Good Friday – Easter Sunday 2019 Events

Good Friday

In her amazing book, ‘The Choice’ Edith Eger writes of her experience of survival having been imprisoned in a Nazi war-camp. A key part of her recovery was grief work. We all have our losses in life. Francis Weller describes five gates of grief which include, loss of someone/thing that we love, the places in us that have not known love, the grief of the earth, what we expected and did not receive, and ancestral grief.

This Good Friday, I am organising an event which will give you an opportunity to name, feel and express your grief in the company of others. We will do a slow walk around Mullaghmore Head in solidarity with one another, in silence, and in sharing our stories if we wish. This environment has unfortunately known a lot of suffering and loss. The wild Atlantic waves, the rocky beach, and the grassy fields will be our witness and source of healing. 

Please contact me by phone or email if you would like to take part. 

Meeting Point: Outside Pier Head Hotel.

Time: 2pm to 6pm

Cost: Thirty euro

Please dress appropriately for the weather on the day. 

Easter Sunday

For those of you who fancy an early start on Easter morning, you are invited to join me at Streedagh Beach to celebrate new life and new beginnings. We will meet at 6am and light a fire together. Then we will greet the big fire, namely the sun, which will arise to heat and welcome us around 6:20. The event will include time alone, time to be with what is being born in us at this time, time to celebrate the gift of wild nature and fellow humans. You are invited to bring along something for breakfast which will conclude our ritual at 8am. Over the years this event has proved so memorable, so energising and totally engaging. 
If you need further details please feel free to contact me. 

Growing into our innate potential and true destiny

Hi friends

Hi friends, I hope you are well and have survived the last kick of winter. I just want to let you know about a special day next Saturday 13 April. The theme of this day looks at the  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 retreat.

During this day we will look at the concept of the loyal soldiers who work to protect us but have the adverse effect of keeping us small and thus depriving us of realising our true potential. This way of behaving manifests as our inner critic, inner flatterer, and the lion tamer. As Bill Plotkin reminds us ” the critical parent criticizes other people similar to how the inner critic self-restrains and the lion tamer self-doesticates.”

The day 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.

Details are as follows:

Date:  Sat 13 April 2019

Time :  10am-4pm

Cost :     70 euro

CPD:      6

VENUE:  Meet at my office Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co Sligo. Weather permitting the day will be spent on the slopes of Benbulben

Please contact me if you need further information. To book a place please call or e mail me. 086 3663276 [email protected]

Thank you

The skill of Focusing-Introduction and The Next Stage

Focusing Level Two

Date: 19th and 20th January 2019

Time: 10am-4pm

Venue: Holy Hill Hermitage, Skreen Co.Sligo

Cost:  €140

CPD: 12 hours

Facilitated by Peter Devlin

Hi all Focusers,

Hope you are continuing the skill of Focusing and finding it helpful. If you continue to practice and are interested in developing the skill, I would like to invite you to this weekend of training. Set in the beautiful environment of Holy Hill Hermitage, Skreen Co.Sligo. Participants will be invited to refresh the basic skills and by Sunday evening will have learned how to listen to another and to listen to themselves using several steps.

You will be guided through these steps and have an opportunity to practice in two’s, to listen to another and to have yourself listened to by another. Your questions and difficulties will be addressed as we go through the two days. There will also be an opportunity to do some focusing in the outdoors weather permitting.

Tea and coffee will be provided, please bring your lunch. To secure your place, please send a non-refundable deposit of 60 euro to Peter Devlin Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co Sligo by Monday 7th of January.

 

Introduction to Focusing…Finding the Wisdom Within

Date: 9th and 10th February 2019

Time: 10am-4pm

Venue: Holy Hill Hermitage, Skreen, Co.Sligo

CPD: 12 hours

Cost: €140

Deposit of €60 due by January 25th 2019

Facilitated by Peter Devlin

This weekend course will provide an introduction to the skills of focusing where you will learn how to pay attention to the wisdom of your body. Inner wisdom and emotional healing are two of the most important results of this skill. Focusing teaches us to trust our inner authority offering an alternative to the long learned habit of looking to outer authority for direction.

This skill helps us to understand our body’s sensations, some of which are familiar and yet hard to pin down. Decision making, dream understanding are two of the many other benefits of knowing how to focus. Focusing can be used to address a wide array of issues. When we feel upset and agitated, we typically turn to our intellect to solve the problem. This works well… until it doesn’t. Life’s toughest problems, especially those involving emotions and other people, can’t be solved this way. Do you feel stuck? Like you’ve tried everything and nothing has worked? It’s not that there’s something wrong with you, it’s that the way our culture is set up leaves us cut off from our bodies, a powerful source of wisdom.

Previous workshop participants have said…

“It really helped me to be with my grief.”

“I find the practicing of focusing amazing.”

“For me the skill of focusing is to listen to my gut and puts structure on a simple but powerful process. I’ve been using it alongside mediation as a way of getting a sense of where thing are at and teasing out things I am not sure about.”

“For over 40 years I listened to my head and became accustomed to thinking in a particular way. Focusing is so completely different. It centres me. It provides the opportunity to listen to the quiet whisper that can simply drown out the louder, shouting voice in my head. I have learned that the whisper is me, the true me.”

“Through focusing I have discovered, deep within myself, a well of peace and calmness where I go to re-energize and get perspective.”

For further information about focusing, follow this link: http://focusing.org/newcomers.htm

Teas and coffees will be provided but bring lunch with you to the workshop.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or any other issues that you wish addressed on the weekend.

Sincerely,

Peter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soul Wednesdays

It’s never too late to say “enough”. To put down the load we are carrying, and try to create new patterns of relating that are more appropriate and balanced. ( Myla and John Kabat-Zinn)

 

Reflecting on my work as a psychotherapist and workshop/retreat provider for the past 18 years, I have noticed several themes emerging from the inner work and exploration of participants.

We are all part of this wonderful, complicated universe and as such share many difficulties. Even in the best of childhood days, we all have been wounded in different ways. The “here and now” is always related to the “there and then”.

We carry limiting and sometimes destructive ways of behaviour into our everyday adult lives, into our relationships such as those with spouses, children, colleagues and wider communities.

These six days, at two week intervals will offer participants training, reflection time and space in the service of awakening to their human potential.

It will also be an opportunity to meet like-minded people, develop ones support system network, replace loneliness with laughter, and become increasingly aware that I am not on my own.  We can all learn well when there is a deep listening, confidentiality, fun and safety.

The venue offers comfort heat and intimacy. Participants will be afforded access to the beautiful outdoors, a location set in the shadow of the Ox Mountains. Walkways, trails, gardens and majestic trees offer themselves for our healing, joy, wonder and awe. Tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring lunch.

 

Venue: Holy Hill Hermitage Skreen Co Sligo.

Dates: 7th Nov, 21st Nov, 5th Dec 2018. 9th Jan, 23rd Jan and Feb 2nd 2019.

Time: 10am to 4pm.

Cost: 390 euro. The balance is due on the first day of the course.

Booking: To secure your place please send a deposit of 65 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinful, Co-Sligo before Friday 2nd November.

C.P.D: 36 hours.

 

 

 

Topics:

  • Caring for self – awareness of our inner resources.
  • Befriending our emotions, naming feeling, expressing and using them in a creative life giving way.
  • Speaking your truth in an assertive way. Awareness of how we can be passive or aggressive.
  • Listening caring and responding to our soul.
  • Transforming our deep wounds into empowerment.
  • Befriending our dreams as a way to continue our journey of healing.

Autumn – Season of Harvest and Transformation

Autumn – Season of Harvest & Transformation

“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing,
There is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in the grass,
The world is too full to talk about
ideas, language. Even the phrase each other
Doesn’t make any sense”.
(Rumi)

Following on from the East Facet of self  I would now like to invite you to spend two days looking at the West facet of Self which is characterized by words including romance, sunsets, sunrises and imagination. Writer and Wilderness Guide Bill Plotkin situates this dimension of our inner selves in the season of Autumn, the evening of the day, a time of dying and reaping the harvest.

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Ancestor Retreat – What was it like?

Ten people completed the Ancestor Retreat in Achill, Sept. 11- Sun. 16th. 2018. The venue was a beautiful house: ‘Achill Shore View’, situated very near Achill Sound.

The theme of the week was accessing the gifts and wounds of our Ancestors. One participant described it as followed:

Peter, thanks for the deep stirring days in the amazing beautiful landscape. When I say stirring, that’s what I mean, stirring outside and stirring within. I am so grateful for your gentle encouragement. Something in me was pulling me back and something was moving me forward.  Now I can say, it was richer beyond my expectations. Peter, may you have the health to continue your mission of awakening. Blessings galore, Anne

Listening to our Ancestor Stories

Listening to our Ancestor’s Stories
Accessing the gifts and healing the wounds of our inheritance

Tue. Sep. 11th. Evening – Sun.16th. 2018 till 1pm
(on ever ancient, ever new Achill Island, County Mayo)

Guides: Peter Devlin with Sheila McHugh

Cost: 690 Euro
This includes guide fee and five night’s accommodation: €200 non-refundable deposit secures a place. Numbers are limited to 10.  Book before 31st May 2018 to avail of early bird discount (€630).

Humanity is built on the bedrock of our desire to belong. That we are part of a particular family and family tree is an indisputable fact. How we are in this world, how we live, how we react to the events which life presents us with, and rear our children, is no doubt deeply influenced by the family and tradition we come from.

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Vision Quest

Carrowkeel, Passage Tomb, Co. Sligo
Date:  Fri. 20th. July 11am – Sun. 22nd. July 2 pm 2018

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not ta 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 the time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
(Wendell Barry)

A vision quest is an ancient rite of dying, passing through, and being reborn.

Wilderness fasts have been a part of human culture for many thousands of years. Writer and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin, who has revived this ancient tradition as part of his work in Animus, describes Vison Quest as: ‘Honouring a fallow time in our spiritual lives, an emptiness into which something utterly new and generative might enter. It is to create an open vessel capable of being filled to overflowing by the sacred Other”.

The basic, universal elements of a vision quest are: a remote wilderness setting, fasting from food solitude (no other human companions), direct exposure to the forms and forces of nature, attention focusing and consciousness –shifting ceremonies, prayers, and practices, a significant period of time.

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Addiction Days – A new Beginning towards Healing

Spring – An opportunity to begin the journey of Healing

Two days with a difference!

Details and Dates:   Wed. 16.5. 2018, 10am – 4 pm  +   Wed. 30.5.2018    9am – 4 pm
Venue:             North Sligo Area.  The sessions will be conducted in beautiful wild                          areas of North Sligo.
Price:              130 Euro for both days

The breeze at dawn has something to tell you,
Don’t go back to sleep,
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the door sill
Where the two worlds touch
The door is round and open.

As we enjoy the season of spring delayed, but nevertheless welcome, I would like to invite you to this event, which is designed for those who struggle with addition, big or small.

Both days will include input, time alone and an opportunity to share where appropriate. The event will be conducted in the outdoors provided the weather is suitable. Wilderness informs us that wholeness is not about perfection.

Confidentiality is stressed and we will take solace that we are not alone in our human condition.

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Focusing – Finding the Wisdom Within

When: Sat. 26./ Sun. 27th. May 2018
Time:  10 – 4pm
Cost:  140 Euro

How often have you said ‘I know I should have listened to myself’ … but didn’t?  Most of us don’t know how to tune into those subtle, vague, mysterious, irrational ‘gut’ feelings that are hard to pin down and describe … let alone, understand. Focusing is a gentle yet powerful process of inner knowing.  It invites us to pay attention to body feelings and learn from them.

This weekend course will provide an introduction to the skills of focusing, which will help you gain clarity, peace of mind and peace of body.  Inner wisdom and emotional healing are two of the most important results of this skill.

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