About Cormac LynchCormac Lynch has a MSc in Mindfulness-based approaches and has been teaching mindfulness to groups in the USA, UK and Ireland for over four years. He has an MBA from Stanford University and over 30 years experience working in the finance, oil and not-for-profit sectors, holding CEO positions in several organisations. He has also started (and closed down) a number of for-profit and not-for-profit entities. In addition to his mindfulness and business qualifications, he has a 1st class honours degree in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London. He is a guest lecturer on University College Dublin’s (UCD) Diploma on Child Mental Health and is also a member of the UK Network for Mindfulness-based Teacher Training Organisations and adheres to their professional guidelines.
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At the beginning of February, 28 members of MTAI attended a weekend retreat in Tullow, Co Carlow facilitated by Catherine Sutton. The theme of the retreat was ‘Insight Dialogue’, which has its roots in the Buddha’s early teachings on the human experience and the practice of Vipassanā meditation, and was co-created by Gregory Kramer and Terri O’Fallon. Over the weekend, Catherine paired participants up as she took them through a number of different practical exercises illustrating the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue.
- Pause – Stepping out of habitual thoughts and reactions into experience in the present moment
- Relax – Invitation to calm the body and mind
- Open – Extension of mindfulness from internal to include the external
- Attune to emergence – Entering the moment without an agenda
- Listen deeply – Listening mindfully, with an awareness that is relaxed and open
- Speak the truth – Discernment of what to say amid the universe of possibilities
People were nourished by the wonderful cooking of Dorene and the peaceful surroundings of Teach Bhríde in Tullow.
For more information on this type of training please contact Catherine Sutton on email@example.com
Julien Porzadny displays the MTAI poster at FÉILTE 2019, the Teaching Council’s annual Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence. This event celebrates the wonderful work that teachers do every day in their classrooms and gives teachers the opportunity to collaborate and share this work with each other and with the wider public. It was held in Galway on 27th / 28th September.
Sir, – Would the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore be willing to see what all the fuss is about by taking a mindfulness course himself so that he might be able to speak from his own experience and thus a more informed perspective? Mindfulness as it is taught in Irish schools has been adapted so that people of all religions and none can benefit from what it has to offer. There is a strong evidence base that many of us, even perhaps the bishop himself, can benefit from these trainings, in learning to contribute to the development of a less reactive, more compassionate and inclusive society. – Yours, etc,
The Mindfulness Teacher Association of Ireland,
Published in Irish Times on Monday 14th October, 2019
Don’t miss this Day of Exploring Embodiment with Trish Haugh in Limerick. Trish is a yoga teacher & psychotherapist with 35 years of working with movement and somatic attunement. Trish’s work includes, training The Feldenkrais Method, Developmental Movement and linking our physiology and psychology from a Wincottian Attachment perspective. Please have a look at her fascinating bio. This is an area that many of us do not feel so confident in and it will be a very worthwhile day in Limerick.
This day is open not just to mindfulness teachers but for anyone with an interest in the body-mind connection and who wants to find ways to be more at home. Gentle movement will be explored to restore this connection.
Places limited to 16, so early booking essential
Date: Saturday 23rd May 2020
Location: Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Co. Limerick
Time: 10:20am – 4.30pm
Cost: €40 for members and €30 for student members. €65 for non members.
Barbara Lynch (left), Nora Twomey (middle) and Anne Kirwan (right) representing the MTAI at the “Building Resilience through Mindfulness” Conference in University College Cork held on 7th September. Over 400 people attended the day.
Dr Tony Bates is the founder of Jigsaw, the National Agency for Youth Mental Health. After a long career in clinical psychology, he co-edited ‘Vision for Change’, the mental health strategic review in 2006. That work motivated him to create an NGO with a mission to provide mental health resources for young people. Jigsaw now has 13 centres across Ireland and has become a critical part of support services for young people in Ireland.
Tony is also credited as one of the people who brought the practice of mindfulness to Ireland following his own experience at the buddhist retreat centre in Plum Village, France with the spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh. He is the author of ‘Coming Through Depression, a Mindful Approach to Recovery’.
We had a stand at the recent annual conference of the Irish College of General Practitioners on the 3rd/4th of May which was held in the Conference Centre. Thanks to Ming Rawat a GP and a member of the MTAI for getting us a free stand.
Mairead O Keefe, Ming and Josephine Lynch manned the stall. There was some relief from GP’s as they understood there was now a professional body where they could refer patients to with some confidence.