tune into it through mindful sitting in Creacon’s gardens.
People come from all over Ireland and beyond to experience her Oracle readings as she “throws the bones” on the Wheel of Life to help you understand yourself and your purpose here. She takes people on drumming journeys to meet and heal themselves through a deep soul retrieval experience. From nature to nurture, through her meditations with the elements, and her healing ways, she helps you understand why a hawk appeared to you, or a bear came into your dreams, and in the process shows you how all life is teaching you something every minute.
She utilises every therapeutic modality Creacon Lodge offers, to support and heal you. Juice Fasts and Food Is Medicine programmes become a Vision Quest, the sauna becomes a sweat lodge ceremony, through the body/mind therapies, massages, and yoga retreats you experience, she counsels you to connect with your inner teacher.
Being in the Irish countryside at Creacon, she helps you remember the ancient ways and again walk the path of life in a beautiful way. Come meet the Shaman over tea and she’ll read the tea leaves for you too.
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By Jonathan Keenan
Nutrition has always been recognised as a vital factor for maintaining health. It is only in recent years, with the influence of fast food, ready-made-meals and highly processed ingredients that we have lost this wisdom. Proper nutrition offers many benefits, including boosting the immune system, clearing out toxins, promoting weight loss, and revitalising your body. To accelerate healing and actively treat a wide range of conditions, many people are exploring a more holistic approach to wellness. This includes; massage, acupuncture, energy therapies, yoga and nutrition. It can even take the form of therapeutic meals, taking sensitivities into account and creating dishes on the basis that food is medicine.
Juicing and portion controlled meals with nutritious foods and herbs are proven to help normalise digestion and improve metabolism, which assists in weight loss and a wide range of life enhancing benefits. While dietary changes often start with the goal to lose weight, proper nutrition is just one aspect of it. We must also understand what thoughts and emotions contribute to this and empower this side of ourselves too to give ourselves truly holistic benefits with truly holistic results.
It’s part of what gave us the urge to create a place where you can give yourself the best start, support, ideas and enjoyment to make the whole process an uplifting experience.
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