Sally Ann O'Reilly
Sally Ann O’Reilly (BA, Dip. SMET) is an accredited ORIGINS Somatic Therapist and Movement Educator practicing from south County Dublin and Kildare. She offers a supportive and resourcing space for clients to access the wisdom of their own bodies in order to meet and integrate their life experiences from pre-conception to present time. Sally Ann subscribes to the belief that, by offering presence through heartfelt listening and deep inner witnessing, the possibility of body, mind, spirit and soul returning to a state of integrity and balance opens up for the client. In this empathic holding field, meeting the client’s fundamental need for recognition, acknowledgement and unconditional acceptance becomes central to the establishment of the respect, trust and safety that lie at the heart of the therapeutic relationship.
Since the late 1990s Sally Ann has explored Body Mind Centering and Authentic Movement with Joan Davis, the founder/director of ORIGINS, a four year training which offers a somatically based approach to our developmental and evolutionary process, from pre-conception to standing. In 2018 she began a three year post graduate programme in the Discipline of Authentic Movement with Joan and Julia Gambos (USA). Sally Ann is also a graduate of the BodySoul Leadership Programme (Marion Woodman Foundation), an embodied approach to self healing through movement, voice, writing, art and dreams, deeply rooted in the work of C.J.Jung. She is committed to on-going supervision and continuing professional development trainings in both her Origins and BodySoul practice.
Apart from her one on one somatic therapy practice, Sally Ann, along with her colleague, Abigail Whyte, offers a series of annual retreats called Four Fires, a BodySoul Journey through the Celtic Wheel of Time - from Samhain to Imbolc, Bealtaine to Lughnasadh - through movement, ritual, embodied story and dreamtime. Since 2003 she has facilitated four successive three year cycles of Women’s Indigenous Wisdom Teachings, using traditional Medicine Wheels from native North American and Ireland. Through this lens Sally Ann has explored the deep connection between the cycles of life in the natural world and the psychological, spiritual, and biological rhythms inherent in the human experience.
Sally Ann has a BA in Media Studies from DIT. She worked for many years as a producer and scriptwriter in film and television in the US and Ireland and served as programme director for the internationally renowed Galway Film Fleadh from 2001 – 2005. Her work in film has given her first hand experience of the creative process and of the human impulse to understand ourselves through artistic expression.
Sally Ann lives and gardens by the River Barrow in County Kildare alongside her partner.