Wild Atlantic wellness
Centre for Wild Atlantic Wellness
Celebrating the West of Ireland’s Community Seascapes & Connected Waterways.
The West of Ireland’s deeply textured landscape holds the history of time.
Over the last 100 years there has been a profound shift in how people relate to places. In the past, nature’s cycles were fundamentally a part of human interaction & community life.
However, the lived-experience in modern Ireland is increasingly disassociated from nature and many traditional ways of life are diminishing.
In Galway there has been a resurgence of interest in ‘place-based’ experiences, especially those inspired by the ‘magic’ of the wild Atlantic ocean.
Our local environment has evolved into a diverse tapestry of collaborative voices: small businesses, chefs, crafters, organic farmers, artists, weavers & writers are reclaiming a sense of place, heritage and a shared communal identity.
At the heart of this is a sustainable marine / waterways / ocean lifestyle & culture!
For centuries the ocean has been a place associated with health & community well-being.
Whether it is the negative ions in the air, potassium in the water or simply the sense of freedom one gathers from being at sea, it is the idea that oceans hold the key for transformation & renewal that still grips our modern-day imagination!
The Centre for WILD Atlantic Wellness is made up of:
A network of collaborative cultural voices that champion an ocean-related & nature-inspired way of life.
Well-being is more than individual health (emotional, physical, mental, creative & spiritual), it includes the social, historical & physical landscapes within which we dwell.
A sample of our agenda:
Community-led wellness projects inspired by our local seascapes.
Go WILD: nature-based transformative experiences that reconnect people with nature’s cycles & local seascape mythology.
Traditional boat-building and sailing skills.
Healthy ocean-inspired gastronomy.
Health education & promotion via creative PR, storytelling on social media platforms, and a dedicated WILD Atlantic Wellness podcast series.
Creative spaces: encouraging visually rich and poetic narratives within community settings that inspire dialogue and shared ocean-related encounters (both online and offline).
Encourage meaningful engagement in ocean related healthy activities for people who are not traditionally part of the fishing / coastal community.
Explore how culture comes ‘alive’ through the act of creating physical spaces (landscaping, interior design, gardens, homes, architecture, public spaces, docklands, harbors) for WILD Atlantic Wellness experiences to emerge naturally.
Would you like to work with us? Contact Anna