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.