The Best Irish Health & Wellbeing Events in 2018
January 20, 2018 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

If there is one New Year’s resolution that you are guaranteed never to regret, it is looking after yourself and taking the time to maintain a healthy body and mind. We live in a world that is becoming increasingly pressurised and it’s easy to neglect our mental and physical wellbeing as a result.

Thankfully there will be plenty of special events set up around the country this year that can help everyone to hone these skills. The events differ greatly to cater for everyone so there can be no excuses! Check out some of the top health and wellbeing events on offer in 2018 and make minding yourself a guilt-free priority for once.

10) Freedom Fit: A Fitness and Wellness Festival

freedom-fit

The Freedom Fit festival is a new initiative founded by The North Wexford Tourism Steering Group which will be taking place during the mid-term week in February. The initiative is being adopted by a variety of venues in North Wexford such as, Pirates Cove in Courtown and The Stables. The choice of events to attend is all yours with a variety of health and fitness activities for all ages available, many of which are low-costing or free.

You can expect horse riding, fitness classes, cycling, dance classes, healthy eating classes, meditation and massages. There will also be special activities for the kids including a colour run and an extreme challenge course. If you want a nice little break away with the kids, this festival sounds like the ideal way to get outdoors and have the craic.

Where: Gorey, Co. Wexford

When: February 9th -18th

Cost: Varies

For More information you can visit their website at https://www.freedomfit.ie/

9) Irish Natural Family Health Conference

Aimed primarily at parents who wish to incorporate greater family health at home, from physical to emotional, this two-day event in Dublin will offer expert advice on how best to achieve this. It allows parents to rub shoulders with some like-minded individuals who are also trying to help their family’s eating habits. Some of the expert advisors who will be in attendance include psychotherapist and author Stella O’Malley, Niamh O’Connell – Director of The Wellness Clinic for women, author of The Holistic Gardener blog and nutritionist Fiann Ó Nualláin and many more.

irish-natural-family-health-conference

You can choose to attend for one or both days but it is advised to book in advance either way. The ticket price includes entry into talks along with refreshments and nutritional goody bags. Sounds like the perfect excuse to kick some of those bad eating habits to the curb!

When: Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th March, 9am- 4pm

Where: The Wellness Clinic, 25 Cork Street, Dublin 8

Cost: €65 – €120

For more information visit http://bit.ly/2Dphz9q

8) Mind, Body & Soul Mornings: Seafield Golf and Spa Hotel

Mind, Body & Soul Mornings: Seafield Golf and Spa Hotel

If treating yourself to some quality relaxation and TLC is more what you had in mind, then the Seafield Hotel has just the solution! It’s important to learn how to combat anxiety or stress and these morning classes aim to tackle three key areas; mind, body and soul. Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming Clair will be on hand to help participants master different exercises which will teach them to focus their mind.

Shelley meanwhile is a nutrition and fitness teacher who will educate participants about healthy eating and maintaining a fitness regime. Lisa is a Life Coach and Meditation Practitioner who helps people to cope with stress and strain by focussing on the positives through mindfulness. Classes run for a three month period on weekends so you can select a class on whichever area you want to focus on.

When: Sunday April 8th, 10am – 2pm (first class)

Where: The Seafield Golf and Spa Hotel, Ballymoney, Co. Wexford

Cost: €5.92 – €43.12

For further details see http://bit.ly/2BdyPbL

7) Mind Over Matter Roadshow

Irish fitness blogger Emma Murphy recently featured on The Late Late Show to promote this fantastic Mind Over Matter event that she is hosting for women. Anyone who is familiar with Emma will know that she has put a lot of effort into spreading awareness about domestic violence. She has also managed to pull in over 50 million YouTube views and has grown her Facebook follower count to over 187,000.

mind-over-matter-roadshow

Emma’s personal experiences have inspired her to organise this upcoming event. It is designed to help women connect and provide them with fitness, lifestyle and nutritional tips along with sharing knowledge and advice which will help unravel domestic violence in an intimate chat. Emma will also be demonstrating her Bespoke HIIT workout classes and conducting meet and greet sessions in the hope that the experience will help to empower women in their daily lives.

When: Saturday April 28th, 10.30am – 2pm

Where: The Connacht Hotel, Co. Galway

Cost: €49.00

For details visit http://bit.ly/2Dne8jf

6) Dublin Dance Festival

dublin-dance-festival

The Dublin Dance Festival in association with The Abbey Theatre reaches out to young dancers with an ambition to express themselves through dance. In April, Open Studio will be taking place over four days in The Abbey Theatre. This event will experiment with different methodologies, workshops and seminars on how young people can connect through dance and live art. The results will be taken into account when creating future performances and further details of who they are looking for will be released in March.

After the Open Studio event, the festival will also be hosting some awe-inspiring performances during the month of May that will provide some much needed escapism. Akram Khan’s successful Giselle ballet and Patricia Guerrero’s award-winning flamenco show Catedral are examples of two of the big events to watch out for.

When: April 18th-21st (Open Studio) May 2nd-20th (Main Events)

Where: The Abbey Theatre, Co.Dublin

Cost: TBA

For further details visit http://www.dublindancefestival.ie/engage-and-learn

5) Wellfest

wellfest

Renowned as Ireland’s largest fitness and wellness festival, Wellfest will be returning this year with a brand new location to help promote healthy living for the whole nation. In 2017, the festival sold out fast with a crowd of 5,000 people gathered in Dublin to seek advice and participate in the fitness and nutrition classes of some of the top national and international health champions.

Last year saw special guests vary from Gaelic footballer Enda McNulty to US yoga sensations The Southern Yogi and this year is said to get even bigger and better! The best part is that the event can be a fun day out for the whole family with a wide range of activities and classes for everyone. All activities are included in the ticket price and they sell out fast so keep an eye out!

When: May 12th and 13th

Where: City Centre, Co. Dublin. Details TBA.

Cost: Kids under 12 go free. Adults TBA.

For more information visit https://ti.to/wellfest/2018/en

4) Irish Aerial Dance Fest

What better way to loosen up and de-stress than getting to experience the Irish Aerial Dance Fest with some of our country’s most talented young performers. The festival is organised by Donegal-based aerial circus company, Fidget Feet, who are known for their unique and slightly mad performances. The company has performed in five continents at various national and international festivals and they are big advocators of the art blossoming in their native Ireland.

This year marks a double celebration for Fidget Feet as they are 20 years in operation this year and 2018 also marks 250 years of the Circus in general. Therefore they are bringing this special dance fest to mark the occasion and mentoring and classes are also open to the public.

When: June 24th – July 10th

Where: An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Cost: TBA

For details visit http://irishaerialdancefest.com/

3) Earthsong Camps

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In our busy and stressful technology-dominated lives, many of you may have wondered what it would be like to just abandon everything and escape into the wild for a while. If a good old- fashioned hipster camping set up is what you had in mind, look no further. Earthsong provides a full-on camping experience where you can become one with nature whilst trying out some creative activities with fun-loving individuals. The Dance, Drum and Movement camp is the first event that Earthsong is hosting and over a period of 9 days participants will learn how to perform music and dance pieces from different cultures in a natural environment.

unspecified

The second option that is coming soon is the Harvest Moon Camp which has a similar concept with workshops designed for learning about all things natural! If there was an award for most green event, it would go to Earthsong!

When: July 7th – 15th (Dance, Drum and Movement), July 21st – 29th (Harvest Moon)

Where: Glendree, Co. Clare

Cost: From €65 – €245

For details visit https://www.earthsong.ie/

2) Awaken Festival

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, indoor

The new Awaken Festival organised by a team of leaders from various medical and performance backgrounds is said to be one of the biggest of its kind in the West and will send you home feeling rejuvenated. This festival will focus on satisfying the three pillars of mind, body and spirit in participants, connecting the areas through a series of activities and seminars.

There will also be a variety of well-known faces making an appearance in the form of some of our national fitness gurus who will be giving talks and classes to participants on one of the three areas. Some of the guests include Kathryn Thomas from Operation Transformation, Irish singer Bressie who is an advocate for positive mental health and suicide awareness as well as author and motivational speaker Alison Canavan to name a few.

When: September 2018

Where: Claregalway Castle, Co. Galway

Cost: TBA

For more information visit https://www.theawakening.ie/awaken-festival/

1) Sunflowerfest

sunflowerfest-2018

For all lovers of music, this one is for you. Sunflowerfest is a three day music and arts festival up North which has tonnes of variety on offer for all the family. The festival will include face-painting and fun activities for the kids, cooking demonstrations, drama productions in the glade and special performances from some live music acts. Some of the artists who have performed in previous years include The Strypes, Gobstopper, Rubberbandits, local upcoming stars Ryan Vail and Damola.

This year the line-up is set to be just as creative but definite names have yet to be announced. There is also a special “bliss” area set up where activities such as meditation, dance, Tai Chi and yoga will take place, so there is a method of relaxation suitable for everyone.

When: 27th – 29th July

Where: Hillsborough, Co. Down

Cost: From £1.00 – £73.45

For details visit https://sunflowerfest.co.uk/info/

So there we have it, our top ten health and wellbeing events that will help you to learn about the importance of maintaining a healthy mind, spirit and body. Many of the event tickets will become available in early 2018 so if you think you might be interested, plan ahead and make time for yourself for once.

Alannah Kenny
Interested in big events and likes to keep up to date with celebrity culture as a personal interest. An avid reader and movie lover, enjoys in depth discussions about anything related to dystopian fiction!

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The Best Irish Health & Wellbeing Events in 2018
January 20, 2018 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

If there is one New Year’s resolution that you are guaranteed never to regret, it is looking after yourself and taking the time to maintain a healthy body and mind. We live in a world that is becoming increasingly pressurised and it’s easy to neglect our mental and physical wellbeing as a result.

Thankfully there will be plenty of special events set up around the country this year that can help everyone to hone these skills. The events differ greatly to cater for everyone so there can be no excuses! Check out some of the top health and wellbeing events on offer in 2018 and make minding yourself a guilt-free priority for once.

10) Freedom Fit: A Fitness and Wellness Festival

freedom-fit

The Freedom Fit festival is a new initiative founded by The North Wexford Tourism Steering Group which will be taking place during the mid-term week in February. The initiative is being adopted by a variety of venues in North Wexford such as, Pirates Cove in Courtown and The Stables. The choice of events to attend is all yours with a variety of health and fitness activities for all ages available, many of which are low-costing or free.

You can expect horse riding, fitness classes, cycling, dance classes, healthy eating classes, meditation and massages. There will also be special activities for the kids including a colour run and an extreme challenge course. If you want a nice little break away with the kids, this festival sounds like the ideal way to get outdoors and have the craic.

Where: Gorey, Co. Wexford

When: February 9th -18th

Cost: Varies

For More information you can visit their website at https://www.freedomfit.ie/

9) Irish Natural Family Health Conference

Aimed primarily at parents who wish to incorporate greater family health at home, from physical to emotional, this two-day event in Dublin will offer expert advice on how best to achieve this. It allows parents to rub shoulders with some like-minded individuals who are also trying to help their family’s eating habits. Some of the expert advisors who will be in attendance include psychotherapist and author Stella O’Malley, Niamh O’Connell – Director of The Wellness Clinic for women, author of The Holistic Gardener blog and nutritionist Fiann Ó Nualláin and many more.

irish-natural-family-health-conference

You can choose to attend for one or both days but it is advised to book in advance either way. The ticket price includes entry into talks along with refreshments and nutritional goody bags. Sounds like the perfect excuse to kick some of those bad eating habits to the curb!

When: Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th March, 9am- 4pm

Where: The Wellness Clinic, 25 Cork Street, Dublin 8

Cost: €65 – €120

For more information visit http://bit.ly/2Dphz9q

8) Mind, Body & Soul Mornings: Seafield Golf and Spa Hotel

Mind, Body & Soul Mornings: Seafield Golf and Spa Hotel

If treating yourself to some quality relaxation and TLC is more what you had in mind, then the Seafield Hotel has just the solution! It’s important to learn how to combat anxiety or stress and these morning classes aim to tackle three key areas; mind, body and soul. Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming Clair will be on hand to help participants master different exercises which will teach them to focus their mind.

Shelley meanwhile is a nutrition and fitness teacher who will educate participants about healthy eating and maintaining a fitness regime. Lisa is a Life Coach and Meditation Practitioner who helps people to cope with stress and strain by focussing on the positives through mindfulness. Classes run for a three month period on weekends so you can select a class on whichever area you want to focus on.

When: Sunday April 8th, 10am – 2pm (first class)

Where: The Seafield Golf and Spa Hotel, Ballymoney, Co. Wexford

Cost: €5.92 – €43.12

For further details see http://bit.ly/2BdyPbL

7) Mind Over Matter Roadshow

Irish fitness blogger Emma Murphy recently featured on The Late Late Show to promote this fantastic Mind Over Matter event that she is hosting for women. Anyone who is familiar with Emma will know that she has put a lot of effort into spreading awareness about domestic violence. She has also managed to pull in over 50 million YouTube views and has grown her Facebook follower count to over 187,000.

mind-over-matter-roadshow

Emma’s personal experiences have inspired her to organise this upcoming event. It is designed to help women connect and provide them with fitness, lifestyle and nutritional tips along with sharing knowledge and advice which will help unravel domestic violence in an intimate chat. Emma will also be demonstrating her Bespoke HIIT workout classes and conducting meet and greet sessions in the hope that the experience will help to empower women in their daily lives.

When: Saturday April 28th, 10.30am – 2pm

Where: The Connacht Hotel, Co. Galway

Cost: €49.00

For details visit http://bit.ly/2Dne8jf

6) Dublin Dance Festival

dublin-dance-festival

The Dublin Dance Festival in association with The Abbey Theatre reaches out to young dancers with an ambition to express themselves through dance. In April, Open Studio will be taking place over four days in The Abbey Theatre. This event will experiment with different methodologies, workshops and seminars on how young people can connect through dance and live art. The results will be taken into account when creating future performances and further details of who they are looking for will be released in March.

After the Open Studio event, the festival will also be hosting some awe-inspiring performances during the month of May that will provide some much needed escapism. Akram Khan’s successful Giselle ballet and Patricia Guerrero’s award-winning flamenco show Catedral are examples of two of the big events to watch out for.

When: April 18th-21st (Open Studio) May 2nd-20th (Main Events)

Where: The Abbey Theatre, Co.Dublin

Cost: TBA

For further details visit http://www.dublindancefestival.ie/engage-and-learn

5) Wellfest

wellfest

Renowned as Ireland’s largest fitness and wellness festival, Wellfest will be returning this year with a brand new location to help promote healthy living for the whole nation. In 2017, the festival sold out fast with a crowd of 5,000 people gathered in Dublin to seek advice and participate in the fitness and nutrition classes of some of the top national and international health champions.

Last year saw special guests vary from Gaelic footballer Enda McNulty to US yoga sensations The Southern Yogi and this year is said to get even bigger and better! The best part is that the event can be a fun day out for the whole family with a wide range of activities and classes for everyone. All activities are included in the ticket price and they sell out fast so keep an eye out!

When: May 12th and 13th

Where: City Centre, Co. Dublin. Details TBA.

Cost: Kids under 12 go free. Adults TBA.

For more information visit https://ti.to/wellfest/2018/en

4) Irish Aerial Dance Fest

What better way to loosen up and de-stress than getting to experience the Irish Aerial Dance Fest with some of our country’s most talented young performers. The festival is organised by Donegal-based aerial circus company, Fidget Feet, who are known for their unique and slightly mad performances. The company has performed in five continents at various national and international festivals and they are big advocators of the art blossoming in their native Ireland.

This year marks a double celebration for Fidget Feet as they are 20 years in operation this year and 2018 also marks 250 years of the Circus in general. Therefore they are bringing this special dance fest to mark the occasion and mentoring and classes are also open to the public.

When: June 24th – July 10th

Where: An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Cost: TBA

For details visit http://irishaerialdancefest.com/

3) Earthsong Camps

_MG_3967

In our busy and stressful technology-dominated lives, many of you may have wondered what it would be like to just abandon everything and escape into the wild for a while. If a good old- fashioned hipster camping set up is what you had in mind, look no further. Earthsong provides a full-on camping experience where you can become one with nature whilst trying out some creative activities with fun-loving individuals. The Dance, Drum and Movement camp is the first event that Earthsong is hosting and over a period of 9 days participants will learn how to perform music and dance pieces from different cultures in a natural environment.

unspecified

The second option that is coming soon is the Harvest Moon Camp which has a similar concept with workshops designed for learning about all things natural! If there was an award for most green event, it would go to Earthsong!

When: July 7th – 15th (Dance, Drum and Movement), July 21st – 29th (Harvest Moon)

Where: Glendree, Co. Clare

Cost: From €65 – €245

For details visit https://www.earthsong.ie/

2) Awaken Festival

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, indoor

The new Awaken Festival organised by a team of leaders from various medical and performance backgrounds is said to be one of the biggest of its kind in the West and will send you home feeling rejuvenated. This festival will focus on satisfying the three pillars of mind, body and spirit in participants, connecting the areas through a series of activities and seminars.

There will also be a variety of well-known faces making an appearance in the form of some of our national fitness gurus who will be giving talks and classes to participants on one of the three areas. Some of the guests include Kathryn Thomas from Operation Transformation, Irish singer Bressie who is an advocate for positive mental health and suicide awareness as well as author and motivational speaker Alison Canavan to name a few.

When: September 2018

Where: Claregalway Castle, Co. Galway

Cost: TBA

For more information visit https://www.theawakening.ie/awaken-festival/

1) Sunflowerfest

sunflowerfest-2018

For all lovers of music, this one is for you. Sunflowerfest is a three day music and arts festival up North which has tonnes of variety on offer for all the family. The festival will include face-painting and fun activities for the kids, cooking demonstrations, drama productions in the glade and special performances from some live music acts. Some of the artists who have performed in previous years include The Strypes, Gobstopper, Rubberbandits, local upcoming stars Ryan Vail and Damola.

This year the line-up is set to be just as creative but definite names have yet to be announced. There is also a special “bliss” area set up where activities such as meditation, dance, Tai Chi and yoga will take place, so there is a method of relaxation suitable for everyone.

When: 27th – 29th July

Where: Hillsborough, Co. Down

Cost: From £1.00 – £73.45

For details visit https://sunflowerfest.co.uk/info/

So there we have it, our top ten health and wellbeing events that will help you to learn about the importance of maintaining a healthy mind, spirit and body. Many of the event tickets will become available in early 2018 so if you think you might be interested, plan ahead and make time for yourself for once.

Alannah Kenny
Interested in big events and likes to keep up to date with celebrity culture as a personal interest. An avid reader and movie lover, enjoys in depth discussions about anything related to dystopian fiction!

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