Just what my body & soul needed

Just what my body & soul needed

Most nourishing natural retreat

Relax, Walk, Stretch & Enjoy – our ReNature Yoga Natural Retreat from 6th to 9th of April was a wonderful, relaxing experience. Quite a mixed and international group of people joined us for 4 days to unplug, relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of life.

This wonderful retreat was lead by Marion Edler-Burke and Flor Burke, owners and creators of Crann Og Eco Farm.

Participants attended from Ireland, UK and Germany…a lovely bunch!

Days were filled with yoga, nature therapy guided walks, mindfulness practices, good food, lots of laughter, singing and plenty of time to relax and do nothing, to just enjoy the beautiful nature surrounding us.  Not to mention lots of gorgeous vegetarian food prepared by Brigid O’Leary, Paul King and Merle Diekmann.

We also had a storytelling night around a warm campfire, were we shared many of our adventures and experiences with nature.

The retreat included tactile activities such as nature arts and crafts with gentle yoga classes, mindfulness walks and meditation and breathing practices to deepen our connection with nature as well as our inner self.

We were treated to a Sound Bath by Fiona McDonagh of Lamh Clinic on Saturday afternoon.

It was such a joy for us to see everyone drop down deep, slow down and relax.  They were all beaming smiles and bonded deeply.

Here’s what they said:

‘Fabulous retreat, really enjoyed the yoga and woodland walks.’

‘It was just what my body and soul needed.’

‘Thank you all so much for the most nourishing retreat for the soul.’

‘It has been a truly wonderful retreat, thank you for the delicious meals.’

During our retreats, each moment, each experience provides the opportunity to reconnect with nature, yourself and the essence of community.

If you would like to get unplugged & back to nature and experience such a restorative and deeply relaxing weekend yourself, we will host the next ReNature Yoga Retreat from 28th September to 1st of October 2017.

You can find out more and book your place here.

For the next retreat we will be offering yurts, a super big bell tent and our private eco cabin for private accommodation, couples and/or close friends to share…totally glamped out, luxury off grid eco accommodation…to really get back to nature!

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Food Forage in Ireland September 2016

Food Forage in Ireland September 2016

Food Foraging - Going Wild

 

 Wild Food Foraging in Ireland with Mary Bulfin at Crann Og Eco Farm.  A charming group of folk joined us for a very interesting and informative day out. Mary led the group from all walks of life through the farm and woods to forage for edible wild plants and fruits.

What a feast! We learned about mushrooms, big ones, tiny ones, tasty ones and poisonous ones… Looking in the hedgerows, wandering over the fields of Crann Og Eco Farm we found many weeds that turned out to be tasty and medicinal as well!

There were plenty of wild berries and plums to pick and eat, especially blackberries, so many blackberries! We also learned about the health benefits of nettle seeds, they are rich in minerals, great for skin and hair, as well as the kidneys and urinary system.

Yes, eating weeds is definitely possible and probably the most sustainable way to get rid of them – or at least use them! Eat them in salads, pestos, soups, bake them into bread and cookies or make tea out of them.  Remember…they are actually Wild Foods!

But before you go out, remember to inform yourself about edible plants in your region, read books or better – attend a course!

The next Wild Food Day in late autumn will be on October 22nd. Starts at 10am and finishes around 4pm. Mushroom hunting, making preserves and much more!

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Perfect Antidote To Urban Living: ReNature Retreats

Perfect Antidote To Urban Living: ReNature Retreats

ReNature Retreats in the Positive Life Magazine

 

We are proud to be mentioned in the Positive Life Magazine!

ReNature are unplugged, no-technology retreats combining nature therapy, yoga, meditation and outdoor activities to achieve a calm and healthy state of mind and body.

Includes comfortable accommodation, fresh, healthy meals, gentle exercise and stretching, mindfulness practices, friendly animal interactions, hands on creative play, walks in woodlands, lots of clean, fresh air and more!  Transport not included.

Spend three days on a beautiful eco farm, immerse yourself in nature and forget about stressful urban life.

Want to learn more about how to ReNature Yourself?


Follow this link for more info!

Teens + Nature = TEENature: Nature Smart Camps

Teens + Nature = TEENature: Nature Smart Camps

One of Ireland's best Summer Camps!

 

We host TEENature Summer Camps at Crann Og Eco Farm, County Galway Ireland in July and August.

These camps were listed in The Irish Times as one of Ireland’s 50 best things to do with kids this summer!

TEENature is a natural progression for teenagers from usual outdoor experiences into a deeper connection with Nature. Teaching is done by way of the Art of Mentoring and among many other benefits, leads to enhanced self esteem and self confidence.

In this era of high rates of obesity in teenagers, attention disorders, behavioural problems and depression, Richard Louv’s research has led him to coin the term Nature Deficit Disorders in his book “Last Child In The Woods”.

By exploring wilderness through playfully challenging activities, basic survival skills and community living on a camp site.

Teamwork, problem solving, building resilience and competent risk taking while developing physical fitness and motor skills are all integral parts of living in Nature.

TEENature is tailored to inspire enthusiasm and curiosity to learn from Nature, discovering facts and mysteries. Games and exercises help to expand sensory awareness, focus the mind and enhance relaxation and intuition.

Howard Gardener, Professor of Education at Harvard University developed the theory of 7 multiple Intelligences in 1983 and recently added the 8th, ‘Naturalist Intelligence‘, which he calls “nature smart”!

The Author, Mentor and Tracker Jon Young points out that Nature Connection is the foundation of a healthy and vibrant Culture as it is really through Nature Connection that we can deeply connect to ourself and then others.

Or as Sir David Attenborough put it:

No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one cares about what they’ve never experienced”.

Click here to read the full article.

Unplug, Refresh & Detox

Unplug, Refresh & Detox

Juice Detox & Yoga Retreats

People who choose to attend a juice cleanse, yoga & mindfulness retreat come from various backgrounds.  Regardless of age, retreatants may be interested in supercharging their body and life by starting down the road to great health and vitality, detoxifying their body, losing weight, coping with a serious health condition(s), addressing loss of vitality and low energy levels, preventing chronic and acute common illnesses and improving self esteem.

Almost all are interested in getting in some deep relaxation and quality personal time away from the hustle and bustle. It’s easier to cope and more much fun to cleanse and fast together, complementing each other with mutual support in a relaxed and respectful ambiance.  People often make new and lasting friends in this process.

The Benefits Are?

  • Assist toxin removal
  • Enhanced hydration
  • Assist reduction of chronic conditions
  • Enhance immune system function
  • Lose weight. Weight loss is a by-product of any cleansing or fasting regime, but is not our primary motivation in our retreats, though we accept for some retreatants this is a major aim.
  • Improve quality of life
  • Increase energy
  • Improve skin quality
  • Mental and emotional clarity
  • Restore balance to our physiology

The Program

  • 3 day Juice Cleanse with mixes of delicious fruit & vegetables, & Superfood Green Alkalising smoothies by Living Foods Ireland.
  • Daily gentle Yoga and Meditation to enhance cleansing of body, mind & spirit.
  • Qi Gong to compliment Yoga and enhance awareness of the body’s natural energy flow.
  • Mindfulness Walks in native Irish woodlands to experience deeper connection with Self & Nature.
  • Additional optional techniques to compliment your cleanse/detox process…oil pulling, salt water gut flush, neti pot nasal flush.
  • Creative tactile nature art/craft with clay & willow.
  • Unconditional love from our furry animal therapists…horses, sheep, dogs & cats.
  • Gorgeous extras like Therapeutic Massage & Guided Animal Imagery.

Forest School Pilot Project

Forest School Pilot Project

October 2015

Throughout the month of October we hosted a big bunch of enthusiastic kids for Marion’s Pilot Forest School Program.  This is to complete Marion’s certification as a Forest School Trainer.

Interest in the pilot program was strong and we were full to the brim with kids eager to learn and play in nature.  It was a joy for us all who took part to watch the kids open to the process and become more comfortable playing, learning and being in nature.  We noticed we had a few adult hangers on too, as the classes slipped by!

The kids learned about all sorts of stuff like:

  • shelter building
  • fire making
  • tree identification
  • wildlife watching and tracking
  • connecting with plants and trees
  • playing and sculpting with mud
  • playing with water
  • forest playground with low ropes, swings and climbing poles
  • blindfolded and animal mimikry games
  • camouflage and stalking

The program was such a great success and was enjoyed by all….and not just the kids!  Visit our Nature School page for our full program of kids and teens nature schooling in 2016.  We kick off in March 2016.

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