Music, Meditation and Mantra – A Creative Workshop at The Quiet House Retreat, Schull, West Cork, May 2019

A beautiful and gentle days’ retreat in a nuturing rural West Cork location. This is a small group activity….intimate, soulful and relaxing. Treat yourself to a day of connecting with your intuition and creating your own personal heartsong through a gently facilitated and held space.

Lunch is provided in the cost….all you need to do is come along and enjoy the unfolding of the day.

To find out more about Mariananda and Quiet House Retreat visit her website here: www.quiethouseretreat.com 

 Early booking recommended as there are limited places available.

Bookings to Mariananda on 083 1852737 or by email to: marianandaexley@gmail.com

 

Xmas Singing 2017

Xmas singing came earlier for me this year…..and finished earlier than usual too. Ceol na Laoi had many appointments singing at The WestGate Foundation and the Nursing Unit at the Ballincollig Community Hospital. We also took songs out to the Glow Festival in Cork collecting for the Simon Community, Griffins Garden Centre collecting for local young cancer victim Ava and to Tescos for their childrens charity.

I especially enjoyed singing with the Cope Foundation and Co Action groups from Clonakilty again this year, when once again we took to the streets of Clonakilty in the Land Train to visit and sing for two nursing homes.

Have a great festive season everyone and stay warm!!

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Catch a Choir Day, Ballincollig for World Mental Health Month Oct. 2017

What a fantastic day in Ballincollig with Ceol na Laoi, West Cork BIG SING!, Voices of Cork and the WestGate Choirs….WELL DONE EVERYONE!! And a big THANK YOU to all the support we had, with special thanks to: The Castle Gate Shopping Centre; Librabry, Nosh and Coffee, The Plaza Cafe, Ballincolig Business Association, Rugby Club; Dick O’Reily (photography), Catherine Hassett (Ballincollig Health and Wellbeing), Eoin Nash (Cope Foundation), Ballincollig branches of Downs and Quishes SuperValu stores and Dunne’s Store, and the fantastic team of women who helped getting ready for the big day from Ceol na Laoi….especially Elaine who helped to coordinate the event.

Community Music Sessions at Lisheens House, Skibbereen October 2017

Initially these sessions were set up with forming a singing group in mind, and have now been expanded to provide a facilitated space where people can come together with others to enjoy a variety of music activities such as: playing with rhythms and body-percussion, song writing, and playing instruments alongside singing songs. These sessions are open to anyone who would like to come along, regardless of experience.

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Singing Weekend and Training day in Naas, Co. Kildare November 4th/5th 2017

My next visit to Naas, Co. Kildare has now been confirmed for the weekend of 4th/5th November and will include an ‘Introduction to Leading Groups in Song’ Training Day on Saturday 4th from 10am-5pm. This day is aimed at anyone wishing to develop their skills in bringing singing into group work. On the Sunday we will have another Singing Workshop which will include exploring body percussion as well as discussion on the possibility of a BIG SING! event into the area next year!

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World Mental Health Week ‘Catch a Choir Day’ event in Ballincollig 14th October 2017

In recognition of World Mental Health Month, Ceol na Laoi-Ballincolligs’ Community Choir, in collaboration with the West Cork Big Sing Project will be staging an event to celebrate and promote singing as an activity that enhances community well-being on Saturday 14th October .

Local community choirs will be performing in a number of venues around Ballincollig, providing an opportunity for the groups to share their songs and visibly demonstrate the benefits of participation to the wider community.

We are delighted to be hosting the Voices of Cork, the Westgate Choir and the West Cork BIG SING! Choir alongside Ceol na Laoi. The participating venues are: Castle West Shopping Centre (various times); Ballincollig Library (2.30pm and 3.30pm); Nosh and Coffee Cafe (4pm); and The Plaza Bistro in Times Square (2.30pm). These times are approximate and all the choirs will start off singing together at 2pm in Castle West Shopping Centre.

So whilst you are out and about in the town centre on the afternoon of Saturday 14th between 2-4.30pm, try and CATCH A CHOIR and enjoy some fabulous singing!

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