Magic and Medicine – Women and the history of healing plants

For this illustrated talk, Charlotte Salter-Townshend, guide at the National Botanic Gardens, will focus on women’s cures for female concerns such as fertility. Women healers and their knowledge of local flora were a mainstay of health for generations of communities around the world. However, wise women were frequently feared and painted as witches. This talk attempts to untangle fact from fiction and highlight an important part of Ireland’s cultural heritage which has largely been forgotten.

This talk has been organised to coincide with International Women’s Day
Time: 3.00pm. Education & Visitor Centre

The circle of Womanhood – with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli & Yoli Maya Yeh | July 24th

Lovely women’s retreat planned for July – with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli & Yoli Maya Yeh.
Starts 5pm Wednesday 24 July – closes 1pm Sunday 28 July2019 at An Sanctoir, Ballydehob,West Cork.

Further details available on Uma’s event page here. 

Programme includes:

  • Twice daily Total Yoga Nidra
  • Peace Circles
  • Fire rituals
  • Song, drums and devotional music
  • Dance
  • Women’s yoga (Yoni Shakti), Celtic Yoga
  • Restorative and therapeutic yoga
  • Native American teachings
  • Movement in the Land
  • Time to be
  • Griefs and praises circle
  • Dreamtime sharings
  • Laughter!
  • Delicious food, eating together
  • Time in nature
  • Quiet times
  • Meditations
  • Craic agus ceol!

The Feminine – Birth of New Psychic Realities

There is a great interactive workshop on The Feminine – Birth of New Psychic Realities coming up on Saturday, September 22 from 11am-5pm in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin. This is a good one for those interested in the mind-body connection & the role the Feminine Principle plays in our lives (as distinct from the female gender).  Run by the CG Jung Centre, it will be very accessible and no prior experience or training is required, just an open heart and mind.

Here are some of the themes that will be covered in the workshop:

  • Symbols of the Feminine in Myths and Dreams
  • The Negative Feminine
  • The Role of the Feminine in the Individuation Process
  • The Construction of the Temenos: the Sacred Space for the Feminine.
  • The Golden Womb – The Feminine as the Cosmic Matrix

More info including the summary for the day and  some articles on The Feminine. 

Hope to see you there!

Breathing and the pelvic floor

In a large majority of my one-to-one work with clients, I see restricted breathing patterns. In the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® we address the diaphragm and the pelvic floor function and how these two large muscles, that ‘book end’ the abdominal viscera relate to each other. Practicing diaphragmatic breathing has great benefits for your body such as stress reduction, better digestion, more oxygen in our blood as well as actively helping the pelvic floor muscles.

I came across this great little animation below from Burrell Education that illustrates the relationship between these muscles and how we breathe beautifully…

If the diaphragm and pelvic floor are working in harmony there is less tension in these muscles (pelvic floors tend towards being hypertonic or tense) allowing better functioning of the abdominal organs. Some simple breathing practices can in fact enhance your pelvic health! Why not give it a try, or ask your local yoga teacher to demonstrate and guide you.

Core Breathing


Womb: receives biological postcards from the world outside with tales from the future

This is a really lovely article on prenatal psychology (author unknown) from Magazine 8 about ‘The Womb as a Classroom’. I particulary like the notion “the mother sends to her child “biological postcards from the world outside” with tales from the future.” This is well worth a read for personal reflection on our own story and also for the new ones we bring into the world.

Even before a person is born, they are equipped with crucial knowledge of the world. They have gained that knowledge through the mother, who serves as a medium “transmitting” via biochemical signals information from the outside world. Everything the mother eats and the emotions she experiences influence the child and long before it is born into this world, the baby is prepared for some situations. The latest research in prenatal psychology sheds light on the experience we gain during the nine months spent in our mother`s womb.

It also goes on to say,

The mother signals her unborn child about the challenges it is going to face in the environment it is to be born in. In that way she informs the child about its chances of survival and helps the baby to adapt in such a way as to improve those chances. In the words of science populariser Annie Murphy Paul, the mother sends to her child “biological postcards from the world outside” with tales from the future.