Mindfulness Begins With Me. Deepening Your Practise With Orla Burchael
Taking place on Monday, February 12th from 6.30 to 8.30 pm.
Mindfulness encourages us to deeply listen to ourselves and develop insight and wisdom and compassion opens our hearts so that we can lean towards our challenges and difficulties with kindness. Compassion fundamentally begins with ourselves and when we feel ready the journey can ripple out in ever-widening circles. During the course we will explore some of the background underlying compassion training particularly for oneself as well as ways in which it can be anchored in everyday life.
This is a 5 week introductory course to the practices of mindfulness and compassion with Orla Burchael. Together they can enhance mental and physical health and supports people to cultivate a friendly and compassionate attitude towards themselves and others.
Orla trained as a clinical psychologist and drama-therapist and also as a community creative dance teacher. Somatic studies and authentic movement has been another area of exploration. Currently she works as a rehabilitation and wellness facilitator in the area of mental health.
Meditation and mindfulness have been important to Orla as far back as she can remember. However it was 28 years ago as a psychology student that she began to meditate more formally. For many years she wished to integrate her practice into her work. Fortunately in the last few decades as science and mindfulness have come into a beautiful and fruitful dialogue, this became possible.
This development brought Orla to train as an MBSR and MBCT teacher with the German Institute for Mindfulness based Approaches. She also completed her training as a mindfulness – based compassionate living (MBCL) teacher with the same institute. Further training includes the practicum in mindfulness- based stress reduction with Saki Santorelli and Florence Meleo Meyer from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has completed a foundational teacher training in Mindful Eating / Conscious Living with Jan Chozen Bays. Orla attends regular retreats in Dzogchenbeara and has a particular interest in compassion and loving kindness practices. She has attended a number of retreats with Sharon Salzberg and one with Dr. Christopher Germer. All of these experiences have enhanced Orla’s working and personal life and renewed her desire to share the many benefits of a mindful approach to living.