Showing posts with label lifestyle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lifestyle. Show all posts

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


Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Easter in Amsterdam 2018

I've been to quite a few places in Europe, but I've never been to Amsterdam...until now.

My boyfriend Stephen used to live in Amsterdam, so when he suggested it for our Easter getaway I knew I could get a real insight to the heart of Amsterdam.

Because we're not yet fully immersed into Spring we knew the weather would be hit and miss. So I didn't expect much, weather-wise. Nonetheless, I enjoyed what Amsterdam had to offer in regards to food, architecture and history. 


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On our first day we found a place called 'Vegan Junk Food Bar' that was a delicious restaurant that specialised in well, junk food...but without the meat and dairy. Just look at how incredible it looks because it tasted equally as good.

'Vegan Junk Food Bar'

Flowers

On yer bike...

 Herengracht





Cafe Brecht (As in Bertolt Brecht)


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What I really wanted to visit was the Rijksmuseum that housed the fruit of the world's most renowned artists, Van Gogh and Rembrant.

However, more than anything I wanted to see Petronella Oortman's Doll House because the week prior I had just finished 'The Miniaturist', a piece of fiction that borrows the real life of Petronella and her Doll's house. It was during her very own experience of witnessing this beautiful piece of art that inspired Jessie Burton to write the story. Such houses back in the 17th Century would have cost just as much as a normal house and was a way for the wealthy women in society to show off their collection, style and interior 'tastes'.

Inside the Rijksmuseum


'Self-Portrait' by Vincent Van Gogh




An example of a 17th Century cabinet/ Doll's house

Inside one of the Dolls' Houses

A close up of one of the rooms in Petronella Oortman's Doll's House

Petronella Oortman

Standard Doll's House

Rijksmuseum's photo of Petronella's actual Doll's house 

Where do I go now?


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