The main Training Room is a lovely space – it is surprising how many people can fit into it – and yet at no time did it feel overcrowded. Warm in Winter and cool in Summer – lots of light – I did some really good work during my time there. Excellent Trainers – open, interested in us and our learning, very high level of skills.
Again, I will emphasize how safe it was, with advanced level students acting as a good support to all the participants wherever needed.
The Body Psychotherapy Training I received then, still stands to me today in my practice; I feel fortunate that I was able to be part of it the entire experience.
I am so happy to support the excellent work being done by Anne Kirwan and her colleagues at Ashe House, both in the field of training, as well as in the capacity of Body Psychotherapists in private practice. AD
I completed both trainings here and due again to it taking place in Ashe House and receiving the training from world class tutors…I have truly never enjoyed a training as much. There was always the aura of utter Professionalism, work ethics, a warmth and encouragement at all times from the trainers here in Ashe House…I felt valued, heard, accepted and safe during the life changing training…both personally and professionally. The training is both lecture orientated and experiential…My experience involved plenty of laughter too and a true sense of “we are all in this together” a fabulous training with friends made for life.
I met Anne Kirwan a number of years ago…Knowing Anne has made my life so much richer…Anne is all about…for me…welcoming and feeling accepted without judgement.
Her gift is all about putting people at ease, in her venue, on the trainings…nothing ever appears to be too much.
She exudes warmth, presence and always room for laughter…She is hugely professional and trustworthy. RS
Well the 18 months or so of the course went very quickly and Ashe House had a very profound effect on my psyche. In the breaks during course modules. I would often dream of walking through the gardens. I think it became my safe space where psyche and soma could play together. Anne was consistently warm and welcoming and I could easily forget and often did that this was her home. She clearly offered it freely and openly to us all as learners and my sense of this left me feeling an overwhelming sense of being privileged to contribute something of myself to this amazing space with its rich history.
The course facilitators and helpers were a mixture of genuineness, congruence, fun and consistent in their interactions. I like the way each and every individual was acknowledged and cared for. The Sensorimotor Training calls upon the willingness to allow vulnerability to just “be” and I feel the combination of the natural surroundings and the human qualities of the trainers and helpers made it an emotionally containing experience such that one could take the huge risks necessary for development, progression and learning. I’ve named the experience “vulnerability’s cradle”. MJ
I did the Sensorimotor Trauma 1 training in Ashe House 3 years ago. The training has been invaluable to me personally and to my practice. Anne Kirwan owner of the venue, host and facilitator welcomed and nurtured our every need. It was a challenging training and a delightful experience in a wonderful location many thanks Anne. ND
I thought the Level 1 Training was great, then the Level 2 got even better. It seemed to be the missing piece that I didn’t know was missing, bringing it all together so that it was a whole. I left resourced and inspired, in awe of the magnificence of SP and its capacity to transform lives. I’ve benefitted, my clients have benefitted – my work is deeper and richer, yet simpler somehow. Hey, and on the way, I had fun too – dancing, singing, laughing, eating, making great new friends, and all in the warmth and gentle beauty of Ashe House. Really, what more could a therapist wish for! LM
I went to Ashe House for numerous courses including the Level 1 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training and Level 2 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training. I also attended training days in meditation and movement workshops. The facilities are clean and spacious always with a very warm and helpful face available to assist in any way. TC
Level 1 and Level 2 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training inspiring and life changing. The trainers have been the key for me. JD
‘The Noticing’ by Terry Shevlin
Used by kind permission
Early summer sun offered purposeful and yet soft beams of light into that space. Gentle sounds, ‘otherworld’ vibrations on the ear. ‘ Leaves that whisper ancient wisdom’. Skillfully crafted metal, tentatively touching, conducted by the ‘maestro’ breeze, declaring a melody for ears that chose to hear. Aroma of perfume and scent, of breath and life, an assembly of ‘beings’ preparing to ‘be’.
The swish of fabric, vibrant, resplendent, zestful ‘’I am alive don’t you see’’, declared the sentient material. She began to say the words in a soft soulful voice, drawing upon places within, familiar and new, the noticing began.
Around the room ‘soma’ softened and expanded, seemingly small adjustments made in ‘awakening’ to the inner eye, the felt sense of muscle, tendon and bone. A universe, a cosmos within, entered without fear of ‘falling’ or ‘lostness’. Curiosity and love gluing each eternal moment to that ‘third’ way of seeing, beyond ‘reason’ or ‘understanding’.
‘Others’ words are caressed off the page by ‘her words’, re-crafted in moments of embodied heart, drifting lazily yet precisely, soft and yet strident, in ‘nothingness’ and ‘everything’, finding their places within, to quicken, heal and restore. In an eon it is over, yet wondrously it has just begun, like a breath that has neither beginning nor end, constantly nourishing without register.
Temporal time dictates ‘this space’ will no longer host ‘that’ communion of ‘beings’, drawn from compass points near and far, intonations that rise and fall, like the drumlins and flatlands of their birth. But still your heart ‘sacred child’, ‘precious youth’, ‘wise-self’’ and once again feel that familiar, yet new sense of ‘early summer sun and soft beams of light, dancing freely to the cadence of Ashe House’, forever together in the ‘noticing’.
Terry Shevlin July 2014
This poem is based on a level two Sensorimotor training in Ashe House, Dublin, in the summer of 2014. It is my interpretation of our ‘noticing practice’ led by the trainer Christina Dickinson, and a tribute to the fabulous therapists, assistants and co-trainer (Tony Buckley) who started off as colleagues and are now soul friends.
I was honoured and surprised that on the penultimate day of the level II Cert training, on Saturday 28th January 2017, Tony chose to use this in our morning attention practice.