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.

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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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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.

Email: mindfulness.westcork@me.com

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.

Mindfulness and Kayaking retreat


26 to 29th September 2016



Immerse yourself in meditation and nature on beautiful Heir Island. We will be practising mindfulness and heartfulness both as formal meditation practices and while kayaking around the Island.
Paola Vais will be teaching and guiding mindfulness meditation, and Kevin Mc Cormack, of Heir Island Sailing School, will teach and guide us on the water.
Accommodation will be in the B&B attached to the Sailing School, and the stunning studio of Mobius center, where we’ll practice meditation is only less than 5 minutes walk from it.
We will spend part of the time in silence, and there will be time to simply relax and enjoy the unspoilt beauty of Heir Island.

Accommodation in double or triple rooms, only very few singles available, on a first come first served basis.

Cost is all inclusive: € 390/420/460

There is the possibility of one concessionary place for someone willing to help a little during the retreat.

For bookings contact mindfulness.westcork@me.com

Mindfulness and kayaking retreat

At the end of September I will be guiding a retreat exploring mindfulness and kayaking on beautiful Heir Island.

I’ll guide mindfulness meditation, in stillness and movement, and on the water, and Kevin of Heir Island Sailing School will lead the kayaking sessions.

Starting in the afternoon on Monday 26th and ending  Thursday 29th after lunch.

More informations coming soon !

One of the beaches on Heir Island

Bealtaine Yoga and mindfulness retreat


Celebrate the arrival of summer on this beautiful West Cork Island.


Claire Osborne and Paola Vais will be leading a week-end retreat on Heir Island, from Friday 26th of April to Sunday 1st  May

Immerse yourself in yoga and mindfulness meditation in this wild and peaceful location in West Cork. Surrounded by sky and sea, we will practice indoors and outdoors, as well as sharing outdoor fireside rituals to celebrate Bealtaine.

A chance to reconnect with nature and come home to yourself.

Claire will share asana, breathing practices, yoga nidra, mudras and chanting to link us with the wild nature of the island: the elements and the sun and moon. Paola will be sharing seated and walking meditations.

Cost €290 (sharing) / €320 (single room) includes all vegetarian meals.

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For bookings and info: Claire 0862134080 or Paola 0872453292  (remember +353 and no 0  if calling from outside Ireland)

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