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September 27th - October 1st, 2024

A Journey to Presence

Building Compassion Satisfaction, preventing Compassion Fatigue. Workshop


Building Compassion Satisfaction, Preventing Compassion Fatigue.

A four day (Friday evening to lunch on Tuesday) residential programme for therapists and health care professionals to get an opportunity to recharge their batteries and build the skills for rest, resilience and recovery, both in their professional practice and in their lives outside their practice.

( 20 hours CPD contact Friday Sept 27th to Tuesday October 1st 2024)

 What to expect

Every day we will have a mixture of

  1. Psychoeducation input
  2. Experiential practice through movement improvisation,

body work and verbal sharing.  (Exploring

and understanding Kinaesthetic empathy and Somatic

Countertransference, and building Somatic resources).

  1. Reflection on this through a variety of mindfulness exercises and journaling.
  2. The venue and location of Ballyvaloo will provide therapists with an opportunity for nurture, connection and rest.

 You will

  • Gain awareness of your action tendencies around Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue.
  • Gain practical skills for increasing Compassion Satisfaction and reducing Compassion Fatigue (mapping a way forward).
  • Reduce isolation in your therapy work and build a network of support.
  • Learn how to rest in the soothing system of the brain.

(Full Board included, 4 nights, all meals and refreshments. All individual en-suite bedrooms)


To Book

Email: operations@ballyvaloo.ie or Phone: 053 913 7160

(Places limited to 30)

Location: Ballyvaloo Retreat Centre, Blackwater, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford Y21 X392

Magnificently situated overlooking the Irish Sea, Ballyvaloo Centre is the ideal place to take time out from the stresses and pressures of modern living. The long beach frontage, rolling terrain, mature trees and farmland surroundings help to create a tranquil ambience for prayer, reflection and relaxation away from the incessant distractions of everyday life. Above all, the Centre offers an oasis of peace from today’s all too busy world.


Marko Punkanen, PhD., is a Finnish music therapist, dance/movement therapist, psychotherapist, psychotherapy trainer, certified sensorimotor psychotherapist and trainer. He has over 20 years’ experience in the treatment of severe traumatisation. His specialist area is in the treatment of complex and attachment trauma, the bodily symptoms of trauma (somatoform dissociation) and the use of the body in trauma treatment.

Michael Dillon MIACP, is the Director at Ballyvaloo Retreat Centre. He is a psychotherapist by training, specialising in Trauma work and is a certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist. In the past he has worked with the MEND programme (Domestic Violence Intervention Programme in the South East) for over 10 years, as a therapist with the HSE in Counselling in Primary Care (CIPC),the Self Harm Intervention Programme (SHIP) and more recently as manager of The Ford Counselling Centre.  He is particularly interested in the use of Mindfulness as a resource for wellness and spiritual wellbeing.

Hosted by: Dr Marko Punkanen and Michael Dillon. Cost: €600

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for A Journey to Presence on 27 Sep, 2024 - 01 Oct, 2024