Deepening the Senses ‘The Cailleach’s Descent’ Samhain Day Retreat 2nd November 2019

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Samhain marks the beginning of the darkest part of the year, the beginning of winter. In the Celtic tradition, in Samhain, the Cailleach,  the old hag of winter, leaves the mountains and begins her walk across the lands bringing the winter storms, snow and darkness with her. It is the time of the year where she makes her descent into the underworld to incubate the seeds of the new life. Darkness is associated with new beginnings. The potential of the seed below the ground.

On this Day retreat we will light the fires of Samhain once more and we will journey inward,  attuning to the stirring in our own inner world,  connecting to our place in the cycle of the seasons listening to the ancient wisdom that is held within.

During our ‘Deepening the Senses’ Day Retreats 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. We will awaken our own creative wellspring, by learning to attune more deeply to our senses, drawing on the wisdom of the Cailleach and the transformative power of darkness, of mythology, dreams and the external landscape, attuning to the aliveness in our bodies, learning 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 learn to connect inward we learn how to support ourselves more fully in our lives.

This is work that draws on psychotherapeutic theories and practices from a Embodied/Gestalt approach, Attachment and Jungian perspectives.

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. The day will be a mixture of myth, dream work, meditation and Art work as well as poetry and gentle mindful movement. 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 sensory garden at the centre, or rest in the sanctuary itself by the log fire. It is a day of connection to the self, a day to celebrate the ancient wisdom of the Cailleach and a day for deeper nourishment and enjoyment in a beautiful tranquil setting.

A nourishing hot two course lunch as well as freshly baked scones, tea and coffee, are also provided.

The aim is to create a warm atmosphere where we will awaken the senses, meet like-minded people, 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 November 2nd 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 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 or phone 087-7126271. Gift voucher available on request.


“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 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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