In Love – A weekend Retreat focusing a Healthy Heart Using Cooking Classes, Tai Chi and Mindfulness Practices

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2, 3, 4th June 2017 

Bobbio Centre, Co Wicklow

  • Conscious Cooking Classes focusing on recipes for a healthy heart, lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars
  • Amazing Vegetarian Meals
  • Tai Chi & Chi Gong sessions focusing on calming the mind bringing peace and satisfaction to the body
  • Loving Kindness Meditation & Mantra
  • Time to rest and walk in the stunning grounds and secluded beach in North Wicklow

The heart in Chinese represents vibrant summer energy within our body.  It is where our consciousness, our soul dwells.  When the hearts energy is clear it radiates joy and brilliance.  When out of balance it can lead to palpations, insomnia, dizziness, racing pulse and anxiety.  Emotionally the heart enhances our ability to feel connected and to receive love from the world around us. 

In a simple weekend, understand the clear connection between our emotions, the food we choose and how that directly affects our health

Learning easy to cook recipes and practicing Tai Chi are great ways to nourish & cleanse the organs, lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugars, helping the body reconnect with the Heart’s Desires with clean, flowing, vibrant, blood. 

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Cost €295, single rooms allocated first come first served basis 

Deposit €95  14 participants max (optional extra Sunday&Monday €75)

Price includes all food, accommodation & tuition.   086 607 0432
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jo cookingAuthor of “Shiatsu & the Art of Conscious Cooking” she operates a Shiatsu Clinic in Dublin. She also runs Chinese Medicine cookery classes, health retreats, and caters holistic events.  Call her to book your space on this unique retreat :  086 607 0432    

fatimaFatima Lucia  has 17 years experience in various styles of Tai Chi and Qigong and is a fully qualified instructor through   the Chinese International Tai Chi and Qigong Association. Her life long studies include many different forms of body awareness disciplines as well as Flamenco dance, which she has performed and taught for over 20 yrs.

Course Schedule 2, 3 & 4 June 2017

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5.00 Check In – you are welcome to come down before check in, have a cuppa and take a walk in the stunning grounds or to the secluded beach

6.00 Supper

  • Turkish Lentil Soup
  • Healthy Crunchy Coleslaw
  • Wholegrain Spelt and Seaweed bread

7.00 Welcome Session

  • Introduce the group
    • Where is love in your life
    • What would your life look like with more love in it
    • What are you grateful for
    • Set your intention & gifts to altar
  • Quality of touch and connection including simple self shiatsu acupressure points,
  • Tai Chi and Chi Gong Exercises to build a sense of peace, love and calm within the body
  • Introduction to Mantra


9.00 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 Sunflower seeds and banana bread.
  • Fresh fruit, Yogurt and Honey, Seeds and raisins

10.00         Tai Chi Session with Fatima

Through the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong we cultivate our awareness, sensitivity and balance, which transforms the way we move, stand and interact in all aspects of our life. As we develop and refine these, we can create a state of aliveness – physically, energetically and spiritually.

As you begin to understand Tai Chi, the differences between various forms and movements become merely external. The principles remain the same. Understand this and everything you do becomes Tai Chi. In this way Tai Chi can begin to have a profound effect on every aspect of life.

12.00 Lunch

  • Pea Mint and Roasted Garlic Soup
  • Beetroot and Feta Salad
  • Oat Bran Soda Bread

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

5.00 Conscious Cooking Class with Jo

Using principles of Chinese Medicine we will discuss specific foods and preparations which help with building blood, detoxing blood and improving blood flow. We will learn recipes for the following dishes

  • Herb Tart
  • Sweet Potato Falafel
  • Arame & Carrot Salad
  • Warm Baked Aubergine with Yogurt and Cumin
  • Selection of Raw Chocolates including Cherry Bombs, Chia Seed Chocolate Balls, Squidgy Caramel Date Orbs

7.00  Supper

8-9.30 Evening Chi Gong Session with Fatima

Qigong as a concept implies the union of three components:

  • Body (proper posture and movement)
  • Breath (proper breathing techniques)
  • Mind (concentration, meditation and intention)

By combining these 3 dimensions through our Qigong practice we align our body, mind and spirit. From this place of alignment, as our whole being focuses on movement, thought and breath combined, the power of our intention is hugely enhanced. Over time, a thorough Qigong practice can provide profound changes to your entire body-mind composition, returning you to the driver seat of your life and health, ending a cycle of reaction and entering a cycle of creation

Closing the circle with Loving Kindness Meditation and a Heart song with Jo


9.00  Breakfast

10.00 Tai Chi with Fatima

11.30 Walking Meditation

12.00         Conscious Cooking Class with Jo

  • Shaved Fennel Salad
  • Watermelon & Feta Salad
  • Pea, Fennel & Herb Rissoto
  • Wheat & Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie with Raspberry Coulis

1.30  Main Meal

3.00  Closing Ceremony

As this is a bank holiday weekend, there is an option to stay an extra night for €75 which will include accommodation plus evening meal, optional body awareness, meditation and mantra evening session and delicious hearty breakfast the following morning.


Why Food & Sex?


So many of you who know me, come to my classes or read what I write know that I specialize in connecting how we feel with the food we eat; That for every emotion and organ there is a flavour and often specific foods that can help support us through a healing process, whether that be physical or emotional. But then why start talking about sex? Is it a gimmick, it is attention grabbing, it is a marketing ploy to sell more books? No, Im following my own flow which is drawing me to allow sex to bring us into conscious connection with our bodies.


In Chinese Medicine the Chi of Heaven, which is the air we breath and the food we eat, mixes with the Chi of Earth, the constitution we are born with, to form our own individual unique Chi. The dance and interplay of these Yin and Yang elements is how we live our life. The quality and health of our Chi comes from both our inherited genetics and the world around us; it is a blend of the two. The Chi of Heaven is often seen as the spiritual side of the body, the thinking mind, our consciousness whereas the Chi of Earth is our will to survive, thrive and procreate. Sexual energy falls under the domain of the Chi of Earth, it is the Yin, the emptyness from which all life emerges. It cannot be ignored, shushed or pushed away. It is an absolute integral part of our make up and has huge power for creation and healing. As the Jewish proverb says “Body without a spirit is a corpse and Spirit without a body is a ghost”. So lets get sexual energy out in the open and on the kitchen table.


The foods that enhance sexual energy usually relate to the kidney as it is the organ that controls hormones and reproduction. However all food can help us connect, control, understand and enhance sexual energy as it brings us into our bodies with every sense activated. We see, smell, feel, taste and even hear the food as we eat it. It is a completely sensory experience and in that way we are completely in the moment. We are not thinking about the phonecall yesterday or the christmas list that must be filled next week. We are here now eating, tasting, smelling and touching the food. That is how we connect with the body, understand how its feeling and give it what it needs. That is sex. It doesn’t have to be with a partner, it doesn’t have to be about penetration or gratification. It has to do with feeling alive, potent and in the moment. Food for me is the easiest way to connect with how I am feeling and what I need. It’s my way to connect with the extraordinarily powerful, juicy, dynamic, forthright, creative energy. That’s why im talking about sex and what I’d like to share; the experience of consciously using food to connect with the sexual energy of the body.


Come and explore together at the first event of it’s kind –  Eat, Play, Love


Eat, Play, Love


An exploration in connection & an experience of sexual energy through food as it’s seen & used in Chinese Medicine!

Saturday 10th December 7-10pm

Oscailt, 8 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

This VERY unique event will be co facilitated by Beth Wallace – Sexuality & Relationship Coach and Joanne Faulkner of Shiatsu and Conscious Cooking. Joanne & Beth will demonstrate delicious recipies as well as guide & lead you through fun conscious connection exercises & games – offering you opportunity to simply Eat, Play & Love! 

Learn through the principles of Chinese medicine which foods turn you on & keep you feeling connected in order to enhance desire and pleasure. Play some fun games and explore the relationship you have with food, sensuality & play.

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There will be the opportunity to learn how to make and sample delicious vegan recipes based in the principles of Chinese medicine such as
– Liquid Viagra Shots
– Simple Seaweed Salad
– Black Sesame Sweet Grapes
– Raw Chocolate Seed Bombs
– Vanilla Dusting Powder

All recipes are voluptuously stimulating and great for real sexual health & vitality!

The evening will offer opportunity to:
– meet & have fun with new people
– learn about how food influences, & can support, sexual wellbeing & vitality within the tradition of Chinese Medicine
– learn how to prepare delicious, healthful & stimulating foods
– enjoy a self discovery experience
– explore sensual connection with other people
– learn how to use food to deepen intimacy with yourself & others
– learn how to use food to erotically charge yourself & connections with others

Come alone or bring a friend, partner or lover, either way the evening will be full of food, fun and connection & we very much look forward to sharing with you! 

Booking is now closed for this event – however if you would like to go on a wait list in case of cancellations please contact me on 086 607 0432 or


Costs €50 per person or €90 for two people!

Paypal adds a charge so please enter €52 for one person and €94 for two people.

If you would like to avoid extra fees and pay by cheque or Electronic Fund Transfer please contact me at for more details.  Call me on 086 607 0432 if you would like more information on the event or if you have any questions.

– while we celebrate nudity in all it’s forms & think the human body is beautiful, this particular event is a ”clothes on” event
– touch is permitted after consent has been negotiated between those exploring together – we will introduce consent & create space for negotiation of boundaries for participants at the beginning of the evening
– the evening is open to everyone over the age of 18, inclusive of all sexual orientations, genders, nationalities, spiritual & religious paths, relationship styles & configurations – you’re welcome if you’re single, in a couple or in relationship with more than one person
– this is an alcohol-free event

For more information about Joanne please visit
For more information about Beth please visit www.bethwallace.orgepl