This unique event is presented as an accessible introduction to mindfulness. No experience or prior knowledge is required. Just come along with an open mind.
Mindfulness can be described as maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. It has been be proven to help enhance focus, learning, relationships, stress, the immune system, diet and much more.
Sr. Stan is an acclaimed Irish social activist, innovator, author and mindfulness advocate. She was recently voted as Ireland's Greatest Woman in a recent national poll. Sr. Stan founded the homeless charity Focus Ireland and the Immigrant Council of Ireland. She also co-founded Young Social Innovators and The Sanctuary. She was appointed to the Council of State by President Mary Robinson in 1997. She has published numerous books about spirituality and other topics.
Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Colm is a founder member of the two renowned Irish bands; Kíla, and acclaimed indie rock outfit The Frames, who he has played with for 25 years. Colm has recorded and performed with The Swell Season, the band that emerged following the Oscar win of Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova, and the film Once, and toured widely playing the music from the film. In 2008 he released his own solo instrumental album The Hare's Corner/Cúinne an Ghiorria, to rave reviews. The album was nominated for a 2009 Meteor Award for Best Traditional/Folk Album. It was much acclaimed and has been used in many TV films in Ireland and abroad.Colm has recorded with both David Gray (White Ladder) and Damien Rice. In 2010 he scored the IFTA award winning TV series Corp & Anam.
Mari Kennedy is a leading creative strategist, facilitator, transformational coach, yoga and mindfulness teacher, and retreat leader. In 2013 she left the corporate world to pursue her passion for transformation and to lead mindfulness programmes throughout Ireland. With over 20 years experience in communications and business development, her work has included acting as Projects Coordinator with former President, Mary McAleese, and as Marketing and PR manager of the National Concert Hall, Events Co-ordinator with Arthur Cox and co-founder of the Ireland:Iceland project. In 2014 she developed and led mindfulnessprogrammes for The Well at Liss Ard and ran the Mindfulness Hedge school in partnership with Happenings. Her clients include Microsoft Ireland leadership team and the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Ruairí McKiernan is a multi-award winning social innovator, campaigner, writer, speaker, and Presidential appointee to Ireland's Council of State. He is a Fulbright fellow, the founder of the SpunOut.ie youth organisation, a co-founder of Uplift, and a board member of the Soar Foundation and Gaisce.
Keith Corcoran is a writer, international tour guide, mindfulness instructor, storyteller, and life-long walking enthusiast. He is author of ‘Journey in Wonder’ and the ‘Green Exercise Walking Guide’ and has produced several health and environment related series for newspapers in the North West, including ‘Mind Yourself’ - a guide to positive mental health. Since September 2009, he has helped establish five weekly community walking groups in the North West. In 2013, he led a pioneering new project combining meditation and walking in the outdoors, entitled ‘Mindfulness Walking in Nature.’