‘DEEPENING THE SENSES – AWAKENING BEALTAINE’ DAY RETREAT
if you listen to the wisdom of your body
love this flesh and bone,
dedicate yourself to its mystery
you may one day
find yourself smiling from your mirror
– Marion Woodman
You are invited to join me for Deepening the Senses Day Retreat this May 5th 2017. This Workshop/Retreat takes place in the beautiful retreat centre ‘The Sanctuary’ nestled in stunning woodlands in Clarinbridge, Co. Galway.
In ancient times Bealtaine celebrated the end of the dark half of the year and the coming of the light half. It coincided with the start of the harvesting season. It is a time steeped in myth, story and ritual. Bealtaine was the time when the Cailleach, who presides over the cold half of the Celtic year, bathes in her wells and transforms herself into the Iníon Buí, the daughter of the Hag, or Bláthnait, the Flower Maiden.
During our ‘Deepening The Senses’ Day Retreat we deepen into the world of the senses – awakening a more grounded authentic connectedness to ourselves and bringing conscious awareness in our bodies to our presence in the world. On this day retreat, we will awaken our own creative harvest wellspring, by learning to attune more deeply to the senses, the aliveness in our bodies and learn to listen to the wisdom that is held within. So often in our lives, for many reasons, we listen more to our thoughts than we do to our embodied selves. When we learn to connect to our bodies it talks to us in the language of sensations, letting us know how we really are in every moment. When we connect inward we learn how to support ourselves more fully in our lives. In May we will be crossing the threshold of equinox and solstice, moving into the power of the sun. Fire at Bealtaine represented the ritual of sacrifice and renewal. Often in our own lives we need to sacrifice our old habits that no longer serve us and allow ourselves to blossom into the fullness of our authentic selves.
This work will help us to deepen our understanding of ourselves in an embodied way drawing on the wisdom of myth, dreams and the external landscape. By attuning to our own inner journeying we will begin to appreciate in our subtle bodies the richness of the present moment in our lives.
This is work that draws on neuroscience evidence based research and psychotherapeutic theories and practices from an Embodied/Gestalt and Jungian perspective.
When we listen to myths, if we let ourselves step into their world of poetry and imagination, we step out of the rational concrete patriarchal world of our time and into the symbolic life. In this way we become receptive to our inner environment, and the energies of life and the archetypal patterns living through us.
During the retreat we will spend time indoors and outdoors exploring that sensory embodied connection. We will also be utilising the medium of poetry and images, gentle mindful movements, meditation, as well as exploring the language of our dreams and their symbols in our psyches to assist us. The day retreat will provide a nurturing space with time to let go of everyday commitments and attune to ourselves.
There will be free time to walk in the lovely woodlands surrounding the centre, or sit in the walled garden nearby or rest in the sanctuary itself by the log fire. It is a day of connection to the self, a day for deeper nourishment and enjoyment in a beautiful tranquel setting.
A nourishing two course lunch as well as snacks, tea and coffee, are also provided.
We aim to create a warm atmosphere where we will awaken the senses, deepen our understanding of ourselves and explore the sensual in our everyday lives.
Prior experience of body work and personal therapy work, whilst desirable, is not essential.
Friday May 2017 – Arriving at 9.30 am and commencing at 10 am sharp. Retreat will finish at 5.30/6pm.
The retreat takes place at The Sccul Sanctuary, Clarinbridge, Co Galway . For further information on this venue see their site www.scculsanctuary.com
The Retreat Package:
The package includes 6 hours group facilitation, 2 course lunch, teas and coffees and home baked snacks will be available throughout the day. A certificate for 6 points CPD is available on request.
The full day workshop retreat costs 110 euro. Early booking is advisable as places are limited. Full fee is payable on booking to secure your place.
For further details and to make a booking, please contact Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 087-7126271.
“When one flower blooms, Spring Awakens Everywhere” – John O’Donoghue
A Few Testimonials
” Thank you Eileen for a such a special retreat. I loved it, and all the company, just gorgeous! “
“i really enjoyed this experience, the unfolding, the learning was so deep but not frighteningly intense which allowed for some tremendous work – astonishing”
“It was magical and will stay with me”