€4 Cuffe Street Cooking Classes

Find out, what to eat to help you sleep, build healthy bones, maintain good blood pressure, to remain calm in stressful situations and to live a happy life, full of joy


Have fun and try new food – Thursday 10.30-12.30 – Greenside Hse, Cuffe St

No need to book – just drop in

Cost €4 (includes all food eaten within the class)

Date               Topic                        Dish                                              
2  Feb    Hormones & Bones      – Arame with Carrots and Sesame
                                                           – Barley Water
                                                           – Red Pepper and Barley Seaweed Salad
9 Feb     Flexibility & Joints       – Buttermilk Plum Cake
                                                           – Cashew & Lime Noodles
                                                           – Avocado & Barley Salad
16 Feb  Recuperation Special   –  Sweet Congee (rice porridge)
                                                           – Savoury Congee (millet porridge)
                                                           – Warm Goji Berry Smoothie
2nd March  Healthy Heart        – Goji Berry and Cherry Tea
                                                           – Vegan Oat Square Snacks
9 Mar Stopping Sweet Cravings  – Crunchy Cabbage with Garlic & Ginger
                                                               – Millet, Squash and Sweetcorn pilau
23 Mar  Health Immune System  – Spicy Black Bean Stew
                                                                – Anti Inflammatory Tea
30 Mar  Whole Balanced Health   – Simple Pressed Salad
                                                                – Beet Marmalade
                                                                – Roasted paprika Chick Peas


Conscious Cooking Evening Course

6 Weeks – Jan, Feb, March 2017

Shiatsu & the Art of Conscious Cooking might not give you the lotto numbers but it will help you in answering many of the other questions linked to how we are feeling and the food we eat. Find out, what to eat to help you sleep, build healthy bones, maintain good blood pressure, to remain calm in stressful situations and to live a happy life, full of joy.


Chinese Medicine gives a whole picture for the body so we can match health conditions with the food we eat and the emotions we feel

 Get Healthy, Have fun and try new food – Tuesday’s 7pm-9pm –

Baldoyle Community Centre

Cost €60 (includes all ingredients)


Date               Topic                        Dish                                              
24 Jan  Immune System               – Kimchi
– Oat Pancakes
31 Jan   Hormones & Bones         – Corn Bread with Walnuts, Feta & Seaweed
– Barley Water
– Avocado & Barley Salad
7 Feb  Detox, Flexibility & Joints   –  Buttermilk Plum Cake
– State of Return Soup using Angelika Root
28 Feb  Healthy Heart                    – Black wood Ear Noodles
– Vegan Oat Square Snacks
– Goji Berry and Cherry Tea
7 Mar Stopping Sweet Cravings    – Crunchy Cabbage with Garlic & Ginger
– Sweet Potato Falafel
14 Mar  Whole Balanced Health    – Millet Muffins
– Turkish Lentil Soup
–  Rhubarb & Plum fool

Call me on 086 607 0432 to book a space or for more information

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Good Food – Good Sex Cooking Day

Saturday 21st January – 11am-3.30pm  


The foods that enhance sexual energy and improve sexual health usually relate to the kidney, as it is the organ that controls hormones and reproduction. It is the Kidney/Bladder’s function to make the most of our constitutional energy. It is responsible for providing the basic impulse toward life, the ability to grow, to reproduce and control healthy stress levels.   Physically this concerns the adrenals, hormones, bones and our very marrow which out of balance can mean issues with water retention, thyroid, diminished hearing, frequent urination, reoccurring bladder infections, night sweats, menopause, loss of libido and osteoporosis.

Learning easy to cook recipes specifically for these organs is a great way to nourish, heal and support this aspect of the body.  

The flavour for the Bladder and Kidney is Salty and as Pythagoras said ……“Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea”  It is essential to learn and use healthy recipes with this flavour


On the menu is:

  • Simple Nori Sushi Rolls with dipping sauce (strong bones, hair & teeth)
  • Dulse Seaweed & Feta Scones (mineral balance)
  • Barley, Avocado & Arame Seaweed Salad (balance PH within the body)
  • Caramalized red onion and Seaweed quiche (counteract exhaustion)
  • Oat & Buckwheat Pancakes (balance hormones)
  • Chilli con Barley (anti inflammatory)
  • Traditional Lemon Barley Water (perfect for reoccurring UTI’s)
  • Black Sesame Grapes (raising libido)

The cost of the day is €75 – couple booking €140 and includes all food cooked and eaten on the day

The day will run from 11 am til 3.30 pm and is hosted in the light and bright kitchen at the Hunky Chunk House.  There is plenty of parking and the Bayside Dart station is a 2 minute walk away.

Bring along Tupperware to take supper home – only four places remain for this day so book early to avoid disappointment

To book a place call Joanne Faulkner on 086 607 0432 

Or email joannefaulkner@live.ie


Turning towards the Golden Age


The solstice turned yesterday taking us out of the darkest time towards the coming light of spring.  It is at this time Chinese Medicine ties the body to the Kidney and Bladder – telling us to go deep, to take time to rest and restore. I was recently asked to write an article for the Active Retirement Ireland Annual  www.activeirl.ie on how to generate and conserve energy as we age.  In Chinese Medicine this too covers the realm of the Kidney and Bladder.  So the information in the article covers food that can fortify us all within the quiet steady winter months.

In the west we are all familiar with veins and arteries that carry blood around the body. In Chinese Medicine there is a similar system that carries energy (chi) around the body. These energetic pathways are called Meridians. Shiatsu works on these meridians and acupressure points to diagnose and treat different ailments to maintain the body’s balance. Shiatsu & Conscious Cooking specializes in using food to attune the body and bring optimum health.

As we enter the third age of our life a hormonal shift usually happens for both men and women. Many physical symptoms can manifest at this stage, hot flushes, drying skin, changes in sleep patterns and loss of sexual desire. Most of the time we accept these changes as a normal aging process, however it is possible, even desirable to age and retain a full, juicy, va va voom zest for all areas of life.


In Chinese Medicine the Kidney and Bladder energy stores our essence and as we age this can weaken, which not only affects these organs but our hormones, bones and nervous system that this meridan system encompasses. So its important to keep this energy as strong as possible. Barley is a great ingredient for strenthening and keeping the bladder strong and healthy. Make Barley water by simmering 50g of barley in 1 litre of water for at least an hour. Strain the barley from the water and keep the liquid in the fridge taking 75ml daily. Mix with hot water, lemon or honey to suit your taste. Adding the cooked barley to soups or stews even salads will further strengthen the bladder and stop too many trips to the toilet.


Another ingredient used for strengthening Kidney energy are Black Sesame Seeds. For best results these seeds need to be taken daily. 1 or 2 tsp of black sesame seeds per day is best. Traditionally in China they are dry roasted to reduce the oxalic acid and release the vitamin e, calcium and other minerals. Then they are sprinkled on porridge or noodles. Alternatively grind them into a paste and take with warm water in the morning. Both black and white sesame seeds are rich in vitamin e and calcium but white seeds bring moisture to the large intestine whereas the black seeds support the kidney, the endocrine system and boost core energy. They can tonify brain activity and alleviate painful, weak or stiff joints. They build body fluids and have the ability to stop greying hair, repair hair loss and improve declining hormonal function.

The kidney and bladder are represented by Winter in Chinese Medicine. It is a time for going deep inside, being still and centred. The flavour is salty and the food is full of minerals and trace elements. Through mass production of food, sometimes our dinner can lack these essentials but there is still one food that is full of vitamins and minerals and that is seaweed. Seaweed is an ancient superfood and has been eaten by our forefathers for thousands of years. The protein content and vitamin C is extremely high and easily absorbable making ideal for the repair and regeneration of cells

I would recommend eating seaweed everyday in some form. It can be sprinkled unrecognisably into stews and tossed, after a little soaking, into a stir fry. All seaweeds are a diuretic, they cool the body and help break down lumps and bumps such as cysts, lipomas and goiters. The high iodine content helps thyroid function and its ability to detoxify means blood is healthy and flowing. This food is high in calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamins C and A, protein, Vitamins B, fibre and alpha linoleic acid. It can even help remove residues of radiation in the body. Buying Irish seaweed is easy online or even find Dillisk in your local Supervalue.


Using Dillisk Seaweed

Cucumber and Dillisk Seaweed Salad

Dillisk/Dulse is said to have over 200 times more iron than green leafy land vegetables.  It is exceptionally high in iodine and manganese which is great for keeping our digestive enzymes and metabolism in smooth running order.

  • 20g=large handful Dillisk/Dulse Seaweed
  • Freshly squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1 Cucumber


Soak the dillisk in the orange juice for ten minutes, meanwhile slice the cucumber paper thin.  Return to the seaweed which should now be soft, take it out of the orange juice and finely chop as if it were an herb.  Toss this through the cucumber and serve as a fresh accompaniment to the warming vegetable curry or yummy in a chicken sandwich.

The above recipe was taken from Joanne’s book “Shiatsu & the Art of Conscious Cooking” which can be bought here on this website or  Etsy Shop or in sterling on Amazon

More information on which food suits you today please use the fun, free app at www.shiatsu-consciouscooking.com/app

Active Retirement Ireland are www.activeirl.ie

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 joannefaulkner@live.ie


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 joannefaulkner@live.ie 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 www.joannefaulkner.org
For more information about Beth please visit www.bethwallace.orgepl

€4 Cuffe Street Cooking Classes


Find out, what to eat to help you sleep, build healthy bonesmaintain good blood pressure, to remain calm in stressful situations and to live a happy lifefull of joy 

Have fun and try new food – Thursday’s 10.30-12.30 – Greenside Hse, Cuffe St

Cost €4 (includes all food eaten within the class)  No need to book just come on down

13th Oct       Healthy Immune System & Reducing Cholesterol 

Recipes – Persian Herb Rice & Baked Spiced Cauliflower
20th Oct     Regulating hormones & maintaining strong bones

Recipes – Seaweed & Feta Quiche, Hummus with mixed seaweeds, Green Bean and Sesame Salad

27th Oct     Improve flexibility and joints and learn to detox effortlessly 

Recipes – Shaved Fennel Salad, Hot and Sour Soup, Anti Inflammatory Tea

10th Nov    Blood Pressure Special  

17rd  Nov       Arthritis Special

 24th Nov        Healthy Heart reducing  stress and anxiety  

Recipes – Warm Halloui & Mint Salad, Magic Sauce, Roasted Brussel Sprouts

 1st Dec        Healthy alternatives  to stop sweet cravings    

Recipes – Pomegranate and Caramelised Onion Bulghar wheat, Sweet Bread with Carrot & Courgette

8th Dec        Balance and body for harmony and health   

Recipes – Easy Cook Banana Oat & Raspberry Muffins, Sweet Potato Falafel


Baked Spiced Cauliflower

– for more info call me on 086 607 0432