This on-demand self-paced course is a series of short and simple practices designed to support your everyday wellbeing, manage anxiety and stress and to cultivate easeful joyful living.
Wellbeing trainings and experiences
Learning is a shared experience
Personal and Professional Development
Elmfield Estate is home to the Elmfield Institute which was founded by Jane Shaw to provide courses, retreat experiences, events, and professional training in holistic wellbeing. All our work is based on the foundational principles of depth psychology, trauma-informed neurobiology and creative practices.
Programmes are delivered online, self-paced on-demand, and in-person at the Elmfield Estate, Gilford, Co. Down N. Ireland. Our facilitators are multi-disciplined experienced educators, researchers and practitioners who have learned from their academic studies but also through conscious self-exploration and lived experience.
As well as the courses listed below, we also offer bespoke wellness programmes that are crafted to your organisation’s specific needs. These training and retreats can be delivered online or at the Elmfield Estate.
Your Journey is Unique
We each have different life experiences that shape who we are and how we respond to different situations.
Elmfield offers researched courses and training which tend to the well-being of individuals and communities through developing embodied awareness, resilience and adaption, and compassionate relating.
We aim to support your fullest potential.
Meet the Facilitators
Jane Shaw marriesJungian psychology, craniosacral therapy and trauma-informed neurobiology to support individuals to recover from and become resilient to adverse life experiences. As therapist, writer and educator, she delivers wellbeing trainings, retreats, and articles, as well as running a biodynamic craniosacral therapy clinical practice at Elmfield Estate.
Her teaching approach is one of embodied presence, compassion, equanimity and deep listening, bridging the latest developments in neuroscience and new medicine with lessons from ancient healing arts, while always learning from the natural world and its ability to heal and be healed.
Believing strongly in the power of shared wisdom, Jane has also worked collaboratively with and learned from pioneers in their field including Peter Levine, Stephen Porges, Gabor Mate, Katherine Ukleja, Steve Haines and many others.
As part of her bid to raise the global conversation in body-mind medicine, she spent many years organising conferences and international events that have a history and reputation for providing a platform where new ideas emerge in the field of trauma and body-mind practices. They brought together leaders in the field to share ideas and move conversations forward. Speakers have included Daniel Siegel, Stephen Porges, Gabriel Roth, Bessel van der Kolk, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Rupert Sheldrake, Gabor Mate, Babette Rothschild, Stanley Keleman, Mae van Ho, Peter Levine as well as many others.
Before immersing in the world of mind-body health, she worked for 15 years in business and finance, including a position as Finance Director of a boutique consumer brand and entertainment PR agency in London. Her experience in the corporate world provided specialised business knowledge but has also shown her how the stresses of modern life adversely affect our health and behaviour.
She holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and an M.A. in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she is currently continuing her research as a Ph.D. candidate. She is a registered craniosacral therapist and SSP provider. Having lived for many years in London, Jane now lives at Elmfield Estate, Co. Down Northern Ireland full time.
Gareth Toner (MSc) is an educator and bodyworker working for over 20 years in mainstream education settings supporting students to connect with the sensing, living body. As a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (BCST) and Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) facilitator, Gareth’s approach embodies and conveys the complex principles of health in an accessible, compassionate and simple way. He received his sport science degree from Manchester University, his Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and Masters in Exercise Physiology from University of Ulster, Belfast. He has a clinical practice in Northern Ireland and teaches both in Northern Ireland and internationally.
Laurence Shorter is a leadership coach, author and speaker. His career journey has taken him from McKinsey consultant & dotcom entrepreneur to best-selling writer and stand-up comedian. In his quest to understand the secrets of happiness, he has authored The Optimist (featuring interviews with Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson and many others), performed his own one-man show about coaching at the Edinburgh Festival and created the Lazy Guru’s Guide to Life, the world’s first cartoon guide to mindfulness and flow.
Today Laurence consults to global organisations, coaching leaders and performing his own brand of stand-up therapy at festivals and gatherings all over the world. Laurence specializes in facilitating immersive events that give people a direct experience of the intelligent, self-organizing principle of the Universe for themselves.
His work safely liberates the flow of peace, optimism and genius in teams and individuals alike.
Laurence has an MA in History from Cambridge University, an MBA from INSEAD, and a diploma in Systemic Consulting for Organisations.
Rosie Burrows, PhD supports intimate connection to ourselves, each other, and nature, focusing on making real our deepest longings through embodied trauma healing and eco relational creativity. Based in Belfast, she is an independent neuro-affective relational, gestalt and somatic psychotherapist, coach, organisational consultant, and award-winning researcher, working over the last thirty years locally and internationally.
Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz
Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz, has a PhD in Clinical Somatic Psychology and is executive director of Continuum Movement®, founded by Emilie Conrad Da’oud. She is the founder and owner of Cobalt Moon Center, a center for integrative health and Somatics education in Neptune Beach, FL., where she has been teaching T’ai Chi for the past 30 years. She has taught and been on the faculty of several different educational institutes: University of North Florida, Esalen Institute, Hollyhock Educational Institute, Kripalu, and The Open Center. Currently she is involved in research at the University of Florida and University of North Florida.
Sayon offers a unique opportunity to experience a healing yoga practice to promote a stillness from within. An experienced yoga teacher with a strong emphasis in Yoga Therapy, she integrates traditional Hatha Yoga with pranayama, asanas and contemporary flow. Sayon teaches Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Aerial Yoga, Senior Yoga and Pregnancy Yoga to the communities, private corporate groups, retreats and private 1:1 clients at her studio in Banbridge.
Dr. Lisa Faulkner-Byrne has spent the last 10 years working at both local and international level, to affect social change for communities disproportionately impacted by poverty, conflict and its associated ills. Lisa has also lectured in the field of Politics and Social Policy at the Ulster University and has conducted research and influenced policy development in the areas of conflict transformation, peace-building, reconciliation and social justice.
Gráinne has been working as a body oriented therapist for nearly 20 years. She runs a biodynamic craniosacral therapy (BCST) clinic in Waterford in the South East of Ireland, where she also holds retreats. She is part of the tutor team for the Karuna Institute in Devon, holding Kum Nye (embodied movement meditation) retreats and teacher trainings. She has trained in reflexology, kinesiology, BCST, yoga, Kum Nye and meditation. She lives beside the ocean and is a year round sea swimmer.
The Seven Streams of Wellean Wisdom
Establish a witnessing embodied presence that facilitates active attentiveness towards self and others (human and non-human alike).
Form reciprocal streams of connection through awareness, compassion, and empathy to engage and tend the field of personal and collective interactions.
Foster resilience by strengthening the capacity to consistently differentiate, normalize, and recover from difficult experiences.
Equip oneself and others with the aptitude to make choices and realize intentions.
Engage deeply with inner and outer resources to dynamically harness creativity and enable new ways of being and expressing; provoke emergence.
Align with the movement that comes from accommodating impermanence, change, and transformation.
Return to Source by consciously nurturing, pooling and embodying the seven Wellean™ streams of wisdom.
Methodology: Wellean Wisdom
Using the symbol of the well, we at The Elmfield Institute, have coined the term Wellean Wisdom to describe an innate wisdom that we all carry and although it may be hidden, we can find our way back to that healing wisdom.
A well is a place where humans interact with a source of water. In ancient Irish tradition wells were sacred, and whether from the stories of Brigit’s holy wells or the Dinsenchas, Irish mythology indicates there is a deeper source of knowledge found in the earth’s water streams. Not limited to Ireland, there are many traditions in which wells and waterways symbolise the purity and source of life.
The archetypal symbol of the well suggests that each of us holds a deep knowing of self and collective healing. Embedded in this wisdom is the idea that there are multiple definitions of and approaches to what it means to be well. Thus, there are many streams or paths to the well, each stream presenting a different choice on a different day.
We have named seven streams flowing to and from the well—listening, relating, adapting, flowing, empowering, immersing and tending. There is a reciprocity at the heart of Wellean Wisdom—a giving and receiving. Wellean Wisdom is an evolving practice based upon qualities from diverse fields including depth psychology, trauma-informed neurobiology, empathetic presence, leadership and creative practices.
This shared knowledge of seven streams of Wellean Wisdom, provides a guidepost for sharing, growing and ultimately, getting closer to the well. Wellbeing. The Source. Whether it is through our approach to wellbeing courses for individuals and businesses, our work in communities, training health care workers, or working closely with those recovering from trauma, we find that fundamentally, bringing awareness to this innate wisdom helps to create a path to wellbeing for all.