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ABOUT ALOHA HOUSE

Aloha House, nestled in the heart of the Reeks District is a tranquil, vibrant and comfortable holistic retreat centre and guest house. Overlooking the beautiful River Laune and world-famous MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range, it is the perfect place to hold space for healing & community, host retreats and courses, workshops and classes.

ALOHA HAS MANY MEANINGS AND EXPRESSES THE HAWAIIAN PHILOSOPHY AROUND THE JOY OF SHARING LIFE. ENERGY IN THE PRESENT MOMENT.

The Aloha House Story

our story

Aloha House was founded in 2015 and is run by Brian and Louise McEvoy who met in South Africa in 2007. After falling in love, they made the decision to put down their roots as a family in Ireland (Brian’s native country).

As the family grew, so did their dreams and Aloha House was born when Brian and Louise stumbled across a riverside B&B in Killorglin. They saw the potential for something much bigger and Aloha House was then gradually developed in phases.

Firstly, as the family home, and then a tranquil space for the holistic community, healing, events and retreats. Regardless of the obstacles, Brian and Louise kept focusing on their dreams, so they could make Aloha House what it is today.

Passion

We live our lives with enthusiasm, creativity & a desire to grow and learn. We share a passion for making a difference.

Integrity

Our choices are based
on honesty & respect
for ourselves & others.

Creativity

Our passion drives our creative expression in all that we do. We embrace change, growth & innovative ideas.

Compassion

Open-hearted communication & sensitivity towards others & the environment are our foundations.

mEET THE TEAM

our vision

To create a vibrant, comfortable place to hold space for holistic events & community.

We hope to be a lighthouse in our community that can create a like minded network of individuals who support & collaborate with each other to offer a pathway towards collective holistic wellbeing.

We also want to support other light workers by providing our beautiful space, so they can share their own gifts & talents with our community.

Offering our own Hawaiian Healing & Yoga retreats is also something very close to our hearts as we have experienced the power of these in our own lives and our vision is to also share these positive experiences with others!

About Louise

Intimacy with the Self, the Soul, & Source through the glorious vessel of the human body is the pure heart of Louise’s teachings & work in the world. Leading her students & clients into a deeper relationship of fearless self-knowing, self-acceptance, self-healing & self-love through the unconditional spirit of Aloha is her gift & her passion in the world. The sacred arts of Lomi Lomi Nui bodywork & Yoga are both pillars of & access points to her teachings of trauma transcendence & healing, & her focus is to assist people in returning to wholeness within themselves. Louise’s healing arts & expertise have been honed over a lifetime & career spanning three decades & four continents.

My life in South Africa primed me for the work that I now offer the world.

I grew up in a loving family in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa during the Apartheid regime where segregation & separation were a culturally & socially indoctrinated way of life & way of being. It was our normal. Them & us. Distrust in the ‘other’, fear of the ‘other’. Trust in separation.

As an innocent little child, I thought nothing of this early on. My life was normal family life & it played out for me exploring the bush & the mountains, & generally answering the call of nature to run wild & free as all children seem to do. That innocence, peace & safety of early childhood abruptly & shockingly gave way to the horrors of a political, social & physical landscape in massive upheaval & turbulence. Apartheid was out, liberation & land reclamation was in & unspeakable horrors & atrocities to bodies & being came with that.

Suddenly the energies of threat, violence & fears for safety & survival were pushed to the forefront & the flimsy veils of perception were torn. I witnessed traumas of rape, murder & torture of my countryfolk. It left the imprinting of massive trauma on my physical body & psyche.

I moved through my teenage years with difficulty, turning to substances to relieve some of the pressure of abuse I had witnessed or experienced. Eventually reaching beyond abusive power plays & unhealthy

coping strategies for a healthier, more spiritual, holistic way of being. The Divine guided me to poetry, prayer, nutrition & travel.

I studied Psychology at University of South Africa until my wandering spirit beckoned me to Brasil, the UK, the Middle East & finally Australia where my love for the ocean called me to study Marine Biology.

However, destiny had other plans.

My father passed away in 1999 so I returned to South Africa & left the dream of Australia behind me, along with that timeline of potential. As that door shut, another opened bringing through my first mentor -Anthea Hardwick- who introduced me to Kahuna massage & from the first moment, I was hooked. It was love at first ‘feel’. The beauty, potency & mystery of this sacred shamanic Hawaiian art felt like ‘home’ to me & so I began my apprenticeship. For four years with Anthea as my ‘kumu’, I revealed, explored & healed the depths & breadths of the trauma & wounding that had been lived in my own body & spirit & worked on my craft. A new way of living life lovingly opened up to me that offered not only a way for me to express my own love & gift in the world, but to also go beyond an innate shyness & move into beautiful connections with people in the spirit of Aloha.

Answering the deep inner impulse to share this sacred work of inner transformation through body & soul, I completed my Lomi Lomi Nui Teacher Training with Susan Pa’inui Floyd in Kauai in 2004 & began teaching the art & way of Aloha -as a profound pathway through lasting soul evolution- in Cape Town shortly afterwards. Those years of working with people (from all over the world/South Africa) yielding to their own souls’ calls for expansion & deepening into more of their embodied divinity moved me into my own leadership & teachership.

Another bend in destiny’s river brought me to Ireland in 2007, following my heart & my bliss in more ways than one. Now, one husband, two beautiful sons, a successful healing & teaching practice, & a stunning retreat centre later, you can find me at Aloha House overlooking the River Laune in Killorglin, nestled into the spectacular landscape of The Reeks District,  Co. Kerry (they call it ‘The Kingdom – you’ll see why).

This retreat centre is a cherished dream of my heart, & it is my pure pleasure & joy for me to welcome students & clients from all over the world ….A L O H A

About Brian

Brian is originally from Mitchelstown Co. Cork and has been living in Killorglin Co. Kerry for the past seventeen years. He is a proud dad to four boys, whom he believes has been his greatest achievement and teachers to date.
From an early age, Brian got involved with many youth groups with a focus on self development and improving the lives of others in the community. As a young adult, he attended and assisted with numerous Search weekends, where like minded peers met to discuss life and learn a bit about themselves and others. A highlight of this time was when he was chosen to represent his diocese at the World Youth Conference in Denver Colorado.

Brian is originally from Mitchelstown Co. Cork and has been living in Killorglin Co. Kerry for the past seventeen years. He is a proud dad to four boys, whom he believes has been his greatest achievement and teachers to date.

From an early age, Brian got involved with many youth groups with a focus on self development and improving the lives of others in the community. As a young adult, he attended and assisted with numerous Search weekends, where like minded peers met to discuss life and learn a bit about themselves and others. A highlight of this time was when he was chosen to represent his diocese at the World Youth Conference in Denver Colorado.

It was during these times that Brian developed a vision of one day creating a special place of his own that would be a beacon or signpost for people on life’s journey. He dreamed of a place where people could gather and participate in different holistic workshops and retreats in hope that they might find inspiration, find direction and make themselves and the world a better place.

After graduating with a mathematics and computer science degree, Brian continued his studies and obtained a higher diploma in education and went on to teach mathematics before plunging into the corporate world. While this path diverted him away from realising his dream for over twenty years, it presented him with other wonderful opportunities.

During his professional career, Brian has worked with large multinational companies performing roles in business analysis, product and project management. These roles involved extensive overseas travel, leading Brian to remote places very few would ever travel to on vacation. In particular, a three year stint in India had a profound effect on him. It was the people that Brian encountered during his travels that made the greatest impact on him. They taught him many lessons about humility, creativity and gratitude; attributes he tries to model in his everyday life. Over several trips to Kerala, Brian’s introduction to Ayurveda ignited his passion for holistic and alternative therapies.

Fifteen years ago, fate brought Brian together with Louise, who had a similar vision of creating a special space where people can joyfully share life’s energy in the present moment. They now live as husband and wife, along with their two wonderful sons at Aloha House in Killorglin, a manifestation of both their dreams. This newly formed retreat venue is home to Lomi Lomi training in Ireland and a place where facilitators of different modalities run workshops and residential retreats from. A proud moment was recently accepting the award for Best Yoga Class in Ireland at the Irish Fitness Industry Awards.

When he’s not out hillwalking or exploring nature, Brian continues to work in the corporate world and is also responsible for the administration and maintenance of Aloha House. He has recently completed studies in psychology and counselling as part of his continuous journey of self improvement. He loves attending all kinds of cookery classes and his passion for foreign healthy cuisine shines through in the plant-based dishes he creates based on the belief that ‘food is medicine.’

Brian and Louise continue to create a wonderful, warm, welcoming space at Aloha House. They are very grateful for the opportunity to be able to facilitate all the different activities that take place there. They love the buzz of having groups of people around who appreciate the space and the time they spend there. They count themselves as blessed to be able to meet so many positive people of whom they learn so much from. They look forward to growing their dream together, wherever it may take them.

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