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   Spring 2018

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SHEP’s On-going Development Programme

Spring 2018

Mindfulness / Meditation with a Creative Component – with Julie Kelleher

“Many of us want to slow down and experience greater ease, but often find that doing this is not so easy. Mindfulness is a simple practice that connects us to our natural sense of presence. It helps us come to our senses in a very real way and live more fully in the present moment.” Mary O’Callaghan

As well as being introduced to and practising meditation which is the focus of this eight week course, participants will also be invited to engage with a variety of art materials as a mindfulness exercise.

The art activities will range from observation drawing to working with colour and simple forms using clay.

As humans it is in our nature to make marks and to create yet we give ourselves little time for this enriching experience. All are welcome, no prior experience of art or mindfulness is necessary.

Julie Kelleher is a very experienced leader of mindfulness meditation practice groups and as well as being a practising artist, has facilitated many different people in the development of their creative expression.

When:   Wednesdays 7.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. 8 weeks.

Begins Wed. 31st January 2018


Where:                   SHEP Centre, Ballincollig


Cost:       €55


Sing Your Heart Out! – with Pat Sheehan Corbett.


‘Sing Your Heart Out’ draws on the Natural Voice approach. All Natural Voice practitioners believe that everyone can sing. The voice begins from the body and the breath. Songs are learnt by ear, and harmony is an essential part of the singing. Fun is a given! The aim here is to support our mental health and well-being through song. This series follows on from the wonderful ‘Sing Your Heart Out’ series late last year.


Pat Sheehan Corbett spent much of her working life conducting choirs and facilitating SPHE classes in school. She trained with SHEP and then completed Awareness Psychotherapy Training with Brendan Connolly. All of these stepping stones made a new sense to her when she participated in the ‘Caring for Our Wellbeing’ Specialised Tutor Training course with SHEP. Since then she has designed a programme to support mental health through voice and harmony and relaxation and fun.


When: 8 Thursday nights 7.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m.

Begins 1st February 2018

Where: The Granary, Bessborough

Cost:     €55


Dancing with Life – an Open Floor weekend workshop with Helen Bohan

‘Dancing with life is moving into the flow of our experiences, good or bad, with a feeling of guidance, trust, harmony and love.’ Susan Jeffers.

When we use the dance to be fully embodied – physically, emotionally, mindfully – it simply means being home for the beautiful ride of being alive. It means we’re present for anything and everything: loving, losing, colliding, learning, creating, connecting, feeling.

To be embodied is to come to our senses. To show up and learn to stay with our experience whether it’s good or bad. To feel our power and to make things happen in our world. This will be our exploration for this workshop

(Open Floor Movement has evolved from the 5Rhythms® work of Gabrielle Roth. It is dedicated to exploring how we inhabit our bodies on a physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual level. It recognises that as Human beings we are born to connect and that we have natural healthy hunger  for connection, for solitude,  for belonging, and for connection with something larger than us.)

Helen Bohan is  a certified Open Floor teacher and a Mentor with Open Floor International. She is a certified 5Rhythms®teacher, trained by Gabrielle Roth in 2011. Helen is also a qualified psychotherapist and a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner.

When:    Sat. 24th & Sun. 25th February 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. both days.

Where: City Centre location with free parking

Cost:      €80


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. 14th & Sun. 15th April 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. both days.

Where: SHEP Centre, Ballincollig.

Cost:      €70


Intercultural Awareness – a day-long workshop with Maureen Sheehy

The day on Intercultural training will be participative and interactive and will aim to help participants –

  • reflect on one’s own cultural identity
  • consider intercultural communication styles and how one’s own style differs from that of others and the implications of this if one is working/training in an intercultural setting
  • explore differences in cultural values and beliefs and how these affect our behaviour, judgements and interaction with others who are different
  • intercultural theory will be offered where appropriate


Why participate in this workshop?

544,357 non-Irish people of 199 nationalities were resident in Ireland during the April 2011 census. Statistics for the last census are not yet available. The population of the Irish Republic is approximately 4.5 million. So one ninth of our present population were born elsewhere.

“Ireland has become an increasingly diverse society over the past decade and the different nationalities that make up the population of Ireland have an increasingly important impact on the economy and society,” said Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Maureen Sheehy has worked as a trainer for SHEP for over 20 years. Her background is in education and communications. She worked in Africa for eight years and has worked briefly in several countries. She is also a trainer with Partners Training for Transformation. As part of that group, she and others gathered and developed resources and engaged in intercultural work with community groups, organisations and intercultural groups in both Ireland and elsewhere. This eventually led to the publication of an intercultural training manual ‘Partners’ Intercultural Companion to Training for Transformation’. During this intercultural training day she will be drawing from many of these resources.

When: Saturday 3rd March 2018 10.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.

Where: Training Room 2,               SHEP Centre, Ballincollig

Cost: €25



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.


When: Sat 26th & Sun. 27th May 2018. 10.00 – 5..00 both days.

Where: The Granary, Bessborough

Cost:     €75



Learning to listen to the body – an Introduction to Rosen Method Bodywork morning 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 begin with an introduction to Rosen Method Bodywork followed by a demonstration and group discussion.

When: Saturday 9th June, 2018. 11.00 – 1.00 p.m.

Where: SHEP Centre, Ballincollig

Cost: €10

For the past seven 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.


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.









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.