45-minute sessions in a blend of both Irish language and English. Both introduction and subsequent discussions relating to the session’s practice will be given in English, while the practice itself will be offered in basic Irish. This provides an opportunity to approach core practices from a different perspective with a non-judgemental, curious, beginner’s mind for those with an interest and a basic grasp and perhaps even a love of the Irish language. Please note, attendees do NOT have to have a high level of Irish but an open, willingness to experience the present moment in a novel way.
May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 29th (final session is a Saturday morning)
Martin Towey is a Neurological Physiotherapist with an interest in integrating mind and body in the care and rehabilitation of individuals living with long-term conditions. He currently works in Stroke rehabilitation for NHS Scotland. Martin has been practising meditation and yoga since 2009 and completed his 18-month mindfulness teacher training at The Mindfulness Centre for Professional Training in Ireland in 2017. He is a member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (MTAI), the professional body for mindfulness teachers in Ireland, and adheres to the practical and ethical standards developed by the MTAI.
Martin has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programmes to healthcare staff within the Health Service Executive (HSE) and to the general public. He also facilitates mindfulness sessions for an Irish-run organisation Ceangal which is based in France. He has a love of the Irish language and has more recently been offering short mindfulness courses in Irish. Martin continues to develop his practice by undertaking regular supervision as well as attending retreats and workshops facilitated by world-renowned teachers such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, Christina Feldman and John Peacock.