Meet Our Tutors
Angela Shivnen is a graduate of NCAD, Thomas Street in Visual Communication, Bolton
Street DIT School of Print and Rathmines DIT, Marketing and Advertising. Practiced graphic
design in the design and advertising industries for many years before deciding to concentrate on my own creativity. I am currently a member of the Water Colour Society of Ireland, the Print Museum of Verona and involved with a group collective of printers. Experienced in a variety of crafts, drawing, painting and fine art printing. My art teaching experience within the community involves having worked with a range of adult groups and providing printing demonstrations and workshops.
Jane Bailey is an instructor with the Irish Tai Chi Chuan Association and has a deep
interest in the practice of Tai Chi Chuan for health and well-being on all levels of the self.
Although a practitioner and teacher of the Yang family style of Tai Chi Chuan she has also done some training in the Chen style in China with Master Chen Ziqiang. As well as her classes in the Loreto Centre, Jane also teaches Tai Chi to adults with special needs. She has trained in Medical Chi Kung, Reiki and other energybased therapies and brings this knowledge to her teaching of Tai Chi. Jane is also an accredited psychotherapist and counsellor, and maintains a practice as psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in the Crumlin area. B.Sc., M.Ed., MIAHIP, MIACP, ITCCA
Maura Gilchriest has been teaching flower arranging/floristry classes in the Loreto Centre
for the past ten years. She’s a firm believer that you can say it with flowers! She completed
her own training in floristry in Clogher Road VEC and Kay’s School of Floristry, and an
advanced training course in Dundrum VEC. She has provided classes for adults in a number of centres including St Agnes, Scoil Colm and Dolphin House Adult Education Centres. Maura has also demonstrated and taught both crafts and flower arranging in “An Grianan”, ICA college in Termonfechin. Maura also worked on arrangements for Farmleigh on many occasions such as the EU Presidency Summit in 2004, President and Hilary Clintons visit, kofi Annan’s visit and the state visit of the Emperor of China. The President Mary McAleese has been presented with a number of bouquets by Maura.
Thérése Larkin has been leading the Mindfulness classes here in the Loreto Centre in
Crumlin for the past four years. Mindfulness teaches us to direct our attention to what is
happening in the present moment with an attitude of kindness towards ourselves and our experience. Living in the present can help us manage the everyday stresses and pressures of life leading to good mental health and a more fulfilled life. It is a simple yet challenging exercise, the value of which we only discover through practice. Therese began her career as a secondary school teacher in the 1990’s. From the start, she had an interest in the development of the human person which eventually led her to train as a psychotherapist. She combines her teaching and psychotherapy by offering various workshops e.g. Navigating Life Transitions, The Impact of Trauma and Meditation. Therese is an accredited psychotherapist with IAHIP (Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy) and has been working in this area for the past 15 years. Having completed further training, she also offers clinical supervision.
Tara Travers facilitates our Yoga classes. Tara has over twenty years’ experience teaching
yoga and has also trained in Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine which has
deepened her understanding of the subtle energies in the body. She specializes in working with groups and individuals with specific needs. Tara has a science degree from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters of Applied Christian Spirituality from All Hallows University as well as a Masters in yoga from International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta and a postgraduate Diploma in yoga from Yoga Therapy Ireland. She is a member of the All Ireland Spiritual Guides Association and Yoga Therapy Ireland.