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Aurora Borealis at Ash Cottage

10th May 2024


'Introduction to SAI' Course , May 2024
Ash Cottage


'Introduction to SAI' in Izmir, Turkey, Feb 2024,
organised by Science Art


Introduction to SAI in Melbourne, Dec 2023

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The Just Right State Review Day
at Barnardos, Ireland
Oct 2023

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The Just Right State in Vitoria-Gasteiz, The Basque Country, Sept 2023, Kalunka


The Just Right State at Ash Cottage, June 2023

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SAI Trainers Claire Pemrick and Chris West.

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The regulating properties of food, tasting session.

JRS Activities.

JRS Activities.

Course participants with their certificates.

Ark Repairs at Lawrence St Workshops


'Marty's Ark' is back in Lawrence Street Workshops with its original maker Martin Carter. After ten years in the Cyprus tree it has been taken down for minor repair works and will soon be returning to a new tree in the secret garden at Ash Cottage.

Ash Cottage Garden, June 2023


The pond and poppies are in full bloom.


'Sensory Attachment Intervention with vulnerable children: How to enable carers to care for their vulnerable child.'

Éadaoin Bhreathnach online presentation Thursday 25th May with The Centre for Child Mental Health.

5pm-6.30pm £20 plus booking fee.

To book a place click here to visit their website.

SAI for Adolescents & Adults at Ash Cottage May 2023
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Course participants in the secret garden of Ash Cottage with their certificates.

A new Finnish addition to the Fairy Garden.

Mirka’s daughter gave her toy horse 'Villi' to accompany her on her trip to Ash Cottage. 

Therapists enjoyed relaxing in the kayak during breaktimes.

Mari &Mirka travelled from Finland to attend the course.

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Helen Johnson (Attachment  Works) and Rebecca Carr-Hopkins (Independent Social Work Matters Ltd) enjoying the haptic exploration exercise.

Chris West (Sensory Connections), Helen Johnson (Attachment  Works), Rebecca Carr-Hopkins (Independent Social Work Matters Ltd), Éadaoin Bhreathnach (SAI) and Maja Trninic (Barnardos).

Course participants with their certificates.

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There is a lovely piece by Sarah Williamson on Thought for the Day from Radio Ulster

'The Scared Gang' She describes how the Scared Gang help the process of knowing ourselves. How knowing ourselves allows us to be kind to ourselves to learn to do things differently from a place of compassion and not of shame.

Click here to listen

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In April Occupational Therapists from the five Health & Social Care Trusts in

Northern Ireland attended SAI for adolescents and Adults Course at Ash Cottage.


Some of the feedback received:


"Excellent, information shared was relevant to my role and delivered in interesting and interactive way."

"I really enjoyed the training experience it was relaxed and both trainers were knowledgable and excellent at explaining information and putting it into practice."

"Such a beautiful setting we were made to feel incredibly welcome."

"Amazing really enjoyed the garden and the large table to enjoy meals with colleagues."

"Excellent, lovely treats! It really made the difference having a lovely lunch and tea and coffee provided

throughout the day."

Ash Cottage reopened its doors this year after Covid restrictions. 

We were delighted to welcome back participants for the

Just Right State and open Foundation Intro to SAI courses.

Some images and feedback below.

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Ash Cottage:

"So good , really felt like we were seeing SAI in practice with the setting and way the training was run."


"Beautiful venue really enhanced experience very therapeutic environment."


"Unforgettable  definitely lovely to arrive to every morning."


"Beautiful place, home from home felt so welcome."


"Food was amazing 12/10."


"Lovely food and individuals accommodated without feeling awkward or difficult."

"Very warm welcoming environment."


"Great venue, The garden is amazing and very relevant to the course information e.g. regulation."


"Extremely informative and presented in such a way that learning and experiencing was an easy process that encouraged thoughtful questioning."


"Really enjoyable and great learning couldn't fault any of it." 


"Felt like the missing piece."


"Helped me to reflect on what I will consider in my practice on what further learning I would like to do."  


"Thank you I arrived quite strung-out and I leave inspired, grounded - and I know what I need to do." 

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