The Yoga Picnic

About The Yoga Picnic

 

Our Story

The Yoga Picnic An Intimate Yoga Festival on the banks of Lough Ennell, Celebrating Mind, Body, and Spirit.

“A beautiful gathering of like-minded souls. This day will fill my heart for quite a while to come. To use a few words to describe it: Joyful. Magic. Meaningful. Connection. Love. Soul Tribe. Uplifting.  Inspiring.”

Crafted by three friends and enthusiastic yoga teachers, Mary Gardiner, Katy Harrison and Alice Harrison, The Yoga Picnic is a wellness experience which brings together Ireland’s leading holistic practitioners for a day of movement, therapies, discussion and music. Mary, a mother of four and yoga studio owner, together with Alice, a mother of two and criminal barrister held the first festival in 2022. They were joined by Katy, a full-time primary school teacher, in 2023 and together they have created Ireland’s leading yoga festival in order to share their commitment to community, connection and wellness with all. 

Their mission for The Yoga Picnic is to showcase Ireland’s incredible yoga teachers and promote awareness about yogic philosophies, wellness, mental health, sustainability and the environment. Their first event was in 2022 on the grounds of Lilliput House, on the banks of Lough Ennell, Co Westmeath. The 2023 festival hosted over 1000 people and our early bird tickets for 2024 sold out in just 9 minutes.

With so much polarity and othering in today’s world, I came away feeling truly connected and with a deep sense of hope for our world and our future

Yoga teachers, speakers, healers, poets and musicians from all around the country give classes in yoga, meditation, yoga nidra, ecstatic dance and mantra; perform music, drumming, sound healing and poetry; curate magical cacao and rose tea ceremonies; and provide a space for fun and exploration with acro-yoga, kids yoga and forest activities. Activities on Lough Ennell that are particularly memorable are the stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga and the sauna sessions that are available for the day. The 2023 festival closed with an evening yoga music concert with Jack Harrison and band which was a soulful celebration at the end of the day: a rainbow emerging as people danced and sang their hearts out. As one attendee described, it felt as though “we collectively raised the vibration of the Midlands, if not the entire island.” We are looking forward to this magic again in Summer 2024.  

Sinead Mooney of Moons Yoga Loft Dublin:—”Everyone is talking about how exciting the festival is this year—and it IS! I feel like this is going to be Ireland’s powerhouse of a Yoga gathering for many, many years to come. “

Our Philosophy

We hope to create an earth-wise, authentic and intimate environment which allows you to experience a journey of self-discovery, healing, and transformation. We hope that you can be part of our movement to re-charge and reconnect to your body and mind while while simultaneously experiencing connection, harmony and union with our beautiful planet.

Our intention is to embrace the meaning of yoga – the ‘oneness’ or unity between all things. Our philosophy is one of kindness, connection, union, ahimsa (non-violence), sustainability and love, whether it is our bodies, our minds or mother earth. Our carefully curated line-up reflects our core values and we invite you to take time to re-energise and experience what our grass-roots festival has to offer.

Immerse yourself in everything The Yoga Picnic is. Let us come together to celebrate the power of yoga as we create a more peaceful and loving world, one breath at a time.

Your Hosts

Mary Gardiner

Mary’s background is in competitive sport and she has a degree in physical education. She uses her knowledge and passion for anatomy to inform her teaching and creates classes that are inclusive, dynamic and playful while also teaching ways to integrate mind body connection on and off the mat. Mary owns Shiva Yoga Studio in Kilbeggan.

You can find more about Mary and her offerings at www.shivayoga.ie

Alice Harrison

Alice has been practicing yoga since 2005 and sees yoga as an essential part of her wellbeing. She trained as a yoga teacher with The Celtic School of Yoga and furthered her studies with a qualification in women’s and pregnancy yoga. She also trained in ballet and dance for over two decades. Her classes weave the cyclical wisdom of nature (the seasons, the moon, women’s cycles, the elements) with Ireland’s spiritual heritage, poetry and traditional yogic philosophies. She is from Galway, living in Westmeath.

You can find more about Alice and her offerings at www.alyceharrisonyoga.com

Katy Harrison

Katy , a yoga teacher from Galway, believes in the transformative power of yoga to connect us with our true selves. She blends poetry, music and the mystical elements of Celtic mythology together with the physical and mental aspects of yoga.  Her  purpose is to guide students towards a deeper understanding of themselves in their own journey of self-discovery, to unlock the hidden potential within through the practice of yoga.

You can find more about Katy and her offerings at www.katyharrisonyoga.com