The power of being aware of the shadow self

Becoming More Whole – The Power of Being Aware of the Shadow Self

DATE: Sunday 13th September 2015
TIME: 10am – 4:30pm
COST: 50 euro or whatever you can afford
VENUE: Knocklane promontory fort, North Sligo
MEETING POINT: Henry’s Restaurant car park, 7 miles out Bundoran Road from Sligo or 1.5 miles from Grange, 9:45am
BOOKING: Peter Devlin 0863663276 or [email protected] before Monday 7th September.

The range of what we think and do
Is limited by what we fail to notice.
And because we fail to notice
That we fail to notice
There is little we can do
To change
Until we notice
How failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.
-Daniel Goleman

Autumn is arriving, signs of dying and harvest, shorter days, schools reopening, a new rhythm developing for many. I welcome you to join me on Sunday Sept 13th to spend a day in the beautiful wild environment of Knocklane Promontory Fort, North Sligo.

The theme for the day will be becoming aware of what we fail to notice about ourselves, what psychologist Carl June named as ‘The Shadow’, the part of us that is composed of those elements of our psyche that are unknown to us. Shadow characteristics can be negative or positive, ways of being that were disowned during childhood by us in order that we could ‘fit in’ to our family and society. These characteristics can shed light on our deepest passions, and possibly help us to see how we have lived a life failing to use our gifts all because we may appear ‘stupid or ridiculous’.
The invitation to us is to retrieve these lost elements and re-integrate them into our lives so that we can live more whole satisfying lives – less afraid, more and more joyful. One example is that we may fail to notice our own rage or sadness, and as a consequence, project rage or sadness onto others; we may experience them as angry with us, or as bringing us down with their pain..

The day will include time to soak in the beauty and welcome afforded by this historical place, a place where people lived availing or the protection and resources of the wild Atlantic ocean on three sides. Time will be given to revising what Bill Plotkin describes as the four facets of the self and how to access them. The second part of the soul day will focus on exercises which will facilitate self-exploration of our Shadow.
There will be opportunity to be alone, to share and listen to fellow humans and to the more-than-human world. As we enter into the rhythm of the landscape we will naturally slow down and experience the joy of sitting still.

Please dress in several layers and bring waterproof jackets and trousers, also good boots, a notebook and pen, possibly some crayons. Please bring lunch and a hot drink. In the event of really poor weather conditions, an indoor venue will be available.

www.peterdevlin.ie

Calendar of Events For 2015

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Soul Days and Training Events 2015

 

Listening to the Voice of your soul

Six Monday mornings in St. Michael’s Family Life Sligo. 10am –12 noon. January 26 – March 2nd. 10 places. 80 euro Book directly with the centre 0719170329

 

Good Friday 3rd April 10am-2pm

A six mile slow walk around the Gleniff Horseshoe feeling our pain and inviting the healing power of nature to heal.

 

Easter Sunday 5th April 7am-9am greeting the dawn on Streedagh Beach, celebrating new life and being in touch with our wholeness.

 

Working as therapists in the outdoors.

May Friday 8th    6pm – Sunday 10th 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. It will explore the use of ritual and the prospect of nature being the primary therapist. Cost 190 euro (excluding accommodation),  Final date to secure a place 5th April.

 

Vision Quest

Saturday 18th July 10am-Sunday 19th  3pm   A two day challenging and deeply rewarding event which facilitates a deep inner search  including major life changes and decisions.. It includes 8 hours alone on the mountainside, and a 24 hour fast. Cost 90 euro (excluding accommodation)

Final date to secure a place 4th July.

 

Dreams – Messages from your Soul

 Sunday October 11th   10am-4.30pm.   Our dreams are sources of wisdom and guidance, they come to us in the service of health and wholeness. In this experiential event participants will be learning a powerful way of working with their dreams, one which they can use with confidence and clarity.

 

 

 

The Sub Personalities-  wounded aspects of our Psyches

 

Sunday 22nd March. 10am.-4.30pm.   East.: Escapist and Addicts try to keep us safe through evasion. Distressing challenges and responsibilities are sidestepped, painful emotions and circumstances are avoided.

Sunday June 7th 10am-5 pm   South : Wounded Children try to keep us safe by attempting to get our basic needs met. They do this by appearing to be in need of rescue, being harmless and socially acceptable; or by being aggressive, arrogant or condescending.

Sunday September 13th   10am – 5pm. West-  The Shadow and Shadow Selves try to keep us safe through repression of our characteristics and desires that are unacceptable or inconceivable to our Ego.  Plotkin describes the Shadow as what we don’t know about ourselves and, if accused of it, we would adamantly and sincerely deny it.

Sunday 15th November 10am-4.30. North:   what keeps us small and safe thus living a life which does no justice to our gifts and talents? Inner Critics, Rescuers, Pleasers and Codependents belong in this group.

 

 

Soul Days and Training Events 2015

 

Listening to the Voice of your soul

Six Monday mornings in St. Michael’s Family Life Sligo. 10am –12 noon. January 26 – March 2nd. 10 places. 80 euro Book directly with the centre 0719170329

 

Good Friday 3rd April 10am-2pm

A six mile slow walk around the Gleniff Horseshoe feeling our pain and inviting the healing power of nature to heal.

 

Easter Sunday 5th April 7am-9am greeting the dawn on Streedagh Beach, celebrating new life and being in touch with our wholeness.

 

Working as therapists in the outdoors.

May Friday 8th    6pm – Sunday 10th 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. It will explore the use of ritual and the prospect of nature being the primary therapist. Cost 190 euro (excluding accommodation),  Final date to secure a place 5th April.

 

Vision Quest

Saturday 18th July 10am-Sunday 19th  3pm   A two day challenging and deeply rewarding event which facilitates a deep inner search  including major life changes and decisions.. It includes 8 hours alone on the mountainside, and a 24 hour fast. Cost 90 euro (excluding accommodation)

Final date to secure a place 4th July.

 

Dreams – Messages from your Soul

 Sunday October 11th   10am-4.30pm.   Our dreams are sources of wisdom and guidance, they come to us in the service of health and wholeness. In this experiential event participants will be learning a powerful way of working with their dreams, one which they can use with confidence and clarity.

 

 

 

The Sub Personalities-  wounded aspects of our Psyches

 

Sunday 22nd March. 10am.-4.30pm.   East.: Escapist and Addicts try to keep us safe through evasion. Distressing challenges and responsibilities are sidestepped, painful emotions and circumstances are avoided.

Sunday June 7th 10am-5 pm   South : Wounded Children try to keep us safe by attempting to get our basic needs met. They do this by appearing to be in need of rescue, being harmless and socially acceptable; or by being aggressive, arrogant or condescending.

Sunday September 13th   10am – 5pm. West-  The Shadow and Shadow Selves try to keep us safe through repression of our characteristics and desires that are unacceptable or inconceivable to our Ego.  Plotkin describes the Shadow as what we don’t know about ourselves and, if accused of it, we would adamantly and sincerely deny it.

Sunday 15th November 10am-4.30. North:   what keeps us small and safe thus living a life which does no justice to our gifts and talents? Inner Critics, Rescuers, Pleasers and Codependents belong in this group.

 

 

Soul Days and Training Events 2015

 

Listening to the Voice of your soul

Six Monday mornings in St. Michael’s Family Life Sligo. 10am –12 noon. January 26 – March 2nd. 10 places. 80 euro Book directly with the centre 0719170329

 

Good Friday 3rd April 10am-2pm

A six mile slow walk around the Gleniff Horseshoe feeling our pain and inviting the healing power of nature to heal.

 

Easter Sunday 5th April 7am-9am greeting the dawn on Streedagh Beach, celebrating new life and being in touch with our wholeness.

 

Working as therapists in the outdoors.

May Friday 8th    6pm – Sunday 10th 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. It will explore the use of ritual and the prospect of nature being the primary therapist. Cost 190 euro (excluding accommodation),  Final date to secure a place 5th April.

 

Vision Quest

Saturday 18th July 10am-Sunday 19th  3pm   A two day challenging and deeply rewarding event which facilitates a deep inner search  including major life changes and decisions.. It includes 8 hours alone on the mountainside, and a 24 hour fast. Cost 90 euro (excluding accommodation)

Final date to secure a place 4th July.

 

Dreams – Messages from your Soul

 Sunday October 11th   10am-4.30pm.   Our dreams are sources of wisdom and guidance, they come to us in the service of health and wholeness. In this experiential event participants will be learning a powerful way of working with their dreams, one which they can use with confidence and clarity.

 

 

 

The Sub Personalities-  wounded aspects of our Psyches

 

Sunday 22nd March. 10am.-4.30pm.   East.: Escapist and Addicts try to keep us safe through evasion. Distressing challenges and responsibilities are sidestepped, painful emotions and circumstances are avoided.

Sunday June 7th 10am-5 pm   South : Wounded Children try to keep us safe by attempting to get our basic needs met. They do this by appearing to be in need of rescue, being harmless and socially acceptable; or by being aggressive, arrogant or condescending.

Sunday September 13th   10am – 5pm. West-  The Shadow and Shadow Selves try to keep us safe through repression of our characteristics and desires that are unacceptable or inconceivable to our Ego.  Plotkin describes the Shadow as what we don’t know about ourselves and, if accused of it, we would adamantly and sincerely deny it.

Sunday 15th November 10am-4.30. North:   what keeps us small and safe thus living a life which does no justice to our gifts and talents? Inner Critics, Rescuers, Pleasers and Codependents belong in this group.

 

 

Soul Days and Training Events 2015

 

Listening to the Voice of your soul

Six Monday mornings in St. Michael’s Family Life Sligo. 10am –12 noon. January 26 – March 2nd. 10 places. 80 euro Book directly with the centre 0719170329

 

Good Friday 3rd April 10am-2pm

A six mile slow walk around the Gleniff Horseshoe feeling our pain and inviting the healing power of nature to heal.

 

Easter Sunday 5th April 7am-9am greeting the dawn on Streedagh Beach, celebrating new life and being in touch with our wholeness.

 

Working as therapists in the outdoors.

May Friday 8th    6pm – Sunday 10th 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. It will explore the use of ritual and the prospect of nature being the primary therapist. Cost 190 euro (excluding accommodation),  Final date to secure a place 5th April.

 

Vision Quest

Saturday 18th July 10am-Sunday 19th  3pm   A two day challenging and deeply rewarding event which facilitates a deep inner search  including major life changes and decisions.. It includes 8 hours alone on the mountainside, and a 24 hour fast. Cost 90 euro (excluding accommodation)

Final date to secure a place 4th July.

 

Dreams – Messages from your Soul

 Sunday October 11th   10am-4.30pm.   Our dreams are sources of wisdom and guidance, they come to us in the service of health and wholeness. In this experiential event participants will be learning a powerful way of working with their dreams, one which they can use with confidence and clarity.

 

 

 

The Sub Personalities-  wounded aspects of our Psyches

 

Sunday 22nd March. 10am.-4.30pm.   East.: Escapist and Addicts try to keep us safe through evasion. Distressing challenges and responsibilities are sidestepped, painful emotions and circumstances are avoided.

Sunday June 7th 10am-5 pm   South : Wounded Children try to keep us safe by attempting to get our basic needs met. They do this by appearing to be in need of rescue, being harmless and socially acceptable; or by being aggressive, arrogant or condescending.

Sunday September 13th   10am – 5pm. West-  The Shadow and Shadow Selves try to keep us safe through repression of our characteristics and desires that are unacceptable or inconceivable to our Ego.  Plotkin describes the Shadow as what we don’t know about ourselves and, if accused of it, we would adamantly and sincerely deny it.

Sunday 15th November 10am-4.30. North:   what keeps us small and safe thus living a life which does no justice to our gifts and talents? Inner Critics, Rescuers, Pleasers and Codependents belong in this group.

 

 

Soul Days and Training Events 2015

 

Listening to the Voice of your soul

Six Monday mornings in St. Michael’s Family Life Sligo. 10am –12 noon. January 26 – March 2nd. 10 places. 80 euro Book directly with the centre 0719170329

 

Good Friday 3rd April 10am-2pm

A six mile slow walk around the Gleniff Horseshoe feeling our pain and inviting the healing power of nature to heal.

 

Easter Sunday 5th April 7am-9am greeting the dawn on Streedagh Beach, celebrating new life and being in touch with our wholeness.

 

Working as therapists in the outdoors.

May Friday 8th    6pm – Sunday 10th 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. It will explore the use of ritual and the prospect of nature being the primary therapist. Cost 190 euro (excluding accommodation),  Final date to secure a place 5th April.

 

Vision Quest

Saturday 18th July 10am-Sunday 19th  3pm   A two day challenging and deeply rewarding event which facilitates a deep inner search  including major life changes and decisions.. It includes 8 hours alone on the mountainside, and a 24 hour fast. Cost 90 euro (excluding accommodation)

Final date to secure a place 4th July.

 

Dreams – Messages from your Soul

 Sunday October 11th   10am-4.30pm.   Our dreams are sources of wisdom and guidance, they come to us in the service of health and wholeness. In this experiential event participants will be learning a powerful way of working with their dreams, one which they can use with confidence and clarity.

 

 

 

The Sub Personalities-  wounded aspects of our Psyches

 

Sunday 22nd March. 10am.-4.30pm.   East.: Escapist and Addicts try to keep us safe through evasion. Distressing challenges and responsibilities are sidestepped, painful emotions and circumstances are avoided.

Sunday June 7th 10am-5 pm   South : Wounded Children try to keep us safe by attempting to get our basic needs met. They do this by appearing to be in need of rescue, being harmless and socially acceptable; or by being aggressive, arrogant or condescending.

Sunday September 13th   10am – 5pm. West-  The Shadow and Shadow Selves try to keep us safe through repression of our characteristics and desires that are unacceptable or inconceivable to our Ego.  Plotkin describes the Shadow as what we don’t know about ourselves and, if accused of it, we would adamantly and sincerely deny it.

Sunday 15th November 10am-4.30. North:   what keeps us small and safe thus living a life which does no justice to our gifts and talents? Inner Critics, Rescuers, Pleasers and Codependents belong in this group.

 

 

Soul Days and Training Events 2015

 

Listening to the Voice of your soul

Six Monday mornings in St. Michael’s Family Life Sligo. 10am –12 noon. January 26 – March 2nd. 10 places. 80 euro Book directly with the centre 0719170329

 

Good Friday 3rd April 10am-2pm

A six mile slow walk around the Gleniff Horseshoe feeling our pain and inviting the healing power of nature to heal.

 

Easter Sunday 5th April 7am-9am greeting the dawn on Streedagh Beach, celebrating new life and being in touch with our wholeness.

 

Working as therapists in the outdoors.

May Friday 8th    6pm – Sunday 10th 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. It will explore the use of ritual and the prospect of nature being the primary therapist. Cost 190 euro (excluding accommodation),  Final date to secure a place 5th April.

 

Vision Quest

Saturday 18th July 10am-Sunday 19th  3pm   A two day challenging and deeply rewarding event which facilitates a deep inner search  including major life changes and decisions.. It includes 8 hours alone on the mountainside, and a 24 hour fast. Cost 90 euro (excluding accommodation)

Final date to secure a place 4th July.

 

Dreams – Messages from your Soul

 Sunday October 11th   10am-4.30pm.   Our dreams are sources of wisdom and guidance, they come to us in the service of health and wholeness. In this experiential event participants will be learning a powerful way of working with their dreams, one which they can use with confidence and clarity.

 

 

 

The Sub Personalities-  wounded aspects of our Psyches

 

Sunday 22nd March. 10am.-4.30pm.   East.: Escapist and Addicts try to keep us safe through evasion. Distressing challenges and responsibilities are sidestepped, painful emotions and circumstances are avoided.

Sunday June 7th 10am-5 pm   South : Wounded Children try to keep us safe by attempting to get our basic needs met. They do this by appearing to be in need of rescue, being harmless and socially acceptable; or by being aggressive, arrogant or condescending.

Sunday September 13th   10am – 5pm. West-  The Shadow and Shadow Selves try to keep us safe through repression of our characteristics and desires that are unacceptable or inconceivable to our Ego.  Plotkin describes the Shadow as what we don’t know about ourselves and, if accused of it, we would adamantly and sincerely deny it.

Sunday 15th November 10am-4.30. North:   what keeps us small and safe thus living a life which does no justice to our gifts and talents? Inner Critics, Rescuers, Pleasers and Codependents belong in this group.

 

 

Soul Days and Training Events 2015

 

Listening to the Voice of your soul

Six Monday mornings in St. Michael’s Family Life Sligo. 10am –12 noon. January 26 – March 2nd. 10 places. 80 euro Book directly with the centre 0719170329

 

Good Friday 3rd April 10am-2pm

A six mile slow walk around the Gleniff Horseshoe feeling our pain and inviting the healing power of nature to heal.

 

Easter Sunday 5th April 7am-9am greeting the dawn on Streedagh Beach, celebrating new life and being in touch with our wholeness.

 

Working as therapists in the outdoors.

May Friday 8th    6pm – Sunday 10th 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. It will explore the use of ritual and the prospect of nature being the primary therapist. Cost 190 euro (excluding accommodation),  Final date to secure a place 5th April.

 

Vision Quest

Saturday 18th July 10am-Sunday 19th  3pm   A two day challenging and deeply rewarding event which facilitates a deep inner search  including major life changes and decisions.. It includes 8 hours alone on the mountainside, and a 24 hour fast. Cost 90 euro (excluding accommodation)

Final date to secure a place 4th July.

 

Dreams – Messages from your Soul

 Sunday October 11th   10am-4.30pm.   Our dreams are sources of wisdom and guidance, they come to us in the service of health and wholeness. In this experiential event participants will be learning a powerful way of working with their dreams, one which they can use with confidence and clarity.

 

 

 

The Sub Personalities-  wounded aspects of our Psyches

 

Sunday 22nd March. 10am.-4.30pm.   East.: Escapist and Addicts try to keep us safe through evasion. Distressing challenges and responsibilities are sidestepped, painful emotions and circumstances are avoided.

Sunday June 7th 10am-5 pm   South : Wounded Children try to keep us safe by attempting to get our basic needs met. They do this by appearing to be in need of rescue, being harmless and socially acceptable; or by being aggressive, arrogant or condescending.

Sunday September 13th   10am – 5pm. West-  The Shadow and Shadow Selves try to keep us safe through repression of our characteristics and desires that are unacceptable or inconceivable to our Ego.  Plotkin describes the Shadow as what we don’t know about ourselves and, if accused of it, we would adamantly and sincerely deny it.

Sunday 15th November 10am-4.30. North:   what keeps us small and safe thus living a life which does no justice to our gifts and talents? Inner Critics, Rescuers, Pleasers and Codependents belong in this group.

 

 

Soul Days and Training Events 2015

 

Listening to the Voice of your soul

Six Monday mornings in St. Michael’s Family Life Sligo. 10am –12 noon. January 26 – March 2nd. 10 places. 80 euro Book directly with the centre 0719170329

 

Good Friday 3rd April 10am-2pm

A six mile slow walk around the Gleniff Horseshoe feeling our pain and inviting the healing power of nature to heal.

 

Easter Sunday 5th April 7am-9am greeting the dawn on Streedagh Beach, celebrating new life and being in touch with our wholeness.

 

Working as therapists in the outdoors.

May Friday 8th    6pm – Sunday 10th 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. It will explore the use of ritual and the prospect of nature being the primary therapist. Cost 190 euro (excluding accommodation),  Final date to secure a place 5th April.

 

Vision Quest

Saturday 18th July 10am-Sunday 19th  3pm   A two day challenging and deeply rewarding event which facilitates a deep inner search  including major life changes and decisions.. It includes 8 hours alone on the mountainside, and a 24 hour fast. Cost 90 euro (excluding accommodation)

Final date to secure a place 4th July.

 

Dreams – Messages from your Soul

 Sunday October 11th   10am-4.30pm.   Our dreams are sources of wisdom and guidance, they come to us in the service of health and wholeness. In this experiential event participants will be learning a powerful way of working with their dreams, one which they can use with confidence and clarity.

 

 

 

The Sub Personalities-  wounded aspects of our Psyches

 

Sunday 22nd March. 10am.-4.30pm.   East.: Escapist and Addicts try to keep us safe through evasion. Distressing challenges and responsibilities are sidestepped, painful emotions and circumstances are avoided.

Sunday June 7th 10am-5 pm   South : Wounded Children try to keep us safe by attempting to get our basic needs met. They do this by appearing to be in need of rescue, being harmless and socially acceptable; or by being aggressive, arrogant or condescending.

Sunday September 13th   10am – 5pm. West-  The Shadow and Shadow Selves try to keep us safe through repression of our characteristics and desires that are unacceptable or inconceivable to our Ego.  Plotkin describes the Shadow as what we don’t know about ourselves and, if accused of it, we would adamantly and sincerely deny it.

Sunday 15th November 10am-4.30. North:   what keeps us small and safe thus living a life which does no justice to our gifts and talents? Inner Critics, Rescuers, Pleasers and Codependents belong in this group.

 

 

Dreams-source of wisdom,healing, guide to soul

Dreams – source of wisdom, healing, guide to soul

 

 

 

 

 

Date:                 Sunday October 19th

Time:                  10am-5pm

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

Cost:                    50 euro or pay what you can afford

CPD hours:          7 hours

Booking:             Contact Peter on 086 3663276

or [email protected]

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

Max. Participants: 8

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Night carries blame for dream and

The other worlds, you become

Mother opening the door to

Walk inside the colour blue

Where animals wear haloes.   (John O Donohue)

 

www.peterdevlin.com

Dreams – source of wisdom, healing, guide to soul

 

 

 

 

 

Date:                 Sunday October 19th

Time:                  10am-5pm

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

Cost:                    50 euro or pay what you can afford

CPD hours:          7 hours

Booking:             Contact Peter on 086 3663276

or [email protected]

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

Max. Participants: 8

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Night carries blame for dream and

The other worlds, you become

Mother opening the door to

Walk inside the colour blue

Where animals wear haloes.   (John O Donohue)

 

www.peterdevlin.com

Dreams – source of wisdom, healing, guide to soul

 

 

 

 

 

Date:                 Sunday October 19th

Time:                  10am-5pm

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

Cost:                    50 euro or pay what you can afford

CPD hours:          7 hours

Booking:             Contact Peter on 086 3663276

or [email protected]

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

Max. Participants: 8

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Night carries blame for dream and

The other worlds, you become

Mother opening the door to

Walk inside the colour blue

Where animals wear haloes.   (John O Donohue)

 

www.peterdevlin.com

Dreams – source of wisdom, healing, guide to soul

 

 

 

 

 

Date:                 Sunday October 19th

Time:                  10am-5pm

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

Cost:                    50 euro or pay what you can afford

CPD hours:          7 hours

Booking:             Contact Peter on 086 3663276

or [email protected]

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

Max. Participants: 8

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Night carries blame for dream and

The other worlds, you become

Mother opening the door to

Walk inside the colour blue

Where animals wear haloes.   (John O Donohue)

 

www.peterdevlin.com

Cultivating our wholeness–the west Facet of self

 

 

 

 

 

  Cultivating our wholeness—West Facet of Self.

Sunday 28th September 2014

 

A Hunting Party

A

Hunting Party

Sometimes has a greater chance

Of flushing love and God

Out into the open

Than a Warrior

All

Alone

Hafiz

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Date:               Sunday 28 September2014

Time:               10am-5 pm

Cost:                50euro or whatever you can afford

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

Venue:             Knocklane Promontory Fort, Co. Sligo

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.peterdevlin.ie

  Cultivating our wholeness—West Facet of Self.

Sunday 28th September 2014

 

A Hunting Party

A

Hunting Party

Sometimes has a greater chance

Of flushing love and God

Out into the open

Than a Warrior

All

Alone

Hafiz

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Date:               Sunday 28 September2014

Time:               10am-5 pm

Cost:                50euro or whatever you can afford

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

Venue:             Knocklane Promontory Fort, Co. Sligo

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.peterdevlin.ie

  Cultivating our wholeness—West Facet of Self.

Sunday 28th September 2014

 

A Hunting Party

A

Hunting Party

Sometimes has a greater chance

Of flushing love and God

Out into the open

Than a Warrior

All

Alone

Hafiz

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Date:               Sunday 28 September2014

Time:               10am-5 pm

Cost:                50euro or whatever you can afford

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

Venue:             Knocklane Promontory Fort, Co. Sligo

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.peterdevlin.ie

  Cultivating our wholeness—West Facet of Self.

Sunday 28th September 2014

 

A Hunting Party

A

Hunting Party

Sometimes has a greater chance

Of flushing love and God

Out into the open

Than a Warrior

All

Alone

Hafiz

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Date:               Sunday 28 September2014

Time:               10am-5 pm

Cost:                50euro or whatever you can afford

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

Venue:             Knocklane Promontory Fort, Co. Sligo

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.peterdevlin.ie

  Cultivating our wholeness—West Facet of Self.

Sunday 28th September 2014

 

A Hunting Party

A

Hunting Party

Sometimes has a greater chance

Of flushing love and God

Out into the open

Than a Warrior

All

Alone

Hafiz

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Date:               Sunday 28 September2014

Time:               10am-5 pm

Cost:                50euro or whatever you can afford

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

Venue:             Knocklane Promontory Fort, Co. Sligo

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.peterdevlin.ie

suffering and joy

 

 

Good Friday 2014 was a very memorable for those of us who spent from 10 am to 3 pm walking the gleniff horseshoe, Ballintrillick, Co. Sligo.reflecting on suffering and hope in our lives.The event included silence, sharing ritual, a death- rebirth experience and a ritual of letting go. The sun shone brightly and nature conspired with the tehme of suffering to ensure that participants could see a lamb being born. Covered in blood and afterbirth it soon was looking for milk.

 

Some of what participants shared included the following

“the first time i ever saw a lamb being born” ” gratitude and belonging, ” “a day of awe and wonder”, “really helped me to use my suffering and let go of something i have been carrying for years”

 

Easter Sunday 2014

 

12 people including children met at 5.45 on Streeetagh Beach to prepare and experience the sun rise. it was a remarkable life giving experience. participants  walked in an Eastern direction, sat on the sand dunes and watched the sun arise at 6.30, watched in silence and then shared. we ccontinued in a southern direction, then headed northwards and finally to the west. each direction has somethingto say to us about living and we as usual nature presented a few interesting scenes.

what they said ” my first time to witness the sun rise on the day we celebrate the son rising” ” my normal fear of dogs evaporated” ” it is so important to look in the right direction in order to see the sun rise. i wish politicans would assist the people to look in an Eastern direction rather than to Sligo County Council  to explain the strange decision regarding rights of way through the Lisadell Estate”. ” an uplifting experience”

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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Definition of soul

Peter-Devlin_Soul-Days

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)

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.

 

Spirituality of the outdoors

Saturday September 7th 2013
Omeath Co Louth
Time 10am -4pm
This will be a day spent in the vicinity of the beautiful mountains and forestry around Omeath and Carlingford. There will be input, time alone and in silence, time to share with kindred spirits and to be in touch with the inner and the outer.”time to be still and know that I am God”

‘Every branch, leaf and fruit
Reveals an aspect of His perfection
The cypress hints of His majesty,
The rose gives tidings of his beauty.’ (Jami)