There’s something about Irie
Contributed - Oct 13, 2021 - Columnists

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By Maralee Webber


This is a question I get a lot, as most people don’t know how to pronounce it, let alone what it means.

My favourite definition of Irie (pronounced EYE-ree) is “excellent” or a “state of well-being.”

I named my business Irie Wellness because the island of Jamaica has become like a second home to me. We have gone yearly (except 2021) for about 12 years.

Think back to a time where you were utterly and completely at peace—no worries, no stress, just beautiful scenery, incredible people and a sense of everything being right in your world.

That is Jamaica … for me, and that is how I want my clients to feel when they work with me.

The above picture was taken from the lookout at Lovers Leap in St. Elizabeth Parish.

Legend has it that Lovers’ Leap is named after two slave lovers from the 18th century, Mizzy and Tunkey. Legend has it that their master, Chardley, took a liking to the girl and, in a bid to have her for himself, he arranged for her lover to be sold to another estate.

The pair fled to avoid being separated but were eventually chased to the edge of a large steep cliff. Rather than face being caught and separated, the pair chose to end their lives by jumping together.

However, the exact details of the story vary depending on who is telling it!

Maralee Webber owns and operates Irie Wellness in Peachland

This column was submitted as part of BWB Wednesdays

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