What is your Soul Gift? Your Task in this life – Nov 15-17

Mark Twain informs us that the two most important dates we humans have are the day we are born and the day we realise why we were born.

We only have a limited amount of time. Our task is to discover our particular purpose, and find a way to deliver it.

This weekend retreat will help us to begin to be attentive to our beautiful soul, to begin to search with guidance as to what our particular task is in this life and to consider how we can best facilitate our soul in doing the work it wants to do.

More details available through my Events Page.

A Parent and Teenager Day – Oct 13

As a parent of three teenagers (12, 14 and 16 years of age), and someone who works with parents and teenagers, and who was once was a teenager himself, I know a lot of the pain, difficulties, fears, joys and hopes which parents and teenagers experience in their lives together. Real listening is very rare.

I wish to invite parents or guardians to spend a day with their teenage children on the land on North Sligo weather permitting. There will also be an indoor venue in the adjoining area.

More details available through my Events Page.

Psychotherapy in The Outdoors Training weekend – Sept 27-29

This three day course is designed for practitioners who either work outdoors with clients or who would like to do so. Thus psychologists, art therapists, counsellors, and care workers might be interested in such an event.

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.

More details available through my Events Page.

Good Friday – Easter Sunday 2019 Events

Good Friday

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

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

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

Meeting Point: Outside Pier Head Hotel.

Time: 2pm to 6pm

Cost: Thirty euro

Please dress appropriately for the weather on the day. 

Easter Sunday

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

What do you want to say to the world?


WE celebrated Christmas in Newry this year at the home of my wife’s family. So where will I go to have Mass I asked myself in the days leading up to this great feast. I decided it would be Hilltown, the parish where i grew up, the big church overlooking Clonduff football field, a place where i spent many a happy, sad, wining and losing hour.

 

As the priest began the ceremony, the church was packed to overflowing and we were so fortunate to have a seat, I asked myself the question What would I like to say to this congregation tonight? Imagine having a captive audience, so alive  alert and full of anticipation, and being entrusted with an opportunity to welcome, enthuse and inspire them.

I had no idea!  The answer came to me the next afternoon, Christmas day. I sat on a seat reserved for soccer subs overlooking an empty pitch. I had the place to myself and wanted to write in my journal, a way that I have discovered to honour my soul.

“What a deep silence as i write this, yes some distant traffic interrupts the powerful serene presence of this special day, crows announce their arrival, a tractor and farmer bring Christmas cheer to a few captive cattle in a nearby yard with a grab of silage. Clouds drift harmlessly in a light grey sky, the green fresh grass continues to thrive in the unusual warm weather and the country air offers itself as another gift to me.

 

Fields of sport deserted of participants chuckle in quiet amazement at this older human, armed with his green and white copy book, blue pen and blue overcoat. He writes with enthusiasm and delight, trying to capture in words the experience of stillness and the magic of this moment. What a welcome guest. Surely we all love encouragement and praise!!”

Now i know what i would have liked to say to the packed house, I would like you to take some quiet time today in the midst of doing, working, playing , eating, drinking , laughing, crying and fighting , take some time to stop, notice, give thanks and praise. Sounds simple I know but does demand taking your slice of alone time, however short, however where.

If you found this interesting reading , perhaps stop now, look, listen, feel, smell a little and taste the gift of now.

 

What would you like to say to a packed congregation on Christmas eve 2019? Begin now to think about that and don’t wait a year!!

Listening to our Ancestor Stories

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

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

Guides: Peter Devlin with Sheila McHugh

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

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

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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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Blessing of a Parent

           

A Blessing from a Parent

May you believe in yourself,

Recognizing the beautiful gifts within yourself.

May you listen well to yourself and

To others.

 

May you have courage and encourage

Share stories, sense your surroundings

Avoid playing small, ignore the

‘not good enough’ voice, the being too good.

 

Be yourself, story tell, laugh, listen, love

Enjoy, entertain, engage with life

Accept yourself, be yourself, accept yourself

Protect, provide, plan your precious life.

 

I will be with you in some form

To love, learn and laugh with you

To gift, guide and go with you

To comfort, care and celebrate with you.

 

Let go, give yourself to life fully

Recognizing, feel and express your emotions

Anger as a power to respect yourself

Others and the planet.

Fear as a reminder to guard yourself

Sadness as acknowledgment of loss,

Joy as gratitude for the gift of life

Anger, crying a asserting respect.

 

Lead a life of gentleness and strength

Meeting pain as the pain of childbirth

Own your anger, express your fear,

Shed your tears, burst with laughter.

 

I am not perfect, I am sorry

I own my mistakes, I have learned

Thank you for being my child

I love you and the child within you.

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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I am enough, you know!

I am enough, you know!

UK study: Calls place modest fifth in phone time use

Dear Reader

Michael Singer was recently giving a presentation on a Sound True Production. And what he was saying about the mind being a beautiful and at the same time a dangerous thing really struck me. Essentially we humans have beautiful minds. Beautiful precious inner lives, which we keep well hidden at times.  It is generally the outer self one sees, a self often times well masked, manufactured and made up. In a desperate attempt to comfort and fit in and to impress the other.

My 11 year old son bought his first phone recently. He was probably one of the last of his lass to get a phone. The importance of connection and friendship and not being the odd one out, clinched for us the deal as parents.

In handing the phone to him, my prayer was, that this phone be used to develop and nurture healthy friendships, to encourage and affirm people and to spread good news, joy and laughter.

My hope was, that it would not be used as a means to desperately plea, that ‘I am good enough’. The mind can be a dangerous thing. It can construct, construe and convince me that I am not good enough, people do not like me. I need lots of followers, fans, approval and acceptance.