Friday 16 November – Sunday 18 November 2018
Hosted by Pat Mulcahy, owner of Ballinwillin House Farm, our autumn 2018 RetrEAT adopts the theme “Living in the Now.” Pat will share how he incorporates mindfulness into his daily routine and explain the techniques he employs to cope with the everyday stresses of running multiple businesses.
Workshops by award winning photographer Bill Power and your host, Pat Mulcahy, will provide an unique insight into their personal approaches to achieving a work life balance.
This is a residential RetrEAT where guests are invited to immerse themselves in the peace and tranquility of Ballinwillin House Farm.
Your Host – Pat Mulcahy
During his childhood Pat Mulcahy developed a system to cope with the challenges of growing up on a small farm. From as young as 8 years of age, he was practising mindfulness which he acknowledges helped him immensely during his work as a Garda. In 2017 Pat created a “Thinking Path” on the grounds of Ballinwillin House Farm and in 2018 he added a holistic garden with areas dedicated to mindfulness, meditation and forgiveness. He has a huge interest in health and well being and is an advocate for nourishing the mind and body.
“Photography is my passion. History is my enduring love. I’ve always cared about nature and the environment. I’m a writer, historian and author of a dozen books. My photographic images have won awards in almost forty countries. Among the many other ‘things’ that matter to me are music, poetry, art and interesting conversation.
My favourite pursuits are mostly solitary affairs because I’m comfortable in my own company, but that doesn’t mean I’m a loner because I also enjoy being with others. I’m lucky to have a wife and young-adult son who are the closest people in the world to me. We call ourselves ‘The Three Musketeers’ – ‘all for one and one for all’. Never has this been more important than in the past couple of years since serious illness forced us into a club with far too many members that nobody wants to join.
I don’t claim to have a magic wand or great wisdom, but life has taught me a few things that have helped keep me going through rough times. One of the things that seems to come naturally to me is the ability to take time out for myself. Awhile back, I was in a conversation with a friend who was attending a mindfulness course and I asked him ‘what’s that about?’ ‘Oh you don’t need to do that,’ he said, ‘because you do it all the time’. I laughed but he was serious. Over the years, I’ve known how to ‘disappear’ if only to go somewhere for a coffee, or to sit quietly reading a book. Without ever planning it, I take what I call ‘minute vacations’ – unplanned moments that could find me listening to music or watching a common buzzard soaring high above the world. It’s what keeps me reasonably sane
Oh, I should add, I’m a night owl. I’ve never quite understood larks.”
Cost: €950.00* per person
- 2 nights accommodation (single occupancy in a double/twin room)
- Georgina Campbell award winning breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning
- Wine tasting on Friday evening
- Supper with wine on Friday evening
- Saturday workshops
- Lunch on Saturday
- Pre dinner drink and long table dinner with paired wines on Saturday evening
Menus are set and feature in season locally sourced ingredients including organic farmed venison and wild boar from our farm and wines from our sister vineyard in Hungary.
*Discount available for couples/friends sharing a room. To book or to express an interest in attending the workshops on Saturday only, please get in touch.
“Truly a hidden gem: a security gate at the end of a suburban cul-de-sac opens to reveal Pat and Miriam Mulcahy’s extraordinary 18th century home and farm. Once inside the 80-acre estate, you’ll find deer grazing – and also some unexpectedly modern and luxurious accommodation in a converted courtyard. Magic.”
Georgina Campbell’s Ireland, Ireland’s Leading Independent Food & Hospitality Guide
Set in 80 acres of rich pastureland in the heart of the south of Ireland’s most fertile region (the Golden Vale), Ballinwillin offers a unique experience in a unique part of Ireland.
Offering luxury accommodation and customised retreats, this charming destination is an ideal base to escape from the stresses of every day life and/or from which to explore Ireland. Not limited to these options, your hosts, Pat and Miriam Mulcahy can develop customised tours designed for individual tastes. Within easy reach of four airports and approximately two hours drive on the N8 from Dublin, Ballinwillin is perfectly positioned in Mitchelstown as a welcoming base.
Full of character and charm, this 18th century country house was built in 1727 for the famed agriculturalist, Sir Arthur Young, by the Earl of Kingston. It is situated on the edge of Mitchelstown, a vibrant country town. It is a family home with modern refurbished courtyard housing exceptional guestrooms with private living room and kitchen.
Surrounded by the famous Ballyhoura Country, an area which borders the counties Tipperary, Limerick and Cork, with fabulous green pastures, woodlands, hills and the wonderful Galtee Mountains, Ballinwillin and its 80 acres of prime farmland, is perfectly positioned to explore the ancient and unspoiled landscape at its heart with its abundance of significant heritage sites and thrilling outdoor activities.
Whether your interested in mountain biking in the Ballyhoura mountains, exploring the Mitchelstown caves, horse riding, golfing or just a pleasant walk, Ballinwillin is an excellent location to stay while enjoying these local amenities.
Ballinwillin House and Farm
Tel. +353 86 256 1578