A Weekend Health Retreat focusing on Increasing flow & Reducing Pain
19, 20 & 21st October 2018
Bobbio Centre, Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow

This retreat will teach you simple recipes that will enliven your kitchen, heal your body and ensure you fall in love with your food, all over again.

Within this retreat, we will address symptoms such as inflammation, joint paint, weight gain, fatigue, bloating, sluggish, swollen, painful digestion. It is possible to make changes to how you feel, using the food you eat, gentle exercise, breathing exercises and potent acupressure points.

Come, rest and restore; learn and have fun with a small intimate group in wonderful surroundings of Brittas Bay, surrounded by mountains and the sea. The grounds are full of mature trees and paths that lead you to a secluded beach, perfect for a nourishing and relaxing retreat.

There are only maximum 14 participants and the single rooms are offered on a first come, first served basis at no extra cost.

Cost €345, (€50 discount per person if you come with a friend, mother, daughter or another family member)

Deposit €105 14 participants max – Price includes all food, accommodation & tuition.

Course Schedule


5.00 Check-In – you are welcome to come down before check-in (2.30 onwards) have a cuppa and take a walk in the stunning grounds or to the beautiful secluded beach

6.00 Supper

  • Hunky Chunky Lentil Soup
  • Wheat & Gluten free Seaweed Scones
  • Wheat & Gluten Free Banana Bread

7.00 Welcome Session

  • Pain and Inflammation – What’s it all about in Chinese Medicine?
  • Quality of touch and connection including simple self-shiatsu acupressure points as a routine for bed
  • Do-In Exercises to build a sense of peace, health and calm within the body
  • Simple Mantra for sleep


8.30 Morning Detox Juices and Do- In with Jo

Do-In is inextricably linked to Shiatsu. It includes several exercises aimed at achieving a free flow of Ki (life energy) and activating Ki. In Do-In we stretch meridians and massage points with the support of our breathing. Through Do-In you ensure that your own energy increases and you learn to experience what Ki is and how it manifests itself in your body. Being in connection with your body will enable you to feel balanced therefore improving your own health and wellbeing.

I will be teaching the Makka-ho which are a series of 6 stretches which sedate and tonify the organs of the body. They remove blockages along the meridian channels and improve the flow of Chi (energy) throughout the body.

The potent acupressure points covered this morning will be for increasing energy and flow within the whole body. We will concentrate on points on the head that will relieve brain fog, headaches, stiffness and pain.

10.00 Breakfast

Baked Fruit Porridge with dark mixed berries. Oats are a warming tonic for the Ki. They strengthen the Spleen and benefit the nervous system and bones thereby supporting kidney function

Fresh fruit, Yogurt and Honey, Seeds and raisins

11.00 Cooking Class

Using principles of Chinese Medicine we will discuss physical symptoms such as widespread pain, extreme sensitivity, stiffness, fatigue, poor sleep, brain fog, headaches, IBS and how with diet we can make positive changes

We will learn, make and eat the recipes together

  • French Onion & Miso Soup
  • Simple pressed salad
  • Asian Slaw with Avocado Segments
  • Herby Millet with Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Wheat & Gluten free Chocolate brownie
  • Anti Inflammatory tea with fresh Tumeric
  • Buckwheat Pancakes

1.30-2.30 Lunch

Free time for napping, reading, walks in the grounds or a swim at the beach

6.30 Supper

  • Herby Millet with Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Braised Balsamic Fennel
  • Green Beans with Garlic and Gomasio
  • Large Green Salad
  • Wheat & Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie

8.00-9.00 Energy exercises, and Self Shiatsu Session with Jo

The points covered this evening will be how to build a bedtime routine to bring the heart home and prepare for sleep

9.00-9.30 Evening Loving Kindness Meditation and Mind Calming Mantra

A mantra is the essence of sound and vibrates within the body. In Tibetan Buddhism, the prana, the chi, rides on the breath so when you chant a mantra you are charging your breath and energy with the energy of the mantra, thereby calming and stabilising the mind and body. Directing the mind through Loving Kindness Practice will also relax the body, connective tissues and the nervous system


9.00 Breakfast

10.00 Do-in and Makka Ho With Jo

11.00 Walking Meditation with Davy

11.30 Tea Break

11.45 Conscious Cooking Class with Jo

  • Zingy Detox Miso & Lime Soup
  • Warm baked Aubergine with Pomegranate Seeds
  • Brocolli & Green Bean with Miso dressing
  • Kimchi
  • Nori Sushi Rolls
  • Raw Cacao Chocolate Bites

1.30 Main Meal

2.30 Closing Ceremony

Cost €345, (€50 discount per person if you come with a friend, mother, daughter or another family member)

Deposit €105 14 participants max – Price includes all food, accommodation & tuition.
Single rooms allocated first come first served basis at no extra cost
Message me below if you would like to book a place or require further information