Rest and reconnect with nature during a gentle mindful walk in Slieve Gullion Forest. Local Meditation Coach and Shinrin-Yoku (forest-bathing) practitioner, Ann Ward, will guide you on this sensory journey and share the holistic benefits of mindfulness and ‘forest bathing’.
We will then rest for refreshments in Ann’s quirky Second World War hut in the nearby village of Meigh.
Ann, supported by guide, Venora Hovelt, will accompany you to Killeavy Old Churches, founded by St. Moninne in the 5th century. Moninne, one of the first female saints in Ireland, was christened by St. Patrick. Ann will share stories on the history of the ancient sites and you will experience the deep silence and palpable sense of peace within these sacred grounds through a guided mindfulness meditation.
You will walk in the Celtic footsteps of Moninne, up an ancient path towards a pre-Christian well, dedicated to her after her death in 518 AD. Ann’s grandfather helped to build the shrine in 1929 and her Mum’s birthplace was just below the holy well.
Ann will share stories about the healing waters of the holy well and the rituals of the Celtic pagan festival of Lúnasa. Breathe in the panoramic view and connect with the landscape during a guided mindfulness meditation. The experience includes a gratitude ceremony with foraged and mulled Elderberry.
We will travel a short distance across the Ancient East, through the historic Gap of the North, to visit an old traditional farmhouse, home of Venora and Iain Hovelt. The house, garden and orchard is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Cooley hills. Venora is a storyteller, Ring of Gullion Ambassador and gardener. Iain is a food artisan of “Drumnasilla,” making homemade chutneys, award winning curd, jams and country cordials. You will explore the orchard with Venora, and learn about the herb garden and its various uses.
Enter the cosy cottage and immerse yourself in the sensory experience of a mindful lunch…. onion, lentil & rosemary soup, homemade bread, local cheeses, chutneys and preserves; created by Iain. For dessert Iain’s award winning lemon curd compote with natural spring water, cordials, tea, coffee and herbal infusions.
You will leave with a free gift of Iain’s lemon curd.
Important notes for visitors:
- Please advise us of any health conditions or mobility issues.
- Wear warm, comfortable walking gear including walking boots. Bring a small rucksack, waterproofs, walking poles (if possible), hat, gloves and an extra layer, as we will be sitting and standing still during the guided meditations.
- Please advise us of any special dietary requirements or any other needs and we will do our best to accommodate you during this special experience.
Cost: £55 / €60 – Booking essential via Eventbrite.
Please park in the overflow car park; the gravel car park on the left-hand-side as you approach the main forest park.