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Sunday 21 January 2018

Solstice conference aims to be a stress free zone

Former rugby international Gordon D'Arcy with Calodagh McCumiskey of Rejuvenate Ireland and Her Excellency Mrs. Vijay Thakur Singh, the Indian Ambassador to Ireland who launched a conference on Wellbeing and Yoga taking place in the Ferrycarrig Hotel on June 21
Former rugby international Gordon D'Arcy with Calodagh McCumiskey of Rejuvenate Ireland and Her Excellency Mrs. Vijay Thakur Singh, the Indian Ambassador to Ireland who launched a conference on Wellbeing and Yoga taking place in the Ferrycarrig Hotel on June 21

Maria Pepper

A major event designed to help people combat stress in their lives is taking place in the Ferrycarrig Hotel in June with speakers including the Indian Ambassador, Mrs. Vijay Thakur Singh and the former rugby international Gordon D'Arcy.

The Rejuvenate Ireland Wellbeing Conference will coincide with the third UN International Day of Yoga on the longest day of the year, Wednesday June 21 with a dynamic group of experts sharing their experience of how people can turn challenges into strengths and make the most of the opportunities they face as individuals and organisations.

'Stress is the epidemic of the 21st century with nearly half a million people in Ireland now on anti-depressants and 60%of the population either obese or overweight' said organiser Calodagh McCumiskey.

'The stress factor is hurting business in particular with some companies not taking full advantage of the upturn as staff do not perform at their best because they are letting the pressure get to them,' she said.

The Rejuvenate conference aims to provide solutions to stress-filled lives and will bring together leaders from business, sport and community including the motivational speaker Steve Black; Her Excellency Mrs Vijay Thakur Singh,the Indian Ambassador to Ireland; Terry Prone, Chairperson of the Communications Clinic; Gordon D'Arcy, investment manager with Investec and former international rugby player; Tracy Piggott, sports broadcaster; Colin Regan, GAA Community and Health Manager; Liam Griffin, Chair of Griffin Group and former All-Ireland winning Wexford hurling manager; Madeline Quirke, CEO of Wexford Chamber and Calodagh McCumiskey, founder of Rejuvenate Ireland .

The conference will also introduce participants to the benefits of yoga with a workshop that is expected to be attended by over 300 participants. Both events will be held in the Ferrycarrig Hotel with Yoga for All taking place in the morning from 9.30 am to 12 noon and costing €10 per person including a light light.

The Rejuvenate Ireland Wellbeing Conference will be held in the evening from 7 pm to 11 pm and tickets cost €75 per person including a drinks reception and an evening meal.To register telephone Roisín at Wexford Chamber on 053 9122226.

'Only 32% of people are meeting the basic physical exercise that is recommended,' said Calodagh who is the driving force behind Rejuvenate Ireland and the founder of Spiritual Earth.

'We are witnessing an increase in mental health problems and suicide which is devastating families and communities,'

This calls for a serious commitment to putting wellbeing at the heart of every business and organisation in Ireland. If we want to be well and do well consistently we must put wellbeing at the heart of what we do,'' she said.

The event is being run in association with Wexford Chamber and Wexford County Council with the help of Danone and Skillnet and a team of volunteers.

'For more information go to www.rejuvenateireland.com.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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