Posted in the ‘Ireland’ Category

The Power of Creating New Stories

By • Nov 27th, 2017 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Ireland, Life Coaching, Writing Ideas

The universe is made of stories not atoms. – Muriel Rukeyser Ireland holds a deep tradition of storytelling that goes back thousands of years, even beyond the arrival of the Celts, to the Megalithic people who built the astronomically aligned burial tombs that are a thousand years older than Stonehenge in England and the pyramids […]

What I Love About Ireland

By • Sep 16th, 2017 • Category: Ireland

People who have journeyed to Ireland with me have repeatedly thanked me for sharing my love of the place with them. It got me thinking about all that I love about Ireland and the Irish people. It’s a long list. I thought I’d share a bit of it to give you a feel for the […]

Beannacht by John O’Donohue

By • Jul 9th, 2017 • Category: Ireland, Poetry

John O’Donohue (1954 to 2008) was a poet, theologian, and philosopher. Authored several books, including Anam Ċara, Beauty, and Eternal Echoes. This poem Beannacht (the Irish for for Blessings) John wrote for his mother after the death of her husband, his father. John grew up speaking the Irish language on a farm in a remote […]

How Ireland Supports Creativity

By • May 3rd, 2017 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Ireland, Poetry, Writing Ideas

I’m in the West of Ireland where every May I lead a small group of travelers as we explore the music, myths, magic and mystery of the place, the people and the culture. I am always struck for the support for the arts in Ireland and just discovered a poetry walking tour in Galway City […]

The Invisible That Supports the Visible

By • Dec 9th, 2016 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Ireland, Life Coaching, Nature, Writing Ideas

I just listened to an interview with the late Irish poet John O’Donohue where he tells a wonderful story from Africa that he got from poet Robert Bly’s book The Soul Is Here For It’s Own Joy. As it goes, there is a man with a herd of cows who notices that they are not […]

The Profound Beauty of John O’Donohue

By • Sep 16th, 2016 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Ireland, Poetry, Writing Ideas

We can slip into the Beautiful with the same ease as we slip into the seamless embrace of water; something ancient within us already trusts that this embrace will hold us. – John O’Donohue Beauty brings us alive. As we focus our attention on the beautiful we are immersed in the here and now. Whether […]

Traveling in the Flow

By • Apr 9th, 2015 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Ireland, Life Coaching

On my first trip to Ireland I didn’t book anything ahead. I had the sense that it was important to let my heart and inner knowing guide me. I had studied the Lonely Planet Guide to Ireland and carried it with me so I understood the geography and the options for places to stay and […]

Ireland and the Power of Story and Imagination

By • Feb 2nd, 2015 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Ireland, Writing Ideas

On my first visit to Ireland, I went to Matt Molloy’s pub in Westport, County Mayo and had the delight of hearing a traditional storyteller. I could feel the enchantment woven through this oral tradition. The same way I have witnessed people’s attention held in a wondrous way from my own involvement with spoken word […]

The Mystery and the Irish Language

By • Jan 27th, 2015 • Category: Ireland

One of the things I really value about spending time in Ireland is the implicit acceptance of the mystery, the way the mythic is at play in the world. You see it in the mural in the Dublin airport honoring the druidic connection to the oak trees and the magnificent sculpture in the Park of […]

The Call of Ireland

By • Dec 12th, 2014 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Ireland

Some years ago in answer to a deep inner calling I began studying all things Irish; the history, mythology, culture and language. I went on my own journey to the West of Ireland where my grandfather came from. On approach to the Shannon Airport the plane passed low over the end of the runway where […]