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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Yoga Weekend Retreat at Redcastle Hotel || January 2019






I received an email early one morning from Redcastle hotel inviting me to experience their yoga retreat for an entire weekend. A holistic weekend at a 4* hotel in one of the most beautiful parts of Donegal? You bet! I replied immediately accepting the offer.

I was even more delighted to be able to invite my friend and fellow yoga enthusiast, Yasmin. Yasmin has been integral to the growth of Replenish, and she was the first person who came to mind when I was told I could bring a friend. Yasmin has experienced Yoga in all its glory when she was travelling through South East Asia, so of course she was exactly the person who would appreciate this retreat as much as myself.

The retreat was guided by Tara O'Rourke, founder of SaolBo Therapies and Training based in Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin. The first word that comes to mind when I think of Tara is 'gracious'.  She was passionate about every single person's experience during the yoga retreat and became a friend to everyone. She has the most calming presence and soothing voice. Tara is also a Wellness Therapist, Homeopath and Meditation teacher as well as being a Yoga teacher.



I received the itinerary and I patiently waited for Friday to come.




I practice yoga often as you'll see on my Instagram . Whilst I'm very flexible, I like to work on my strength and balance as having inner ear problems can inhibit my balance in general. Yoga is part of my 'Replenish Lifestyle' that I lead, and encourage others to lead in order to yield optimum mental health and wellbeing.

From the first Yoga practice on the Friday until the very final practice on Sunday morning, I had never felt more at peace, both physically and mentally.

Tara educated us in every aspect of the various types of Yoga we were practicing.  Her passion for what she was teaching enlightened me just as much as the learning of the importance of 'Pranayama Practice'. Prana is 'life force' and the sources of Prana are vital to our wellbeing, whether that is through our food, air quality and environment. So, Yasmin and I decided to go a walk in Moville for some good quality Donegal Prana after our practice on Saturday.

I also thoroughly enjoyed our 'Mantra with Intentions' session as I had never experienced doing anything like that before. We did Chakra Meditations with Mudras and Mantras and by the end of the session I felt relaxed yet, re-engerised.

For two mornings and two evenings Redcastle hotel provided the utmost quality of food that I found enhanced our experience even more. We sat, as a group, along the tables provided for us and we exchanged stories with each other, laughed and truly enjoyed each other's company.


View from our hotel room

Ready for Yoga

There WERE strawberries...but I ate them.

Our Yoga room for the weekend

Yasmin getting ready for some flow




There's my balance away...






A walk in Moville

Dinner Time

Don't pretend like you don't run for dinner as well




                           
Breakfast View









Tea by the Sea


"Bye Room'


The Group


Even if Yoga isn't your 'thing', just to experience a weekend in Redcastle Hotel is enough to help you unwind.

Thank to you Tara for making me feel renewed and to The Redcastle Hotel, and of course Feleena, for your unprecedented service and care.

Keep an eye out on The Redcastle website for their next retreat and offers:
The Redcastle Hotel & Spa


Sunday, 19 March 2017

A girls' day in McElhinney's


The prestigious McElhinney’s department store of Ballybofey in Donegal had recently invited myself, my Mother and my sister down to wander around their occasion-wear to see all that they had to offer.

Agreeing without hesitation, we ventured down to McElhinney’s, and were greeted by the lovely manager, Sarah.  Sarah was so accommodating and made sure that we were receiving the best care and attention during our visit.

Sarah explained to us that McElhinney’s womenswear may be often perceived as being for the older woman, but that this was not the case, as we soon found out.

Upon exploring the most diverse range of labels, we did not only see that there were styles to suit the woman in her 50s (and above), 30s, 20s, but also to suit every eclectic taste.
What stood out to me the most was the fact that there were endless choices of styles, colours, lengths, and prices.

Mandy of the womenswear department was very kind to help us get insight to all that was of choice, including hats and accessories. Mandy didn’t tell us what to choose, she asked us what we usually preferred and from there she worked around us, adhering to our own individual styles and preferences. She also encouraged us to step outside our comfort zone.
   
























Hat by Jennifer Wrynne

Hat by Jennifer Wrynne 


After trying on the most luxurious dresses, we were then given afternoon tea.
After we had succumbed to the beautiful scones with jam and cream, alongside the most fresh tray-bakes, we fixed ourselves up to try on more clothes.

This time we looked at the casual range, and I literally couldn’t believe they had the GIGI for Tommy Hilfiger in-store. Whilst it’s not my usual style, I nonetheless enjoyed trying it on for size.




Maisai




The Gigi for Tommy Hilfiger range












Snapchatting (@red_dutchess)


As you've seen, McElhinney's can make you the Mother of the Bride on one day, and every bit the modern, chic woman the next day.
I want to thank ALL the staff at McElhinney's, Sarah, Mandy and a special thanks to Carina. It was a great day for myself, my mum and sister and it really was not only about the clothes, but the entire experience also. It's no wonder McElhinney's has such an award-winning reputation.



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