Dazzling December: Hello, Positive Lifers! We’re excited to bring you this lovely roundup of holistic news, products and events for the month of December. Our Winter 2019/20 issue has hit the shelves, featuring oodles of inspiring content from our regular contributors, as well as an in-depth look at yoga therapy, an exclusive interview with spiritual pioneer Jac O’ Keeffe and an amazing conversation with Shaman Durek. Our main feature is a tribute to the legendary spiritual teacher Ram Dass, celebrating his life’s work – just in time for the release of his new documentary ‘Becoming Nobody’! Read on to learn about the special event we have planned to mark the occasion…
Jolly June: Hello, Positive Lifers! Enjoy this collection of fabulous events, products and holistic news we have put together for you.
We are very excited to unveil our Summer 2019 issue, which hits the shelves this week. It features an exclusive interview with renowned Indian mystic Sadhguru, who told us all about his Inner Engineering programme for peace and self-realisation. We also got to chat with Ruby Wax about her latest book, ‘How to be Human’, for which she collaborated with a neuroscientist and a Buddhist monk. The book is aimed at helping you to ‘upgrade your mind as much as you’ve upgraded your iPhone!’ Other highlights include an interview with Judy Satori – Language of Light pioneer – delicious recipes from The Happy Pear twins, an in-depth look at how microbes can heal, and oodles of inspiring content from our regular contributors.
Loads of love, from all the team.
Krishna Das Visits Dublin: 15th and 16th
We are thrilled to announce that the renowned Kirtan singer and teacher Krishna Das will be joining us for two very special events this month. The first event we are offering with Krishna Das is a Peace Of My Heart Kirtan. It will run from 7.00 to 9.30 p.m. on Saturday June 15th. The second event is a Peace Of My Heart Kirtan Workshop which will run from 1.00 to 4.00 p.m. on Sunday June 16th. Both events are taking place in the Griffith Conference Centre, Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Please bring a cushion or mat to sit on if you would like to sit on the floor instead of the chairs. Click here for all the details.
Positive Nights Presents: An Evening With Venant Wong
This July, we are excited to invite Kundalini transmission expert Venant Wong back to Positive Nights on Wednesday July 3rd, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in Bewley’s Café, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Venant Wong is a transmission vehicle, and the founder of KAP (Kundalini Activation Process). His work involves transmitting the raw life force of kundalini and his most native state of non-dual awareness. Click here to learn more and book your tickets.
The Celtic Woodland Yoga Festival: A Haven of Peace
If you want to take your yoga practice to the next level, check out the Celtic Woodland Yoga Festival, taking place from July 19th to the 22nd in the Boyne River Valley, Co. Meath. This Festival is a heartfelt offering from some of the most dedicated people in the international yoga community: authentic yogis who have been quietly working away, transforming their shadows and undoing their programming, to bring themselves into alignment with the rhythms of nature and the Source of Light.
Solstice – A Rewilding Adventure
Kathy Scott of holistic hub The Trailblazery describes their upcoming Solstice gathering as ‘a holistic retreat in the wilderness and an uncivilised summer school designed to re-kindle our connection to our untamed nature.’ Participants will be guided through sacred practices with leading Irish wisdom keepers. This gathering takes place on Saturday June 22ndon a beautiful estate overlooking Howth Head, Dublin Bay and Dublin City.
Experience Deep Spiritual Enrichment in Tallaght
Looking for a deep retreat experience? Check out this five-day residential retreat experience in Tallaght, being offered by Swami Sharanananda Reverend Korko Moses, SJ. He is a Jesuit priest living in India, who teaches contemplative practices of meditation and yoga, and founded Dhyanavanam, an ashram inspired by Christian and Eastern spiritual traditions. It takes place in the Dominican Retreat Centre Tallaght from June 18th to 23rd. For booking details or more information, email email@example.com or just click here.
Workshop With Yoga Pioneer Gary Kraftsow: June 14 – 16
Unity Yoga school, located in Spiller’s Lane, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, is pleased to be hosting world-renowned yoga therapist Gary Kraftsow for a special workshop from Friday June 14th to Sunday June 16th. Gary Kraftsow has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing, and personal transformation for more than 40 years. He is the founder, director, and senior teacher of the American Viniyoga Institute. Click here to read all about the weekend workshop. To book your place or learn more, contact Jeff Gonet by email:firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone: 086-301-4428.
Looking for a restorative and deeply healing retreat experience this winter? If so, look no further than the amazing Nourish women’s retreat led by Judith McAdam and Kathy Scott. It takes place in the The Elbow Room Escape, Donard, Co. Wicklow, from 4.00 p.m. on Friday November 30th to 2.00 p.m. on Sunday December 2nd. Read on to learn all about it!
Nourish is a special weekend retreat inviting you to experience a heartwarming winter break in the Wicklow mountains, so you can acknowledge and celebrate all that is sacred at this time of year.
This retreat is designed for women who feel drawn to unplug, unwind and unravel before the intensity of the Christmas season kicks in. This will be a deeply nurturing journey that will enable you to reconnect, restore and rejuvenate from the inside out. We promise warm fires, delicious food, wild landscape, hot tubs and great company. All are welcome and no experience is necessary.
Join Judith McAdam (author of The Source) and Kathy Scott (creative director of The Trailblazery) for an alchemical weekend of yoga, mindfulness, energy alignment, visualisation techniques, kundalini kriyas, ritual, creative practices and other gifts from the wisdom traditions.
This will be a deep healing experience where you will:
• Move in tune with the natural rhythms of the season
• Explore what makes you feel really alive inside and out
• Tune into your intuition and psychic abilities
• Release habits and patterns that are holding you back
• Embody the power of intention and start to deliberately create your own reality.
• Welcome the gifts in store for the year ahead
Judith McAdam, author of The Source, is a mother, theologian, kinesiologist, life coach, course facilitator and inspirational speaker. Throughout her career Judith has been inspiring women and men to tap into their unique creative intelligence and step into their true potential realising their personal and higher purpose in this life.
Kathy Scott is a creative producer, curator and strategist in the cultural arena. She is the Creative Director of The Trailblazery, ‘The Ireland: Iceland Project’ and Wonderlust at Body & Soul Festival. She is currently artist-in-residence at Trinity College Dublin. Kathy is trained in the Sivananda, Anusara and Kundalini yoga methods.
Retreat Date: 30th November to 2nd December 2018 Time: 4pm Friday to 2pm Sunday
Venue: The Elbow Room Escape, Donard, Co. Wicklow https://www.the-elbowroomescape.com/
Investment: €395 each for Shared Room or €425 each for Twin Room
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!