Helping you to foster sustainable skills and holistic habits for life.
My name is Paula and I live in Laois with my fiancé and our cat. I love gazing at the moon and dancing around the kitchen.
I am a holistic wellness educator and facilitator with 16 years teaching experience. I am dedicated to holding space for others to allow them to enhance their own wellbeing and knowledge.
I endeavour to cultivate a more holistic approach to daily life. I love being outdoors, growing veg in the garden and taking things at a slower pace. But life wasn't alsways like this.
I specialise in supporting others to form habits that nourish the mind, body and soul. I approach my work through the lens of mindfulness and use the skills of awareness, acceptance and compassion to teach and facilitate. I offer you ways to soothe your nervous system and give yourself the self-care that you need.
I am passionate about self-care, holistic wellness and the importance of living in sync with the menstrual cycle because I have lived experience of the positive benefits this sustainable lifestyle has. I want to empower you and give you tools to be able to get to know your mind, body and soul better with compassionate awareness of yourself. I can help you to help yourself, by developing sustainable, holistic habits for life.
My Journey with Self-Care
My journey to self-care began many years ago when I was deeply unhappy in my job, struggling with recurring infections, trying to cope with anxiety and stress, feeling lost and unfulfilled.
I knew that something had to change I didn't know what or how. I was reaching outside of myself to make myself happy and I was always on the go but it wasn't working and I was tired. I have always been a natural carer and a giver but I had neglected myself in that caregiving.
I attened a wellbeing seminar for teachers and began to learn about mindfulness. Then I signed up to an 8 week MBSR course for myself and I was hooked on mindfulness. It offered me a way to cope with what was happening in my life and understand it by making friends with anxiety and learning to treat myself as I would a good friend. This practice has supported me so much by allowing me to come out of fight or flight mode and to take care of myself. Mindfulness is the lens through which I approach my work with others now.
For as long as I can remember, my period pain was so severe that it impacted my daily life. I missed school, college and work. I didn’t understand why my period hurt so much and why I suffered so much and others didn’t. In my mid twenties I was diagnosed with endometriosis.
While it gave me some comfort to know that there was a reason for my painful periods, it still impacted negatively on my wellbeing because I didn't understand what was happening in my body each month. The pain, uncertainty and dread of my period were keeping my nervous system in stress mode, despite my mindful practice because I was disconnected from my cyclical nature. When I started to practice menstrual cycle awareness (MCA), a term coined by Alexandra Pope, I developed an intimate relationship with myself and my cycle. I began to understand and accept my inner landscape. This has had a hugely positive impact on my wellbeing. Getting to know your cycle is the ultimate in self-care, it is embodied mindful practice, a true holistic habit.
Certificate in the therapeutic use of Mindfulness
Professional certificate in menstrual cycle coaching and facilitation with Lisa De Jong
Certificate in holistic human development, meditation teaching, holistic life coaching
Certificate in chair yoga
100 hour Yin yoga teacher training with Grace Tempany
Diploma in physiology and anatomy ITEC
MA in Dance
BA in Liberal Arts