Posted in the ‘Ireland’ Category

How Ireland Supports Creativity

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

I’m in the West of Ireland where in a few days I will meet 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 […]



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 […]



The Magic of Ireland

By • Jan 31st, 2014 • Category: Ireland, Nature

Whenever I mention the name Ireland people get a wistful, distant gaze in their eyes and breathe out a sigh of longing as if on some barely conscious level they feel the beauty and soul of the place. Inevitably they say, “Oh, I’ve always wanted to go there.” More than one friend of mine, with […]



A Brief History of Ancient Ireland

By • Nov 23rd, 2013 • Category: Ireland

One thing I love about spending time in Ireland is the strong sense of history one feels in the place. Ireland is loaded with ancient sites. There are over 1,200 huge stone tombs, dating back to at least the Neolithic period (Stone Age) as well as numerous smaller passage tombs, court tombs, wedge tombs, and […]



The Power of Dolphin Breathing

By • Sep 26th, 2013 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Ireland, life coaching, Nature

I spent time with a wild Bottlenose Dolphin who frequented the harbor of a small village in the West of Ireland. She would sometimes come close to the concrete steps that lead from the pier straight down into the sea. On days when the splash of the swell coming in from the Atlantic wasn’t too […]