July Joy: Hello, Positive Lifers! Enjoy this collection of fabulous events, products and holistic news we have put together for you.
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.
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!
We are giving away two tickets for this beautiful event! Simply share this post on your Facebook or Twitter page and tag @positivelifemag so we know!
Date: 9-11th June – Location: Shalvanstown
Earth Awareness | Sauna & Yoga | Nature Detox | Communal Food sitting around fire | Kids Programme | Great Music |
#earthfestnews: Bring your new Earth ideas, dreams & projects,, your music instruments & art, your songs (even if you are shy, bring it anyway, you never know!), traditional communal games, poetry & stories, your skills to share (we have healers team, eco-team, kids team) and stuff to sell & exchange for Sunday market (your crafts)
Shalvanstown Organic & Biodynamic Farm, SLANE, Co. Meath, Ireland | Join Ireland’s Community celebrating!
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Ireland’s new blooming of consciousness emerging through people connection, creativity, love & joy.
By Davie Philip
In the ground beneath our feet, out of sight and out of mind, microscopic communities of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes are working away providing vital functions upon which our very lives depend. The health of our soil, therefore, is key to the health of our plants, our food and, as we are now discovering, exposure to it has many other benefits for our wellbeing. It is likely that our disconnection from the living world is at the root of our present mental health crisis and many of the other challenges we face today. We all know that being in nature makes us feel good, and the health benefits of gardening, working or even just taking a walk on the land are becoming more apparent. Soil is alive; a teaspoon of it can contain billions of bacteria. There is increasing proof that contact with a specific strain of bacterium in the soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, makes us happier and smarter. This triggers the release of serotonin; reducing anxiety and making us feel more positive.
Some soil bacterium can also be helpful in preventing or treating diseases. Our future really does depend on healthy soil. With intensive agriculture and an increasing urban population, soil degradation is a serious problem. It takes approximately 500 years to replace an inch of topsoil lost to erosion. Half of the planet’s topsoil has disappeared in the last 150 years, and 10 million hectares of productive land is lost annually, the equivalent of 30 football pitches per minute.
If we want to counter the damage, we must begin by fostering awareness and nurturing a reconnection to our land. To reverse further degradation of soils we need to accelerate the shift towards more sustainable, regenerative agricultural models and increase participation in the stewardship of our land. Cultivate, the civil society organisation I work with, are the Irish partners in GROW, an EU-funded project setting out to empower citizens to become active guardians of our soil. Commercial organic growers, students, community gardeners and all sorts of growers will use sensors and other equipment to complete experiments and monitor and better understand their soil. They can then share their own data and learn from the results of the wider community. Increased availability of low-cost sensing technologies has opened up all sorts of new possibilities for collaborative data collection and sense making. GROW is a citizen observatory, where people of all ages and backgrounds can help with the monitoring of our soils at an EU-wide level, assisting organisations like the Met Office and policy makers in climate change adaptation and sustainable land use. As well as measuring soil quality, these engaged citizens will develop knowledge and practical skills to regenerate depleted soils. Do you have an allotment or own a small farm? Are you involved in a community or school garden? Do you want to develop your knowledge on soil and skills in growing food? Do you want to be part of a movement preserving soil for future generations? If the answer to any of these questions is yes then email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
davie Philip email@example.com is a community catalyst at Cultivate cultivate.ie and is based in Cloughjordan ecovillage, thevillage.ie. He is curating the Convergence festival in September 2017 on the topic of Citizen engaged, Community Led Transitions. To join the conversation email firstname.lastname@example.org
19 December 3pm – 1pm 20 December, Glebe House, Co. Meath | Facebook Event Page
This is an annual, overnight indoor and outdoor experience held by some of Ireland’s wise Elders and Healers. The word Solstice means “sun standing still” or “grian-stad” in Irish. It marks the suns furthest position from us during winter, hence it is the shortest day of the year. The Winter Solstice is significant in our lives because it represents a “rebirth and renewal” of energies both for us and for nature. It is a time when we can consciously give birth to our dreams and intentions for the year ahead, a time to make clear what it is we want to manifest and a time to let go of the things that may no longer serve us too.
Ancient cultures celebrated the Solstices to bring themselves into alignment with these natural cycles of nature and would have considered it foolish to ignore these important times as it would mean being out of tune with the rhythms of the universe, the world and our bodies! By celebrating the Winter Solstice consciously we bring ourselves into alignment with the great mystery of the universe and in doing so we invite health, well-being and abundance into our lives.
The event, running from 3pm on December 19th until 1pm on December 20th, includes:
- Sweat Lodges
- Drumming Circle
- Fire Ritual
- Bedtime Sound Healing
- Men’s & Women’s Empowerment circle
- Despacho Offering
- Celtic Chants & Mythology
- Ceremony for Sunset at Dowth & Sunrise at Newgrange
- Procession from Dowth to Newgrange
- And finishing with great Music & Dance
Tickets include food, communal sleep-over and workshops but pre-booking is required and last year sold out before the event so it’s a good idea to get in early. Find out more and book at wintersolstice.ie and watch last year’s event video below.
Ticket prices: €30-€90. Choose from weekend drum-chant-despacho OR sweat lodges options). There are a limited amount of cost-price tickets allocated to OAP and job-seekers, you will asked to be provide ID or proof. The Morning option includes the opportunity to arrive at 6.30am in time for the morning opening ceremony. Follow them on Twitter @livesolstice and join in with the official event hashtag #LiveSolstice
Dublin Vegfest is a family friendly celebration of vegan food, veg business and veg culture under one roof for one day on Sunday November 1st World Vegan Day 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm. There’ll be amazing food, lifestyle talks, music, cooking demos, cruelty free products, yoga, superfoods, natural and ethical products, goody bags for the first 50 people and much more. And it’s taking place in increasingly trendy Dublin 8.
Some great guys to check out there that we met at the Allergy & Free From Expo in the RDS recently are the Art of Zen Foods. They produce wonderful plant based foodie products so delicious that they might even convert a few veggies and carnivores. Try their Violife Vegan Cheese range and the Vegan Mayonnaise, Vegenaise.
Also check out the yoga classes with Lee Tracey and a really interesting looking talk by Barry McMullin titled, ‘How Does What We Eat Change the Climate?’
It all kicks off tomorrow at 11am and you can buy tickets, check out the programme and get info on how to get there here.
18-20 September 2015, Dunderry Park, Co. Meath, Ireland
The spirited folks at Spirit of Folk have created another event to leave you smiling, shining, dancing and educated – in a fun way! Spirit of Folk is a two day camping festival set against the backdrop of the beautiful Dunderry Park, Co. Meath from 18th-20th of September. It’s a family friendly weekend which celebrates all things folk! 2015 is its fifth year running and the Oaktree Charitable Trust is very proud to host this event, for which it is a fundraiser for!
The festival is not just about folk music but is a holistic event, celebrating our rich ancestral traditions, including folk music, storytelling, folk living and folk games. The Living History area will bring to life many of the traditional crafts of old, with costumed craftsmen running workshops on long forgotten skills.
There’ll also be small scale re-enactments of some of the famous battles from celtic history. The music area will feature some of the top folk acts from the UK and Ireland and the line up includes everything from chilled out folk singer songwriters, to upbeat, expansive folk rock, along with traditional Irish Ceili Music to bring you on a journey through sound.
Festival Goers can participate in traditional Irish Shamanic and Druidic ceremonies in the Soul Seminars tent, where the ancient spiritual practices of Ireland will be explored through immersive ritual and ceremony and the same area will also host pop up dance and yoga sessions as well as some inspirational talks.
If thats not enough you will have a chance to partake in some immersive experiences of old such as archery lessons, falconry (yes real life birds of prey), astronomy and witness some of Irelands best Seanacais spin some tails in our very own replica megalithic cairn.
Get a taster of the event from last year’s video below.
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
Mind Body Spirit is the largest holistic and wellbeing festival in Ireland; featuring over 150 stalls providing you the chance to sample new and established complementary and healing therapies, purchase some goodies or discover something new about yourself through psychic, tarot, or angel readings and more. It takes place twice a year and wonderfully, the event runs in Cork as well as Dublin. These are our top picks from the March event this year.
We all seek out the infinite in some way or another, well now we’ve found it – in the form of a candle! Wickit is an everlasting candle. It’s everlasting and saves money because their clever creation allows you to create and recreate your own over and over. You can do it incredibly simple, or you can choose to decorate it using food colouring or paints in the water and even non-flammable objects such as stones or shells if you’re feeling creative. No more running out of atmospheric lighting late in the evening when the shops are closed. wickit.ie
Aine Breen is the creator of Liwu Jewellery.‘Liwu’ means gift in Chinese and she produces beautifully simple pieces in gold and silver with hand painted Chinese calligraphy. “I always appreciated delicate fine jewellery and my favourite piece was a simple necklace that just said ‘love’. I like to make a subtle statement with my jewellery. For many people, jewellery is a form of expression. Jewellery allows expressions through words and symbolism and for individuals to make a statement.” liwujewellery.com
We wrote about Zenamid in our Spring issue and it was great to see them set up and in action in the RDS. In case you hadn’t seen them in our most recent issue of the magazine, Zenamid create simple pyramids for creating a zen space for mind, body and soul wherever you are. It’s a lightweight meditation pyramid that’s as easily set up as it is stored away and great for people who want a special place to realign or take a break either at work or at home. They explained to us that they’re designed to enable higher meditation states, tune chakras and heighten spiritual awareness. zenamid.com
Patricia Lohan is a life and love alchemist with a passion for helping women become aligned to become happier, healthier and more focused and even attract the partner of their dreams. Previously trained and practicing as a sound healer, Patricia is qualified in many more areas including Feng Shui and is putting all of her knowledge to great use within The Soulmate Attraction Formula. thesoulmateattractionformula.com
Naas Holistic Centre
Travelling not too far from their base, it was lovely to meet some of the team behind the recently established Naas Holistic Centre. Located in the heart of Naas they set up to give you access to the best therapists all in one peaceful, beautiful space. Whether you are looking for Body, Mind or Soul work they probably have the perfect treatment for you and are constantly exploring more. naasholisticcentre.com
Grainne carried out to gorgeous interviews with Dan Millman and Margaret Neylon in our spring issue but is an excellent numerologist herself. She is the resident numerologist for TV3 and 4FM, a regular columnist for Women’s Way Magazine and author of bestselling book, ‘Angel wisdom for kids’. Grainne was at the RDS too offer and demo and discuss the benefits of numerology with many a passer-by over the course of the event. grainnetyndall.com And check out her feature piece from the spring issue here.