Sahara Retreat

Saturday 4th - Wednesday 8th March 2017

Meditation Retreat\r\n\r\nThis is going to be the adventure of a lifetime. This is YOUR chance to switch off, unwind, relax and recharge! And all that you need to do is say “YES” and book your place.\r\n\r\nJoin us for 5 days in a secure and private camp in the Sahara Desert.  That’s 4 nights gazing up at the stars after the most beautiful sunsets.  That’s 4 mornings where you can watch in awe as the sun rises over the desert. If you are an early bird you will also be able to check the dunes for trails of the night’s activities.  And there’s more…

Art and Science of Happiness\r\n

Why should I attend The Art and Science of Happiness?

\r\nYou’ll learn lots of useful and practical tips on how to lead a Happier life and we feel that the world needs more of that! You’ll also learn about some of the fascinating scientific evidence of what makes us Happier. You’ll meet new people, have some fun and come away feeling empowered to create a Happier life for yourself and others.\r\n

Tell me more …..

\r\nFour years ago, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed March 20 to be the International Day of Happiness. It’s easy to understand why Happiness should have its own holiday! After all, it’s certainly something to celebrate. Research shows that Happy people are healthier both in body and mind, they get sick less often and live longer. Happy people are more likely to have fulfilling relationships with romantic partners, family and friends. They are more productive at work and have a positive influence on the work environment. Based on decades of research, it has become clear that happiness is not just a personal issue; it’s a matter of public health, global economics, and national well-being.\r\n\r\nBut being Happy doesn’t always come easy, as I’m sure you will agree. Constant pressure, either from others or ourselves to achieve and do more, endless “to-do” lists and more and more demands on our time and attention don’t necessarily make for a Happy life. In todays society, being “busy” has almost become a badge of honour while the comparison trap often leaves us feeling frustrated and disillusioned with our own lives. And even when we do make inroads with our goals and achievements, the pleasure this brings is often short-lived as we simply raise the bar higher and struggle on.\r\n\r\nFortunately, research suggests that happiness is something that anyone can cultivate with practice.\r\n\r\nOn this programme we’ll review and consider some of this research and we’ll share with you the behaviours and activities that have been proven to cultivate Happiness, leaving you to decide which ones might work best for you and fit most easily into your lifestyle.\r\n\r\nYvonne Smyth and Stephen Brown are the facilitators of this highly interactive programme which will combine research, videos, reflection and discussions.\r\n

Where & When does it take place?

\r\nIt’s a four week programme held on Thursday evenings and the venue is upstairs in the Synge & Byrne Café which itself is upstairs in the Harvey Norman store on Boucher Road (free parking available). Registration is at 6.00pm and feel free to grab a drink and snack from the Synge & Byrne Café on your way upstairs to where we will be working. We’ll conclude around 8.00pm each night.\r\n\r\nThursday 19th May 2016 – Thursday 9th June 2016\r\n

Tell me more about your programmes.

\r\nOur programmes are focused on providing you with tools and insights that will enhance your life. We will challenge you to think differently and provide a safe space to share your ideas, thoughts and experiences with other curious individuals.\r\nWe will also provide you with optional homework which you can use to carrying on your learning at home.\r\n

How much does The Art and Science of Happiness cost?

\r\nThe full price for the programme is £150 per person and as this is the first time we have made this course available in Belfast we are offering an introductory price of £100 with an early bird rate of £85! That’s all 4 nights for £85 if you confirm your place before Thursday 5th May 2016.\r\n

I have another question…

\r\nThat’s grand, email Yvonne at or Stephen at\r\n

Great, I’m all set, how do I book?

\r\nFollow one of the links below or click here

Date: 19th May 2016—9th June 2016
Time: 18:00-20:00
Event: The Art and Science of Happiness
Topic: The Art and Science of Happiness
Venue: Synge & Byrne Cafe
Location: Boucher Road
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself


A one-day workshop designed to show you how to transform feelings of anxiety, hesitation and fear into self-confidence, excitement, fun and purposeful action

\r\nUsing a range of tools and techniques, as well as some challenges, you will get the opportunity to shift some personal, and perhaps long held limitations, in your personal or professional life. Maybe both!\r\n\r\nThrough practical experiences, group discussions and personal reflection, you will explore the inner workings of the human mind: how we think, how we develop our desires, goals and fears and how we motivate ourselves, make connections, and give meaning to our experiences. We will look and use a range of tools and techniques for quickly changing how we think, feel and act.\r\n\r\nIreland Retreat\r\n\r\nAgenda\r\n\r\nHow are you as we begin?\r\n\r\nWe meet in a training room on the edge of the Mourne Mountains with captivating views over the Irish Sea. Here we briefly map the structure of how you are thinking and feeling before heading out for the first challenge.\r\n\r\nThe first challenge\r\n\r\nWe like to keep this as a surprise\r\n\r\nHow are you now?\r\n\r\nOnce back in the training room we share the excitement and fun. We also map the structure of how you are thinking and feeling at this stage. We then teach you some techniques which will help you lock in all the important parts of your experience\r\n\r\nTransforming hesitation, anxiety and fear\r\n\r\nAfter lunch we will explore the inner landscapes of our internal experience. We show you how fear, anxiety and hesitation work. This alone gives you more control. We go further – we then teach you two techniques for changing such thoughts and feelings.\r\n\r\nA bigger challenge\r\n\r\nAgain, this is a surprise but the ante will be raised! We believe, that you will be much more in control of your internal processes and that you’ll have a completely different experience.\r\n\r\nHow are you now?\r\n\r\nWe once again share the excitement and fun. We also lock in all the important parts of this day’s special challenges.\r\n\r\nExperiences Transferred\r\n\r\nThis is where we feel that our event scores over others. We test that techniques which we have taught and that the changes you have made are still secure. We then show you how to transfer your new found skills and your significant coasteering triumphs.\r\n\r\nSpecifically, we show you how to generalise these to those other parts of your life where you experience anxiety, hesitation and fear. And in our very last piece of work we show you how to have all your newfound resources available to you in the future.\r\n\r\nSummary\r\n\r\nThis is a packed course. There is plenty going on – both at the physical and the mental levels. You will have had enormous fun. You will have met and enjoyed being with others. You will have celebrated success together. You will have learned some powerful techniques for managing thoughts and feelings. You will have pushed yourself outside your comfort zones. You’ll have learned really important lessons about yourself.\r\n\r\nMost of all however, we believe that you will have changed. And that means you will then be able to do those other things that you’ve been putting off.\r\n\r\nAnd that, we believe, will be the biggest benefit of all. Because that means that you will be able to have more success in those areas of your life where you most want it.\r\n\r\nEvent details\r\n\r\nEarly Bird Tickets available until 22nd April 2016\r\nCatering: Breakfast and lunch included\r\n\r\nFull joining instructions will be forwarded when you complete your booking including directions and what to bring.\r\nStandard Ticket\r\n\r\n

Date: 10th June 2016
Time: 08:00-18:00
Event: Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself
Venue: Greenhill YMCA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

The Adventure of Silence is a three day retreat in rural Donegal.\r\n\r\nRetreat Ireland\r\n\r\nLife is busy. We live in a world where we are expected to be busy. Being busy is often viewed as a way of measuring how successful we are. Being busy means we don’t actually take time to breathe. We stop noticing the beauty around us and within us. We are plagued by emails, social media and a need to be available 247.\r\n\r\nWell now’s your chance to really unplug and get off the grid in a truly amazing location. You will be staying in a restored school house which is now modern while holding onto it’s original style. Accommodation will be shared in well appointed rooms and catering is included.\r\n\r\nThe Adventure of Silence is all about connecting with yourself and that means disconnecting from all of the distractions and pressures that you normally face. Every aspect of this retreat will be about realignment. You will get “head space” through the activities and “down time”.\r\n\r\nThis retreat will be a “real experience” that you will find both challenging and enjoyable. A lot of the time will be spent in silence but we will have designated times for sharing and discussing the learning that is taking place. We will use a number of experiences to enhance that learning and will include various meditations, mindful eating and an all night Fire Vision Quest.\r\n\r\nPlease note that mobile phones will not be allowed on this retreat. If you wish to take photos you will need to bring a camera. Note taking is recommended.\r\n\r\nThis retreat is limited to 16 people.

Date: 4th May 2016—6th May 2016
Time: 11:00am
Event: The Adventure of Silence
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Introduction to Mindfulness

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.\r\n\r\nMindfulness NI\r\n\r\nMindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in any given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.\r\n\r\nThis course will help you understand how Mindfulness came about, how it can improve you physically and mentally as well as showing your some simple techniques that you can easily apply to your new mindful life.\r\n\r\n

A jam packed three days with loads to learn and experience.\r\n\r\nI will give you the opportunity to walk on broken glass which is a brilliant metaphor that allows people to look at how they handle their fear and anxieties, the benefits of being totally focused and how problems are often not as big as we imagine them to be.  It also ties in really well when looking at procrastination.

Date: 25th March 2016—25th March 2016
Event: Food for the Soul Festival
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Leave behind business as usual on 8th March and step into the wonderful world of Potentialist Living where SUCCESS IS SIMPLE.\r\n\r\nConference Limerick\r\nTickets now only available from Gaye Moore\r\n\r\nWith a dynamic group of innovative entrepreneurs, we have created this one day event will show you how to\r\n


  • delete fear
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  • create joy
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  • achieve exceptional success in your life, business and health.
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\r\nThe event is a combination of keynote speakers, interactive workshops, mentoring and cosy couch sessions, Glass Walking and the opportunity to network, have fun and learn.\r\nExperience the power of reaching your dreams!\r\n\r\nTickets now only available from Gaye Moore\r\n\r\nPrice includes lunch, goodie bags and raffle

Date: 8th March 2016
Time: 08:30-16:30
Event: Success is Simple
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Know, love and be yourself

I was listening to the radio just the other day when I heard a song come on that took me right back to when I was 15 or 16.  I could remember, quite vividly, being at the local teenage disco.  I remembered dancing to that song and how I was comparing my dancing to some of the other boys.  Boys that I would have looked up to and I wished I could dance more like them.\r\n\r\nLove yourself\r\n\r\nI have no idea at what age in my life I started to compare myself to others.  Nor do I know when I stopped comparing myself to others.  I do know that I don’t do that anymore.  Something that I have learned over time, no doubt.  As I have matured and re-learned to be happy in my own skin.\r\n\r\nI know that I am me.  I like me.  There is no one quite like me.  And that is great!\r\n\r\n