Welcome to my Embodied Brain website. It is home to the three mindfulness practices I am offering these days:

– Open Floor Movement Meditation
– 5 Rhythms® workshops
– Mindfulness Self Compassion (MSC)

For details of each of these practices scroll down to the coloured buttons below.


During this Covid-19 virus pandemic I am not teaching any classes in person.

I have a 5 Rhythms Movement class each Tuesday morning 10-11.30am.

I will be starting Open Floor Movement Meditation Cycle classes on Thursday evenings 7-8pm on Feb.4th

If you wish to join email me at caitriona@embodiedbrain.ie.

There are also a number of One-Day workshops each month to April.

All details on the calendar of this website

Finally, I have  a series of mini movement sessions (8/10/12 minute long) made for Connemara Community Radio which I would like to share with you under the Mini Movement Series section.

Stay well, stay safe and stay sane.

Let me share this beautiful poem by Mario de Andrade (San Paolo 1893-1945) Poet, novelist, essayist and musicologist.


I counted my years

& realized that I have

Less time to live by,

Than I have lived so far.

I feel like a child who won a pack of candies: at first he ate them with pleasure

But when he realized that there was little left, he began to taste them intensely.

I have no time for endless meetings

where the statutes, rules, procedures & internal regulations are discussed,

knowing that nothing will be done.

I no longer have the patience

To stand absurd people who,

despite their chronological age,

have not grown up.

My time is too short:

I want the essence,

my spirit is in a hurry.

I do not have much candy

In the package anymore.

I want to live next to humans,

very realistic people who know

How to laugh at their mistakes,

Who are not inflated by their own triumphs

& who take responsibility for their actions.

In this way, human dignity is defended

and we live in truth and honesty.

It is the essentials that make life useful.

I want to surround myself with people

who know how to touch the hearts of those whom hard strokes of life

have learned to grow with sweet touches of the soul.

Yes, I’m in a hurry.

I’m in a hurry to live with the intensity that only maturity can give.

I do not intend to waste any of the remaining desserts.

I am sure they will be exquisite,

much more than those eaten so far.

My goal is to reach the end satisfied

and at peace with my loved ones and my conscience.


We have two lives

& the second begins when you realize you only have one.

Open Floor

Open Floor Movement Practice is an embodied movement meditation practice dedicated to exploring and integrating the wisdom of many conscious movement practices.


5 Rhythms®

The 5 Rhythms® is a movement meditation practice that contributes to physical, mental and emotional health.

Summer School 2019
details here


Self Compassion

With self-compassion we treat ourselves with kindness, care, understanding and support – Mindfulness allows us to turn toward painful feelings and “be” with them as they are.


Embodied Presence 6

A yearlong focused self study in compassion, positivity and resilience using Open Floor Movement practice, mindfulness, meditation and interpersonal neurobiology.

New Book

Against the Wind

from Endurance to Enjoyment

By Caitríona Nic Ghiollaphádraig

Buy this Book


Embodied Brain – Mindful Movement and Neuroscience

Caitríona Nic Ghiollaphádraig  –  caitriona@embodiedbrain.ie