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Belonging – a Journey of Enquiry

February 10 2023 - February 12 2023

In an ever shifting world, what are we belonging ourselves to?

With Jenny O’Hare and Niall Graham

10th – 12th February 2023

As humans, we have a deep desire to belong; be that to place, to a people, or simply to ourselves. Much of what has traditionally offered us this belonging is now shifting rapidly. In such a landscape, how is it that we can root ourselves in lives of meaning?

You are invited to a deeply experiential weekend in which we will explore the thread of Belonging through relationship to self, place, community and culture.

~ What values inform our sense of Self, Society and Culture?
~How can our relationship to Place be reciprocal and nourishing?
~How do we live fully with the longing that lives through us?
~How do we live fully with the lives we have been given?
~How can we meet the needs of the worlds we inhabit?

We will use the tools of deep nature connection and soul centric practices to explore these questions and kinships. Our process will include

🌱Eco-therapy and wilderness practices, including the eco-soul centric development wheel
🌱Ritual space for sharing in and processing grief around the ways we experience unbelonging or loss
🌱Processes to support our movement towards enquiry and reflection
🌱Story, poetry, song and community sharing circles
🌱Inspiration from the rich landscape and culture of surrounding Donegal
🌱The wisdom and input of established elders who are deeply embedded in and connected to the surrounding land and community.
🌱Take home practices to support your ongoing journey
🌱A follow up call, some weeks after the weekend to support integration and community building

Join us as we unpeel the layers of belonging that hold the meaning of our lives, and tend to a belonging worthy of the world.

This weekend is both new and ancient medicine for the times we are here to live. This work is suitable for anyone called to return to a place of deeper relationship and belonging. It is particularly suitable for practitioners working with others, for activists, for those engaged in cultural regeneration, or in social, community, ecological or leadership roles. All are welcome!

*Please note that our experiential weekend will invite sharing within a group container, and will allow for the emergent nature of such processes.

“When you crack meaning open, you find belonging at its core. Where there is no belonging, meaning cannot germinate – the seed is without soil, without relation to its life-giving surroundings. To belong means to be irrevocably in relationship with your environment. To be in relationship means to be witness to aliveness and to have your aliveness witnessed. It is an affirmation of the essential porosity that keeps us alive, a process of becoming through reciprocity with the ‘other’. In the words of the Irish poet John O Donohue, ‘in order to be, we need to be with’” ~Hannah Close

Pricing

Accommodation is available at The Song House (with a limited number of single rooms, and some shared rooms) or nearby locally.

Pricing


En Suite – shared twin room €400 per person
Shared twin room €350 per person
Bunk Room €330 per person
Single Room €450 per person
Non-residential price (includes all meals) €280 per person
Camping price in the Song House garden €310 per person

A deposit of €150 is required to reserve your place, with the balance due 6 weeks before the event.

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Please check if your preferred accommodation is available as accommodation is allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please fill out this online form in order to select the type of accommodation you would like: Click here for the form

 

Niall Graham

The Song HouseNiall’s story of belonging has always been with him, an ever present ache informing everyday decisions. Born in Tipperary, Ireland he spent the early years living in different areas of Ireland, including Belfast. While living in Bristol in 2015, he had a calling back to the homeland of Ireland. This started a 7 year journey of pilgrimage, enquiry and years of walking and connecting with a deepening relationship with the land of ireland.

He lives in Connemara and works as a facilitator, teacher and mentor in the areas of mens work, sexuality, embodiment and breath. This deep soul work is informed by extensive study and guidance from Animas Valley Institute and many thousands of hours walking the land of ireland.

https://www.niallgraham.ie/

Jenny O’Hare

Jenny O'Hare - EcologistJenny is a Deep Ecologist, writer and facilitator, whose immediate and ultimate sense of belonging has always been to the living world around her. That journey began in an enchanted and fascinated relationship with nature as a young girl, which led to completing degrees in Earth Science and Ecological Conservation, alongside work with various environmental organisations.

Knowing the depth of human-nature connection far beyond the scientific realm, and when a change of continent prompted a new learning of landscapes (both inner and outer) Jenny began to explore and offer deeper ways of connecting with the living world. Jenny has completed training in Nature Resonance, Eco-Therapy, Eco-Psychology, Spiritual Ecology, the Work that Reconnects, and Solo Nature guiding. Nature has ever been her mentor. Her own offerings draw on all of these modalities, but hold simplicity at their core: our presence and participation with life.

Her work has recently included Seasonal Nature connection toolkits, guided meditation practices, Wheel of the Year ceremonies, Eco-grief circles, and supporting Wilderness Rites of Passage. Returning to Ireland in 2021, heeding the call of the land, she is passionate about reigniting a depth of connection between humans and the ancient bonds that hold us all.

https://linktr.ee/JennyOHare

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Start:
February 10 2023
End:
February 12 2023
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