Our Story

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"Working together to provide this unique holistic approach to health, well-being and education"

 

Mayo Adventure Experience is an activity based company located in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Our primary location being Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, but if you can't come to us then we also have the option of bringing the adventure to you. Our Aim is to provide a quality experience in a friendly and safe environment. Mayo Adventure Experience was set up in 2014 by local man Jarlath McHale, he started his business after finishing his Honours degree in Outdoor Education at the GMIT Mayo Campus in Castlebar.

Since Mayo Adventure Experience humble begining's Jarlath has teamed up with his Wife Margaret Fitzgibbon and another GMIT Gradute Ronan O'Neill has join the team in 2016. This team of passionate people are leading Mayo Adventure Experience, with a clear aim of creating an enjoyable experience in the outdoor and reconnecting with nature, whether through Stand up paddling, open boating, Pilates/Yoga, and team building. We create bespoke packages for individuals, teams/groups and Wellness retreat to provide you with the type of experience that suit you and your needs.

The primary adventure activities include, SUP (Stand Up Paddling), open boating, orienteering & team building.  We can tailor to the needs of our customers, tell us what you want and we'll do our best to meet your needs, our priority is for your safety and enjoyment, in our beautiful lake side environment.

Working out of Lough Lannagh is great, we are based in a central location in Castlebar with easy access from wherever you're coming from.

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Jarlath McHale (Owner)

Jarlath is a graduate of the GMIT Outdoor Education & Leisure course with Honours in 2014, at which time he set up Mayo adventure experience. During his time at at the GMIT he enjoyed success with the Surf intervarsities teams and won a National award for organising the best Intervarsaties competition in the country.

Jarlath's love of sports and the outdoor combined with is interest in Psychology have brought him to study for a Masters in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology at Waterford Institute of Technology to further expand his knowledge and practical skills at working with individuals through sport and exercise to reduce stress and facilitate health and wellbeing.

Jarlath loves adventure and is happy exploring and finding new ways to challenge himself which lead to him going back to Peru this year to be the first non Peruvian to complete the Inca Trail as a porter, an experience that was unforgettable. He is also an active member of the Mayo Mountain Rescue Team. 

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Margaret Fitzgibbon

Margaret's main area of focus is in wellbeing and health, she uses her experience gained in many different settings to devise an individual holistic plan for participants of the retreat to promote improving physical, digestive, emotion and energetic health restoration.

Margaret is a Chartered Physiotherapist, Sport Rehabilitator, Systematic Kinesiologists and Pilates Instructor.  Using her skills gained from her experience in many different sporting settings, and in her current physiotherapy role in the Westport Physiotherapy and Acupuncture clinic, she has grown her interested in complimentary areas of health and wellness leading her to completed a Diploma in Systematic Kinesiology in 2016 & is a Certified Pilates Instructor since 2011.

The aim of her approach to treatment and health is to provide a truly holistic approach to identify the root cause of an individual’s health issues, and devises a personalised treatment plan to promote physical, emotional, energetic health restoration through the use of physiotherapy, Kinesiology, Myofascial release techniques and Pilates.

Margaret feels that with the combination of the above approach, the beautiful setting of Lough Lannagh Village, the ability to enjoy the outdoor activities, the time out of 2 days away from our usually habits and life, is the ideal short break to create change and focus on our own health and wellness, giving us the time to facilitate the changes you want to see in your life.

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 Cirán Sinclair

Ciarán is a graduate of the GMIT Outdoor Education Courses in the Castlebar Campus, graduating with a degree in Outdoor Education with geography in 2013. Returning to further studies, in 2017 he graduated with an Honours Degree.

          Originally from Dublin, he was raised to have a love of the outdoors and an appreciation for nature, being brought out hiking and kayaking from a very young age. He now calls Mayo home stating that it has all he needs in life, that being near mountains, waves and opportunity for everyday adventure.

His skills are not limited to outdoor sports, he is also a circus performer and artist and has used those skills in performance pieces and personal development workshops. He believes that creativity is an important part of maintaining well-being.