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I have had a dedicated Hatha Yoga practice, and been working with Animal Medicine Cards, for over twenty years.

In 2005 I began five-years of intensive training in the Vipassana Meditation tradition, from which 'Mindfulness' meditation is derived. In that time I experienced two full years meditating for five hours every day, and since then over 20,000 hours on silent retreat.

I have meditated daily for 12 years and undertaken at least three silent retreats per year. I trained in Non-Violent Communication at Findhorn, Scotland in 2010. I started teaching Mindfulness Meditation soon after, then began teaching full-time and completed the Mindfulness in Schools .b training in 2012.

I was conscious of developing my own teaching style inspired by personal deep practice, an approach that was neither clinical (as in MBSR or MBCT) or religious (as in Buddhist or Christian approaches) in structure.

Since then I have taught thousands of adults and children to meditate - in schools, adult education, healthcare, families, businesses and individuals from all walks of life.

Since 2015 I have been studying Energy Medicine, EFT Tapping, and Geomancy - all of which transform trauma into peace.

I studied Fine Art at university, and in recent years have found a coherence between my creativity and spirituality that expresses itself in intuitive drawings.

I am nourished by living closely connected to Nature in the hills of County Donegal, Ireland, surrounded by rivers, woodland and bog. I have many wonderful people in my life and am blessed by living with dogs, cats, ducks, hens, and an organic honeybee sanctuary and garden.

I connect daily with the HayHouse Community and follow the 12-step Al-anon programme.

Read Aoife's Spiritual Memoir here
Released March 2017


Aoife Valley

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

I grew up in Northern Ireland during the 'Troubles', and experienced severe violence both inside and outside the family home.

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.

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

It is because of my daily meditation practice, that my life just keeps getting better and better, day by day.

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