Katy Harrison, Alice Harrison and Mary Gardiner, The Yoga Picnic co-founders, at the launch of the 2024 event, which is on July 7 at Lilliput House, Lough Ennell. Photo: Barry Cronin

‘Yoga Picnic’ festival of wellbeing returns to Ennell shores

The Yoga Picnic, the one-day yoga and wellbeing festival experience on July 7 at Lilliput House, on the banks of Lough Ennell, will feature the cream of international and Irish yoga teachers alongside the most sought after holistic practitioners.

Devised by friends, entrepreneurs, and yoga teachers, Alice Harrison, Mary Gardiner, and Katy Harrison, The Yoga Picnic embodies the essence of yoga, promoting community, connection, and sustainability.

Now in its third year, the festival has expanded capacity to cater for demand and revealed new programme attractions for 2024.

Among the headliners for this year’s festival are teachers such as London-based Adam Husler, Benita Wolfe, yoga teacher trainer from the US, and Silvia Schneider, Austrian TV personality, chef, and entrepreneur.

Joining them are Caggie Dunlop, astrology teacher, author, and television star, and Celest Pereira, who will lead a fun and playful yoga class with Afro beats.

The Yoga Picnic headliners include the best of Irish yoga teachers including women’s headliner Lou Horgan, mantra headliner Eithne Kennedy, MCA headliner Kitty Maguire, ritual headliner Mari Kennedy, spoken word headliner, Laura Murphy, music headliner Jack Harrison, and meditation headliner, Sinéad Mooney.

Mandalei Kuhn will lead a cacao ceremony, Michael Ryan a men’s circle and Terri Conroy will take attendees on a shamanic journey with drumming and plants.

Activities on Lough Ennell include stand-up paddleboard (SUP), yoga, and rejuvenating sauna sessions and ice baths.

This year, The Yoga Picnic introduces an all-new food offering including nutritional food demos and talks, in addition to delicious organic, nourishing food options to sustain attendees throughout the day. Talks and demos will be delivered by Katie Sanderson, celebrity chef Silvia Schneider, and natural chef Nikki Halliday.


The Yoga Picnic’s partnership with Kia Ireland will introduce a sustainability initiative as the first festival to power its tents with Kia EVs. The Yoga Picnic is reducing its carbon footprint by funding native Irish trees planted by Hometree Charity.

Mary Gardiner, co-founder of The Yoga Picnic, says: “This year’s festival is set to be our biggest yet, and we’re excited to offer a holistic experience to yogis, wellbeing enthusiasts, and families alike.

“Our vision for The Yoga Picnic is to provide a vibrant community and offer opportunities for like-minded people to connect over a shared passion for yogic philosophies, positive wellbeing, and sustainability, and create an accessible experience for people at any stage in their yoga journey.”

• The Yoga Picnic has just graduated from the ACORNS 9 Roundtable course for Women in Business.

The ACORNS programme has been designed to support early-stage female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland.