Slow Down. Connect to Your Food

Meditation has become a wide spread wellness practice helping us to slow down, reconnect and be more at peace with ourselves in our daily lives. But while most of us make time for meditation and the occasional bout of exercise, our relationship with food and how we eat still needs some work!

 With more than 40{35d3525f1c030a1ad48e5d7c137e9475e12a267c00dd63e0fd71f891391fbb40} of office workers in the UK opting to eat at their desks when lunchtime rolls around, there is growing evidence that multitasking whilst eating can lead to weight gain, reduction in activity, socialisation issues, Vitamin D deficiency and more.

Steph Sheahan a food experience designer and founder of Rituals of Plate which focuses on slow eating and embodiment of food believes that slowing down a naturally sensory daily activity like eating can greatly inspire a more embodied and joyful life. Her focus is on finding new ways to interact with food in a more meaningful, mindful and creative way.

As part of the Slow Food movement or Food as meditation you are encouraged to honour seasonal, local, organic and wild produce  right the way up to the end; taking the time to cook mindfully (preparing lunch the night before) , taste fully (not while checking your emails) and truly nourish yourself, your family and your community( out of the office!)

If you feel like you’ve got too much on your plate and you are ready to enjoy a different way to interact with your food, join Steph and Cliffs of Moher Retreat, Ireland’s leading yoga destination  for a unique Food Experience & Whole Wellness retreat on the stunning West coast of Ireland (26-31 Aug 2018).

Focusing on diet, exercise and wellness, this special weekend is designed to give you a holistic appreciation of food, taking you from the garden to the kitchen to the dining table. Providing you with all the tools necessary to make better lifestyle choices and with wholeness and wellbeing as the central focus of the retreat, this is your chance to embark on a wellness journey that will nourish your entire being

A full programme awaits you that includes a practical hands-on cookery class and smoothie demo with Steph, deep relaxation sessions and long ocean/cliff walks as well as daily Stretch and Relax Yoga classes with resident yoga teacher  and owner Michelle Moroney.

To help you stay on track when you get home, you’ll receive a simple recipe repertoire as well as tips on developing your wholefood pantry for ease of cooking at home. Foraging walks are included where you’ll gather nature’s seasonal abundance in local hedgerows and along the seashore to be used in the cooking. Finally a guided eating meditation practice will enable you to connect more to the food your eating and allow you to eat more mindfully moving forward.

Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Cliffs of Moher Retreat is Ireland’s top yoga retreat destination. With a purpose built glass fronted yoga studio with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, wood-burning hot tubs, country-like style comfortable accommodation, nurturing staff and a peaceful and cosy atmosphere, you’ll come away feeling like a new person and ready to make long lasting lifestyle changes to enhance your wellbeing long after you’ve left.

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