Yoga Travel Guide: Wexford, Ireland

I got to spend one year living in Wexford, Ireland last year.

It really is an undiscovered beauty of Ireland – full of stunning beaches, forest walks, rivers for swimming in during the summer and most of all SUNSHINE. It really is the sunny south-east, most of the time!

One of the great things about Wexford town is that it is just full of yoga, vegetarian and vegan friendly spots to eat; it has a great arts and alternative vibe around the streets and it’s such a nice place to stroll around in- it reminded me of a smaller Galway city.

Yoga

Elysium Sanctuary

As a dedicated practitioner of Ashtanga yoga, I was delighted to find a teacher in rural Wexford. Rachel Collins is a deeply intuitive, gentle yet strong teacher who has trained under John and Lucy Scott. Rachel’s vast knowledge and work as an Ayurvedic lifestyle therapist really compliments the Ashtanga style of yoga and Rachel delivers and shares both beautifully.

Rachel has weekly Mysore and led Ashtanga classes, as well as running 8-week introduction to Ashtanga programmes.  Rachel also offers Ayurvedic consultations and hosts workshops with international Ashtanga teachers and Ayurvedic doctors.

Location: Rathnageera Gusserane, New Ross, Wexford.

Contact: Rachel 087 92 33 164

Earthwise Yoga

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 Yoga Training by the river at Earthwise Yoga. Source 

This is a lovely countryside yoga retreat centre and also where I completed a year-long Hatha yoga teacher training. Coming from an Ashtanga background, I was really inspired by everything I learned here, the Hatha philosophy and practices have really benefited my personal practice as well as my teaching.

It is run by Shakti Saraswati who has a wonderful understanding of Hatha Yoga and the philosophy behind it. Shakti hosts and teaches monthly yoga retreat days, year-long teacher training  and yoga apprenticeship courses, as well as weekly classes at this beautiful setting opposite Bree hill and next to the Boro River.

Location: Bree (opposite Bree Hill), Enniscorthy, Wexford.

Contact: Shakti on (087) 369 4509                   Email: earthwiseyoga@gmail.com

Yoga Bloom

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Adrienne Corless with her two beauties

Adrienne Corless is fantastic yoga teacher and Doula based in Davidstown, near Enniscorthy.

Adrienne teaches pregnancy yoga at her new cosy and beautiful studio at The Hill farm. Adrienne is also a qualified Doula and it is so wonderful to know that she is teaching pregnancy yoga, especially with her knowledge and insight into pregnancy and birth and life as a mother.

Adrienne’s classes are a wonderful way for pregnant women to tune into their bodies and mind at this sacred time in their lives, to allow time and space to relax, breathe and actively prepare the body and mind for the powerful experience of birth.

Adrienne also teaches Hatha yoga classes at Earthwise Yoga.

Location: The Hill Farm, Davidstown, Enniscorthy.

Contact: Adrienne   (083) 419 5646                    Email: adriennecorless@gmail.com

 

Sunshine Yoga

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Sunshine yoga was created by Sandra Hayes (See beautiful pic above, taken by Adrienne!) Sandra offers dynamic Vinyasa and Ashtanga classes, Yin Yoga and kids yoga.

Sandra also runs yoga foundation courses and workshops which take place in the stunning surrounds of Murphy’s Barn just outside of Wexford town.

Check out my interview with Sandra.

Location: Murphys Barn, Wexford.

Contact: Sandra – (086) 159 4508

Tham Yoga

I met Julie O’Reilly while she was doing her Hatha yoga teacher training at Earthwise Yoga. Julie is so passionate about yoga and its benefits and I’m so delighted to know she is sharing yoga with others.

Tham yoga offers classical Hatha yoga classes for beginner to intermediate level. The main emphasis in the classes are the breath and relaxation.

Location: Bridgetown, Wexford.

Contact: Julie  (087) 125 0720.

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Evening light at Bree Hill

Yoga Wexford

Tina Ralph is another wonderful yoga teacher who runs classes in Wexford town.  Tina runs adult Hatha yoga classes with meditation, asana, pranayama and deep relaxation.

Tina has also trained in yoga therapy for children and Kool Kids Yoga runs classes for babies and children with special needs, as well as kids yoga in schools and special needs schools.

Location: An Tobar, Westgate, Wexford town.

Contact: Tina  (087) 250 8758.

 

Sadhana Yoga

I only managed to attend one of Linda O’Grady’s classes during my time in Wexford. I really enjoyed the class and you can tell that Linda has a lot of yoga experience and study, the class was great.

Linda teaches classical Hatha Yoga using the Vinyasa krama system. Through using fundamental building blocks and structured teaching methodology each student can explore the postures from their foundations. This offers the practitioner the opportunity to embark on their own personal Svadhyaha (self-study) on a physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual level so their practice becomes a meditation in movement.

Location: Wexford town.

Contact: Linda (087) 311 3100.               Email: info@sadhanayoga.com

Suzanne Barry

Suzanne has been studying yoga for 20 years and teaches classes in Wexford town and Curracloe. Suzanne’s classes are open to all levels, they can be challenging at first but there is always coffee afterwards with friends!

I’ve heard great things about her classes from fellow yogis in Wexford and I think they are well worth checking out.

Location: Wexford town and The Surf Shack, Curracloe.

Contact: Suzanne    (087) 295 1015               email: suzannbarry@eircom.net

 

Restaurants/Cafes

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Photo credit: Photo taken from D’lush Facebook page.

 

D’lush Cafe

This lovely cafe is situated inside the Wexford Arts Centre building and it is a great spot. The food here is tasty and fresh and the chef is happy to vegan-ize where ever possible, just ask! I love the savoury crepe with buckwheat flour.

My usual order was a delicious soy cappuccinos to go with those tasty home-made sweet treats. It’s a lovely little hang out spot.

The noticeboard in the hallway is full of flyers and posters of all the greats events and classes on offer in Wexford. The adjoining Arts Centre regularly hosts events and exhibitions.

Contact: (053) 912 3795

Location: Wexford Arts Centre, the Cornmarket. Phone: (053) 912 3795

 

Cafe 22 at Westgate Design

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Photo credit: Photo taken from Westgate Design facebook page.

Westgate is another nice foodie spot in Wexford town. The vegan and vegetarian options on offer here grow every time I go and visit. They even have some delicious vegan and possible raw desserts by now! The coffee here is great, probably my favourite coffee spot in Wexford town.

There is a beautiful design centre upstairs for some browsing or to treat yourself to some high-end retail therapy!

Contact: (053) 912 3787

Location:22a North Main Street, Wexford town. Phone: (053) 9123787

 

Spice Indian Restaurant

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Photo taken from Spice Indian Restaurant Facebook page.

Spice is my favourite place for an evening treat out.

We love to get a few of the great vegetarian starters on offer and a couple of plates of poppadoms to share, followed by some of their delicious main courses. If you like fish- the Goan fish curry is good.

I see that they have added a vegan/vegetarian menu – just another example of Wexford being one of Ireland’s vegan/vegetarian dining capitals!

Contact: (053) 912 2011

Location: 1 Monck Street, Wexford. Phone:(053) 912 2011

 

Donna Marina

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Photo used from Donna Marina Facebook page.

This tapas style restaurant just opened as I was moving from Wexford so I have yet to eat here – but I’ve heard it’s a great place to eat, with a full vegan menu on offer. It is definitely top of my list for my next visit, I hear nothing but good things about it from veggie-yogi friends!

Contact: (087) 394 1875

Location: 106 Main Street, Wexford. Phone: (087) 394 1875.

 

Cotton Tree Cafe

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The Cotton Tree cafe.

This is my favourite little spot of all for a coffee in Enniscorthy. I like the quirky decor, the lovely staff and it is by far the best place for a coffee in Enniscorthy town. The falafels are good and in the summer the iced coffees are a sinful treat!

Contact: (053) 923 4641

Location: Slaney Place, Enniscorthy, Wexford.

Green Acres

This is a lovely delicatessen, with all sorts of good quality, fresh products – they have a great selection of cheeses, the cumin seed one is my favourite! They have lots of delicious freshly baked breads, from sourdough to spelt and a wide selection of olives, fruits and veg.

They also have a restaurant which is another good choice for food.

Contact: (053) 9122975       Email: info@greenacres.ie

Location: Selskar, Wexford.

Sugar & Spice

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Sugar & Spice Cafe, Bunclody. Photo credit: Photo from Sugar & Spice bakery facebook page.

 

This is a sweet little cafe that used to be our usual coffee/lunch stop during the epic drives from Galway to Wexford (I have my dad to thank for all of those lifts!) Bunclody is a pretty small little town but it’s great to see some good vegetarian options and they even have soya milk which is definitely rare in small town Ireland! Every time I go there they have some new options.

They stock a nice range of local and Irish food products and some nice homemade cakes and breads.

Location: Main Street, Bunclody, Wexford.

Contact: (053) 937 6388                   Email: sugar_spice@eircom.net

 

Wildflower Cafe at Beechdale Gardens

This is a really cute cafe located inside a garden centre near Enniscorthy.

I love the homely, vintage style decor and there are even a few seats to enjoy the sunshine outside.

They have really delicious cakes here and it’s a nice spot for lunch; we love the sandwiches. They sell a few locally produced products, like apple juice and preserves.

They also catering services available.

Location: Beechdale Plantsplus Garden Centre, Enniscorthy.

Contact: (053) 924 4481            Email: info@wildflower.ie

You can also find them on Facebook.

Local Produce/Artisans

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Bubbles & Spice

Bubbles & Spice are 100%, all natural coconut oil artisan soaps made in Wexford by Alexandra Drafilova. The soaps are vegan and come in a wide range of delicious flavours and scents – lavender/ lemon, mint & seaweed/ coffee & vanilla soap scrub, to name a few!

This great, natural vegan friendly cosmetic range is growing; Alexandra will soon be adding sugar scrubs, moisturizers, lip balms and a whole new soap range. It’s great to see something like this being created locally.

You can buy Bubbles & Spice products from Alexandra, in Natural Health Store, The Surf Shack and C&C providers.

The soaps are currently priced at €6 per bar.

Contact: Alexandra     Email:  bubblesandspicekitchen@gmail.com.

Bubbles & Spice website is currently under construction, www.bubblesandspice.ie.

Wilton Mill Preserves

You will find this delicious range of locally produced products at the Enniscorthy Farmers market every Saturday from 9am – 2pm.

They sell a wide range of preserves, chutneys, pesto, dressings and mouth-watering cakes and muffins. Recommendations are their almond cake, lemon cake and chilli sauce!

I’ve seen some of their products for sale in local shops and cafes also.

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Wexford Farmers Market. Photo credit: Adrienne Corless

 

Wexford Farmers Market

This is a lovely little local farmers market which takes place in Wexford town (in the Super Value car park) on a Friday morning and outside Super Value in Enniscorthy on a Saturday.

There are lots of lovely local produce – eggs, meat, vegetables, cakes, home made jams, sauces and locally made jewellery. It’s a great place to buy some delicious products- many of which are made and produced by local farmers and artisans, a great way to support locally.

There are some lovely stalls to get a something tasty to eat – crepes, pies, buns and cakes and you can sit and enjoy it with a tea or coffee while soaking up that great local market vibe (when that famous Wexford sun comes out!)

When & Where:

Friday:  Outside Pettitt’s Super Valu, the Quay, Wexford town. Time: 9 am – 2 pm.

Saturday:  Outside Pettitt’s Super Value, The Duffry, Enniscorthy. Time: 9 am – 2 pm.

 

The Bullring Market

This is another great farmers and artisan market in Wexford town. This market takes place every Saturday. It’s the place to buy organic veg, homemade cakes and treats, preserves, local crafts, vintage fashion and lots more.

I recently see that they have started to add live gigs and sessions that take place during the day while the market is in full swing, what a great idea!

So basically Wexford is just full of opportunities to shop local and support all of the wonderful produce, products and talents in around this wonderful county.

Health Food Shops

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Only Natural

My favourite health food store in Wexford – great selection of products, great offers and friendly, helpful owners and staff. They have a really large selection of natural and organic cosmetics, books, crystals, incense, along with a wide range of all the health-foods you could desire!

A great spot to check out what is happening around Wexford regarding yoga, meditation and all things holistic on their notice board inside the door.

Contact: (053) 912 3236

Location: 1 Church Lane, Wexford town.

 

Rainbow Wholefoods

This is a small health food shop nestled along the main street in Wexford town. They have a good range of products and really reasonably priced. Also on sale here are beauty products, books, crystals, Indian-style decorative wall hangings and plenty more. The staff here are helpful and friendly.

Another spot for flyers and posters regarding events in the area.

Contact: (053) 912 4624

Location: Walkers Mall, North Main Street, Wexford.

 

Kates Farm Shop

This is one of my favourite stores in Wexford.

It is a farm shop with a great combination of fresh fruit and veg – a lot are grown locally, a really well stocked health food section, fresh baked cakes and breads and more. It is a lovely rustic shop and stocks lots of local produce like honey, eggs, preserves.

Location: Clonard Great, Wexford.

Contact: (086) 172 7116

 

Evolv

Evolve is a healthfood store in Enniscorthy town. They have a good range of natural cosmetic products on the top floor, also quite a good selection of health food items and lots of other items such as books, lovely jewellery, salt lamps, Yak blankets and other Indian-esque clothes and bags. Good range of incense here.

Evolv regularly host events- from health days to food tastings. There are rooms upstairs where different treatments are offered a well as yoga classes. It’s the place to go for all your healing and health food needs in Enniscorthy town.

Location: 2 Castle Hill, Enniscorthy, Wexford.

Contact: (053) 923 6009.

 

Natural Health Store

Natural Health Store is another great health food shop in Wexford town. There is a nice selection of cosmetics, holistic goods and gift ideas.

There is also a clinic which has a range of treatments and healing sessions on offer.

Location: 24 North Main Street, Wexford.

Contact: (053) 912 1613                                 Email:  info@naturalhealthstore.ie

 

Healers/Energy Work

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Morning Winter mist at Bree Hill

Claire Kavanagh, Life Map Art Therapy

Claire is a truly blessed and powerful healer. I heard about her work by word-of-mouth – and believe me you will be telling everyone about her!

Claire received this unique form of healing through years of self-healing and meditation. Claire describes it as a Life Map – best way to summarise it is to describe it as a form of art therapy where you work with a map of your own life. You do not need to be artistic or have any experience or background in healing work – it is totally accessible for everyone. It is really deep work and the beautiful thing is you are doing the work yourself based on what you feel you need to work on.

Contact: Claire (085) 7625020

Bernie Sheridan, Pranic Healing

One of the great things about living in Wexford is that there is such an amazing selection of healers around that you can call on when you need.

Bernie offers her healing sessions in a wonderfully comfortable and gentle manner. You can be completely honest about what you feel needs healing in your life and Bernie offers an extremely open and non-invasive space.

Pranic healing is based on the belief that our own systems possess to ability to heal itself and from my experience working with Bernie this self-healing ability is restored and heightened by working through energy or emotional blocks that are hindering our healing. It is quite potent work and I have found each session extremely helpful and healing.

Contact: Bernie (086) 078 2563         Email: bsrainbowsend2@gmail.com

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Nuala Sammon, Kinesiology

Nuala is a qualified kinesiologist as well as a qualified nurse based outside Enniscorthy. My session with Nuala was my first experience with kinesiology and I was blown away. Nuala started with a muscle test which is a gentle method determining the body functions and then I had a food intolerance test. I found the work very gentle and subtle but very effective.

I would highly recommend Nuala to anyone looking for healing from a health, energetic or emotional perspective – and Nuala is just such a lovely person to top it off!

Contact: Nuala (087) 9385089       Email: nualasammon@gmail.com

Location: Near Enniscorthy, Wexford.

Beaches

Wexford is famous for its beautiful beaches and with reason – they are stunning and with Wexford known as the ‘sunny south-east’ you definitely get to enjoy them with the added bonus of a blue sky.

Here are the beaches I used to love going to.

Curracloe Beach

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Photo credit: Photo by Eoin O’Mahoney @ creative commons.

I just love this beach!

It has the sea and you can have a little forest walk at the same time. There is a 10km walk that goes through the forest, over the dunes and back along the beach at the shore. It’s a beautiful way to spend a few hours and most of the year – outside of the summer, of course- it’s quiet and peaceful. There is a cafe, surf shack and yoga classes on offer nearby.

 

St.Helen’s Beach

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St.Helen’s Beach. Photo Credit: Image used from www.Sykescottages.co.uk

This stunning beach is hidden away outside of Rosslare town. It’s a steep slope down onto the beach, with the shore expanding on for miles!! It’s a great spot for a nice long beach walk and also lovely for a dip in the ocean. I like this beach as it feels a bit more private or hidden away- sometimes if you are the only one on the beach it is a really special experience.

Walks

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The magical Foxglove valley at Bree Hill

Bree Hill

I was absolutely BLESSED to live directly across from Bree Hill during my time living in Wexford. This expansive (Coillte) wooded hill is such a beautiful place to go for a walk.

There are lots of different tracks and pathways to take or you can do a whole loop around the hill. It’s so nice to watch the seasons change and the plant and tree life here changing along with it – I especially love when the gorse is in full bloom and the area full of foxgloves at the top of the hill is still one of the most magical places to sit that I have experienced.

I rarely met people during my walks here, it’s so quiet. However on most Sundays, (and sometimes Saturdays), there are groups of mountain bikers but only on their main biking tracks and you can avoid them if you go around the far side of the hill.

Random interesting fact- at one time Bree Hill was a volcano!

 

Johnstown Castle

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The agricultural museum at Johnstown Castle

The grounds at this 19th century castle are gorgeous. There is an Agricultural museum inside one section of the old buildings,which is interesting -especially when I visited with my Irish Archaeology friends and my father and uncle from a farming background!

It is cold during the winter months inside the building (so bring a jacket!), but there is a sweet little tea shop for soup, cakes and sandwiches.

You can visit the museum for €6 or the Ornamental Gardens for €3, €8 for both.

Location: Johnstown Castle is located about 10 minutes drive from Wexford town or a mile away from the village of Murrintown. Exact location can be found here.

Contact: (053) 9184671            Email: info@agrimuseum.ie

 

Entertainment/Culture

Irish Archaeology

Irish Archaeology. Photo Credit: Photo taken from Irish Archaeology facebook page.

Irish Archaeology

Ireland has lots, LOTS of Archaeology. Wexford based Archaeologist Colm Moriarty set up this great website and blog sharing the world of Ireland’s amazing archaeology as well as interesting sites and finds from around the world.

Irish Archaeology also has an online shop with beautiful archaeology inspired jewellery and pieces – I absolutely love my dragon bracelet!

Irish Archaeology is based in Wexford.

Contact: colm@irisharchaeologyshop.ie

 

Spas and Saunas

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Rosslare Beach

A weekly treat/’night out’ a lot of the time was a trip to the sauna – it’s especially great during the winter to remind yourself what it feels like to be hot and toasty!

For a treat and a morning out, taking a trip to the sauna in Kelly’s of Rosslare was just perfect! The spacious sauna  here has a big glass window overlooking the sea and Rosslare beach, a cold water dipping pool and a steam room – it just feels so nourishing and it definitely feels like you are doing some good cleaning for the body. There is also a swimming pool and jacuzzi.

It is reasonably priced to just use this area – the leisure/swimming pool area, but the thermal suite is more expensive. (I haven’t experienced the thermal suite yet!)

Location: Rosslare Strand, Rosslare, Wexford.

Contact: (053) 9132626               Email: seaspa@kellys.ie

 

Waterfront Swimming Pool & Leisure Centre

We would usually go to the sauna at Enniscorthy swimming pool as it was closer. It cost around €5 for a session and it was great value, there is also a steam room but I never found it hot enough so I just stuck to the sauna.

Contact: (053) 923 4443

Location: Waterfront car park, Templeshannon, Wexford

 

The Sky and the Ground

This is my favourite spot to go to for some evening/late night entertainment.

This pub is run by the Barron family and the place is just great, quirky decor, friendly staff and great entertainment – I discovered the awesome group This Is The Kit at their Sunday Sessions gig here. The Sky & the Ground has loads of really good gigs and events happening all the time, it’s busy at weekends.

Aside from the craft beers and gigs they also host other events; such as plays, art exhibitions ( I went to check out the great work of Caolon Barron Photography) and I see they have a creative writing course happening in the coming weeks.

Location: 112 South Main Street, Wexford.

Contact: (053) 912 1273

Please feel free to send on any recommendations of your own. 

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Wexford Sunset