From Growing up in the West of Ireland, Louise has been immersed in Irish music and ceili dancing since she was born.
She is a traditional Irish fiddle player, sean nos dancer and ceili dance instructor. She instructs ceili dances for corporate groups, language schools, weddings and events.
She is a highly skilled and qualified group facilitator, incorporating her studies in Psychology and MA in Outdoor Education, focusing her thesis on Group Facilitation Skills.
She has facilitated groups in diverse locations including prisons, outdoor education centres, GAA clubs, and autism services.
Yoga, mindfulness and the great outdoors are the cornerstones of her wellbeing and she loves to share these practices with others.
This is where she brings all her interests together and she welcomes you to join her on this journey.
If you are interested in Louise’s story read more below.
Louise grew up in the Burren, County Clare in the West of Ireland and was immersed in Irish music since birth. She inherited her love of music and dance from her mother who taught her and her siblings their first set dancing steps as soon as they could walk. She went on to learn step dancing, set dancing and ceili dancing.
Education and Travel
Louise left the Burren and went on to study Psychology at University which led her to working in intellectual disability and autism services for a number of years.
Her adventurous and curious nature led her to many wonderful and life-changing educational experiences abroad including; training as a yoga teacher in India, a ceili caller in England, an outdoor instructor in Donegal and gaining a Masters in Outdoor Education from England, Norway and Germany, specialising in Group Facilitation Skills in the outdoors.
Music and Dance
Her love for céilí dancing in particular has grown through her experiences abroad, where she has been able to share this accessible way of group dancing with people from many walks of life. She has taught céilí dancing while living in England, Germany, Norway, and USA. She finds it an amazing way to break down barriers between people and create movement in group dynamics.
She has used céilí dancing as a team building exercise in working with IKEA, Nab Cottage Language School, University of Marburg, University of Cumbria and Norwegian School of Sports Science. She has also performed as a céilí caller at various weddings, social functions and music festivals.
Louise also plays traditional Irish and contemporary fiddle and performs with bands, at social functions, corporate events and weddings. She has been playing the fiddle since the age of 7.
The wellbeing of her group participants is the core thread running through all Louise’s practices. She has developed this focus into formal training in yoga, mindfulness and outdoor instructing.
The core components of her own wellbeing are music, yoga and time spent in the outdoors and she loves to share these practices with others.
Her studies in Psychology and Outdoor Education have given her valuable experience in the theory and practice of group facilitation and leadership. She has a great love for bringing groups together and getting the best out of them.
She currently teaches workshops in Yoga Dance and Mindfulness in the Workplace for organisations.