Dreams-source of wisdom,healing, guide to soul

Dreams – source of wisdom, healing, guide to soul

 

 

 

 

 

Date:                 Sunday October 19th

Time:                  10am-5pm

Meeting Point:    The Mill at Gleniff Horseshoe, Ballintrillick, Co. Sligo

Cost:                    50 euro or pay what you can afford

CPD hours:          7 hours

Booking:             Contact Peter on 086 3663276

or [email protected]

To secure a place, please send a deposit of 20 euro by wed 13th Oct to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo. This will help you to commit and facilitate me in finalising the numbers.

Max. Participants: 8

 

 

“Dreams seem incomprehensible by nature, nonsensical, an insult to common sense. A dream is not at home in our day time consciousness.”   ( Robert Bosnak)

 

I imagine you can identify with these lines from Bosnak’s “A Little Course on Dreams”. Despite this truth our dreams continue to intrigue, fascinate, frighten and challenge us. This soul day which features the domain of dream is designed to help us allow the dream do its work on us.

In my experience of working with dreams for the past thirty years, they are a powerful means of personal guidance and wisdom. They facilitate my encounter with soul, are a spiritual tool. Often I conclude my dream work with a prayer of gratitude and request for the courage to take the next step in order to translate the new insight into action.

 

The beautiful magical, mystical and magnificence of the North Sligo Horseshoe area will be our host for the day. We will explore our dream territory on foot, noticing how this landscape meets the landscape of our soul. The combination of human nature and the more than human world will assist us in entering into the mystery held in the dream.

 

The hope is to learn and discover practical tools for processing, recording, and remembering our dreams. Attention to our emotions, and physical sensations as we listen to a dream of another or our own, observation, empathy, body posture, movement and patience will inform the process. The learning will draw on the work of Robert Bosnak and Bill Plotkin.

 

Participants will need a moderate level of fitness,  (the walking pace will be slow and interspersed with periods of stillness and sitting) a willingness to embrace the unknown, something which is mirrored by the unpredictability of an Irish autumn day, and an openness to being surprised.

Please dress in several layers and bring waterproof jacket and trousers and walking boots. Essential to the day will be a journal or notebook and pen.  Bring lunch, and a hot drink. Arriving well prepared for all kinds of weather will serve to nurture you and enhance your experience of being enlivened and fed by this soul food.

 

Night carries blame for dream and

The other worlds, you become

Mother opening the door to

Walk inside the colour blue

Where animals wear haloes.   (John O Donohue)

 

www.peterdevlin.com

Dreams – source of wisdom, healing, guide to soul

 

 

 

 

 

Date:                 Sunday October 19th

Time:                  10am-5pm

Meeting Point:    The Mill at Gleniff Horseshoe, Ballintrillick, Co. Sligo

Cost:                    50 euro or pay what you can afford

CPD hours:          7 hours

Booking:             Contact Peter on 086 3663276

or [email protected]

To secure a place, please send a deposit of 20 euro by wed 13th Oct to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo. This will help you to commit and facilitate me in finalising the numbers.

Max. Participants: 8

 

 

“Dreams seem incomprehensible by nature, nonsensical, an insult to common sense. A dream is not at home in our day time consciousness.”   ( Robert Bosnak)

 

I imagine you can identify with these lines from Bosnak’s “A Little Course on Dreams”. Despite this truth our dreams continue to intrigue, fascinate, frighten and challenge us. This soul day which features the domain of dream is designed to help us allow the dream do its work on us.

In my experience of working with dreams for the past thirty years, they are a powerful means of personal guidance and wisdom. They facilitate my encounter with soul, are a spiritual tool. Often I conclude my dream work with a prayer of gratitude and request for the courage to take the next step in order to translate the new insight into action.

 

The beautiful magical, mystical and magnificence of the North Sligo Horseshoe area will be our host for the day. We will explore our dream territory on foot, noticing how this landscape meets the landscape of our soul. The combination of human nature and the more than human world will assist us in entering into the mystery held in the dream.

 

The hope is to learn and discover practical tools for processing, recording, and remembering our dreams. Attention to our emotions, and physical sensations as we listen to a dream of another or our own, observation, empathy, body posture, movement and patience will inform the process. The learning will draw on the work of Robert Bosnak and Bill Plotkin.

 

Participants will need a moderate level of fitness,  (the walking pace will be slow and interspersed with periods of stillness and sitting) a willingness to embrace the unknown, something which is mirrored by the unpredictability of an Irish autumn day, and an openness to being surprised.

Please dress in several layers and bring waterproof jacket and trousers and walking boots. Essential to the day will be a journal or notebook and pen.  Bring lunch, and a hot drink. Arriving well prepared for all kinds of weather will serve to nurture you and enhance your experience of being enlivened and fed by this soul food.

 

Night carries blame for dream and

The other worlds, you become

Mother opening the door to

Walk inside the colour blue

Where animals wear haloes.   (John O Donohue)

 

www.peterdevlin.com

Dreams – source of wisdom, healing, guide to soul

 

 

 

 

 

Date:                 Sunday October 19th

Time:                  10am-5pm

Meeting Point:    The Mill at Gleniff Horseshoe, Ballintrillick, Co. Sligo

Cost:                    50 euro or pay what you can afford

CPD hours:          7 hours

Booking:             Contact Peter on 086 3663276

or [email protected]

To secure a place, please send a deposit of 20 euro by wed 13th Oct to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo. This will help you to commit and facilitate me in finalising the numbers.

Max. Participants: 8

 

 

“Dreams seem incomprehensible by nature, nonsensical, an insult to common sense. A dream is not at home in our day time consciousness.”   ( Robert Bosnak)

 

I imagine you can identify with these lines from Bosnak’s “A Little Course on Dreams”. Despite this truth our dreams continue to intrigue, fascinate, frighten and challenge us. This soul day which features the domain of dream is designed to help us allow the dream do its work on us.

In my experience of working with dreams for the past thirty years, they are a powerful means of personal guidance and wisdom. They facilitate my encounter with soul, are a spiritual tool. Often I conclude my dream work with a prayer of gratitude and request for the courage to take the next step in order to translate the new insight into action.

 

The beautiful magical, mystical and magnificence of the North Sligo Horseshoe area will be our host for the day. We will explore our dream territory on foot, noticing how this landscape meets the landscape of our soul. The combination of human nature and the more than human world will assist us in entering into the mystery held in the dream.

 

The hope is to learn and discover practical tools for processing, recording, and remembering our dreams. Attention to our emotions, and physical sensations as we listen to a dream of another or our own, observation, empathy, body posture, movement and patience will inform the process. The learning will draw on the work of Robert Bosnak and Bill Plotkin.

 

Participants will need a moderate level of fitness,  (the walking pace will be slow and interspersed with periods of stillness and sitting) a willingness to embrace the unknown, something which is mirrored by the unpredictability of an Irish autumn day, and an openness to being surprised.

Please dress in several layers and bring waterproof jacket and trousers and walking boots. Essential to the day will be a journal or notebook and pen.  Bring lunch, and a hot drink. Arriving well prepared for all kinds of weather will serve to nurture you and enhance your experience of being enlivened and fed by this soul food.

 

Night carries blame for dream and

The other worlds, you become

Mother opening the door to

Walk inside the colour blue

Where animals wear haloes.   (John O Donohue)

 

www.peterdevlin.com

Dreams – source of wisdom, healing, guide to soul

 

 

 

 

 

Date:                 Sunday October 19th

Time:                  10am-5pm

Meeting Point:    The Mill at Gleniff Horseshoe, Ballintrillick, Co. Sligo

Cost:                    50 euro or pay what you can afford

CPD hours:          7 hours

Booking:             Contact Peter on 086 3663276

or [email protected]

To secure a place, please send a deposit of 20 euro by wed 13th Oct to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo. This will help you to commit and facilitate me in finalising the numbers.

Max. Participants: 8

 

 

“Dreams seem incomprehensible by nature, nonsensical, an insult to common sense. A dream is not at home in our day time consciousness.”   ( Robert Bosnak)

 

I imagine you can identify with these lines from Bosnak’s “A Little Course on Dreams”. Despite this truth our dreams continue to intrigue, fascinate, frighten and challenge us. This soul day which features the domain of dream is designed to help us allow the dream do its work on us.

In my experience of working with dreams for the past thirty years, they are a powerful means of personal guidance and wisdom. They facilitate my encounter with soul, are a spiritual tool. Often I conclude my dream work with a prayer of gratitude and request for the courage to take the next step in order to translate the new insight into action.

 

The beautiful magical, mystical and magnificence of the North Sligo Horseshoe area will be our host for the day. We will explore our dream territory on foot, noticing how this landscape meets the landscape of our soul. The combination of human nature and the more than human world will assist us in entering into the mystery held in the dream.

 

The hope is to learn and discover practical tools for processing, recording, and remembering our dreams. Attention to our emotions, and physical sensations as we listen to a dream of another or our own, observation, empathy, body posture, movement and patience will inform the process. The learning will draw on the work of Robert Bosnak and Bill Plotkin.

 

Participants will need a moderate level of fitness,  (the walking pace will be slow and interspersed with periods of stillness and sitting) a willingness to embrace the unknown, something which is mirrored by the unpredictability of an Irish autumn day, and an openness to being surprised.

Please dress in several layers and bring waterproof jacket and trousers and walking boots. Essential to the day will be a journal or notebook and pen.  Bring lunch, and a hot drink. Arriving well prepared for all kinds of weather will serve to nurture you and enhance your experience of being enlivened and fed by this soul food.

 

Night carries blame for dream and

The other worlds, you become

Mother opening the door to

Walk inside the colour blue

Where animals wear haloes.   (John O Donohue)

 

www.peterdevlin.com

Cultivating our wholeness–the west Facet of self

 

 

 

 

 

  Cultivating our wholeness—West Facet of Self.

Sunday 28th September 2014

 

A Hunting Party

A

Hunting Party

Sometimes has a greater chance

Of flushing love and God

Out into the open

Than a Warrior

All

Alone

Hafiz

 

My father-in-law Michael died after a long illness during the summer. We all miss him greatly.  One of his many gifts which come to mind as I write about the next soul day is his use of the gift of imagination.  He played with his grandchildren with such joy, creativity and delight, always able to enter into their magical world and tuning into their needs. 

In this soul day, the West Facet of Self, participants are invited to continue or begin to tap into their own astonishing personal resources and gifts.  The day will take place beginning at Ballyconnell beach, and walking slowly towards Knocklane Promontory Fort, the most western point of North Sligo.  It is visible as a large hill, jutting out into the Atlantic from miles around. 

Sunset, the conclusion of the day as the sun sinks beneath the horizon of the ocean, the season of Autumn, ending of the Summer, leaves falling and plants decaying.  This sets the scene to look at the West Facet, the dimension of our wholeness which Plotkin describes as the ‘muse beloved’.  Dreams, mystery, magic, shadow, darkness, dying are all words associated with the West Facet.  In this Facet, we call on our ‘muse beloved’ to help us with major decision-making.  We invite our imagination to come alive again in a culture where imagination is often not valued.

“Deep imagination is an indispensable faculty for discovering our truth about everyday life, no less essential than observing, thinking and feeling.”  Imagination reveals what we may never have detected with our senses or emotion or by deduction.

In this dimension of our innate wholeness, questions are more important than answers, curiosity valued over knowledge, romance extends to nature in all its fullness as opposed simply to other human beings.  It is the place of change and transformation, a place of unexpected discoveries. 

 

This day will include input, gentle walking, a mixture of sharing and silence.  All you need to participate is to have the soul of a searcher, an open heart and a willingness to engage with the elements.

 

Date:               Sunday 28 September2014

Time:               10am-5 pm

Cost:                50euro or whatever you can afford

Booking:          Peter Devlin on 086 3663276 or [email protected]

Venue:             Knocklane Promontory Fort, Co. Sligo

Meeting Point  Yeats Tavern and Restaurant, Bundoran Rd. Co. Sligo

Deposit:        To secure a place please send a deposit of 20 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo  by Friday  19 th September (Max 10 places)

 

Please dress in several layers and bring waterproof jacket and trousers if possible. Good boots will facilitate you in the exploration. A spare pair of socks and a small towel would be useful, as would notebook and pen. Please bring a lunch and a hot drink Please contact me if you need further information. In the case of very poor weather conditions access to an indoor venue will be available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.peterdevlin.ie

  Cultivating our wholeness—West Facet of Self.

Sunday 28th September 2014

 

A Hunting Party

A

Hunting Party

Sometimes has a greater chance

Of flushing love and God

Out into the open

Than a Warrior

All

Alone

Hafiz

 

My father-in-law Michael died after a long illness during the summer. We all miss him greatly.  One of his many gifts which come to mind as I write about the next soul day is his use of the gift of imagination.  He played with his grandchildren with such joy, creativity and delight, always able to enter into their magical world and tuning into their needs. 

In this soul day, the West Facet of Self, participants are invited to continue or begin to tap into their own astonishing personal resources and gifts.  The day will take place beginning at Ballyconnell beach, and walking slowly towards Knocklane Promontory Fort, the most western point of North Sligo.  It is visible as a large hill, jutting out into the Atlantic from miles around. 

Sunset, the conclusion of the day as the sun sinks beneath the horizon of the ocean, the season of Autumn, ending of the Summer, leaves falling and plants decaying.  This sets the scene to look at the West Facet, the dimension of our wholeness which Plotkin describes as the ‘muse beloved’.  Dreams, mystery, magic, shadow, darkness, dying are all words associated with the West Facet.  In this Facet, we call on our ‘muse beloved’ to help us with major decision-making.  We invite our imagination to come alive again in a culture where imagination is often not valued.

“Deep imagination is an indispensable faculty for discovering our truth about everyday life, no less essential than observing, thinking and feeling.”  Imagination reveals what we may never have detected with our senses or emotion or by deduction.

In this dimension of our innate wholeness, questions are more important than answers, curiosity valued over knowledge, romance extends to nature in all its fullness as opposed simply to other human beings.  It is the place of change and transformation, a place of unexpected discoveries. 

 

This day will include input, gentle walking, a mixture of sharing and silence.  All you need to participate is to have the soul of a searcher, an open heart and a willingness to engage with the elements.

 

Date:               Sunday 28 September2014

Time:               10am-5 pm

Cost:                50euro or whatever you can afford

Booking:          Peter Devlin on 086 3663276 or [email protected]

Venue:             Knocklane Promontory Fort, Co. Sligo

Meeting Point  Yeats Tavern and Restaurant, Bundoran Rd. Co. Sligo

Deposit:        To secure a place please send a deposit of 20 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo  by Friday  19 th September (Max 10 places)

 

Please dress in several layers and bring waterproof jacket and trousers if possible. Good boots will facilitate you in the exploration. A spare pair of socks and a small towel would be useful, as would notebook and pen. Please bring a lunch and a hot drink Please contact me if you need further information. In the case of very poor weather conditions access to an indoor venue will be available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.peterdevlin.ie

  Cultivating our wholeness—West Facet of Self.

Sunday 28th September 2014

 

A Hunting Party

A

Hunting Party

Sometimes has a greater chance

Of flushing love and God

Out into the open

Than a Warrior

All

Alone

Hafiz

 

My father-in-law Michael died after a long illness during the summer. We all miss him greatly.  One of his many gifts which come to mind as I write about the next soul day is his use of the gift of imagination.  He played with his grandchildren with such joy, creativity and delight, always able to enter into their magical world and tuning into their needs. 

In this soul day, the West Facet of Self, participants are invited to continue or begin to tap into their own astonishing personal resources and gifts.  The day will take place beginning at Ballyconnell beach, and walking slowly towards Knocklane Promontory Fort, the most western point of North Sligo.  It is visible as a large hill, jutting out into the Atlantic from miles around. 

Sunset, the conclusion of the day as the sun sinks beneath the horizon of the ocean, the season of Autumn, ending of the Summer, leaves falling and plants decaying.  This sets the scene to look at the West Facet, the dimension of our wholeness which Plotkin describes as the ‘muse beloved’.  Dreams, mystery, magic, shadow, darkness, dying are all words associated with the West Facet.  In this Facet, we call on our ‘muse beloved’ to help us with major decision-making.  We invite our imagination to come alive again in a culture where imagination is often not valued.

“Deep imagination is an indispensable faculty for discovering our truth about everyday life, no less essential than observing, thinking and feeling.”  Imagination reveals what we may never have detected with our senses or emotion or by deduction.

In this dimension of our innate wholeness, questions are more important than answers, curiosity valued over knowledge, romance extends to nature in all its fullness as opposed simply to other human beings.  It is the place of change and transformation, a place of unexpected discoveries. 

 

This day will include input, gentle walking, a mixture of sharing and silence.  All you need to participate is to have the soul of a searcher, an open heart and a willingness to engage with the elements.

 

Date:               Sunday 28 September2014

Time:               10am-5 pm

Cost:                50euro or whatever you can afford

Booking:          Peter Devlin on 086 3663276 or [email protected]

Venue:             Knocklane Promontory Fort, Co. Sligo

Meeting Point  Yeats Tavern and Restaurant, Bundoran Rd. Co. Sligo

Deposit:        To secure a place please send a deposit of 20 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo  by Friday  19 th September (Max 10 places)

 

Please dress in several layers and bring waterproof jacket and trousers if possible. Good boots will facilitate you in the exploration. A spare pair of socks and a small towel would be useful, as would notebook and pen. Please bring a lunch and a hot drink Please contact me if you need further information. In the case of very poor weather conditions access to an indoor venue will be available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.peterdevlin.ie

  Cultivating our wholeness—West Facet of Self.

Sunday 28th September 2014

 

A Hunting Party

A

Hunting Party

Sometimes has a greater chance

Of flushing love and God

Out into the open

Than a Warrior

All

Alone

Hafiz

 

My father-in-law Michael died after a long illness during the summer. We all miss him greatly.  One of his many gifts which come to mind as I write about the next soul day is his use of the gift of imagination.  He played with his grandchildren with such joy, creativity and delight, always able to enter into their magical world and tuning into their needs. 

In this soul day, the West Facet of Self, participants are invited to continue or begin to tap into their own astonishing personal resources and gifts.  The day will take place beginning at Ballyconnell beach, and walking slowly towards Knocklane Promontory Fort, the most western point of North Sligo.  It is visible as a large hill, jutting out into the Atlantic from miles around. 

Sunset, the conclusion of the day as the sun sinks beneath the horizon of the ocean, the season of Autumn, ending of the Summer, leaves falling and plants decaying.  This sets the scene to look at the West Facet, the dimension of our wholeness which Plotkin describes as the ‘muse beloved’.  Dreams, mystery, magic, shadow, darkness, dying are all words associated with the West Facet.  In this Facet, we call on our ‘muse beloved’ to help us with major decision-making.  We invite our imagination to come alive again in a culture where imagination is often not valued.

“Deep imagination is an indispensable faculty for discovering our truth about everyday life, no less essential than observing, thinking and feeling.”  Imagination reveals what we may never have detected with our senses or emotion or by deduction.

In this dimension of our innate wholeness, questions are more important than answers, curiosity valued over knowledge, romance extends to nature in all its fullness as opposed simply to other human beings.  It is the place of change and transformation, a place of unexpected discoveries. 

 

This day will include input, gentle walking, a mixture of sharing and silence.  All you need to participate is to have the soul of a searcher, an open heart and a willingness to engage with the elements.

 

Date:               Sunday 28 September2014

Time:               10am-5 pm

Cost:                50euro or whatever you can afford

Booking:          Peter Devlin on 086 3663276 or [email protected]

Venue:             Knocklane Promontory Fort, Co. Sligo

Meeting Point  Yeats Tavern and Restaurant, Bundoran Rd. Co. Sligo

Deposit:        To secure a place please send a deposit of 20 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo  by Friday  19 th September (Max 10 places)

 

Please dress in several layers and bring waterproof jacket and trousers if possible. Good boots will facilitate you in the exploration. A spare pair of socks and a small towel would be useful, as would notebook and pen. Please bring a lunch and a hot drink Please contact me if you need further information. In the case of very poor weather conditions access to an indoor venue will be available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.peterdevlin.ie

  Cultivating our wholeness—West Facet of Self.

Sunday 28th September 2014

 

A Hunting Party

A

Hunting Party

Sometimes has a greater chance

Of flushing love and God

Out into the open

Than a Warrior

All

Alone

Hafiz

 

My father-in-law Michael died after a long illness during the summer. We all miss him greatly.  One of his many gifts which come to mind as I write about the next soul day is his use of the gift of imagination.  He played with his grandchildren with such joy, creativity and delight, always able to enter into their magical world and tuning into their needs. 

In this soul day, the West Facet of Self, participants are invited to continue or begin to tap into their own astonishing personal resources and gifts.  The day will take place beginning at Ballyconnell beach, and walking slowly towards Knocklane Promontory Fort, the most western point of North Sligo.  It is visible as a large hill, jutting out into the Atlantic from miles around. 

Sunset, the conclusion of the day as the sun sinks beneath the horizon of the ocean, the season of Autumn, ending of the Summer, leaves falling and plants decaying.  This sets the scene to look at the West Facet, the dimension of our wholeness which Plotkin describes as the ‘muse beloved’.  Dreams, mystery, magic, shadow, darkness, dying are all words associated with the West Facet.  In this Facet, we call on our ‘muse beloved’ to help us with major decision-making.  We invite our imagination to come alive again in a culture where imagination is often not valued.

“Deep imagination is an indispensable faculty for discovering our truth about everyday life, no less essential than observing, thinking and feeling.”  Imagination reveals what we may never have detected with our senses or emotion or by deduction.

In this dimension of our innate wholeness, questions are more important than answers, curiosity valued over knowledge, romance extends to nature in all its fullness as opposed simply to other human beings.  It is the place of change and transformation, a place of unexpected discoveries. 

 

This day will include input, gentle walking, a mixture of sharing and silence.  All you need to participate is to have the soul of a searcher, an open heart and a willingness to engage with the elements.

 

Date:               Sunday 28 September2014

Time:               10am-5 pm

Cost:                50euro or whatever you can afford

Booking:          Peter Devlin on 086 3663276 or [email protected]

Venue:             Knocklane Promontory Fort, Co. Sligo

Meeting Point  Yeats Tavern and Restaurant, Bundoran Rd. Co. Sligo

Deposit:        To secure a place please send a deposit of 20 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo  by Friday  19 th September (Max 10 places)

 

Please dress in several layers and bring waterproof jacket and trousers if possible. Good boots will facilitate you in the exploration. A spare pair of socks and a small towel would be useful, as would notebook and pen. Please bring a lunch and a hot drink Please contact me if you need further information. In the case of very poor weather conditions access to an indoor venue will be available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.peterdevlin.ie

vision quest 2014

Vision Quest

 

Vision Quest

Date:: Sat 5 July 10am- Sunday 6 Jul 2pm

Booking : Peter Devlin 086-3663276 or [email protected]

Cost : 90 euro) – excluding accommodation

Meeting point: Benwiskin centre, Ballintrillick, North Sligo

CPD: 16 hours

 

“To enact a vision quest is to clear a space. To quest is to honor 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”

 Bill Plotkin

 

A vision quest is an ancient rite of dying, passing through, and being reborn. Normally it involves at least three day, three night fast, alone, in a place of natural power. What I am offering is a shorter version of this with an opportunity for men and women to spend at least eight hours of silence on the mountainside.

 

It will involve a period of preparation which will be conducted with personal contact with me by phone before the event, completion of a form indicating your reasons for taking part and suggested reading material will be given.

 

The group will spend Saturday morning 5 July together preparing for the solo time, then they will be invited to go out on the mountain and choose a place to spend the next 8 hours in silence and fasting until 9pm. They will then meet briefly before retiring for the night in silence and fasting.  The fast will end with breakfast at 8am on Sunday. Participants can pitch a tent or stay in the local hostel.

 

 

Sunday will be taken up helping people to integrate their learning and experience. This can be a powerful time of celebrating the achievement of doing a Vision Quest , being really listened to and receiving guidance on ways of incorporating the vision into everyday life. This will take place in a different environment.

 

Reasons for doing a vision quest include the following: seeking advice on a major life decision, to celebrate or confirm a path already chosen, seeking direction, seeking courage to forgive oneself or forgive another. Perhaps something is dying in your life and a new phase is waiting to be born. Wilderness fasts have been a part of human culture for many thousands of years. Fasting helps us see the role that food plays in our life and helps us appreciate that there are other forms of food. Being in one place for a considerable period invites one to stay with one’s pain and thus find a way through it.

 

Those who took part last June expressed the following reasons for taking part in the quest:  “ a desire to continue on my spiritual journey,”  “availing of something which came from another tradition and yet is local,”   “the feeling that I have lost touch with God and myself,” and “ time to figure out my life purpose”.

Feedback included the following:  “really valued the guidance and the sense of companionship on the journey” “I feel fed and nourished”  “Being able to re-cognise God as the Almighty and resume my place as a human being” “was so good to take the time and trust the experience”.

 

Participants would need to be comfortable with being outdoors for a considerable period, be reasonably comfortable with silence and aloneness, have a moderate level of fitness and be willing to spend some time preparing for the event. Past participants can profitably repeat the event.

 

Please note that the the final date for booking is Friday June 27th. To secure a place please contact Peter and send a deposit of 60 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co.Sligo

 

 

 

Date:: Sat 5 July 10am- Sunday 6 Jul 2pm

Booking : Peter Devlin 086-3663276 or [email protected]

Cost : 90 euro) – excluding accommodation

Meeting point: Benwiskin centre, Ballintrillick, North Sligo

CPD: 16 hours

 

“To enact a vision quest is to clear a space. To quest is to honor 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”

 Bill Plotkin

 

A vision quest is an ancient rite of dying, passing through, and being reborn. Normally it involves at least three day, three night fast, alone, in a place of natural power. What I am offering is a shorter version of this with an opportunity for men and women to spend at least eight hours of silence on the mountainside.

 

It will involve a period of preparation which will be conducted with personal contact with me by phone before the event, completion of a form indicating your reasons for taking part and suggested reading material will be given.

 

The group will spend Saturday morning 5 July together preparing for the solo time, then they will be invited to go out on the mountain and choose a place to spend the next 8 hours in silence and fasting until 9pm. They will then meet briefly before retiring for the night in silence and fasting.  The fast will end with breakfast at 8am on Sunday. Participants can pitch a tent or stay in the local hostel.

 

 

Sunday will be taken up helping people to integrate their learning and experience. This can be a powerful time of celebrating the achievement of doing a Vision Quest , being really listened to and receiving guidance on ways of incorporating the vision into everyday life. This will take place in a different environment.

 

Reasons for doing a vision quest include the following: seeking advice on a major life decision, to celebrate or confirm a path already chosen, seeking direction, seeking courage to forgive oneself or forgive another. Perhaps something is dying in your life and a new phase is waiting to be born. Wilderness fasts have been a part of human culture for many thousands of years. Fasting helps us see the role that food plays in our life and helps us appreciate that there are other forms of food. Being in one place for a considerable period invites one to stay with one’s pain and thus find a way through it.

 

Those who took part last June expressed the following reasons for taking part in the quest:  “ a desire to continue on my spiritual journey,”  “availing of something which came from another tradition and yet is local,”   “the feeling that I have lost touch with God and myself,” and “ time to figure out my life purpose”.

Feedback included the following:  “really valued the guidance and the sense of companionship on the journey” “I feel fed and nourished”  “Being able to re-cognise God as the Almighty and resume my place as a human being” “was so good to take the time and trust the experience”.

 

Participants would need to be comfortable with being outdoors for a considerable period, be reasonably comfortable with silence and aloneness, have a moderate level of fitness and be willing to spend some time preparing for the event. Past participants can profitably repeat the event.

 

Please note that the the final date for booking is Friday June 27th. To secure a place please contact Peter and send a deposit of 60 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co.Sligo

 

Wisdom, Innocence, Humour, Freedom

This workshop is now fully booked. However, if you are interested in attending a future workshop, drop me a line. Thanks, Peter.

Cultivating our wholeness—The East Facet of Self.

“Conventional knowledge is death
To our souls and is not really ours.
We must become ignorant
Of what we’ve been taught,
And be, instead, bewildered…..
Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.
I have tried prudent planning
Long enough. From now
On, I’ll be mad.” (Rumi)

In his book “Wild Minds” Bill Plotkin 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.

Innocence, clear-mindedness, lightheartedness and extroversion are all qualities of the East Facet of Self. Life without these qualities can leave us humourless, stress filled, heavy and dull. The day aims to facilitate us in cultivating these qualities in ourselves.

We are invited to come out onto the slopes of Ben Bulben to reinvigorate ourselves after a long wet windy and tough winter. It will mean moving out of our comfort zone and embracing the gifts which are in abundance in nature’s untamed powers, and in the more-than-human world.

Requirements for the day: approach it with a willingness to be surprised by what you see, hear, touch, smell, taste and feel. The sight of Sliabh League, the smell of heather, the sound of a crow, the touch of a stone, the taste of your lunch can all be so extraordinary when sensed with a beginner’s mind, young heart and fresh eyes.

The day will include walking with attention and curiosity in an Eastern direction, spending time alone with whatever draws us, sharing with the group whatever you feel is important. You will receive guidance and direction in terms of how to proceed and assistance in integrating what unfolds. Ritual, input, fun and silence will all enhance your experience.

Date: Sunday 30 March
Time: 10am-4.30 pm
Cost: 50euro or whatever you can afford
Booking: Peter Devlin on 086 3663276 or [email protected]
Venue: Slopes of Ben Bulben, Co. Sligo weather permitting; otherwise there will be an indoor venue.
Meeting Point: Yeats Tavern and Restaurant, Bundoran Rd. (car park!!) 9.45am
Deposit: To secure a place please send a deposit of 20 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo before 21 March. (Max 8 places)

Please dress in several layers and bring waterproof jacket and trousers if possible. Good boots or Wellingtons will facilitate you in the exploration. A spare pair of socks and a small towel would be useful, as would notebook and pen. Bring lunch, including something to share.

www.peterdevlin.ie

Soul Days and Training Events 2014

Soul Days and Training Events 2014

“Embracing nature and soul as our wisest and most trustworthy guides” (Bill Plotkin)

THE FOUR FACETS OF SELF

Cultivating and Exploring the East Facet of Self.
Sunday 30 March 10am-4.30 pm This day will facilitate the search within us for the innocent, wise, clear-minded, light hearted, wily and extroverted parts of us. What might be beginning in our lives?
Cultivating and Exploring the South Facet of Self.
Sunday June 8th 10am-5 pm Being at home in the human body, and in the more-than-human world. A day to experience our human wildness and our kinship with all species and habitats. We are as natural as any plant or flower or river.
Cultivating and Exploring the West Facet of Self
Sunday 21 September 10am – 5pm Inviting us to be more in touch with our Soul. A day facilitating the participant in dying to our old ways while giving birth to the never-before-seen.
Cultivating and Exploring The North Facet of Self.
Sunday 30 November 10am-4pm This Dimension of Self is known as the Nurturing Generative Adult. It informs our ability to care for ourselves and others. It is embodied in many familiar activities including: parenting, teaching, healing, feeding and listening.

Good Friday 18th April 10am-2pm
A six mile slow walk around the Gleniff Horseshoe allowing nature to transform our pain.
Easter Sunday 20th April 7am-9am Greeting the dawn on Streedagh Beach, celebrating new life and welcoming what is coming to life in us at this time of our lives.

Working as therapists in the outdoors.
Friday 16th 1pm – Sunday 18th May 4pm.
This training and exploration will examine some of the practical implications inherent in taking therapy outdoors, and focus on particular ways of utilising natural spaces to enhance healing, new life and growth for our clients. Allowing nature to be the primary therapist or guide is an interesting experience.

Vision Quest
Saturday 5th July 10am-Sunday 7th 3pm A two day challenging and deeply rewarding event which facilitates a deep inner search in the service of our soul’s task in this life and how we might facilitate it. It includes 8 hours alone on the mountainside, and a 24 hour fast.

Our Dreams
Saturday October 11th 10am-4pm Our dreams are sources of well being, health, and a way of connecting to our soul. In this experiential event participants will be learning a very powerful way of working with their dreams using their body sense.

Notes on The Four Facets of Self

Bill Plotkin in his book ‘Wild Mind’ identifies our hidden resources, which he names ‘The Four Facets of the Self’. He describes how to cultivate these four facets, and discover the gifts of our sub-personalities.
He wonders if common difficulties that humankind experiences, 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 our embodiment of wellness, health or wholeness.”
I hope to facilitate four days on these Four Facets of Self, which coincide with the four cardinal directions, four seasons of the year and the four main parts of the day. I have spaced these days to coincide with the particular season with which they are aligned.

Costing:
Cost per day is 50 euro, but a sliding scale will be in use. No-one will be turned away because of cost.
The Vision Quest and Therapist Training for Outdoor work have a different fee structure.

Booking:
In order to facilitate planning, the one day events need to be booked at least one week in advance, and the Vision Quest two weeks in advance. The closing date for booking the Therapist Outdoor Training is April 17th 2014

Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information on 086-3663276 or at [email protected] More details for each event will be sent out closer to the date. All the above events will take place outdoors; in the event of adverse weather conditions, we will use a large shed or polytunnel for shelter. Please wear layers of clothing and waterproof gear.

www.peterdevlin.ie

working as a therapist in the outdoors– training event

Country Lane

“I come into the peace of wild things

Who do not tax 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 a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free”

Wendell Berry(2008)

Working with people in the outdoors

 

Friday 16 May  1pm– Sunday 18th May 4pm. 2014

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, unhealthy anger and  inner child work.

 

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

The therapeutic rationale for workdoors

The role of nature in the work

Potential approaches to the work

Issues in relation to boundaries and safety

Client assessment and safety

Attending to the contract

Developing a practice working in this way

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 for those who would like accommodation . Meals will be supplied but accommodation costs are not included. The course will begin at 1pm on Friday 16th May and concludes on Sunday 18th 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 article in the I.A.H.I.P journal “Inside Out” Summer 2013.

 

I would appreciate if you would pass on this material to anyone you know who might be drawn to an experience like this. Numbers are limited to 10. To secure a place please send a deposit of 60 euro to Peter Devlin , Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co.Sligo before Monday 16th September. Please contact me if you require further information (Tel: 086 3663276). www.peterdevlin.ie. CPD  hours will be allocated.

 

Fear

I will not die an unlived life

I will not live in fear

Of falling or catching fire.

I choose to inhabit my days,

To allow my living to open me,

To make me less afraid,

More accessible;

To loosen my heart

Until it becomes a wing,

A torch, a promise.

I choose to risk my signifance,

To live so that which came to me as seed

Goes to the next as blossom,

And that which came to me as blossom,

Goes on as fruit

(Dawna Markova)

Spirituality In The Helping Professions

Date: Saturday 23rd November

Venue: Family Life Centre, Boyle, Co Roscommon

Time: 10am – 5pm

Booking:  Family Life Centre 0719663000

 

What sustains you?

What gives you life?

What nourishes your soul at work and at home?

If these are questions that speak to you, you may be interested in coming along to a workshop in the Family Life Centre in Boyle.  It is aimed primarily at people who work as carers, social workers, nurses, doctors, therapists, religious, and will involve spending a few hours reflecting on your work and motivation, and finding ways to nourish that.

 

Participants will be facilitated during this presentation to clarify for themselves a spirituality which gives them life and peace amid the storms that emerge in daily living, and to make contact with the “inner well” that sustains you.  People will get in touch with your passion, a key way of making contact with one’s soul.

The day will involve input, experiential work including guided meditation, discussion and some outdoor experience – weather permitting.

 

 

Whatever has happened in your life up till now, what you may have believed in or hoped for or dreamed of, remember that all this is in the past. A new life, a new chance, now awaits you. You have only to reach out and take it. But remember: you yourself must do the reaching. Though the way calls, it will not come on its own accord. It is up to you to take the first step”. (The Five Stages of the Soul, Moody and Carroll)

 

 

www.peterdevlin.ie

Tel: 0863663276

working therapeutically with people in the outdoors

“I come into the peace of wild things

Who do not tax 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 a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free”

Wendell Berry(2008)

Working with people in the outdoors

 

Friday 16 May  1pm– Sunday 18th May 4pm. 2014

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, unhealthy anger and  inner child work.

 

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

The therapeutic rationale for workdoors

The role of nature in the work

Potential approaches to the work

Issues in relation to boundaries and safety

Client assessment and safety

Attending to the contract

Developing a practice working in this way

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 for those who would like accommodation . Meals will be supplied but accommodation costs are not included. The course will begin at 1pm on Friday 16th May and concludes on Sunday 18th 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 article in the I.A.H.I.P journal “Inside Out” Summer 2013.

 

I would appreciate if you would pass on this material to anyone you know who might be drawn to an experience like this. Numbers are limited to 10. To secure a place please send a deposit of 60 euro to Peter Devlin , Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co.Sligo before Monday 16th September. Please contact me if you require further information (Tel: 086 3663276). www.peterdevlin.ie. CPD  hours will be allocated.

 

A Spirituality for the helping professions

this day which will be held in The Family Life Centre, Boyle, Co. Roscommon will explore what we mean by spirituality. it is a term surely which embraces a multitude of meanings and challenges each of us to define what we mean by it. participants will be helped to formulate their own statement which will serve as  a platform to consider ways of being faithful to living that spirituality. Soul,and the  natural environment are key terms in any discussion of spirituality in my view. this day will involve group sharing, experiential learning and input. time frame is 10 am to 5pm. please contact the Family Life Centre for bookings or further details at 0719663000 or call me to discuss content at 086 3663276