Festina Lente
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About us
Festina Lente is an embracing not-for-profit organisation which provides a range of occupational, learning and employment opportunities for people whose needs have not been met in mainstream services.

We have a variety of public services and facilities for everyone to enjoy on our campus in Bray – an Equestrian Centre & Riding School offering lessons,
 – more... camps and equine facilitated learning programmes, a beautifully restored Victorian Walled Garden where we host lots of fun seasonal family and events and children’s workshops and birthday parties, a Garden Centre, an open air Cafe and shop so why not pop along for a visit. Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for upcoming events!

We are also an education centre offering QQI accredited educational training courses:

♦ Equestrian Training Programme

♦ Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator Training Programme

♦ Therapeutic Riding Coaching Programme

♦ Transition Training Programme.


We also offer other training programmes:

♦ Equine Facilitated Educational Programme

♦ Educational Helper Programme

♦ Equine Assisted Learning Programme

♦ Supported Helpers Programme


Saol Anois is also a service run by Festina Lente in our campus. The Saol Anois Day Service is funded by Health Service Executive and it was set up in 2005 to meet the support needs of adults with intellectual disabilities and/or dual diagnosis. It is a supportive and therapeutic service designed to meet the needs of people through individual plans. Service users have the opportunity to access a range of integrated developmental and leisure opportunities.


We are also the home to Wonder Paws Dog Training & Agility & also their dog grooming facility The Grooming Shed at Festina Lente, 100% of profits from their classes, lessons & workshops go to the Festina Lente Foundation so by supporting them you are also supporting Festina Lente. Check out their website http://www.wonderpaws.ie for more details and dates of their classes.


Festina Lente was founded in 1988 by Mary Rachel Brophy; her aim was (and still is) through social and economic inclusion, to support those most at risk. All activities encourage individual choice, personal development, achievement and progression and we are a registered Irish Charity.


Our campus is situated in the grounds of what was once Old Connaught House, formerly the residence of the Plunket family. Read more on the History of Old Connaught House & Gardens and Festina Lente Foundation.


Festina Lente (Latin) means Hasten Slowly and is the Plunket family motto. We adopted this as the name of our organisation in 1995 because it conveys our culture perfectly.


Festina Lente has further plans and intends to continue to develop the Festina Lente Campus & Walled Gardens as part of the full services of our non profit charity as well as offering more education and training programmes.


The result of all of the Festina Lente’s hard work is the wonderful garden and state of the art Equestrian Centre which are available to the public to enjoy whenever they want.
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