A haven of rest, situated in the beautiful countryside of Co Mayo. SaraKali Sanctuary specialises in the spiritual and physical care, rehabilitation and sympathetic re-training of traditional cobs and heavy horses.
The profound and recognised healing power of the horse is also available to our visitors and staying guests. Observing or working with our beautiful cobs who run free in friendly bands, upon the ancient landscape of the West of Ireland, can be transformational.The sanctuary honours the protective guidance and renewal of SaraKali. Whether horse or human her energy provides safety, healing and recuperation for the traveller in us all, as we journey through life.
We offer regular workshops run by accredited holistic practitioners, artists and equine facilitators. There is a warm, creative welcome to guests who simply wish to visit and stay in our converted Dairy within an original Irish stone byre dwelling.
We look forward to seeing you.
“Síochain chun Neamh. Neamh chun Domhan. Domhan faoi Neamh. Neart do gach chinn.” (“Peace to Sky. Sky to Earth. Earth below Sky, strength in each one.”) Prophecy of the Morrígan – translation by Laura O’Brien
The Daily Adventurer was born of a love of Nature and exploring the great outdoors, it’s benefits and beauty. In a year that has put limits on travel and conventional adventure, I wanted to flip the perception of what ‘Adventuring’ means. By creating and posting a weekly calendar of activities, the aim of this project is to get us all outside and doing something different everyday to benefit our heads and hearts. These little adventures act as daily prompts to get us exploring the worlds we live in. There is adventure in everything and it is up to us to find it!
All my life I have been interested in and worked in gardens, gardening, landscaping and garden design in Ireland and the UK.
I present on RTE and TV3 television and on radio in Ireland and I am also the Garden Design and Gardening columnist for the Irish Examiner newspaper along with being a regular Features writer for The Irish Garden magazine.
I am passionate about gardens, gardening, landscaping and plants and I have hopefully managed to share my enthusiasm with many others and helped a few budding gardeners along the way.
I fervently believe that the garden offers us the solutions to nearly all of our modern day problems:
Our mental health benefits from just being outside in the Great Outdoors.
Our physical health is improved by the aerobic workout which a day gardening will provide and also by eating the fresh organic produce from the garden.
And the garden has critical roles to play in counteracting the effects of climate change and slowing the rate of species extinction
I often recommend environmentally sound, sustainable and organic gardening products and plants in the media and am then faced with a slew of questions regarding where can people get them and this is what prompted me to set up this store.
Here, I can offer for sale plants and products which I like to use in my own garden and in gardens of clients for whom I am working. These are what you’ll find in my garden shed so to speak.
I don’t have a garden centre or retail business as such, and this is a new departure for me so please bear with me if we run into any teething problems.
In the real world I work as a garden designer and consultant:
Any garden project needs to start with a good garden design, and for that design to be properly implemented, the correct landscaper needs to be identified and the entire project managed so that the garden design becomes the landscape creation which is envisioned.
With my designs I aim to create aesthetically beautiful, usable, practical outdoor spaces. Each client and each home or business will always have a style of their own and I like to design gardens which compliment that style be that a contemporary garden design or something more traditional in style.
Maintaining and enhancing biodiversity is one of the challenges facing everyone at the moment and I feel responsible for creating gardens which will do just that.
Natural Events will be a new unique events space situated in the foot hills of the Shehy mountain range in the heart of West Cork. We will be spending the next two years clearing, re-building, planting & landscaping this stunning location into the perfect venue to host weddings, private parties, corporate & alternative events.
To be able to achieve this vision let us tell you a bit about ourselves. We have worked in the events industry for many years running an events company called Audio Jack, we have covered everything from full festival infrastructure to personalized civil ceremonies.
This new venture will incorporate all of our knowledge and understanding to be able to offer a complete events package from start to finish.
We will be launching Natural Events to the public for the start of 2022.
We invite you to follow us on this journey and see our dream become a reality, we will be posting updates and goings on from this beautiful location.
Our main objective is to protect Ireland’s food crop heritage for future generations. Our work focuses on the conservation of heirloom vegetable seeds and Irish heritage apple trees. In recent years we have expanded the scope of our work to include crop varieties from all over the world that are suitable for Ireland’s unique growing conditions.
Irish Seed Savers Association maintains the country’s only public seed bank, with over 600 non-commercially available varieties of seed. We also house the national collection of Irish heritage apple trees in our orchards, with over 180+ unique varieties. Throughout the year we run a wide range of workshops, host school tours, and invite the public to participate in our events days. We encourage communities to come together to share seeds and plants, all with the aim of promoting Ireland’s biodiversity.
Blooming Native Wildflowers Seeds have been at the heart of my family history since 1859, when my great great great grandfather, William Power, opened his first nursery, florist, and seed merchant’s business in Waterford.
Since then, the Power family business has been centred on quality seed production and continues to operate a successful agricultural seed business.
With a passion for our environment, I want to share how wildflower seeds can play their part in biodiversity and reveal the joy of Native Wildflowers in our ecosystem. I am grateful to be able to harness my family expertise in seed and continue this tradition as a new and sixth generation of the Power family.
Sowing wildflower seeds will provide a habitat for pollinators, seeds for wild birds, support biodiversity, promote our wellbeing and bring us joy. Blooming Native mixes can be used anywhere, whether it be your garden or the greater countryside.
Native Wildflower seeds will reward in so many ways.
BiaHero is an online support forum connecting experienced growers with beginners so that we can promote growing our own organic food in the community. We also aim to highlight the need for food and seed sovereignty in Ireland and elsewhere.
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL WANTS TO SPEND OVER €22 MILLION TO TRANSFORM MASSY’S ESTATE AND THE HELLFIRE CLUB INTO A MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTION
Friends of Massy’s Wood, Residents Associations and Community Groups have joined forces to protect this natural wilderness from inappropriate development. We need your support to maintain the natural integrity of the landscape and protect the environment from commercial exploitation.
As part of the SDCC plan, they intend to construct a large “interpretive centre” and a sky-bridge that extends over the road between the two grounds. The scale of this development can only have a negative impact on what is already a very fragile environment. Regular visitors will notice that the grounds of the Hellfire Club have already suffered from frequent logging. The trees near the entrance of the park were cut down last year, leaving a desolate expanse. The ecosystem has suffered drastically as a result.
We believe that this proposal by South Dublin County Council will have a catastrophic impact upon an already beautiful and natural amenity and its surrounding environs for the following reasons:
Interpretive Centre Approximately the size of a shopping centre; catering for 300,000 visitors per annum and associated car parking.
Environment & Wildlife The development will change forever this valuable amenity, environment and fragile ecosystem. This wilderness is a rich and diverse habitat and is home to many wildlife species including the rare red squirrel, brown hare and woodpeckers etc.
Road Safety This narrow rural road cannot accommodate existing traffic volumes. Road capacity, access, visibility and effects on pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and wildlife are being ignored.
Archaeology This is a Neolithic landscape of huge national and international importance. It has not been fully investigated. This rush to development can only result in obliterating potential treasures. According to Abarta Heritage, who carried out the recent excavations on Montpelier Hill, “there is much more to be discovered about the site.
Cable-car and tree-top footbridge These grounds are a natural wilderness not a theme park.
Admission Charges This natural wilderness, which is enjoyed by all, will no longer be free.
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