Slowing Down The Wheel Of Life Weekend Retreat

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2:00 pm
Josephine Lynch
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Shirley Copeland
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Teach Bride, Tullow, Co. Carlow
€335 ensuite, €320 standard

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Slowing down the Wheel of  Life.

Mindful practices for all aspects of your life

A weekend to pause, slow down and restore yourself  with the best of organic vegetarian food. In a warm and friendly environment, we will be taking time out from the frantic human doing and spending time to nourish the human being. As much as possible, the vegetables we are using have been sourced from  Kyrie Therapeutic Farm.

There will be a range of activities such as mindful eating, mindful movement, cooking creatively together, mindful walking and guided meditations. This allows  the chance of  enjoying what you are doing, while you are doing it, to become possible. These practices can serve as anchors in a frantic world.

Taking time to relax and enjoy the simple everyday experiences that we usually rush through, allows us to resource ourselves to meet life more creatively. When we slow down like this, we can become aware of  the limiting beliefs that can cause us to make poorer choices in our lives.  We will be exploring  how we often  speak to ourselves unkindly and we will take the time to learn a  more compassionate voice.

We are affected deeply by the world around us however we often under appreciate how we can affect the world in a way we might wish to. Mindful practices allows us to see this interconnection  and supports us in making better choices, for ourselves and the planet. Practicing appreciation and gratitude can perhaps  free us from the belief  that more is always better.

Jospehine Lynch and Shirley Copeland have been working together for many years in this area and are delighted to offer this weekend.

The retreat is open to  beginners as well as  people with experience.

Application form here

Price € 320 for single room, ensuite €15 extra. A number of reduced places offered  please email to enquire.

Venue Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co Carlow

Times Friday 17th check in at 5 pm till Sunday 19th after Lunch.



Josephine Lynch

M.A. in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches, Bangor University, Wales

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Josephine Lynch

Josephine Lynch, M.A. Mindfulness-based Approaches (Bangor University), Lic. Ac., Dip. Herbal Medicine, has also gained the Certificate of Competence to Teach Mindfulness-Based Courses from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University. She completed a two year programme with the Bodhi College in early Buddhist Psychology and its influence on contemporary practice.  She is also a qualified to offer supervision to mindfulness teachers.

Josephine was among the first people to bring the teaching of mindfulness in the tradition of Jon Kabat-Zinn to Ireland and has been teaching MBSR/MBCT since 2005. She also teaches Mindful Self-Compassion and, having undergone a period of intensive supervision, and has completed all requirements to become a fully certified teacher of the Mindful Self-Compassion program as outlined by the Center for Mindful Self Compassion.  Josephine was part of the team that brought the world renowned Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh to Ireland in 2012.

Josephine is one of the core team of teachers on the M.Sc. in Mindfulness-Based Interventions in UCD and had been involved in programme development and delivery since its inception in 2014.  

Josephine’s background is in Mind / Body Medicine and she has worked most of her life using acupuncture, shiatsu and herbal medicine to foster mind / body wellbeing. She was involved in developing and working with Sláinte Pobal in Dublin in the 1990’s,  an initiative to bring courses in health education into areas of socio economic disadvantage.

Josephine was one of the founder members of the professional body, the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland ( which represents mindfulness teachers in Ireland and was its first chairperson from February 2018 until October 2020. She has been organizing CPD for mindfulness teachers and teacher trainees since 2008, fostering and supporting the development of a strong community of mindfulness teachers in Ireland.

Josephine is one of the founders of The Mindfulness Centre (, 2008), and she is co-director of the 18-month Professional Mindfulness Teacher Training programme which the Centre has been running since 2015.

Mindfulness Based Invterventions, Retreat Chef

Shirley Copeland


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Shirley Copeland

Shirley Copeland’s career encompasses many areas of Health and Wellbeing.

She trained in Macrobiotics in London (Community Health Foundation) as a Medicinal Cook and in Switzerland (International Macrobiotic Institute) as a Chef.

Shirley’s life long interest in Food, Health and Wellbeing has also led her to studying Aromatherapy, Nutrition, Mindfulness, Health and Wellness Coaching and more recently the areas of Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (MB EAT) and  Mind Body Eating Coaching (MBEC)

She has run her own catering and restaurant businesses and worked as a freelance chef for Mindfulness Training Courses and  Retreats.( The Mindfulness Centre and the MTAI,UCD, SHEP, Mindfulness Ireland, Plum Village).  She has introduced “Mindful Practice in the Kitchen” to many people. This is a practice that has helped people see how to apply mindfulness in their everyday life.

Shirley can be contacted on her email at

(She is currently creating a new website)

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