Source of Life

A Restorative Retreat focusing on the Water Element in Chinese Medicine

17-19 January 2014


Winter in Chinese Medicine is the time for the Water Element which governs the Bladder and Kidney.  The water element is where our constitutional energy is stored, the energy we derive from our parents and ancestors.  It is not possible to increase this energy but it is possible to conserve it or at worst deplete it. 

The society which surrounds us teaches us that it’s dog eat dog and only the fittest survive.  That fear of failure can mean we are always on the go, constantly using our will and wits to survive.  Like this kidneys and adrenals become overworked, drained and exhausted,  impairing their function.  As the body is made up of up to 70% water this can have serious implications for our health. 

This retreat will show you how you can accomplish and get things done without undue stress and effort.  We will experience practical techniques through Yoga, meditation, acupressure, food and cooking that can support the kidney and bladder and balance assertive action with nurture for our body.  Whilst at the same time experiencing rest, allowing these hard working organs to restore, ready for the coming year ahead. 

Friday 17th January 2014

5.00    Check In

5.45    Arrival for the body with Uta

6.00    Supper

[     Black bean and Celery Soup. Celery is packed full of vitamins and minerals but its main effect is on the bladder/kidney.  Due to its high levels of calcium and magnesium it calms the nerves and aids relaxation.  It is also a mild diuretic and good at relieving arthritis and rheumatic disorders

[     Tabouleh Salad Parsley is a fine tonic for the Blood. It also has a diuretic effect draining water from the body and supporting the Kidney.  Bulghar Wheat is made from cracked wheat berries and so is beneficial to the heart, together with flat leaf parsley which is full of vitamin C they boost the blood and circulation

seaweed[     Wholemeal Spelt Bread with Dulse and Wakame Seaweed.  Seaweeds are an underused Irish resource great for softening hard masses in the body, reducing swelling, detoxifying, benefiting thyroid, building blood and removing residues of radiation in the body.  They are packed full of essential minerals often missing from our diet.  Over the weekend we will be tasting and trying many different types of seaweed as they are the backbone of kidney and bladder food.

7.00    Welcome Session

[     Conscious listening practice to introduce the group

[     Presentation of the Bladder/Kidney in Traditional Chinese Medicine

[     Simple stretches, Self Shiatsu and Acupressure points to relieve stress and build a sense of peace within the body


8.30Yoga and Loving Kindness Meditation with Uta

10.0     Breakfast

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

[     Selection of Breads all of which are baked fresh daily by the Art of Conscious Cooking including Spelt and pumpkin seed, Wheat/gluten free with Sesame seeds and banana bread.

[     Fair-trade Orange and Apple Juice

[     Fresh fruit, Yogurt and Honey, Seeds and raisins

[     Condiments of Butter, Margarine, Marmalade, Jam, Honey, Marmite

11.00  Conscious Cooking Class with Jo

bean-and-sweet-p-150x150flipped[     Japanese Aduki Bean and Shiitake Mushroom Stew  Aduki beans strengthen the Kidney Chi and have a mild diuretic action.  Butternut squash and sweet potato supports the stomach and spleen which comforts and nourishes the overworked thinking mind. The seaweed is great at supporting the kidney and bladder function, allowing the body to receive and relax at a very deep level.

[    Cucumber and Dilisk (seaweed) Salad
[     Traditional Japanese New Year Salad.  This salad with its mixture of raw ingredients specializes in moving the chi (energy)

[     Traditional Miso Soup with Wakame (seaweed) A quick and hearty cuppa soup with its salty flavour, essential for kidney and bladder health

[     Feta, Dulse (seaweed) and Walnut Corn Bread

[     Lemon and Honey Barley Water essential for a healthy urinary tract

[     Barley, Leek and Arame (seaweed) salad

2.00    Lunch

[     Japanese Aduki Bean and Shiitake Mushroom Stew served with brown rice

[     Cucumber and Dilisk (seaweed) Salad

[     Traditional Japanese New Year Salad

[     Stuffed Baked Apples served with vanilla ice cream

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

6.00    Supper

[     Corn and corriander Soup.  Corn traditionally tonifies the kidneys and helps overcome weakness.  The lime in this soup aids the uptake of Niacin into the body.

[     Feta, Dulse (seaweed) and Walnut Corn Bread

[     Barley, Leek and Arame (seaweed) salad

  7.00-9.00    utas wave[      Yin & Yang Evening Meditation – finding the still point from which all action comes.  Using stillness and flow we will create artworks to which help us remember the stillness within activity

[     Personal one to one Bodywork with Uta or Jo – everybody will receive shiatsu bodywork  for the Bladder and Kidney (approx 20 min each with personal recommendations)


8.30Yoga and Loving Kindness Meditation with Uta

10.0     Breakfast

11.00  Conscious Cooking Class with Jo

quiche[     Caramalized Onion, Feta and Seaweed Quiche

[     Broccoli, Green bean and sweet sesame salad

[     Nori (seaweed) Rolls with dipping sauce

12.00  Tea break

12.30  Movement meditation with Uta

1.30    Main Meal

[     Caramalized Onion, Feta and Seaweed Quiche

[     Broccoli, Green bean and sweet sesame salad

makin sushi[     Nori (seaweed) Rolls with dipping sauce

[     Sweet Sesame Treats, Poached Pears and vanilla yogurt

3.00    Closing Ceremony

Cost: early bird €245 (25th December), thereafter €275

Includes all food, accommodation & tuition

For more info and a booking form contact the team:

Uta Kaiser      087 742 5717

Jo Faulkner   086 6070432

This course schedule is an outline and may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as available ingredients and the weather 🙂


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