ABOUT CLAIRE

 

‘’May all beings be filled with loving kindness,
May all beings be well,
May all beings be peaceful and at ease,
May all beings be happy.’’ Buddhist Prayer.

Creative work and studies
  • Foundation diploma in Art and design

  • BA (hons) in Visual Art and Community Art

  • Crafts-person

  • Community artist with Cork Community Art Link, and as an independent practitioner. Specialising in work with adults in residential Mental Health units and day care units for adults with special needs.

  • Personal practice of writing, painting and photography.

  • Eco-therapy modules: photography and ecotherapy, somatics and eco-therapy, cycles of the year and eco-art therapy.

  • Presently studying an MA in Art Therapy in MTU, Cork.

Environmental work
  • Lived in a community organic farm 1995-1999. I have grown an extensive vegetable garden in my own home most years since 2003.

  • Creator and project manager Cork Mandala of Community Gardens. Awards :- environmental project Cork European capital of Culture 2005, Slow food awards Community project, Cork Environmental Forum Community project award.

  • School gardens coordinator in liaison with HSE funded project, Mallow. 2005-08

  • Independent school gardens advisor 2005-2010

  • Horticulture tutor, ETB cert in organic horticulture for adults with special needs. Mayfield Arts Centre 2007-14.

Dance / movement / bodywork studies and work
  • 1997-2020 in depth study and practice of Amerta Movement, with movement master and my dear Mentor, Suprapto Suryadarmo.(RIP 2019) also known as 'Prapto'. One of a small group of Amerta practitioner who attended his only ever Teacjer Training in Italy in 2020, a few months before he passed away.

  • 5 Rhythms dance, weekly classes and workshops 1996-2012

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Massage.

  • Certificate in Community Dance.

  • Various body/movement-based workshops in Shiatsu, Ch Gung, Experiential Anatomy (Amy Matthews, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Caryn McHose and Andrea Olsen), Authentic Movement, Psychodrama, Voice and movement (Tim Jones), Move into Life (Sandra Reeves)

  • Personal practice of Movement since 1997 and member of 2 colleague groups, who meet online and in person to continue the practice, development and sharing of Amerta.

  • Community dance teacher working with community arts groups, specialising in working with adults with special needs

  • Amerta Movement teacher since 2001

 

 

Yoga work and  studies
  • Yoga Teacher training,

  • Yoga Therapy Diploma, Yoga Campus London.

  • Specialist trainings in Yoga for pregnancy, Mum and Baby Post-natal Yoga, (Birthlight UK) Yoga for women's Health (womb Yoga) and  Yoga NIdra (Uma Dinsmore-Tuli), Restorative Yoga (Judith Lasater)

  • Workshops/retreats with teachers of various Yoga traditions: Swami Nishchalananda, Swami Pragyamurti, Tias Little, Donna Farhi, Gary Krafstow, Doug Keller, Angela Farmer, Victor Van Hooten, Rosella Baroncini.

  • Deep gratitude to the teachers who have inspired me here in Ireland: Chetan and Shradda Murti of the Galway Yoga school, Yoga Dhara and Yoga Jyoti of Satyananda Yoga in Cork, Charlie Stevens and Marianne Gabrielle of Contemporary Yoga.

  • Personal home practice since 1994.

  • 2001-present Yoga Teacher

  • 2014-present Yoga Therapist

  • Supervisor and mentor, Yoga Campus YT diploma 2015-2022

  • 2015-present Yoga Mandala Project: Yoga teacher, therapist and trainer. www.yogmandalaproject.org

  • 2017-present creator and trainer: Chair Yoga Teacher training.

  • Organising Committee, West Cork Yoga Festival. A non-profit event, that has raised over €12,000 for local charities and environmental action groups.

  • Teaching assistant: Uma Dinsmore Tuli, Pregnancy Yoga teacher training

 

Qualifications:

 

  • 1990-1994 BA (Hons) Art with Community Art

  • 1996-7 Diploma in Holistic Therapeutic Massage, Glasgow College of Holistic Medicine

  • 1997 - 2019 Amerta movement practitioner. Studies with mentor and teacher Suprapto Suryadarmo, founder of Amerta Movement. In 2003 he placed me on his list of teachers.

  • 2001 Community Dance NCVA Teacher training, Firkin Crane, Cork

  • 2000-2001 Diploma in Yoga teaching, Contemporary yoga, Cork

  • 2006-8 Pregnancy and post-natal yoga Diploma, Birthlight UK.

  • 2012-14 Yoga Therapy Diploma (350 hours), Yoga Campus, London.

  • 2014 Womb Yoga for women's health, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

  • 2016 Yoga Nidra teacher training, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.

  • 2019 Relax and Renew, Restorative Yoga Teacher training, Judith Hanson Lasater

  • 2021 - Began MA Art Therapy

Other studies:

 

  • 2020 Yoga Therapy for Covid and Long-Covid; Online forum, British Council for Yoga Therapy.

  • 2020 CPD Teaching breathing to people who 'cannot breathe': Leila Stuart (Yoga Campus)

  • 2020 Photography and Landscape (Ecotherapy module). Taniki Trust, UK.

  • 2019 Teachers training Suprapato Suryadarmo (the only time he offered this programme, and it was open only to invited long-term practitioners of Amerta)

  • 2019 Art in environment weekend. Ian Siddons Heginworth.

  • 2019 Rosslla Baroncini: Scaravelli Yoga week-long retreat

  • 2019 Gary Krafstow - Yoga for Life weekend intensive

  • 2018 Chinnamasta Stiles - week long Tantra Yoga Intensive

  • 2017 Doug Keller - Yoga for the Spine and the Sacrum week intensive

  • 2018 Dan Siegal: developmental trauma and neuroscience seminar

  • 2018 Yoga Mandala ashram, various teachers: Tattwa Shuddhi meditation intensive

  •  2016-2019 Uma Dinsmore Tuli - women's weekend retreats

  • Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (Body Mind Centering, author of 'Sensing, feeling, action') - experiential anatomy intensive weekend

  • Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose (authors 'Experiential Anatomy' and 'Body Stories') - week intensive experiential anatomy

  • Amy Matthews (co-author of 'Yoga Antomy') - two weekend intensives of experiential anatomy

  • Judith Hanson Lasater - Yoga and the Organs intensive week

  • Angela Farmer and Victor Van Hooten - Inner yoga weekend intensives and summer retreat

  • Swami Pragyamurti of Satyananda yoga UK - workshops on Pranayama and the Chakras

  • Tias Little - yoga for the lymph system

  • 2003-6 Tim Jones - Yoga of sound voicework and movement intensives

  • 1997 - 2000 Sandra Reeves - movement practice weekends and closed group

  • 2002 Tantra yoga retreat Rishikesh, India (1 month)

  • 1997 - present . Studies in Amerta Movement (awareness through movement practice) with Suprapato Suryadarmo. Annual 10 day intensives and retreats in UK, Europe, Ireland, and Indonesia including 6 weeks in Java in 2003.

  • 1996-2014. 5 rhythms dance with various teachers weekly classes for 10 years, weekend and week long intensives.

  • 1994 - began attending weekly yoga classes and personal daily practice. Ongoing commitment to home practice ever since.

  • 1989-1991 BA (hons) art and community art - Bradford and Ilkley Community College, UK.

  • 1988-9 Art foundation diploma- Leamington Spa College UK

 

Community teaching

As well as the hundreds of students and private clients who have passed through my classes over the years, I have worked with a wide variety of groups:

  • Arc House (Cancer Support Charity)

  • Co-Action Skibbereen

  • Cope Foundation, Cork

  • Active retirement groups around Cork County

  • kids Yoga in schools and Sports centre summer camps

  • Staff self care sessions (CIT, ARC and the Cork Support Centre for Eating Disorders.

  • Guest lecturer, UCC School of Sports Medicine.

  • LAYA healthcare: Yoga teacher for their health care in business programme, Cork.

  • Schull and Skibbereen Community hospitals' residential/respite units for Senior Citizens (2012-13).

  • Teenagers with autism: Brothers of Charity, Cork.

  • Classes in pregnancy and post-natal yoga, and couple's birth preparation workshops.