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This short mindfulness meditation course offers practices guided in Irish with some basic Buddhist teachings, reflections and enquiry offered in English. We will learn and practice skills we can use in our everyday lives incorporating mindful yoga, sitting meditation practices amongst others. To approach the breath, the body, the heart and the discursive mind with meditation practices guided in the Irish language, offers the participant an opportunity to approach experience in a novel way. In a sense, it can encourage us to bring a beginner’s mind to our everyday experiences. It can be helpful if you come to this course without the expectation of ‘knowing’ and understanding (the language) but rather bring a curiosity in a compassionate way. Attendees do NOT have to be fluent but rather a willingness to be mindful to experience, pleasant and unpleasant, in a self-compassionate, non-judgemental way. A grasp and a love of the Irish language can help. Táim ag tnúth le bualadh leat. (Please note facilitator is not a fluent Irish speaker)
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.