10 Events to Nourish the Winter Soul

Nourishment for me comes in many forms – the spiritual, physical and emotional. Balance arrives with the cultivation of different practices in my daily life – Yoga, meditation, food, music, nature and education.

We have a lot happening here in Ireland and it is fantastic to see so many skilled, experienced and talented people sharing their passion with each other, supporting and creating communities and healing the soul and the body in many ways.

Here are some fabulous events that are coming up over the next couple of months around Ireland that sound delightful and the perfect way to ease into the introspective winter space while still co-mingling with the outside world in a more gentle way (What winter is all about for me 🙂 )


Nourish Life With Marian Fermentation Workshop. Photo: Source

The Wild West Ferments

When November 20th 7-9pm

Where Gather Restaurant

Contact Marian 087 9677732

Ohh I am very excited about this. I first discovered Marian when she was selling sourdough bread and other goods on the Square in Tuam.

Marian has a diploma in nutritional therapy and is a fermentation enthusiast and advocate. We all know so much more about the important role that gut health and our gut bacteria has on our overall well being, so incorporating more fermented foods into your daily diet is a really beneficial way to improve this gut health – more recently we are seeing the link between mental well being to the health of our guts! All the more reason to come along to this.

I have always dabbled a bit in fermentation – with homemade kombucha and kefir, so I am excited to go a bit more in depth with this workshop that takes place in another favourite spot of ours – Gather Restaurant in Tuam.

So if you want to incorporate more probiotic rich foods into your diet then this is the workshop for you.

Discover what to do with milk kefir, water kefir, beet kvass, sauerkraut, fermented dilly carrots, apple vinegar and a quick look at sourdough! “

For the €50 price of this workshop you will have a two hour introduction to fermentation and also receive a Wild West Fermentation booklet including guides and trouble shooting tips on how to overcome the fear of fermentation and a variety of starter cultures will be provided to get you started. So cool!


Native Tree Planting Days

When December 22nd (Continues until April 27th)

Where Moyhill Community Farm, Lahinch, Clare

Moyhill Community Farm and their charity organisation HomeTree will be running five days of native tree planting at their farm in Co.Clare, the first day takes place on December 22nd and they run into the Spring of 2019.

Their charity HomeTree has planted 14,000 native trees with the aim to create a protected eco-system to support plant and animal life – something which is very much needed in Ireland.

The days start at 9.30am and end at 3.30pm with a stop in between for lunch.

Moy Hill is a farm which promotes community, growing local, organic food, planting and creating more woodland nd you can read more about the work that they do HERE.

If you would like to volunteer your time and get invoved with the planting of the trees then

Contact Matt moyhillfarm@gmail.com
087 7059979


Soul Yoga Sessions with Sweet Beat Cafe

When December 6th, 7pm – 10pm

Where The Building Block, Sligo

So this year I finally got to Sweet Beat Cafe, and to combine the mouth watering plant based nourishment with the teachings of Aoife Kane, a local yoga teacher who has been teaching for over ten years and who created the Soul Yoga Sessions Supper Club.

I mean how good does this sound- a delicious, nourishing yoga class followed by a three course vegan meal thanks to Sweet Beat and the event will be held in The Building Block a community Co-Working space in Sligo. Oh all that community support and collaboration! Do it , do it !

To have the space of a yoga session to relax and unwind before sitting down to a meal is a fantastic idea. We can sometimes rush from one thing to the next and having the time to carve out a few hours in an evening to just sit and be with yourself, with others and with wholesome, healthy food – I can’t think of a better way to spend a Thursday.

And to top it off – in Sligo, Sligo – we love Sligo.

Tickets are available HERE. (€48)

An idea of the dreamy food you can find at Sweet Beat Cafe.


SpeakEATsy: Soil and Climate Action

When December 8th, 7pm – Late

Where Cloughjordan Eco Village, Cloughjordan, Tipperary

This will be an evening of food, art, live music, poetry, DJs and dancing as part of the Global Green Christmas Party and World Soils Day. This event will be run by Cultivate, a sustainability organisation focused on active education in practical sustainability. You may recognise them from their Global Green area at Electric Picnic.

This unique event includes a sumptuous local meal, acoustic music, spoken word and a public conversation on climate change and healthy soil.

There will be music from the HQs, a family folk band who have developed their own combination of folk blues and hillbilly funk to form a unique harmonic sound and other local performers including gypsy jazz and swing from the Cloughtown Swing Band.

There will be food from the Community Farm and local producers which will be prepared by Johanna at the Night Orchard.

If you want to combine a night of education and discussion around our climate, planet and the trajectory of a sustainable future with some kick ass music and delicious home grown, local food with great company then this is your spot.

You can get your tickets HERE.


Mick Flannery Live at the Library

When December 8th

Where Ballinrobe Library, Ballinrobe

If you haven’t heard the music of Mick Flannery, then I suggest you pop it on there now and absorb it in.

“Mick Flannery is widely regarded as one of the finest singer-songwriters to come out of Ireland in recent years. An award winning- double platinum selling artist, Mick has released five albums to date – including two number ones and received widespread airplay.”

I was introduced to his words and sounds through my sister who is very much a fan and understandably so. Mick is from Blarney in Cork and now lives in Clare. He plays around the globe and you can usually find him playing gigs around Ireland over the Christmas period.

He will be playing several locations over December but I thought that this just sounded particularly special. A library, a place already filled with words and poetry and history, to then be filled by the voice and soul of Mick Flannery’s music. This will be something magic for sure.

Also it will take place in Ballinrobe, there is something about going to smaller Irish towns and more intimate venues for gigs like this. Not only is it an opportunity to explore and support Irish towns and local businesses but it is just a bit different. Which I am all for.

Mick will be supported by Faraway Martin and Sarah Buckley on the night, I’m very much looking forward to night of music from all three.

You can get your tickets HERE.

You can also check his upcoming Irish gigs HERE. (Lot’s of very nice venues!)


Wake Up Ireland Retreat

There retreat sounds wonderful and is coming up in a few weeks just outside Galway city (in Clarinbridge) and from recent reports of a retreat held there is a very special space.

This is being run by Philippe Madec and a few other practitioners / teachers from Ireland and the US.
There will be a combination of movement practices, meditation, dhamma talks, written/artistic reflection, play, music , dance. Woo!

It sounds really great.

Wake Up Ireland Retreat. Photo: Source
From many years of attending silent meditation retreats, yoga retreats, conscious movement etc – I really love collaborations like this that combine them all and offer space for expression, reflection and encourage meditation in its many different forms.
There are varying price brackets depending on your financial circumstances and there are only a few spaces left – so do book in soon.You can check out more information about this retreat HERE.  Or check out their Facebook event HERE.

I Am Irish – Panel Discussion 

When 13th December, 7.30pm – 10pm

Where Galway Arts Centre, Dominick Street, Galway

This is an event hosted by the Galway Anti Racism Network (GARN), IamIRish and the Galway Arts Centre.

On Thursday the 13th of December, Lorraine Maher of the #IamIrish projectand the Galway Anti Racism Network will host a panel of speakers from across Irish communities to reflect together on the challenges faced in regards to identity and belonging in 2018.

IamIrish Panel Discussion. Photo: Source

The panel will share their experiences of what it is or was like living in Ireland, the diversity of Irish identity today and what the future might look like for all Irish communities.

The #IamIrish project, founded by Lorraine Maher addresses the diversity of Irish identity and how we can challenge perceptions of what it looks and sounds like to be Irish.

This is something that we should support and engage in and educate ourselves about. Racism is an issue in Ireland and by staying silent and not speaking up about this we are supporting racism with silence.

It is free to register, donations are accepted if you so wish and will go towards the organisations that have come together to support the event.


Other Voices

When November 30th – December 2nd

Where Dingle, Co. Kerry

So I have been curious and eager to go to Other Voices for many, many years – but it has yet to happen. I think that 2018 may just be my year!

If you don’t know what Other Voices is – a description I have read calling it a ‘musical pilgrimage’, pretty much sums up the image in my head. It is where music players and music listeners of all genres and walks of life migrate to in the middle of winter to enjoy intimate and unique gigs in equally unique settings – with the backdrop of stunning Dingle to hold it all together.

There will be over 100 gigs and talks taking places across numerous venues across this three days gathering.

You cannot buy tickets, per say, but you can register and pay a fee of €30 or €45 which goes towards supporting Other Voices and adds to funds that are donated by sponsors to keep this representation of what Ireland, it’s people, it’s spirit and the wonderful musicians and poets and wordsmiths we have here.

Only those who have registered and collected wristbands will gain access to certain venues, however there are venues that you don’t need a wristband for. Sure just find a corner, a fire and a pint and watch what magic manifests around you.

You can register if you wish to, HERE.

Here is Mick Flannery himself playing one of my favourite songs of his at Other Voices – The winner of the viewers choice.


Cope Chirstmas Day Swim

When  December 25th, 10am – 1pm

Where Blackrock, Salthill, Galway

This is my christmas day swim year – I will be there, yes I am doing it !!  – It is now here in writing, so I kind of have to.  (I have been taking a dip in the ocean as often as I can this past week to prep myself and get me in the zone. It is cold!)

This is a great cause and a great way to start your Christmas day, the ocean just makes everything better.

It will wash away your festive seasons angst, blues or over excitement and just leave you feeling in a space of contentment 🙂 Or else just really, really cold – but I am going with contentment and community spirit.

The christmas day temperatures may differ slightly from this photo, but you get the idea. Blackrock, Xmas day – see you there!

You will also be supporting Cope Galway – a very important service which provides information, support and refuge to women and children who or experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.

For over 28 years people in Galway have braved the cold on Christmas morning so others wouldn’t. Last year we had over 450 swimmers, including families and raised over €28,000 towards our homeless, domestic violence and older people’s services in Galway.

So come on – let this be your year to join also. What fun and for a worthy cause – this is the real spirit of christmas.

Tickets are €10 or €30 for families with all proceeds going to COPE Galway. Register HERE.


2 Days Voice and Singing Workshop with Laboratorim Piesni

When Jan 26th – Jan 27th

Where Galway Wellness Studio, Terryland Retail Park, Galway

Last but most definitely NOT least – This event is just going to be pure and utter magic, feminine energy, heart space, embody spirit bliss.

Alas- it is sold out but you can sign up on the waiting list should a space become available (I am crossing all of my fingers and toes that this may happen.)

These singing goddesses have been blowing me away with their music for years and I can’t quite believe they will be giving a two day singing workshop in Galway. So exciting and a very special occasion for those attending I am sure.

They also have a sold out Sound Bath (I’m breaking my own heart here – but who knows a space may come up ! )

Laboratorium Pieśni (Song Laboratory) lead traditional singing workshops, using Alina Jurczyszyn method of work with voice, body and breath, inspired by training from the Centre for Theatre Practices GARDZIENICE and music works of Grotowski Institute, in its forest base in Brzezinka (Poland). Workshops are led by the founders of Laboratorium Pieśni: Alina Jurczyszyn and Kamila Bigus.

Even if you just discover their music and listen to them below, then this will be enough to add a bit of nourishment to your winter.



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