A severe alcohol addiction once left organic farmer Gearoid Teevan in a dark place, but now he wants to help others live their best life.
The Cavan man went to rehab more than a decade ago and credits his love of the land and nature with helping him stay sober.
So when he inherited a farm from his beloved Uncle Jim Teevan, complete with lakes and woods, he set about creating the ‘Drummany Spirit’ healing retreat for others seeking hope and healing.
And now this beautiful paradise outside of Milltown, Co Cavan is hosting the first ever ‘Healing Bridges Festival’ – a weekend of drink and drug free revelry!
“The idea for the festival was conceived by my good friend and musician Sean Mulrooney, after a vision came to him following a pilgrimage to Ireland with wisdom keeper Wayne Standing Bear. We worked together on the concept alongside fellow good friend Sandra Nelson and now the hard work is paying off”.
The festival, which will see artists like Pol Brennan from Clannad, Ronan O’Snodaigh from Kila and local talent Fiona Maria Fitzpatrick, is a real family affair with music, food, dancing, children’s workshops and adults, art, yoga, organic food, walks and a host of other activities.
And uniquely, it will celebrate our connection to the land with ancient tales and plant gathering as well as talks and workshops with spiritual elders from around the world.
Gearoid, 52, says: “It’s a restorative festival and it’s totally family oriented as it’s drink and drug free which will make it a very safe space.
“I want to show people – without preaching – that they can have a good time without drinking or drugs.
“Reconnecting with nature while enjoying good music and good food can be so enjoyable.
“Life has been so difficult for so many people during the pandemic and it is so important that we take care of our mental and spiritual health as well as our physical needs.
The father of three adds, “I really believe that my love of the land helped me stay sober. It grounded me.
“I started building ‘Drummany Spirit’ five years ago and now it regularly hosts yoga, music, sound bath and sweat lodge retreats,
“Hosting the festival is a dream come true.
“We stick to a maximum of 250 weekend tickets because we want it to be about quality, not quantity.
“We want it to be a welcoming and safe space for the whole family and there will be something for all ages.”
Festival-goers have the choice of a day ticket or a weekend camping ticket where they can pitch tents in the most beautiful location by the lake.
Gearoid explains: “We are surrounded on all sides by water, beautiful Lough Oughter and Drummany Lough, the land is so beautiful that we farm organically, so it’s just as nature intended.”
The festival runs from August 26-28 and offers a range of ticket options.
Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/
Further information about the festival can be obtained by emailing the Healingbridgesfestival team
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