Mindfulness Day of Reconnection with Orla Burchael
From time to time, mindfulness practitioners can feel as if their practice has started to lag or maybe even go missing!
These Mindfulness Days of Reconnection offer practitioners the chance to set aside a full day to come together in community to practice and share their experience.
When: Sunday March 31st, 10am – 4pm
Where: the Sanctuary, Stanhope St, Dublin 7
Practicing in community not only helps to create a safe space in which the practitioner can feel held, but community can often help strengthen the intention to practice, which in turn deepens the experience of mindfulness. In this way, our practice can become more and more embedded into our everyday life.
There are many programs that the Sanctuary offers to help sustain practice, such as our daily Drop Ins, Introductory courses, 6 or 8 week programs and our Mindfulness Half Days. Mindfulness Days of Reconnection further this commitment to support those we train.
Orla trained as a clinical psychologist and dramatherapist 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. 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.