All is well for Cloghane festival weekend
WILD Atlantic Wellness is the theme for a weekend of activities focused on well-being, which is taking place in Brandon/Cloghane this weekend.
The wellness festival is a development of the Mindful Living Festival, which was started by Comharchumann Forbarthe Leith Trúigh Manager Caitríóna Ní Chorraín. The revised event aims to be have a broader appeal, providing events for all ages. These range froim paddle boarding for teenagers to up-cycling and creativity sessions with Yunjee Kim for children. Everyone is welcome to the yoga session on Cappagh Beach on both days and to Jackie Griffin’s introduction to reflexology.
The weekend also brings exponents of mindfulness in the form of Hugh O’Donovan, who is an expert in caoching psychology. Hugh promises to provide attendees with the tools to manage change in thier lives.
CFLT Officer Áine Mc Carthy explained that the rebranding of the festival from ‘mindfulness’ to ‘wellness’ came about because “people were thinkng of the weekend as more of a retreat”.
“The reality is that everyone can get involved. There are events for kids, adults and teenagers,” said Áine. The rebranding is having the desired effect and, according to Áine, the phones are hopping in the community centre with enquiries. Meanwhile, in what is a new take for the festival, local pubs are descibed as the place to unwind and de-stress after the day.
This weekend’s festival is only one of the calendar of events organised by the Comharchumann which was recognised for its outstanding contribution to the community at The Kerryman Community Awards last Thursday. They were awarded the title of Best Comunity Centre and the top prize for promoting the Irish language.
The Wild Atlantic Wellness Weekend runs from Friday 18th to Sunday May 20th in Brandon, Cloghane. For further information contact 066-7138137 or their website www.cflt.ie.
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