About Claire - a story


How it started:

My interest in health, wellness, self-knowledge and awareness began in the early 1990’s. When i was 23 I first moved to Ireland and my days were filled with a blissful mix of being an artist and exploring the countryside near my home in Galway. I was lucky enough to find a local yoga class and after the first session i was hooked. I felt lighter, more at home, more in myself, and yet more at ease and connected. I began a nearly daily practice within a few weeks and that has stayed with me ever since. 

Creative work

Over the years i have continued with creative practices. I graduated with a BA (hons) in Art with Community Art in the early '90's, and worked for several years as a crafts-person., and then with  a community arts group. I still write and paint today and recently completed an Eco-Therapy module on Photography, landscape and mindfulness.

Environmental work

A life-long deep relationship with nature informs and inspires my work. I gardened since i was small and spent many happy hours tree-climbing and field wandering. Happy days where mum would let us dissappear for hours and call us home with a whistle when food was ready.  As an adult I grew gardens wherever I lived; living for 4 years in a community organic farm, setting up a community gardens project in Cork city, working as a environmental educator in school gardens and on a horticulture programme for adults with special needs for 7 years. I have received awards from both Cork Environmental Forum and the Slow Food Ireland network.


Dance / movement / body work training

After I had my daughter I discovered 5 Rhythms dance, and an inner fire lit up.. I realised i loved to dance! My body became a source of joy, freedom, insight, connection, and i felt a return to a deep sense of spirit that i had experienced in mass as a child, but lost connection with in my teens. I was hungry for more, so went to one workshop after another, in dance, yoga, movement, bodywork; flooding my body, heart and mind with inspiration, ideas, opening up on so many levels.

So the serious work began! A year after my daughter was born I trained professionally in Therapeutic Massage. It was a wonderful year long in-depth course, firmly rooted in presence and awareness, which has been an important foundation for much of my work since.

Meeting my mentor

In 1997 I was led to the work of movement master Suprapto Suryadarmo. Prapto (as he is affectionately called) was my dear teacher, mentor and guide for 23 years. He sadly passed away at the end of 2019. It is difficult to put into words the effect his work has had on me. He combined Buddhist and Javanese philosophy, connection with nature, a vibrant curiosity about body and mind, an interest in human movement ( from watching children playing, and study of Javanese martial arts and dance) and an intense devotion to awareness and spirit, to share a free-from movement practice that he calls Amerta Movement. Amerta means ‘The Nectar of life’.

Amerta is a way of linking into the flow of life that moves through all beings, all nature, all of life. Follow the impulse of each moment. honouring awareness, creative expression, mindful kind attention and a willingness to be truthful, to see clearly, to respond with honesty, to offer what we do, and to blossom into our fullest potential. In short it is a profoundly moving and transformative way of creatively connecting with oneself, each other and the environment and opening up potential for one’s own life as well as in service to the world.

Whilst continuing with yearly retreats with Prapto and ongoing 5 Rhythms classes, and my regular Yoga classes with a wonderful Satyananda Yoga teacher, and keeping up a steady home practice, i was massaging away. After a few years of offering massage i felt i needed to give my clients more. They were coming with repetitive issues and i was giving them to practices to do at home, both to ease their symptoms and to become aware of their underlying processes that created these cycles. In other words, a way for them to connect body, mind, awareness and personal response-ability.



Yoga and movement ongoing training

in 1999 I set out on my Yoga Teacher training, as well as a Diploma in Community Dance. These were completed in 2001 and then i began to teach.

As my curiosity and practice deepened over the years, i continue to study and train. I have had the honour to work with many well-known and wonderful teachers: Sandra Reeves (Movement), Tim Jones (movement and sound), Andrea Olsen, Caryn McHose (both dance/movement teachers), Amy Matthews (BMC and experiential anatomy), Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (Body Mind Centering), Uma Dinsmore-Tuli (Yoga Nidra and Yoga for women's health), Judith Lasater (creator of Restorative Yoga), teachers of 5 Rhythms (classes and many workshops), teachers of various Yoga traditions, (Tias Little, Donna Farhi, Gary Krafstow, Doug Keller, Angela Farmer, Victor Van Hooten amoung many others, as well as teachers from the Satyananda Yoga tradition.)

In 2012-14 i completed a training in Yoga Therapy with the wonderful faculty at Yoga Campus in London, and now have the honour of being on their team of student supervisors.

Since 2015 i have been involved as a Yoga teacher, therapist and educator in the Yoga Mandala project that has brought yoga to refugees in Jordan and Greece, and trained Yoga teachers (in Ireland, Palestine and Jordan) in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga . As part of this work i designed a training in Chair Yoga for Yoga teachers to share with refugees at CRP in Jordan and continue to deliver that training here in Ireland to Yoga teachers and healthcare professionals.

These practices have been the central focus of my work and life for many years, supporting me through life’s ups and downs. These practices offer refuge, joy and beautiful connection with self, others and the natural world. They continue to hold and inspire me, pushing me to awaken more and more, to evolve, to follow integrity, to be as honest and awake as i can be...while at the same time acknowledging those human flaws, neuroses and fears that i carry and affect my behaviour in day-to-day life.

They've carried me through fatigue, exhaustion, pain and trauma,. Have helped me take a deep breath and see things in a different way when circumstances or relationships trigger my hurts. I continue to practice, to teach, to train, to life my life with the practices and philosophies of Amerta and Yoga as intimate guides.

I see my practice, and my teaching as an act of service - sharing this work  is something i am called from my heart to do. share. Over the years i have shared my learning journey and personal experience with hundreds of people, through weekly classes, retreats, trainings and one-to-one work. It is an evolving journey which i am addicted to being on...and it is my heartfelt wish that the work i offer can bring more joy, ease and connection into the world through the souls of those who feel drawn to step in and feel the waters with me for a while.

‘’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.


Trainings and 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

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 Suprpato 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.

  • 1993 - 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


Professional Experience

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:


  • 2019 Self-care mornings: staff and Therapists at The Cork Support Centre for Eating Disorders, Arc House volunteers, staff at CIT.

  • 2018-19 delivering Chair Yoga introductory weekend intensives as professional development programmes for Yoga teachers and healthcare professionals.

  • December 2017 Teaching assistant to Uma Dinsmore Tuli - Pregnancy Yoga teacher training, London.

  • 2017 - present: Yoga at ARC House, Bantry (support centre for cancer patients / survivors and their families).

  • 2017-present Monthly Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga workshops, Yoga Loft, Cork City.

  • 2016-2018 Organising Committee, West Cork Yoga Festival. A small non-profit event, that has raised over €12,000 for local charities and environmental action groups.

  • 2015-present. Student supervisor and project marker, Yoga Therapy Diploma, Yoga Campus, London.

  • 2015-present. Yoga with Adults with special needs, Co-Action Skibbereen.

  • 2015 to present. Yoga Therapy advisor, yoga therapist (one-to-one) and yoga teacher and trainer for Yoga Mandala Project. Including voluntary work in Amman, Bethlehem, Greece and Ireland working with the refugee community, delivering weekly classes and one-to-one Yoga Therapy during visits, as well as delivering Trauma Sensitive Yoga teacher training programmes to Yoga teachers in Jordan, Palestine and Ireland. www.yogmandalaproject.org

  • 2015-18 Kid's Yoga: Westlodge Hotel, Bantry Summer programme, Kilcoe national school, St. Bridget's national school, Ballydehob.

  • 2014-present. Yoga Therapist

  • 2010 - present. Guest lecturer, UCC School of Sports Medicine.

  • 2014-15 LAYA healthcare: Yoga teacher for their health care in business programme, Cork.

  • 2009-11. Yoga in Schull and Skibbereen Community hospitals' residential/respite units for Senior Citizens (2012-13).

  • Yoga for older people: Whitechurch active retirement group and Goleen Active retirement group

  • 2008 Teenagers with autism: Brothers of Charity, Cork.

  • 2008-present. Weekly classes in pregnancy and post-natal yoga. Couple's birth preparation workshops.

  • 2001-04 Yoga, dance, art and drama programmes with residential psychiatric patients, St. Raphaels, Youghal and St. Finbarre's, Cork.

  • 2000 to present: dance and movement weekly classes and workshops in Cork city and West Cork.

  • 2001 to present: yoga teacher (weekly classes, workshops, retreats, community groups, one-to-ones)

  • 1997-2016 Holistic Massage Therapist

Deep gratitude to all those who have studied and practiced with me over the years, and to my teachers here in Ireland who sustained me on my journey:

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.