In 1978 I qualified as a Home Economics teacher (B.Ed. H.E) via Sion Hill and Trinity College Dublin. Home Economics was a very practical subject which I enjoyed teaching for 6 years in Cobh Vocational School Co. Cork. During those 6 years I began studying Health Education with The Cork Social and Health Education Project and qualified in facilitating Health Education classes-which I did as part of after school studies with my senior students.
This gave me a hankering to develop an “awareness raising” side to teaching cookery; I wanted my students to have an awareness of the politics of food!!! So I took myself back to Dublin and studied Development Studies for 1 year in Kimmage Manor. And instead of returning to Cobh to put my unknowing students through the politics of food I got waylaid by the Lourdes Project in the North Inner City of Dublin where I was asked to teach cookery to adults and from there to design and develop Personal and Social Development courses for women.
Whilst there I also trained in organisational development and participated to certificate level in Group Analytical Process.
All this finally took me to Connemara and the place I now call home. I worked as a community worker specialising in training women in Enterprise and Assertiveness courses with the Forum Project.
From there I joined Community Action Network (CAN) and travelled the length and breadth of the island of Ireland facilitating community groups in all types of development work.
As part of my work in CAN I was sent on an in-service course Called Women’s Work: Wisdom, Balance and Influence run by the Tavistock Institute in Devon, England. Here I met and fell in love with the 5 Rhythms. I had always loved dancing yet thought of it as a “non work” activity and something I would love to do in another life-namely my dream was to be another Gene Kelly!!!
On my return I introduced the staff to my first ever “Body Parts” class at the staff meeting- they were a very broad minded staff- and lo and behold they were so taken they asked me to continue learning the 5 rhythms and to integrate it to the National Training Courses we were offering in Organisational Development! And I did!!!!
With Gabriele Roth’s blessing I found all the different ways I could introduce movement into a theory based course. I really learned fully how to deal with resistance to change on these courses which has stood to me ever since. And I learned the pure joy and challenge of putting theory into movement….
That encouraged me to apply for training in the 5 Rhythms to Gabrielle and the Moving Center core faculty in California. I become the first accredited 5 Rhythms teacher in Ireland in 1997/98. In 2007 I completed the advanced teacher training in Heartbeat, the emotional side of the 5 Rhythms. Since qualifying I have taught in every county in Ireland-North and South and in Switzerland and Holland.
In 2008 I began what has now become a true passion for exploring the links between neuroscience-the brain- and the body. Thus my new website is called Embodied Brain and my work is called Embodied Presence.
I participated in Sensorimotor Trauma and Development training from 2010 to 2014.
In 2014 I became a working member of Open Floor International, a school of embodied movement practice.
"The course you have designed Embodied Presence has opened up space for me, in understanding how the mind wires itself I can take more control and be kinder to myself by gaining insight into how the brain becomes. By conscious compassionate movement and mindfulness I can choose to change old redundant patterns; this is areal possibility, not just an idea. The dance adds width and joy and love to this learning and is like adding fertiliser to newly tilled soil. Thank you for taking this brave step out into your joy" Sarah Frances
“Caitríona is a much respected and well-liked teacher who holds a very safe space, injected with a gentle compassion and great humour that reassures and helps to anchor workshop participants. She skilfully applies an embodied approach to steadying the mind, opening the heart and meeting life’s challenges with resilience, grace and courage.”
Liz Gleeson MirrorMe Dramatherapy
“Your warmth and candor, humility and humor carried a clear tone through the morning and afternoon which I hope to one day emulate. You are indeed a student and a master, a teacher and a lovely human being.”
Carol McInerney is a movement teacher based in Dublin. She teaches weekly classes and workshops and works regularly with community groups and within education and medical settings. She practices as a counsellor and movement therapist in Dublin where she works with individuals and smaller groups. She is an Open Floor Teacher and a working member of Open Floor International. Her work draws upon 16 years of study & training in movement meditation, energy medicine and embodiment practices.
For more information on her work, as well as the program for her classes and workshops please go to www.themovingbody.ie
I have always been fascinated by what is happening under the surface of our lives and what it is that gives us a sense of freedom, joy and belonging. For many years I travelled and worked in different countries, exploring various forms of meditation and healing practices, and questioning how to sustain a sense of connection and presence in my daily life. I wanted it to be more than a theory or something to aspire to, I wanted to feel it, live it, be able to recognize when it was missing and find my way back to it again.
Movement and dance meditation along with mindfulness practice gave me this precious gift.
I found that movement as meditation taught me how to observe my mind in an sustainable way, where I could become aware of thoughts, as well as feelings, emotions, the landscape of my heart, what my fingers, bones and feet are saying in any given moment. It taught me to ground myself, to stay steady and open to life. It showed me ways to practice being kind to myself and compassionate towards others.
I love the healing power of mindful movement practice and trained with Andrea Juhan in 2008 to work as a movement therapist. I began to teach movement meditation to open groups in 2010 and offering movement and relaxation classes to outreach and community organizations the same year.
My main focus is on cultivating a sense of curiosity and kindness towards ourselves as we travel into the territory of the body/mind in a safe and supportive environment. Mindfulness practice and movement meditation has the potential to bring us into such joy, to feel our way through suffering and disappointment into a reality that can open to the full human experience, with all its dualities and paradoxes. It can teach us to embrace ourselves in a nonjudgmental way, and offer us the possibility of staying present and steady in a constantly changing world.
For information on therapy practice please go to www.crimsoncounselling.com
Thursday evening weekly Drop in classes in Dublin
Return from summer break on Thursday August 30th and continuing weekly throughout 2018.
7.30pm - 9pm @ St. Kevins Hall, 46 Bloomfield Ave, Portobello, Dublin 8.
Text or call to 086 1956331 to check on space or with any queries.
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday August 26th
6pm - 8pm
An invitation to all women to join us for an evening of movement, music, dance and meditation on the August Full Moon.
The full moon is a potent time to come together, to listen and to offer what arises within us into motion in an open and non-judgemental space.
As we stay true to how we are in the moment and bring it into the dance, we can release tension and stress and relax into our authenticity.
Supported by Open Floor movement practice and the teachings of the chakra system we will travel into the landscape of the female body, exploring what wants to be expressed through us and creating pathways to connect with our wisdom, wildness and compassionate nature.
All women are welcome, regardless of age, fitness levels or stage of cycles. No previous experience of movement meditation is necessary. We will be moving with the primordial energy of the womb centre which is always present in the female body whatever our physical situation.
€20 / €15 concession
*The early bird discount is available for bookings made before August 22nd. Places are secured with a deposit and payment is made in instalments.
**Only limited places remaining now, if you would like to book in email to email@example.com.
This ongoing group is open to all.
Beginning at Autumn Equinox and carrying us through winter this three module ongoing group is an invitation to gather, move, rest and sit in circle together as we journey into the world of our own hearts.
The heart centre is a doorway into a vast and powerful energy field, one that research shows is capable of changing the electromagnetic field of the Earth. It is designed to balance all of our experiences and to unify our sense of self at every level, in solitude, in relationship, in community and with Spirit.
For more information on this committed series of workshops please go to http://www.themovingbody.ie/classesworkshops/
Cathy has been working in embodied movement practice for many years, with a background in theatre, writing and shamanic practice. She has studied and trained with Gabrielle Roth, founder of the 5 Rhythms®, working and teaching extensively in the field for over 16 years. She is a founding member of Open Floor International and works extensively in Europe and the UK, loving this ongoing exploration of how and what it is to be alive in these moving, humans bodies of ours…
087 2934699 firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Gleeson is a dramatherapist with over fourteen years experience participating in the Creative Arts Therapies. Liz graduated as an Open Floor Teacher and Open Floor Movement Therapist in 2017 and is a working member of Open Floor International, helping to develop the Therapy in Motion programme. She completed a Post Grad. Dip. in Bereavement studies with the Irish Hospice Foundation in 2015 and an MSc in bereavement in 2017. She has been facilitating groups since 2001, experienced and professional in her approach. She teaches a variety of workshops for the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapists in Ireland and has developed an educational package for GPs in the area of the physiology of grief.
Liz is a member of IMTA, the International Movement Teachers Association. She runs Open Floor practice classes and a variety of dramatherapy groups in the Wicklow area and offers bereavement/loss support on a one-to-one basis. She attends regular professional supervision as well as ongoing continuing professional development. Liz abides by IACAT and IMTA codes of ethics and can work comfortably through English, Spanish or French.
In February 2016, Liz brought Open Floor to refugees in The Jungle, Calais - here's a short video of some of the work https://youtu.be/VWnlQhac9cQ.
"I went to Liz's first Open Floor workshop at EarthSong 2015. What a delight! Had Liz not announced this was her first Open Floor workshop, I'd have easily thought she had lots ofexperience. I have been to many workshops in my 65 years and can gladly recommend the Open Floor workshop as one of the very best.
Liz took us on a wonderful journey of exploration with confidence, sensitivity, a twinkle in her eyes and a radiant smile upon her face. Yes I fell in love with her and every one else in the class, the Open Floor had opened my heart".
John Fisher, Corofin, Co. Clare
"I felt all parts of myself were welcomed and Liz held a deeply enriching, nurturing space. I have already used some of the tools I learned in Liz's class to bridge the link from the dance floor into my everyday life....thank you Liz!"
Nadia Conroy, Wicklow
"Thanks again for the Open Floor dance experience and your fantasticnon-directive guidance. That's what Earthsong is about for me. Challenging the boundaries we set with the aim to become more in touchwith ourselves and aware of that which holds us back."
"Having been dancing movement medicine and meditative dance for about 4 years I recently found myself landing in my first ever Open Floor class with Liz holding the space... I felt immediately at ease in her full, warm, wholehearted presence...I felt very comfortable letting go into my dance, into her guidance and solid gentle support throughout ...She held the space with such effortless ease...facilitated, invited and welcomed the creation of a wonderful open, accepting, encouraging, alive and nourishing environment to be curious about and to discover my own dance with myself, in connection with others and with Spirit...I felt fully safe and delighted to accept this invitation! I recommend Liz and her rich, nourishing, heartfelt offering in her Open Floor classes to everybody!!"
Rachel Donohue, Dublin
Helen has been studying dance, movement, music and therapy as healing arts since 2000. She has spent the past seventeen years travelling around the globe pursuing her passion.
Helen is a certified Open Floor teacher and a mentor for teachers in training with Open Floor International. She teaches throughout Ireland, Europe and the U.S. All her classes and workshops qualify as prerequisite hours for the teacher training programme.
Helen is a certified 5Rhythms®teacher, trained by Gabrielle Roth in 2011.
She is also a qualified movement psychotherapist, completing an honors degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2009. She has studied extensively with Andrea Juhan Ph.Dfounder of Open Floor International and completed a training in Open Floor Therapy in Motion.
Helen is also a Somatic Experiencing® practitioner trained by S.E.T.I and currently works with individuals and groups in private practice. She is the mother of a beautiful girl and lives by the sea on the southern coast of Ireland.
Contact: email@example.com Phone NO 00353 87 1226198
Carolyn Sinnott, an Open Floor therapist and teacher, is an accredited Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor based in south county Dublin.
Carolyn wanted to bring to others the practices that have helped her most in her own life. She began this process by training as a Psychotherapist over 18 years ago and then left her ‘safe and secure’ job in the financial services to set up her Counselling and Psychotherapy practice. Carolyn has been a student of dance and embodied movement and meditation practices for over 15 years and about 7 years ago she began teaching regular Mindfulness Meditation & Relaxation classes, assisted on various conscious dance/movement ongoing groups, and facilitated dance/movement sessions for Dublin Art Therapy College. More recently she trained as a Clinical Supervisor. Then the last piece in the jigsaw was put into place as Carolyn embarked on her movement therapist and teacher training with Open Floor International.
Carolyn is interested in working with all aspects of a person: cognitive, emotional, physical and spiritual, so that change can be fully integrated. She loves what she does and is really excited to include more of the embodiment piece into her work. She is accredited with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and is an IACP accredited Supervisor. She holds an M.Sc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Diploma in Supervision, a Certificate in the Hakomi Method (Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy) and a Professional Certificate in Art Therapy Skills.
More details about Carolyn and the work she offers can be found on www.carolynsinnott.com
Check www.carolynsinnott.com for details of upcoming classes
Grounded in Open Floor Movement practice and supported by an eclectic range of music, Sole to Soul offers a space for you to tune into the wisdom of your body and move with whatever wants tomove through you right now. The class is spacious and permissive and begins with time to enter the physical space in whatever way works best for you; this could be by stretching, meditating, drawing, journaling, moving or resting. When we move together, a combination of stirring music and clear guidance helps inspire wild dances and tender ones, connections between dancers and solo time. Come join us!
See www.carolynsinnott.com for details
Healing the Heart - Open Floor Workshop
Date: Sunday May 7th 2017
Time: 11am to 5pm
Venue: Stonebridge Community Centre, 7 Stonebridge Grove, Shankill, Co. Dublin
Cost: €60 / €50 early bird (paid by April 7th)
Booking essential: firstname.lastname@example.org / 087 206 8532
See www.carolynsinnott.com for more info.
Paula is General Practitioner and Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator living in Co Sligo.
Movement has always been an important part of Paula's life. Having initially formally trained in Ballet, Paula has been practising embodiment dance for over 10 years now and recently began Open Floor Teacher Training. Her passion lies in integrating mind body approaches, including movement meditation into her work as a doctor.
A graduate of UCD Faculty of Medicine, Paula began practising meditation formally during her medical training. During this time she travelled extensively in Asia and then qualified as a yoga instructor in 2005.
Paula's personal meditation and movement practice drew her to explore the therapeutic benefits of eastern meditation practices within modern medicine. Paula's journey led her to The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, in Boston and subsequently
The Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society at
The University of Massachussetts Medical School, MA. In 2011 Paula commenced teacher training at The Centre for Mindfulness and is now a formally certified instructor. Paula also completed a one year post graduate certificate in Mindfulness Based Approaches at The Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice, University of Bangor, Wales.
Paula has been teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches within Healthcare Settings and Medical Education for 5 years. She recently founded Beo - Centre for Mindfulness & Integrated Health, where she combines movement, medicine and meditation.
For more information on her work, including Open floor classes, see www.beomindfulhealth.ie
Éadaoin Ní Challaráin
Éadaoin is originally from Galway and living and working in Sligo for the past 10 years. She has a passionate interest in musicality, body work and self-care practices. Open Floor ticked all of those boxes and taking a class in mindful movement ‘quite by accident’ 8 years ago, she quickly became hooked. ‘I found this work to be transformative in how it allowed me to start learning and growing again and have fun at the same time. Ultimately it is a practice that equips one to be present to life here and now and to step fully into the vitality of that’.
Éadaoin has trained under the guidance of Irish teachers Caitríona Nic Ghiollaphadraig and Cathy Ryan and International teachers including Andrea Juhan and Gabrielle Roth (5 Rhythms). She is an Open Floor teacher in training and has been teaching for the past two years, including in Ireland and abroad. She brings to the table a background in allopathic medicine, having trained in general practice and now working in a hospice, competitive sport; having competed in two Olympic Games in the sport of canoe-slalom, previous teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga with David Swenson, years of teaching canoeing to adults and teens and a life-long love of learning environments that are creative and fun.
Éadaoin is delighted to be offering Open Floor Mindful Movement Classes in Salt & Soul, Strandhill., Sligo, every Thursday.
Contact Éadaoin at email@example.com