Each year is a new beginning. Every day is a new beginning. Every moment is a new beginning. With the energy of the new year, we invite you to a short joyful workshop on beginning anew with our bodies. Most of us have a warring relationship with our bodies or live in our minds, disconnected from the body. When the body displays aches and pains or does not match our standards of beauty or perfection, we get angry at it. How would it be to be noble friends to our bodies, to listen deeply to and care for our bodies?
The Celtic festival of Imbolc marks the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Imbolc means “in the belly.” On this day of light and hope, through a few joyful practices and sharing of our experience, we will explore reconnecting to our bodies and sample ways to feel at home, whole, joyful and strong in our bodies. For it is through and with our bodies – and not despite them – that we will awaken.
DATE AND TIME
The workshop will take place online (Zoom platform)
Wednesday, 2 February 2022 at 8:00-9:30 (Ireland Time), 9:00-10:30 (CET).
This is a donation based event. Suggested amount: 22 Euros (88 TL for those residing in Turkey & KKTC) More is welcomed 🙂
You can register using this link. Please check your spam folder to for the confirmation email with the Zoom link. We look forward to beginning anew with our bodies with you. With any questions, please email us at
ORLA O’SULLIVAN, PhD, Mindfulness Training & Consultancy
Orla has been practicing mindfulness for over 22 years in the tradition of Plum Village / Thich Nhat Hanh. She teaches mindfulness internationally to all ages and has created several initiatives to share mindfulness in fun and creative ways. Her courses for families are founded on learning together as a family, blending mindfulness and character strengths and positive neuroplasticity. In Ireland, Orla works directly with NEPS (National Educational Psychological Service), parents’ associations, schools and after-school groups, and was a co-organiser of Family Day – Ireland’s largest celebration of the diversity of the family in Ireland today. Internationally, Orla is the International Co-ordinator for Wake Up Schools, a founder member of the Community for Contemplative Education, and is an advisor to the World Happiness Festival.
AYŞE DAYI, PhD, Orca Dreams
Ayşe is a psychologist, medical sociologist and mindfulness trainer who currently resides in Berlin. She received her B.A. degrees in Psychology and in Political Science & International Relations from Boğaziçi University, Turkey and PhD in Human Development & Family Studies and Women’s Studies from Penn State University, U.S. She worked over 15 years in universities in the U.S., Turkey, Switzerland, and Germany in women’s studies and psychology departments. In November 2020, integrating her academic knowledge on health and psychology with her mindfulness knowledge and practice (on meditation, qiqong and Reiki), Ayşe established Orca Dreams: Platform for Mindful Living. The platform offers training, programs and consultation on mindfulness and holistic health to individuals, groups and institutions in Turkey, Germany and beyond.