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!
One of our offerings in the new Summer 2020 issue is a chance to win ‘Primal Living in a Modern World,’ a new anti-inflammatory recipe and lifestyle book by Pauline Cox, proprietor of Sow & Arrow health company. You can win by taking a picture of this article in our physical magazine (it appears on page 43), then sharing your picture to social media, tagging us to let us know. Search for your nearest stockist here, or subscribe to receive a copy direct to your door. Winners will be selected at the upcoming Vitality health show in September. Good luck! In the meantime, we wanted to share the article online. Read on below!
Ireland’s much-loved health show is back this autumn, and we can’t wait! Vitality is returning to the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin, on September 26th and 27th. Ahead of the event, we spoke to Vitality organisers and exhibitors to get a sense of what this year’s show will be all about. The feature below appeared in our Summer 2020 issue. Read and enjoy!
Summer is in full swing, and what better way to celebrate than by getting out and about to enjoy some exciting events or sample some of the best holistic products on the market? Read on to learn more about the highlights we’ve picked out for you for this month. If you haven’t picked up our Summer 2018 issue yet, make sure you call into one of our stockists throughout the country soon. You can also subscribe here to get a copy delivered right to your door.
Veginity Opens New Plant-Based Restaurant
Veginity has long been a go-to spot for vegan foodies … and if you are a fan of this innovative food truck business, you’ll be glad to hear that they have found a new, permanent venue at 101 Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1. Whilst adjusting to the joy of being in their new home, Veginity is continuing to supply the scrumptious plant-based fare that has won them legions of fans over the past few years, ever since Australian chef Mark Senn originally founded the business as a food truck. We love their imaginative approach to food preparation … not to mention their mouth watering desserts. Make sure you check them out!
Positive Nights Presents: Peaceful Parenting with Genevieve Simperingham – 12th July
We have two exciting events on the Positive Nights calendar this month! Tonight – Thursday July 12th – we will be playing host to parenting expert and educator, Genevieve Simperingham. Genevieve will be discussing the peaceful parenting philosophy she teaches, which equips parents with the tools to transition to a non-punitive, connection-based parenting approach. This will take place from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m. in the Bewley’s Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. For further information and booking, just click here.
Positive Nights Presents: Creating a Positive Reality with Judith McAdam – 19th July
Judith McAdam is a theologian, holistic life coach and the bestselling author of The Source. Throughout her career, she 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. Judith weaves together the ancient and the new drawing on mystical theological traditions and connecting this information to contemporary psychology and science in an accessible and impactful way. We are thrilled to welcome her to Positive Nights on Thursday July 19th, from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m. at the Bewley’s Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Click here for further information and booking details.
Marianne Williamson to Visit Dublin in October
Marianne Williamson is one of the world’s most respected spiritual teachers. She is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Seven of her twelve published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. A paragraph from her mega best seller A Return to Love, beginning “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers. Marianne is visiting Dublin on Wednesday October 10th 2018, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dublin. Drawing on her insights from A Course in Miracles, Marianne will speak about how we may transform our own lives and what we can do to change the world. Click here to view the event page, buy tickets, and learn more.
The Holistic Therapist With a Passion for Mental Health
Linda Culleton is a holistic therapist with a great passion for assisting people who suffer from adverse mental health conditions. “While working as an accountant, I pushed my body and mind to the limit, and due to this, I began to suffer with severe anxiety,” she explains. “I later developed a condition called Obsessive Compulsive disorder, of which the OCD symptoms were intrusive thoughts of harming myself and others.These OCD symptoms were devastating to live with.” She explored many different avenues that could assist with her healing process, including Kundalini yoga and meditation classes. During this time, she discovered a specific breath exercise called the OCD Breath in Kundalini Yoga Meditation. She credits this technique with transforming her life. She now offers one-to-one consultations, group programs, yoga and meditation classes, and Skype consultations. She is passionate about helping people to cope with mental health challenges.
Amazing Health Show Comes to the RDS This September
On September the 8th and 9th, 2018, 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. Confirmed exhibitors include Abundance and Health, Altrient C, Hifas Da Terra, Dr. Mahers skincare, Genovese Pestos, Macánta, NaturaLife, Optimal Brain and Sun Chlorella. The Expo will will also feature a Food and Cookery Stage, and Outdoor Entertainment Area (offering live music, yoga and pilates sessions, as well as a kids’ area) and The Village, where you can sample tasty delights from over 100 artisan and local health food producers in the Irish marketplace. We recently interviewed Patrick Holford – who will be present at the show – for our Summer 2018 magazine. You can read the interview here.
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.
Positive Vibes Joyous January: Positive Nights events, Vitality Retreats, Amazing conferences & more!
Joyous January! Happy beginning of 2018! The start of the year always gives us a wonderful sense of hope. We feel we can leave behind all that we no longer need and start fresh, like a newborn! This year belong to all of us and is up to you to make it twelve wonderful months. We encourage you to embrace a more experienced you and carry it through out the months and years to come. We, as always, want to bring you our lovely suggestions and recommendations to make your year a better one! Our Vibes are filled with beautiful events, products and more for your mind, body & spirit! Our Positive Life Winter edition is still out! Do not miss it by subscribing for yourself or as an original gift. 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
Positive Nights: Heal Screening!
Positive Nights presents: Heal, You have the power to heal yourself!
Date: Thursday, January 25th
Location: Cinema Room, Generator Hostel, Smithfield Square, Dublin.
Featuring Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson, Michael Beckwith, Gregg Braden, Anita Moorjani, Anthony William and more.
Director Kelly Noonan Gores’ documentary takes us on a scientific and spiritual journey where we discover that our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions have a huge impact on our health and ability to heal.
A Spiritual Turn On!
Turn On Ireland Brings us Orgasmic Mediation (OM). This is a great consciousness practice you do with another person. The OM practice combines the power and attention of meditation with the deeply human, deeply felt, and connected experience of Orgasm.
Reach out to Rachel Regan of Turn On Ireland on email email@example.com
Virtue Brush: Time to rethink your toothbrush? Small steps pave the way to sustainability where “everything counts in large amounts.” Think VirtueBrush; a plastic-free, bamboo-handled, charcoal-bristled toothbrush with a conscience – this Dublin-based company plants one tree for every VirtueBrush sold.
They now offer a 20% discount with code “PositiveLife”
visit virtuebrush.com for more!
Open Minds Conference
Open Minds Conference an incredible conference revealing our true world! Three Days of Truth, Knowledge & Awareness. They aim to Provide a plataform for open minded people to connect; provide conscious knowledge and awareness & uplift people and provide solutions.
Dates: 2nd-4th March 2018
Vitality Retreat for the Body & Soul!
Laura Dowdall of Healing Yoga is hosting a wonderful 3-day retreat & invites you to unwind in the serene settings of Lisnavagh House and Gardens on the Wicklow/ Carlow border.
Dates: 2-4th February 2018
Through the body, we will experience space, stillness, e-motion, sensation, vibration and bliss. In this retreat you will have time to be by yourself, surrounded by serenity and your own room where you can relax.
There are still places open. Visit here to learn more and reserve your place.
Become a Wellness Coach!
The Wellness Coach Institute Brings us a revolutionary Online course with the purpose to help practitioners and all those interested in learning and developing coaching skill abilities based on holistic theories and new sciences. The institute is committed to bringing new knowledge and understanding of the connections between the new science and a holistic vision of how to optimize health, wellness and balance through educational classes all over the world.
To sign up visit awellnessrevolution.net
As the evenings slowly lengthen and hints of spring begin to emerge, what better way to brush off the cobwebs of winter than going on a rejuvenating yoga retreat? From Friday the 2nd to Sunday the 4th of February, dancer and movement teacher Laura Sarah Dowdall is leading a Vitality Retreat in Lisnavagh House, Co. Carlow. It promises to be an energising, tranquil experience that fills you with optimism for the year ahead. To learn more, visit healingyoga.ie/retreat. Tickets can be purchased by emailing Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As spring begins to dawn, the beautiful Lisnavagh House will be hosting a very special Vitality Retreat, led by the dancer, yoga and somatic movement teacher Laura Sarah Dowdall. Laura practices an integrated approach to her clients’ wellbeing, using a mixture of techniques she has mastered through her study of somatic movement methods, traditional yoga, bio-energetic practices, and transformational change processes. She believes that by opening the body, clients can open their minds, and to this end, she works with each of them on a deep individual level to help them attain new insight, creativity and self knowledge.
The three-day Vitality retreat programme will include techniques based on Healing Yoga, Asana, Pranayama (breath work), Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation), Soul Dance (a dance practice Laura has developed) and voice work, amongst others. This video will give you a glimpse of what you can expect during this beautiful retreat.
In addition to the group activities, one to one Integrated Healing and Reiki sessions with Laura will be available during the retreat. These sessions, which can be purchased for €50, are designed to enhance the movement and meditation processes of the weekend, facilitating a deep level of healing for those who choose to avail of them. These clients will also receive a personally designed practice to assist them in achieving their goals.
The Vitality Retreat will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of February 2018 at Lisvanagh House, Co. Carlow. You can book tickets by emailing Laura at email@example.com. For more information, visit healingyoga.ie/retreat. You can find out more about Laura’s work through her dance website, laurasarahdowdall.wix.com/dancer, or her therapeutic background information page, healingyoga.ie/about.
By Orla Bass
Kim Lee’s holistic journey began in the 1990s with the birth of her youngest son. He spent the first few years of his life constantly ill, depleted, and on antibiotics. Deciding there must be a better way to help him, Kim began researching alternatives. Her wake up call came when she stumbled across a book by Harvey Diamond, which explained how certain foods create an inflammatory response in the body. Through trial and error, she discovered that her baby suffered from dairy intolerance. Her son’s dramatic transformation from ill health to vitality was enough evidence for Kim to begin her studies in the field of nutrition and health.
Currently a master medical herbalist with a background in nutrition and living foods, Kim practices from her own health food store, Nature’s Cure, in Skerries. She believes that setting up in Skerries was so easy, it was meant to be, and is grateful for the incredible loyalty of her customers. Her core philosophy is simple: “Let your body do the talking, as no one knows how you feel better than you.” Kim has noticed that in the last five years, Irish people have become more and more conscious of their health, and are beginning to embrace healthy choices that work for them. She maintains that good health is about listening to your body and taking control of how you feel by putting balance back into your life, through a holistic approach.