We are delighted to introduce Carrauntoohil Eco Farm, which is located on the South West Coast of Ireland. It’s a farm with so much more on offer, including camping, yurts, immediate access to breath-taking scenery, and some very special events.
We recently visited Carrauntoohil Eco Farm and were blown away by it’s beautiful location and natural peacefulness. We also got to catch up with the farms owner, Vikki Cullen, and ask her a few questions about how Firewalking and retreats are a big part of life on the farm.
Tell us about you. How and when did your Firewalking career begin?
I did my first Firewalk in 2007 as part of a Tony Robbins event in London. My Dad had tickets for the event and couldn’t go so, myself and my sister attended. That was my first Firewalk and it was life changing.
I have always been fascinated with fire and how transformational and powerful it can be. Also, I am an Aries – the fire sign – so I feel very connected to it. I remember when I attended the event thinking how I would love to be able to get people to do this. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would become a Firewalk Instructor, facilitating Firewalks.
10 years later, in 2017, I came across the Instructor Training Course from Firewalk International on Facebook. I just felt compelled to attend, and without thinking too much about it, I booked a place and from there it all started.
I hosted my first Firewalking event at my place, Carrauntoohil Eco Farm, on the winter solstice in December 2017. As well as a Firewalk we had a mini music concert and it was an enormous success. Since then I have hosted a few more Firewalks at the farm.
How long has Carrauntoohil Eco Farm been operational?
Carrauntoohil Eco Farm has been operating since 2014 and it is constantly evolving and changing.
Tell us about Carrauntoohil Eco Farm?
Carrauntoohil Eco Farm is a 10-acre smallholding farm at the foothills of Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. I live here with my teenage daughter in a converted barn.
We have goats, chickens, sheep, alpacas, cats, and dogs. Most of them are rescue animals, they are all pets and very friendly.
During the summer months (April to September), we offer glamping in our Mongolian Yurts. We also provide camping pitches and a few other accommodation options. The most interesting being a converted shipping container which ties in with the Tiny Homes movement.
The aim and the ethos of the Carrauntoohil Eco Farm is to be self-sufficient eventually, and work in a way that is sustainable and compatible with nature. I want the farm to become an education centre. A place where people can come and see how to live in a different way from the normal way of life. At a much slower pace and in tune with nature.
I am very passionate about nature and peoples’ connection with nature. Nature has so much to offer and I constantly see the disconnect from nature in society today. By running retreats and workshops, people can get back to nature, they can reconnect and rebalance.
We run an annual Wild Woman Event, which is a gathering of women, coming together to share stories, connect with the land and empower themselves. We also run Shamanic Drum making workshops twice a year with Daithi Dubh of Wild Spirit Drums.
Firewalks happen throughout the year, linking in with the Celtic festivals. I have plans to provide Sweat Lodges in the future, and a few other surprises also. I also offer healings, working with the Celtic Goddesses rooted in Shamanic practices and directly linked to the land here.
Where exactly is Carrauntoohil Eco Farm?
The farm is in County Kerry, Ireland and only 20 minutes from Killarney town.
What is your favourite thing about operating Carrauntoohil Eco Farm?
My favourite thing about Carrauntoohil Eco Farm is the land itself. I find it very magical and I have a very special connection with the land here and all the aspects of nature. I love watching the landscape changes through the seasons and how nature just flows with the changing weather.
It’s great to meet all the people that the farm attracts. I have met so many interesting and beautiful people who come here to stay or are just called to come and visit the land. I feel that I am just a gatekeeper of the land and I am just taking care of it. The land is a part of everyone that visits.
What has been the most surprising/unexpected thing about operating Carrauntoohil Eco Farm?
I think I have surprised myself in that I have achieved something that I have set out to do. The farm is still growing and developing and no matter how much I plan, it still takes me in different directions sometimes.
I have learned so much from interacting with people and working with the animals and the hardships of living on the side of a mountain. I am proud of myself for being able to cope with whatever challenges it can throw at me.
What’s your favourite story from one of your events?
At my last Firewalk, I also did a glass walk and arrow breaking. After completing the glass walk, one of the attendees told me that they suffered from anxiety. But for those few seconds walking on the glass, they felt a sense of peace, their anxiety disappeared, and it was such a good feeling.
I love getting feedback like this as it makes it all worthwhile. Even if only 1 person feels this, it’s still what it’s all about.
What is your biggest piece of advice for someone wanting to start a Firewalking Business?
My biggest piece of advice for anyone wanting to start a Firewalking Business would be to just go for it. You can come up with a million reasons why you shouldn’t but for me it has been one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. You are helping people change their lives and you can’t really put a price on that. It’s so powerful and it’s so worthwhile. I have zero regrets.
We wish Vikki all the best for the future with Carrauntoohil Eco Farm and we strongly encourage you to visit. It really is magical.
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