Deepening the Senses – Awakening the Feminine – ‘Inanna’s Descent to the Underworld’ – Residential Retreat – 20th July 2018



‘From the great above, she opened her ear to the great below,
From the great above, Inanna opened her ear to the great below.

The moment Inanna opens her ear to the great below, her journey begins. Yet although her journey begins at once, the way to the underworld is slow and laborious. To enter the spiritual realm of the underworld, Inanna must give up her earthly powers. One by one, Inanna abandons her glory, both in heaven and on earth’ ..and so she begins the journey…

                                                                                                        -Inanna – Mythology

‘Initiation is the process by which we turn from our natural inclination to remain unconscious and decide that whatever it takes – suffering, striving, enduring – we will pursue conscious union with the deeper mind, the wild self’.  

                                                                           – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

 ‘This is the beginning of a road whose end is totally unknown and totally known’

                                                                                                   – Marion Woodman

I am delighted to invite you to join me once again in the beautiful heartland of the Boyne Valley in County Meath for a unique and memorable weekend residential experience.  The Boyne Valley is an ancient landscape steeped in myth and history. Nearby the Hill of Tara and the ancient sites of New Grange, Knowth and Lough Crew are all known as sacred places of dwelling for the Gods and entrances to the other world.

During our ‘Deepening the Senses’ Retreat we explore the world of the senses – connecting to the archetypal energy of the feminine – awakening a more grounded authentic connectedness to ourselves and bringing conscious awareness in our bodies to our presence in the world. We will revisit the mythical story of Inanna. This Sumerian Myth is over 5000 years old. It tells the story of Inanna’s descent to the underworld, her journey through the seven gates, stripping herself of her worldly powers, to unite with her sister Ereshkigal who is living in darkness in the otherworld. During her Journey she experiences deep transformation. Her sister self, Ereshkigal experiences a profound change within herself too. On this unique weekend, we will draw from the realm of myth and archetypes to deepen our own understanding of ourselves and drawing on our connection to the wisdom of the ancient landscape around us, we will attune inward to our own inner journeying, appreciating in our subtle bodies the richness of the present moment in our lives.

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 creative energy of the feminine that is calls us back to our authentic selves.

 During the retreat we will spend time indoors and outdoors exploring that sensory embodied connection to the landscape around us. We will also be utilising the medium of poetry, mythology and imagery, gentle mindful movements, art and clay work, meditation, and dream imaging, exploring the language of our dreams and their symbols in our psyches to assist us. The two days will provide a nurturing space with time to let go of everyday commitments and attune to ourselves.

There will be free time to walk, relax, rest and enjoy the surrounding countryside. You will enjoy good nourishing food and on our last evening we will gather at the hearth and the log fire, for the ancient tradition of our ancestors – sharing songs and poetry, music, story-telling and conversations. We aim to create a warm atmosphere where we will awaken the senses, deepen our understanding of ourselves and explore the sensual and awaken the feminine energy in our everyday lives.

Prior experience of  personal therapy work whilst desirable is not essential.

Retreat dates:

Friday July 20th arriving at 4pm – Sunday July 22nd 2018 departing after Lunch.

Retreat venue:

Dunderry Park in Dunderry, County Meath, is a beautiful restored 200 year old Georgian residence. It is surrounded by 25 acres of wooded parkland in a peaceful country setting with lakeside and woodland walks. It is approximately 30 miles north of Dublin in the historic Boyne Valley, famous for the ancient hill of Tara. The Neolithic sites of Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth and Lough Crew are all located in the Boyne Valley. Tara in ancient times was the sacred place of dwelling for the Gods and the entrance place to the other world.

The Retreat Package:

The package includes 2 nights bed and breakfast in shared accommodation, 2 evening meals(2 courses), 2 lunches (2 courses), break time snacks, teas and coffees, and 12 hours group facilitation.

(2 dates to choose from – July or September )


The full 2-day retreat package costs 350 euro – a non-refundable deposit of 120 euro is payable to secure your place. Early Booking is advisable as places are limited.

For further details and to make a booking, please contact Eileen at or phone 087-7126271.


“I cannot recommend this wonderful retreat enough. Deepening the Senses and the pleasure of meeting Eileen Ní Shuilleabháin was life changing.”

“It was a beautiful nourishing weekend. We drank from a deep well. Thank you.”

“It was the best!”

“Thank you Eileen for facilitating a truly magical experiential weekend – Deepening the Senses, with some very beautiful and inspirational people”

“Thank you Eileen for a truly wonderful, creative soft weekend – Deepening the Senses..You are unlimited”

“Just returned from a beautiful and magical weekend retreat with Eileen Ní Shuilleabháin. It awakened my senses and allowed my soul whispers to be heard. Thanks to everyone who shared the journey”

“Thanks so much Eileen. Highly recommend. Such a powerful weekend”

“Day two of the retreat with Eileen Ní Shuilleabháin absolutely magical”

“Thank you for the most memorable weekend”

“Loved every minute of it thank you so much Eileen”

“On a train back to Limerick and on to Dublin after a totally satisfying weekend retreat with a darling called Eileen Ní Shuilleabháin. She embodies the celtic oral/aural tradition in the deepest most accepting way. The group that were called together were some of the most open hearted i have ever been blessed to meet. We changed our inner lives in the gentlest and profoundest ways. It will take some reflection to examine those ways. Thank you all”

“Thanks so much. I really enjoyed the weekend”.

“it was a perfect weekend”

“Thank you Eileen. It was a life changing experience”

“Thank you so much for a lovely weekend. A total new experience for me that did awaken and deepen my senses and it was a learning curve for me in so many ways and meeting awesome like-minded people – Loved every minute”

“Give yourself a New Years treat with Eileen Ní Shuilleabháin . Go just go…You won’t regret it, trust me”

“money can’t provide the space created for us to deepen. It’s the beautiful connection offered by the facilitator. Much appreciated Eileen. ”

“I felt i could be myself, very at home surrounded by beautiful people and landscape. Thank you Eileen for sharing and giving me so much”

“I had a wonderful weekend and I’m very grateful and feel privileged to have experienced it”

“Eileen has an excellent style – gentle yet in control,understanding, great sense of humour/fun, rich in knowledge, everything is from the heart”

“so glad i came…lets do more!!

“Such a fulfilling experience. I felt warmed and comforted and reassured. Beautiful setting, people, food and accommodation. Thank you so much Eileen. You are unique and gifted”

More testimonials on the main website page.






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