Wellness in Nature Series
Siobhán Sloane, Essential Food Trails, Ireland
Reconnect with Nature in the Burren
One of the best things about creating and running Essential Food Trails is the people I meet along the way. The farmers and producers and innovative people working towards rural sustainability. Like many of those I have met, I have had a varied career up to this point. I have worked in large and small organisations in Dublin City, in kiwifruit orchards in New Zealand, vast fruit farms in Australia, before returning to Ireland to train as a yoga instructor and study for a degree in Ireland’s Heritage, Culture and Environment. All of these experiences have led me to live and work in the west of Ireland.
One of these people is Bronagh O’Rourke who, by way of Cavan, came to live on her 500 acre family farm which sits in the Burren National Park. Before farming, Bronagh’s background is in physical fitness and personal training. We happened to meet at a Burrenbeo Trust Learning Landscape workshop and decided to collaborate on a series of Wellness in Nature days in the Burren National Park.
Combining our resources, the Wellness in Nature days involve a hike through the O’Rourke family farm, through woodland meadow and limestone pavement. Bronagh shares stories of the traditional farming practices that contribute the unique Burren landscape. I guide us on a walk through ancient hazel woodland, talking time to connect with nature and find stillness with forest-bathing. I share my knowledge of the rare orchids, wildflowers and edible plants we may spot along the way. Taking time to rest and take in the fresh air and spectacular scenery with a hearty farm picnic with lots of local produce and make our way to the limestone shores of tranquil Lough Bunny for some yoga stretches and a dip in the water.
It’s time to get out, breathe in the fresh air, appreciate the beautiful Irish landscape and reconnect with nature, yourself and friends. We’d love you to join us for a day of hiking through the restorative Burren landscape, forest-bathing, a wholesome farm picnic, fresh air, tranquility and laughter. Booking is on Eventbrite dates are 18 July and 2 August and we’ll add more dates.
How to Book tickets for Wellness in Nature
Tickets are available on eventbrite €75 per person and include:
- Hiking in Burren National Park
- Lakeside Yoga
- Wholesome Picnic
- A few surprises!