Summer 2016 Workshop/Retreat

Deepening The Senses, a Journey Inward



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 us in a workshop retreat in the beautiful heartland of the Burren in Co. Clare. An ancient landscape steeped in myth and history.

During our ‘deepening the senses’ retreat we explore 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. Through the realm of myth and archetypes we will deepen into the senses, drawing on our connection to the wisdom of the ancient landscape around us, attuning 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 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, art, 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. An outdoor hot tub and sauna is on site and you can arrange an optional massage should you wish to do so in your free time. You will enjoy good nourishing food and on our last evening after our féasta (n.celtic feast) we will gather at the hearth or if the weather permits us, under the stars at a bonfire, 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 in our everyday lives.

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

Retreat dates:

Bank holiday weekend 29th July to 31st July 2016.

Retreat venue:

The retreat takes place at The Red Gates, Corofin, Co. Galway. For further information on this venue see their site here.

The Retreat Package:

The package includes 2 nights bed and breakfast in shared twin room luxury accommodation, 2 evening meals(2 courses), 2 lunches (2 courses), break time snacks, teas and coffees, the workshop and exclusive use of sauna and outdoor hot tub.

The package price below is based on shared spacious twin room accommodation. There is one triple room available. There is limited private accommodation available at an additional cost. Please enquire about availability upon booking.


The full 2-day retreat package costs 340 euro – a non-refundable deposit of 100 euro ispayable by 30th June 2016. Early booking is advisable as places are limited.

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

Deepening the Senses – Crossing the Threshold

 Deepening the Senses – Crossing the Threshold – January 13th 2017 

Deepening the Senses- Crossing The Threshold

“In a way winter is the real spring, the time when the inner things happen, the resurge of nature” – Edna O’Brien


Lucy Campbell – Night Unlocked

January is a time of the year for contemplation and reflection. We are on the threshold between the old and the new year, this is a time of letting go and welcoming the new.

We will meet together at the threshold of this New Year on the 13th of January. Often in our lives we arrive at thresholds. At those times we can ask ourselves – What am I leaving? What am I about to enter? What gifts would enable me to do it?

Our life thresholds are often accompanied by great complexity of emotions-, confusion, fear, excitement, sadness and hope. This is one reason why such vital threshold crossings, in our ancient wisdom, were always clothed in ritual.

This January ‘Deepening the Senses – Crossing the Threshold’ Retreat will acknowledge and celebrate this meeting at the threshold and this crossing.  The weekend will be a mixture of myth, dream work,meditation, art and clay work as well as poetry and gentle mindful movement. There will be periods of silence for quiet reflection and time for rest and walks in the beautiful surrounding countryside. An outdoor hot tub is on site for your use and you can arrange an optional massage or sauna should you wish to do so in your own free time.  We will have time outdoors to connect to the mythical landscape that surrounds us. On our last evening we will gather together for the ancient tradition of sharing song, music, story-telling and conversations.

The venue for Teallach’s January retreat is the stunning Ard Nahoo in Dromahair, Co Leitrim. This beautiful setting is nestled on the Sligo/Leitrim border in countryside that is only a short distance from the shores of Lough Gill and the Lake Isle of Inisfree. This is  landscape that offered an abundance of inspiration to Yeats throughout his life. On the horizon you can see Knocknaree – the final resting place of Queen Maeve of Connaught.

Ard Nahoo, Teallach’s Venue for 2017, was voted among the ‘top ten retreat destinations in the world’. Teallach is delighted to welcome you here this coming January.

Prior experience of psychotherapy is desirable, but not essential.

“..It is wise in your own life to be able to recognise and acknowledge the key thresholds; to take your time; to feel all the varieties of presence that accrue there; to listen inward with complete attention until we hear the inner voice calling you forward.  The time has come to cross…

John O ‘Donoghue.


Retreat dates:

13th January 2017 – 16th January 2017.

Retreat venue:

Ard Nahoo, Mullagh, Dromahair, Co Leitrim.

The Retreat Package:

The full 2-day retreat package costs 350 euro and is fully payable by 10th December.  The package includes shared accommodation in log cabins. It includes breakfast each morning,  a two course evening meal on arrival, two course lunch and evening meal on Saturday and Lunch before departure on Sunday.  Snacks as well as tea and coffee are available throughout the day. The price includes 12 hours of facilitated workshop/retreat throughout the weekend and all art materials are provided. Use of hot tub is also included in this price.

An early bird offer of 335 euro is available until November 15th. All bookings are to be paid in full by December 20th. To avoid disappointment early booking with a  nonrefundable deposit of 120 euro is advisable as places are limited. This retreat offers 12 CPD points and a certificate is available to you on completion.

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

some of what participants have said about ‘Deepening the Senses’ Retreats –

‘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’. 

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

‘Just returned for a beautiful and magical weekend retreat with Eileen Ní Shuilleabháin. It awakened my senses and allowed my soul whispers to be heard’ 

‘It was the best!’

“it was a perfect weekend”

“Thanks Eileen. It was  a life changing experience”

“Give yourself a New Year’s treat with Eileen Ní Shuilleabháin. Go…just go…                      you won’t regret it, trust me. “