Psychotherapy in the outdoors training weekend

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What happens when we allow nature itself to be the primary therapist or guide, while the human mentor or adviser becomes more of an assistant to nature, an agent or handmaid or the wild”?

 

“What happens when we rewild our techniques and practices for facilitating human development-not by merely getting them out the door and onto the land or waters, but, much more significantly, by fashioning approaches in which our encounters with  the other –than –human world are the central feature?”      Bill Plotkin

 

Psychotherapy in the outdoors

Friday 8 May  6pm – Sunday 10th May 4pm. 2015

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, loss, unhealthy anger and dreams.

 

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

 

Exploring our relationship with the natural world

Allowing nature to be the primary therapist

The therapeutic rationale for workdoors

Exploration of skills and rewilding our techniques

Issues in relation to boundaries and safety

Client assessment and safety

Attending to the contract

Developing a practice working in this way

Time for reflection and processing our experiences each day.


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. Meals will be supplied but accommodation costs are not included. The course will begin at 6pm on Friday 8th May and concludes on Sunday 10th 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 articles in the I.A.H.I.P journal “Inside Out” Summer 2013 and Network Issue Jan/Feb/March 2015 to read about this type of work.

 

Numbers are limited to 10 so early booking with me and also with the Benwiskin Centre 071 9176721 is advised. Participants are required to stay in the Centre. To secure a place please send a deposit of 60 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co.Sligo. before Frid 24 April. Please pay balance before May 1st.  Cancellation refund available up until 5 May. Please contact me if you require further information (Tel: 086 3663276). www.peterdevlin.ie.  CPD  hours will be allocated, and a certificate of participation provided.

Easter Events- Death and New Life

GOOD FRIDAY 2015

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 Starts:                          10am

Finishes:                      3pm approx

Meeting point:             Gleniff Horseshoe Mill

Directions:                   Travelling from Cliffoney towards Bundoran, turn right at

Gorevan’s pub and travel 3.1 miles uphill to Horseshoe Mill.

What is good about Good Friday my young son asked me the other day. I still have to come back to him with an answer!!  Last Sunday I spent the day on the mountain with six other souls and a host of new life, pondering on our addictions and ways we use evasion in life. A willingness to face reality and the darker side of our lives, a hunger for wellbeing and renewal characterized the courageous participants. It was refreshing and comforting experience to be in the company of people who were able to name addictions which are part of the human condition.

 

 

What is it all about I sometimes ask myself? What am I at? Who am I?  Irvin Yalom in his book “ staring at the sun” uses the term “death anxiety” as he explores how the knowledge of our own mortality affects the unconscious mind of every human being.

To celebrate these few days of Easter time, a time of death and new life, I invite you to join other beings in a slow reflective walk around the famous horseshoe in Co. Sligo. Being with fellow mortals, we will explore in silence and in listening the reality of our dying. The beautiful surroundings of mountain, trees and bog, whatever weather arrives and the animals and birds, who will decide to make an appearance, will be our hosts for the day.

 Towards the end of the walk an opportunity will be provided to help people to experience a ritual of dying to something in this life which no longer serves them well. This might be something you will think about as you prepare for this walk. This letting go ceremony will be complimented by a ritual of new life which we will celebrate on Easter Sunday. (It is not necessary to attend the two events but doing so will enrich your experience significantly.)

Facing our death does not need to be gloomy and frightening, witnessing a little lamb being born was  one of the highlights of the gifts which nature bestowed on us last year during the walk.

“it is my hope that by grasping, really grasping, our human condition-our finiteness, our brief time in the light,-we will come not only to savour the preciousness of each moment and the pleasure of sheer being but to increase our compassion for ourselves and for all other human beings” (Yalom)

 

We will be walking just over 5 miles together on a circular route around the Gleniff Horseshoe, a beautifully scenic spot.  The first mile is uphill, but after that, the walking is easier, and it all takes place on a road surface except for the last part which is relatively easy.

 

There will be a stop for refreshments if people want to bring food, although I would encourage those who can, to fast.  Sometimes when we fast we realise that there is other food available which is very life giving.  Please bring a hot drink and wear warm, waterproof clothing – preferably layers – and comfortable walking shoes. The walk will proceed regardless of weather conditions, so come prepared! April can bring all four seasons in one day…please bring a note book and pencil as there will be opportunities to journal a little.

 

If you are interested in attending, please let me know by phone (0863663276) or email.

 

(Donation only, the charity this year is Trocaire)

 

 

 

 

wwwpeterdevlin.ie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Sunday 2015– Sunrise at Streedagh

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The early breeze before dawn

Is the keeper of secrets?

Don’t go back to sleep!

It is time for prayer; it is time to ask for

What you really need.

Don’t go back to sleep!

The door of the One who created the world

Is always open.

Don’t go back to sleep.  (Rumi)

 Starts:                           6.15am, Dawn 6.16, Sunrise 6.50

 

Finishes                       8am approx

Meeting point:              Streedagh Beach car park

Directions:                   Coming from Sligo, turn left in Grange village just after Supervalu

and after about a mile, turn right for Streedagh; follow road right to                           the end.

 

The writer Parker Palmer commenting on the inner journey which we all are invited to take says “chaos is the precondition to creativity: as every creation myth has it, life itself emerged from the void” He adds “the gift we receive on the inner journey is the knowledge that death does not have the final word. By allowing ourselves to die when its time is due, we create the condition under which new life can emerge

 

As we gather on this Easter morning, these words can act as a bridge between the suffering and death celebrated on Good Friday and the anticipated joy of Easter.

 

Resurrection accounts speak of the anticipated problem of who will roll back the stone at the grave of Jesus. Can we identify a stone in our lives which prevents us from sourcing the new life within us which is bursting to get out? Another question we might usefully ask ourselves as we prepare for this new season of new life is “what needs to die within us to create the space for something new to emerge within us?”

The morning will begin with a ritual to celebrate coming into life and coming out of the tomb of whatever tends to limit us.

Hopefully we will get a chance to watch a sunrise together, to stand in silence and wait for the dawn, to witness the miracle of a new day. Regardless of the visibility the sun will rise!!  We will walk in the four directions, and ask for the gifts each direction has to offer including wisdom, nurture, transformation and the ability to be fully at home in the human body and in the natural world

We plan to conclude the morning with food and hot drinks. Please bring something for breakfast so that we can prepare the food together and enjoy it as a group.

I really want others to be involved and to have an idea of how many will be coming, I would appreciate if you would let me know by Holy Sat. morning if you intend to travel There will be no charge for either event. A donation to Trocaire is welcome.

In the event of atrocious weather there will be a plan B. Call my number on the morning (0863663276) and my voice message will relay the new indoor venue!!

Wear several layers of clothing and be prepared for rain…just in case!

Peter

wwwpeterdevlin.ie

GOOD FRIDAY 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starts:                          10am

Finishes:                      3pm approx

Meeting point:             Gleniff Horseshoe Mill

Directions:                   Travelling from Cliffoney towards Bundoran, turn right at

Gorevan’s pub and travel 3.1 miles uphill to Horseshoe Mill.

 

 

 

What is good about Good Friday my young son asked me the other day. I still have to come back to him with an answer!!  Last Sunday I spent the day on the mountain with six other souls and a host of new life, pondering on our addictions and ways we use evasion in life. A willingness to face reality and the darker side of our lives, a hunger for wellbeing and renewal characterized the courageous participants. It was refreshing and comforting experience to be in the company of people who were able to name addictions which are part of the human condition.

 

 

What is it all about I sometimes ask myself? What am I at? Who am I?  Irvin Yalom in his book “ staring at the sun” uses the term “death anxiety” as he explores how the knowledge of our own mortality affects the unconscious mind of every human being.

 

 

To celebrate these few days of Easter time, a time of death and new life, I invite you to join other beings in a slow reflective walk around the famous horseshoe in Co. Sligo. Being with fellow mortals, we will explore in silence and in listening the reality of our dying. The beautiful surroundings of mountain, trees and bog, whatever weather arrives and the animals and birds, who will decide to make an appearance, will be our hosts for the day.

 

 

Towards the end of the walk an opportunity will be provided to help people to experience a ritual of dying to something in this life which no longer serves them well. This might be something you will think about as you prepare for this walk. This letting go ceremony will be complimented by a ritual of new life which we will celebrate on Easter Sunday. (It is not necessary to attend the two events but doing so will enrich your experience significantly.)

 

Facing our death does not need to be gloomy and frightening, witnessing a little lamb being born was  one of the highlights of the gifts which nature bestowed on us last year during the walk.

“it is my hope that by grasping, really grasping, our human condition-our finiteness, our brief time in the light,-we will come not only to savour the preciousness of each moment and the pleasure of sheer being but to increase our compassion for ourselves and for all other human beings” (Yalom)

 

We will be walking just over 5 miles together on a circular route around the Gleniff Horseshoe, a beautifully scenic spot.  The first mile is uphill, but after that, the walking is easier, and it all takes place on a road surface except for the last part which is relatively easy.

 

There will be a stop for refreshments if people want to bring food, although I would encourage those who can, to fast.  Sometimes when we fast we realise that there is other food available which is very life giving.  Please bring a hot drink and wear warm, waterproof clothing – preferably layers – and comfortable walking shoes. The walk will proceed regardless of weather conditions, so come prepared! April can bring all four seasons in one day…please bring a note book and pencil as there will be opportunities to journal a little.

 

If you are interested in attending, please let me know by phone (0863663276) or email.

 

(Donation only, the charity this year is Trocaire)

 

 

 

 

wwwpeterdevlin.ie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Sunday 2015– Sunrise at Streedagh

 

 

The early breeze before dawn

Is the keeper of secrets?

Don’t go back to sleep!

It is time for prayer; it is time to ask for

What you really need.

Don’t go back to sleep!

The door of the One who created the world

Is always open.

Don’t go back to sleep.  (Rumi)

 

 

 

Starts:                           6.15am, Dawn 6.16, Sunrise 6.50

 

Finishes                       8am approx

Meeting point:              Streedagh Beach car park

Directions:                   Coming from Sligo, turn left in Grange village just after Supervalu

and after about a mile, turn right for Streedagh; follow road right to                           the end.

 

The writer Parker Palmer commenting on the inner journey which we all are invited to take says “chaos is the precondition to creativity: as every creation myth has it, life itself emerged from the void” He adds “the gift we receive on the inner journey is the knowledge that death does not have the final word. By allowing ourselves to die when its time is due, we create the condition under which new life can emerge

 

As we gather on this Easter morning, these words can act as a bridge between the suffering and death celebrated on Good Friday and the anticipated joy of Easter.

 

Resurrection accounts speak of the anticipated problem of who will roll back the stone at the grave of Jesus. Can we identify a stone in our lives which prevents us from sourcing the new life within us which is bursting to get out? Another question we might usefully ask ourselves as we prepare for this new season of new life is “what needs to die within us to create the space for something new to emerge within us?”

 

 

The morning will begin with a ritual to celebrate coming into life and coming out of the tomb of whatever tends to limit us.

 

Hopefully we will get a chance to watch a sunrise together, to stand in silence and wait for the dawn, to witness the miracle of a new day. Regardless of the visibility the sun will rise!!  We will walk in the four directions, and ask for the gifts each direction has to offer including wisdom, nurture, transformation and the ability to be fully at home in the human body and in the natural world

 

We plan to conclude the morning with food and hot drinks. Please bring something for breakfast so that we can prepare the food together and enjoy it as a group.

 

I really want others to be involved and to have an idea of how many will be coming, I would appreciate if you would let me know by Holy Sat. morning if you intend to travel There will be no charge for either event. A donation to Trocaire is welcome.

 

In the event of atrocious weather there will be a plan B. Call my number on the morning (0863663276) and my voice message will relay the new indoor venue!!

 

 

Wear several layers of clothing and be prepared for rain…just in case!

 

 

Peter

 

 

wwwpeterdevlin.ie

GOOD FRIDAY 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starts:                          10am

Finishes:                      3pm approx

Meeting point:             Gleniff Horseshoe Mill

Directions:                   Travelling from Cliffoney towards Bundoran, turn right at

Gorevan’s pub and travel 3.1 miles uphill to Horseshoe Mill.

 

 

 

What is good about Good Friday my young son asked me the other day. I still have to come back to him with an answer!!  Last Sunday I spent the day on the mountain with six other souls and a host of new life, pondering on our addictions and ways we use evasion in life. A willingness to face reality and the darker side of our lives, a hunger for wellbeing and renewal characterized the courageous participants. It was refreshing and comforting experience to be in the company of people who were able to name addictions which are part of the human condition.

 

 

What is it all about I sometimes ask myself? What am I at? Who am I?  Irvin Yalom in his book “ staring at the sun” uses the term “death anxiety” as he explores how the knowledge of our own mortality affects the unconscious mind of every human being.

 

 

To celebrate these few days of Easter time, a time of death and new life, I invite you to join other beings in a slow reflective walk around the famous horseshoe in Co. Sligo. Being with fellow mortals, we will explore in silence and in listening the reality of our dying. The beautiful surroundings of mountain, trees and bog, whatever weather arrives and the animals and birds, who will decide to make an appearance, will be our hosts for the day.

 

 

Towards the end of the walk an opportunity will be provided to help people to experience a ritual of dying to something in this life which no longer serves them well. This might be something you will think about as you prepare for this walk. This letting go ceremony will be complimented by a ritual of new life which we will celebrate on Easter Sunday. (It is not necessary to attend the two events but doing so will enrich your experience significantly.)

 

Facing our death does not need to be gloomy and frightening, witnessing a little lamb being born was  one of the highlights of the gifts which nature bestowed on us last year during the walk.

“it is my hope that by grasping, really grasping, our human condition-our finiteness, our brief time in the light,-we will come not only to savour the preciousness of each moment and the pleasure of sheer being but to increase our compassion for ourselves and for all other human beings” (Yalom)

 

We will be walking just over 5 miles together on a circular route around the Gleniff Horseshoe, a beautifully scenic spot.  The first mile is uphill, but after that, the walking is easier, and it all takes place on a road surface except for the last part which is relatively easy.

 

There will be a stop for refreshments if people want to bring food, although I would encourage those who can, to fast.  Sometimes when we fast we realise that there is other food available which is very life giving.  Please bring a hot drink and wear warm, waterproof clothing – preferably layers – and comfortable walking shoes. The walk will proceed regardless of weather conditions, so come prepared! April can bring all four seasons in one day…please bring a note book and pencil as there will be opportunities to journal a little.

 

If you are interested in attending, please let me know by phone (0863663276) or email.

 

(Donation only, the charity this year is Trocaire)

 

 

 

 

wwwpeterdevlin.ie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Sunday 2015– Sunrise at Streedagh

 

 

The early breeze before dawn

Is the keeper of secrets?

Don’t go back to sleep!

It is time for prayer; it is time to ask for

What you really need.

Don’t go back to sleep!

The door of the One who created the world

Is always open.

Don’t go back to sleep.  (Rumi)

 

 

 

Starts:                           6.15am, Dawn 6.16, Sunrise 6.50

 

Finishes                       8am approx

Meeting point:              Streedagh Beach car park

Directions:                   Coming from Sligo, turn left in Grange village just after Supervalu

and after about a mile, turn right for Streedagh; follow road right to                           the end.

 

The writer Parker Palmer commenting on the inner journey which we all are invited to take says “chaos is the precondition to creativity: as every creation myth has it, life itself emerged from the void” He adds “the gift we receive on the inner journey is the knowledge that death does not have the final word. By allowing ourselves to die when its time is due, we create the condition under which new life can emerge

 

As we gather on this Easter morning, these words can act as a bridge between the suffering and death celebrated on Good Friday and the anticipated joy of Easter.

 

Resurrection accounts speak of the anticipated problem of who will roll back the stone at the grave of Jesus. Can we identify a stone in our lives which prevents us from sourcing the new life within us which is bursting to get out? Another question we might usefully ask ourselves as we prepare for this new season of new life is “what needs to die within us to create the space for something new to emerge within us?”

 

 

The morning will begin with a ritual to celebrate coming into life and coming out of the tomb of whatever tends to limit us.

 

Hopefully we will get a chance to watch a sunrise together, to stand in silence and wait for the dawn, to witness the miracle of a new day. Regardless of the visibility the sun will rise!!  We will walk in the four directions, and ask for the gifts each direction has to offer including wisdom, nurture, transformation and the ability to be fully at home in the human body and in the natural world

 

We plan to conclude the morning with food and hot drinks. Please bring something for breakfast so that we can prepare the food together and enjoy it as a group.

 

I really want others to be involved and to have an idea of how many will be coming, I would appreciate if you would let me know by Holy Sat. morning if you intend to travel There will be no charge for either event. A donation to Trocaire is welcome.

 

In the event of atrocious weather there will be a plan B. Call my number on the morning (0863663276) and my voice message will relay the new indoor venue!!

 

 

Wear several layers of clothing and be prepared for rain…just in case!

 

 

Peter

 

 

wwwpeterdevlin.ie

GOOD FRIDAY 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starts:                          10am

Finishes:                      3pm approx

Meeting point:             Gleniff Horseshoe Mill

Directions:                   Travelling from Cliffoney towards Bundoran, turn right at

Gorevan’s pub and travel 3.1 miles uphill to Horseshoe Mill.

 

 

 

What is good about Good Friday my young son asked me the other day. I still have to come back to him with an answer!!  Last Sunday I spent the day on the mountain with six other souls and a host of new life, pondering on our addictions and ways we use evasion in life. A willingness to face reality and the darker side of our lives, a hunger for wellbeing and renewal characterized the courageous participants. It was refreshing and comforting experience to be in the company of people who were able to name addictions which are part of the human condition.

 

 

What is it all about I sometimes ask myself? What am I at? Who am I?  Irvin Yalom in his book “ staring at the sun” uses the term “death anxiety” as he explores how the knowledge of our own mortality affects the unconscious mind of every human being.

 

 

To celebrate these few days of Easter time, a time of death and new life, I invite you to join other beings in a slow reflective walk around the famous horseshoe in Co. Sligo. Being with fellow mortals, we will explore in silence and in listening the reality of our dying. The beautiful surroundings of mountain, trees and bog, whatever weather arrives and the animals and birds, who will decide to make an appearance, will be our hosts for the day.

 

 

Towards the end of the walk an opportunity will be provided to help people to experience a ritual of dying to something in this life which no longer serves them well. This might be something you will think about as you prepare for this walk. This letting go ceremony will be complimented by a ritual of new life which we will celebrate on Easter Sunday. (It is not necessary to attend the two events but doing so will enrich your experience significantly.)

 

Facing our death does not need to be gloomy and frightening, witnessing a little lamb being born was  one of the highlights of the gifts which nature bestowed on us last year during the walk.

“it is my hope that by grasping, really grasping, our human condition-our finiteness, our brief time in the light,-we will come not only to savour the preciousness of each moment and the pleasure of sheer being but to increase our compassion for ourselves and for all other human beings” (Yalom)

 

We will be walking just over 5 miles together on a circular route around the Gleniff Horseshoe, a beautifully scenic spot.  The first mile is uphill, but after that, the walking is easier, and it all takes place on a road surface except for the last part which is relatively easy.

 

There will be a stop for refreshments if people want to bring food, although I would encourage those who can, to fast.  Sometimes when we fast we realise that there is other food available which is very life giving.  Please bring a hot drink and wear warm, waterproof clothing – preferably layers – and comfortable walking shoes. The walk will proceed regardless of weather conditions, so come prepared! April can bring all four seasons in one day…please bring a note book and pencil as there will be opportunities to journal a little.

 

If you are interested in attending, please let me know by phone (0863663276) or email.

 

(Donation only, the charity this year is Trocaire)

 

 

 

 

wwwpeterdevlin.ie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Sunday 2015– Sunrise at Streedagh

 

 

The early breeze before dawn

Is the keeper of secrets?

Don’t go back to sleep!

It is time for prayer; it is time to ask for

What you really need.

Don’t go back to sleep!

The door of the One who created the world

Is always open.

Don’t go back to sleep.  (Rumi)

 

 

 

Starts:                           6.15am, Dawn 6.16, Sunrise 6.50

 

Finishes                       8am approx

Meeting point:              Streedagh Beach car park

Directions:                   Coming from Sligo, turn left in Grange village just after Supervalu

and after about a mile, turn right for Streedagh; follow road right to                           the end.

 

The writer Parker Palmer commenting on the inner journey which we all are invited to take says “chaos is the precondition to creativity: as every creation myth has it, life itself emerged from the void” He adds “the gift we receive on the inner journey is the knowledge that death does not have the final word. By allowing ourselves to die when its time is due, we create the condition under which new life can emerge

 

As we gather on this Easter morning, these words can act as a bridge between the suffering and death celebrated on Good Friday and the anticipated joy of Easter.

 

Resurrection accounts speak of the anticipated problem of who will roll back the stone at the grave of Jesus. Can we identify a stone in our lives which prevents us from sourcing the new life within us which is bursting to get out? Another question we might usefully ask ourselves as we prepare for this new season of new life is “what needs to die within us to create the space for something new to emerge within us?”

 

 

The morning will begin with a ritual to celebrate coming into life and coming out of the tomb of whatever tends to limit us.

 

Hopefully we will get a chance to watch a sunrise together, to stand in silence and wait for the dawn, to witness the miracle of a new day. Regardless of the visibility the sun will rise!!  We will walk in the four directions, and ask for the gifts each direction has to offer including wisdom, nurture, transformation and the ability to be fully at home in the human body and in the natural world

 

We plan to conclude the morning with food and hot drinks. Please bring something for breakfast so that we can prepare the food together and enjoy it as a group.

 

I really want others to be involved and to have an idea of how many will be coming, I would appreciate if you would let me know by Holy Sat. morning if you intend to travel There will be no charge for either event. A donation to Trocaire is welcome.

 

In the event of atrocious weather there will be a plan B. Call my number on the morning (0863663276) and my voice message will relay the new indoor venue!!

 

 

Wear several layers of clothing and be prepared for rain…just in case!

 

 

Peter

 

 

wwwpeterdevlin.ie