November 18 2017, Mindfulness Centre, Dublin, 10-5pm
‘the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams’
Whatever age we are, we all aspire to live with meaning and joy. Much of our satisfaction comes from finding a balance between being true to what brings us pleasure, and giving the best of ourselves in ways that matter. The theme of Calling unites these possibilities, encouraging us to attune to what matters the most to us, and find ways to manifest it in the world. Because of this, refreshing and deepening our connection with calling can be a precious ally in creating happy, fulfilling futures.
On this workshop, we devote a day to deepening our connection with Calling. For some of us that will be to refine our sense of a particular calling; for others to regain a sense of purpose; and for some to stumble upon or clarify a purpose we have missed or underappreciated. Whatever we bring to the day, each of us will be supported in clarifying our inner visions and uncovering our hunches and instincts about what matters most to us now.
We will draw on ideas from James Hillman – who wrote an exceptional book on calling in The Soul’s Code – John Dewey – who had a rounded understanding of the breadth and multiplicity of our Callings, psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas who had a rich understanding of our creativity and uniqueness as a ‘force of destiny’, and the Japanese concept of Ikigai. These voices invite us to rediscover the territory of calling in a rch, open way. You’ll find a link here to an article I wrote on Calling as an Ally for Inside Out. We will look at the theme from a variety of angles, fleshing out the unique ways that Calling speaks to us.
We will work in a safe, supportive and confidential way, attempting to shed fresh light on each of these themes. Through a blend of theoretical input, inquiry exercises, brief meditations, and group engagement, each person will be supported to make fresh contact with how these issues affect them, and re-orient their sense of meaning and purpose. The emphasis will be on exploring this territory from an embodied, available presence. We aim to deepen our understanding of what has spoken to us in our quietest moments, and to clarify what is most vital in our lives and worthy of energy and commitment. Certificates of attendance are available on request. Max participants 16.
Emma Philbin Bowman was born in Dublin in 1969 and educated at Newpark Comprehensive School. She holds a First Class Honours Degree from UCD in Philosophy and English Literature, where she was also awarded several scholarships. After a number of years working as a teacher, writer and gardener, she spent time living and working at Gaia House Meditation Centre in Devon before training as a psychotherapist at the Institute for Creative Counselling in DunLaoghaire, Co Dublin. Since then she has undertaken several further formal and informal psychotherapy and meditative trainings, and is profoundly influenced by the Buddhist and Advaita traditions. She has sat many meditation retreats and attended many satsang teachings over the past twenty five years. She has also trained as a Mindfulness Teacher.
Emma has worked as a psychotherapist in private practice in Dublin for the past 10 years and as a Counsellor with students at Dublin City University for the past six years. She lectures at UCD on the MSc in Mindfulness and with The Mindfulness Centre in Pembroke St. She is writing about and has a special interest in the depth and vitality obscured by sadness, and is passionate about sharing the transformative and healing potential of relational inquiry in a peer practice context.
In her work as a psychotherapist, she is strongly influenced by both the British Independent Tradition (Winnicott, Bollas etc), Self-Psychology, Attachment Theory, and Buddhist and Meditative perspectives on human experience. Although not formally trained in body work, she sees the body as an essential ally and resource in the therapeutic process.
In recent years, she has focused intensively on contemporary approaches to spirituality which emphasize psychological integration alongside an appreciation of Being, Presence and Emptiness. She is an ongoing student of the Diamond Approach (Scandinavia) for the past several years, and over the past three years has undertaken several ongoing trainings with contemporary mystic, Thomas Hubl. She has also worked extensively with Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing.