Solstice literally means ‘light standing still’. Sacred Slieve Gullion mountain is the perfect place to connect with nature during this special Celtic festival. This volcanic mountain, formed over 60 million years ago, rests within The Mourne Gullion Strangford UNESCO Global Geopark. Awaken your senses during a 3-hour forest bathing immersion in Slieve Gullion Forest park.  Ann will support you to gently slow down through guided meditations and she will offer you creative invitations to deepen your awareness of the forest.  Together we will create a special nature mandela to guide you during a healing white light meditation.

What does the Forest Experience include?

This forest experience will include a tea ceremony of wild elderflower cordial, shortbread from a local bakery and Irish Strawberries.

Forest Bathing is an evidence-based, wellness practice which originated in Japan in the 1980’s as a stress prevention intervention. Some of the benefits include: boosting mood, immunity, sleep and creativity aswell as stress reduction. Your can book here

Why not book a short break?

Celebrate mid-summer with a deeper, nature immersion experience during a 2-night Nurturing Nature retreat within the haven of Killeavy Castle Estate.  This 18th century Estate is a working farm, nestled on Slieve Gullion.

This restorative 2-night relaxation break is an opportunity for you to totally switch off.  On arrival, Ann will support you to reconnect with nature during your first of  2 forest bathing immersions,  within 350 acres of woodland and restful rivers.

Taste this special landscape through foraged plants and herbs in the forest bathing tea ceremonies in the forest; and  home grown, local and seasonal produce during your dining experiences.

Chill out in the thermal spa and enjoy gentle walks throughout the Estate.

You can book this special retreat here

These special summer solstice experiences have been especially created to support your wellness, using the gifts of meditation and nature.  You will go home feeling rested, re-energised and reconnected. 

We hope to see you soon in our neck of the woods on Slieve Gullion.

Ann 💚 🌲 🌳  Xhale

Guest blog by Ann Ward, Certified Meditation Coach and Forest Therapy Practitioner.

Xhale: Awaken Your Senses
Guided Tour
Xhale: Awaken Your Senses

Deepen your Mindfulness Practice through forest bathing in the magic of the Ring of Gullion.

Xhale Mindfulness
Health & Wellbeing
Four attendees to Xhale Mindfulness meditating in the forest.

Ann inherited her great love of the landscape from her mother, who was born on Slieve Gullion Mountain. She has practiced meditation for over 20 years & delivers immersive, mindfulness experiences, courses & retreats using meditation &the landscape.

Slieve Gullion
Walking & Hiking
Slieve Gullion

A mountain walk linked with forest tracks and minor roads

Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Adventure Playpark and Fionn's Giant Adventure
Forest Parks
Children playing around a giant book in Slieve Gullion Forest Park

Slieve Gullion is Ireland's Mountain of Mystery. Slieve Gullion Forest Park offers walking trails, a scenic drive, an Adventure Playpark, Fionn's Giant Adventure children's story trail and a Courtyard with coffee shop.

Killeavy Castle Estate
Aerial view of Killeavy Castle Estate. A luxury Hotel Spa destination in Newry, Northern Ireland.

Welcome to Killeavy Castle Estate, the perfect antidote to the modern fast paced world. Named winner of the Luxury Castle Hotel (Europe) Award at the prestigious World Luxury Awards 2021, it’s the ideal place to escape and unwind, and is located just 10 minutes outside Newry City.