Mindfulness Haven Galway is the brainchild of Kasia Slabon, who is passionate about helping people to improve their wellness. She and her husband Lukasz run a variety of meditation classes and other therapeutic experiences, designed to help clients’ sense of ease and flow. We were excited to feature them in our Spring 2020 issue! Read on to learn more.
Promoting Positive Mental Health in Co.Galway: Helplink and SCCUL Sanctuary Organise Family Fun Day Festival
We have another great competition for you, lovely readers! We are offering two free tickets to the Family Fun Day Festival, taking place on Sunday the 10th of September 2017, from 2 to 5 p.m., in the Walled Garden of Kilcornan House, Clarinbridge, Co. Galway. To enter, just follow Positive Life on Facebook or Twitter, share this article, and tag us @positivelife so that we know you’ve done it. A winner will be selected and announced on Friday the 8th of September 2017. Good luck!
By Aisling Cronin
On Sunday the 10th of September 2017, Helplink Support Services (in association with the SCCUL Sanctuary) are holding their inaugural Family Fun Day in the Walled Garden of Kilcornan House, Clarinbridge, Co. Galway. The event has been organised to mark World Suicide Prevention Day – which also falls on September the 10th – and aims to promote positive mental health. We spoke to Helplink CEO Lochlann Scott to find out more about the inspiration behind the festival, and what attendees can expect on the day.
This festival is aimed at promoting positive mental health. Can you tell us why you feel that this theme is so important?
Well, the main reason that we created Helplink in the first place, five years ago, was because we were attempting to normalise the discussion around mental health and reduce stigma for those accessing mental health services. The situation is getting better, but unfortunately, for many years there has been a lot of stigma around mental health issues, and we have always been about making sure that these services are accessible. We hope that by holding a family-oriented event, we can bring the concept of positive mental health into mainstream conversations. That is why we are holding this fundraiser.
So how did the idea of a family-oriented event originally come about?
We were trying to think, what would be the best way to promote wider discussions around mental health, and get rid of the stigma behind the issue? We eventually decided that the best way to do that would be to get the whole family involved. The idea was to help whole families have a conversation about what positive mental health means to them.
Can you tell us a little bit about the Walled Garden? It sounds like an enchanting place to me – it invokes fairytale imagery!
It really is a fairytale space, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I was speaking with Trish from SCCUL Sanctuary one day, as the Sanctuary is located in Kilcornan House. She told me about the walled garden, we went down to see it, and we immediately knew it would be a perfect space for an event like this. There is a little crannóg in the middle of it, where bands can play. On the day, we will have a multicultural choir playing, a local folk singer called Mick Brown, and a jazz band called the Jazz Mongrels.
What other activities will be taking place during the Family Fun Day?
There will be a raffle with some great prizes, a kids’ corner where children can make magic wands and play with hula hoops, a treasure hunt, dancing, and lawn games. We hope it will just be a really fun, uplifting day, packed with fun things to do, and we hope people enjoy it.
So I hear that this is your inaugural event. How are you hoping that the festival will grow and develop in the years ahead?
Well, our organisation runs on some revenue from our low-cost mental health services, but many of our services are free – funded by the government or by local mental health organisations. We have committed to doing one big public fundraiser a year to help us continue with these services, and this is our first attempt at it. We hope that it goes well, and we are hoping to expand on it year on year!
The Family Fun Day is taking place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday the 10th of September 2017 in the Walled Garden of Kilcornan House, Clarinbridge, Co. Galway. Adult tickets cost €10 at the gate, and are also available online through iDonate.ie – just search for ‘Helplink.’ Tickets for teenagers from the age of 13 to 17 are €5 each, while children under 12 will be granted free admittance. To find out more about Helplink Support Services, visit helplink.ie. More information about the SCCUL Sanctuary can be found at scculsanctuary.com.
Positive Vibes, Magnetic March: The Mag’s Spring issue, Jack Harrison at Positive Nights and much more!
Spring is coming, we promise! And with this lovely season filled with beautiful beginnings, cherry blossoms and a wonderful fragrance in the air, we bring you awesome news, recommendations, healthy life suggestions, events and more! Our Spring issue will be coming out on March 9th including an exclusive interview with the most hilariously spiritual man on earth: JP Sears, Plus Earthsong, Rick Hanson with a fab piece on how to get the most of your brain and of course our always wonderful regular writers. Sign up here to get a copy in your postbox!
Delicious Kimchi at Cultured Kitchen
Cultured Kitchen delicious and super healthy, has been growing more and more since their auspicious beginnings. They are now bringing us a delicious Turmeric flavour Kimchi to live for! You have to try it!
Check out all their products, recipes and more here!
Health & Celtic Nutrition
Celtic Nutrition comes with a wonderful “Body Balance for a Healthy Heart” product that has been developed following 16 years of research to support the heart and circulation. It contains the necessary components to maintain a, well, healthy heart.
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Positive Nights events coming up!
Positive Nights is having a wonderful March! Here are the first two events coming up (Click on the links to learn how to book!):
March 2nd: Jack Harrison in Concert On this evening Jack will bring us his amazing concert of yoga music integrated with Irish music and inspiration from the Celtic School of Yoga.
March 9th: Andrea Hayes & “My Life Goals Journal” Paul will be chatting with TV Producer and Personality Andrea Hayes on this Positive Nights about her journey, her work as a hypnotherapist, helping others to set up goals and her upcoming journal where she guides you, with the help of a twelve-step strategy to help you identify your goals and create a better life for yourself.
They will be fantastic! We promise.x
Tea at the Secret Garden!
The Secret Garden in Galway is a tea shop, cafe, gallery for art exhibitions, gigs,workshops and more! They have an Exciting tea menu, coffee, treats and Shisha full of character! Our very own Paul visited and found the place marvellous! If you find yourself in Galway, make sure to stop by for one or a few cups of tea!
Galway Wellbeing all in one stop!
Urban Wellbeing Centre Galway was another one that caught our eye while in this fantastic city! Located just 1 km away from the centre of town its a one stop place for Beauty, Health, Hair and Fitnesswith some lovely Bikram yoga. A fantastic concept well worth the visit!
Check out more details on the centre here!
Wild Nutrition Supplements
Wild Nutrition was launched in 2013 by Charlie and Henrietta Norton. This is a unique Food-Grown supplement brand providing bespoke formulations for all age stages of life.
We just interviewed Henrietta for our Summer issue about the process, the supplements and their special qualities. Coming soon.
Want to try their products? click here for more info!
Healthy community, happy people.
By Elva Carri
Evergreen, a chain of six health food stores in Galway and an online store, was founded by Kieran and Aideen Hurley with their first shop opening in 1992. According to Therese Hyland, the manager of their latest store in Oranmore, their aim was simply to provide foods for special dietary requirements. The business has grown a lot since then, expanding into beauty care, eco-friendly cleaning products, sports nutrition, supplements and more.
I asked Therese if she thinks interest in natural and holistic approaches to health has grown and she explained how much more educated and empowered even the customers have become, “People are taking a more preventative approach with their health and looking to avoid taking medications if they can help it. There is much more awareness of the impact diet and lifestyle can have on our health and wellbeing.”
Staff like to be able to help the customer even more and that ethos is manifested with weekly staff training provided and further study actively encouraged. Creating a positive impact on the communities local to their shops and building great relationships with the people around them is another really important day to day element for them.
Therese’s top tip for summer health is to take a good probiotic, “Generally there is a shift in people’s routine and eating habits come summertime and this can disrupt our digestion system and leave us feeling a bit bloated and out of sorts. A good probiotic will help balance the gut flora and protect our immune system.”
They’ve also got a super slick online store for anyone wanting to shop with Evergreen but not based in Galway. evergreen.ie
This is taken from our summer 2015 issue. Subscribe to have each issue of Positive Life delivered direct to your door.
Photos by Claire French & Colm Boyle.
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Ayurvedic 6 Day Health & Wellness Retreat at Luxurious Weir Haven, Ireland
October Ayurvedic Retreat Sold Out!
– Next Ayurvedic Retreat commences Monday November 11th for 6 days.
Weir Haven is a place of tranquillity and natural beauty near Clarenbridge, Co. Galway. And it’s open to you for a very special six days of reconnecting with yourself, your body, wellness, peace of mind and happiness.
Escape to its beautiful surroundings. Experience blissful, relaxing Ayurveda massages daily to purify your mind and body. Relish the all organic food and breathe in the fresh air in some of Ireland’s most beautiful sights.
Our therapist, Martha Conneely, began her Ayurveda journey in India and completed it in Ireland, bringing the knowledge and blessings of the East, to us. She has more than 10 years experience working in the field of Ayurveda massage treatments.
On this retreat holiday enjoy:
- Daily massage treatment with special blend of oils.
- Simple daily meditation.
- Physical exercise – learn better body postures and breathing exercises.
- A healthy, organic, vegetarian diet.
- Visit the beautiful attractions on your doorstep: The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Ailwee Caves, Thoor Ballylee, Galway City.
For more information visit:
Tel: 00 353 91 796637
Mob: 00 353 87 2539537