Mindfulness is not a destination but a journey.
Learn | Practice | Embody | Love
Meet the Advisors
- Olive Houston
Some of the main areas students feel the benefit of Olive's support are as follows:
• Delivery of the Creative Kids Method; Mindful Heart Curriculum.
• Guidance and support throughout the modules.
• Olives personal experiences of course completion and different tools/practices used which helped her when setting up /planning classes/workshops.
You can schedule a call with Olive by emailing her at [email protected]. If there is something in particular you would like to discuss, you can let Olive know prior to call and she may have some extra resources ready to share with you. Currently, calls can be scheduled to last for half /1 hour increments.
- Jackie Farrell
If you wish to schedule a call with Jackie, you can do so by emailing her at [email protected]. Any specific questions can be emailed prior to the consultation, if wished. Calls can be scheduled for a half an hour duration or for one full hour.
- Dee Ryan
Dee has been practicing
mindfulness meditation for over 10 years. She is married to Declan and has two
lovely children Morris 14 and Hannah 13. She lives in the countryside in County
Clare. She has completed the Full Teacher Training course. She has a BA in
Social Care and worked as a Social Care worker for many years, gaining
invaluable experience in supporting people in various areas of their
life. Her work brought her around the country and further afield to Australia. She worked supporting young men in
the probation service in Waterford, Limerick Youth Service, Respite service for
children with intellectual and physical disabilities, supporting women and
children of the travelling community in Ennis, early school leavers in county
Clare, teenage girls in supported accommodation in Limerick City.
Dee believes it is important to work from your heart as much as from your academic training. She is a regular facilitator on the weekly personal practice sessions and really loves to hold space for others as they learn to meditate and support those growing their own personal practice.
“Establishing a gentle and loving acceptance of ourselves is paramount in expanding your ability to hold space for others, this takes patience and returning over and over again to this wellspring of grounded awareness is part of the practice”
Dee has a strong personal practice which has deepened her resilience in managing her own mental health. She understands anxiety and depression from both a personal and professional capacity. She has extensive practice in supporting people around challenges encountered as they go deeper with their practices.
Dee is passionate about supporting you on your journey and hopes to use her experience to empower practitioners to not only provide a professional service as a Creative Mindfulness Teacher but to also develop and grow their own inner sanctuary. Self-compassion is a practice she is passionate about sharing. Dee would love to support you on your mindfulness journey and is very approachable and authentic in her interactions with others.
Dee says she “sees mindfulness as a preventative and restorative resource to support mental and physical wellbeing and living mindfully promotes a deep connection to ourselves and from this deeper connection we can help, teach and offer guidance to others” If you would like to have a phone call or zoom meeting with Dee to explore any challenges you are experiencing in your personal practice contact her by email: [email protected] or message on 085 1658 206 to set up a time convenient for both of you. Dee is on facebook and instagram @present.moment.meditations
- Lindsey Crean
Lindsey is a mindfulness teacher and coach for children, teenagers and adults and works in one to one sessions and groups with all ages. Her background has been in adult education and she began her creative mindfulness journey in 2020, when she was looking for tools she could use in her parenting during the stressful and isolating time that was the Pandemic.
She started training in the creative mindfulness method with the idea of passing on the exercises to her son, but soon realised how much she needed and benefitted from this method. Wanting to go deeper into the practice, she completed the mindfulness teacher and coach training with Louise through the Life Practice Academy.
She has facilitated workshops for Mental Health & Well-Being Week and for the Moya Festival in Kerry, as well as classes in mindfulness for parents.
What Lindsey really appreciates about Louise’s training is the way in which it empowers people to attune to and resource themselves so that they are able to support their own mental and physical well-being. It is an empowering approach and a philosophy of teaching that Lindsey aspires to bring to her classes and one to one sessions.
Lindsey attends both Louise’s online retreats and workshops, as well as Sangha Live’s retreats as part of her continuous professional development and is dedicated to deepening her personal practice.
If you would like to discuss anything related to your own personal practice, you will be given a safe, kind, compassionate, non-judgemental, and confidential space where you can explore what has come up for you and identify what your needs are.
Please contact Lindsey at [email protected]
or phone/text 087 630 2155 to arrange an appointment via ZOOM.
What our students say about them
"Jackie gave me invaluable help and support to prepare me for my mindfulness classes. I was nervous about a few factors about a class I had coming up and Jackie gave me such great advice and tips about different things I could do, and more importantly she gave me the boost in confidence I needed to be able to do the class. After speaking to her I felt all my nerves melt away and I was ready to teach my mindfulness class from a calm place within. Nothing I asked Jackie was too big or small, she was able to guide me in her lovely compassionate way. I have so much admiration for Jackie, she has a truly beautiful gift"
I have my children's Creative Mindfulness completed. Very soon after completion I had been contacted by a school to deliver mindfulness sessions to primary school children, I was delighted to have been contacted, although I did feel myself panic a little. I was so delighted to know that I could contact one of the advisors on the team. I made contact with Olive Houston back in June of this year as I felt I would like to chat with someone who had experience in sharing the work of the Creative Kids Methods. I was sent an initial questionnaire so that she would have information gathered in advance. Olive had extra resources available for me and points already made out before our call had happened. Olive's dedication to this role is fabulous. This contact was the best thing I had done. Olive was so welcoming to me and made me feel very comfortable right from our initial contact. Olive's passion for her role as an advisor shone through, she had such a warm, caring approach and immediately made me feel at ease. Olive spoke with me on the phone, followed up by emails and messages, and she showed such interest in what I was asking for guidance with. Olive always explained to me about the importance of my own personal practice and how to look after myself when I felt overwhelmed by being approached by schools. With Olive's help, kind listening ear and guidance together we had a clear plan for what I wished to bring to the school. Olive made me feel so excited about bringing the amazing work of Creative Mindfulness to schools and I came away feeling very confident and reassured. I have since made further contact with Olive in October and again my time spent chatting and emailing was invaluable. Olive truly leaves no stone unturned in this role and has even checked in with me following my delivery of classes in schools.
I loved having my sessions with Olive and feel that she has even become a friend. This community is amazing, anytime I chat with Olive I feel so warm inside and so at ease, I have made a lovely connection with Olive, she has a fabulous manner and I would never hesitate to use the service of the Advisors again. It is a 5 star from me!! The advisor role is a fabulous addition of support and guidance for us all.
Thank you Louise & Thomas for making this possible."
- Adele Rice
"I recently booked a one hour session with Olive and it was amazing. Olive was extremely helpful and supportive. Olive emailed me prior to the call and asked what questions I would like to discuss. This gave a clear focus and structure to the call. Olive explained the information that I was looking for in detail to me. I benefitted hugely from the call and as my journey continues, I will be availing of this service again. The ladies who are in the advisor roles are so experienced and knowledgeable and offer a wealth of information."
- Bernadette Woods
"The session with Dee has really helped me to focus on what I need in order to support myself in my journey as a Creative Mindfulness Practitioner. I found the session brought a greater sense of clarity of my future goals and a deep sense of connection to the sacredness and importance of this work. It was a very empowering and uplifting experience. Thank You Dee!"
"For the past year I have put off asking for help.
Trying to sort it all out myself when what I really
needed was someone who would listen to me
and who could help me unpack the muddle of
procrastination I was swamped in.
For the life of me I could not identify the
mental or emotional blocks I had to finishing my
Full Teacher Training course. I had even
convinced myself I was happy enough to learn
all I could from the Tuesday night Webinars
without finishing the course.
Well, this morning I attended a one hour advice clinic online with
Dee Ryan and in that hour not only did we get to the bottom of my
procrastination, I had the most important discussion of my career to
date and here I am now refocused in my commitment to completing my
studies once more. I'm feeling so happy and inspired again thanks to Dee
for being the professional she is, listening to me and knowing
instinctively what was needed to help sort this difficulty out once and
for all. In the hour spent online with Dee, I found her to be a very
warm, supportive, professional advisor, who also has a lovely sense of
humour. Dee herself has journeyed the Full Teacher Training pathway and
the Creative Mindfulness for Kids Course and is well aware of the kind
of obstacles that can be encountered on these journeys. Now I know there
is a wise, kind-hearted Mindfulness Advisor I can connect with for
advice if I ever need help again on my journey to become a full-time
Teacher of Mindfulness. I've got such a lovely feeling of happiness now
that I'm back focused on my goal again. ❤ ♥.
Very best wishes, and kindest regards,"
- Catherine Hannon Kennedy