Conscious Cooking, Mindful Eating and other Mindfulness Practices


A silent residential mindfulness retreat, from Friday 9 December to Sunday 11 December,  in Ballyhoura Mountain Lodges, at the foot of the Ballyhoura Mountains, guided by Marjó Oosterhoff and I.

Mindfulness is not only practised in meditation but can also be applied in something we do every day, like choosing, preparing and eating food.

In the weeks before Christmas, anxiety and stress can build up around food and meals: what to cook that is not too complicated or expensive, not too time-consuming; how to cater for the vegetarian or vegan , or for the person who is allergic to certain foods.

We’ll prepare the food together, in a way that may be quite new for many of us, then we will all sit around the table and eat mindfully and in silence.

Marjó has been teaching meditation for over 20 years, and you can find more about her and Passaddhi here.

Paola has been cooking for mindfulness retreats for many years, and is always asked about her recipes. This weekend is a unique opportunity to learn from her directly and experientially.

There will also be sitting meditation sessions, and slow, mindful walking meditation, reflections around the food we eat, and time to go for longer walks as well as rest.

Cost: €160, including a deposit of €60.

The guidance and teachings by Paola and Marjó are offered on a donation basis.

There are only 8 places available, in twin rooms, in two lodges. The spacious kitchen and dining area of one of the lodges will be used for the preparing and cooking practices.

This weekend will be suitable for beginners and non-beginners.

Bookings with Paola: telephone 087-2453292 or 028-48089.


It will be possible to stay on in the lodges until Monday morning 10 am, but you’ll need to organise your own evening meal and breakfast.