“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 weekend focusing on experiential learning. Throughout the weekend we will be working with the energy of death in many different ways. The weekend 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: 11th-15th October 2018
Location: Villa Nova Retreat Centre, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Cost: €475.00

Cost includes simple, single-room accommodation (shared bathroom facilities) for 4 nights, and all meals (vegetarian menu).


About Moya........
I am often asked ‘How can I assist someone as they are passing from this world?' My answer is: by being full 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.

Tranquil Paths - Cosán Ciúin