Nature Retreat: Nurture, Sustenance, And Overcoming Harsh Self-Criticism

Nature Retreat: Nurture, Sustenance and Overcoming Harsh Self-Criticism

 

Sat 18th and Sun 19th November

 

 

 If we will have the wisdom to survive,

To stand like slow-growing trees

On a ruined place, renewing, enriching it…

Then a long time after we are dead

The lives our lives prepare will live

Here, their houses strongly placed

Upon the valley sides, fields and gardens

Rich in the windows.

(Wendell Berry, “A Vision”)

Most of us desire to be happy and at peace, to be stress free and clear headed.  We wonder how to best care for ourselves in the midst of our busy lives, how to respond to our responsibility to care for the earth, how to be a good parent, how to nurture our relationships.

These central questions will form the basis of these two days spent in the tranquil peace-filed and wild surroundings of North Sligo.

On Saturday we will spend some time celebrating the lives of people who have nurtured and nourished us and may no longer be physically with us.  There will be time to give thanks to our environment for its protection and care, time to reflect on our generative qualities and consider how we can give to our relationships, and to the more than human world.

On Sunday we will move to a different venue and explore ways in which we adults live our lives using strategies to survive which belong to our own days of childhood.  These include the need to belong, to be safe, to be free from conflict, to fit in to the expectations of others.  Understanding ourselves, and discovering healthy ways of belonging, overcoming harsh self-criticism will be at the heart of this day.

Both days will include input, group sharing and time alone to experience ways of cultivating a more compassionate and genuine care of self, others, our relationships and this beautiful temporary home known as earth.

In the event of adverse weather conditions, we will move to a warm welcoming indoor venue.  Please dress in several layers and bring waterproof jacket and trousers if possible, and bring a notebook, pen, lunch and a hot drink.

Date: Sat 18th November 10am-5pm, Sunday 19th November 9am-4pm

Cost: 70 euro per day or 120 euro for the two days ( If possible please do both days for maximum benefit and group trust.)

CPD points:14

 

To secure a place, please send a deposit of 30 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinful, Co Sligo before Monday 13th November.

For further information, please ring 0863663276 or email [email protected].

www.peterdevlin.ie

Day of Dreams Workshop

Day of Dreams

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning is a new arrival

A joy, a depression, a meanness.

Some momentary awareness comes

As an unexpected visitor.

Rumi.

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Every night I go to bed. I have my dream journal open and pen on my bedside locker. What visitor in shape of a dream will come tonight? If I do not write a brief note when I awaken after a dream I will probably not remember it.

In my experience of recording and spending time with my dreams over the last 30 or 40 years, I have found them to be a source of great puzzlement, guidance, nourishment, prophecy, confirmation and challenge. They have been particularly helpful in making decisions. For me, dreams are messages from my soul which utilize the residue of the day and past memories to question, challenge and direct me in living life to the full.

We spend one-third of our lives sleeping and one-fifth dreaming. If we take our age and divide it by three it tells us on average how much time we have spent sleeping. Divide by three and it tell us how much time we have spent dreaming.

Children dream a lot. As they grow and develop quickly this is reflected in the experience of dreaming about death and dying. The old structure of personality has to die to make room for the new.

This workshop offers participants an opportunity to understand their dreams. I do most of my dream work while walking. It affords me the opportunity of moving as the dream characters move, and entering their space. Utilizing nature and the variety that the more-than-human world offers assists me in making sense of my night-time adventures.

To take part in this exciting day please sign up as soon as possible. We will work both indoors and outdoors being guided by the weather. You will be given the opportunity of working with a dream and you will return home with several tools enabling you to continue this exciting work.

Date: Sunday, October 15th 2017.

Time: 10am – 5pm.

Meeting Point: My office.

Cost: 70 euro.

CPD hours: 7

Booking: Contact Peter 086 3663276 or [email protected]

Max participants: 8.

To secure a place please send a deposit of 20 euro by Monday October 9th to:

Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinful, Co.Sligo.