‘’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.
I have quite a few strands to my bow, and have been facilitating groups and individual work for over 30 years. These three strands of work weave together in all my offerings.
Yoga and Movement.
My main work has been as a Yoga and Amerta Movement teacher since 2001, working with groups and individuals, running weekly classes, workshops and retreats. (Amerta is a free form mindful movement practice that offers participants the opportunity to develop their expression and awareness, whilst exploring connection to themselves, other people and environment.)
I’ve been a Yoga Therapist since 2014, working one-to-one with people with emotional, mental or physical well-being, and was a supervisor for Yoga Campus Yoga Therapy Diploma for 7 years. For 8 years I've been involved in the Yoga Mandala Project, being a founding member, and co-creating a Trauma-Informed facilitation training based around embodied principles (such as Yoga) which we have run in Jordan, Palestine, Ireland and now online. My work with YMP involved volunteering for a number of years with mostly Syrian refugees in Jordan and for a short time in Greece with the Yazidi’s.
I run a certificate in Chair yoga aimed at Yoga teachers and healthcare professionals.
I have worked with all ages, abilities and types of communities, notably for many years with Co-Action in Skibbereen, in primary schools, in ARC cancer support trust in Bantry and with many active retirement groups.
I have trained extensively in dance and movement based practices such as experiential anatomy, community dance, and 5 rhythms. I worked with my main teacher Suprapto Suryadarmo since 1997, completing nearly 2000 hours of training with him, including the only teacher training that he ever ran, before he passed away in 2001.
My yoga teaching and practice is influenced by working with many world-renowned teachers: Judith Lasater, Tias Little, Gary Krafstow, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Peter Balckaby and Rosella Bartelloni. I’m influenced by Tantra-Hatha Yoga, experiential anatomy and Scaravelli-inspired Yoga. I include meditation, Yoga Nidra and Pranayama in all my teaching.
2. Art practice:
I have a degree in Art and am presently on the MA in Art Therapy at MTU. From the early 90’s to around 2003, I worked as a craft worker and as a community artist with Artlink in Cork, and in psychiatric residential units in Our Lady’s and St. Finbarre’s, Cork and St. Raphael’s Youghal.
I continue to make my own work, which includes writing.
3. Nature-based practice.
I set up and co-directed the Cork Mandala of Community Gardens (2003-2006) which created community gardens in Cork and won awards from the Slow Food Network and Cork Environmental Forum. I was a tutor and schools coordinator for a horticultural project in Mallow, training an integrated group (special needs adults, adults with mental health difficulties and long-term unemployed) to support local school gardens. I ran a FETAC horticulture project for adults with special needs at Mayfield Community Arts centre for 7 years.
I have always grown gardens, and nature-based practice is central to my personal movement practice and teaching.
I have facilitated many Movement workshops outdoors in various locations.
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