Two week-end retreats

West Cork Mindfulness

I am happy to announce that I will be co-teaching 2 week-end retreats.

The first will take place in Ballyhoura, Co. Limerick,  on the 5-7th of May, and is led by Susan O’Regan and I. We’ll be practicing Mindfulness, Loving Kindness and Self-Compassion

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In July  Claire Osborne and I will be back on Heir Island for a Yoga and Mindfulness week-end.

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Book early as there are limited places on both week-ends!

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Courses and events in 2017

West Cork Mindfulness

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Weekly courses

Mindfulness for Health – the Breathworks course for people suffering from chronic pain and illnesses

8 weekly classes starting 14th of March  € 250 (concessions available)

Tuesdays –  14, 21, 28 March, 4, 18 25 April, 2, 9 May (no class April 11th)

Mindfulness for Well-being : a new course introducing mindfulness  for well-being

6 weekly classes starts March 15th  € 180

Wednesdays –  15, 22, 29 March, 5, 19, 26 April (no class on the April 12th )

Mindfulness for Stress 8 weeks – will start in April, dates to be confirmed


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Week-end retreats

Summer Yoga and Mindfulness meditation week-end on Heir Island , With Claire Osborne and Paola Vais

from Friday 14th July to Sunday 17th – more details later

Kayaking as a mindfulness practice , a week-end on Heir Island With Paola Vais and Kevin McCormack

From Friday 25th of August to Sunday 27th – details announced in spring

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Thinking of Spring – planning future courses

West Cork Mindfulness

The longest night of the year has gone, and slowly the days will become a little longer…

I’ll be on retreat in January and February  and when I will be back in Ireland spring will have brought daffodils, greener grass, the first buds on tree  branches.

I will run the Mindfulness for Health  course in Cork starting mid-March, and Mindfulness for stress in Skibbereen.

The dates will be set later in the new year, but do contact me if you are interested. bw_mindfulness-blue2

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For peace

 

Wage Peace
By Judyth Hill

Wage peace with your breath.
Breathe in firemen and rubble,
breathe out whole buildings
and flocks of redwing blackbirds.

Breathe in terrorists and breathe out sleeping children
and freshly mown fields.
Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.
Breathe in the fallen
and breathe out lifelong friendships intact.

Wage peace with your listening:
hearing sirens, pray loud.
Remember your tools:
flower seeds, clothes pins, clean rivers.

Make soup.
Play music, learn the word for thank you in three languages.
Learn to knit, and make a hat.
Think of chaos as dancing raspberries,
imagine grief as the outbreath of beauty
or the gesture of fish.
Swim for the other side.
Wage peace.

Never has the world seemed so fresh and precious.
have a cup of tea and rejoice.
Act as if armistice has already arrived.
Celebrate today.


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Pray for Peace

 by Ellen Bass

Pray to whomever you kneel down to:
Jesus nailed to his wooden or plastic cross,
his suffering face bent to kiss you,
Buddha still under the bo tree in scorching heat,
Adonai, Allah. Raise your arms to Mary
that she may lay her palm on our brows,
to Shekhina, Queen of Heaven and Earth,
to Inanna in her stripped descent.

Then pray to the bus driver who takes you to work.
On the bus, pray for everyone riding that bus,
for everyone riding buses all over the world.
Drop some silver and pray.

Waiting in line for the movies, for the ATM,
for your latte and croissant, offer your plea.
Make your eating and drinking a supplication.
Make your slicing of carrots a holy act,
each translucent layer of the onion, a deeper prayer.

To Hawk or Wolf, or the Great Whale, pray.
Bow down to terriers and shepherds and Siamese cats.
Fields of artichokes and elegant strawberries..

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Read the full poem on Ellen Bass website: ellenbass.com

Thich Nhat Hanh: Please call me by my true name

 

 

Please Call Me by my True Name
Do not say that I will depart tomorrow
because even today I still arrive
Look deeply: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch
to be a tiny bird, with wings still so fragile
learning to sing in my new nest
to be a caterpillar in the heart of flower
to be a jewel hiding itself in stone
I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
in order to fear and to hope,
the rhythm of my heart is the birth and death of all that are alive.
I am the mayfly metamorphosing on the surface of the river,
and I am the bird which, when spring comes, arrives in time to eat the mayfly.
I am the frog swimming happily in the clear water of the pond,
and I am also the grass-snake who,
approaching in silence, feeds itself on the frog.
I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks,
and I am the arms merchant selling deadly weapons to Uganda.
I am the 12 year old girl, refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean after being raped by a sea pirate,
and I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable of seeing and loving
I am a member of the politburo, with plenty of power in my hands,
and I am the man who has to pay his “debt of blood” to my people,
dying slowly in a forced labour camp.
My joy is like spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom in all walks of life.
My pain is like a river of tears, so full it fills up the four oceans.
Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and my laughs at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.
Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up,
and so the door of my heart can be left open,
the door of compassion.

By: Thich Nhat Hanh