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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Sitting with Each Other in Grief and Loss

Sitting with each other in Grief and Loss

When you lose someone you love,
your life becomes strange,
The ground beneath you becomes fragile … 
(John O’Donohue)

Date:      Good Friday, March 30th.2018, from 8 – 10pm
Venue:   An Talamh, Skreen, Co Sligo (Direction: Drive out main road towards Ballina. In Skreen turn left towards Lady’s Brae Mountain (at the Health Center there, sign for Holy Hill Hermitage). Drive Road up for about 2 miles until you come to a crossroad. Turn left, drive 500 m. There is a derelict white cottage first on left side. Turn immediately left into lane (Stonepark). An Talamh is at the end of the lane. Miles: 17 from Sligo Town.)
Cost:       10 Euro.

Loss is part of the human condition. Death and bereavement we all know. The pain of grief visits us all regardless of culture or belief system. Loss of relationship, home, job, health, way of life is just some of the ways that loss show its face. The language of loss and the process of grieving involve tears, anger, sadness, questions, wondering. Sadness like the other emotions demands to be felt.

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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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Listening to Our Ancestor’s 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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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