Ann Ward, founder of Xhale has a deep spiritual connection with nature.

She inherited her great love of the landscape from her mother, whose birthplace was on the volcanic mountain of Slieve Gullion, nestled in between a number of sacred sites.

Ann has practiced meditation for over 20 years. As a result she has created immersive, mindfulness experiences, courses and retreats using the gifts of meditation and nature.

Ann is an Accredited Meditation Teacher with the British School of Meditation, a Certified Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) Guide and Forest Therapy Practitioner with the Nádúr Centre for Integrative Forest Therapy.

Her teaching practice is drawn from a number of ancient Eastern traditions and contemporary sources including Thich Nhat Hanh and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Ann has a rich tapestry of experience within the health, community development and peace-building, arts, education and private sectors. Personal empowerment is at the heart of all of her work where she offers transformative experiences and programmes tailored for individuals, groups and organisations.

What Xhale offers


Meditation is the greatest gift you can give yourself with over 100 benefits for holistic health.


Mindfulness is about paying attention, on purpose to the present moment.

Shinrin Yoku

A practise where you are bathing in the forest environment through your senses, without having to take your clothes off!


Xhale's retreats and events are based around the Celtic calendar.

Creative Space Hire

Hire our World War Two hut for events and workshops.

Nádúr Forest Bathing Guide
British School of Mediation