The Essential Story
Hello, I’m Siobhán Sloane and I run Essential Food Trails an Eco-Tour Agency leading wellness in nature experiences, sensory forest walks and farm to fork picnics as well as road-trip food tours to farms and markets in Galway and the Burren. My background is in environmental education and eco-tour guiding. My BA in Heritage Studies focused on Ireland’s Culinary Heritage with a particular interest in wild plants and their traditional uses. I am also a qualified yoga instructor and have trained with the Forest School Association.
Since launching Essential Food Trails in 2019, it’s fair to say it has evolved. I set up the farm to fork experiences as a way to connect people to the landscape, real food and those who produce it. This involves a road-trip food tour to farms and online farmers’ market store hampers.
My background is in environmental education particularly the landscape and wildflowers of the Burren region of the west of Ireland. My BA in Heritage Studies focused on Ireland’s Culinary Heritage and wild plants and their traditional uses. I am also a qualified yoga instructor and have trained with the Forest School Association.
I have been looking at ways to help people to build a connection with nature for wellbeing. More and more people are recognising the benefits of time spent in nature and the green prescription as a way to wellbeing.
Combining my yoga training and experience with my eco-tour guiding and Heritage Studies, I launched Unplug Picnic a series of guided nature walks for small groups with mindful forest-bathing, gentle yoga and seasonal food in different locations around Ireland.
Stopping to take in our surroundings and looking at the wild plants and flowers that we find along the way provides an opportunity to connect with nature.
Unplug Picnic is for everyone, no yoga experience is required and the walking trails I have selected are moderate. It’s really about bringing in all the elements I have to share; what you choose to tune in to is up to you.
I also look forward to resuming the farm to fork food tours when the time is right. If you would like to join me for for an Unplug Picnic nature connection experience or a farm food tour, please have a look through the website for dates, or send me a message and I can design a bespoke experience for you.
Siobhán Sloane, Essential Food Trails