As an IACP accredited holistic counsellor, psychotherapist, body psychotherapist, and Shamanic Practitioner, The Healers’ Dance provides a wide variety of holistic health workshops designed to help you bring balance to the emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental parts of your being.
From Shamanic Journey workshops through to women-focused “Red Tent” gatherings and themed, seasonal workshops, I aim to create a safe and inviting space for members to meet like-minded people and grow personally and spiritually. For more on our range of courses, browse our course descriptions below.
Shamanic Journeying is a way for us to feel personally empowered in our lives. It is a way to get us out of our heads and to expand our awareness. When we learn that we have the ability to problem-solve for ourselves, it raises our self-esteem in a grounded way.
This morning is for those who wish to experience what journeying is all about. It is for those who want to treat themselves to a day of nourishment by journeying indoors and then connecting with Mother Nature outdoors. During this workshop, time will be spent grounding and connecting to nature as well as enjoying the benefits of being out in nature at a powerful ancient site known as Boleycarrigeen Stone Circle. At the Stone Circle, we will connect with the sacredness of this site, Mother Nature and the Ancestors upon whose shoulders we stand.
One of the main aims in this workshop, in working outdoors as well as indoors, is to promote the power of strengthening our relationship with nature. This work is especially supportive for people who suffer from anxiety or depression as it helps to self-regulate and develop a sense of inner calm.
“When Women Support Each Other, Incredible Things Happen”
The Red Tent
The Red Tent is a supportive circle for women where they can come to connect and share with other women heart to heart. This is a place where all women will be accepted, heard, held, and seen without judgement. Our Red Tent is a collaboration between ‘The Healers Dance’ and ‘Body Matters Kinesiology’, it is simply a women’s circle where women come together to support each other, heart to heart, on their individual journey in life. The Red Tent is intended to be a supportive environment where real women come to connect and share with other women, where all women will be accepted, heard, held and seen without judgement. It is not intended to be therapy, we won’t be trying to fix anyone or take away their pain, we simply want to walk beside other women on their journey and let them know that they are not alone.
What can I expect from the Red Tent?
The Red Tent is a simple concept that is intended to be a place where women come to heal and empower themselves. A place where women feel they:
Are listened to
Are good enough
Are free to be their true selves
Are welcome and accepted just as they are
Feel safe to share
Can Trust others
Can have a Laugh with other women
Get to know themselves on a deeper level
When we hear the words “Me Too” or we feel “I thought it was just me”, it validates our own feelings, which is powerful in itself. Sometimes, all people need on their journey is simply to know they are not alone. The Red Tent offers a space where women get time to listen deeply to their own hearts and souls and to one another. Our Red Tent will take place once per month on Friday nights for approximately 2 hours. Women of all ages can attend, all we ask is that you are open, honest, authentic, willing, accepting, and non-judgemental. You just need to listen, witness, respect, and support everyone for who they are and where they are at in their life.
Do you struggle as a mam or dad to calm your child? Do you feel helpless in knowing what to do when they get scared or worried about school, friends or the future?
2 Hour Introductory Workshop: How to raise and support effectively an anxious child.
In this workshop we will be taking a 2 pronged approach:
In this workshop, we will rediscover our roots and connect to our bones and to mother nature in all her beauty. In the Dance & Movement workshops, our aim is to come out of the head and into the body. The movements in this workshop will help you come out of your head and habitual circular thinking and down into your body. We will explore what it means to ground in the dance and in our lives. What is your connection with nature and seasons? What is your relationship with money and security? Have you a good sense of rhythm? What are your Tribal and family influences that support you today and which ones may not?
If you feel anxious, caught up in your thoughts or spacing out of your body, then this is the workshop for you.
The focus of this workshop is to help you to feel safer and more at home in your own body and this, in turn, allows a real connection not only to our physical bodies but to the people in our lives too. Without a healthy Base Chakra, we are ungrounded and even though we may have great dreams and plans, we may not be able to realise them or we may find that we have to run too fast to keep up with our heads.
Isn’t it time you found peace and comfort in your own skin and reach into your inner joy so that you have an inner strength to create a great life for yourself easily. To lay down roots which are healthy, grounded and keep you well supported in your life?
This workshop is based on the philosophy of Dancing The Rainbow. We always start with stillness and end with stillness. In the workshops, we drop into a space where we work together through meditation, stillness, reflection, art, and movement to stop excessive thinking and worrying and come into the present moment and connect with what is really happening around us. This ensures that we remain grounded throughout this work.
Using music from around the world we explore the different areas in the body relating to the chakra system. Working with colour and movement helps to free up any blockages in the chakra system. Once we have become aware of where and how we are blocked we can work to release these blockages and become happier and more creative in so many ways. Dancing helps our lives become more interesting and fulfilled.
Brigid is one of the great archetypal mother goddesses and she represents the amazing power that is Woman in all her many aspects and sacredness. As a healing Goddess, she governs childbirth and the birthing time. She was highly regarded as a healing goddess as can be seen from the numerous healing wells dedicated to her all over Ireland.
This evening is a celebration of Oiche Bride (Brigid’s eve, where it is said that on this night she walked the earth and visited households who honoured her and blessed all those there) During this workshop, we embrace the power of fire and passion, as Brigit was known to be one of the great fire goddesses. In all her forms, she brings to one inspiration (a fire quality) and provides the spark for motivation. She also became known as the goddess of the hearth-fire, the fire of the home, since she contains the mother and fire aspects.
February 1st is Brigid’s Day and it is also the first day of Imbolc. This is Mother Earth coming back to life after the dark winter months. Brigid is said to walk around the earth on Imbolc Eve. Before going to bed, each member of the household may leave a piece of clothing outside for Brigid to bless. The next morning the cloths are brought inside and now believed to have healing qualities. The Celtic Triple Goddess Brigid is the goddess of spring and flowers, with the snowdrop as her representation of life returning above the ground through the frost and ice.
In this evening we will go on a journey to connect with Brigid as we hold sacred space around the fire and the hearth. This workshop includes:
Guided meditation to connect with the Celtic Triple Goddess
Invoking Brigid for her fiery inspiration and support
Setting positive intentions for the year to come
Embracing the traditions of Brigid’s eve by creating a Brigid’s Blessing Cloth
As Sister Mary, one of the Brigidine Sisters who tends the Flame in Kildare puts it “there’s inspiration, peace and healing under Brigid’s Cloak for all traditions and peoples and all denominations.”
Christmas is a wonderful and magical time of the year that it is different to all other celebrations.
This being said, however, Christmas can also be a time so full of expectations that we can lose the real essence of what it is all about. We can end up pushing ourselves to meet these expectations beyond our limits. This Christmas Workshop evening allows us all to take stock of where we are as Christmas approaches, helping us learn how we can be more mindful around the activities, our families and the holiday season in general. We also aim to discuss what are the things that are important and things that are not.
During this workshop, we explore aspects of the feminine like nurturing, giving and receiving, containment, compassion and understanding. We will spend the evening looking at the power of self-nourishment and the importance of celebrating our very nature. Doing this allows us to step more naturally into our true power. Elements of this workshop include:
The power of stillness, breathing consciously and meditation.
Filling the Well and contemplating nourishment
Being practical, grounded, and calm
Making peace a priority in our lives
Maybe a mince pie and a cuppa!
Sometimes, it may seem like nothing you do to cope with stress and anxiety helps in any way. Bills to pay, children to feed and educate, mortgage pressures and not enough hours in the day all adds for building stress, worry, and frustration. Seem familiar? Well, here at The Healers’ Dance I believe you have a lot more control than you might think and this is key to managing stress and moving towards a more balanced and empowered way of living.
Womens’ Little Christmas is the last of the 12 days, of Christmas the traditional marker for the end of Christmas. Women’s Little Christmas was used to celebrate all great things for which we have women to thank. In the past, women would gather together before a blazing fire in the parlour and men would be banned from the room. Discussions would be had that were impossible with males present; about lost babies, lost loves, broken hearts and other secret things. Ireland’s dedication of this day to women is unique and mysterious. Many believe that Nollaig na mBan is a remnant of an ancient pagan religious festival, which had a mother goddess at its core. This day continues unchanged, a memory and celebration of the unique power of the earth goddess and of women.
The Healers’ Dance’s Nollaig na mBan Women’s Evening is a sacred space amongst like-minded women to nurture our essential selves and to connect deeper to our sense of personal integrity as a woman today.
During this evening, we will be looking at such things as:
The power of mindfulness and being present
Having profound self-trust
Establishing impeccable boundaries
Access to our strengths and uniqueness as women
Celebrating the divine feminine within each of us
As women, we have access to an infinite collective maternal energy that encompasses kindness, fierceness, compassion, and wisdom and it is that which gives us the ability to mother ourselves and here lies the role which self-care has in today’s world. During this day of stillness and deep reflection at the beginning of the year we are invited to slow down, which is essential in a time when it is so easy to be pulled into the busyness of Christmas just gone. Let’s strip away all activity and stop. Journeying inwards, the winter chills recede as we face the inner glow of our own wisdom.
According to Elisabeth Gilbert each woman has the ability to be like the Alpha Mare, who is:
“relaxed and at peace, who walks in the world with her guard down, her eyes filled with curiosity, and her soul filled with simple wonder.”
This is a day of knowing, a day in which we see the reliability of nature as we see the light returning. We look at how, like the bud, we can rely on ourselves to store what is good, contain that goodness and know when to bloom and flower in the warmth of our own abundance.
Get in touch to book your space on any of our Holistic Workshops today
I have attended two Shamanic workshops with Margot and Robbie from the Healers Dance, and I am sure I will attend many more. They are so friendly, approachable and full of passion for the work they do. The sessions have been very powerful, and you feel very well supported by the organisers.
I definitely recommend The Healers Dance and those who make it so special.