Building a Home for your Heart – Course Schedule 8th-10th June 2012

Building a Home for your Heart – Course Schedule 8th-10th June 2012

FRIDAY

4.00 Arrival

5.00 Conscious Cooking Class

  • Spelt Bread
  • Wheat germ soda bread
  • Beetroot and Parsley salad
  • Indonesian Coconut Soup

7.00 Supper

8.30 Evening meditation and Yoga

SATURDAY

8.00 Morning meditation and Yoga

9.00 Breakfast

  • Porridge served with optional seeds and raisins (Oats are a warming tonic for the Qi. They strengthen the Spleen and benefit the nervous system and the bones), Fresh fruit,Yogurt, Muesli, Selection of Breads all of which are baked fresh daily by the Hunky Chunk including Spelt and pumpkin seed, Fruit soda, Wheat/gluten free with sunflower seed, No Yeast cheese and herb and Fresh Orange Chai

10 -1.00 Shiatsu Bodywork – Meridian stretches Acupressure points and Traditional Chinese bodywork for the Heart

1.00 Main Meal

  • Stuffed Peppers, Giant Baked Beans and Jordanian Green Salad with edible flowers
  • Tropical fruit Salad with Sesame treats

2.00 Free time for walks in the grounds or a swim at the beach

5.00 Conscious Cooking Class

  • Roasted Red Pepper Soup
  • Five Herb Pesto
  • Tabouleh Salad
  • Yogurt, Cheese and herb bread

7.00 Supper

8.30 Evening meditation and Yoga

SUNDAY

8.00 Morning meditation and Yoga

9.00 Breakfast

10.00 – 1.00 Shiatsu Bodywork – Meridian stretches, Acupressure points and Traditional Chinese bodywork for the Heart

1.00 Main Meal

  • African Cannellini and Chickpea Curry (mild) served with apple salad and basmati rice. Chickpeas nourish the Stomach and Heart and together with the warming spices are useful against damp conditions. Coconut gives sweetness and grounding for the heart
  • Coconut Macaroons with rhubarb fool

2.00 Closing Ceremony

There are a few places available including a couple of single rooms. To book please email joannefaulkner@live.ie of phone me on 086 607 0432 for more information.

This course schedule is an outline and may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as available ingredients and the weather J

Ancient Wisdom & Modern Nutrition

The Whitefriar Community Centre, an inner city Dublin based community group, is funding a series of my cooking classes. I have already run 12 sessions and the community group has very kindly said that the following five classes are open to all who wish to drop in – its a bargain at €4 per class. Don’t worry about booking – if you are about just pop in, learn a few new dishes, see where they fit into the Chinese medicine viewpoint and have a tasty snack/lunch at the end of it all. Feel free to pass this on to anyone you know is in the Dublin City Centre area and would be interested.

17th May Liver/Gall Bladder – Sour

  • Apple and Rhubarb Crumble
  • Carrot and Celeriac salad
  • WSpinach/Camembert Wraps

24th May Heart/Sm Intestine – Bitter

  • Coconut Pancakes
  • Beetroot Salad
  • Pomegranite Salad

31st May Stomach/Spleen – Sweet

  • Sweet Cous Cous Salad
  • High Energy Oatbars
  • Squash & coconut Soup

7th June Lung/Lge Intestine – Pungent

  • Poached Pears
  • Masala Omlettes
  • Red Pepper Houmous

14th June Bladder Kidney – Salty

  • Stir Fried Black Beans and
  • Brocolli in a hot and sour sauce
  • Chocolate Chip Oatcakes

All sessions are on a drop in basis and do not need to be pre booked. The charge is €4 which also includes sampling the food cooked during the class. Recipes are subject to change due to availability of ingredients.

Time: 10.30 – 12.30
Cost: €4
Where: Whitefriar Community Centre, Aungier Street
(Walk up Aungier Street towards Camden Street, pass the Carmelite Church, Avalon Café and the YMCA on your right. After the Vincent de Paul shop there is a red door with a brass plaque saying Whitefriar Community Centre on it. Knock on the door)

If you have any questions call me on 086 607 0432

Building a Home for your Heart – Course Schedule 8th-10th June 2012

Shiatsu and Children

I am inspired to write this not to instruct as to specific acupressure points for children but because the more I work on people the more I realise the wonder of touch. To be touched in a connected and loving way supports the stomach and spleen meridian. It literally holds the body. Poor stomach and spleen energy leads to, amongst other things, poor muscle tone and prolapse. By simply connecting with another’s body through conscious touch, the body is nurtured, relaxed and supported, it begins to heal itself. There are specific points that will accentuate this at a deeper level but if your child is having eating problems or actually any kind of problems at all, the first step is to hug them, hold them and stroke them. Let them feel the support and acceptance that flows through our touch. We don’t need to fix them we just need to accept and support them as they are. It’s the same for us all, only when we accept things as they are can we shift our patterns of behaviour, transforming and growing through flow rather than with force.

The stomach/spleen meridian is archetypally the mother meridian of the body. Not only does it support us but it also enables us to receive. Sometimes if I try to hug my child when he is in the vortex of an angry outburst, he resists my touch, he wants to stay in his anger, he feels its power. But then I feel him soften and he accepts my touch. Einstein is quoted as saying one of the most important choices you can make is to decide if the world is hostile or benevolent. I see the world as an abundant and supportive place but the ability to receive it’s bounty often has to be practiced. I have clients that take time to be able to receive the shiatsu treatment. They hold onto their body and muscles sometimes only finally letting go and relaxing into the shiatsu touch in the last five minutes of the treatment. The abundance and support of mother earth is out there just waiting for us to receive. Practice accepting, if someone offers you a compliment, don’t excuse it or brush it off, simply say thank you. Go and sit in nature and breathe in the bounty of the air and feel the earth supporting you, book a massage or take ten minutes in your day to ask what you’d really like and give it to yourself. “For it is in giving that we receive”. So whether you be male or female be a supportive and loving mother to yourself or to your children, hug and be hugged.