Orlaith O’Sullivan

Training & Accreditation

Orlaith O’Sullivan teaches internationally on mindfulness and cultivating happiness and is a leader of Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice. She has founded three community mindfulness groups (including one for children), is an advisor to The World Happiness Festival and founder member of The Community of Contemplative Education (established by Mind & Life Europe). She is International Coordinator of Wake Up Schools and supports educators across the world in caring for themselves. She is a steering group member for the Education strand of The Mindfulness Initiative UK. She’s been a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for over 20 years and is known for her practical approach and the kind, safe spaces she creates. She’s an experienced teacher and brings expertise and enthusiasm to her work. In addition to her primary training with Thich Nhat Hanh, she has studied with Rick Hanson, Peter Levine, the VIA Institute of Character, The Greater Good Science Centre and has also trained in Child Protection in the UK.

 

Approach

Orlaith’s approach is highly practical and meets us as individuals just where we are. She helps us to come back to our body safely and to learn to take care of our habitual unwholesome thoughts and feelings. A typical session would have a blend of sharing and guided practice, as well as exploring how we can take good care of ourselves in our daily life. We learn to interrupt our habit of rushing, come home to ourselves with kindness and learn to listen – to ourselves and to others. Orlaith brings flexibility and humour to her work, helping us to soften old habits, come off autopilot and bring our deep presence to this moment of our life in a meaningful way. She offers sessions for individuals, couples and families.

 

Experience & Areas of Interest

Orlaith is passionate about building happier communities – whether that is a family, classroom or a company.

She regularly works with people on the front-line: during the COVID-19 pandemic she organised workshops for healthcare workers and for teachers to share their challenges and explore mindfulness practice; she works with HSE teams, NEPS, humanitarian aid workers, school staff, charity staff and others who are in the position of supporting many others. She also works with people from marginalised communities; people living with cancer and who have survived cancer. Orlaith is known for her deep relaxations, her blending of practice and poetry (she holds a PhD in English literature) and her creative approach to practicing mindfulness with children and families. Her course Cultivating Happiness was the first of its kind in Ireland. Her other courses include Mindful Family, Mindfulness for Teens, Introduction to Mindfulness and Flourish: Mindfulness for over 55s.

Languages

English

Rates Per Session

One hour €80 for students and unwaged €55

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