Advanced Personal Development Course.

Advanced Personal Development Programme

Venue:     Sligo Psychotherapy Centre,  1 Wine Street, Sligo Town
Starting:  20th. March – 8th. May 2018  –  8 weeks
Time:       Tuesdays 7.30 – 9.30pm  (except Easter Tuesday)
Fee:         400 Euro (non-refundable)

Contact:  Patsy   086 – 3868410

We are offering an 8 week module for adults who are interested in furthering their emotional, psychological, and human potential. This exciting opportunity in the North West is offered by two experienced psychotherapists and trainers with combined experience of over 60 years of working with individuals and groups. This approach will particularly appeal to people who are interested in personal growth and transformation.

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Spring Soul Day

Spring Soul Day
A new Beginning with an opportunity to begin the Journey of Healing

Dates:     Sat. 17.2.2018   10am – 5pm
                Sun. 18.2.2018    9am – 4 pm
Venue:  North Sligo Area
Fee:     120 Euro for both days and 70 Euro for one day.
             Numbers will be limited to 8.       CDP Points: 14 

This two day event promises to be time well spent as participants will be invited to explore their natural gifts and resources they have as human beings, many of which they may not be aware of. Awareness of our resources provides us with natural ability to heal some of our wounds thus enabling us to begin to replace old routines with more healthy ways of being, positive habits of presence, self-encounter and mature action.

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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.

Autumn – Season of Harvest and 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 South Facet of self which we explored May 13 and 14, I would now like to invite you to spend two days with me and others 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.

This is the area of dreams, the place of change, transformation, mystery, decisions,   the underworld, the unknown, living with questions, moving into our inner life, into the interior world. As we journey together on this first day, we will tread carefully as we will be afforded deep access to the soul and to the Divine.

Just as the way of knowing in the South is feeling and emotion, the West uses our imagination, “Imago – Dei” as a way to discover our truth. The Divine is not known by reason. This is an opportunity to imagine a healthier way of living, to make contact with our innate creativity and hidden gifts.

Bill Plotkin reminds us that “Deep imagination is an indispensable faculty for discovering the truth about everyday life, no less essential than observing, thinking and feeling”

On Sunday we will explore areas of ourselves that we are unaware of and consequently are a barrier to living a more wholesome life. The term  the Shadow is often used in this context, sometimes we project our negative characteristics onto others and sometimes we disown our innate gifts and project them onto others. The poet and writer Robert Bly maintains that we spend the first part of our lives stuffing 90 per cent of our wholeness into the “long bag we drag behind us” and the remainder of our life trying to retrieve these items. It is not uncommon to find our deepest passion when we become aware of our Shadow. It might be as simple as a desire to write, sing or dance, gifts which may have been repressed in the interests of conforming to the expectations of family or society.

These areas will be further developed during the two days and participants will be given time, space and gentle listening as they go out into wild nature with specific exercises to experiment with. You will be encouraged to move with compassion and curiosity into your inner landscape, input will focus as well on how you can use your inner resources which you will have surfaced on the first day, to move forward with gentleness and strength.

 

The following information is taken from Bill Plotkins book “Wild Mind”

 

The Shadow is whatever is what’s true about who you really are, but you haven’t a clue about it.

Projection is the unconscious transfer of your own emotions, desires, or traits onto another person (your screen) or sometimes onto a whole class of persons.

Seeing scandalous flaws in others is a good place to investigate

Primary clue is the intensity of the emotional reaction you have to the other person

Sometimes what we project onto others is not our disowned characteristics but our unfinished relationship with the past.

In the basic form of shadow work, we get a chance to reflect on how we behave towards other people, withdrawing and owning our projections, seeing our stuff more clearly, taking great responsibility, improving our relationships and making them more real.

 

 Weather permitting both days will be conducted in the outdoors, enjoying the mountains and ocean of this beautiful environment. Wilderness informs us that wholeness is not about perfection. Both days will include input, solo time, and an opportunity to share when appropriate. The exercises we do can be then used to practice and continue to use when at home. Confidentiality is stressed and we will take solace that we are not alone in our human condition.

 

PLEASE DRESS IN SEVERAL LAYERS INCLUDING WATERPROOF CLOTHING AND GOOD BOOTS. Include lunch, a hot drink, a watch, notebook and pen in your ruck sack.

 

 

Venue:  North Sligo area.  The sessions will be conducted in beautiful wild areas of North Sligo. The intention is to spend one day in the shade of beautiful Ben Bullen and another in that magical, mysterious historical place known as Knock lane Promontory Fort. In the advent of terrible weather conditions, we will work indoors adjacent to my office. Fortunately we are only 10 minutes away by car from the intended venues. We will meet indoors initially.

 

Details:   Saturday 23 September 10am-5pm and Sunday 24 September 9am-4pm

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

             C.P.D. Points :  14

              To secure a place please send a deposit of 30 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo before Friday 15th September 2017.

              For further information please call 0863663276 or email [email protected]

              www.peterdevlin.ie

Healing and Wholing 13th and 14th May 2017

Re  Wilding ourselves in the pursuit of healing and wholeness—-The South Facet of Self

I want to attract you, want to be with you, care for you

Draw you, energise you, follow you, give to you

Heal you, inspire you, join you, keep you

Love you, marry you, nurture you, offer you

Play with you, quieten you, rest in you sense you

Thank you, understand you, walk with you    ( Joey Gribben)

 

The poet sums up the essence of these two days out on the land, time spent finding ways to come back to our true self, gifting us with an opportunity to fully feel, own and express our emotions. A time to experience the sacredness of this world, and our unconditional belonging to the greater Universe. An experience of being viewed and talked to by our environment, invited to receive the gifts outlined in this poem.

 

On Saturday participants will be facilitated in making contact with their innate resources and experiencing ways of cultivating these powerful allies which exist in each of us. Despite the culture we live in, all emotions including anger, fear, sadness and joy are healthy and necessary if we are to be fully human. Each of them tell us something about ourselves, our values have been disturbed, we need to pay attention to something, we have lost something or someone precious, our particular experience feels really good.

 

How does the emotion feel on our body? Can I allow it to be expressed and felt? Might I use sound, movement, gesture or posture to fully honour it?

 

I marvel at times when I am out with my dog, how it gives me a license so to speak to speak to “strangers”, I might engage with a comment on their beautiful dog or vice versa. Isn’t is sad that we humans very often ignore one another and perhaps comment on their dog. Sometimes I want to say “sure you are a beautiful human and I am okay as well”

Out in the wilds of North Sligo we are likely to be in awe of the beautiful mountain range and the wild rugged ravishing Atlantic coast line. What about taking time to experience the magic of being human, and receiving the awe and appreciation  which the other than human have for us. In communion with the world through eye, ear, nose, tongue and skin we can become aware of our own magic and mystery.

 

On Sunday we will explore how failure to own, feel and express these emotions result in us acting out in immature, irresponsible and unhealthy ways. For example when a person is unable to acknowledge his or her hurt, they can become the “victim” and blame the world for their misfortune hoping that someone will come to their rescue.

Dominated by our wounded self, we can become self-centred, self- centred and depressive. When we manage our emotions as opposed to expressing them the road is open to depression. Emotion not felt prevents the flow of life, in fact when we feel bad, sad , mad or glad , we need to feel more rather less.

 

During this day there will be ample time for input, time alone to experience ways of availing of nature’s assistance with guidelines and  timev to share . The power of ritual and ceremony will be in evidence as we tune into Nature as Guide.

 

Requirements for the day include a willingness to get out there into the wild, away from our comfort zone and a hunger to cultivate our gifts, and the

honesty to seek healing. On a practical level, please ring a lunch, a hot drink, dress in layers and have waterproof clothing in your rucksack. A journal and pen is essential.

 

 

Venue: We will gather in my polytunnel (directions will follow booking) to begin the day and receive input on the four facets of the Self and how these days fit in.The remainder of Saturday will be spent weather permitting on the slopes of Ben Bulben, Sunday on Cliffoney Beach.

 

It is possible to do only one day though maximum value will be derived by attending both days.

 

Saturday 13 May 10 am-5pm, Sunday 14 May 9am-4pm

Cost 70 euro per day or 120 for both days.

 

To secure a place please send a deposit of 30 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo before May 9th.

Easter Events

Dear friends,

       
 
This is a little note to invite you all to either or both of these Easter events.
  
 
 Good Friday;
                   
    

 

 The Good Friday walk around the Glenif Horseshoe will begin at the old mill. During this walk participants will be encouraged to                                           reflect on the emotions of fear, sadness and                                         anger.
      The only way around our deepest pain is through feeling it. Some of the walk will be in silence. You can bring some water and a snack if you would like. 
       Please let me know if you would like to come as the starting time may change. My phone number is 086 366 3276.
 
 

 

 Easter Sunday
    
 
       
You are also invited to join me on Easter Sunday morning at 6am on Streedagh Beach, to welcome the dawn for a new beginning, to be in wonder and celebrate                                               whatever is coming to life within you at this                                           time.
      Participants are invited to bring some food to share so that we can have a varied menu for breakfast, celebrating with fun and laughter.
 
 
       Again, please contact me ( 086 366 3276 ) if you plan to come as weather and numbers may require a change of venue.
 
 
 
   Wishing you an enlivened Easter,
                                                  

                                                 Peter.

 


Peter Devlin M.A.M.I.A.H.I.P.

Cloonaghbawn
Ballinfull
Co. Sligo
www.peterdevlin.ie 086 3663276

Ancestor Retreat 2017

Accessing the gifts and healing the wounds of our inheritance

Tuesday evening August 8th to Sunday, 1pm, August 13th, 2017

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.

This retreat which takes place in the magical and historical landscape of north Sligo seeks to explore our ancestral inheritance, and inform us as to how the lives of those who have gone before us shape the way we live today. It will help us find our place in our ancestral family.

Research indicates that what is not felt is transmitted to the next generation. While parents and relatives want to pass on health and positive values to children, unbeknown to themselves they can be haunted by the burdens and mistakes of their ancestors. Healing our wounds from the past assists us in passing on health to the next generation and helping us to discover our particular gift to this world.

This five day retreat will facilitate us in becoming aware of how our particular ancestral line affects our living. We will explore the way in which our ancestors inform our emotions and how we view ourselves. Often our depression, anxiety or failure to connect in relationship can be traced to events in our distant past. Deep in our very bones lie the stories from migrations, tragedies, loves, and losses.

Unwrapping the gifts passed on to us from the generations is exciting and empowering. These few days will present us with an opportunity to tap into their celebrations, music, storytelling, and courage. As the retreat unfolds, we will be in awe at the unexpected awareness which promises to come our way as we devote this time to be with our family tree, marvelling at our new-found allies,

It is not essential that participants have an extensive knowledge of their genealogy though it will help. The focus will be on a different way of knowing, entering the home of our ancestors as we wander the Irish landscape , listening with the eyes and ears of our heart, tuning into the energy of place with sharpened senses and boundless imagination.

We will engage with the ancestral images in story, movement and ritual and allow our deep imagination lead us into what our bodies know already. Interwoven with these outdoor en-counters we will avail of the warmth of a turf fire in the comfort of a hundred year old cottage built beside the ruins of a megalithic tomb and immersed in deep listening we will recount the highlights of our day’s wander. Poetry, council, deep imagery, ritual, and dream work will fur-ther enhance our growing awareness. Perhaps our greatest gift to the next generation and this troubled world, will be our willingness to heal.

 

In the Celtic tradition there is a great sense that the dead do not live far away. In Ireland there are always plac-es, fields and old ruins where the ghosts of people were seen. That kind of folk memory recognises that people who have lived in a place, even when they move to invisible form, somehow remain attached to that place. John O’Donoghue

Meister Eckhart was once asked, “Where does the soul go when the person dies? “He said ,“No place. Where else would the soul be going? It can be nowhere other than here?”

About Peter Devlin

Peter Devlin lives in Co. Sligo with his wife and three children. He works as a psycho-therapist mainly in the outdoors, as a clini-cal and pastoral supervisor. His passion is helping people get in touch with their soul and becoming aware of their particular gift which they offer to this world. A keen gar-dener he exudes a sense of presence and deep listening. Peter believes in the power of ceremony and ritual which he uses to great effect in his work of empowerment and healing.

About Imogen O’Connor

Imogen O’Connor trained in Psychosynthe-sis and has worked as a psychotherapist since the 1990’s. She guides adults and teenagers to hear and follow the call of their deeper, mysterious natures, through the medium of dream work, art, voice, body awareness and movement. The shamanic tradition has helped inform her work, her relationship with nature and in particular, her most beloved infant woodland which sur-rounds her home at Rosie’s Cottage.

Food & The Poetry Of Belonging

Planning and preparing healthy, delicious home grown food will be part of nurturing community among us and celebrating our ancestors. Participants will team up to plan, purchase some food and prepare meals in a fully equipped kitchen.

Information & Booking:

Cost: €575 (This includes guide fee and 5 night’s accommodation.)
A €200 non-refundable deposit will secure a place.
Numbers are limited to 10, so early booking is advised.

For more information and booking:

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Testimonials (2016 Ancestor Retreat): ( From a similar programme guided by Peter Scanlan and Peter Devlin in 2016 )

“This experience was life-giving, life-changing and transformational.” Ted, USA

 

“The ancestral programme was a very rich retreat for me combining time in nature, group sharing, storytelling, poetry and time to wan-der in a soulful way getting to know and honour the importance of the ancestral line.” Maura, Co. Mayo

 

“A unique opportunity to explore and honour the gifts and pain of our ancestors in a safe and healing environment, leading to a deeper understanding of their lives and indeed our own,. A truly enriching experience, leaving you with a better acceptance of your place in the world “. Pauline, Co. Dublin.

SPRING–A new beginning for our healing

SAT AND SUNDAY 25&26 March 2017

 

 

 

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.

 

Further to my last e mail concerning the days I intend to present on the four innate dimensions of human wholeness, I am now writing to summarise the first two day event focusing on the East facet.

 

This aspect of a well developed self is characterised by innocence, lightheartedness, and extroversion. When we lack these qualities, it can leave us as humourless, stress-filled, heavy and dull. Arrested development, social isolation, ruined relationships, missed opportunities are part of the underdeveloped part of this dimension of self.

 

However wholeness tells us that embracing brokedness is an integral part of life. Overwhelming emotions and intolerable situations we can experience as children manifest in adult life in the form of addictions and inability to stay with the suffering which normal life presents us with. Saturday will be devoted to exploring ways to develop and become aware of the great resources which lie within us.

 

On Sunday we will begin to embrace our darker side from this wholeness. We will be offered ways of using and cultivating our resources to begin to replace old routines with more healthy ways of being, positive habits of presence, self -encounter and mature action.

 

Weather permitting both days will be conducted in the outdoors, enjoying the mountains and ocean of this beautiful environment. Wilderness informs us that wholeness is not about perfection. Both days will include input, solo time, and an opportunity to share when apropriate. The exercises we do can be then used to practice and continue to use when at home. Confidentiality is stressed and we will take solace that we are not alone in our human condition.

 

PLEASE DRESS IN SEVERAL LAYERS INCLUDING WATERPROOF CLOTHING AND GOOD BOOTS. Please include lunch, a hot drink, a watch, notebook and pen in your ruck sack.

 

I include a booking form which you might use to book a place before Monday 20 March. I include a reminder of the pricing scheme. However if you have a problem with money please contact me and we can arrange a fee you can afford.

 

 

Details and Dates:

Sat. 25 March 10am-5 pm, Sunday 26 March 9am-4

Sat 13 May: 10am-5pm, Sunday 14 May: 9am-4pm

Sat September 23 10am-5pm   Sunday 24 Sept:  9am-4pm,

Sat. Nov: 18   10am-5pm.  Sunday 19 Nov: 9am-4pm.

 

Venue:  North Sligo area.  The sessions will be conducted in beautiful wild areas of North Sligo. In the advent of terrible weather conditions, we will have a plan B.

Please contact Peter for further details by e mail peterjdevlin @gmail.com or 086 3663276.  Numbers will be limited to 8. While maximum value will be achieved by doing all 8 days, it is possible to do two or more. There will be a special price for the package of 8. An article on this material is published in January’s edition of Network.

Prices: one day 70 euro Deposit of 20 euro, 2 days 120 with deposit of 30 and 8 days 450 with deposit of 60 to secure a place.

 

 

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 

Sat/ Sunday March 25&26:  The East Facet of Self

Sat/Sunday April 8 & 9:  An Introduction to Focusing:  Bairbre Meehan and Peter Devlin

Sat/Sunday May: 13 & 14       10am-4pm

Tues evening 8 Aug. to Sunday 1pm 13 August   Gifts and Wounds of Our Ancestral Inheritance

Sat /Sunday 23&24 September:  The West Facet of Self

Sat/ Sunday 18 & 19 November:  The South Facet of Self

 

 

Information will follow on the various events but in the meantime, for further details please use my new  email  [email protected] or call 0863663276. Webpage  peterdevlin.ie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using our inner resources to heal our deep wounds

We all share a need to belong and even the least self aware person realizes that we contribute to our own pain because of our way of being in the world. Sometimes we blame others or life but at some level we know that we contribute to our own troubles.

In his brilliant book “Wild Mind” Bill Plotkin outlines his Nature Based Map of the Human Psyche where he suggests a way of exploring our great resources and our undeveloped parts. He terms our hidden resources the four facets of the self, or the four dimensions of our innate human wholeness. He notes that wisdom traditions from around the world have looked to nature’s seven directions for a model of wholeness: north, south, east, west, up, down, and centre. He contends that the four cardinal directions are the four facets of our innate human potential, and that they also reflect the qualities of the natural world which we observe in the four seasons  and the four times of the day, dawn, noon, evening and night.

Wholing is the foundation for true healing he tells us and he wonders if common difficulties that humankind experience, such as anxiety, depression, phobias and personality disorders are not necessarily problems in themselves “perhaps we exhibit psychological symptoms not so much because we’re disordered but because we’re deficient in an embodiment of wellness or wholeness” He suggests that the way forward is to cultivate our human wholeness and learn to embrace our fragmented sub-personalities that are created during childhood.

. I plan to devote eight days during 2017, two consecutive ones each season to explore Plotkin’s intrapersonal view of the self and the subpersonalities. During these days spent mainly in the outdoors we will help identify your innate inner resources and use these in healing your deep wounds. Participants will be introduced to  practices and given time to experience them, practices  which they can continue to do in the pursuit of their healing and wholeness.

 

Details and Dates:

Sat.25 March 10am-5 pm, Sunday 26 March 9am-4pm

Sat 13 May: 10am-5pm, Sunday 14 May:: 9am-4pm,

Sat September 23 10am-5pm   Sunday 24 Sept:  9am-4pm,

Sat. Nov: 18   10am-5pm.  Sunday 19 Nov: 9am-4pm.

 

Venue:  North Sligo area.  The sessions will be conducted in beautiful wild areas of North Sligo. In the advent of terrible weather conditions, we will have a plan B.

Please contact Peter for further details by e mail : [email protected] or 086 3663276.  Numbers will be limited to 8. While maximum value will be achieved by doing all 8 days,it is possible to do two or more. There will be a special price for the package of 8. An article on this material is included in January’s edition of Network.