The following comprehensive list is comprised of on-going, regular, and visiting facilitators to Ashe House:
Owner/Manager of Ashe House ,Centre for MindBody Integration
SRN, RM, Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist (CSP) with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Boulder, Colorado, Certified MBSR Teacher with the Institute for Mindfulness Approaches, Germany.
Anne trained as a General Nurse, specialising in the area of neuromedical/neurosurgical nursing, and then as a Midwife over 25 years ago. She has always been interested in the concept of Wellness and what that means for each person.
She has trained extensively in body-centred therapies: Swedish massage, Psychosocial Aromatherapy at LifeSpring Centre, Belfast, reflexology, nutrition and dietetics, yoga and also with the Irish Centre for Shamanic Studies.
Anne began a personal meditation practice in 1981, and since then has deepened into Mindfulness based practises and also Japa Mantra meditation. She began practising Japa Mantra Meditation almost 14 years ago, deepening her practice with trips to India, specifically the Himalayas.
Anne has also completed the International Yoga Teacher Training with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta School in Austria, lectured and taught by Yoga Acharya Swami Sivasdasananda in Asanas and Philosophy, and the Bhagavid Gita taught by the scholar and International Arbitrator and lawyer, Dr Charles Poncet.
With a concrete background and passionate interest in neuroscience, neurobiology and psychology, it was a natural progression to training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy- a body centred psychotherapy grounded in somatic psychology and neuroscientific research.
Anne is qualified as an Advanced Practitioner (Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist) by the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI), Boulder, Colorado, and is the sole Organiser and representative in Ireland for all Trainings offered by the Institute at Ashe House.
Since 2013, Anne has trained with the Institute for Mindfulness – Based Approaches (IMA), Germany, and teaches 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses regularly at Ashe House and other venues. She has completed Teacher Training with Dr Chris Germer and Dr Kristin Neff in Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) in Copenhagen, Kildare, and Shropshire, through the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP), Bangor University. Furthermore, she has completed Teacher Training in Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) with Dr. Erik van den Brink and Fritz Koster through the IMA, Germany. In 2015/2016 she has completed training with Dr Rick Hanson over a 2 year period in Germany in Positive Neuroplasticity (PNT).
Anne completed Supervision Training in Mindfulness Based Approaches with Cindy Cooper (CMRP) in February 2016
Mindfulness Based Self Compassion for Teens (MFY – Making Friends with Yourself) with Karen Bluth, University of North Carolina and Lorraine Hobbs, San Diego University , training held at Ashe House November 2016.
Anne adheres to the Irish Good Practice Guidelines for teaching Mindfulness-Based courses developed by the Mindfulness Teachers Network Ireland in 2016. (See guidelines) Anne is committed to a daily personal mindfulness practice, participates in annual residential teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreats, has regular supervision and on-going Continuous Professional Development and training.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Trainers
Tony Buckley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Counselling and is a certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, an experienced teacher and supervisor. Tony has also earned a Certificate of Education, Diploma in Gestalt Therapy and a Certificate in Advanced Studies Supervision. He is the manager of the Counselling and Trauma Service for Transport for London (London Underground) which offers a time-limited trauma service. He is on the teaching faculty of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and is the chair of the UK Association of Sensorimotor Psychotherapists. Tony has over 20 years experience in the therapeutic field which includes private practice, managing a university counselling service and 12 years in the field of adolescent counselling.
Ame Cutler, PhD, holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a research emphasis in the fields of transgenerational trauma and oppression. Dr. Cutler is employed as a psychological assistant under the supervision of Dr. Jadu Jagel, PsyD, PSY 23468. Her interest lies with the impact that the cycle of violence has on both victims of violent crimes and violent offenders, their families and communities. She is certified in the Hakomi Method and brings years of experience in a variety of body-oriented modalities to her work with individuals, couples, and groups. In working with those who suffer the aftermath of relational trauma, she combines interests in somatic practices, mindfulness, and indigenous wisdom to assist them in building a safer relationship with their own bodies.
Christina Dickinson, CAC II, is a founding trainer of SPI, a certified addictions counsellor, certified in Hakomi Therapy, and trained in Focused Expressive Psychotherapy. She has also trained in a wide variety of treatment modalities including EMDR, Pia Mellody’s model at The Meadows, Relational Life Therapy (couples work), and hospice. Christina teaches internationally on the subjects of trauma and addiction and maintains a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. Christina has taught at SBGI at Esalen, Naropa University, and teaches internationally for SPI.
Raphaël Gazon has a Masters degree in Psychology and in Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He is a certified practitioner in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and has trained in various treatment modalities in the field of psychological trauma and personality disorders. He has more than 15 years of clinical practice in various settings including university, day care psychiatry, drug addiction unit, home consultation service and private practice. Currently he is the Director of an emotional disorders specialized Psychotherapy Centre. He offers individual and group therapy for patients with severe personality disorders and complex trauma. He is an experienced supervisor and lecturer in the field of psychological trauma, attachment disorders and borderline personality disorder.
Gráinne O'Connor C.H.T., NAPCP
Grainne trained with PCI College in 1996 and is a registered Psychotherapist with the NAPCP. She went on to train in the body centred “ Hakomi Method”, first developed by Ron Kurtz, USA and is certified in this model. Grainne was so inspired by this work that she introduced Sensorimotor Psychotherapy into Europe, with Ireland holding the first training with Dr Pat Ogden as tutor( founder and Director of the Sensorimotor Institute (SPI ) , Colorado and successfully ran trainings with SPI for over 14 years. She is a Certified Practitioner in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and also gives Supervision to therapists and students trained in this method. Grainne also trained in” Spiritual Psychotherapeutics “ with Peter and Elizabeth Gill from the Waymark Centre (Part of the White Lodge Centre, London).
5 Rhythms Dance Movement, Open Floor, Embodied Presence, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Level 1and Level 2 Trained. www.embodiedbrain.ie
Based in Connemara, Co. Galway and delivering workshops at Ashe House and throughout Ireland and abroad, Caitríona Nic Ghiollaphádraig has been practicing the 5 Rhythms movement practice of Gabrielle Roth for over twenty years. In the early days of her dance experience, Caitríona worked closely with Gabrielle Roth and the Moving Centre core faculty in California before completing her 5 Rhythms Training with Gabrielle in 1997, thus becoming the first accredited 5 Rhythms Teacher in Ireland.
Caitríona is a natural born teacher and spent many years imparting her knowledge and wisdom to students before every studying the 5 Rhythms. She is passionate about integrating the paradigms and practices of modern neuroscience, mindfulness and the Buddhist-based teachings of Pema Chodron into her workshops and classes and witnessing how participants use these varied teachings alongside the physical dance to transform and ameliorate their lives.
Caitríona is a much respected and well-liked teacher who holds a very safe space, injected with a gentle compassion and great humour, that reassures and helps to anchor workshop participants. She skilfully applies an embodied approach to steadying the mind, opening the heart and meeting life’s challenges with resilience, grace and courage. In 2007 Caitríona completed her advanced teacher training in the emotional side of the 5 Rhythms and now regularly delivers on-going groups in both Connemara and Dublin called ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘Shadow & Light’, and ongoing courses in ‘Embodied Presence’.
Caroline Braham is an Integrative Body-Mind-Movement practitioner and educator. She is in private practice in London, runs regular Hakomi workshops and trainings, and has worked with individuals and groups in UK, Spain, France, Saudi, Lebanon, Malta, Russia and South Africa.
As well as being a Hakomi Practitioner and Trainer; Caroline is a Hellerwork Structural Integration Practitioner and Teacher; a Feldenkrais Practitioner; and has been trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS). She has a strong foundation in working with the body, mindful touch, movement, and self-study. All of these techniques assimilate curiosity, mindfulness, and the experience of the present moment as tools for transformation and healing.
Caroline is an attentive, spacious and creative teacher and practitioner with a passion for helping students and clients to make their own discoveries. She provides a warm, open, compassionate, and humorous space for exploration and change.
Her personal meditation and movement practice keeps her connection to the work alive.
The practice of yoga, simply put, allows us to be in control of our own health and wellbeing.
My mission as a yoga instructor is to give people the tools they need to keep themselves healthy in body, mind and spirit. I strive to challenge my students physically, but always within the limits of their bodies; and to help them experience the stillness within yoga asanas, that they can begin to bring into their daily lives.
As much as possible, I allow individual attention during classes, helping with good posture and alignment and bringing student’s awareness to the subtleties of their bodies.
I bring focus to pranayama, the subtle practice of breath control, throughout. Yoga Nidra, or meditation is of the utmost importance within my classes. The practice of Yoga has been developed to prepare the body perfectly for meditation, leaving it in a state of complete relaxation, and allowing the perfect flow of energy or prana through the body.
I encourage students to bring their practice home with them, to their own private space, allowing them to experience acceptance and stillness of emotions on their own, which brings empowerment beyond compare and, of course, all the health benefits which accompany it.
Yoga is the perfect complement to the therapies which I practice, ( Bio-energy and reflexology), allowing people to control and balance their own energies daily, and in so doing, bringing health and balance to body, mind and spirit and allowing that balance to naturally and beautifully spill over into their daily lives.
Fionnuala Gill holds an honors degree in Psychology from Trinity College, Dublin and an MA in Vocal Performance from the RSAMD in Glasgow. Having worked as a professional musician (singer and harper) for over twenty years she completed her mindfulness teacher training with the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (IMA, Germany) in 2010 and has been teaching eight week mindfulness courses in different settings on a regular basis since – both MBSR and MBSR/MBCT.
Fionnuala is a qualified yoga teacher (RYT 200) and is currently completing the Teacher Training Pathway with The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice in Bangor, Wales. She has completed the CMRP Supervision training and is a member of the Mindfulness Peer Supervision Group in the UK. She is passionate about the role that supervision plays in the development and nurturing of good teaching practice. Fionnuala adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines set out by the Irish Network of Mindfulness Teachers, thus receiving regular supervision while teaching and attending retreats and further mindfulness trainings each year.
Bal De Buitléar
(Mindful Self Compassion) MSC Certified Teacher
I am fully certified Teacher in MSC, trained Teacher in MSC for teens and young adults, trained teacher in Mindfulness and I am now also completing the certified Mindfulness Teacher training facilitated by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.
I have facilitated 8 week MSC Courses in the UK and Ireland, taught with Chris Germer and Christine Brähler on the 2015 and 2016 Holy Isle MSC intensives and taught the two day MSC Core Skills course. I also work as one of the consultation hosts for trainee MSC teachers.
I have enjoyed working in the field of mental health and emotional well-being for over 20 years both for the NHS and in independent practice. I have a B.Sc.(Hons) Human Psychology Degree, Mental Health Nursing Diploma and Cognitive Therapy Diploma. I am accredited with the BABCP and can offer work as a trainer, psychotherapist and supervisor offering therapy including: CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; CFT – Compassion Focused Therapy; Transformational Chairwork; I have attended three training workshops with Professor Paul Gilbert on Compassion Focused Therapy, including the three day retreat “Mindful Compassion”. In addition, I am a trained Laughter Yoga Trainer. Laughing is a great way to relieve stress, have fun and be happy. I am also training in Non-Violent Communication (Compassionate communication). I began my personal Mindfulness practice in 2002 and I have since undertaken further training and experience in Mindfulness-Based Approaches, including the first module of the Masters Degree at Bangor University, a 5 day Teacher Training Retreat run by Bangor University at Trigonos, three x 5 day intensive Mindful Self-Compassion Retreats run by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff, Emergent Intelligence run by Saki Santorelli, Hardwiring Happiness and Buddha’s Brain with Rick Hanson, week retreat with Lama Yeshe and other courses. I have also attended the recent PNT training with Rick Hanson on line. I also use Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion in my own healing journey to recover from a long-term chronic illness and to manage the challenges of parenting a child with special needs.
Dr Brenda Davies is a doctor, spiritual teacher, healer, author, public speaker, broadcaster and veteran workshop leader. She teaches internationally and her healing school operates in several countries around the world. Having lived for many years in Zambia, where she had a farm that became a home to many children and young people, she now lives in Wales. She still travels extensively though is now looking forward to semi-retirement and more time to write. She is a happy woman and loves people, nature, life and all it holds.