I was lucky enough to get a place in John Doherty's New Year Mindfulness Retreat, a month on and I'm still feeling the benefits. For me, this retreat was powerful, from both the perspective of the timing (goodbye 2015, hello New Year 2016) and the format of the retreat and his teachings/practice.
John did an amazing job at leading a group of people who were at different places in their lives and their spiritual practices. For me it wrapped everything together and helped me deepen my understanding of what I already knew and bringing in some new perspectives. Weeks later and some of the key messages come back to me daily. Thank you so much John, for creating this beautiful time and space for us and helping me to connect more deeply to who I truly am!
Dr. Edward Kelly
My wife and I really enjoyed John’s recent mindfulness and meditation retreat in Wicklow. This is not my first time attending one of John’s retreats and won’t be my last. He is a great teacher and facilitator and the food, they don’t tell you enough about the food, it’s just fantastic. Well done Joe, what a treat. John is not just a very good facilitator though, he is also a very good teacher. His 25 years experience as a teacher and meditator comes from him very naturally. For instance, I welcomed his distinction between ‘Mindfulness, Meditation and Contemplation’. As he explained, with Mindfulness you are developing your observation of yourself, others and the world around you. With Meditation you are letting go of the habitual thoughts and feelings, moving from thinking to sensing, from head into connecting with the heart. And with Contemplation you are investigating at a deeper level, listening into yourself and your underlying patterns, while also connecting into to something other than yourself. I look forward to the next one.
The Third Act
John has facilitated a number of team-building days for our LCDP team at Blanchardstown Area Partnership. The latest of these days took place three weeks ago and was a great success. John is a pleasure to work with - professional, flexible and will build the experience according to the needs of his clients. I look forward to working with John again soon
John led the Art of Stillness course at All Hallows College for over 10 years. A personal enrichment course in contemplative living, it was consistently one of the most popular of our community and lifelong learning courses. Participants’ feedback from the course spoke of John’s wonderful facilitation skills, his passion for his subject as well as his obvious knowledge and experience in the Mindfulness field. Personally, I have always found John to be very personable and professional to deal with, bringing fresh ideas and imagination to his facilitation and teaching style.
I attended John's The Power of Now workshop in The Sanctuary, this time was just short workshop but all the information and practice given was well worth! We learned about connecting with our inner-self and how to quiet our mind, observe our thoughts, feelings and pain. Absolutely brilliant for anyone, working in the office or a busy place. Attending this course has been beneficial to both my personal and professional life. John is very welcoming and warm person. I cant wait to go to all John's courses!
I took a meditation class with John in Milltown Institute in Dublin over ten years ago. I am still reaping the benefits of that class. John is an excellent group-worker - patient, non-judgmental, a great teacher who knows his material. I've recommended his classes to many people.
I actually would have no hesitation to recommend John in facilitating groups in the field of mindfulness and addiction to anyone. I believe who ever will have an experience of attending John’s groups will benefit immensely. John did facilitate groups for Rehab in Dublin Simon Community for couple of years. I have been present at some of his groups. Every time I was amazed at a level of a skills John has. His groups were one of the most favorites among our clients. Possibly he had the best attendance by the people as well. I have learned as professional a lot about how to facilitate groups on mindfulness and addiction. As a human being I always felt at peace after those groups. There was a lot of compassion, understanding and challenging in a very tentative, person centered way in the groups facilitated by John.
John Doherty has been providing lunchtime mindfulness and meditation lunchtime sessions for the staff of Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services, Harold's Cross for many years now. His sessions are always well attended and have had a positive effect on our staff, increasing capacity and impact of the important work that they do. He has also provided one day sessions in the Education and Research Centre which have been positively evaluated by participants. A wonderful man, an encouraging mentor and someone who can make a real difference to individual and organisational practice and performance. Highly recommended.
John has presented his courses in Art of Stillness and Deep Stillness and Sacred Stillness in All Hallows College for many years both at non-accredited and at degree level. Participants at all academic levels sing his praises. He is a dedicated and creative teacher and has made spirituality accessible to many. I have been particularly impressed by his flexibility of approach which is allied to a depth of understanding and knowledge.
John Doherty facilitated the Google Detachment Day in Dublin, September 2014. His calm and very friendly nature made it easy for everyone to adapt and follow his guidance. John has a great way of visualizing complex things so we all could learn a lot by experience which is much more powerful than listening to words. I also really enjoyed his presence and energy that even convinced people who have never meditated before. The whole day with John was absolutely valuable, relaxing and made it easy to detach from daily business or thoughts. Would definitely recommend everyone to join his course and if I would not live in Germany I would attend every week.
I attended a day long detachment day retreat delivered by John. It was a truly wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone. It is clear that John is truly happy and practices what he preaches. This gives him great credibility when he delivers the content. The content itself has taught me a great deal about mindfulness, compassion, love, kindness and meditation practices. Even though I only attended the course over a month ago I can still hear John's voice sharing those key messages. Thanks John! Keep up the good work and spread your insight far and wide.
I had been in workshops with John in All Hallows and asked him to work with our Aftercare recovery group on our annual retreat in Termonfeckin.The group really enjoyed his session and they found as I do that he is able to really help in understanding the relationship between painful experience and addictive processes as well as making clear the benefits of meditation practice to those in recovery from substance use. John,s warmth and good sense of humour always come across and I do believe any organisation looking to help those in addiction would benefit greatly from his input.
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