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Trellis for the Soul: A Vision of Hope for Challenging Times – With Martina Lehane Sheehan

January 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


27 January, 3, 10, 17, 24 February & 3 March 2021

7.30 – 9.00pm | Cost: Donation |  Booking on Eventbrite here


A crisis often carries an invitation to rethink what is working, and not working in our lives; it sometimes it sometimes nudges s us towards making new maps. Many of the themes explored in this new book, ‘Trellis For the Soul’ are born  out of the  in responses to a listening process I created, facilitated by the author during the  pandemic days of 2020. !  Psychotherapist and retreats director, Martina Lehane Sheehan spent her days in lockdown  writing and interviewing many people on what was helping them cope,  especially when  external things fell apart.  Participants expressed what they felt were the ‘essentials for a soulful and flourishing life.  

Through a synthesis of contemplative spirituality and modern psychology the author provides a framework for anyone struggling to navigate  uncertain times. More importantly it guides us in creating new beginnings.  Drawing on the wisdom of the Celtic/Desert mystical traditions, as well as from her own experiences hosting workshops  nationally and internationally,  the author invites the reader on a profound journey of spiritual development. The book creatively explores a contemporary and exciting interpretation of what in monastic tradition was called a rule of life. The suggested soul-strengthening practices will become  a ‘trellis’  in  combating  anxiety, stress and an always-switched-on mindset. With chapters on stillness, community, well- being, the natural world and ‘holistic spirituality’, the purpose of this book is to retrieve what has become lost is in our spiritual lives and encourage whatever is ‘real, truthful and life-giving to grow and flourish again from the roots. It is perfectly geared for a group to work together, section by section in creating a supportive structure to live their daily lives.


Martina Lehane Sheehan is an accredited psychotherapist, spiritual director and author. She is regularly invited to facilitate retreats and workshops both nationally and internationally. She has published four previous  books : Seeing Anew: Awakening to Life’s Lessons; Whispers in the Stillness: Mindfulness and Spiritual Awakening; and Waiting in Mindful Hope: Wisdom for Times of Transition and Surprised by Fire: Become who you are meant to be. 


This book provides a useful guide towards freedom for those living in frustration with conventional structures; it is for those seeking an authentic spiritual life.  A very impressive and timely presentation.  (Mark Patrick Hederman, OSBAuthor, Monk of Glenstal Abbey). 

 ‘I loved reading this book. It provides a scaffolding for the spiritual in everyday lives. It will be a great support to many people in these times. (Mary Kennedy, TV Presenter). 

 ‘This book is for everyone, it takes the reader on a profound spiritual journey, combining contemplative spirituality and modern psychology’.  (Sr Stan Kennedy, social activist author). 


January 27
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm