The Adventure of Silence is a three day retreat in rural Donegal.\r\n\r\nRetreat Ireland\r\n\r\nLife is busy. We live in a world where we are expected to be busy. Being busy is often viewed as a way of measuring how successful we are. Being busy means we don’t actually take time to breathe. We stop noticing the beauty around us and within us. We are plagued by emails, social media and a need to be available 247.\r\n\r\nWell now’s your chance to really unplug and get off the grid in a truly amazing location. You will be staying in a restored school house which is now modern while holding onto it’s original style. Accommodation will be shared in well appointed rooms and catering is included.\r\n\r\nThe Adventure of Silence is all about connecting with yourself and that means disconnecting from all of the distractions and pressures that you normally face. Every aspect of this retreat will be about realignment. You will get “head space” through the activities and “down time”.\r\n\r\nThis retreat will be a “real experience” that you will find both challenging and enjoyable. A lot of the time will be spent in silence but we will have designated times for sharing and discussing the learning that is taking place. We will use a number of experiences to enhance that learning and will include various meditations, mindful eating and an all night Fire Vision Quest.\r\n\r\nPlease note that mobile phones will not be allowed on this retreat. If you wish to take photos you will need to bring a camera. Note taking is recommended.\r\n\r\nThis retreat is limited to 16 people.

Date: 4th May 2016—6th May 2016
Time: 11:00am
Event: The Adventure of Silence
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Introduction to Mindfulness

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.\r\n\r\nMindfulness NI\r\n\r\nMindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in any given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.\r\n\r\nThis course will help you understand how Mindfulness came about, how it can improve you physically and mentally as well as showing your some simple techniques that you can easily apply to your new mindful life.\r\n\r\n

CS Lewis

Who do you think you are?

I have no idea who you think you are but I can tell you one thing for sure…


You aren’t who you were yesterday and tomorrow you won’t be who you are today

\r\nStephen Brown\r\n\r\nI can think of plenty of times in my life where I have been worried about what people might think if they know of the mistakes, previous shortcomings, failures or things I have done wrong in my past.\r\n\r\n

International Day of Happiness

Sometimes, Facebook is wonderful.  Without it I would have not known it was International Day of Happiness.  It’s not like I keep things like that in my diary. When I logged in this morning, from a sunny Donegal, I saw loads of people posting about International Day of Happiness; and while I was driving home I was thinking about it. Especially when I stopped to take in the views…\r\n\r\nInternational Day of HappinessIt got me thinking about whether or not there is a need for a day dedicated to happiness.  Surely every day should be dedicated to happiness?  I know I strive for happiness all the time; but I guess that isn’t the case with everyone.\r\n\r\nSometimes people get so bogged down in their worries about finances, work, relationships and so on, that they are unable to notice whether or not they are happy.  Sometimes people are so “busy” that they don’t even have time to reflect and know if they are happy. Sometimes people are in such despair that they believe there is no way they could or should be happy.

The Joy of Worrying

I have yet to meet someone who enjoys worrying. Sure, there are people that seem to spend their whole life worrying but I doubt they find any joy in it.


Mark Twain Quote


Personally, I don’t like worrying. I have worked hard on myself to stop worrying. That doesn’t mean I don’t, but it means I worry less and I take action sooner. I got one of my biggest lessons about worry when I attended a course organised by Rolf and Awsa Beckman — the people that trained me as a Firewalking Instructor.