Therapist Retreat in Ireland June 2011


Therapist Retreat in Ireland
Retreat and self nurturing event for experienced therapists trained in the Shen family of therapies: Shen, Kairos, EQ Bodywork, Biofield, Healing Therapies.

Do come join us Monday June 20 – Friday June 24, 2011 at Hollybrook (details follow) in County Longford, Ireland. As an added attraction we share the mid-summer solstice celebration with the group on the evening of 21st June.

Organized by Deirdre Leavy, Ireland
Facilitated by Eva Dillner, Sweden

In my travels, I try to connect with therapists who’ve trained in the Shen family of therapies, such as Shen, Kairos, EQ Bodywork, Biofield and Healing Therapy. What has struck me, as I trade sessions with individuals who do this work day in and day out, year in and year our, is the incredible knowledge and experience they possess. Each one of you have developed skills and know how that I believe would be of benefit if shared with each other. You may not even realize that you’re doing something special. Until someone asks you how you knew to do or say such and such…

I realized we were missing a way to meet up and share all that knowledge in a broader context. Last year we held the first ‘Shen and beyond’ Retreat in Turkey, that turned out so well we want to do it again. You can read our article on
It was also published in the SHEN Touch.

We trade (swap is another English word) sessions, share what we experience, where there is room for formal presentations as well as spur of the moment sharing. Often, it is after a session or during conversation that you realize you’ve collected know how that is of interest to others.

I will act as facilitator, to give it a certain amount of structure, but with plenty of room to follow the flow. This is your time, for you. If you want to share something that enhances the therapy experience, that’s great. If you just want to get on the table and do swaps, that’s great too. If you want to lead us in an exercise that supports the Shen process, that’s wonderful. I may have you do some art this year, as another way to connect to our emotions.

Ireland is a magical place rich in history and nature and definitely moore-ish… I’m blessed to have Deirdre Leavy in charge of the organizing.

Drumanure, Abbeyshrule, County Longford,
on the banks of the Inny River and Royal Canal,
in the lakeland, green and healthy heart of Ireland

5 minutes walk from village of Abbeyshrule
5 miles from Ballymahon, 7 miles from Edgeworthstown
12 miles from Longford, 17 miles from Mullingar, 21 miles from Athlone
Hollybrook is an old family home, lived in for nearly 200 years, recently upgraded to a B1 Building Energy Rating,
– full wheelchair accessibility,
– OFCH and Solar Panels,
– heat and light per meter reading on arrival and departure,
– bed-linen available for hire (cost of laundering), or people are welcome to bring their own,
– large eco ‘design by nature’ wild flower/meadow garden,
– garden furniture/barbecue/outdoor toilet,
– organic (certified) fruit/veg available on request,
– monitored security system (house alarm, cameras, ‘Helplink South’ personal security, external dusk to dawn and sensor lights.

Hollybrook is suitable for family holidays, small group retreats/ health breaks/ seminars.

Situated in the heart of Ireland, the house stands on its own grounds in a picturesque area in view of The Whitworth Aquaduct (1810 – Royal Canal over River Inny), on the Royal Canal Walkway and Bog Road Walks. Canal garden with picnic tables and seating ‘on doorstep’. Canal is now navigable from Dublin to the Shannon at Clondra County Longford.

Local services, facilities, special interest activities including flying. Central for touring. Open all year.
Swimming pool and gym local amenities.

Accomodations €50 Twin bedroom sharing for 5 days we will accommodate both male and female
Arrive Sunday evening anytime after 5.30pm leave Friday evening before midnight = 5 nights OR Arrive Monday morning early leave Saturday morning early = 5 nights
Self catered breakfast and lunch, food will be simply delicious nothing gourmet €50 estimated
We would arrange transportation and go out for dinner, and share those expenses
Special diet requirements need to be pre-booked and or bring your own.
Please bring sheets and towels. Deirdre will arrange extra linen for people coming from abroad if needed. Let her know if you can bring cradle and table.
Facilitator Fee €50

Flights are very reasonable now and public transport goes from Dublin airport to Edgeworthstown train station, where Deirdre will arrange pick up if you need it, you pay for diesel which she estimates will be very small amount because it is not far to train station. For everyone that decides to come she will send you directions, transport and sort out pick up points

Do let us know soonest if you plan to come. For those booking overseas flights the sooner we know the better.

Please send this on to your connections who may be interested in coming.
It will be posted as an event on our Facebook Group
and posted on this blog, which you now can follow by email. Every time there is a new post, you’ll recieve it as an email. Easy peasy. Be sure to sign up.

This retreat is a peer sharing event for those already practising Shen and related therapies. Our hope is to connect across the spectrum of all those who started out with Shen and then scattered in the winds. May all of you fly in on a breeze to Ireland in June.

Registration Form

Deirdre Leavy
Phone: 043 6671156 or 087 9607626
Email: or

Eva Dillner
Mobile: +46 733 864 364

PS – If you’re not a therapist you may help our cause by donating funds to defray our expenses. Retreats like these help us become even better therapists


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