Wellness tourism is a growing trend within the global MICE industry and Cork offers a wealth of relaxing, restorative and re-energising experiences. It's the perfect place for guests to recharge and reconnect.
Adding wellness and combining it with corporate social responsibility elements on a MICE trip can enhance delegates' engagement, making them more productive and ready to tackle the day-to-day conference or meeting programme.
Cork is home to an array of opportunities for clients to immerse themselves in feel-good vibes. Delegates can explore impressive landscapes, or enjoy an adrenaline-infused activity that gets the pulse racing.
Sailing Into Wellness
Sailing Into Wellness is a not-for-profit social enterprise born out of a passion to utilise the unique setting of the sea to help communities. The sailing programme is an educational activity designed to inspire. Your contribution helps support participants to overcome both physical and mental challenges in an environment that is both exhilarating and therapeutic.
Sail on the open sea with Sailing Into Wellness
Sailing Into Wellness offers an innovative corporate team day out. From the time you help each other on with life-jackets to listening to the safety briefing, you begin to work together as a team — in a new way, in a different environment. First you learn to trust the instructors and then to trust the rest of the crew who are your colleagues. In this group learning setting, everyone on board has a specific role; to sail the boat efficiently, we all need to carry out our roles in concert with our fellow crew.
100% of profits are used to fund community sailing projects; directly helping vulnerable groups to experience a completely new environment on the open sea. Sailing Into Wellness works with those affected by substance abuse and poor mental health, to help build their recovery — and sailing has proven to be a powerful tool in their development.
Sailing Into Wellness is a 2017 Social Entrepreneurs Ireland awardee
- Delegate numbers: Groups of 13
- What it is: Develop teamwork through sailing
- Who it supports: People affected by substance abuse and mental health issues
- Time needed: Full Day/Half Day
West Cork Forest Bathing
More than a walk in the woods! Forest Bathing is translated verbatim from the Japanese shinrin-yoku.
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest.
Get back to nature with West Cork Forest Bathing
Researchers, primarily in Japan and South Korea, have established a growing body of scientific literature on the diverse health benefits. Each guide works in different woodland settings and can tailor the experience to suit the clientele's requirements.
Individual expertise is combined with a practical framework to offer clients beneficial walks and experiences, and each Forest Bathing Guide offers a unique skillset according to individual knowledge. Qualified Tourist Destination Forest Bathing Guides include Grainne, Digital STEAM Career Coach; Michelle, Certified Nutritionist & Naturopathic Practitioner; Anna, Mindset & Confidence Coach; Val, Forest School Practitioner; Jane, Manual & People Handling Adviser; and Avril, an Artisan Food Producer and member of West Cork Farm Tours.
- Delegate numbers: Please enquire
- What it is: Relax on a nature activity
- What it supports: The environment and personal wellbeing
- Time needed: 2 hours
Inter-firm Dragon Boat Challenge | Meitheal Mara
Meitheal Mara is an established maritime cultural and education centre in the heart of Cork City, and a registered charity. They are experts in traditional boat-building and training others in boat-building and rowing. They work with many Cork-based youth groups and use these activities to promote social and personal development in young people.
Take on the Dragon Boat Challenge with Meitheal Mara
Each spring and each autumn Meitheal Mara invites companies, organisations and groups to take part in their spectacular Dragon Boat Challenge. Your delegates could compete with 15 other crews to become this year’s Dragon Boat Challenge Champions!
- Delegate numbers: Minimum: 17 / Maximum: 272 (16 crews of 17 participants)
- What it is: Enjoy a hands-on experience on the water
- Who it supports: Young people to engage with maritime education and training
- Time needed: Full-day
- Who to contact: Evelyn O’Sullivan
Start making your delegates' dreams come true by contacting the Meet in Ireland and Cork Convention Bureau teams for advice, information and assistance in building a wellness-themed MICE experience in the Cork area.