Each year SHEP offers a spring and autumn programme of short training courses and workshops intended for core training course participants and graduates, members of the Association of Friends, and specialised practitioners. These offer further opportunities for personal development work, for development of social awareness and understanding of social justice, and for the refreshment or enhancement of facilitation skills.

SHEP’s On-going Development Programme

Forthcoming Event:

Residential Mindfulness Retreat with Mary O’Callaghan on Cape Clear – Sept. 6th – Sept. 9th 2019.  Details on the leaflet here.

Spring 2019

The Excitement and Process of Playback – a day-long workshop with Kieran Ryan

All of our stories are important – everyone deserves to be seen and heard.  Playback helps us reach beyond our barriers, opens our heart to ourselves and each other. This day-long workshop will give participants an opportunity to experience some of the activities of Playback Theatre and to tap into our sense of play and creativity. Fun, aliveness, vitality – what’s not to like? Whether you have previous experience of Playback or not, you are welcome.

Kieran Ryan, SHEP’s Playback leader, has worked with many groups in SHEP and elsewhere over the past fifteen years introducing them to the fun and joy of improvisation, and the magic of Playback Theatre.

When: Sat. 16th February 2019. 10.00 – 5.00  

Where: The Granary, Bessborough

Cost:     €30

Self Awareness and Conscious Choices    – a day-long workshop with Maureen Lancaster

In a very complex and changing world, making choices that benefit ourselves AND also benefit others is not a simple challenge.  By deepening awareness and increasing understanding of our own “automatic” reactions and our most cherished values, we can be empowered in positive ways to make decisions that are meaningful and serve us and others well.

This is an experiential workshop that offers a process for becoming aware of our habit energies, the internal habits that make up our own “automatic pilot.”   We learn to  create space for making positive choices from who we are when we are most at home in ourselves.  We become more able to move forward with confidence and ease during times of uncertainty, change, stress and unexpected challenges.

The workshop is based on a practical approach to confronting change and difference, Personal Leadership, Making a World of Difference by Sheila Ramsey, Gordon Watanabe, and Barbara Schaetti.  More information at www.plseminars.com.

Please consider bringing your lunch to allow for a relaxed, social time together.

Maureen Lancaster has worked with adults in the process of personal development and supporting them in identifying what brings them joy for over 35 years.  She’s worked in third level education in the US and has been involved in SHEP for the last 8 years.  Her passion is supporting others to become more of who they are and encouraging them to pursue cherished dreams rooted in their deepest values.  She is active in SHEP Earth Aware and voluntary environmental, climate change work and active in the Plum Village mindfulness community founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

When:  Sunday  24th February 2019. 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.


Where: The Granary, Bessborough

Cost:     €30






Embodied Presence – The Wisdom of Rest – a weekend 5 rhythms workshop with Caitríona Nic Ghiollaphádraig

If resting was as important as activity we would all be more at peace with ourselves. We would all prioritise being good to ourselves.  Shifting life-long patterns of going, going, going can be a one step forward two steps backward dance, yet giving ourselves time to deeply rest, and embody stillness can improve our health and well-being.

In this workshop, we will move towards rest over and over, as we use the wisdom of the 5 rhythms to guide us towards the art of conscious relaxation.

Caitríona Nic Ghiollaphádraig is a very experienced facilitator/leader of 5 Rhythms movement workshops.  She has led workshops throughout the country for many years.  Once again, SHEP is delighted to welcome her back to SHEP and to Cork.

When: Sat. 2nd & Sun. 3rd March 2019. 10.00 – 5.00 both days.

Where: The Granary, Bessborough

Cost:     €75



A Day of Mindful Nourishment – a day-long workshop with Shirley Copeland

Do you set the same health goals every year? Maybe it’s time to try again but from a different starting point and with a softer kinder approach?

Take time out for yourself to gently explore your relationship with food. Begin to transform your relationship with food and explore other ways to feel fulfilled and nourished.

On this day we’ll look at patterns and habits, what triggers us and how we usually respond, how to respond differently.

There will be group activities, short meditation sessions, mindful eating and deep relaxation.

Shirley Copeland has brought together more than 30 years’ experience to help people transform their relationships with food and their bodies. She trained in vegetarian wholefood cooking, complementary therapies and as a Health & Wellness coach.  She has taught mindfulness in the kitchen to many people throughout Ireland (including the SHEP Mindfulness Retreat weekends on Cape Clear) and Plum Village, France.

When: Sat. 2nd March 2019. 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Where:  Training Room 1, SHEP Centre, Ballincollig

Cost:    €30








WAKING UP TO A WIDER AWARENESS – A One-Day Workshop with Eileen Lynch & Frank Dorr

Although most of us know that our planet is facing a crisis, we often find it too overwhelming, or too painful, to face that reality fully. But love can overcome many obstacles and if we can open our hearts to the earth, in awe and gratitude and love, we may find ourselves seeing our world and its people with new eyes and opening ourselves to a fuller awareness of what is happening. And that in turn can help us to find a heartfelt way of responding.

So this workshop starts by helping us to open our eyes and our hearts and our minds to the wonder and beauty of the universe, and of the tiny island of life we call earth. The joy and love that that can bring may give us the strength to face the damage we are inflicting on each other and on the web of life.

The workshop speaks mainly to the heart and to the imagination. It uses slides, lots of film clips, and some movement, poetry and songs, along with opportunities for sharing of thoughts and feelings. It aims to be enjoyable and to build a sense that with the support of others we can face the painful reality of what is happening and find what each of us can do to protect our beautiful earth for the children we cherish.

Frank Dorr & Eileen Lynch have been at the heart of the SHEP/Pairc a’Tobair Earth Initiative since it began.  They are both highly experienced facilitators, having been staff-members of SHEP and trainers with SHEP for many years. They developed the short course ‘Caring About a Small Blue Planet’ some years ago, and have since facilitated this as well as day-long ‘Expanding Awareness’ workshops in various settings.

When: Sat.  9th March 2019. 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Where: The Granary, Bessborough

Cost:    Free of charge

The Transformation Game – a weekend workshop with Noel Bradley
Would you like help to explore some issue in depth or effect some transformation in your life? ‘The Transformation Game’ offers you the opportunity of doing this. Mirroring the inner journey of life, the process invites people to explore aspects of their lives. It can enable participants to identify their gifts and strengths, to explore their intuitive abilities and to face blocks that hinder their psychological and spiritual development. The process enables you to develop trust in yourself and in others and in the movements and inspirations that you experience.

Dr. Noel Bradley is an experienced facilitator and counsellor who has been involved in training community leaders and in personal and spiritual growth work for more than thirty years. He has worked as a trainer in SHEP’s Social Awareness & Community Empowerment course for many years. He trained in this ‘Transformation Game’ process in Findhorn.

When:    Sat. 30th & Sun. 31st March 2019  from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. both days.

Where: SHEP Centre, Ballincollig.

Cost:      €70







Learning to listen to the body – an Introduction to Rosen Method Bodywork day-long workshop with Íde O’Carroll.

Experience this unique path to physical and emotional well-being through embodied self awareness. Discover the points of holding in the body, where tension resides.  Begin to sense the body’s response when attention is paid to these points of holding.

In Rosen Method Bodywork, healing comes from within the client, supported by the practitioner’s touch, words and presence.

Rosen Method Bodywork (RMB) involves gentle, direct touch to:

  • Relax muscle tension and chronic holding
  • Increase flexibility and vitality
  • Deepen physical and emotional awareness

For further information see: www.rosenmethodopencenter.com

The session will include an introduction to Rosen Method Bodywork, demonstrations of the method and a practicum, where you can get a sense of the work.  There will also be opportunities for group discussion.

For the past eight years, Íde B. O’Carroll has trained as a RM bodyworker with the Rosen Method Open Center, USA and has worked with clients each summer in Lismore, Co. Waterford. At other times of the year she has a practice in Amherst, Massachusetts.

When: Saturday 8th June, 2019. 10.00 – 4.00 p.m.

Where: SHEP Centre, Ballincollig

Cost: €30


To book a place on these courses and workshops, please complete the booking form and return it to The Social and Health Education  Project, Ballincollig (Tel 021-4666180).  Courses will be allocated in order of receipt of application form & fee.  Please note that once a place has been offered, fees are not refundable.