Dearbhaile Bradley

Mental Wellbeing Coach

  • MA in Counselling
  • Post-grad Certificate in CBT
  • Advanced Diploma in Mental Wellbeing Coaching


The Bardic Way

This workshop is an introduction to the modern Bardic approach to creativity and includes both information and practical exercises designed to engage with the creative spirit that exists within everyone. Beginning by invoking Imbas, the Celtic spirit of inspiration, we awaken to the power of imagination.

Through writing exercises and sharing circles, we will explore and enjoy the power of words, our own and others’.

Dearbhaile the Bard

This is an adventure in creativity with an emphasis on having fun in a safe space that empowers us to open up to and nurture our innate creativity. This workshop is designed to meet the needs of all writers regardless of previous experience. The practices are particularly helpful in overcoming ‘writer’s block’.

It may not need saying but just in case… you will need a notebook and pen.

Active Hope Workshops

I co-facilitate in-person Active Hope workshops with Caroline Burrow (Northern Meadow Therapy) throughout Ireland.  We offer 2 hour-long workshops at festivals and similar events – most recently at the Elements of Change festival at Cloughjordan Eco-village.

Teaching at Common Ground Eco-therapy Centre
Teaching at Common Ground Eco-therapy Centre

We also offer day-long and weekend events, for example we hosted a Council of All Beings at Common Ground Eco-therapy Centre in Fermanagh.  Please get in touch if you would like to attend an event or have us facilitate a workshop at an event you are organising.

What is Active Hope?

The name comes from the book ‘Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in with Unexpected Resilience and Creative Power’ by Chris Johnstone and Joanna Macy.

In the early 90s, when I trained with Joanna Macy in this approach to processing our feeling around the deepening environmental crisis, it was called ‘despair and empowerment work’ and, in some ways, I think this still captures best the nature of the practices as they free us from despair and empower us to act.

It is appropriate to have strong emotional responses to what is happening our world.  Together we validate our feelings and in working through them, are renewed and empowered to become effective agents of change.

Ways to Be Well