The Creative Embers You Seek Are Within


Hidden Hearth is an intimate festival of community, connection, creativity, celebration and empowerment. This two day festival aims to enchant and nourish all who gather. We will honour the end of the outward half of the year, reflect on the bounty we have experienced throughout the brighter months, and let go as we prepare to turn inward for the darker winter months.

It is a celebration of many disciplines of the arts such as music, visual art, poetry, topical talks & debates, performances and crafts. It is also a place where people can come to retreat from the world and connect with nature. Our array of holistic workshops and classes will be spaces to nourish your body, mind and spirit whilst giving your system some support during the change of season. Our intention is to curate fun and engaging spaces of learning and exploration through many different hands-on workshops, interactive talks and classes that inspire new perspectives. We will provide the perfect space for sharing skills to support people in their empowerment of taking climate action into their own hands (literally!).

At the heart of the festival lies the knowing of our interdependence with the planet and her resources. We acknowledge the interconnectedness of our health as individuals with the health of our planet and ecosystem. Our festival aims to bridge this connection so that participants leave with a greater understanding of the importance for us as individuals and a collective to take creative and local action to support our planet to thrive once again, whether that be by learning how to forage within your locality for medicines and food, by planting trees, or by being inspired to take action on a governmental level.

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Mission

We wish to reawaken the remembrance of our interconnectedness with the natural world by reminding people that we, humans, are nature - not separate from it. Through multiple modes of the arts we will inspire collective and creative care for our planet, global network and local communities.

Vision

For us, as humans to remember and create space for our innate regenerative and creative capacity as an extension of the Earth. We envision a world where we respect and care for the wellbeing of all life. A world that lives in reciprocity with the elements and ecosystem. A world in which the sacredness of all life is known and celebrated.

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The FarmYard

We are focusing on the intersection between the arts, nature connection and holistic wellbeing, and believe that a balanced engagement in all of these fields will lead to a thriving ecosystem - outwardly and inwardly.  Hidden Hearth is the first of a series of events to bring awareness toward the FarmYard at Lisnavagh which is a living lab; a hub of innovation, resilience & sustainable living in County Carlow. People from all walks of life & all parts of the world come to the FarmYard to be inspired & to rethink their lifestyles by participating in events that explore the inextricable links and interdependencies between the arts, agriculture, biodiversity, community, innovation, technology, nature, the environment, health & wellbeing and climate action.

Our Spaces

Sacred Fire Space

Sacred Fire Space

Join us for the Opening Ceremony to launch Hidden Hearth. All are welcome as guests and exhibitors come together.

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The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

In our Sanctuary, you can delight your body and nourish your soul with a variety of Yoga, Dance, Tai Chi, Meditation, Chanting, Somatic Movement and more!

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The Library

The Library

Feed your mind in the luxurious library in Lisnavagh House where cutting edge thinkers, activists, writers, and educators will share their knowledge and wisdom in an interactive setting.

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The Brick Barn

The Brick Barn

Cosy into our scenic barn nestled within the native woodland which hosts shamanic workshops, cacao ceremonies and singing circles.

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Into The Woods

Into The Woods

Our main stage in the woods will showcase an eclectic range of music for people to dance, sing and celebrate.

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The Courtyard

The Courtyard

Enjoy our mellow acoustic sessions in the Stables Courtyard whilst browsing our community market, drinking some chai, eating some delicious lunch, or cosying up next to an outdoor fire.

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Wild Child Kids Area

Wild Child Kids Area

We are a family-friendly festival with a program of events designed specifically for your wildlings

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Forest Friends

Forest Friends

With Lisnavagh being home to over 250 acres of woodland, we invite you to head into the woods to get lost, become enchanted, and re-emerge renewed.

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The Walled Garden

The Walled Garden

Learn about organic growing through workshops in the Lisnavagh veggie gardens; where much of the produce used for retreats and events is grown

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Visionéire

Visionéire

Visionéire is a collaborative platform for creatives and likeminds with intention to bring together and showcase the work of the new wave of Irish visionaries, seers, artists, musicians and poets

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The Croí-ative Cave

The Croí-ative Cave

Do you wish to pour your heart into the creative process? Our Croí-ative Cave is the perfect place to do just that.

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Community Market

Community Market

Browse a wide range of hand-made artisan crafts, textiles, jewellery, foods, health products and art

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Sauna at the Lake

Sauna at the Lake

Give your body some loving with our outdoor health suite hosted by Tigh 'n Alluis. Expect a Whiskey Barrel Sauna, ice baths, hot tubs and the Woodland Lake!

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Holistic Space

Holistic Space

We have an array of holistic therapies available from a range of top-class holistic practitioners.

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Front Lawn

Front Lawn

Be inspired by an exilirating game of Wild Hurling on the front lawn of Lisnavagh House!

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The 2023 Lineup

Yoga & Meditation

Cacao Ceremony

Forest Bathing

Sauna at the Lake

Bee Therapy

Community Market

Wild Forest School

Kirtan & Sound Baths

Wild Hurling

Holistic Therapies

Topical Talks

Meditation

Rave In The Woods

Breathwork

Creative Workshops

Tree Planting

Shamanic Journey

Live Music Sessions

Live Music Featurning: 

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Preliminary Programme:

We know that the writing is teeny tiny on these posters and appreciate that everyone's eyes don't have the best sight. What can we say... It's hard to fit such a full and wonderful programme of events onto one page! We invite you to save these images so that you can zoom in on your phone or computer. Thank you!

Programme 2023 - Subject to Change!


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Camping

If you feel like embracing the mid October elements, we have camping available from Friday - Monday.

Accommodation

Please note that all of our onsite accommodation is taken for facilitators and artist, however please see our recommended local accommodation here. Local B&Bs and hotels will be running deals especially for our guests, please contact us for more information about this at events@lisnavagh.com

Shuttle Bus from Carlow

To make the festival more accessible this year, we will be offering a shuttle bus service to and from Carlow town. Click here for more info

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Accessibility

We intend for Hidden Hearth to be a festival for everyone to enjoy, thus are making it a priority to make it as accessible as possible to all. 

Hidden Hearth has the following services to support our disabled festival goers:

  • Wheelchair accessibility at Woodland Stage
  • Wheelchair accessible toilets (one in the campsite and one in main area).
  • Accessible Camping Area
  • Cold storage for medicine
  • Blue badge parking
  • Wheelchair accessible shuttle bus from Carlow

If you would like to book one of the above services please email us on events@lisnavagh.com

Services for disabled people are managed by the Accessibility Lead who will be based in the Cad é an Craic Caravan. Please come and see them. The more that we know about services that you would like and any problems encountered around the site, the more we can help everyone to enjoy the festival.

The Accessibility Team do our best to help onsite, but we have found that the biggest factor in having a good time at a festival is the planning that you do yourself. If you need more specific advice please contact us and we will try to advise you.

Hidden Hearth 2022

2022 was the inaugural Wellness Festival at Lisnavagh which is now known as “Hidden Hearth”.

It was a very special coming together of community to somehow pull off our first run.

We hope that the magic that carried us through our first year and the seeds we planted at the inaugural event will grow and expand as we do as a festival.

See the timetable from 2022

Sponsorship

If you or your business would like to sponsor the 2023 program of events for Hidden Hearth,
please contact us on hiddenhearthfestival@gmail.com

Getting Here

Find Us

There is a regular bus service to Rathvilly (3 miles from Lisnavagh) from Dublin Busarus in with Bus Eireann www.buseireann.ie and www.jjkavanagh.ie also run a service from Dublin to Carlow town - 20 minutes from Lisnavagh and a €30 taxi ride from opposite the bus station in Carlow.

Other bus routes please see https://www.transportforireland.ie