The Drink Water Instead Experiment

(Flowers at the Bobbio Centre) I've been reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. (Not actually reading but listening to it on a long car journey.) I am really interested in the studies he talks about around habits. I want to use the book to practice intentionally changing a particular habit - eating pastries.… Continue reading The Drink Water Instead Experiment

Nature, workshop

Baby Steps in Nature

(Love in the Mist going to seed) My husband and I came back after two and a half month's travelling by motorhome to Portugal last month. Before we left I had great plans to tidy up the garden. Those plans never came to fruition. You can probably imagine what the garden looked like after a… Continue reading Baby Steps in Nature


Mixed Media Boards

(We'll be decorating seedling markers) The craft workshop at our Nurture in Nature Retreat (30th August to 1st September) is called Mixed Media Boards. We thought you might be interested in finding out what we have planned. We'll be using 20cm square mdf boards as a base along with found objects and scrap objects to… Continue reading Mixed Media Boards

mindfulness, workshop

Upcoming Weekend Retreat

(The flowers were blooming lovely) Linda and I (Mairead) went to visit The Bobbio Centre last week. It was a glorious sunny day. We are planning our next workshop 30th August to 1st September. That’s two nights, starting on Friday evening and finishing on Sunday afternoon and will be held at the Centre with Magheramore… Continue reading Upcoming Weekend Retreat


Tidy up your Brain!

Dumping the contents of your mind onto the page helps make space. Space leads to calm. Calm nudges stress the out. One of the tools Linda sometimes uses at our workshops is the Brain Dump. This is where you write (or draw) everything that’s on your mind down onto a sheet of paper. And why… Continue reading Tidy up your Brain!


Anxiety and Meditation

A few years ago I started regular daily meditation when I was dealing with a stressful situation. As my stressful situation involved another person I will need be a little creative in the telling of the story... This is a true story but the names (and circumstances and my ownership of an island...) have been… Continue reading Anxiety and Meditation

I don't fit in, mindfulness, Stories we Live

“I’m not creative enough” is a lie

Mindfulness can help us become the unbiased observer and see the truth that there isn’t a right size or a wrong size; there isn’t a right career or a wrong career; there isn’t a right opinion or a wrong opinion; there isn’t a right lifestyle or a wrong lifestyle. As an unbiased observer we can make up the story we want to be living. 


Stress Free Christmas Gift Shopping…

(Christmas tree decorations… work in progress) Is it too soon to be talking about Christmas? This isn’t really about Christmas. It’s about making time for making stuff… and it’s never too soon to talk about making stuff, right? It’s also about reducing stress. (Love buttons) A few years ago Linda and I learned something important… Continue reading Stress Free Christmas Gift Shopping…