I have always loved helping to bring groups of people together. I love witnessing the evolution of friendships and seeing the connections which spark. I particularly love when the conversation and connections revolve around both the meaningful and the fun; gatherings which bring out the best in all of us but where each of us can just be ourselves.
With that in mind there have been roadtrips, poetry nights, film clubs, craft days, hill walks, street feasts, house parties, baking days, story nights, music sessions, creative writing workshops, photography lessons, entrepreneur circles and camping weekends. They have been ways for friendships to go deeper and networks to go wider. There has been much laughter, much eating, much sharing. Sometimes there have been tears of joy and sometimes of release. It has been through these friendships and networks that I have learned to sustain and grow my work, learning all the time from the people who surround me.
Jenny Dungan and Mari Kennedy are two of the people who have brought so much goodness into my life. Jenny has led me up mountains, cooking up yumminess along the way and sharing stories and games as we go. I remember one particular camping trip in which Jenny concocted a gourmet meal over the camping fire… and I mean gourmet… it amazed me. Over the years we have laughed and cried together, challenged each other, helped each other to grow. Jenny is full of adventure and curiosity, always eager to learn and explore. Did I mention she is an amazing cook?
Mari is another person who simply blesses my life. With each conversation, with each moment I am in her company, I get filled up with something special. She has a knack for helping people to tap into their own truth and she always shows up with honesty and a big heart full of longing, love and life. Her yoga teachings are profound and graceful. Her words carry a wisdom. She is one of the most powerful teachers I’ve had in my life, and I am very fortunate to be able to say, a great friend too…
So when the idea of hosting retreats came about the collaboration between Jenny, Mari and I felt like a natural one. We bantered the idea, visioned it together and before we knew it Be Retreats was birthed. We saw it as a way of bringing a network of people together to spark friendship and connections. We wanted to celebrate the changing seasons with local and seasonal food, move through yoga postures and explore our creativity. We wanted space, silence, community and laughter.
So far we have hosted two retreats together, and come March we will be running our third. It would be wonderful if you could join us.
This time we will be about an hour from Dublin in Curryhills House, Co. Kildare for an alternative St. Patrick’s Weekend Celebration (March 15th- 18th) There will be yoga, meditation, cookery and space to spark your dreams through creative practices. There will be time for rest, walks and wandering. We’ll be cooking up some feasts and sharing seasonal delights.…mmm, yes please…
Interested in joining us? Contact me for more information (clare at onewildlife.org). I’ll send you on a brochure and booking information.
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