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The Venus Project

Recently I was studying biodiversity under the guidance of the wonderful Mike Van Den Berg who introduced us to many wonderful interesting documentaries and projects all focused on a creating a sustainable future for the planet. One of these was the Venus Project and I wanted to share it with you all… Here’s to a new decasde 🙂

What is The Venus Project?

“The Venus Project is an organization that proposes a feasible plan of action for social change, one that works towards a peaceful and sustainable global civilization. It outlines an alternative to strive toward where human rights are no longer paper proclamations but a way of life.

We propose a fresh, holistic approach – one that is dedicated to human and environmental concerns. It is an attainable vision of a bright and better future, one that is appropriate to the times in which we live, and both practical and feasible for a positive future for all the world’s people”.

A World Worth Imagining; Jacque Fresco – The Man with the Plan – About

“Produced by S.O.U.L. Documentary, this is a film on the life’s work of late, legendary visionary Jacque Fresco, founder of The Venus Project. The movie features never before seen archival footage and the inspirational last interview of his life.”

In an intimate face-to-face, Jacque Fresco shares with S.O.U.L. founder Evan Gary Hirsch how he devoted his entire life to comprehensively designing a robust, workable tomorrow for our human family and planet. In this half-hour documentary, Jacque, who had just turned 101 years old(!), gives us a glimmer of hope as he describes the conditions needed for people to peacefully co-exist in a world without exploitation and abuse of one another. He lays out a bold new social design where war and territorial disputes are things of the past, where the true meaning of love and spirituality are manifested by translating them into a working reality.

After watching this film, you may just feel you had sat with an extremely wise old man who even with fighting the ravishes of old age was determined to share what he feels is necessary for humanity to grow up in order for us to survive and thrive as a species.

It is our hope that you will come away with this understanding and look into and work with The Venus Project as well”.

Inspired? Visit www.thevenusproject.com for information on how you can help!

Polly Higgins – Stop Ecocide Become An Earth Protector

On April 22nd 2019 – Polly Higgins, one of the most inspiring figures in the green movement, died aged 50. For those who don’t know of Polly she dedicated her life to finding a way to create a legal duty of care for the Earth with the aim to impose a legal duty on governments to protect the public from dangerous industrial practices.

Right now, ecocide (destroying the Earth) is legally permitted.
Help us make it a crime.
There is nothing more powerful you can do with two minutes and a fiver. Visit www.stopecocide.earth/become to sign up.

WHAT IS ECOCIDE?
ECOCIDE is serious loss, damage or destruction of ecosystems, and includes climate and cultural damage.
We believe ECOCIDE should be recognised as an atrocity crime at the International Criminal Court – alongside Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity. ~ www.stopecocide.earth/ecocide

Nature and Nurture Retreat with Sarah Fox

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! 
Namaste! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday Night Tapas Slieve Aughty Galway

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.
Discover more about Slieve Aughty Centre Here >>

Reduce Christmas Waste with Zero Waste Festival Ireland

The next Zero Waste Festival takes place 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday 2nd December at the Green Door Market in Bluebell Business Park, Dublin 12.

Zero Waste Festival Ireland will bring you talks, workshops, info-stands, swap-shops and a market, all dedicated to helping you reduce your waste this Christmas. Christmas can be a difficult time to keep your bins empty and your recycling pile small, but during this day-long event you will get tips on cutting down on waste from food and packaging, gifts and wrapping, decorations and festive dressing and even pre-Christmas cleaning!
From making better choices of materials to reusing and upcycling what is already created, there will be something to be learned for everyone, no matter where you are on your journey. For your first foray into Zero Waste, stop by our
info-stand for a quick primer or sign up for a talks&workshops pass for more insight.
Zero Waste Festival Ireland is a volunteer-run event and this time there is free entry to the info-stands, swap-shops, market and drop-in workshops. A talks&workshop pass (€10/€8 concession) is needed to access the talks and
workshops on the mezzanine level. Tickets (€3) are also required for the ‘Tree-Planting with Santa’ children’s event.
More information, schedule and tickets to the event are available from the website www.zerowastefestival.ie, on Facebook @ZeroWasteFestivalIreland, Instagram @zerowastefestirl and Twitter @ZeroWasteFest.
The zero waste movement is an environmental lifestyle adjustment aimed at minimising landfill waste, through cutting down on consumption, choosing reusable, recyclable and compostable materials (in that order) and trying to
repurpose materials as much as possible. It is based on the 5R’s – REFUSE what you don’t need, REDUCE what you do have to buy, REUSE what is already available, RECYCLE what can’t be used anymore and ROT (compost)
the rest.
For Tickets, location map and more information visit www.zerowastefestival.ie/2018-12-festival/

Forage Wild Food and Herbs on Your Own Land or Garden

Land Foraging Survey Service for Wild Edibles

I’ve been on a quite a few wild food foraging events with a variety of expert foragers both here and in the UK yet I still walk about my large garden and wonder what wild edibles are right under my feet! In fact a circle of mushrooms suddenly appeared a week ago and whilst I was 99% sure they were edible field mushrooms I just wasn’t that 100% that you need to be. 
I do know how to identify a fair few berries and wild salads but I know from my foraging experiences that there is SO MUCH MORE food right there on my doorstep if only I could be sure. So imagine my delight to discover that local forager and herbalist Vivienne Campbell offers a ‘land survey service’ where she will walk your land with you and show you how to identify edible and therapeutic wild foods and flowers growing in your space. 

Did you know that many wild and cultivated plants are edible and therapeutic? Wild plants such as meadowsweet and sorrel make tasty additions to the dinner table as do some cultivated plants such as lavender and roses. Plants are not ornaments! Learn to identify plants that are safe to use at home. Enrich your life, expand your palate, enjoy the process!
Do you have your own garden or land (field, wild space etc.)?
Would you love to be able to use the plants that are on your land but are afraid to because you don’t know which plants are poisonous and which are edible?
Would you love to know what’s growing on your land?
Have a farm? Want to know what is growing there that you can use to improve the health of your animals.  ~ theherbalhub.com/land-survey-service

It sounds like a service I want to try out so I will be booking her for a space in her May-September schedule next year! 
Discover more about Viviennes’ service and sign up for her online foraging courses at theherbalhub.com

A Foray into Foraging

Eco Active Events is a place to find and book eco related activities and events and join our community of nature lovers who understand and value sustainable practices. By booking through Eco Active Events you are supporting local business across Ireland. 

How it Began…
Finding it difficult to source foraging type events online I decided to begin Eco Active in 2013. 

Delighted to have supported Clifden Eco Campsite I worked with lot’s of interesting people during those formative years blogging their events and workshops including Mary White of Blackstairs EcoTrails, Bumble Bee Flowers, Crann Og Eco Stay, Three Towers amongst many others and attended many Ecotourism Conferences always promoting my members and Nominating them for Awards – one of which Clifden Eco Camping won in 2014! 
I organised an EcoTour of Ireland meeting people such as Rock Farm Slane and Boyne Valley Activities who were striving to create sustainable eco-friendly businesses and was interviewed by Damien O’Reilly of RTE Countrywide Radio show who followed my progress, with Mary Mulvey of Eco Tourism Ireland live from a studio in Sligo! 

Roz Kelly Eco Active IrelandWith new experiences being added daily make sure to check back soon or get in touch if you’re looking for something in particular. 
~ Roz 

Link up with me on LinkedIn/in/rozkelly
or via Twitter @ecoactiveevents  or Facebook 

Downsizing for a Simpler Life

What would downsizing your life mean for you

As my friend and I walked and talked about our lives recently we realised how much we’d like to spend more time in nature, growing food, doing  yoga etc. 
I began my ecoactive journey as a result of wanting to meet like minded people and get inspiration on how to live a happier, more fulfilling life that allows nature to be a big part of every day. When I did my 2 week EcoTour in 2014 I had such an amazing experience. I saw the beauty of places I had never visited before;  Leitrim – Magnificent and wild west-ish, Sligo – so fresh and exciting, Meath – reminded me of France!, mystical Waterford, beautiful Kerry, Galway and Cork – those sheep that you always see in typical Irish postcards – they exist! I came home invigorated, inspired and raring to go!
Unfortunately, as a home buyer of the boom my financial circumstances dictated I dedicate 65 hours a week out of a 5 day allowance of 80! However, I have since managed to take control of this and absolutely LOVE my little cottage. 

Thankfully I have never let go my dreams of living life the way I FEEL I need to live it – less consumption, more time in nature, less ‘stuff’ more time. Time. Time to meet friends, family, new people. Time to learn how nature works through observation. Time to cheer up someones’ day. Time to cook and bake. Time to build,Time to make music, Time to sew, Time to fix that gate! Time to THINK! Time.
I know lot’s of us feel like this and many have so many commitments it can seem impossible to imagine ever getting ‘free time’ but by consciously making the decision to use what time you have for the things that REALLY make you happy you can be sure that you’re on the right path.
For eg, instead of accepting a night in front of the TV why not meet your mates for a theatre or comedy show? You will spend about the same amount of time but have made memories, deeper connections and laughed or cried (depending on the show you choose lol)! 
Shopping is another thing that can waste a lot of time. Make sure to only buy what you need and not what is being advertised in your face all day every day. Do you really need another pair of trousers/dress/top/shoes? Plan your grocery shopping with a list that covers your meal plans for the week and don’t dilly dally! In and out. done. More time to spend doing things you really enjoy. Of course it’s possible that you enjoy shopping – in which case, fine. #HappyOut. 

If any of this hits home with you I suggest you check out this nice overview of downsizing from shalommama.com where she shares her own experiences and asks to consider 7 reasons why downsizing for a simpler life might be for you:

  • Health – Just like Shalommama I now have time to research and implement the things I learn about, like real food and essential oils”.
  • Creativity – Shalommama points out how creativity fuels creativity – it’s so true, when I get the chance to actually make something I find the whole process so satisfying and inspiring.
  • Stress – Whilst I find that Yoga and Spinning help alleviate stress for me I still don’t need to be doing so many of the things that I am still doing for others. Time to reassess.
  • Relationships – What works against relationships more than money! I’d rather spend more time walking and talking and hanging out together than worrying about money. Try giving one another a massage or just dedicating an hour or two to things they like doing. Thankfully we both love to garden so a day pottering about in the garden is a joy!
  • Freedom – Freedom from expectations – Many of our expectations for ourselves are made by ourselves – be kinder to yourself. It’s a crazy busy world out there. 
  • Money – I love Shalommama’s line of “You can’t spend yourself out of financial stress”.  Having a better insulated home, less petrol requirements, growing more of my own food etc will also mean less money spent or needed. I’ve made a plan, I am implementing it. How about you? What do you think downsizing might mean for you?
    Read Shalommama’s article here >>

 
 
 

Yoga and Detox Weekend Galway

Yoga and Detox Weekend Slieve Aughty, Ireland

Slieve Aughty Yoga WeekendA 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)

Slieve Aughty Yoga Weekend26th-28th February
To book call 090 97 45 246
Email info@slieveaughtycentre.com
www.slieveaughtycentre.com
 

Juice Detox & Yoga Retreat: Your Spring Cleanse 2016

3 Day Juice Cleanse & Yoga Eco Retreat

detox retreats IrelandIt’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.

 Optional Extras

  • 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.

Click here to book your place now!