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Deep Mindfulness /
Practical Compassion

Since 2010 I have taught thousands of adults and children to meditate - in schools, adult education, healthcare, families, businesses and individuals from all walks of life. I have held weekly classes, silent retreats and worked with people 1-1.

From 2005 I trained intensively in the Buddhist tradition of S.N. Goenka for five years, experiencing two years practising Vipassana meditation (from which the current 'mindfulness' is derived) for five hours every day. I spent a year practising and working at Gaia House and engaged with the nun's community at Amaravati and Cittaviveka in England. I have sat over 20,000 hours on silent retreat and had a strong daily practice since then.

I trained in Non-Violent Communication at Findhorn in 2010, where I was called to teach mindfulness meditation. From there I developed my own independent teaching style centred in compassion. I teach in a practical, non-religious way.

My spiritual practice began early. Growing up during the war in Northern Ireland I experienced prejudice and violence outside the home, and abuse, neglect and poverty within my family. I found solas in connection to the natural world, school and spiritual teachings, and started a hatha yoga practice in my late teens which remains part of my daily routine to this day.

After my Fine Art degree in England I came back to Ireland and worked in cross-border and cross-community arts projects with teenagers and conflict resolution with adults. I continue to create art and write every day. In 2017 I finished my first books, including the popular The Handbag Book for Women.

Alongside my spiritual work I offer eco education work with Changemakers Donegal, The Honeybee Helpers, Beeing Weisel and The Organic Centre.

I am nourished by living in tune with the cycles of the land and my animal companions and am an organic gardener and natural beekeeper.

 

Aoife Valley 2019

 

I came to meditation in my late 20s, after years of chronic pain, panic attacks, insomnia and depression.

When I went on that first silent retreat my life changed completely; I had finally found a way to heal the traumas of the past and express my true voice.

To me these meditation techniques are a birth right, and this is why I teach: I know from personal experience that we really can heal from anything, no matter how terrible.

It is because of a daily practice of meditation and self-care that my life gets better and better each year.

 

 

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