‘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.
‘This is the beginning of a road whose end is totally unknown and totally known’ – Marion Woodman
You are invited to join me for the popular ‘Deepening the Senses’ Retreat in the beautiful heartland of the Boyne Valley in County Meath. This is an ancient mythical landscape, world renowned for being the site of the sacred Hill of Tara and the megalithic site of Newgrange, Knowth and Lough Crew. In ancient lore these sites were the home of the Gods and the entrance place into the other world.
During our ‘Deepening the Senses – Awakening the Feminine’ Retreat we explore the world of the senses – connecting to the archetypal energy of the feminine – awakening a more grounded authentic connectedness to ourselves and bringing conscious awareness in our bodies to our presence in the world. Through an embodied psychotherapy approach, we will draw on the realm of myth and archetypes to deepen into the senses, exploring our connection to the wisdom of the ancient dreaming landscape that surrounds us, attuning all the while 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 creative energy of the feminine that is calling us. In ‘Awakening the Feminine’ we will be working with that feminine energy- the Brigid and Goddess Boanne archetypal energy, that connects us in a deeper way to our embodied selves. We will engage in a dialogue with body and psyche listening to the images that arise from the body, from the unconscious, from our dreaming lives. We will connect to the ‘wise woman’ archetype, bringing alive the rich authentic relationship with her in the inner world whilst staying awake to the outer rich mythical landscape that will support us.
This is work that draws on psychotherapeutic theories and practices from an Embodied/Gestalt approach, Attachment, Psychodynamic and Jungian perspectives.
During the retreat we will spend time indoors and outdoors exploring that sensory embodied connection to the landscape. We will also be utilising the medium of poetry and images, gentle mindful movements, art and clay work, 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 beautiful surrounding countryside at Dunderry Park. You will enjoy good nourishing food and on our last evening after our evening meal, we will gather at the hearth and the log fire, 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 and awaken the feminine energy in our everyday lives.
Prior experience of body work and personal therapy work, whilst desirable, is not essential.
‘To find her it is necessary for women to return to their instinctive lives, their deepest knowing. So let us push on now, and remember ourselves back to the wild soul. Let us sing her flesh back onto our bones. Shed any false coats we have been given. Don the true coat of powerful instinct and knowing. Infiltrate the psychic lands that once belonged to us. Unfurl the bandages, ready the medicine. let us return’ .
– Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Friday July 19th arriving at 4pm – Sunday July 21st – departing after Lunch.
Dunderry Park in Dunderry, County Meath, is a beautiful restored 200 year old Georgian residence. It is surrounded by 25 acres of wooded parkland in a peaceful country setting with lakeside and woodland walks. It is approximately 30 miles north of Dublin in the historic Boyne Valley, famous for the ancient hill of Tara and the megalithic sites of New Grange, Knowth and Lough Crew. The hill of Tara is 15 minutes drive away, and in ancient times it was known as the seat of the high kings of Ireland and was the sacred place of dwelling for the Gods and the entrance place to the other world.
The package includes 2 nights bed and breakfast in shared accommodation, 2 evening meals(2 courses), 2 lunches (2 courses), break time snacks, teas and coffees, and 12 hours group facilitation.
The full 2-day retreat package costs 350 euro – a non-refundable deposit of 120 euro is payable to secure your place. Early booking is advisable as places are limited.
For further details and to make a booking, please contact Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 087-7126271.
“Money can’t provide the space created for us to deepen. It’s the beautiful connection offered by the facilitator. Much appreciated Eileen. ”
“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”
“I had a wonderful weekend and I’m very grateful and feel privileged to have experienced it”
“Eileen has an excellent style – gentle yet in control,understanding, great sense of humour/fun, rich in knowledge, everything is from the heart”
“so glad i came…lets do more!!
“Such a fulfilling experience. I felt warmed and comforted and reassured. Beautiful setting, people, food and accommodation. Thank you so much Eileen. You are unique and gifted”
I wish i could do it every time my battery is running low. – Thank you so much Eileen”
“wonderful experience! thanks so much”
“i reconnected with my soul…thank you”
“the rewards i’m leaving with are invigorating and life altering – thank you”
‘Come to the pond,
or the river of your imagination,
or the harbor of your longing
and put your lips to the world