Wellness Travel Ireland (WTI) was founded by travel experts Anton Kieffer and Aisling Meade. WTI is supported by a small multidisciplinary team of professionals who are passionate about wellness and adventure travel and responsible tourism.
WTI is based in the friendly and vibrant city of Cork in the south of Ireland and runs programmes nationwide. Our connections with communities, providers, local experts and qualified instructors throughout the country allow us to design unique programmes.
Who we are: a passionate, experienced and diverse team
When you choose WTI you are tapping into a dedicated, creative and hardworking team. Founders and leaders Anton Kieffer and Aisling Meade have many years of hands-on experience in organising travels in Ireland. We both have travelled extensively around the world and are truly passionate about what we do. We want to share our passion for Ireland and wellness with our participants.
How we work: personal service & attention
We are proud to offer the expertise and experience that you can find in a large organisation together with the personal attention from senior management that only a smaller organisation can have. We believe in creating trust, accountability, and friendship with our local and international partners. We’re big enough to deliver and small enough to really care!
Our commitment to Responsible Tourism
Developing an approach that respects the natural environment and host communities we visit is at the core of our mission. We are committed to making positive contributions the the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage while enhancing the well-being of the local communities we visit. We aim at creating meaningful connections with local people and a greater understanding of local, social, cultural and environmental issues among our participants and partners. For more information on our approach to Responsible Tourism, read our Responsible Travel Policy.
Originally from France, Anton has been living in Ireland for more than 15 years. Before settling in Cork - Ireland’s second city - Anton lived and worked around the world, spending extended periods of time in Latin America and West Africa. Anton is passionate by nature walks, hiking and outdoor adventure sports. Each week end and each holidays, he recharges his batteries going outdoor with his family. Prior to WTI, Anton managed international volunteering and development education programmes in the not for profit sector. He has organised and coordinated immersion and educational programmes for hundreds of people, both travelling to Ireland and going abroad. Anton holds a first class honours Master’s degree in International Development Studies, and two other first class honours degrees: a Bachelor's Degree in Geography and a recently acquired B.A. Honours Degree in Business Studies. He speaks four languages fluently and is the proud father of three children.
Wellness Consultant & Yoga Therapist
Claire has been a teacher of Yoga and Amerta Movement since 2001. She has studied and done extensive specialist training both these art forms for around 23 years, most recently training as a Yoga Therapist in 2012. She also has a degree in Visual and Community Arts, a training in Community Dance and a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage.
Claire's approach to yoga is light-hearted, down-to-earth and compassionate, as well as echoing her interest in yoga as a tool for personal development, awareness and healing. She works with Hatha yoga, informed by her background in movement, and includes traditional practices of meditation, yoga nidra, pranayama (breath-work) and restorative yoga. Her years of experience and training mean that she is able to adapt the practices to each individuals' needs, whatever their ability, movement range or level of experience of yoga.
Claire also supervises students for the Diploma in Yoga Therapy at Yoga Campus in London.
Claire is interested in using art, movement and yoga to reconnect with our environment, to remember we are part of the natural world. She presently lives with her partner and 3 cats in a converted farmhouse with a 2 acre garden in West Cork.
Born to Irish parents in America, Aisling spent her childhood between California, Montreal and Limerick. She has lived in Cork city since her university days. A senior manager for over 10 years in the not for profit educational travel sector, Aisling has devoted her career since to creating meaningful experiences for groups visiting Ireland. Aisling loves to make connections between visitors to Ireland and the people and places that will inspire them long after they have returned home. Aisling has been practising yoga for over 30 year, she enjoy beach walks and and swimming in the sea. Aisling holds a BA in Sociology and Economics and a Higher Diploma in Cooperative Organisation and Rural Development from University College Cork. In 2017 she was awarded a Special Purpose Certificate in Training and Education from Griffith College. She loves to travel around Ireland and to other countries with her husband and two growing children. Aside from Cork city, her favourite place in the world is Ballinskelligs Beach in Co Kerry.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Maria is a multi-award winning journalist, editor and educator. She spent 15 years working as a full time newspaper reporter with publications in both the north and south of Ireland, during which time she received three Justice Media awards from the Law Society of Ireland and was also named regional Health Journalist of the Year at the Irish Medical Media Awards in 2013. She is passionate about social justice and development issues and carried out several in-depth newspaper research projects supported by Irish Aid on issues including child trafficking, domestic labour and access to education in Nicaragua and Northern India. In 2015, she moved into the area of PR, communications and social media but continues working as a freelance writer. Maria is also a qualified teacher of English, Media Studies and Drama and has delivered programmes in primary and secondary schools around Ireland. She holds a B.A honours degree in English from Trinity College Dublin, a Postgraduate degree in Education from the University of Nottingham and a first class honours with distinction HETAC Higher Diploma in Journalism. She is the proud mum of two little girls and enjoys the great outdoors, music, movies and dancing when she gets the chance.
Information and Technology Consultant
Brian is from Kerry in the South West of Ireland. He has been a professional software developer for 20 years. He has collaborated on a wide range of commercially successful products including web applications, cutting edge scientific modelling tools and healthcare retail solutions. His ‘always on’ attitude to support and his dedication to lifelong learning, combined with his creative spark have seen him hold key roles in every team he has been involved with. Brian is a strong advocate for volunteering and has a keen interest in community and international development. He has visited NGO projects in both Palestine and India, in a personal capacity. When he’s not fixing tech problems or developing new software ideas, he enjoys reading, writing, woodwork and going on adventures with his wife and young family.