As we parked the car in the nearby farmers field and headed up the bunting clad laneway, we were already being swept along on the chilled out relaxed Festival vibe that permeated the whole event and all that was before the females received a floral garland on arrival.
Following tea, coffee and scones (and suncream application), we floated our way to the upper lawns before being grounded by Darren’s Yoga class.
A first for many participants was the Sound Bath Experience. The energy generated reverberated throughout the old mill structure, the combination of the gongs and the history of the building was felt within by all.
Mother Nature decided to accept the party invite, so sandwiched in between the Sound Bath sessions , we enjoyed a BBQ al fresco.
Some of the greatest memories of the day were of everyone chilling out on the sunbathing lawns, as getting lost in conversation was the order of the day with time flowing seamlessly by.
As the sun finally descended into the forest people drifted from the saunas, hot tubs and banja treatments towards the food truck before heading inside for a presentation celebrating 60 years of the Irish Naturist Association.
We were greeted by a video message from John Conlon who was at the very first meeting all those years ago, before being regaled with stories charting milestones over the decades. A Pictionary Book was presented to former President Pat Gallagher (amongst others) with the cake cutting being his only official duty of the weekend.
A raffle was held with Marie winning top prize of the first two nights free at Karie Jane’s BHH Naturist resort in Fuerteventura. Afterwards, music was provided by Mike & Lee which went on well into the night. The Irish know how to throw a party and the general consensus was that this will live long in the memory of those fortunate enough to attend.