Three local women’s groups enjoyed a social day out today in two unique enterprises in West Donegal.
The weather may not have been hot and sunny, but the welcomes were warm in the Song House in Falcarragh and OURganic Gardens in Gortahork.
The outing was a member event organised by the Donegal Women in Business Network. Local entrepreneurs mixed with members of the Donegal Town Women’s Group and Dunfanaghy Community Garden to visit both projects.
A musical treat was in store for everyone at Candy Verney’s Song House. The retreat centre has been open for three years, where Candy provides singing holidays and a creative space for groups from all over the world.
Originally from England, Candy has 20 years of experience as a choir director. She took a daring risk to buy the former Poets’ House of Falcarragh and embark on a brand new lifestyle. That sustainable way of life, in the shadow of Muckish Mountain, has changed Candy’s life.
She shared her story with guests today and gave a tour of the centre and gardens before engaging everyone in a song. The uplifting experience gave guests a taste of how music brings people together and can strengthen a group during a retreat.
After learning some tricks in vocals and harmonising, the group moved on to OURganic Gardens in Gortahork to discover the green-fingered way of life with Joanne Butler.
Joanne and her husband Milo started their garden in 2008, on a four acre site with impressive mountain views. Their business grew to become an outdoor environmental education centre with food, sustainability, and the environment at its core.
Joanne and her team had a welcome drink of homemade kombucha for her guests today. She gave a tour of her ornamental, vegetable and fruit gardens. She had a wealth of information to share on gardening and sustainable living, while answering questions on everything from weeds to seeds!
The day ended with a hearty lunch of local produce and plenty of networking among the women from the business and community groups. The musical, education and social event was another great interactive outing for the Donegal Women in Business Network and guests.
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Find out about the Donegal Women in Business Network here: donegalwomeninbusiness.com/why-join
Stay tuned to the Facebook page for the next network event, as they continue their 20th anniversary celebrations this year.