a round up of our latest news…
The Ostara Festival of Natural Health & Wellbeing launched WREn on the Portaferry scene on the sunny weekend of March 23rd and 24th. Over 200 people came along, popped in and got involved in a variety of ways.
The market place traders allowed us to sample a delicious array of healthy, organic food and teas and much pampering must have been planned as the vendors of such treats as herbal soaps and luscious balms were doing a roaring trade all weekend. Reiki and reflexology therapists were also kept busy as passers-by took a moment for relaxation and healing.
Meanwhile, classes in activities such as yoga, pilates, meditation and hula hooping kept a constant flow of participants smiling. Nature walks and an early Sunday morning Foraging Foray got visitors out in the fresh air and connected to our beautiful natural surroundings. A sound bath experience brought to us by the Sound Healing Spa brought the weekend to a relaxing close and chilled out clients all clamoured for more.
A huge thank you to all who got involved or came along and supported our first venture, especially those who took the time to complete our feedback survey – one of whom won the prize draw and our basket of organic goodies. This invaluable information has informed our plans for the future.
Events such as our most popular Sound Healing Spa can now be planned for the months ahead. Tessa will be bringing the healing music of her Sound Bath Experience to Ballyphillip Church Hall, Portaferry on Wednesday, May 15th. Places are already being booked up, so grab your spot soon! Details are on
Looking ahead, devotees of yoga who wish to deepen their experience beyond the physical practise need to look no further than September, when we bring a touch of India to Portaferry!
We are honoured to be welcoming yoga master Shambhu Kumar, fresh from teaching at the world-renowned Ananda Spa in the Himalayas, to teach at WREn in Portaferry. Shambhu has not travelled beyond his own country until now but is looking forward to helping both those new to yoga and devotees wanting to deepen their understanding and extend their knowledge. Demand for spaces is expected to be high from national and international yoga teachers looking for more than trendy gimmicks to build their businesses. Details are on the website and Facebook page.
The WREn’s Nest
From its conception, WREn was planned as being a place to gather all those interested in natural health and well-being, whether at the start of their journey into a healthy lifestyle or as a practised teacher or therapist.
This “place” is now soon to become a reality as hands have been shaken on the rent of a small property in Portaferry. It will be multi-purpose initially – big enough for small groups to meet but at the same time cosy enough to be hired by the hour by a therapist or counsellor for that private consultation.
There are lots of ideas for how this space may be used and developed but do get in touch if you’d like to know more or join us.
Thank you all for your interest in and support of WREn. It has been an amazing, jet-propelled journey in such a short space of time!
However, without you all it cannot grow, so do keep in touch and don’t be afraid to air your wishes or views 😉
WREn – Wellbeing in a Rural Environment CIC is a community interest company
Registration Number NI 6590303
WREn is the brain-worm of Hilary Hunter, who decided to set up a social enterprise so she could find the natural health practitioners and supplies she couldn’t find locally but knew probably existed.
January 2019 saw the Facebook page swiftly attract the first members of the tribe. Lots of cups of herbal tea and hugs later, the Community Interest Company has been registered in February and Hilary has met lots of enthusiasts. Plans for the first, of many we hope, Natural Health & Well-being Festivals are marching on apace.
Drie Gebroeders, the beautiful, traditional Dutch sailing barge which will be “WREn Afloat” is currently berthed in Kent, but as soon as the weather settles the skipper and his mates will be setting sail for Strangford Lough.
Looking ahead, once premises for our treatment rooms and drop-in centre are confirmed The WREns’ Nest will be launched and as the year progresses retreats, classes and workshops will be announced.
Like what you hear? Get in touch and come and join in the fun 😉