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Newsletter 25 April 2017

Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing,
there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
…..the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.



I hope this finds you well and flourishing.

This is just a quick e-mail to let you know of a few events coming up in the next while.

Saturday sees the start of a Mindfulness for M.E. course. It's kindly sponsored by the M.E. Trust, so it's free to participants. Even better, there's tea and scones provided after each class!

Next up is a half-day Mindfulness for Health workshop on 13 May, a great way to learn a few tips for managing ill-health, or as a refresher, if you've already experienced mindfulness. This event also has refreshments afterwards, a slap-up meal, so it's great value, and you get to experience the lovely surroundings of Emmaus Retreat Centre.

I've noticed increasingly how people are craving more compassion and kindness in their lives, particularly for themselves. The Loving Kindness course combines the insights of neuroscience with the wisdom of the ancient meditation practice to develop self-compassion, as well as kindness to others in your life and beyond. It starts on Monday 15 May at Oscailt Health Centre in Dublin 4. Why not do the course as a way of being kind to yourself?

If you have kids, take a break for yourself and meet other parents in a relaxing, non-judgmental space at the Mindful Parenting workshop at Oscailt Health Centre on Sunday 21 May. The themes are awareness, self-care and kindness for yourself.

For anyone with any kind of health issue, whether short or long-term, severe or mild, you'll know how much of a toll it takes on your mental and emotional resources. The Mindfulness for Health course helps you build up those resources so that you can live more easily in your body, mind and heart. It's a 6 week, day-time course, starting 24 May, and the price includes the cost of the course book, Mindfulness for Health by V. Burch and D. Penman.

If you work in healthcare, in any capacity, practicing mindfulness and compassion helps you avoid burnout as well as helping your clients. The Mindfulness as a Healthcare Intervention event in June gives you the tools to employ mindfulness for your own self-care and to use with your clients to enhance their self-care. If you want to attend mainly for personal reasons, you're very welcome too. The beautiful Clonlea Yoga Studio in Blackrock, Co. Dublin (see picture, left), is the setting, and it's run by myself and Senior Breathworks Trainer, Karen Hall. 

(The Mindfulness for Health course and Mindfulness as a Healthcare Intervention count as pre-requisites for Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher Training.)

That's it for now. Feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail or Facebook if there's anything here you'd like to ask about or know more about.

Warm wishes


Newsletter 7 March 2017
This is not
the age of information.
This is not
the age of information.

Forget the news,
and the radio,
and the blurred screen.

This is the time
of loaves
and fishes.

People are hungry,
and one good word is bread
for a thousand.

David Whyte


I hope this finds you well. In the last while, I've been trying to bring awareness and kindness to my tendency to procrastination, and I've found a few things that have helped. This will be the subject of my next blog, so watch this space (this is one of the things that helps - a public commitment to do/deliver something!).

In the meantime, here's what's coming up. We're in the midst of Seachtain na Gaeilge (1-17 March), and I'm offering half-price on mindfulness (aireachas) and coaching (cóitseál) as Gaeilge. Tá ranganna, nó ceardlainn, nó seisiúin aonarach ar fáil, do eagraíochtaí agus do ghnáth daoine. This is an opportunity to practice your Irish and learn mindfulness - thar barr!

I'm delighted to be running another Mindfulness for Health course at the Sanctuary, starting at the end of this month. For anyone with chronic pain or ill-health, this course can be like a beacon of light, showing the way to live more peacefully in yourself and in your body.This course also may count as a pre-requisite for Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher Training (more on this below).

If you or anyone you know has had a stroke, then come along to the Stroke Survivors Day on 4 April at Croke Park. I'll be running a mindfulness workshop there in the afternoon. The day is free, but you need to register with the Irish Heart Foundation.

​If you work with people with chronic pain and/or ill-health, the Introduction to Mindfulness as a Healthcare Intervention is an experiential and practical introduction to how mindfulness helps people to live well with pain and ill-health. This is 3 day event in June 2017, run by myself and Breathworks Senior Trainer Karen Hall, and it counts as a pre-requisite for Breathworks Teacher Training.

Thinking of training to teach mindfulness? The next round of Breathworks Teacher Training is in September and November later this year. Please get in touch if you'd like to discuss it. 

And individual sessions of mindfulness and loving kindness continue to be available. As is Mindful Coaching, for those times when you feel a bit stuck in a rut, or are contemplating changes, or feel blocked or hindered from moving forward in your life.

Sin é, a cháirde. Go dté sibh slán,

warm wishes