Nourishing Life

Cultivating the Art of Change

courting the wild birds of shen

A journey into the stillness of the heart

June 15-16

An Sanctoir, Bawnaknockane, Ballydehob

by donation

“Your task is not to search for love, but merely to find and remove the barriers within yourself that you have built against it”


The heart is the centre of our being and the dwelling place of the spirit. Drawing on Buddhist and Daoist teachings, this two day retreat will explore the nature of the heart-mind and its relationship to our lived experience. Through the practice of dao yin, qigong and meditation we will initiate a process of purification of the heart field and central channel, quietening the chatter of the thinking mind and opening up the deep interior of our consciousness. In this way we may progressively come to rest naturally and effortlessly within the sky-like stillness that resides at the centre of the heart. When we become deeply absorbed into this stillness the experience of love arises spontaneously within us as a natural expression of life.

Gifted from the heart. In the spirit of these teachings this course is offered on a donation basis. One of the key qualities that ripens us for progress on the path of awakening is our capacity for generosity, the capacity to give of ourselves freely yet skilfully in accordance with our resources. There is no suggested donation - at the end of the course you will be invited to give what feels right to you based on your individual circumstances and the value you feel you have received from the work.

Practical details

  • Event fee is donation based 
  • Meals are not included.
  • Training hours are 10-6 with regular breaks.

our approach

We believe in training hard but having a lot of fun in the process

Lightheartedness and humour are essential qualities for this work and we try to keep a good balance in the classes between focused application and having a good time. We feel the training space should be an inclusive, safe and mutually supportive place where we can all learn together in a non-judgemental and non competitive atmosphere.

It is not necessary to be super fit or flexible but it is advisable to be in reasonably good shape and free of any major injuries. If you are interested in participating but are unsure if it is suitable for you please don’t hesitate to contact us for a chat.

The training is designed to initiate internal change and start to move you through several stages of inner transformation in preparation for spiritual cultivation. Participants should be aware that it can be both physically and mentally challenging and can be surprisingly strong at times. Come prepared to meet your edges, work hard and have lots of fun!