‘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
‘Blessed is the life lived at a pace that is in sync with the land on which it is lived’ – Wendell Berry
You are invited to join me for Deepening the Senses ‘Awakening Bealtaine’ Day Retreat this April 27th 2019. This Workshop/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. The name derives from the old Irish words Bel Taine meaning ‘bright fire’. In the month of 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.
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.
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 and abundance 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 tranquil 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.
Saturday April 27th 2019 – Arriving at 9.30 am and commencing at 10 am sharp. Retreat will finish at 5.30pm.
The retreat takes place at The Sccul Sanctuary, Clarinbridge, Co Galway . Directions to the Retreat Centre will follow upon booking.
The Retreat Package:
The package includes 6 hours group facilitation, 2 course lunch, teas and coffees and home baked scones are provided. A certificate for 6 points CPD is available.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 087-7126271. Gift voucher available on request.
‘May I have the courage today
to live the life that i would love,
to postpone my dream no longer
but do at last what i came here for
and waste my heart on fear no more’
– John O’Donoghue
TESTIMONIALS FOR DEEPENING THE SENSES RETREATS
“Eileen was a wonderful magical facilitator. It was so well thought through, very gentle, imaginative, knowledgeable, safe, nurturing. It takes excellent facilitation to allow so many different people to open up in such a short space of time”
“It was amazing, just amazing”
“so glad i came…lets do more”
“Eileen has an excellent style – gentle yet in control, understanding, great sense of humour/fun, rich in knowledge, everything is from the heart”
“I cannot recommend this wonderful retreat enough. Deepening the Senses and the pleasure of meeting Eileen was life changing”
“Money can’t provide the space created for us to deepen. Its the beautiful connection offered by the facilitator. Much appreciated Eileen.”
“Go, just go, you won’t regret it..trust me”
“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”.
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