Midsummer Feast

West Cork Mindfulness

Midsummer Mindfulness Feast: a 4-day Mindful Cooking, Eating and Meditation Retreat, at Bobbio Centre, Magheramore, Co. Wicklow,
22 June 7 pm – 25 June 2 pm, with Paola and Marjó.

vegan mediterranean dish http://barnimages.com/

The focus of this silent retreat is on preparing, cooking and eating joyfully and mindfully.
Paola will guide all participants in preparing and cooking summery dishes, vegan and vegetarian. She has trained at the Ballymaloe Cookery School, and has been cooking in restaurants, private catering, on the Asgard, and for Marjó’s retreats for many years. Paola is also a certified Mindfulness trainer and Breathworks trainer, facilitating courses and retreats.
Marjó will guide the mindfulness meditation in sitting and walking sessions, as well as mindful eating. Marjó has been guiding mindfulness and compassion retreats for over 25 years.

There will also be time for plenty of rest, and going for walks on the nearby beach, making this a very special retreat.

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Stressed? Who, me???

Years ago – or what seems a lifetime ago, I spotted a book at Dzogchen Beara bookshop “Full catastrophe living” by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

I read a few page, and decided that I did not need it – “Me stressed? But if I am the calmest person in the world! ”  and so life went on…

Fast forward 5 or 6 years, I was searching for a new direction. By then I had acknowledged that stress was playing a big part of my life: I had started meditating more regularly and I could really notice how the stress was softening when I was practicing, and how it really spinned out of control if I wasn’t.

I attended a day of mindfulness with Marjó Oosterhoff , and there I picked up a leaflet about an MBSR course running soon, taught by Tracy Ryan.

I read the leaflet carefully,  googled ‘MBSR’ found out that it had been established by the above mentioned Kabat-Zinn, and that the book I had so quickly dismissed was all about it!

I also  found out there was a teacher training in Dublin – so I decided to attend the 8 week course with Tracy for two reasons: I wanted to establish a regular practice, and also wanted to see if that was the direction I was looking for.

And it was – during the 8 weeks I discovered how a regular practice is important, and how much I wanted to be able to share this with others.

I also discovered that I was far more stressed than I thought!

I enrolled for the training, and never looked back.

So what about the stress?

It is still there – it is part of life and – although there are ways to avoid certain stressors – it will always be.

Becoming aware of the stress, of the difficulty, shifting from reactivity and moving towards a kind acceptance, learning to respond, letting it be part of who I am but not all of me, finding joy even when I feel sad, angry or frustrated: this is an ongoing  journey that started the day I set foot in the room for the first class of the MBSR course.




Like in this image,  under the agitated surface of the Atlantic ocean on a sunny winter day  there are deep calm waters, so it can be for us: mindfulness, kindness and compassion are the way to find our own inner sanctuary.


The next 8 week  MBSR course starts on the 12 of October in Bantry. It will take place in the lovely new Center , Life balance Yoga   , Upper Main Street.


Booking is essential, contact me for a booking form and more information.