Mindful Farmer’s retrEAT Returns for 2019

Patrick Mulcahy of Ballinwillin House Farm, Co. Cork, has opened bookings for the 2019 editions of his popular Meditation & Mindfulness RetrEAT.

Patrick, affectionately known as The Mindful Farmer, will be hosting guests at the 80 acre Ballinwillin on 25th – 27th January, and again on 29th – 31st March. For two days and two nights, guests will experience the peace and tranquility of Ballinwillin House Farm, with recuperative surroundings and boutique accommodation, dining by award-winning chef, Dermot Gannon from the Old Convent, wines from Ballinwillin’s sister vineyard in Hungary, workshops, and the company of the Mindful Farmer himself, Pat Mulcahy, and his wife Miriam.

From a young lad of eight growing up on a farm in West Limerick, Pat unknowingly practiced meditation and mindfulness techniques, and continued to use and develop them throughout his varied career to present day to manage the stresses of running multiple businesses, including Ballinwillin House Farm, the only combined organic farmed venison, wild boar and goat farm in Ireland and the UK.

Pat will share how he incorporates mindfulness and meditation into his daily routine and explain the techniques he employs to cope with the everyday stresses of a busy life. He will be joined by Reiki Master and qualified Stott pilates teacher, Mary Thérèse O Connell. Originally from a Co. Limerick dairy farm, Mary Thérèse now resides in the English countryside where her private practice serves a diverse portfolio of clients from farmers to actors.

Pat said: “The objective of the Ballinwillin RetrEAT is to nourish the body and mind and provide guests with a restorative experience as well as practical techniques that can be taken away and used daily. The feedback from 2018 was overwhelmingly positive with one guest reporting we had ‘worked magic’ on their type A personality and another highlighting how ‘the mind goes quiet even despite itself.’ The start of a new year is an ideal time to host the RetrEAT again when many of us are lining up ambitious goals and challenges and we look forward to welcoming familiar and new faces at the end of the month.”

For information on how to book, email

Encircle 360 Ltd T/A Food for Thought -, 59 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland.

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