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

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

Reminder of May 13, 14 Healing and Growth Event

I am enclosing copy of an article I wrote in Network Magazine which was published January 2017 Issue 100. The forthcoming days take Bill Plotkin’s material on The South Facet of Self and explore how we can avail of it on our healing journey as we own our wounded parts and search for the healing which is at our disposal. We just need to take the time,come out of our comfort zone, change  the patterns of busyness and helping others we so readily engage in to the exclusion of tending to the one precious life we have.

“Know Thyself”

There is a world within you

No one has ever seen,

A voice no one has ever heard,

Not even you.

As yet unknown to you,

You are your own seer,

Your own interpreter.

And so with eyes and ears

Grown sharp for voice or sign,

Listen well-

Not to these words

But to that inward voice,

That impulse beating in your heart

Like a far wave.

Turn to that source, and you will find

What no one has ever found,

A ground within you

No one has ever seen,

A world beyond the limits

Of your dream’s horizon.

 

 

Dear reader, I hope you enjoy this poem. It has been hidden in my store chest of inspiring poems for many years but recently while giving a weekend retreat on the theme of finding one’s soul gift, it came alive in a big way. Perhaps that is because a voice within me that nobody has ever heard not even me is determined to be made known. Perhaps that is why I am writing this article days before Christmas 2016.

 

What is your particular soul gift to this world? How does your soul want to express itself in this beautiful world? What does the word soul mean for you? There are many definitions available regarding soul.  For example the poet David Whyte tells us “The soul wants to tell us the truth about ourselves, our world, and the relation between the two, whether that truth is easy or hard to hear. The soul wants to give us life, and wants us to pass that gift along, to become life givers in a world that deals too much death”

 

 

My view of soul growing up in a Catholic household in the north of Ireland was to view it as a type of white soft cloth in the centre of my body, when I sinned black marks appeared on the cloth which only confession to a priest could remove and only partially at that. The authority figures in my life were my parents, God, and the Church. Perhaps it was not surprising that I decided at an early age to become a priest. I was ordained in 1981, a very happy, committed and naïve young man.

Working with young people in the area of faith development was part of my ministry and I was always struck at the number of beautiful young intelligent and gifted people who had a terrible self-image and I longed to find a way to help them see themselves to see their own beauty inner and outer.

My own journey continued with Church as my main point of reference until depression forced me to look at how I was living and I slowly discovered another voice which grew stronger as I began inner work in therapy and has continued ever since. My decision to leave institutional priesthood was slow and very painful. Sixteen years later I came to a gradual realisation that my particular calling or gift to this world was actually to be a priest albeit in a different way. The challenge had been to find a delivery system to offer my gift as a priest to the world.

 

However the loud aggressive voices of “Who are you to think that you can be a different sort of priest?” and “”will you give over and get on with life in an ordinary way?”  have to be dealt way. These voices come from what I can describe as the wounded parts of Peter, the good, law abiding little boy and no trouble maker little boy. I have come to discover however that this way of being does not serve me or the world well. Time to wake up Peter and discover the leader within you, yes this will cost you in terms of the judgement of others and the possibility of failure.

There is a world within me and a voice that I have never heard or seen but which is now coming to life. One way of knowing what stirs the soul is the strong emotion which we experience now and again when we come across a poem, song , piece of writing or a person on our travels and we marvel and wonder at what is going on.

 

Examples for me include the poems “Know Thyself”  “I will not die an unlived life,” and “The Journey ”. The wonderful books; “The Untethered soul” and “A Hidden Wholeness” and meeting and working with Bill Plotkin.   Recording and working with my nightly dreams, spending time alone walking and being in the wilds of the west of Ireland, and working with a wilderness guide have all been and continue to be of invaluable assistance in my journey of discernment and adventure.

A core question is how we move away from searching for the leader and teacher outside ourselves? What about the challenge to us that we are own seer, our own interpreter. What gentle reader I ask you gets in the way of listening to your deepest truth? Why are we in Ireland so restricted and enslaved to the approval and opinion of what others might think ? Is life about getting through, “Ah well I am surviving” is often the answer to the question “How are you these days?” Wouldn’t it be great to answer “I am thriving”? I ask you, is that why you were born, to survive?

 

Perhaps we are afraid to admit that we are thriving in case some evil befalls us. Maybe we are afraid of what the reaction would be from our colleagues. We forget that it is our precious life that is at stake here, and as far as the opinion of our others is concerned, we are a one minute wonder or perhaps two minutes at best! Might I humbly suggest that we are of more assistance to humanity if we are thriving and are able to give from our abundance rather than out of guilt or a wish to be praised for doing so? Acting from what we can freely give means our yes means yes and our no offers someone else an opportunity to give.

 

When and if we discover our particular gift what prevents us from giving it?  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 want to briefly summarise the four facets he speaks about. The North he refers to the Nurturing Generative Adult, where our calling is to care for ourselves, others and the universe. Qualities found in the human who is well developed in this direction include: intelligence, leadership, competence, endurance and strength. The darker side of this facet include behaviours which make us small, invisible or limited. We tend to play safe and run the risk of suffering from depression, anxiety and despair.

 

Innocence, clear mindness, light-heartedness, and extroversion are all qualities of the East Facet while arrested development, social isolation, ruined relationships are indicators of  the under developed aspects of our personality. Addictions, alcoholism, gambling, over working are some of the ways people act out when they refuse to face their deep pain.

 

The Wild Indigenous One is the name given to the South Facet of Self. This dimension of our wholeness reminds us or our unconditional belonging to the world, our native kinship and interdependence with every other creative place and thing on the earth. The sub personality of this area manifest when we try to get our basic needs met in immature emotional ways. So often we humans refuse to own our anger, fear or sadness even though they are the arms and legs of our emotional wellbeing.

This is often due to unfortunate experiences while growing up and the child makes a pact with themselves that they will not inflict on their and others what they have had to suffer. What the child is unable to understand is that unhealthy parts of these emotions is how they are abused. For example anger is a powerful emotion which helps us to stand up for ourselves, or another, or the universe but burying it or acting it out, can often result in extreme violence towards others or turned in on ourselves culminating in deep depression or suicide. Owning, feeling and using our emotions creatively results in healthier relationships with oneself, others and empowers me to do the work of my soul in a life giving and enjoyable way.

 

The west facet invites us to tap into our astonishing personal resources and gifts. Imagination is the way of knowing fostered in this facet, it is the primary resource for recognizing the emerging future, and the possibility of creating a better world. Plotkin says “we would be much healthier if we could regularly imagine the impossible, be open to surprise, and unexpected discovery, and change course on a dime, especially when something alluring crosses our path”

 

The west sub personalities try to keep us safe by getting us to repress our inconceivable characteristics and desires. Carl Yung’s “The Shadow” shows up in this facet of self, but Plotkin suggests that our shadow can be a powerful resource in completing our adult personality. If we could for instance cultivate our wild natural self instead of unconsciously acting it out, if our leaders could acknowledge the “evil” in themselves as opposed to projecting it onto the other, then our world might be a healthier place.

 

Our shadow, the part which is repressed and we are not conscious of, could actually contain our deepest passion and might include the desire to do a different job, to dance, to sing, to teach, to do something which was repressed as a child in the interest of peace and harmony. Accessing it now would be such a gift to the world and to ourselves. It would insure that we do not die an unlived life!

 

Thank you fellow soul and pilgrim for reading this far. I see part of my soul gift at this time in history as facilitating people in discerning their unique gift to this world, encouraging them to find a way to deliver this gift. 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. The plan is to identify the wounds which prevent humans from realising their gift and introducing them to practices which they can do in the pursuit of healing and wholeness. Details of dates and more information can be found on my web site.

No longer playing small and being safe, imagining what might be, releasing the well of joy within and freeing our feeling and emotions are all possibilities,  paving the way for your light to shine . Mary Oliver has this to say in her powerful poem The Journey “and there was a new voice , which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do , determined to save the only life that you could save.”

 

May you hear that voice and do what you must to offer your gift to the world.

 

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

Introducion to Focusing… Finding The Wisdom Within

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.

If you are looking for a way to guide your life from the inside, to find a way of knowing what is right for you, without always having to look to outer authority or to other people’s opinions, then this workshop will be most welcome to you.

Previous workshop participants have said …

‘Focusing is connecting with my deepest truest self.  Now that I am learning to trust the process, I am discovering the wisdom that lies within. I had no idea this wisdom existed, or that I could access it so simply. It is like exploring a new world, within myself. I don’t have to fully understand it to know that the process of focusing helps me to change from the inside. I feel I’ve been handed a tool to make me healthier happier and more alive.’

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

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

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

To learn more about focusing, follow this link: http://www.focusing.org/newcomers.htm

All workshop participants are invited, on completion of the two days, to join our Sligo focusing group, which meets monthly to support each other and establish focusing as a way of life.


 

BOOKING FORM

Please register on this workshop by filling in the following information

First Name

Surname

Title (Ms,Mrs, Mr…)

Email

Home Address

 

Mobile

Deposit

 

Places are limited due to the nature of the workshop.

To secure a place, please forward a 50% deposit with booking form before March 19th, to either:

Báirbre Meehan

Innovation Centre at IT Sligo

Ash Lane

Co Sligo

F91 YW50

Peter Devlin

Cloonaghbawn,
Ballinful,
Co Sligo

 

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.

If you are looking for a way to guide your life from the inside, to find a way of knowing what is right for you, without always having to look to outer authority or to other people’s opinions, then this workshop will be most welcome to you.

Previous workshop participants have said …

‘Focusing is connecting with my deepest truest self.  Now that I am learning to trust the process, I am discovering the wisdom that lies within. I had no idea this wisdom existed, or that I could access it so simply. It is like exploring a new world, within myself. I don’t have to fully understand it to know that the process of focusing helps me to change from the inside. I feel I’ve been handed a tool to make me healthier happier and more alive.’

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

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

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

To learn more about focusing, follow this link: http://www.focusing.org/newcomers.htm

All workshop participants are invited, on completion of the two days, to join our Sligo focusing group, which meets monthly to support each other and establish focusing as a way of life.


 

BOOKING FORM

Please register on this workshop by filling in the following information

First Name

Surname

Title (Ms,Mrs, Mr…)

Email

Home Address

 

Mobile

Deposit

 

Places are limited due to the nature of the workshop.

To secure a place, please forward a 50% deposit with booking form before March 19th, to either:

Báirbre Meehan

Innovation Centre at IT Sligo

Ash Lane

Co Sligo

F91 YW50

Peter Devlin

Cloonaghbawn,
Ballinful,
Co Sligo

 

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.

If you are looking for a way to guide your life from the inside, to find a way of knowing what is right for you, without always having to look to outer authority or to other people’s opinions, then this workshop will be most welcome to you.

Previous workshop participants have said …

‘Focusing is connecting with my deepest truest self.  Now that I am learning to trust the process, I am discovering the wisdom that lies within. I had no idea this wisdom existed, or that I could access it so simply. It is like exploring a new world, within myself. I don’t have to fully understand it to know that the process of focusing helps me to change from the inside. I feel I’ve been handed a tool to make me healthier happier and more alive.’

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

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

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

To learn more about focusing, follow this link: http://www.focusing.org/newcomers.htm

All workshop participants are invited, on completion of the two days, to join our Sligo focusing group, which meets monthly to support each other and establish focusing as a way of life.


 

BOOKING FORM

Please register on this workshop by filling in the following information

First Name

Surname

Title (Ms,Mrs, Mr…)

Email

Home Address

 

Mobile

Deposit

 

Places are limited due to the nature of the workshop.

To secure a place, please forward a 50% deposit with booking form before March 19th, to either:

Báirbre Meehan

Innovation Centre at IT Sligo

Ash Lane

Co Sligo

F91 YW50

Peter Devlin

Cloonaghbawn,
Ballinful,
Co Sligo

 

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.

If you are looking for a way to guide your life from the inside, to find a way of knowing what is right for you, without always having to look to outer authority or to other people’s opinions, then this workshop will be most welcome to you.

Previous workshop participants have said …

‘Focusing is connecting with my deepest truest self.  Now that I am learning to trust the process, I am discovering the wisdom that lies within. I had no idea this wisdom existed, or that I could access it so simply. It is like exploring a new world, within myself. I don’t have to fully understand it to know that the process of focusing helps me to change from the inside. I feel I’ve been handed a tool to make me healthier happier and more alive.’

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

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

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

To learn more about focusing, follow this link: http://www.focusing.org/newcomers.htm

All workshop participants are invited, on completion of the two days, to join our Sligo focusing group, which meets monthly to support each other and establish focusing as a way of life.


 

BOOKING FORM

Please register on this workshop by filling in the following information

First Name

Surname

Title (Ms,Mrs, Mr…)

Email

Home Address

 

Mobile

Deposit

 

Places are limited due to the nature of the workshop.

To secure a place, please forward a 50% deposit with booking form before March 19th, to either:

Báirbre Meehan

Innovation Centre at IT Sligo

Ash Lane

Co Sligo

F91 YW50

Peter Devlin

Cloonaghbawn,
Ballinful,
Co Sligo

 

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.

If you are looking for a way to guide your life from the inside, to find a way of knowing what is right for you, without always having to look to outer authority or to other people’s opinions, then this workshop will be most welcome to you.

Previous workshop participants have said …

‘Focusing is connecting with my deepest truest self.  Now that I am learning to trust the process, I am discovering the wisdom that lies within. I had no idea this wisdom existed, or that I could access it so simply. It is like exploring a new world, within myself. I don’t have to fully understand it to know that the process of focusing helps me to change from the inside. I feel I’ve been handed a tool to make me healthier happier and more alive.’

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

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

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

To learn more about focusing, follow this link: http://www.focusing.org/newcomers.htm

All workshop participants are invited, on completion of the two days, to join our Sligo focusing group, which meets monthly to support each other and establish focusing as a way of life.


 

BOOKING FORM

Please register on this workshop by filling in the following information

First Name

Surname

Title (Ms,Mrs, Mr…)

Email

Home Address

 

Mobile

Deposit

 

Places are limited due to the nature of the workshop.

To secure a place, please forward a 50% deposit with booking form before March 19th, to either:

Báirbre Meehan

Innovation Centre at IT Sligo

Ash Lane

Co Sligo

F91 YW50

Peter Devlin

Cloonaghbawn,
Ballinful,
Co Sligo

 

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.

If you are looking for a way to guide your life from the inside, to find a way of knowing what is right for you, without always having to look to outer authority or to other people’s opinions, then this workshop will be most welcome to you.

Previous workshop participants have said …

‘Focusing is connecting with my deepest truest self.  Now that I am learning to trust the process, I am discovering the wisdom that lies within. I had no idea this wisdom existed, or that I could access it so simply. It is like exploring a new world, within myself. I don’t have to fully understand it to know that the process of focusing helps me to change from the inside. I feel I’ve been handed a tool to make me healthier happier and more alive.’

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

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

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

To learn more about focusing, follow this link: http://www.focusing.org/newcomers.htm

All workshop participants are invited, on completion of the two days, to join our Sligo focusing group, which meets monthly to support each other and establish focusing as a way of life.


 

BOOKING FORM

Please register on this workshop by filling in the following information

First Name

Surname

Title (Ms,Mrs, Mr…)

Email

Home Address

 

Mobile

Deposit

 

Places are limited due to the nature of the workshop.

To secure a place, please forward a 50% deposit with booking form before March 19th, to either:

Báirbre Meehan

Innovation Centre at IT Sligo

Ash Lane

Co Sligo

F91 YW50

Peter Devlin

Cloonaghbawn,
Ballinful,
Co Sligo

 

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.

If you are looking for a way to guide your life from the inside, to find a way of knowing what is right for you, without always having to look to outer authority or to other people’s opinions, then this workshop will be most welcome to you.

Previous workshop participants have said …

‘Focusing is connecting with my deepest truest self.  Now that I am learning to trust the process, I am discovering the wisdom that lies within. I had no idea this wisdom existed, or that I could access it so simply. It is like exploring a new world, within myself. I don’t have to fully understand it to know that the process of focusing helps me to change from the inside. I feel I’ve been handed a tool to make me healthier happier and more alive.’

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

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

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

To learn more about focusing, follow this link: http://www.focusing.org/newcomers.htm

All workshop participants are invited, on completion of the two days, to join our Sligo focusing group, which meets monthly to support each other and establish focusing as a way of life.


 

BOOKING FORM

Please register on this workshop by filling in the following information

First Name

Surname

Title (Ms,Mrs, Mr…)

Email

Home Address

 

Mobile

Deposit

 

Places are limited due to the nature of the workshop.

To secure a place, please forward a 50% deposit with booking form before March 19th, to either:

Báirbre Meehan

Innovation Centre at IT Sligo

Ash Lane

Co Sligo

F91 YW50

Peter Devlin

Cloonaghbawn,
Ballinful,
Co Sligo

 

Ancestor Retreat Accessing the gifts and healing the wounds of our inheritance

ANCESTOR RETREAT

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retreat venue

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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?”

 

John o Donoghue

 

About Peter

 

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

 

 

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 and 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.

 

Cost: €575  (This includes guide fee and 5 night’s accommodation.)

Cost: €575

( This includes guide fee and 5 night’s accommodation.)

A 200 euro non-refundable deposit will secure a place.

 

€200 non-refundable deposit will secure a place.

Numbers are limited to 12, so early booking is advised.

Numbers are limited to 10, so early booking is advised.

 

For more information and booking contact:

For more information and booking contact:

 

Peter Devlin 086 3663276
Peter Devlin: 086 3663276
Email: [email protected]

Email:Website:[email protected]peterdevlin.ie.com

 

Website: peterdevlin.ie

 

Imogen O’Connor:     086 8364703

Imogen O’Connor: 086 8364703

Email: [email protected]

Email:  [email protected]

 

Cost: €575

 

Testimonials

 

“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 ac-ceptance of your place in the wo

ANCESTOR RETREAT

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retreat venue

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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?”

 

John o Donoghue

 

About Peter

 

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

 

 

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 and 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.

 

Cost: €575  (This includes guide fee and 5 night’s accommodation.)

Cost: €575

( This includes guide fee and 5 night’s accommodation.)

A 200 euro non-refundable deposit will secure a place.

 

€200 non-refundable deposit will secure a place.

Numbers are limited to 12, so early booking is advised.

Numbers are limited to 10, so early booking is advised.

 

For more information and booking contact:

For more information and booking contact:

 

Peter Devlin 086 3663276
Peter Devlin: 086 3663276
Email: [email protected]

Email:Website:[email protected]peterdevlin.ie.com

 

Website: peterdevlin.ie

 

Imogen O’Connor:     086 8364703

Imogen O’Connor: 086 8364703

Email: [email protected]

Email:  [email protected]

 

Cost: €575

 

Testimonials

 

“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 ac-ceptance of your place in the wo

ANCESTOR RETREAT

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retreat venue

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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?”

 

John o Donoghue

 

About Peter

 

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

 

 

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 and 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.

 

Cost: €575  (This includes guide fee and 5 night’s accommodation.)

Cost: €575

( This includes guide fee and 5 night’s accommodation.)

A 200 euro non-refundable deposit will secure a place.

 

€200 non-refundable deposit will secure a place.

Numbers are limited to 12, so early booking is advised.

Numbers are limited to 10, so early booking is advised.

 

For more information and booking contact:

For more information and booking contact:

 

Peter Devlin 086 3663276
Peter Devlin: 086 3663276
Email: [email protected]

Email:Website:[email protected]peterdevlin.ie.com

 

Website: peterdevlin.ie

 

Imogen O’Connor:     086 8364703

Imogen O’Connor: 086 8364703

Email: [email protected]

Email:  [email protected]

 

Cost: €575

 

Testimonials

 

“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 ac-ceptance of your place in the wo

 

 

Soul Gift Retreat

What is your Soul Gift? Your Task in this life.

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 significance,

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)

 

 

Mary Oliver in her poem “The Summer Day” asks us “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” In another writing she says “This is the first, wildest and wisest thing I know….That the soul exists, and that it is built entirely out of attentiveness”

This weekend retreat held in the beautiful Cliffoney area of North Sligo, seeks to assist us in beginning to be attentive to our beautiful soul, to begin to search with guidance as to what our particular task is in this life is and to consider how we can best facilitate our soul in doing the work it was sent to do.

We will do this with fellow searchers, as we connect with the soul and spirituality of this special area. We all have ways of connecting with soul, for me it is in the outdoors but I will offer guidance in other ways which include delving into our dreams, the art of journaling, the use of art and imagery, and dance.

When we are too busy there is little room for anything new to enter. Stillness is vital to the world of soul. I know that it is quite a challenge to take time away like this, to look again at the path we are on, to spend time reflecting on our purpose in this life. Time spent tuned into our soul is very very precious. None of us want to die an unlived life, we want to inhabit our days and live life to the full.

Venue: The course will take place in a private rented house on the outskirts of Cliffoney.  Basic accommodation will be available in the house. It will be a case of first come first served. Please bring a sleeping bag or whatever bed linen and pillows you require. Participants are free to organise other accommodation.  Other requirements include the following: wet gear, layers of clothing, a flask and lunch box, a head torch and a musical instrument if you have one

Date and Time:     Friday 2 December 7pm. – Sunday 4 Dec 4pm

  Venue:                   Cliffoney Village (Directions at time of Booking)

              Cost:                            195 euros

              Booking:               Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co.                             Sligo.  [email protected]

                To secure a place please send a nonrefundable deposit of 60 euro to Peter before Monday 28 November 2016

C.P.D. Points Awarded