CNM (The College of Naturopathic Medicine) have long been valued contributors to our magazine, and we love their always-enlightening advice on health and wellbeing issues. They have a number of great events coming up, including an Online Open Day, a Womens’ Hormone Balance and Fertility evening, a Cooking for Brain Health workshop, and many more. Read on for the full scoop!
We are thrilled to announce that the renowned teacher and kirtan singer Krishna Das will be joining us for two very special events this June, both taking place in Griffith Conference Centre, Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. THIS PAGE is for the second of these events: a workshop with Krishna Das on Saturday June 15th.
Krishna Das’ journey began in the late 1960s. He met spiritual seeker Ram Dass and traveled across the country with him, captivated by stories of his recent trip to India, where he had met the legendary guru Neem Karoli Baba, known to most as Maharaj-ji. In August 1970, Krishna Das left behind his dreams of being a rock star and made his way to meet this remarkable Being.
Basking in the love of Maharaj-ji in the three years that followed, Krishna’s heart was drawn to the practice of Bhakthi Yoga: the yoga of devotion. After two and a half years with Maharaj-ji, he returned to the USA – and sadly, six months after his return, he received word that Maharaj-ji had died.
‘I will sing for you in the west,’ he promised his beloved Guru in his own heart. This did not come easily. As Krishna recounts in his book Chants of a Life Time, it took him almost twenty years to sing with groups of people around the USA.
In 1994, he started leading chants at Jivamukti Yoga Center, NYC. Over the years, he continued chanting, developing his signature style, fusing the traditional kirtan of the east with western harmonic and rhythmic sensibilities. With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das – known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD – has been called yoga’s ‘rock star.’
He has taken call-and-response chanting out of yoga centres and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling western chant artist of all time. KD now travels the world offering retreats and workshops, sharing his kirtan practice and wonderful stories of his life, of Maharaji-ji, of his life on the Path, and how we can bring chanting into our lives.
To date, KD has released sixteen well-received albums, including Live Ananda (released January 2012), which was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category. In February 2013, KD performed at the Grammy awards in Los Angeles. The award-winning film One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das has been screened in over 100 US cities and over 10 countries worldwide, and is available on DVD.
In 2014, the Kirtan Wallah Foundation was formed. The Foundation is dedicated to spreading the teachings of KD’s guru and spiritual teacher, Maharaj-ji. His teachings can be summed up by his saying:
‘Love Everyone. Serve Everyone. Remember God.’
To learn more about KD, visit his website krishnadas.com.
The first event we are offering with KD is a Peace Of My Heart Kirtan. It will run from 7.00 to 9.30 p.m. on Saturday June 15th in the Griffith Conference Centre, Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Please bring a cushion or mat to sit on if you would like to sit on the floor instead of the chairs. The cost of this event is €50 if paid in advance up until June 10th, or €60 on the door (cash only). To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for the Kirtan evening page.
The second event we are offering with KD is a Peace Of My Heart Workshop. It will run from 1.00 to 4.00 p.m. on Sunday June 16th in the Griffith Conference Centre, Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Please bring a cushion or mat to sit on if you would like to sit on the floor instead of the chairs. The cost of this event is €60 if paid in advance up until June 10th, or €70 on the door (cash only). To learn more, email email@example.com.
Click here to book your tickets for the workshop. You can also book a combination ticket for both the Saturday Kirtan and the Sunday workshop on this page. This costs €100.
The Conference Centre offers free parking.
Judith McAdam is the author of The Source: Connect With Your Inner Power and Create Your Own Reality. She is also a theologian, healing life coach, kinesiologist, course facilitator and inspirational speaker, with a great passion for helping clients to realise their full potential. On Saturday the 18th of May, she is offering a powerful workshop called DECIDE: A Visualisation Workshop.
World-renowned meditation and spiritual teacher davidji is returning to Dublin this month to offer an amazing weekend retreat called ‘Saoirse 2019 – Power, Presence and Grace.’ It’s all about helping you to step into your truth as a spiritual warrior … and Positive Life readers are offered a special discount on the ticket price! We wanted to share a video that explains the purpose of davidji’s work in greater detail. Read on to learn more.
World-renowned meditation and spiritual teacher davidji is returning to Dublin this month to offer an amazing weekend retreat called ‘Saoirse 2019 – Power, Presence and Grace.’ It’s all about helping you to step into your truth as a spiritual warrior … and Positive Life readers are offered a special discount on the ticket price! Intrigued? Read on to learn more.
We are thrilled to share this sneak peek of our exclusive interview with the renowned spiritual teacher and author Marianne Williamson, which appears in our Autumn 2018 issue. Click here to find a stockist near you, or subscribe to receive a copy straight to your door.
We interview Marianne Williamson ahead of her Dublin trip
by Aisling Cronin
Marianne Williamson is one of the world’s most renowned spiritual teachers, authors and speakers. Seven out of her twelve published books have been New York Times bestsellers. One of her powerful statements in the classic A Return to Love – “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us” – has become a guiding light for spiritual seekers around the globe.
When we asked her to summarise her extraordinary career, Marianne simply said, “If I’ve learned anything, it’s that life isn’t about the big dramatic moments that stand out, so much as it is about the consistent effort to live a better life. It’s up to us to make any one moment stand out, by standing tall within it.”
Marianne will be speaking in Ireland on Wednesday October 10th 2018, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Co. Dublin. Ahead of what is sure to be an inspirational talk, we spoke to Marianne about her thoughts on Ireland, world politics, Aretha Franklin, and how the famed A Course in Miracles – a remarkable 1976 book written by Helen Schucman, who said that she channeled the words directly from Jesus – has touched her life.
During your seminar in Dublin, you’re planning to talk about how we can learn how to transform our lives for the better, based on the insights you have gained from A Course in Miracles. We would love to know more about that subject. Have you had the opportunity to travel to many places in Ireland before, or are there any particular locations in the country that are special to you?
One trip I took that remains with me is when I went to Knowth and Dowth. Extraordinary. What amazes me about Ireland is that, unlike most civilisations, it was as amazing in ancient times as in contemporary times. That’s not all that common, you know. Newgrange and James Joyce? Seriously. Not many countries can claim that kind of thing.
The world has heard a lot about Ireland recently, and I’m curious about your own transition from external emphasis on religious dogma to the internals of spiritual growth. Obviously there have been some tragic lessons learned, and hopefully the principles of A Course in Miracles can help to shed some light on your path ahead. People studying and teaching the Course in Ireland are doing tremendous work, and I just hope I can add to the conversation with whatever insight I’ve gleaned.
The teachings within A Course in Miracles have been central to your life and work over the years. When did you first encounter this book, and what is the greatest gift that its teachings have given you?
I first saw A Course in Miracles when I was in my mid-twenties. The greatest thing it has taught me is that the lesson to be learned is always my own: my own need to forgive, to rise to the occasion, to be kinder, to be more generous, to accept people as they are, to be less judgmental. There’s always a temptation to make the problem about other people, but the Course is adamant that the work is always on ourselves.
‘Only a politics of love overrides a politics of fear.’ This is a truly beautiful quote from your book Healing the Soul of America, and as the book celebrates its twentieth anniversary, that quote has never been more timely. What do you envisage when you speak of a ‘politics of love’? We all know what a politics of fear looks like – all we have to do is switch on our television or read the news online – but how do you envisage politicians, or indeed, ordinary people relating to each other when they come from a place of pure love?
The same principles that guide us in our individual lives should guide our politics. If the point is to be a good person, then the point should be to be a good society. A good economy. And so forth. I think the economic principles that now organise our societies should be replaced by humanitarian ones. We’ve allowed money to become a false god, seen as the source of human happiness; but in fact, it’s the other way around. Money doesn’t create happiness so much as happiness creates money. When people are happy we’re naturally creative. We naturally manifest. A politics of love is one in which we see love as the bottom line, politically and economically as much as in our personal interactions. Politics is the work of our collective journey, and the effort to increase our compassion should be a political as well as a personal goal.
to get a copy delivered to your door. Marianne’s upcoming Irish seminar will take place on Wednesday October 10th 2018, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Co. Dublin. For more information and tickets, go to seminars.ie. To learn more about Marianne and her work, go to marianne.com.
Meditation teacher Dawa Tarchin Phillips – founder and CEO of Empowerment Holdings and co-founder of the Mindful Leadership Online Training Conference – is coming to Dublin to deliver a special weekend workshop from Saturday the 29th to Sunday the 30th of September in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Read on to learn more!
Dawa is greatly appreciated by his students for his joy, insight, and clarity of presentation. He has taught on five continents and travelled to over 30 countries. He embodies the unique perspectives of Western scholarship and neuroscientific research, combined with the traditional training of an authentic Buddhist Lama.
He is the Founder/CEO of Empowerment Holdings and the co-founder of the Mindful Leadership Online Training Conference, the world’s largest online training conference for mindful leaders. He is a mindfulness and meditation expert, author, serial entrepreneur, experienced spiritual teacher, researcher and educator. He co-founded the Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is the President of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, the first global independent professional organisation for Mindfulness teaching professionals. He is also the founder of The Mindful Leadership Tribe, an online community of mindful leaders.
Dawa is a contributing author for Mindful magazine, Tricycle magazine, and the Association for Talent Development. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Men’s Fitness, Forbes and Fast Company.
If you have been looking for an effective, meaningful retreat experience and an opportunity to delve deeper into your exploration of authentic mindfulness, meditation and awakening, his weekend retreat and workshop in Dublin this September is for you. During this weekend, you will explore personal access points to awakening more mindfulness and meditation in your life. Through periods of silent meditation, personal inquiry, liberating wisdom teachings, interactive exercises and live Q&A, you will be guided by Dawa to take your mindfulness, meditation and leadership practice to the next level.
Dawa’s weekend workshop, entitled Awakening Mindfulness and Meditation: Leadership Lessons for the 21st Century, will take place from 9.30 a.m. on Saturday September 29th to 5.00 p.m. on Sunday September 30th in the This workshop is being facilitated by Seminars.ie. Click here for further information and to book your place.
Liz Koch is an international educator, author and creator of CoreAwareness, focusing on awareness for developing human potential. She will be visiting Ireland this September for a special workshop called Stalking Wild Psoas, aimed at helping participants to nourish their psoas muscles. The workshop will take place from Monday September 24th to Wednesday September 26th, 2018, in the beautiful location of Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa in County Cork. On Monday, it will take place from 1.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m., and on the Tuesday and Wednesday it will take place from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Read on to learn more!
Liz’s three-day retreat and process-oriented workshop focuses on nourishing and restoring the bio-intelligent psoas muscles using micro non-linear, multi-dimensional, fluid movement, and sound frequency. Our setting with a salt water pool offers the opportunity to heal psoas issues both in and out of water to awaken your core integrity. Just as a tree, grown in a restricted container, never reaches its full potential, so too a domesticated psoas never fully expresses itself when bound within social decorum, linear patterns, and repetitive movement. Be moved from deep within and awaken your inner strength and creativity!
Liz Koch is an international educator, author and creator of CoreAwareness, focusing on awareness for developing human potential. With 40 years’ experience specialising in the psoas, Liz is recognised in the somatic, bodywork and fitness professions as an authority on the core psoas. Both nationally and internationally published, her works include The Psoas Book, Core Awareness: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise and Dance, Unveiling Socliosis CD, Psoas and Back Pain CD, Mother, Maiden, Crone: Our Pleasure Playlist, and Stalking Wild Psoas: Emodying Your Core Intelligence (North Atlantic Books 2019). She is approved by the USA National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider.
The Stalking Wild Psoas workshop will take place in Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa, County Cork, from Monday September 24th to Wednesday the 26th, 2018. You can register online at www.coreawareness.com.
Our Summer 2018 issue has officially hit the shelves, and we couldn’t be more excited! We wanted to share an exclusive sneak peek of our interview with the world-renowned spiritual teacher Adyashanti (this issue’s cover star). He spoke to us about awakening on different levels of our being, the student-teacher relationship, and what Ireland means to him. Adyashanti and his wife Mukti will be visiting Dublin this August. To read the full interview, pick up a copy of the Summer issue in your local stockist, or subscribe online today.
The Wisdom of Adya: Opening up and embracing what is
by Aisling Cronin
Interviewers: Daizan Kaarlenkaski and Paul Congdon
Adyashanti is an American-born spiritual teacher who is devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. He promotes non-dual teachings, based on recognising both the infinite spiritual possibilities and the everyday simplicity of our lives. He is the author of a number of successful spiritual titles, including The Way of Liberation, Resurrecting Jesus and Falling into Grace. We were thrilled to interview him recently and hear about his thoughts on the student-teacher relationship, his relationship with his wife Mukti, working with his father, and what Ireland means to him.
Could you tell us about the way you share your dharma teachings? For example, you never answer questions directly, but instead offer questions for people to ask themselves.
When I am dialoguing with somebody, my goal is to help them discover an answer or a resolution inside themselves, for themselves. All true realisations come from within the individual. In my style of teaching, I put a lot of responsibility on the students because I think that in the spiritual community, the students are far too often infantilised and treated like children. It is often encouraged for students to relate to the teacher as a child would, rather than interacting as two adults in a state of mutual trust. Grown-ups make their own decisions.
Do you think there can come a point when the student-teacher relationship needs to evolve for the student to gain true autonomy?
Yes, I think if a student has too much projection around the teacher – if they’re projecting all of their own holiness and light onto them – then the teacher does become a barrier. People put these projections onto the teacher because they hope that the teacher is going to be able to ‘save’ them. To the extent that we allow ourselves to become involved in that projection, the projection is what becomes a barrier. I was with my teacher for about fourteen years before she asked me to teach, and I noticed then that our relationship changed. I was still open to what she had to say, and open to her direction and guidance, but I related to her as an adult and not as a child. Teachers are best regarded as mentors, rather than as ‘gods.’
How do your teachings translate into your day-to-day life, in terms of your relationships?
Mukti and I have one of the most harmonious relationships that I know. I’m not saying it’s the most harmonious relationship in the world or anything, but it’s always been something that comes relatively naturally to both of us, which is really lucky. It has felt so natural for us to be together and part of that may be because we never imagined that it was the other person’s responsibility to ‘make me happy’. It has certainly matured over time. It had a lot of those effortless qualities from the very beginning, but nothing stays static – you are either maturing or regressing, one or the other. For twenty-two years, I have kept thinking to myself, ‘it can’t get any more profound than this’ and the next year, I find myself thinking, ‘wow, it did!’ Relationships can be one of the greatest areas of growth there is. To have a successful relationship, you’ve got to be a clear, adult, mature human being. That applies to relationships of all kinds: lovers, friends, family, even strangers.
Adyashanti and Mukti will be visiting Dublin this August for a Special Intensive teaching event. This will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday August 19th, in the Gibson Hotel, Point Square, North Dock, Dublin 1. For details, go to: www.adyashanti.org