“May someone who knows and loves
The complex village of your heart
Be there to echoe you back to yourself
And create a sure word-raft
To carry you to the further shore.”                    From: For the Dying, John O’Donohue

Areas covered include:

  • The energy system of the body and soul
  • Developing our own awareness so that we can be fully present to ourselves and with others
  • Mindfulness, healing presence and compassion
  • Healing arts – complementary therapies, sound, music, poetry, writings
  • The cycles of life and death from a Celtic Spirituality perspective
  • The importance of ritual before, during and after death
  • Healing beyond words

This is a residential retreat focusing on experiential learning. Throughout the retreat we will be working with the energy of death in many different ways. Our days will be based on mindfulness and compassion – for ourselves and for those others attending. We will act as a community and support and nurture each other as we explore the transition of death from a soul/spirit perspective. The group will be small to ensure support for your individual journey.

Dates: 18th-20th October 2019
Location: Villa Nova Retreat Centre, Bundoran, Co. Donegal

Villa Nova is a large, retreat house over-looking the atlantic ocean.
Cost: €300.00 

Cost includes simple, single-room accommodation (shared bathroom facilities) and all meals (home-cooked, vegetarian menu).

(I am very conscious of the financial times we live in, and never want anyone to be excluded from attending any of my workshops due to financial concerns. I am happy to discuss payment by installments or explore alternate means of exchange.)

What others have said about their experience of The Soul's Journey Home Retreat...........

  • 'To say the souls Journey Home was a life changing experience for me is an understatement. It literally changed my life. I went into the experience with little knowledge about what to expect. I thought it might be relevant to me in my work life, as I nurse people who are living with the awareness that they are dying. However, it was so much more than a reflection of life and death. I had a profound experience which made me really attune with myself and my real life purpose...... what I wanted and what I would no longer accept. It was an awakening of my soul, a soul that had been dimmed and dulled by life, by work, by children, by family, by drink and lifestyle that wasn’t actually true to my soul at all. This weekend is a defibrillator for your soul. And for you and who you truly are and always were!' Liz, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palliative Care

  • 'The Soul’s Journey Home is a gentle yet profound way to explore death. Under Moya’s assured guidance, the individual and the group challenge the Irish fascination with - but the total unwillingness to honestly discuss – death and dying. By trying to better understand the energy, necessity and beauty of death, one’s life can become more meaningful. The days are filled with engaging discussions, quiet reflections and self-discovery. You are not simply told what death is; you are encouraged by Moya and the group to discovery what death, dying, life and living means to you. Attending this workshop will empower the individual, and gift them with the ability to assist themselves and those whom they love with the inevitable experience of dying.' Barry, Librarian

  • 'Moya's ability to guide the group with incredible insight, deep compassion, and humour in exploring death as an energy, was a sometimes challenging but definitely an empowering and enjoyable experience. For many years, it had been a natural protective mechanism of mine to skirt around emotional wounds. I avoided feeling, in order to cope with grief and loss, and in the process lost a piece of my soul. Doing The Soul's Journey work allowed me to find another way of facing loss, embracing the journey of dying and renewing my being and soul.' Clare, Nurse in Complementary Therapy, Palliative Care

About Moya........
I am often asked ‘How can I assist someone as they are passing from this world?' My answer is: by being fully present with them. And in order to be fully present we must have explored our own views of death. This has led me to facilitate workshops to share my knowledge with others. Years of experience meditating, practising and teaching energy healing and shamanic work, and working with people with a life-limiting illness, has brought me to a place where I can humbly sit with the passing soul acting as a companion and sometimes a guide. I am passionate about teaching and feel privileged to be able to share my knowledge with others.

I am a Registered General Nurse and hold a degree in Social Science. I have undertaken additional studies in loss and bereavement. I worked for many years as Nurse in Complementary Therapies with a Specialist Palliative Care Team. I have also worked as an Employee Assistance Officer providing loss and bereavement support to individuals and groups. I have Diplomas in Aromatherapy, Holistic Massage and Life Coaching and have completed an extensive apprenticeship in Shamanic Practices. I have been practising meditation for 20 years, and I am a Reiki Master-Teacher.

Read more about Moya on the About Me page.

For who?
This weekend is suitable for anyone wishing to explore their relationship with death, for those wanting to learn more about the soul's journey through this transition, for those who wish to explore ways of being with a person as they face this transition. This weekend is suitable for both lay people and health care professionals.

This weekend may not be suitable for someone: with a serious illness; a seriously ill relative; recently bereaved. Please discuss your circumstances with Moya prior to booking.

Workshop deposit:

The Soul's Journey Home

Explore the energy of Death so that you can live your life more fully.

Many of our cultures today see death as a taboo subject. But what would it be like to take some space to honestly and openly look at Death? What if we could develop an understanding of death that removed our fears and apprehensions of this transition for our future selves and for others?

Join me on this weekend so that you can explore the energy of death in a supported group environment. This will enable you to be fully present in your living; to develop skills of presence, mindfulness and compassion; give you the courage and grace to accompany someone on their final journey; and prepare you for your own journey with death. We have many journeys with Death through-out our lives, dying to the old so that the new can be born. When we embrace this journey we can more gracefully live a more fulfilling life.

Tranquil Paths - Cosán Ciúin