• Running up that hill

    As some of you are probably aware, I have been training to run in the Cardiff Half Marathon, which is happening in less than two weeks’ time, on 1st October 2017. Prior to this, I wasn’t a runner, the furthest I had ever run was 5k and that nearly killed me, or it certainly felt […]

  • Mindfulness Retreat - Hilton Court Gardens - Pembrokeshire

    A perfect day for a mindful retreat

    On a summer Sunday in August, the dome at beautiful Hilton Court Gardens in Pembrokeshire was the venue for our first Mindfulness Retreat Day. In fact the weather was so good that we spent most of the day meditating outside on the grass, overlooking the stunning bay below. Participants learnt a range of meditation practices, […]

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    The Right Place to be Mindful

    I am writing this blog post sitting on a tiny stool carved from a log in a tepee.  As I look around, I am surrounded by trees and spring flowers in brilliant shades of pink and yellow. In front of me is a little wooden bridge over a stream and the only sounds I can […]

  • Trying Out as a SUP Yogi

    “Beep beep, beep beep” my phone sang at 6.20am. “Rise and shine, it’s SUP Yoga time!” It’s been a while since I woke up this early to don a wet suit. I gathered Dave was thinking the same as he loosely acknowledged the sudden awakening and grunt-rolled into his duvet den, muttering, Just another 5 […]

  • Lisa Smith - St Davids Yoga - Pembrokeshire

    Meet Lisa Smith: St Davids Yoga

    It’s blooming convenient having all this information available online, literally at our swiping fingertips. We can couch surf around the world, translate any phrase into our chosen language, buy our entire family a birthday gift and see what the weather is doing without stepping outside. Even Life Seeker engages you in virtual form initially, before […]

  • Coast and Country visit Cariad Glass

    ITV’s Coast & Country Visit Cariad Glass

    The hottest day of the year so far in Llandysul was spent with the lovely Ruth Wignall from ITV’s ‘Coast and Country’ We had a really enjoyable day filming with Ruth and cameraman Jerry…….and studio dogs Paddy and Otis made an appearance too! Justine talked to Ruth about the inspiration West Wales has on the […]

  • Speak without Fear - Presentation coaching - Serena Flynn - St Davids Wellbeing

    Speak Without Fear

    We had developed a concept for an airport wireless information console and it was my turn to present it to a couple of hundred students, design professors and local business gurus. At 20 years old, I stood before my audience in Osaka Design College, gave the nod to our Japanese translator and began excitedly introducing our […]

  • The Big Retreat Wales - Pembrokeshire

    Magical moments at the Big Retreat Wales

    It was unusual for me to be up with the early birds. My reward…one of the first to catch a glimpse of the glistening estuary from The Old Castle Terrace. Boats bobbing and the sun poised to break through the clouds, It’s going to be another magical day at The Big Retreat Wales I smiled […]

  • Your Wild Wisdom - Nicole Olsthoorn

    Changing Perspective From Struggle To Peace

    […] “When I embarked on my spiritual journey, I had no idea what was ahead of me. If I had known, I probably would have thought I was not able to do it all. But I did not, so I dove in. Wholeheartedly. And as always when on a quest, you have to deal with […]

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    All you need for healthy, happy living

    The Ark is the local independent health hub in the centre of Haverfordwest. The health food shop and the health care clinic provide all you need for healthy, happy living. We offer drug-free treatments and free-from foods, drinks, household items and skin care that are good for you and the environment. You will also find […]

  • Your Wild Wisdom - Nicole Olsthoorn

    I Do Not Belong Here

    […] “I was raised Catholic. Not very strict, but I was baptised with 6 months, did my communion when I was 7 and choose to do a confirmation when I was 12. I did not really like the church. I never understood the strict rules and all the official mayhem around them. I remember sitting […]

  • Your Wild Wisdom - Nicole Olsthoorn

    Once Upon A Time…

    Once Upon A Time … “I hate this diary! It feels so childish. I am 15 now and I feel like shit. School sucks and at home we have no money. It is not like we are pathetic or something, but we are not doing any fun stuff anymore. I even have to try and […]

  • #thesmilefiles WINNER - Claire Eaton - Milford Haven

    MamGu Welshcakes for #thesmilefiles Winner

    Following the great success of The Hilton Happy Weekend at Hilton Court Gardens & Crafts on May bank holiday, the giggles continued as we waded through #thesmilefiles competition entries. The brief was easy; find your silly side, dress in a crazy disguise using the happy props box, snap your best comedy photo in #thesmilefiles photo booth and […]

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    New Premises for The Ark Health Hub

    How amazing to be called ‘Great for the High Street’ and people stopping in the street to look at our new facade and go ‘Amazing!’ We are so proud of our new shop with a stylish white, gold and black facade and then coming inside adding a lovely teal palette. Our selection of Pukka teas […]

  • #thesmilefiles photo booth - The Hilton Happy Weekend

    Smiles at The Hilton Happy Weekend

    What a fantastically magical weekend we have just celebrated at Hilton Court Gardens & Crafts for The Hilton Happy Weekend. I’m rarely left speechless (as my good friends will tell you) yet after countless hours of creative planning, meticulous prep and ‘on the day’ coordination, it was quite frankly overwhelming to see the happiness we […]

  • What is Viniyoga?

    This is a question I am frequently asked, particularly by new yoga students and beginners. On my flyers and website I describe it as “A gentle form of Yoga using postures to support and develop the breath. It is a meditative approach, suitable for all abilities.” but that really doesn’t do it justice. Viniyoga is […]

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    Haverfoodfest at County Hall

    Aptly named, Haverfoodfest brings together the best that local produce has to offer to host a celebration of food, fun and entertainment in the county town of Haverfordwest. This is great news for the town and we are pleased to see community spirit seeping back into the area, as well as some exciting new businesses […]

  • WIN a ‘Time Out’ Weekend in West Wales

    If you are resident or a regular visitor to West Wales, you will understand why we talk so positively about our surrounding environment. The counties of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion are flooded with breath taking landscapes, rejuvenating fresh air and warm-hearted people. Even on a ‘down day’ it’s difficult to forget where we are, and how some […]

  • Level 1 Stained Glass fun here in Llandysul!

    Five first-time stained glass pupils had a smashing day with us (tee hee…see what I did there?!) on our popular Level One stained glass class on 1st April. Designed as a ‘crash course’ (another joke, for your enjoyment) our one day classes are intensive, hard work and LOTS of fun! The day begins with a […]

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    The best (and worst) Mindfulness and Meditation Jokes of all time

    If you’re someone that practices or works with mindulness or meditation, you’ll be well aware of the humorous side to these very serious subjects. Not everyone thinks the way you do and some are perhaps sceptical until they’ve tried the techniques for themselves. Nevertheless, it’s quite fun to see the comedy side to both mindfulness and meditation […]