The Claddagh Ring

The Claddagh Ring

We walked into Thomas Dillion’s Claddagh shop in Galway City holding our breath a tiny bit. All three of us wanted one; my mom, my cousin, and myself. We wondered if this shop was truly the original maker of the Claddagh ring … I guess you could say we were feeling skeptical, with a side […]

It’s Snowing in Ireland!

It’s Snowing in Ireland!

Storm Emma has made her way down from Siberia and is HAMMERING all of the UK and Ireland, as well as parts of Europe. Virgin snowflakes are falling upon revirginized ground and the snowfall is impacting these countries quickly. You see, it doesn’t normally snow here, so ya know, plows aren’t part of the infrastructure. […]

Stuck in the daily grind? Read this

Stuck in the daily grind? Read this

It happens. From driving to work, to appointments and meetings. From taking the kids to soccer and school and birthday parties, to all those house projects yet to be finished … it’s pretty easy to get stuck in the daily grind. Even for the things and the people we love! That’s why travel is a […]

A Secret Irish Jewel (with no name or directions)

A Secret Irish Jewel (with no name or directions)

Part of the magic of travel in Ireland for the modern person is all about getting lost. This is so you can find yourself again. What do I mean? Have you ever had something go “wrong” only to realize that whatever happened actually led you to something of great value? If my plans hadn’t gone […]

The Sheep’s Head Peninsula

The Sheep’s Head Peninsula

I walked into Peter and Amanda Clarke’s house last week on a sunny morning and as I entered their kitchen Amanda whispers, “Kat, come here…” I tiptoed over to the door she was standing in front of and looked out. There, sitting quietly, was a beautiful little fox. Red and slight and breathing lightly. We […]

West Cork Dream

West Cork Dream

Retreat to Ireland is held in the largest county in Ireland, County Cork. And it’s specifically located in an area lovingly known as “Wesht Cork” by the older farmers and country people. Acknowledged by wider Ireland as a quirky locale with a cosmopolitan mix of humanity, you can’t walk two steps without meeting a yoga […]

It’s All About Whiskey!

It’s All About Whiskey!

My friend Rosalee (who just wrote her first book about herbs which I LOVE) was a guest and part-time instructor at Retreat to Ireland 2017. I met her at the airport a few days before the Retreat started and we didn’t stop talking until all the participants arrived:) Some people say we look like sisters. […]

The Most Vivid Dream

The Most Vivid Dream

Have you ever been touched deeply by a dream? I awoke one early Spring morning to fresh snow and a telephone call that my work (playing with children in the outdoors) was cancelled. As I hung up the sun streamed in through big windows illuminating my bed and brightening the white of the snow on […]

Budget Airfare to Ireland

Budget Airfare to Ireland

This has been YEARS in the making! Norwegian Air and Wow Air have finally opened up routes from the US to Cork City! Here are the details you need to know about this incredible new offer on budget airfare… It used to be, if you wanted to head down to County Cork, you had to […]

The Sounds of Ireland

The Sounds of Ireland

Traveling is a multi-sensory experience. The sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feels of each city or area you visit are unique and stimulating. This beautiful input is always available to us, but somehow when we travel, it is enhanced. I think it’s because we’re immersed in the unknown or unfamiliar, so our senses are peaked […]