Vitality is Ireland’s largest natural health and wellbeing show. It is owned by Eventhaus Ltd and run in association with Health Stores Ireland, a professional trade association which represents the majority of health food stores in Ireland. With a number of successful outings behind them, Vitality is always a much-anticipated event. They have adapted to current circumstances by moving the show online this year – read on to find out more!
September Salutations: Good news, Positive Lifers – we have just released our Autumn 2018 issue, and it’s a cracker: filled to the brim with inspiring and thought-provoking content from our regular contributors, invigorating health tips and an exclusive interview with Marianne Williamson. You can pick up your copy in one of our stockists throughout the country, or subscribe here to get a copy delivered right to your door. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most enticing holistic happenings, products and events we’ve picked out for you this month! We are giving away FIVE TICKETS to the Vitality Expo on our Facebook page today, with the winner announced in the afternoon – click here to read all about it.
Dive into Ireland’s Ancient Energies
Next week, we are thrilled to welcome the acclaimed seer, mystic and author Tantra Maat to Positive Nights. On Wednesday September 12th, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m., Tantra will join us in the Central Hotel, 1-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. She will discuss the powerful energies present within Ireland, and how they can be utilised to advance the awakening of the Earth. Click here for tickets and further information.
Look Out For These Amazing Beeswax Cloths, Coming Soon
Looking for a convenient way to reduce your plastic consumption? Seidi Salomonson and Marit Nyhuis, who are planning to set up a new beeswax wraps business called PLOT, explain that they liked the idea of beeswax wraps so much, “we started making them ourselves about a year ago.” Marit says, “The main idea was to start using less plastic and clingfilm, and use these instead as much as possible. We buy our pure beeswax from a lady in the next town who has her own bees, so we know where it’s coming from.” Curious? Email Marit at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Marianne Williamson to Hold Seminar in Dublin
Marianne Williamson’s phenomenal work in the field of spirituality and self-development speaks for itself: seven out of her twelve published books have been New York Times bestsellers. Marianne will be speaking in Ireland on Wednesday October 10th 2018, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Co. Dublin. For tickets and further information, follow this Seminars.ie link. To read a sneak peek of our interview with Marianne, just click here.
New Company Offers Super-Charged Turmeric Powder
Recently, the health-enhancing benefits of turmeric have become more widely known. It can reduce inflammation, fight against free radicals, and even boost brain health. 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.
Kangen Water®: Health-Boosting Hydration
Water is an essential component of our daily lives. However, with concerns growing about the range of pollutants and chemical residue that can be found in tap water supplies and bottled water, many people are searching for an alternative to put their minds at ease. Kangen Water® (a.k.a. electrolysed reduced water [ERW], or hydrogen water) begins as tap water. An Enagic® machine filters out chlorine and other impurities from the tap water, then separates the hydrogen and oxygen through a process known as electrolysis. Email email@example.com to learn more!
Vitality Expo Hits Dublin This Weekend
This weekend – Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of September – Dublin’s RDS will play host to the amazing Vitality Expo 2018, brought to you by Health Stores Ireland. The Expo will be dedicated to all things health-related, with a diverse array of wellness, lifestyle, fitness and nutrition talks being delivered by Irish and international speakers and natural health brands. All talks will be hosted by nutritional therapist Jemma Kehoe. The Expo will also boast a Food & Cookery Stage, an outdoor entertainment area, and of course, a vast array of stands, featuring some of Ireland’s established and upcoming brands. Click here to enter our competition for FIVE FREE TICKETS.
In this article – featured in our recently released Summer 2018 issue – Patrick Holford shared his thoughts on the upcoming Vitality Expo, set to take place in the RDS, Dublin, on the 8th and 9th of September.
Patrick Holford discusses upcoming health show
by Aisling Cronin
This September, Dublin’s RDS will play host to the amazing Vitality Expo 2018, brought to you by Health Stores Ireland. The Expo will be dedicated to all things health-related, with a diverse array of wellness, lifestyle, fitness and nutrition talks being delivered by Irish and international speakers and natural health brands.
The passionate organisers behind the Expo are proud of the fact that this event is Ireland’s only consumer and trade natural health exhibition. Here, you can learn about exciting new products and remedies, meet natural health suppliers, discover the latest natural health trends, and obtain expert advice from the many well-known figures who will be in attendance. Ahead of the Expo, I met with the nutrition expert Patrick Holford, who will be delivering two talks as part of the event. I was struck by his great passion for improving people’s quality of life. He told me that one of the greatest privileges of his career is being approached by people who are eager to share their stories of how his nutritional tips improved their health.
Patrick Holford’s career began in the 1970s, when he trained as a psychotherapist. As his career progressed, he developed a special interest in the areas of boosting intelligence and treating schizophrenia. After learning about the promising results nutritional trials had yielded in this area, he went on to study nutrition in greater depth, and founded the Institute of Optimum Nutrition in 1983. His bestselling nutrition and health titles have included The Optimum Nutrition Bible and How to Quit Without Feeling Sh*t.
The latter title touches upon a subject that has become increasingly important to Patrick in recent years: helping people to tackle their addictions. He believes that we can be addicted to many things: not just substances that commonly come to mind when addiction is mentioned – such as narcotics, prescription medication, or alcohol – but also things like coffee, sugar, and our phones. Technology addiction is increasingly prevalent in modern society. Whatever our addictions are, Patrick believes that appropriate nutritional therapy can hold the key to solving the problem.
“To give you an extreme example,” he explained to me, “two colleagues and I went to an addiction treatment centre and asked them to refer some patients to us – not to change anything the centre were doing, but to add some nutritional therapy to the centre’s methods. We ran blood tests on twenty-three patients and we found out which neurotransmitters were depleted. We then gave them an intravenous drip every day, for six days, containing the exact nutrients that their brains would need to make those neurotransmitters. We followed that up with supplements for about a month, and then asked the treatment centre to follow up with these patients after one year. The normal success rate for the centre was about five percent: that is, one year on, just five percent of patients were still clean, sadly. However, twenty-one out of the twenty-three people we had treated were clean and sober, which is absolutely extraordinary. So at the health show, I’m going to be talking about how to end addiction, whether this is to caffeine, sugar, or even Facebook.”
Another issue he will be speaking about at the Expo is how people can reduce their risk of cancer through the foods that they eat. He said, “Appropriate nutrition can strengthen the immune system. As an example of this, one recent study found that soya actually dampens down the notorious BRCA gene that is responsible for a large proportion of breast cancer diagnoses. What we are really beginning to understand is that the environment of the cell can turn genes up or down. So rather than being unable to do anything about your inherited genes, you are able to empower yourself. This is a whole new field of study called ‘epignetics’ – effectively, the study of the environment of genes.”
Patrick is determined to empower people to take control of their own health. He does this by presenting clear evidence – backed up by rigorous scientific studies – to show that appropraite nutritional intervention can make an enormous difference to our energy, mood, and overall wellbeing.
To learn more about Patrick’s work, go to patrickholford.com. He will be discussing the effective treatment of addiction, cancer and other health issues in greater depth at the Vitality Expo 2018, set to take place on September 8th and 9th in the RDS, Dublin.
The Vitality Expo will feature an exciting array of expert speakers from around the globe. In addition to Patrick Holford, the Expo’s Vitality Stage will play host to Alison Canavan, Vivienne Campbell, Rachel and Hannah Dare, Dr. Robert Verkerk Ph.D, Phil Beard, Dr. Sarah Murphy, Jessica Hatchett and Fiann Ó Nualláin (a bestselling author, horticultural therapist and community gardening advocate). All of the talks will be hosted by nutritional therapist Jemma Kehoe.
Some of the confirmed exhibitors include Abundance and Health, Altrient C, Hifas Da Terra, Creacon Wellness Centre, Dr. Mahers skincare, Emma’s So Naturals soya candles, Genovese Pestos, IINH, Macánta, NaturaLife, Optimal Brain, Pharma Nord, PPC and Sun Chlorella. Many other companies will be present at the Expo too, offering a wide range of products to help boost your wellbeing. Be sure to check out the Vitality Expo’s website or Facebook page to stay up-to-date with all exhibitors, as they are confirmed.
The Expo will will also feature a Food and Cookery Stage. Here, you can experience the best of wholefood cooking with chefs like Marie Power, Henrietta Norton (founder of the amazing natural supplement brand Wild Nutrition), Oliver McCabe and Susan Jane White, to name a few. The Outdoor Entertainment Area is another major highlight, offering live music, yoga and pilates sessions, as well as a kids’ area where they can practice some moves too! At The Village, you can sample tasty delights from over 100 artisan and local health food producers in the Irish marketplace.
Braco is known as the Gazing Guru, renowned for his startling ability to heal and comfort people using nothing but his loving gaze. This April, he will be visiting Dublin for the first time as part of the Health, Wellbeing and Natural Therapies Expo in the RDS, Dublin, on the 28th and 29th of April 2018. You can go to facebook.com/BodyMindSoulEventsIreland to learn more about his appearance at the show. Below, we share an interview that we conducted with a member of Braco’s team ahead of his visit to Ireland.
The extraordinary Braco has touched hearts all over the world with his understated, heartfelt approach to assisting people’s spiritual growth. Born in 1967 in Zagreb, Croatia, Braco initially pursued a conventional high-achieving career. However, his life changed forever when he met the great healer Ivica. Their supportive friendship helped Braco to find peace, harmony and a profound sense of purpose. Following Ivica’s death in 1995, Braco began to follow in his footsteps by aiding the people of his community in any way he could.
Braco’s peaceful Gaze and his powerful Voice have since brought comfort and solace to spiritual seekers in Germany, the United States, Mexico and many other countries. He will be visiting Dublin for the first time as part of the Health, Wellbeing and Natural Therapies Expo in the RDS, Dublin, on the 28th and 29th of April 2018.
Braco has not spoken publicly or given interviews since 2004. However, a member of Braco’s team was happy to tell us more about Braco’s work and his hopes for his visit to our shores. Read on for more info…
Is Braco happy to be visiting Ireland for the first time?
Braco is very happy to be visiting Ireland, as he loves the beautiful nature that your country offers. Ireland will be the next country to experience the silent gaze of Braco – this is very exciting for every one of us! Until now, Irish people could see Braco’s gaze online via live streaming, but now he is coming to you in person. I believe that this visit is no coincidence and that it can develop into something very beautiful for all involved. And I hope that your people receive much happiness, joy, peace and lightness through Braco’s gaze.
Braco has visited many countries around the world. What are some oft he most powerful healing moments that had happened during his travels?
For Braco, his mission is gazing and sharing his gift. He visits different countries in Europe, among them Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Holland, Finland, Portugal and Denmark. Braco has also gazed in Mexico, Japan, Israel, Australia, Russia, Dominican Republic and in 41 cities of the United States of America. He received a Peace Pole in New York in 2012, where he was introduced as an Ambassador of Peace, and he got the title Ambassador of Peace and Light at the Dominican Republic recently in 2017.
Obviously, people experience a strong sense of peace when meeting Braco, and that is why they come to live and online events regularly. There are more than 100 DVDs with testimonials about the impressive life improvements of visitors of Braco events from all over the world. There are also many videos on our official Youtube channel.
At the upcoming event in Dublin each visitor will receive a free Braco DVD with each ticket, which is itself a powerful way to connect with Braco. The most impressive moments have been when people started to feel happy again after many years, just like a strong man who attended an event and began to cry out of love after 50 years of not having cried. Even celebrities like Naomi Campbell, Matt Bomer and Donna Karan have found a deeper meaning in Braco’s gaze.
What are some of the most commonly reported healing impacts of his Gaze?
Hmm, this is not an easy question. The only thing we can say right away is that the gaze seems to work with people regardless of culture, religion, nationality, lifestyle. It simply does not care about our differences, and reaches us where we are simply humans. The testimonials are very diverse, but numerous people report an improvement in their health, as this is what they can see first. Later, they see that other, more subtle things in their life, such as their family and their environment, somehow have begun to change. Many start to feel continuous peace and become stronger. The strength which people develop after a few years of gazing with Braco can be seen in their eyes at the events. People say they lose their fear more and more with every gazing, and fear is a big problem today, especially in the younger generation. Today, many are searching for happiness and something that will save them. But everyone has to work on oneself. No one can help us if we don’t help ourselves. Braco is here to support our personal journeys.
How does Braco live his daily life these days – for example, what are some of his meditation routines or habits?
People who have been with him for some time are impressed by his naturalness, modesty and inner strength. He lives a normal life as a family man with his wife and a son, enjoys being with friends and loves nature, especially the sea. He gives most of his private time to the people who come in large numbers in many countries of the world to meet with his gaze. He feels this is his life’s task: to share his gift through his gaze. He has no special meditation praxis.
How does Braco hope to continue sharing and expanding his Gift in the future?
In the beginning, Braco used to work with people one-on-one, which included talking to them. Since 2004, he offers help only through the silent gaze. This kind of spontaneous transformation helped him to be there for many people at once. The online live gazing – Braco Live Streaming – is a way of sharing his gift with thousands of people at the same moment. It takes place every month. Who knows what could happen in the future? Maybe a new way of sharing of the gift will arise. Braco has no special philosophy or rules, no dogma. He once said: “Don’t try to be good, simply be good.” Braco goes wherever there are people who wish for his gaze. The scientists who researched Braco’s impact on people even said that the collective consciousness of the people called the experience of gazing to them. Maybe there is something in that. Maybe the wonderful people of Ireland have called for Braco’s visit to happen. Braco once said: “Me, Braco, or rather my power, is here for those who want it and for those who hope to get or to feel, what thousands have already experienced. I am here to embrace you with the same love and warmness, with the same thoughts and wishes, and to ensure that you really get what you came for.“