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The Mindful Eating Retreat
Abhainn Ri

Two Day Mindfulness Retreat

At Abhainn Ri

Enrich your life with Irish food and learn the art of mindful eating at Abhainn Ri. Discover wellness techniques and enjoy food from its source. Taste local produce, experience the Irish traditions of making bread and butter, and the joy of collecting hen eggs and orchard fruits.

The art of Mindful Eating

This two day retreat will give you the tools to have a closer connection between your mind and body and a greater appreciation for food. Through mindfulness sessions you will learn how to experience food as a pleasure, from where it is first produced, to transforming ingredients into nourishing food, and to enjoying its taste. The two day experience will be led by life coach and mindfulness expert Cliona Byrne. Cliona’s passion and motivations for mindful eating will guide you through a life-changing journey as you discover how mindfulness can transform your relationship with food.

Change your relationship with food

Improve your life with mindfulness for your overall wellbeing through your time with Cliona. Learn the meaning and practice of mindfulness, its benefits, how it relates to our eating, and how you can transform your relationship with food. You will also learn how to connect your mind and body through the ancient art of meditation. Never diet again.  Mindful eating will teach you how to listen to your body and consume the right foods for you.

Enhance your mind on this retreat by experiencing both self-discovery and the adventure of how food comes into our lives. During the retreat a focus will also be placed on the birth of food through a farm walk which will include the collection of fresh eggs and fruit picking in the orchard. Here we will explore the origin of our food and how this can make us more conscious of what we buy and consume.

Learn new culinary skills

Learn how food preparation reconnects us with what we eat and how being part of the process awakens all of our senses. This ‘make it yourself’ experience of baking your bread will be held by Niamh Byrne, an expert in Irish bread-baking. Be introduced to Irish traditions as Niamh guides you on how to make traditional Irish soda bread and scones.  During the class you will sample the Byrnes’ homemade preserves, jams, and jelly from their own orchard. After your bread baking class you will learn to make your own butter. Ireland is famous for our delicate and creamy butter. A perfect accompaniment to go with your freshly made bread.

Once your two day food adventure has ended you will have gained the ability to create and eat food in a mindful way to benefit your overall wellness. You will understand your own eating habits and how you can eat in a healthy way for your mind and body. Your new experiences will include tasting our homemade and locally sourced foods from Wicklow and other surrounding areas, the joys of farm life, and to make your own Irish bread and butter.


To discover more about Life Coach Cliona Byrne you can visit her website here.

What’s included during your retreat at Abhainn Ri


  • 1 Night of accommodation at Abhainn Ri Farmhouse or cottages
  • 1 Breakfast & 2 lunches made from locally sourced or home produced products
  • A farm walk, hen egg collecting, and a visit to the orchard
  • An Irish bread baking class
  • A butter making interactive demonstration
  • Mindfulness & meditation sessions from Life Coach Cliona Byrne

Limited Availability – Choose your dates and book online 

September 28/29       Book Now

October 1/2                 Book Now

October 5/6                 Book Now

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November 16/17        Book Now

Your stay will be at Abhainn Ri luxury accommodation in Co. Wicklow. Abhainn Ri is a place of tranquility with stunning views overlooking lakes and mountains. You will be able to choose whether you stay in our cottages or farmhouse. The demonstrations and meals will take place in the old Victorian farmhouse at Abhainn Ri which has been in the Byrne family for six generations. Alongside one night of accommodation, the retreat will include one breakfast and two lunches made from locally sourced ingredients.

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