Day 01: Travel to Dublin, Ireland
Depart from a New York area airport and make your way to Dublin, Ireland. The stunning beauty and friendly people alone are worth a visit!

Day 02: Welcome to Dublin
Upon arrival, the group will be met and transferred to Dublin city center. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Dublin City. Here you will discover the north and south side of the River Liffey including such iconic sites as O'Connell Street, Phoenix Park, the house of Bram Stoker (the author of Dracula), and the medieval district where Dublin Castle and the two Anglican Cathedrals can be found.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the hotel to check in this afternoon (around 3:00 pm).

All program participants will gather later this afternoon with your national guide for an early afternoon orientation and welcome.

The Iveagh Garden Hotel is a modern take on traditional luxury in an urban oasis just steps from Grafton Street. They offer onsite casual dining with a bar and bistro and access to a nearby health club for a small fee. Guest rooms have flat-screen TV, laptop safe, luxury amenities, free Wi-Fi, USB charging station and coffee & tea maker.

Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening at the hotel.

Overnight: Iveagh Garden Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Dublin - Professional Meetings

Professional members of the program will meet with your nursing counterparts today at a facility like Lansdowne College of Acupuncture and Complementary Medicine or UCD College of Naturopathic Medicine in Dublin. Discussions with representatives will focus on education and training for holistic nurses and other allied healthcare professionals trained in integrative medicine in Ireland today.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

This afternoon we will request a visit to a local hospital or clinic in Dublin to discuss how integrative (holistic) medicine is used in Ireland and how widely alternative care is accepted in treatment and preventative care.

Guest program: Today accompanying guests will enjoy a visit to County Kilkenny with Kilkenny Castle and Jerpoint Park. The town of Kilkenny is often referred to as “the Marble City” and is the most interesting and best preserved of the medieval Irish cities. It owes its immense charm to the various impressive historical monuments. Kilkenny Castle has been an important site since it was built by the Anglo-Normans in the 12th century. The castle has been remodeled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. Due to major restoration works, the central block now includes a library, drawing room, and bedrooms decorated in 1830's splendor, as well as the beautiful Long Gallery. A warm Irish welcome is guaranteed at Jerpoint Park, a period family home and working sheep farm. A sheep dog demonstration with a collie dog herding sheep in the farmyard is a sight to behold!

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant or pub.

After dinner, head to O’Shea’s Merchant Pub for a night of traditional Irish music and dancing (optional). The pub has a long history of traditional music, with many of the greats in Irish music playing here over the years. Monday nights they offer a set dancing night with a chance to join in!
Overnight:  Iveagh Garden Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Cultural Exploration

This morning the group will explore EPIC-The Irish Emigration Museum. This state-of-the-art interactive experience, located in the beautiful vaults of the 1820 Custom House Quarter building in Dublin’s Docklands, is the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. It will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

This afternoon the group will visit the world-famous Guinness Brewery to discover the secrets of both creating and pouring the perfect pint. Guinness, an Irish dry stout, lovingly referred to as “The Black Stuff” by locals, has been brewed in Ireland since 1759.

Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore independently. Dinner is by individual arrangement.

Overnight: Iveagh Garden Hotel (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Travel to Cork - Cultural & Spiritual Exploration

The group will depart after breakfast for Cork in southwest Ireland. In route you will stop for lunch.

This afternoon the group will enjoy a guided meditation and tour at the Hill of Uisneach, one of the most sacred and historical sanctuaries in the world. This ancient ceremonial site, in the barony of Rathconrath in County Westmeath, is in Irish mythology the location of the center of Ireland connected with both ley lines and sacred geometry. It is where the five provinces of Ireland meet and where the magical otherworld is said to be accessible via the Catstone (Aill na Mireann or Stone of Divisions). The stone is also reported to be the burial location of goddess Eriu (also one of the Tuatha de Danann). Tour with a local guide and take part in a special meditation session this afternoon. The Ancient Walkway connects the royal sites of Uisneach and Tara, and its remains can be seen today. Uisneach predated Tara as a royal residence for the High Kings of Ireland.

Head to the hotel this evening to check in and to have dinner at the hotel or nearby.

Overnight: Kingsley Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

​​​Day 06: Professional Meetings

Wrap up your professional exchange today with a morning visit to a community healthcare facility to continue discussions around how at this local level they are working to improve the health and wellbeing of service users, staff and the wider population of Cork and Kerry. Key areas of improvement include chronic diseases, staff health and system reform. A meeting will also be requested with the Cork ARC, Cancer Support House to learn about the free services provided to patients and their families during this difficult journey.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant today.

Guest program: Today accompanying guests will depart for a trip to Mizen Peninsula. Mizen Head Irish Lights Signal Station is located at Ireland’s most southwesterly point, at the end of the Mizen Peninsula, where the currents meet from the west and south coasts and where waves from the mid-Atlantic crash into the land. Mizen Head Fog Signal Station was sanctioned in 1906 by the Irish Lights Board to combat the high loss of life and shipping on the rocks. Visitors can dare to cross the iconic bridge high above the gorge; watch for seals and their pups in the swell below; experience the solitude of the keepers’ lives and the elemental power of the restless Atlantic where the ocean currents swirl; laugh with exhilaration into the fresh salt-laden sea air. Tour the visitor center and gift shop before heading back to Cork.

Dinner is by individual arrangement.​
OvernightKingsley Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 07: Ring of Kerry and Muckross Farm

This morning head out for a full day trip that includes highlights of the Ring of Kerry. This will include Moll’s Gap and Ladies View. Moll’s Gap provides magnificent views of Macgillycuddy's Reeks Mountains. The rocks at Moll's Gap are formed of old red sandstone and a great scenic vantage point. Ladies View is another scenic vantage point whose name stems from the admiration of the view given by Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting during their 1861 visit.

After lunch at a local pub or café, the group will head to Muckross Traditional Farms. Greeted upon arrival by a schoolmaster, proceed into a classroom for a short background on school life in the early 1900s and learn some Irish words. Then take part in a butter making and scone making demo. The Bean an Tis (women of the house) will explain the importance of butter to the Irish farmer’s wife, how it was transported throughout the world, and why Irish butter is ranked so high both at home and abroad. Sample the wares and have some tea or coffee afterwards.

Return to Cork where dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).​
Overnight: Kingsley Hotel (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Cultural Exploration

Today head out to explore Blarney Castle, situated in Blarney Village just outside Cork. An ancient stronghold of the McCarthy's, Lords of Muskerry, it is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster. Built in 1446, Blarney Castle is famous for its Blarney stone, the Stone of Eloquence, which is traditionally believed to have the power to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it.

You will have some time for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills, established in 1823. It now houses a large selection of Irish products including a wide selection of sweaters, crystal and china, gifts and souvenirs. You will have a chance to get lunch on your own this afternoon.

Finish the afternoon visiting the pretty town of Kinsale for a harbor cruise. Enjoy the different view of Kinsale and its beautiful natural harbor. Your guide’s commentary provides a brief history with anecdotal legends and an insight into how the town has developed over the centuries. Leaving the quay, the boat passes the yacht marina and on by the picturesque former fishing village of Scilly.

Say goodbye as you reflect and share memories over a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Kingsley Hotel (or similar)​

Day 09: Time to say goodbye

Drive to the Shannon Airport (two-hour journey) for check in for your flight home. Depending on the flight time, lunch is by individual arrangement.

Meals: Breakfast

Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

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Ireland: Dublin, Cork| 9 days | September 4-12, 2021 | $5,699 incl. flights 

Extend your stay for three additional nights in Ireland. This will provide an opportunity to continue exploring the picturesque village
of Adare, authentic medieval castle in Bunratty, stunning Cliff’s of Moher, the Aran Island's and gorgeous landscapes in the region.

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Dr. Carole Ann Drick, a former president of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA),  invites you to join her on this uniquely immersive professional development journey to Ireland. Meaningful interaction and collaboration between program participants and professionals in Ireland will include meetings with holistic nursing professionals in Dublin and Cork. Discuss topics of mutual interest including the inroads they are making to spread awareness around holistic and traditional care and how they can complement Western medicine. Learn what programs are available for training and advancement of holistic medicine in Ireland today. What holistic principles, presence and teaching/learning strategies do they have? As nurses and medical professionals, you know the importance of appreciating the uniqueness of each person being treated. Now you have an opportunity to fully appreciate cultural differences and universal similarities with Irish nurses and medical professionals for a truly holistic look at patient care. Cultural highlights include such iconic Irish locations as Dublin City, Blarney Castle, and the Ring of Kerry along with Irish music, dancing, and so much more.

A maximum of eight Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours (NCPD) will be awarded for this journey.
for nurse participants completing all requirements. 


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Ireland: Co. Clare & Co Limerick |  3 Days| September 12-15, 2021 | $1,599

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Bunratty Castle


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Information and support  to aid in your travel preparation

Costs to obtain a passport

Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

International airfare (from designated US gateway city)

Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city

All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)

Accommodations in four to five star hotels

24/7 professional English speaking guide

Individual departure taxes (where applicable)

Fees for all services, most tips and taxes

Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details

Travel insurance

Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary

10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country

Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession

Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession

24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support

Partnerships in every country to which we travel

8 Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours (NCPD) are being sought for this journey.

** Nanda Journeys and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing are collaborating to present the Holistic Nursing Journey. Professional nurses participating in the activity and completing the evaluation tool may receive a maximum of 8.0 Nursing Continuing Professional Development contact hours. The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. **

Day 01: September 12, 2021
​After breakfast at the hotel this morning, you will depart for County Clare. In route you will have an Irish coffee demonstration at Foynes Flying Boat Museum. From 1939 to 1945, Foynes was the center of the aviation world for air traffic between the United States and Europe. Located just west of Limerick city on the Shannon estuary, the museum recalls this era with a comprehensive range of exhibits and graphic illustrations. The museum features the original Terminal Building including the authentic 1940’s cinema; the radio and weather rooms, complete with transmitters, receivers and Morse code equipment. Irish Coffee was invented in Foynes by Chef Joe Sheridan who made the first pot in 1942 to warm up some damp and miserable passengers. Since then Irish coffee has become one the most popular welcoming drinks in the world.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch at local restaurant in Adare which is regarded as one of Ireland’s most picturesque villages. The small village has thatched cottages dotted throughout the town dating back to the 3rd Earl of Dunraven who built many in the 1820’s for his estate workers. Today they are mostly used as craft shops or restaurants.

Finish the day at Bunratty Castle, one of the most complete and authentic medieval castles in Ireland. Built in 1425 and plundered on many occasions, it was authentically restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendor and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings and tapestries capturing the mood and the style of the times. Within the grounds of Bunratty Castle is Bunratty Folk Park where 19th century life is vividly recreated. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting. Meet and chat with the Bean an Ti (Woman of the House) and various street characters including the Policeman and Schoolteacher. Enjoy the tastes, scents, sights and sounds of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and of course the pub! Continue onward to check into your local hotel and overnight.

Dinner is on your own this evening.

Overnight:  Treacys Oakwood Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 02: September 13

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for your day trip to see the Cliffs of Moher. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean and bordering the Burren region, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. Standing 230 meters above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara.

Enjoy a light lunch and traditional Irish music at the Doolin Music House. Christy Barry and his partner Sheila have entertained friends and musicians at their home for many years, sitting around the fire playing music and telling stories.

Finish the afternoon by exploring the Burren landscape covering over 150 square km, one of Ireland’s six National Parks. The region is visually similar to a moonscape, yet shelters a mixture of flora and archaeological sites which have attracted visitors for centuries. Centuries of weathering has produced a terrain of fissured limestone pavements, disappearing lakes, terraced mountains, and underground cave systems.

Return to Clare where dinner is on your own this evening.

Overnight: Treacys Oakwood Hotel​ (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 03: September 14
​After breakfast at the hotel, take a ferry from Doolin to the Aran Island of Inis Mor for a minibus tour of the island. The three Aran Islands, Inisheer, Inishmaan and Inishmore, standing out in the Galway Bay, form a mass of limestone, similar to the Burren’s geology. Today the inhabitants live essentially off fishing and tourism while remaining strongly attached to Gaelic traditions. These islands are the last real “Gaelthacht” of the modern Ireland. Inishmore is the largest of them, it is covered in old stone walls and little fields. On the West Coast of the island, majestic cliffs drop into the wild Atlantic ocean. This area is dominated by Dun Aengus, one of the most impressive Neolithic forts in Europe. A trip to the islands offers a journey through time, as well as an encounter with the old Ireland, the mythical Ireland. For this reason, the islands are quite fascinating. Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, it is made up of 14 tiny villages.

Return to the village for lunch on your own today. You will return in the late afternoon to Rossaveal and the mainland, which allows free time for exploring the island before departure.

Late this afternoon visit the Aran Island Cheese Farm. Gabriel of Aran Goat’s Cheese will introduce you to his herd of goats and take you through the process of making his award winning product before sampling and experiencing the range for yourself. His beautiful Nubian and Saanen goats graze on the unique pastures of the Aran Island. The climate is perfect for the grass herbs as the island is served by the Gulf Stream. The unique diet of the goats gives the cheese its unique,delicious flavor.

Return by ferry to the mainland later today where dinner will be provided at a local restaurant such as Cornstore.

Overnight: Treacys Oakwood Hotel​ (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: September 15
Enjoy a delicious breakfast before departing today for your return to the U.S. and your connecting flights home.
Meals: Breakfast

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and sightseeing locations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

Dr. Carole Ann Drick
​Carole Ann is the Immediate Past President of the American Holistic Nurses Association.

She currently serves as director of the Conscious Living Center in Austintown, Ohio. Her passion for quality of life began with 12 years as a labor and delivery nurse and natural childbirth educator. Entering academia for 10 years, she searched for the right place to bring holism and presence into health care. After being on graduate faculties of two large universities, she developed and implemented a new BSN program based on holistic principles, presence and adult teaching/learning strategies that received full initial NLN accreditation only to return to a hands-on practice.

She has authored or co-authored several books and numerous professional publications as well as meditation CDs. Carole Ann received two AJN Book of the Year Awards for her book End of Life: Nursing Solutions for Death with Dignity. She knows holistic health care for herself and others includes self-care, self-reflection and presence, which are vital components of deepening consciousness.

Carole Ann assists corporations,

professionals and individual

clients using many natural

therapies, deepening presence

and innovative stress coping


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