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This a full day slow sensory adventure


Walk in the footsteps of one of Ireland’s first female saints. This experience begins with a restorative mindful walk in Slieve Gullion Forest. Rest for refreshments in a quirky 2nd world war hut. Feel the sacred stillness at the sites of Killeavy Churches, founded in 450 by St. Moninne. Follow an ancient path up to a pre-christian holy well. Connect with the panoramic landscape below through a guided mindfulness meditation. Relax at a food artisan’s cottage and immerse yourself in a a sensory food experience. This is the perfect slow adventure where you will feel restored, re-connected and re-energised. You will leave with the gifts of meditation and a jar of award winning lemon curd jam!


Ann, will guide you on this sensory journey and share the holistic benefits of mindfulness and ‘forest bathing’. She will be supported by Ring of Gullion Ambassador Venora Hovelt. They will accompany you to Killeavy Old Churches, founded by Moninne in the 5th century. Moninne one of the first female saints in Ireland was Christened by St. Patrick. Ann will share the history of the ancient sites and you will experience the deep silence and palpable sense of peace within these sacred grounds through a guided mindfulness meditation.


You will walk in the Celtic footsteps of Moninne up an ancient path towards a pre-Christian well dedicated to her after her death in 518. Ann’s Grandfather helped to build the shrine in 1929 and her Mum’s birthplace was just below the holy well. Ann will share stories about the healing waters of the holy well and the rituals of the Celtic pre-christian festival of Bealtaine. Breathe in the panoramic view and connect with the landscape during a guided mindfulness meditation. The experience includes a gratitude ceremony with foraged and mulled Elderberry. We will travel a short distance across the Ancient East, through the historic Gap of the North, to visit an old traditional farmhouse, home of Venora and Iain Hovelt. The house, garden and orchard is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Cooley hills.


Venora is also a storyteller and gardener. Iain is a food artisan of “Drumnasilla,” making homemade chutneys, award winning curd and jams and country cordials. Explore the orchard with Venora, and learn about the herb garden and its various uses. Enter the cosy cottage and Immerse yourself in the sensory experience of a mindful lunch…. onion, lentil & rosemary soup, homemade bread, local cheeses, chutneys and preserves created by Iain and for dessert his award winning lemon curd compote with natural spring water, cordials, tea, coffee and herbal infusions.

Special notes for guests

Please advise us of any health conditions, mobility issues and any special dietary requirements or any other needs.


Wear warm, comfortable walking gear including walking boots. Bring a small rucksack, waterproofs, walking poles, (if possible), hat and gloves and an extra layer as we will be sitting and standing still during the guided meditations.