Bernadette Divilly

Somatic Dance Psychotherapy, Dance Diversity, Choreography

2019/2020 Workshops/Events

Moving Through the Winter

Galway Arts Centre, with dancer Bernadette Divilly, are inviting mature people to dance this winter, at the beautiful library in Ballinasloe. The invitation is aimed at people aged 50 + and others interested. People with diverse and different abilities welcome, who wish to try something new and different.

This free course will begin on Thursday 31st October from 2.30pm – 4.30pm in Ballinasloe Library.

This is what Bernadette says about the course:

“Together we will explore movement meditation and the natural wisdom of your own body. We will dance together to transform tensions. Lean into atmosphere of place and explore space and gravity. Be present to the dance of the moment. Expect to rest and recover the knowledge archived in your bones. Take time to nap, to play and relax. Participants will develop their unique skills in dance making using their physical intelligence. We make also sweat so wear layers of comfortable clothing and bring a blanket, notebook and water.”

This is a free series of workshops, to sign up please call 091 565886 or email maeve@galwayartscentre.

This course is supported by Galway County Arts Office and Europe Direct Ballinasloe Library.

Conception, Implantation and Birth, November/December/January 2019/20

Life begins with contact between egg and sperm. In the unfolding dance of conception, implantation, differentiation, and development in the womb, we grow ourselves for life on Earth. We are born, and our birth imprints influence how we manage our lives through growth, transitions, and change. Our earliest existential experiences establish the baseline for our personalities and our attitudes and set up the deepest challenges that we navigate throughout our lives. Revisit in a minded environment your earliest reference experiences, and re-engage and renew your creative spark.

If people haven’t worked with me previously, an intake interview is advised, for which there is a cost. Alternatively, interested participants can attend a taster session with others interested in participating. Please contact me to arrange. 

Introductory Day (for people considering participating – €125): August 31st 

Dates:  November 3rd, December 1st, January 5th, February 2nd

Time: 10.00 am – 5.30  pm

Cost: €500

Venue: Galway City

To Book – Email: Phone: 085 1260931

Making Home with the Moving Body this Winter Solstice

Saturday 21 December, 11.30am to 12.30pm, Galway City Museum

Making Home is an improvisational performance event that evolved through Creation-as-Research with Bernadette Divilly during 2019. The focus is the body, housing, home and homelessness. The participants included long-term residents in Ireland and new communities. Audience engagement will be embedded in the structure.

Saturday 21 December, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Galway City Museum
WORKSHOP: Winter Solstice Movement Workshop

Join Bernadette Divilly, choreographer and dance movement psychotherapist for a movement workshop that combines contemplative dance practice with awareness of the relationship with home. This is an opportunity to create and learn together. Supported by Galway Dance Project in partnership with Galway City Museum.
Suitable for adults 


Dance Movement Psychotherapy

1 Day Workshop

Sunday, January 26, 2020

10.00a.m. – 4.30p.m.

IAHIP Office, 40 Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Workshop 11  – Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Supervision

Facilitator:  Bernadette Divilly

Moving Awareness practice through the use of Contemplative Dance and Authentic Movement practice provides therapists in supervision with a route to understanding how we metabolize our own internal states and those of our clients through the body awareness and action. It’s a gentle way to cultivate presence and to explore somatic counter-transference.

In this experiential workshop, participants will be introduced to the Contemplative Dance Practice ( translated by Dance Movement Psychotherapist Bernadette Divilly to explore the supervision process within psychotherapy and some of the witnessing principles of authentic movement. 

Disordered Eating: Working With and Through the Body/Mind of Patient and Therapist

Saturday 25 January 2020 – Dublin

A seminar led by Dr. Susie Orbach, Harriet Parsons and Bernadette Divilly

This conference will be grounded in the most up to date thinking on eating problems, as well as offering some substantial and inspiring assistance to those working with this challenging client group.

Overall, it might be argued that to have an eating disorder is to have an illness which causes a great deal of damage to the body, mind and soul.

The centrality of the body is an important dimension and this seminar will explore not only the consequences of the distressed body but also the body as an expression of trauma rather than only an object to be hated.