Presence For Christmas

Peter-Devlin-ContactThe late Singer Rita Mc Neill in her song Rolling Thunder asks us a simple question ” have you ever stood outside and watched the sky in wonder?”. as we get into this time of Christmas and look forward to all our little traditions and rituals I have a little suggestions to make. In the midst of all the rushing take a little time to go outside and just watch the sky in wonder.This will help to slow you down and perhaps then reflect on the wonder of your life and the wonder if those who are close to you. Just stop in wonder, be present to yourself and then you will be more likely to give the gift of your presence to another in the days ahead. Real listening and presence is so precious and rare, and really needed.

working as a therapist in the outdoors– training event

Country Lane

“I come into the peace of wild things

Who do not tax their lives with forethought

Of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

Waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free”

Wendell Berry(2008)

Working with people in the outdoors


Friday 16 May  1pm– Sunday 18th May 4pm. 2014

Cost: 190 euro


This three day course is designed for practitioners who either work outdoors with clients or who would like to do so. Thus psychotherapists, psychologists, art therapists, counsellors,  and care workers might be interested in such an event. It will be mainly experiential and will be conducted for the most part outside.| The outdoor environment is a very non-traditional setting for what can be a very powerful experience in working with issues including anxiety, depression, unhealthy anger and  inner child work.


While time will be given to emerging issues, it will include the following areas:

The therapeutic rationale for workdoors

The role of nature in the work

Potential approaches to the work

Issues in relation to boundaries and safety

Client assessment and safety

Attending to the contract

Developing a practice working in this way

Participants will also be given an opportunity to facilitate an outdoor therapeutic exercise. There will also be solo time allowing space for personal reflection and time alone in nature, time to connect to the land and to oneself.


The location will be in the coastal and mountain environs of North Sligo. Participants will meet in the Benwiskin Centre where a number of places have been reserved for those who would like accommodation . Meals will be supplied but accommodation costs are not included. The course will begin at 1pm on Friday 16th May and concludes on Sunday 18th May at 4pm. There will be evening work on Friday and Saturday.


This event would also serve as a retreat for people who wish to spend guided time in the outdoors, learning ways to enhance their own personal healing in a beautiful tranquil and mysterious setting. Please see my article in the I.A.H.I.P journal “Inside Out” Summer 2013.


I would appreciate if you would pass on this material to anyone you know who might be drawn to an experience like this. Numbers are limited to 10. To secure a place please send a deposit of 60 euro to Peter Devlin , Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co.Sligo before Monday 16th September. Please contact me if you require further information (Tel: 086 3663276). CPD  hours will be allocated.