Coming to Dublin, California and West Cork.
We tell stories in order to live. Some stories serve us, some we have outgrown, some help us follow our callings and purpose. Whatever the story we tell, it has the power to shape the life we are living into.
When we learn to write a new story for our lives, we give ourselves the possibility to live into a new one too.
This workshops gives you the tools to understand the power of story in your life, and shows you how the craft of writing can help you discover your own voice and purpose.
Own your story
Writing your story not only connects you to your deep creative self but also to what is meaningful in your life. You’ll get to see what narratives are serving you, and the ones you may need to release. By crafting your story you take back the power in who gets to tell your story…. it may be one of the bravest things you’ll ever done.
Create a map for your own life
Using journalling, sensory exercises, writing prompts and design thinking you will create a map to help you navigate your way forward
In this workshop you will:
- learn tools to unpack and understand your life stories.
- examine the narrative lines which have shaped your path including the challenges, learnings, skills, successes, mentors and guides along the way.
- identify your core values, and discover ways you can live these onwards.
- explore creative writing tools to tap into memory and meaning.
- discover how to weave narrative connections between your stories.
- zoom out to gain perspective on the wider cultural narratives which have shaped you, including myths, archetypes, folklore and land wisdom.
Harness the power of storytelling and narrative to help make better career and life choices
You’ll come away with a valuable visual map and new writing practices which you can use to re-author your own life.
I believe that when we unravel and understand the threads of our story we have a tool for weaving a more intimate relationship with ourselves and the world.
I’m interested in the role of story in our lives at a personal and cultural level. For many years, working as a writer and photographer, I documented other peoples stories but it was not until I started to dive into my own that I began to see the power and hold of them in my life.
A few years ago, listening to an insatiable urge to write, I took a leap and moved to the west coast of Ireland. Over the course of two years, I began to write the narrative lines which had been moulding and holding me. The story took me back in time to connect with my great-grandmother, and as I started to unravel her story, I began to see how cultural narratives of femininity, patriarchy, religion and identity had impacted on all the women in my family line. I saw how we are all woven and shaped in story.
The creative process held hidden gems. The writing led me to listen to my body and the landscape around me in new wild ways, helping me see connection between place, nature and my life experiences. I discovered the values which have shaped me, and, as I sifted through layers of stories, I found my way into the deep core of my being. The memoir which resulted is the greatest gift I have ever given myself, and the questions which have arisen from the process are now guiding my life beyond the page into the story I seek to live.
To get to the inner and inter-generational stories I drew on a range of perceptual and creative tools such as sensory listening, somatic practice, creative visioning, life-mapping, poetic sensibility, interviewing, active listening, design thinking, photography, and the technical skills of crafting prose to find my own voice.
This workshop is a condensed version of this process, in which I introduce some of these tools. It is an exploration into new ways of mapping, sensing and thinking about the power of story in your life.
When I wrote my own truth and owned my own story I noticed I was able to start living it more fully too.
Workshops & Tickets
All workshops take place in the beautiful Grove House, overlooking Schull Harbour.
Tea, Coffee, lunch provided.
If you’d like to stay overnight, accommodation is available and can be booked directly through Grove House. Other accommodation recommendations available upon request.
2 May, 20 June, 25 July, 22 August
Book your preferred date here.
Such a rich immersive day, held lightly but with so much depth. Practical tools and wisdom, encouraging of all voices and of opening many doors to creative expression. Clare really builds a safe container that expression can bubble right up to the surface. I would highly recommend this workshop and the wonderfully talented Clare Mulvany– Nadine McCarthy
Clare created such a fiercely gentle environment that allowed me to feel one of my blocks and the narratives around them, yet in a safe enough space to love through pain and stories of defeat and failure to a place where writing might be possible. Oona Sanziana Marian.
A day to guide the rest of your days. Everyone needs a day with Clare. – Sybil Emmet Booth
Clare creates such a safe, intimate space in which sharing feels natural, even with complete strangers. I felt supported in my writing process and emboldened to further creativity. The day was a wonderful way to connect with other creative people in my area and to learn something of the craft of creative non-fiction from Clare. – Fiona Shevlin.
Clare’s workshop opened many doors into the dark, in to the light and offered safe and inspiring ways of exploring experience through words. We worked through a wide variety of stimulating exercises. If one didn’t ‘work’ the next one did. I’m leaving with a set of tools to fee up my own writing and am looking forward to find out where it leads me. Deirdre Mc Mahon.
A day of wonderful insight and creative exploration moderated and encouraged expertly in a safe and nurturing way by Clare. – Liam Halpin.
Doing the workshop with Clare allowed me to drop further into presence with my sensory world and to dive deeper into the ocean of expression that is waiting to be released. I discovered new frameworks and pathways to allow the unfolding truth to be expressed through pen onto page. I uncovered surprising truths, just waiting to find an outlet for my own understanding and unfolding of my own path- Treacy O’ Connor.
I regained my love of writing for fiction and healing, and a reminder of different modalities for inspiration. I’m not sure where I’ll go with my writing but looking forward to exploring, thanks to Clare’s insights and tools- Anne Marie Callaghan.
Clare share her personal wisdom and story which was very impactful as a way of teaching. The workshop was my first experience with writing as a creative expression and I picked up some great practices and points of entry that I will definitely use in the future. The experience was comforting and supportive, and working in a group helped as a way of reflecting on my own experience and how others were feeling. Thank you Clare.- Lesley Keppel.
I’d been through quite a big transition in my life this year so far and struggling with decisions I’ve made and I am facing. Coming to Clare’s workshop was in incredibly healing experience for me as it helped me to see who I already am, who I have become and what potential my future holds. I love writing and have a very creative side to my life which has felt very blocked. The exercises in this workshop helped me to tap into my creative self again in a very safe and supportive space. Thank you so much. – Lisa, Wicklow.
I’m a novice to writing and journalling. In the workshop I’ve been shown ways to connect with my inner thoughts through senses, words, diagrams. It’s been very interesting and took me in unexpected directions. – Patricia Duff