Deepening the Senses – ‘Awakening Bealtaine’ Day Retreat



“If we fail to nourish our souls, they wither, and without soul, life ceases to have meaning. The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. and creativity is what makes life worth living. – Marion Woodman

“To be sensual, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the breaking of bread “– James Baldwin

You are invited to join me for Bealtaine’s ‘Deepening the Senses – ‘Lighting the Fires’ Day Retreat this May 5th 2018. This Retreat takes place in the beautiful retreat centre ‘The Sccul 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. Fires were lit to mark this time of purification and transition, heralding the hope of a good harvest later in the year. Bealtaine was the time when the Cailleach, who presided over the cold half of the Celtic year, bathed in her wells and transformed herself into the Iníon Buí, the Flower Maiden. This journey through the cold dark season that began in Samhain is now at a close and we are entering, through the gateway of Bealtaine, meeting all of Summer’s plentiful abundance.

During our ‘Deepening The Senses’ Day Retreat we will deepen into the world of the senses – awakening a more grounded authentic connection to ourselves and bringing conscious awareness in our bodies to our presence in the world. On this day retreat, we will mark this special threshold into sunlight and in doing so we will awaken our own creative harvest wellspring, by learning to attune more deeply to the senses, the aliveness in our bodies and learning to listen to the wisdom that is held within.

This work draws 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. 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 this retreat we will spend time indoors and outdoors exploring that sensory embodied connection. The ‘Tine’, the Fire of Bealtaine will be lit, and utilising the medium of myth and poetry, we will awaken a deeper more authentic connection to ourselves. We will be using  gentle mindful movements, art work, 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 spend in the beautiful sensory garden at the centre or rest in the sanctuary itself by the log fire. It is a day of connection to the self, for deeper nourishment and enjoyment in a beautiful tranquil setting.

A nourishing two course lunch as well as home baked scones,tea and coffee will be provided. This retreat aims 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.

Saturday  May  5th 2018 – Arriving at 9.30 am and commencing at 10 am sharp. Retreat will finish at 5.30pm.

Retreat Venue:
The retreat takes place at The Sccul Sanctuary, Clarinbridge, Co Galway . For further information on this venue see their site

The Retreat Package:
The package includes 6 hours group facilitation, 2 course lunch, teas and coffees and home baked scones will be available during the day. A certificate for 6 points CPD is available on completion of the day.

The full day workshop retreat costs 120 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 on her email

“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! ”

“This was a wonderful gift to myself”

“Really glad i came…going away feeling refreshed, energised, -Positive ! Thank you so much!”

“it was perfect…I’ll be back”

“it was magical…and will say with me for a long time – thank you so much”

More testimonials on the the main page.

“The psyches and souls of women also have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude, running and staying, being involved and being removed, questing and resting, creating and incubating, being of the world and returning to the soul place”

                                                                                                                 – Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes


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