spring workshops 2019

Calling 1 - living in the glow of ripeness


Saturday March 30, 2019

mindfulness centre, dublin 2

‘For that is what is lost in so many lives... a sense of personal calling, that there is a reason I am alive…there is a reason my unique person is here...’

James Hillman

Calling is one of the most intimate - yet often neglected - elements of our identity. When we learn to listen out for Calling, we see that it is not just one linear thing over the course of a life, but something that keeps revealing itself. It alters in subtle ways and takes new forms at different points. Supporting us to stay tuned to what is truly 'ripe' and fresh in our current relation to Calling is one of the reasons I offer this workshop.

On this workshop, we devote a day to deepening our connection with Calling. For some of us that will be to refine our sense of a particular calling; for others to regain a sense of purpose; and for some to stumble upon or clarify a purpose we have missed or underappreciated. Each of us will be supported in clarifying our inner visions and instincts about where and how we wish to place our energy now…

Calling 2

Expression & Surrender - Unified Action

Saturday, April 27, mindfulness centre, dublin 2

‘When I don’t know who I am, I serve you,

when I know who I am, you and I are one…’



This will be a follow up workshop open to anyone who has participated in one of my Calling workshops over the past couple of years or on March 30.

I am really looking forward to broadening our perspective on the context and value of Vocation. This workshop will draw particularly on the beautiful work of Stephen Cope, (in which I have been immersed over the autumn and winter). A senior teacher at Kripalu and a former psychotherapist, Cope has drawn richl on the Bhagavad Gita to open up themes of devotion, surrender, and action as dharma. So this workshop will bring a more consciously ‘spiritual’ perspective to the theme, and will also be influenced by my experience of collective practice spaces, and how the collective can support us identify and keep faith with our gifts.

‘let go of the fruits of your actions’

Krishna to Arjuna

roof tiles and terraced fields, la gomera…

roof tiles and terraced fields, la gomera…


“how shall the heart be reconciled to its feast of losses...?” from Layers, by Stanley Kunitz

This questions speaks to my work in many ways, capturing the richness and uniqueness of our lives, the wish to integrate and find nourishment and peace with all that we have lived through, both difficult and beautiful. In my writing, workshops and psychotherapy, I try to create space where we can hear from ourselves deeply and freshly, and make good room for what we find there. If you’d like to be on a mailing list, are interested in online events, or have a query re psychotherapy, please register here:

You are welcome to explore the writing and resources on the site - much of it about learning to be with challenging experience in nourishing and expansive ways, often informed by psychology and spirituality and the space between them. 'Words' contains a miscellaneous collection of themes; 'befriending sadness and the pain body' gathers a number of different pieces that speak to how deeply emotional pain can affect some of us, and how we may meet it more sustaining ways.

my words do not aim to capture truth or be definitive, but to offer a momentary perspective that may open space or yield comfort, insight or freedom, wherever they land in you.

thank you for visiting,

Emma Philbin Bowman