Day of Exploring Embodiment with Trish Haugh

Don’t miss this Day of Exploring Embodiment with Trish Haugh,  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 Marino College.

Date:  Saturday 9th November
Location: Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Ave, Clontarf.
Times: 10am – 4.30pm

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MTAI Teacher’s Retreat – 2020

Interpersonal Mindfulness Practice – Cultivating Mindfulness in Relationships.

31st January to 2nd February 2020.

Teach Brid, Tullow

Interpersonal Mindfulness Practice is based on the work of Gregory Kramer and his practice of Insight Dialogue. It is rooted in Buddhist wisdom and laid on a foundation of mindfulness. 

Developing interpersonal mindfulness skills leads to being more fully present and caring as we negotiate the delicate territory of being with others. The outcome of this is clearer communication and greater understanding of the effect of all our interactions.

The weekend is based on the principles of Insight Dialogue and the six Insight Dialogue Guidelines will be introduced and practiced. 

Read more about the weekend here.

There are limited places.  Please apply here.

MTAI at St John of God Wellbeing Fair

At a Health and Wellbeing fair for staff of St John of God Hospital (Dublin) in August, Mairead O’Keeffe (left) represented the MTAI.  Orlaith Donoghue (right), Head of Occupational Therapy, invited us to participate and she reported “ feedback was really positive and your input  was appreciated”.
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Prof. Brendan Kelly to speak at MTAI AGM

Brendan Kelly is Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght Hospital, and author of Mental Health in Ireland: The Complete Guide for Patients, Families, Health Care Professionals and Everyone Who Wants to be Well.  Author and co-authored of over 200 peer-reviewed publications and 400 non-peer-reviewed publications, his research interests include the epidemiology of psychosis, mental health services, the history of psychiatry, and human rights in mental health.

Prof. Kelly will  talk about the relationship between mindfulness practices and psychological therapies, mental illness and the like.

“There is a tendency to conflate general good living (running, broccoli, mindfulness) with psychological therapy.  Indeed, some people believe Buddhism is a psychological therapy.  And, in a sense, all of these things are good psychological therapy, but we must not place undue burdens or expectations on them; they are powerful but not all-powerful techniques for wellness.  I’m interested in that borderline, and that practitioners of mindfulness are confident in the navigating that borderline in a positive, helpful and confident way.”


MTAI AGM will be held in Cork on Saturday April 4th, 2020.  More details to follow

Dr Tony Bates becomes Patron of MTAI

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’.

MTAI at GP Conference

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.

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