Cobh Readers and Writers Festival need your help!
Cobh Readers and Writers Festival is held annually in the most beautiful seaside town in Ireland and they are currently fundraising with a target of €1000 to support this years’ festival – details below:
As a small community group we strive to ensure that our festival is the best that it can be each year.
We feel that all the creative arts have a place in our festival and that they are all warmly welcomed by the wonderful community on our Great Island, so we try very hard to ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy.
It is the generosity of our sponsors Cork County Council and Cobh Credit Union Ltd, local businesses, and often simply generous people which enables us to do so year after year.
If you feel that you could help us by making a donation to this years festival, be it large or small, we would be delighted and extremely grateful to receive your support.
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Bumblebee Flower Farm located in beautiful West Cork is having an Open Day on Sunday March 29th!
This is a wonderful opportunity to experience Bumblebee Flower Farm and gain an insight into what we do and why we do things the way we do.
Introducing you to the wonderful world of edible flowers, pollinator-friendly plantings and organically produced seasonal cut flowers.
There will be an informative talk and tour of the farm with seeds and recommendation for supportive plantings no matter what size your garden is.
A lovely day and a chance to meet like-minded people.
The first in our series of Farm open Days – What to expect:
- Guided Tour of the farm.
- Talk on planting schemes including suitable plants and flowers that support the whole lifecycle.
- Selection of pollinator-friendly seeds for you to take home and create your very own magical bumblebee oasis.
- Refreshments available using Bumblebee Flower Farm ingredients.
- Sunday, March 29th
- Bumblebee Farm, Castledonovan, Drimoleague, Co. Cork, Ireland
- Price: €25 (children accompanied by an adult Free)
Nature and Nurture Yoga & Foraging Retreat, Kilkenny
How did you celebrate St Patricks’ Day?
I took myself along to Kilmacow in Co Kilkenny which is located on the the Waterford border for a unique restorative day with Sarah Fox of Shining Light Wellness. Sarah runs a number of Yoga and Herbal Medicine Retreats throughout the country and teaches Yoga at many venues including Earthwise Yoga in Bree,Co Wexford where I recently did my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training.
Having trained with Sarah I knew about her indepth knowledge of plants and herbal medicine and this, along with ‘Yoga by the fire’ is what attracted me to this particular event.
So, having arrived bright and early (thank goodness for Google Maps!) Sarahs’ lovely mum Mary welcomed me into the house where there was some very excellent coffee and homemade oat, orange and chocolate treats awaiting. Once all the guests had arrived we relaxed and had a chat over coffee/ homemade herbal teas, getting to know one another. I was personally delighted to see the lovely Orlaith, one my ex Yoga student colleagues there and without further ado we headed into the beautifully high ceiling Yoga room for a few hours of Chakra chanting and Yin Yoga.
Now, I for one was not a huge fan of chanting as it takes me outside my comfort zone, however, as Sarah explained each ‘seed’ word for each Chakra and what it related to I found myself enthusiastically joining in and literally began to feel my heart lighten and inner strength begin to vibrate and grow. When you attend a retreat like this it is good to remember that everyone is feeling a bit awkward at first so I do find it best to leave the ‘ego’ at the door and just jump in. 😉
Bija ( Bija means seed) Mantras- The Sounds of the Chakras: LAM VAM RAM YAM HAM OM
- “LAM”- chakra 1 (root)
- “VAM”- chakra 2 (sacral/navel)
- “RAM”- chakra 3 (solar plexus)
- “YAM”- chakra 4 (heart)
- “HAM”- chakra 5 (throat)
- “OM”- chakra 6 (third eye/brow)
- “OM”- chakra 7 (crown)
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Chanting was followed by some gorgeous Yin Yoga for joint and nervous system health, flexibility, mobility and integrity. We also used relaxation and breathing techniques where we held certain positions for a while enabling a full stretch and strengthening of the body before it was time for lunch.
Lunch was a delicious spread of homemade breads, fruits, banana pancakes (make using one banana, 2 eggs and a handful of oats), locally sourced jam and natural yoghurt. Seriously Yum!
After lunch we headed out across the road to a nearby river for a spot of herbal medicine foraging. Sarah explained the uses of many plants including daisies – aerial parts all edible but also our national arnica (to relieve bruises)
She also explained how Plantain is good for tissues and anti-inflammatory thus also good for lung health and how Navel Wort (looks like a belly button plant) can be used as a natural Aloe Vera type plant. We gathered (after asking the plant first) some young nettles and headed back to the house for the creative part of the day.
Cosily ensconced in the kitchen dining room by a roaring fire Sarah proceeded to explain and demonstrate how to make a beautifully rich skin cream using dried marigold flowers, beeswax and organic sunflower oil – (she mentioned how grapeseed oil can help acne prone skin as an alternative to sunflower oil) which was blended together (again you will need to join Sarah on one of her workshops to find out the exact method) to form a delicious deep moisturising skincream- one which I lathered all over my body that evening and had the most restful sleep EVER waking up to feel supple and beautiful. Yay!
We also made some amazing pesto using the nettles gathered earlier and mixed with some basil leaves, salt and pepper, cashew nuts, extra virgin olive oil and parmesan. Mmmm. Sarah spoke of alternative ingredients as well as tinctures that can benefit a number of ailments including migraines.
The conversation was of sharing and we swapped many recipes amongst ourselves one of which was a delicious sounding port for those of us who make sloe gin – using the gin soaked sloes after the sloe gin has been decanted and adding them to a mix of good quality red wine and brandy then leaving for 6 months or more for a stunning port. One I shall try this year….
After our homemade remedies we retired again to the Yoga room for a spell of active Yoga followed by a restful Yoga Nidra meditation to end the day. Dinner was to follow but I had to leave early unfortunately however it looked and smelt delicious – all vegetarian food – what a spread. Was gutted I had to leave but duty called.
All in all I had a fantastic day and came home feeling inspired and happy. I recommend you check out Sarahs’ events on her Facebook page here as she offers a range of unique workshops and events sure to be of interest to many of our readers including one like this on April 14th – Booking essential!
Tell her we sent ya!
CELT – Promoting Sustainable Living and Nature Conservation
CELT, founded in 2001, is a national charity for environmental education and training and is an award-winning
provider of training in traditional and ecological skills, focused on promoting caring for the environment and living in a sustainable manner by using locally sourced natural and recycled materials to make the things we need – tools, buildings, furniture, utensils, sports equipment and toys.
The CELT ‘Weekend in the Woods’ events are held 2 – 3 times a year at Slieve Aughty Centre (Loughrea, Co. Galway) attracting 100’s of participants interested in learning ecological and traditional skills and knowledge and also because of the scenic rural location and opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in between learning modules.
CELT is a member of AONTAS (National Association for Adult Education), achieving Special Commendation in their
Star Awards (2007) and has won numerous awards from the Heritage Council for traditional skills training and for
biodiversity projects (every year, 2002 – 2014) and were also first runners-up in the national Green Awards 2013
and in the eco-communities section of the national Pride of Place competition 2014.
Weekend In The Hills, Festival of Traditional Crafts.
Join us for two days of traditional skills courses taught by some of the countries leading craftspeople.
May 11th and 12th 2019 at eco and organic destination Slieve Aughty Centre in county Galway.
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In the meantime connect with us on:
Twitter: @celtnet ; Facebook /celtskills or visit us online at www.celtnet.org
The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen and Slieve Aughty Centre
Get the gang together for a well earned Social!
Friday Night Tapas Nights!
Friday’s, November 2018 – April 2019
Enjoy organic tapas, Spanish wine and music from 7 pm.
Booking is essential. Call 090 9745 246 for more info.
Slieve Aughty Centre is a family owned eco-friendly equestrian and activity leisure centre set on 17 acres of rugged Galway land. Guests have miles of trails for walking, cycling, horse riding and exploring nature as well as a stunning location for rejuvenation, relaxation and celebration!
Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland.
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Family Fun, Activities and EcoTourism at Slieve Aughty Centre, Loughrea, Co Galway
Slieve Aughty Centre (which comprises also of the fabulous Three Towers Eco House and Restaurant) has a great range of events and activities coming up over the next few months including:
Pizza Party Fridays Are Back!
Every Friday evening at 7pm enjoy a delicious organic pizza with your choice of toppings, fired up in our clay oven. €5 per child and €10 for adults. Book Now.
For more information on any of the above contact
Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co. Galway
+353 (0) 90 974 5246 www.slieveaughtycentre.com
Yoga and Detox Weekend Slieve Aughty, Ireland
A new start to the year, treat yourself to a breath-taking journey to well-being
- Daily yoga class
- 3 day juice cleanse with mixes of fresh, organic fruit and vegetables
- Organic lunch and dinner at The Three Towers Organic Kitchen
- Mindfulness walks in Kylebrack Wood
- Unconditional love from our furry farm animal therapists
- Take time to escape, unwind and recuperate
- 2 nights shared accommodation at The Three Towers Eco House (single supplement of €20 per night applies)
To book call 090 97 45 246
3 Day Juice Cleanse & Yoga Eco Retreat
It’s You Time !
Your Spring Cleanse – March 10th – 13th 2016
Revitalise, Rejuvenate & Cleanse Your Body
For more info, booking & gift vouchers click here!
- 3 day Juice Cleanse with mixes of delicious fruit & vegetables, & Superfood Green Alkalising smoothies by Living Foods Ireland.
- Daily gentle Yoga and Meditation to enhance cleansing of body, mind & spirit.
- Qi Gong to compliment Yoga and enhance awareness of the body’s natural energy flow.
- Mindfulness Walks in native Irish woodlands to experience deeper connection with Self & Nature.
- Additional optional techniques to compliment your cleanse/detox process…oil pulling, salt water gut flush, neti pot nasal flush.
- Creative tactile nature art/craft with clay & willow.
- Unconditional love from our furry animal therapists…horses, sheep, dogs & cats.
- Therapeutic massage
- Totem animal imagery
- Transport by prior arrangement from Shannon airport or town of Gort. Ask us for more info!
Benefits of Our Retreat
- Cleansing of the digestive tract and enhancement of the lymphatic system.
- Optimise digestive health, reduce bloating & alleviate irritation.
- Weight loss is a by-product of any cleanse or fasting program, but is not the sole aim of our program. You will lose plenty though!
- Energy & vitality is enhanced as much less energy is expended on digestion & waste removal.
- Emotional & mental clarity are enhanced, tending toward a more calm and tolerant disposition.
- Hormonal & other physiological systems naturally tend to normalise.
- Enhanced self esteem.
- Highlight eating, consumption & behavioural patterns that do not serve us well.
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We Love The Mournes!
Last Monday myself and my partner headed up North to visit The Mournes. Whilst we had originally planned to experience the walks and trails we had to cut our visit short.
We had arranged to meet Jennifer Cumming of East Coast Adventure at Warrenpoint along the shores of Carlingford Lough. This was my first time to visit the area and as we arrived there was a large group of seriously excited TY students piling off a coach to begin a sea kayaking activity.
Jennifer had arranged to give us a tour around the various activities on offer at East Coast Adventure and so we set off.
East Coast Adventure offer a range of outdoor activities for kids, teens, adults and groups with accommodation, camping, glamping, customised activities and more with trained friendly staff all along the shores of the very beautiful Carlingford Lough. The scenery is breathtaking and the facilities are second to none. There is so much on offer at East Coast Adventure that it actually took us 3 hours just to have a tour! Mind you we did get along like a house on fire and yapped away for ages – hard not to with such a friendly crew 🙂
The Mourne mountains themselves are a magnificant backdrop to the lough and one that I shall have to get my walking boots out for the next visit, hopefully fitting in a visit to The Mourne Lodge who cater specifically for walkers and hikers as well as nature enthusiasts and we look forward to meeting Mairead and the gang!
We spent the night in Carlingford House B&B which offers beautiful spacious rooms with comfy beds and an award winning breakfast in the morning. We weren’t disappointed. Peter and Irene were so welcoming and after being shown to our room we headed down for a bite to eat in the local village.
Carlingford of course is home to the world famous Carlingford Oyster Company and yes, I hang my head in shame that I simply forgot to order them! I will most definitely be back for these beauties.
On Tuesday we headed to Belfast to meet with BBCNI Weatherman legend Barra Best for lunch – he of the flame hair like myself #Redheads 😉
Barra had some great suggestions for us to include on our next tour including the gobbins cliff walk which looks really fun.
All in all we simply HAVE to get back to the Mournes, we only got to see the tip of the iceberg and it really is so much MOUR(ne) than that!
Thanks again to Martin Carey and Mandy McAvoy of MourneLive.com for the invite.
Useful Sites for Visiting the Mournes and Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula are listed below:
In the words of Mr Schwarzenegger.. “I’ll Be Back”
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