Wellness ‘Restival’ returns to Mount Congreve Gardens 

Pictured at Mount Congreve Gardens in Waterford ahead of the 2023 ‘Restival’ Festival which will take place at Mount Congreve on Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20 is Yoga expert Caitlin Godfrey.

The Restival Festival returns with a brand new look at the newly reopened Mount Congreve Gardens in Waterford following its €7 million restoration works.

Restivalgoers will have an opportunity to enjoy a two-day health and wellbeing event on August 19th and 20th from 7 am to 3 pm daily at the stunning 70-acre gardens in county Waterford. The festival will offer two days of escapism with guided yoga, Qi Gong, and pilates classes plus guided Shinrin-yoku forest bathing walks along with health and wellness talks and more.

Each day will commence with a variety of yoga and Pilates classes available across the beautiful lawns with Qi Gong under the trees along with guided Forest Bathing walks through the woodlands and into the depths of the 70-acre gardens.

The Mount Congreve Gardens with its magnificent woodland canopy couldn’t be a more perfect place to try out some Shinrin-yoku, the medicine of simply being in the forest. Forest bathing was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine and is proven to lower the heart rate and blood pressure, reduce the stress hormone, boost the immune system and improve overall feelings of wellbeing.Restival at Mount Congeve

The expert teachers selected to participate in ‘Restival’ at Mount Congreve Gardens have 100’s years of collective experience and teaching. From yoga gurus to practising GPs to health and well-being talks from Ireland’s leading personal trainer, radio & TV broadcaster, author, and podcast host Karl Henry, as well as TV presenter, and self-described jogger, Mary Kennedy, visitors to the festival can be assured of an opportunity to try or learn something new from some of Ireland’s top practitioners.

An abundance of fresh and local produce will be on offer from Mount Congreve’s own Stables Café. In addition, some local food producers will be on-site and the tranquil lawns will offer a ‘Restival’ social and picnic area.

Tickets to ‘Restival’ also include access to the magnificent ticket-only gardens and woodland walks. The gardens at Mount Congreve, Waterford, consist of around seventy acres of intensively planted woodland garden,  including a four-acre walled garden. The woodland garden has features such as a Chinese Pagoda, ponds, a temple and much more. The entire collection of plants is one of the largest in Ireland, quite simply, the gardens are amazing.

Daily and Weekend tickets to the adult-only ‘Restival’ at Mount Congreve Gardens in County Waterford are now available at €39 per day or €59 per person for a weekend ticket at www.mountcongreve.com. For ticket holders who wish to take a green journey to Restival via the Waterford Greenway, they will receive a free juice on arrival.