It’s time for our Winter Vibes roundup! This selection of amazing holistic products, services, events and news appeared in our Winter 2018/19 issue. If you haven’t yet seen the magazine, click here to find your nearest stockist, or here to subscribe and receive a copy direct to your door.
‘Tis the season to be jolly … and we’re getting into the spirit here at Positive Life Magazine with this roundup of amazing events, products, services and news to celebrate during this festive month of December! Read on, enjoy, and most importantly, have a very merry Christmas.
We are excited to announce that our first Positive Nights event of the year will take place on Thursday January 17th, when we will be visited by the spiritual teacher and healer Mark Cleary. This event will be held in Bewley’s Café, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. Read on to learn more!
On Thursday December 13th, the bestselling author and motivational speaker Andrea Hayes will be joining us at Positive Nights to talk about her incredible journey, the inspirations that drive her, and much, much more. This event will take place from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Bewley’s Café, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
We are pleased to announce that the wonderful community musician John Bowker will be joining us at Positive Nights on Thursday December 6th for an evening of Christmas Heartsongs. The event will take place from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Bewley’s Café, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
John Bowker is well-known within Ireland’s holistic community for his heart-centred musical workshops and Tribal Spirit Drumming sessions. We have been pleased to host him here at Positive Nights on a number of previous occasions, and on Thursday December 6th, we are going to do it all again.
On this evening, we will enjoy a Christmas special with John, who will guide through a range of Heartsongs designed to awaken joy and contemplation. John describes Heartsongs as “software to open your heart, exploring intentional blessings and weaves of harmony in a playful friendly space for humans”. Expect to feel a lot of love in the room!
Absolutely no prior singing experience is required and absolute beginners are welcome. Doors open at 7.00 and the event begins at 7.30.
You can pay on the door or book your tickets here.
November‘s News: It’s official. Winter is here, and it’s time for the gloves and scarves to come out. Our summer heatwave is a distant memory … but there are many things to look forward to about this time of year. What could be better, for instance, than sitting beside a roaring fire, dressed in cosy pyjamas and enjoying some delicious hot chocolate, while the cold rages on outside? We have picked out a number of treats for you to check out this month, ranging from our very own Positive Nights events (look out for our extra-special speed dating event or Heartsongs with John Bowker) to an in-depth look at the gorgeous Calm Rooms of Monkstown, Co. Dublin.
Positive Nights: Some of Our Best Picks to Enjoy!
Following our successful speed dating events last November and April, we are ready to bring it to another level and help singles to connect once again. From your hosts with the most, Orla Bass and Paul Congdon, we present to you an evening of Speed Dating From the Heart on Thursday the 22nd of November, from 7.15 to 10.00 p.m. in Bewley’s Café, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Doors open at 6.45 p.m. Click here to learn more and get your tickets.
Also make sure you keep an eye out for our Heartsongs with John Bowker on December 6th, and our event with Andrea Hayes on December 13th. Details will be announced soon – watch this space!
The Organic Trust: Excellence Assured
The Organic Trust is the organic certification body of choice for professional organic producers in Ireland. The Trust describes their mission as, quite simply, “upholding the integrity of organic food.” The organic food sector in Ireland is in a continuous state of development, and the Organic Trust are proud to certify a huge range of organic products on retail shelves in Ireland (with the bulk of Irish-produced organic food being marketed under the Organic Trust logo). If you are an organic producer who wants to learn more, make sure you check out their website!
The Calm Rooms of Monkstown: An Oasis of Wellness
The Calm Rooms is a brand-new wellness hub in Monkstown Village, specialising in therapeutic treatments, meditation, yoga and pilates. This new business is hoping to establish themselves as a premium centre for wellness and relaxation in the city. We can’t wait until they announce their full range of treatments! Check out their website or Facebook page to learn more. You can also watch our recent Facebook live video that we did with them to get a sense of what they’re all about.
Our Exciting New Visualisation Track With Judith McAdam
We are pleased to introduce a meditation track we have always wanted to do for you: a 20-minute visualisation in which you get to actively enhance your resonance with health, love, abundance and your personal purpose. This track was co-created by the Positive Life team and Judith McAdam. Judith is a renowned theologian, kinesiologist, holistic life coach and author of the beautiful book The Source, and we are thrilled to have launched this new collaboration with her. To learn more and download the track, just click here.
Ahead of Anna Cole and Tosha Schore’s upcoming appearance at Positive Nights on Thursday November 7th, we are pleased to share Anna’s article from our Autumn 2018 issue. Consider it a brief taster of what she and Tosha will have to say on the night!
Healing the hidden triggers
Why children push your buttons, and what to do about it
By Anna Cole
Parenting isn’t easy! Some days start with one child sitting defiantly on the floor, refusing to put on their shoes, with another grumpy, prickly and ignoring the dishwasher she’s been asked to empty. We’re bristling before breakfast is over, and things go downhill from here. When we’re upset and stressed, the fun drains out of parenting, to say the least. Even our sense that our children are dear to us disappears. Every single one of us grapples with tough days as we do our best to be good parents.
Why do we struggle so hard in parenting? Because, let’s face it, despite reading about peaceful and positive parenting, we do struggle hard some days. In the heat of the moment, we act in ways that we are less than proud of. Unconsciously, our own memories of past hurts are wrenched back into the here and now.
This kind of triggering is ubiquitous for parents and stems from events or bad times at different ages and stages of our own childhoods which left us hurt. When we act in ways we wished we hadn’t, the quiet, and not so quiet, whispers of times gone by which have left a mark, a wound, and a rigidity in us, have an effect on the day-to-day of parenting. We plaster them over to get by, as likely no one could listen to them when we were young. We learn to ignore them and attempt to stride, positively, into each parenting day. But here’s the rub: the wonder and the intensity of parenting is that, as much as we’d like to avoid it, ‘out of sight, out of mind’ parenting has an uncanny, almost precision ability to bring up these hidden triggers – often and many times! After some years of working on my own hidden triggers around parenting I have learnt to think of them as mirrors of opportunity. They invite healing and growth, if we can get the support we need.
As the autumn nights draw in and we head towards the ‘dark half of the year’ as the ancient Celts called it, we’re offering you a remarkable and rare opportunity to come learn a practice for releasing your parenting triggers with a couple of ‘masters’ – well, ‘mistresses’ – of the art of healing our parenting triggers. For one night only, Anna Cole – that’s me – certified Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor, and Tosha Schore, parent educator extraordinaire and co-author of the successful book, Listen. Five Simple Tools to Meet your Everyday Parenting Challenges, will be in Dublin talking at Positive Nights.
Join us for a welcoming and intimate evening and take home practical tools which will transform your parenting days – and nights – and help make your peaceful parenting dreams a reality. Come ready to practice. We’ll share perspective and practical ideas based on more than a combined couple of decades of our own experience, along with our training in Hand in Hand Parenting. We guarantee that this will make things go more easily in your parenting journey.
You’ve read the books, you know the theory, right? You know how you want it to look but you just keep losing it with your kids when they wake at 5am every morning, or refuse to go to sleep overnight, or (insert here!)…
You know the what! Let us show you the how! Come ready to laugh, talk and have some fun on this often bumpy, and less than perfect, journey of parenting.
Anna and Tosha will be appearing at Positive Nights on Thursday November 7th, with a mini parenting workshop which – if you’re a parent or hope to be – you don’t want to miss. This special evening will take place in the Bewley’s Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. Click here to learn more and book your tickets.
For more, see: positivelife.ie/positivenights
Anna Cole, Ph.D., is a parent educator, researcher, writer and a certified instructor with Hand in Hand Parenting. She can be found on Facebook at:
Hand in Hand Parenting with Anna Cole
We are pleased to share that Martin Duffy, shamanic practitioner, transpersonal psychotherapist, and director of the OakTree Charitable Trust, is joining us for a special Positive Nights event on Thursday November 1st in the Central Hotel, 1-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. Click here to book your tickets.
Paul says, ‘the last time Martin visited us at Positive Nights, we had an amazing discussion, one of my favourites – this time we will enjoy more of the same.’
The topics you can expect include: shamanism, holotropic breathwork, Wetiko, astral travel, plant medicines, psychedelic therapy revival, the current global crisis, the psyche, Carl Gustav Jung and transpersonal psychotherapy. This will be a once-off unique discussion, brimming with teachings and insights that you can use in your own life.
About Martin Duffy MIAHIP, MIACP, CMHN, EAP:
Martin is the director of the OakTree Charitable Trust, a nonprofit organisation that runs the Irish Centre for Shamanic Studies and The Transpersonal Institute at Dunderry Park, Co. Meath. The Centre is dedicated to promoting and preserving shamanic traditions from around the world, particularly those of the pre-Celtic and Celtic era. Contemporary transpersonal approaches are also taught at the centre.
Martin has worked as a mental health care professional since 1977. He is an accredited transpersonal/Jungian psychotherapist. He has trained in various forms of consciousness raising methods, including Holotropic Breathwork ™, Dreamwork, Trance Dancing and Firewalking.
His grandfather and mother are traditional folk healers and he is following in their footsteps. His work is influenced by the Druid traditions of ancient Ireland.
He has done fieldwork with indigenous Shamans from Mongolia, Mexico, the Amazon, the Andes, and Africa, and also has trained in Core Shamanism with the Foundation of Shamanic Studies (U.S.A.) and the Scandinavian Centre for Shamanic Studies.
Martin brings warmth and compassion to his shamanic practice.
He has strong values with regards to integrity, honesty and openness. In particular, he believes in empowering the individual to find healing, knowledge and wisdom within themselves.
He is available for one-to-one sessions for Transpersonal Psychotherapy, Shamanic Counselling, soul retrieval, extraction work, shamanic healing and ceremonies. For more information, see www.shamanismireland.com or email email@example.com.
Join us on November 1st for what is sure to be an enlightening evening! Click here to reserve your place – tickets can also be purchased at the door.
On Thursday October 11th, we are excited to welcome chiropractor, craniosacral therapist and spiritual healer Dr. Yvonne Murphy to Positive Nights. She will explore how we can move our lives from fear into love. This will take place from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Bewley’s Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Click here to book your tickets.
Do you want to enter the energy field of healing, and even have the energy of the field itself?
Yvonne Murphy is an Irish healer whose last 30 years have been dedicated to chiropractic treatment, biodynamic craniosacral therapy, birth trauma release, animal adjustment, and most of all, divine healing. Thanks to her strong intuition, she is able to identify the hidden causes of illnesses. With the help of the Greater Power or Mystery, she heals deep placed traumas, releases psychical and energy blocks, removes defective energy patterns and dysfunctional ways of behaviour originating from clients’ family lines.
She is passionate about helping clients feel more vibrant and alive. Join us on Thursday October 11th, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Bewleys’ Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, and let’s move from fear into compassion, inner serenity, joy and quiet. Divine Clearing evolved from Yvonne’s work as a chiropractic doctor, along with craniosacral and spiritual healing she underwent in the USA, Ireland, India and New Zealand.
Her workshops are suitable mainly for those who want to:
- Learn healing secrets from the chiropractic world
- Bring more love into their lives
- Liberate themselves from old, dysfunctional patterns
- Bring more abundance into their lives
- Meet their soul mates
- Heal their partner relationships
- Call the baby soul of their planned child
After her evening with us, she will be running workshops in Galway on the 13th and 14th of October, and in Dublin on the 24th and 25th of November. For more information, go to her website: divine clearing.com.
In this YouTube video, she explains more about her work and practice.
Join us on Thursday October 11th, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Bewley’s Café Theatre, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, to learn how you can let go of fear with the help of Yvonne’s techniques! Click here to book your tickets.