Lisa has a big grá for the outdoor life which was cultivated during her childhood as a young girl guide and first female leader of the boys scout troop in her hometown Dalkey, Co. Dublin.
During her student years she helped run the GMIT Mountaineering Club and Climbing Wall, as well as assisting GMIT in the organisation of the first GMIT Outdoor education learning conference.
Amongst the highlights of her adventurous travels are an ascent of mount Fuji in Japan, trekking in The Andes in Chile along with numerous multi pitch climbing and bouldering expeditions to Wales, Scotland and the Canary Islands. She has been a member of the Irish Mountaineering Association, the Irish Canoe union and whilst residing on the West Coast of Ireland for many years, was an active member of the Mayo Mountain Rescue Team.
Along with a formal BA Degree in Outdoor Education, Lisa is certified and has experience in leading and training groups on land and water activities, including climbing ( indoor and single pitch) river and sea kayaking. She is also a certified trainer of Leave no trace Ireland, has completed ongoing training in remote emergency care and inclusion awareness in the outdoors.
Lisa, also a mother to three children, has a personal interest in natural physiological birth, choosing to give birth to her own children in their own home. She has facilitated women in making informed choices around their birthing options for two decades in Ireland, through the practices of yoga, active birth, and mindful meditation.
Her own journey and experience of yoga began while living in Australia in 1999, when she discovered Iyengar yoga.
When she returned to Ireland she spent the first couple of years training for a teaching diploma with Maire Quail of the YTTC in Co. Down. Dedicating thousands of hours of practicing and teaching over the years to come, Lisa was awarded a teaching certificate with BKS Iyengar in the UK, opened her own custom built yoga studio, continued training with many different international teachers, including advanced teacher training with Ana Forrest of Forrest yoga in Kripalu, MA. While also finding time to train directly with Janet Balaskas and Alice Charlwood of The Active Birth Centre in London, UK. Her classes are informative, and have a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere.
Additionally, over the last number of years Lisa’s attention has been focused on Buddhism, eco dharma and nature connectedness and her work is also informed by having spent extended periods of silence on ten day Vipassana practices. She brings her own experience of practising daily meditation and has trained formally in MBPM with Breathworks UK, which is a compassion based lead practice.
She believes we have become disembodied and need the practice of mindfulness meditation to help us reconnect to ourselves. As evidence is now showing, a strong connection to nature supports a more positive mood and improved quality of life.
Lisa offers a supportive space for people, in the classroom or in a more natural environment, to help redevelop their connection with the natural world and with themselves.
The direct experience of forest bathing encourages people who wouldn’t usually go to natural places or who have quite stressful jobs to be healthy, to reconnect with nature all at their own pace and to sit and share tea with like minded people.
Lisa is a trained teacher with 20 years experience and is an insured practitioner to offer well-being programmes in yoga, yoga birth, mindful meditation and forest bathing experiences in Ireland and worldwide.
‘I am grateful and give thanks to all my teachers, students and my three children that I have learnt from and continue to learn from’
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