The objective of this offerin
This is an invitation for you to take some time apart to be supported through a simple routine of mindfulness, short inputs, process time and ritual to:
- Feedback from Pilot Programme
‘ Well thought out, gentle and inviting us to practise what we were able for ’.
‘ I loved the dance movement – thanks for all the input, creativity and learning. There was a lovely freedom and friendliness ’.
‘ I cannot imagine how much preparation went into it ’.
‘ I came away refreshed, challenged anew, gentler, and hopefully more compassionate ’.
‘ Particularly welcome was the freedom offered to participants to take an active part in our own contributions in the movement, dance, poems etc.’
‘ A very restful and peaceful experience; nourishment for body and spirit ’.
‘ Liked the integration of Cosmology, Ecology and Mindfulness, with emphasis on compassion’.
‘ I am delighted I did this and came away nourished – a lot of food for thought and not to be so cowardly – I’m ready to take some small steps to start with’.
‘ A big THANK YOU. For me compassion was at the heart of it – how you both presented your inputs and how connected you were with each other. Dee you have a wonderful gift for listening ’
‘ Delighted to have been here, and delighted to have experienced the whole process.’
‘ The two of you, Des and yourself worked very well together. Thanks to you Des, great new insights. You created great freedom of speech within the group, all was accepted’.
‘ It was not just a retreat. It was a source of great energy, strength and peace. I am so grateful – I liked the idea of different insights from the different writers I know of.’
In view of this feedback we feel that our work meets a current need and we would now like to present it as widely as possible. We are open to doing this work in a variety of formats, short introductory sessions, a single day, over a weekend or in a longer format.
Des is currently chaplain in the Central Mental Hospital Dublin. He previously lectured in philosophy in the Milltown Institute, and was pastor in Glasthule Co Dublin and Ballyhahill Co Limerick. Des is an experienced retreat facilitator and spiritual companion and has worked in USA, Wales and Ireland.
Dee is a facilitator and mindfulness practioner, with a passion for supporting individuals and groups to benefit from Mindfulness. Dee is a trained theologian and spiritual director. Dee works with individuals and groups throughout Ireland and online, and designs and delivers workshops, retreats and trainings within education, community and social care, and ecological contexts mostly in response to client requests. She also provides one to one mindful coaching and spiritual companioning. To learn more about Dee and her work visit: www.mindfulfacilitation.com.
Dee and Des co-facilitated a five day residential Easter retreat in Emmaus Dublin in 2015, and a six day pilot of the current work in the Nano Nagle Centre in Cork 2016.
Sample Agenda for one day workshop
9.30 Registration and Welcome
10.00 Mindful Movement and Meditation
10.30 Input on New Cosmology
10.45 Individual and small group process time (including coffee).
12.00 Group Sharing
12.45 Mindfulness Practise
2.15 Creative Activity ( e.g. mandala, clay work, creative writing , outdoor meditation )
15.45 Input on Mindfulness followed by Mindfulness practise
16.15 Group Sharing and Ritual