Fidelma Farley

Breathworks Supervisor Fidelma Farley

Meditation and mindfulness have had a transformative effect on my life, enabling me to manage anxiety and overcome depression, as well as enabling me to embrace and live life more fully. Before becoming a Breathworks accredited mindfulness trainer (in 2008) and coach (since 2016), I worked in the university sector as a lecturer and researcher. I became an Associate Trainer with Breathworks in 2013 and in 2016, I introduced Breathworks teacher training to Ireland. I teach mindfulness to groups – general public, community sector, workplaces – and to individuals. It is a huge privilege to support people in the development of a mindfulness practice and to witness the impact it has on their lives, and on their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. I love working one-to-one with students, trainees and individuals, finding it a mutually enriching and often heart-warming experience that deepens practice and insight for myself as well as the other person.

Qualifications

  • Accredited Breathworks Trainer since 2008.
  • Associate Breathworks Trainer since 2013.
  • MBSR teacher training, 2011.
  • Accredited Life & Executive Coach since 2015.
  • PhD in Film and Women’s Studies, 2000.

Teaching Specialisms

  • Breathworks Mindfulness for Health – I teach regular courses for people with M.S. and M.E., as well as courses for the general public and one-to-one.
  • Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress – I teach this course on a regular basis for students and for the general public and one-to-one.
  • MBSR - I lead MBSR courses about once or twice a year.
  • Loving Kindness – I devised a 5 week course on the Loving Kindness (Metta Bhavana) practice that I have been teaching a few times a year to the general public.
  • Mindful Eating – I lead workshops and work one-to-one.
  • One-to-One mindfulness – I do one-to-one sessions in person and on-line.

Supervision Experience

  • Breathworks supervision training with Mindfulness Network CIC (University of Exeter) - 2016. 
  • Since initiating Breathworks teacher training in Ireland, I have been informally mentoring the trainees on our Breathworks Ireland programme.
  • I do peer-to-peer and peer group supervision on an on-going basis.

Interests

  • Making mindfulness and compassion available to people to whom it may not be otherwise accessible – for example for financial reasons or because of lack of mobility.
  • Mindfulness and Compassion for managing the mental and emotional stress of chronic pain.
  • I have a particular interest in the effects of kindness and compassion and how they facilitate self-acceptance, trust and deeper connections to oneself and others.
  • As a parent of a young child, I have a personal interest in integrating mindfulness practice into family life.

Personal Practice

I have had a regular meditation practice since learning to meditate at the Dublin Buddhist Centre (part of the Triratana Buddhist order) in 2004. My main practices are the Body Scan, Loving Kindness/Metta Bhavana and the Mindfulness of Breathing. My practice helps me to manage the various challenges of (occasional) ill-health, family life and work, and it also helps me to appreciate and savour the moments of love, beauty, contentment and pleasure that arise throughout the day and that I might otherwise miss. I practice meditation and the dharma within the context of the Triratana Buddhist Order. I go on retreat at least once a year, and regularly attend various mindfulness workshops and training events to deepen and invigorate my practice.

City located

Dublin, Ireland


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