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Experience Forest Bathing in the Ring of Gullion

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Experience Forest Bathing in the Ring of Gullion with Ann Ward. Ann, founder of Xhale has a deep spiritual connection with nature. She inherited her great love of the landscape from her mother, whose birthplace was on the volcanic mountain of Slieve Gullion, nestled in between a number of sacred sites. Ann has practiced meditation for over 20 years. As a result, she has created immersive, mindfulness experiences, courses and retreats using the gifts of meditation and the landscape.

Ann is an Accredited Meditation Teacher with the British School of Meditation, a Certified Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) Guide and Forest Therapy Practitioner with the Forest Therapy Institute. Her teaching practice is drawn from a number of ancient Eastern traditions and contemporary sources including Thich Nhat Hanh and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Ann has a rich tapestry of experience within the health, community development and peace-building, arts, education and private sectors. Personal empowerment is at the heart of all of her work where she offers transformative experiences and programmes tailored for individuals, groups and organisations. 

A recent participants review….. “Slieve Gullion is a haven and was the perfect place for this retreat. It was an additional bonus that Ann provided a wealth of knowledge about the landscape, a highlight was Ann’s facilitation and enabling me to enter a totally immersive nature experience, nature nourishing body and spirit. It is impossible to single out any one thing as it was the complete package that made it so magical, calming and restorative, warm, glowing, connected, secret smile, supported. I particularly loved using the senses to explore nature and concentrating on one sense at a time allows me to experience aspects of nature in finer detail. Ann, I can’t thank you enough for enabling me to be on this wonderful immersion in nature and a deep reconnection that I was so overdue. Thanks for bringing relaxation, calmness and mindfulness back to me again, I needed it!’ …Mary from Belfast

Watch this video to find out more about a Forest Bathing experience  in the Ring of Gullion

Nurturing Nature Retreat at Killeavy Castle Estate – To Rest, Reconnect and Re-energise

This restorative relaxation break is an opportunity for you to totally switch off, slow down and reconnect with nature. You will experience the Japanese wellness practice of Shinrin Yoku/ Forest Bathing and take home a taste of the landscape as well as the special holistic benefits of the practice. This special nurturing, nature retreat will take place in the majestic setting of Killeavy Castle Estate, within 350 acres of woodland and farmland. This is nestled at the foot of the volcanic mountain of Slieve Gullion within the magical Ring of Gullion, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

For full details on this experience at Killeavy Castle Estate with Ann Ward – Xhale, click here.

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