Brat Bhríde

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Rita O’Loughlin has always been passionate about Irish heritage and local communities.

Originally from Dublin she moved to Portarlington Co. Laois 20 yrs ago. ‘A small town with a huge heart’ as she describes it.

She started the award winning @mybratbhride with the help of the Port Art Collective, a group of
local artists that came together to support and promote each other’s work.

The tradition of the Brat Bhride was passed to Rita by her Mother.

Together they upcycled and embroidered preloved scarves with spirals of colourful wool, gifting
them to friends and family as Brigid healing shawls.

This tradition was quite normal in rural Ireland many years ago, when access to doctors was not as
easy as it is today. With firm belief and devotion to the healing power of St Brigid, it was common
place for women to leave a shawl or a piece of cloth outside on the eve of Brigid’s day, as an offering
to the Goddess/Saint and she in turn would imbue it with special healing powers.

It was then taken inside and kept in a safe place to be wrapped around anyone who fell ill.
After her mother died, Rita decided to set up a voluntary innitive showing people of all ages and
abilities how to make their own brat bhride from a preloved scarf which they could keep or gift to
another.

The project continues to go from strength to strength.

She has been all over Ireland promoting the innitive in schools, women’s sheds, rehab centres,
libraries and many festivals.

There is no skill set required and the aim of this project is to promote a revival of the Brat
Bhride tradition across Ireland at a community level, embracing togetherness, celebrating
communities and cherishing our heritage by involving the wisdom and experience of older members
of society.

>> https://www.creativeireland.gov.ie/en/event/my-brat-bhride/

>> @mybratbhride

Westcountry Willows

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Kate Burrows began weaving baskets while living deep in the woods in a
handmade strawbale and cob roundhouse.

Natural crafts and natural living on the land has always been Kates
passion throughout life.

Herself and husband Alan built their own home, keep goats, chickens and
geese and grow all their own food. Now living out on the bogs in
Ballinlough, County Roscommon, Kate has perfected her craft to make many
different types of basket for commissions,  market stalls, shows and
festivals, she also gives talks and demonstrations, and teaches basketry
workshops all over the country.

Her latest venture is weaving natural willow coffins using her home
grown irish willows planted throughout her land. Kate will be inviting
people into her workshop to help take part in weaving their loved ones
coffins if they so wish to, taking part in creating a really special
final resting place for their beloveds final journey can be a great
comfort.

> westcountrywillows.com

> https://Instagram.com/westcountrywillows

> https://www.facebook.com/westcountrywillows

Freya Lawson: The peace intention

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Science has proven that our thoughts have the power to change our external reality and now we have the opportunity to make practical use of that knowledge to transform our own lives and shape the future of humanity itself.   We have the potential to write a new story in which world peace is not just an impossible dream but becomes a very real possibility. When we understand the world around us to be a mirror of our own inner state we grasp the urgency to take action to develop greater harmony within us. As we do that we open up the opportunity to write a new story for our own lives where we become the conscious creators of our own reality. 

Freya Lawton Founder, The Peace Intention

>> The Peace Intention

Danu’s Irish Herb Garden

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Danu’s Irish Herb Garden is a Garden of Healing, Magic, Plant Wisdom and practical living.  Here I work to create a beautiful garden dedicated to the Goddess Danu.  I grow healing herbs, trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits and vegetables organically and attempt to provide for myself and others.

I am a Herbalist, growing and foraging for the plant medicine  that I use to make tinctures, teas, salves and lotions and potions. I only use plants that I have grown or foraged myself so that I know exactly where the medicine comes from.  I believe that plant medicine is a radical way to personal empowerment and health on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  Working with plants also enables us to connect closely to the Planet, our Mother Earth, en route to good health.

Perhaps you are feeling out of balance or out of sync with the world; you know you need something but you can’t put your finger on it?   You may need stress reliefself-confidence boosts or help with grief. Perhaps you would like to reconnect with the Earth, with Nature? You feel that somehow there should be more to life. Maybe you are suffering with digestive issues such as bloatingacid reflux  or food sensitivities. Do you have sleep issuespain or inflammation, for example arthritis? I can also help with hormonal imbalanceslearning difficulties and many other physical, mental or emotional complaints.

Do get in touch  – I am so looking forward to meeting you and helping you to enjoy radiant health and well-being! I’m here to help you take a first step to feeling truly wonderful, truly connected and truly balanced.

Bia Don Dia

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Bia Don Dia is Gaelic for ‘food for the God’, God the creator, our own creator…our mother. I offer the mother a sacred safe space during pregnancy, birth and postpartum, to unfold & transition from maiden to motherhood. I nourish them & nurture them with traditional postpartum meals & rituals, with the intention of a smooth recovery, emotional support, gentle guidance & creating a loving relationship with their new child.

Bia Don Dia was created for radical Mothers. It is here to play an important role in our community, supporting the mother & her family during this transition.

My intention is to deepen the mothers’ connection with Mother Earth as she journeys into her role as a guardian to a new special being, to nurture & nourish her as her body heals from birth, and to create a sacred space for her to bond with her baby.

This is done by eating healing foods, bathing in medicinal herbs and moving through the postpartum period with gentle sustainable living practices.

M•R•YOGA

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Michael Ryan

Michael teaches a form of Mindful Movement, interweaving meditation and philosophy with a biomechanical process called The Bowspring that supports each student in moving safely toward accessing a feeling of strength and spacious freedom.

His teachings draw from a wide experience of yoga, meditation, philosophy and a love of poetry and prose. HIs skill lies in his heartfelt articulation of the spiritual dimension of life through the practice of meditation and yoga while staying grounded in safe and harmonious postural alignment. His teachings speak to the soul and journey into the many different layers of the Self. He guides and encourages each student to explore and open to their fullest potential with care and compassion. Michael is the yoga and meditation teacher to the Irish President, Michael D. Higgins. 

Wolf Academy

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Hi we’re Cormac and Daryl Noonan.

We’re two brothers originally from Navan who both went down very different paths in life after leaving secondary school. We came together to share our stories so that young people don’t make the same mistakes we did. We want to prepare young people for life, not just exams.

We decided to set up Wolf Academy to inspire and empower young people to live happier and healthier lives, become their true selves and achieve their ultimate vision.

We do this through our talks, workshops and online courses. We also aim to build an academy where young people can come after finishing school to discover who they are and what they want to do in the world.

Photograph: ©Fran Veale

Soul Child Books

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Children’s Therapeutic Story Books by Trish Reddy, illustrated by her daughter, Caoilfhinn Reddy.

Their first therapeutic book, “The Courage Cloak”, introduces Céilí, the young Sidhe Fae, who is yet to realise the courage she needs is already within her. Céilí loves hearing the tales of her heroic ancestors. She wishes she could be brave like them, but instead Céilí is realising she spends her days feeling frightened, she feels afraid going to school, meeting new people or going to new places. Come with Céilí as she learns that you don’t need to be a brave hero to find your own courage.

The Celtic Wheel

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Mari Kennedy

The Celtic Wheel 20/21 is a year-long journey through the 8 Festivals. It is designed for women who want to activate their feminine wisdom and their sovereign power so they can live in more balance while in service to the new world emerging.

The Celtic wheel is the calendar handed down to us from our Celtic and pre-Celtic ancestors. Our Celtic ancestors were rooted in the rhythms of nature and the cosmos and the interconnectedness of all things. 

The world of strive-drive over-culture is collapsing around us. We as women are exhausted living that way. The Celtic Wheel is an ancient map that can help bring women back into balance and into our sovereignty,  so we can spin a new world into being.