THE PILLARS OF JOY
A forest bathing journey
"The ultimate source of happiness is within us"
TRANSFORM THE WAY YOU VIEW THE WORLD
Perspective ~ Humility ~ Humour ~ Acceptance
Forgiveness ~ Gratitude ~ Compassion ~ Generosity
In this course you will embark on a learning journey with nature following the signposts and teachings of two of the worlds greatest spiritual leaders. You will learn how to cultivate the virtues of your mind and heart in such a way that will empower you throughout your life. By learning about the Pillars of Joy you will have the tools to build a joyful life that is unique to you.
What is Forest Bathing?
The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku ( Forest Bathing) is health & wellbening practice with almost 40 years of scientific research demonstrating the vast physical and mental health benefits of this practice. It has been proven to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, risk of cardiovascular disease and help to regulate blood sugar levels. As well as that is has been shown to reduce the symptoms of ADHD, anxiety and depression.
It is a practice founded in the principles of mindfulness and has been practiced in countries such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Finland, Germany, Britain and USA for many years.
There is no bathing in water involved. Instead you will be bathing your senses in the ambience of a native Irish woodland.
What is included in the course?
27 hours of professionally guided Forest Bathing in an award-winning, private, native broadleaved woodland along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
The support of a Change & Development Guide
Interactive exploration of the Pillars of Joy inspired by the 2016 "Book of Joy" by the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Tried and tested practices to take home enabling you to continue to cultivate joy after the course conclusion
A welcoming, non-judgemental and safe space to be and express who you truly are
A group of new friends and pilgrims who journey with you and will provide a caring network of support
A hand carved talisman for each pillar that reminds you of your journey
Who should take this course?
Anyone who is interested in finding more joy in their life and is looking for tools to help them adapt to the changing nature of the world
Individuals who are interested in the practices of mindfulness and living in harmony with nature
Nature lovers who love the outdoors and want to reconnect with the world
Change makers and carers who are interested in facing up to and overcoming the challenges and suffering of life
Spiritual seekers who are looking for deeper, direct connection with what they believe in
People who want to slow down their life and live for what is really important
How does it work?
The course is delivered over 9 separate sessions at the award winning woodland of Longford Demesne, Co. Sligo. There will also be two weekends without a group session for you to rest & reflect.
Arriving at 9.30am you will be welcomed on site with tea, coffee & refreshments.
From 9.30 until 10.30 we will be indoors in our welcome hall for a group discussion of the topic of the week and reflection on previous weeks.
After that it is outside into the woods until 1.30pm where we finish the day with a seasonal tea ceremony from locally foraged plants.
While in the forest you will receive a series of invitations that allow for mindful exploration of the bio-diverse woodland while uncovering and questioning what joy means to you. Throughout the session there are opportunities to share and reflect with the group what you have discovered.
Each occasion that we meet we will explore a different pillar with the final meeting being an integration session on all that we have experienced.
After each session that you complete you will receive an integration practice for that pillar as well as a physical hand crafted wooden talisman as a memento.
The dates for the sessions are as follows:
September 6th - Perspective
September 13th - Humility
- Rest & Reflection week -
September 27th - Humour
October 4th - Acceptance
October 11th - Forgiveness
October 18th - Gratitude
- Rest & Reflection week -
November 1st - Compassion
November 8th - Generosity
November 15th - Integration
It is highly recommended that participants commit to attending each session in order to fully experience the power of journeying with a small group*.
All of the course will take place at the stunning Longford Demesne Woodland. Longford Demesne consists of 25 acres of old growth, native Irish woodland. In 2010 it was the winner of the RDS Forestry award for a Bio Diverse Woodland. The care of the woodland is in the hands of Yvonne and Declan Foley, Sligo natives who view themselves as protectors of the forest for the benefit of future generations. They practice Social Farming and aim to protect the historical integrity of the woodland while using regenerative practices. The site has a rich tapestry of flora and fauna and even contains an archaeological ringfort and fulachta fia that remind us that human communities have been living on and in harmony with the land and nature for millennia.
It is the most natural thing we can do. It is time to stop doing and start being. If you are ready to undertake this journey with us then please make contact today. We can't wait to meet you.
This course is limited to 12 participants
Full price: €220 per person
Installments: €55 x 4 payments
Deposit of €25 secures your place
*We recognise that it may be difficult for some people to make each of the dates outlined above, it is for this reason that this program can also be made available as a private package for 1-to-1s or private groups on dates suited to your calendar. Make contact to find out more or if you have any other questions.