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.

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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.

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Presence For Christmas

Peter-Devlin-ContactThe late Singer Rita Mc Neill in her song Rolling Thunder asks us a simple question ” have you ever stood outside and watched the sky in wonder?”. as we get into this time of Christmas and look forward to all our little traditions and rituals I have a little suggestions to make. In the midst of all the rushing take a little time to go outside and just watch the sky in wonder.This will help to slow you down and perhaps then reflect on the wonder of your life and the wonder if those who are close to you. Just stop in wonder, be present to yourself and then you will be more likely to give the gift of your presence to another in the days ahead. Real listening and presence is so precious and rare, and really needed.

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.

 

Definition of soul

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The Soul – Some quotes

 

“Stillness is vital to the world of the soul”

“The recovery of soul in our times is vital in healing our disconnection”

John O’Donohue

 

 

 

“This is the first, wildest and wisest thing I know…. That the soul exists, and that it is built entirely out of attentiveness”

Mary Oliver

 

 

“By ‘soul’ I mean the vital, mysterious and wild core of our individual selves, an essence unique to each person, qualities found in layers of the self, much deeper than our personalities”

“Soul is what is most wild and natural within us”

Bill Plotkin

 

 

Soul as “the one life you can call your own”

Or “shape that waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky”

David Whyte

 

 

“The soul wants to keep us rooted in the ground of our own being, resisting the tendency of other faculties, like the intellect and ego, to uproot us from who we are.

The soul wants to keep us connected to the community in which we find life, for it understands that relationships are necessary if we are to thrive.

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.”

 

“Like a wild animal, the soul is tough, resilient, resourceful, savvy and self-sufficient: it knows how to survive in hard places.  I learned about these qualities during my bouts with depression.  In that deadly darkness, the faculties I had always depended on collapsed.  My intellect was useless; my emotions were dead; my will was impotent; my ego was shattered. But from time to time, deep in the thickets of my inner wilderness, I could sense the presence of something that knew how to stay alive even when the rest of me wanted to die.  That something was my tough and tenacious soul.”

Palmer J. Parker

 

 

Even the universe has a soul, and we call that soul ‘spirit’.

 

What is ‘soul’ for you….?

For me my soul is the part of me which was around before I was conceived, and will move on when my body dies. It is strong and giant like, resilient and determined, soft and vulnerable, shy and cute. 

 

The main way to create a safe place for my soul to show itself is in being still in a remote place outdoors, the wilder the better. It shows up when I am not expecting anything. Other ways which facilitate its presence include music, transdance, and being in a group of like minded people where there is trust and acceptance.

The Soul – Some quotes

 

“Stillness is vital to the world of the soul”

“The recovery of soul in our times is vital in healing our disconnection”

John O’Donohue

 

 

 

“This is the first, wildest and wisest thing I know…. That the soul exists, and that it is built entirely out of attentiveness”

Mary Oliver

 

 

“By ‘soul’ I mean the vital, mysterious and wild core of our individual selves, an essence unique to each person, qualities found in layers of the self, much deeper than our personalities”

“Soul is what is most wild and natural within us”

Bill Plotkin

 

 

Soul as “the one life you can call your own”

Or “shape that waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky”

David Whyte

 

 

“The soul wants to keep us rooted in the ground of our own being, resisting the tendency of other faculties, like the intellect and ego, to uproot us from who we are.

The soul wants to keep us connected to the community in which we find life, for it understands that relationships are necessary if we are to thrive.

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.”

 

“Like a wild animal, the soul is tough, resilient, resourceful, savvy and self-sufficient: it knows how to survive in hard places.  I learned about these qualities during my bouts with depression.  In that deadly darkness, the faculties I had always depended on collapsed.  My intellect was useless; my emotions were dead; my will was impotent; my ego was shattered. But from time to time, deep in the thickets of my inner wilderness, I could sense the presence of something that knew how to stay alive even when the rest of me wanted to die.  That something was my tough and tenacious soul.”

Palmer J. Parker

 

 

Even the universe has a soul, and we call that soul ‘spirit’.

 

What is ‘soul’ for you….?

For me my soul is the part of me which was around before I was conceived, and will move on when my body dies. It is strong and giant like, resilient and determined, soft and vulnerable, shy and cute. 

 

The main way to create a safe place for my soul to show itself is in being still in a remote place outdoors, the wilder the better. It shows up when I am not expecting anything. Other ways which facilitate its presence include music, transdance, and being in a group of like minded people where there is trust and acceptance.

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

inspirational reading

i recommend two books by Bill Plotkin, Wild Minds and Nature and The Human Soul. One quote to keep you interested “in these pages, you’ll find a narrative of how we might grow whole, one life stage at a time, by embracing nature and soul as our wisest and most trustworthy guides.” Nature and The Human Soul

in my opinion so much of our lives are dominated by fear

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