Welcome to Lavistown House-  Centre for Creative Living

Lavistown is a restful and inspiring place where you can focus without day-to-day interruptions; it is a perfect venue for running or attending courses. There is a workroom and lunch room for 10-15 people and a small kitchen for food preparation. We provide free tea and coffee; there is wifi and the centre is wheelchair accessible. You can also enjoy the newly planted gardens and share in their development

It is only 5 kilometres from Kilkenny and within easy reach of motorways and rail services. 


Our Courses & Events

Mindfulness Courses

Date: Sunday, September 4th from 10.30am till 4.30pm

Facilitator: Niamh Barrett

Cost: €70/€50 conc – includes lunch. Bring: loose, comfortable clothes

"Being a parent is one of the greatest mindfulness practices of all… An important part of this process is seeing ourselves with some degree of kindness and compassion" – Jon Kabat-Zinn

This full-day workshop is for parents of children of all ages. It is suitable for people without any prior experience of mindfulness meditation as well as those who have an existing mindfulness practice. 

In this workshop we will take time for ourselves to explore how we can bring mindful awareness to this most challenging and rewarding of roles – and how we can take care of ourselves within it. We’ll practice mindfulness meditations, reflect together on themes related to parenting, and there will be time for discussion and questions. 
Take-away material will include handouts and suggestions for practices which can easily be incorporated into a busy day.



Cost €70/€50 conc.

For more information contact Niamh at niamhmarybarrett@gmail.com or 086 2857212


Autumn Mindfulness Courses

For Autumn 2016 we offer Mindfulness Meditation Courses onTuesday nights which you can book through our partners at Mindfulness Kilkenny www.mindfulnesskilkenny.ie

The dates for Autumn are 
7pm – 9.30pm, 13th September, 20th September. 27th September, 4th October, 11th October, 18th October, 22nd October, 25th October, 1st November

Monthly Garden Workshops

A monthly Garden Workshop allows you learn to garden with a like-minded group of fellow gardeners – all levels welcome. The aim is to have a social, fun group while taking part in hands-on demonstrations, Q&A sessions and getting to see the development of the gardens at Lavistown. The dates for 2016 are shown below. To book just text 086 840 7754  a few days before the course date and we will reserve a place. The cost is €30, pay on the day. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 1pm with lunch and handouts included in the cost.

Garden Workshop Dates:  August 20th, September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, December 11th.

Biodiversity Centre – we have an ongoing relationship with the National Biodiversity Centre in Waterford who run some of their courses here during the year. See www.biodiversityireland.ie for more information.

Mushroom Course

Our long established Mushroom Hunt led by Roger Goodwillie will take place on Saturday 15th October from 10am to 5.30pm. We will spend most of the time out searching for fungi in all their variety of shape and colour but then will cook and taste the edible ones. There are 16 places on this course which sell out fast so book a place below. Each place costs €80

This year we have linked up with Croan Cottages (www.croancottages.com) who will provide lunch for us in their lovely centre near Castlemorris Woods. They also offer self- catering accommodation if you wish to stay longer.