About The Elmfield Institute

Our mission is to offer trainings and events which tend to personal, professional and community wellness.
Our vision is to Illuminate the path to wellbeing.


The Elmfield Institute was founded by Jane Shaw to provide professional trainings, classes, retreats and events in holistic wellbeing for all elements of society.

Her vision is to offer an accessible path to wellbeing, through delivery of highly researched and enjoyable courses, trainings and events. All work at The Elmfield Institute is based on the foundational principles of depth psychology, trauma-informed neurobiology and creative practices, and providing measurable outcomes where appropriate.

Sharing Through
Thought And Feeling

The Elmfield Institute is a diverse group of intuitive and compassionate educators who share the common goal of tending to the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Our facilitators are multidisciplined experienced educators, researchers and practitioners who have both learned from their academic studies but also through conscious self-exploration and lived experience.

Our aim is to support your fullest potential.


Our Team


Jane Shaw

Lisa Faulkner-Byrne

Gareth Toner

Laurence Shorter

Rosie Burrows


Jane Shaw

Jane Shaw marries Jungian Psychology, craniosacral therapy and trauma-informed neurobiology to support individuals to recover from and become resilient to adverse life experiences. Jane draws on her deep experience and practiced philosophy to nurture true emergent potentials, in conscious relationship to self, to others and to the environment.

As a therapist, writer and internationally-recognised educator, Jane delivers trainings, retreats, and articles utilising trauma-informed body-mind medicine practices, as well as running a biodynamic craniosacral therapy clinical practice in Northern Ireland. 

She facilitates courses that support both recovery and resilience, and empowered self-expression and leadership for individuals and businesses.

Her teaching approach is one of embodied presence, compassion, equanimity and deep listening, using principles of biodynamic craniosacral therapy, Jungian psychology, trauma-informed neurobiology, and dream analysis. She bridges the latest developments in neuroscience and new medicine with lessons from ancient healing arts, while always learning from the natural world and its ability to heal and be healed.

Believing strongly in the power of shared wisdom, Jane has also worked collaboratively with and learned from  other thought leaders including Peter Levine, Stephen Porges, Gabor Mate, Katherine Ukleja, Steve Haines and many others.​​​​​​​

As part of her bid to raise the global conversation in body-mind medicine Jane has organised conferences and international events that have a history and reputation for providing a platform where new ideas emerge in the field of trauma and body-mind practices. She has brought together leaders in the field to share ideas and move conversations forward. Speakers have included Daniel Siegel, Stephen Porges, Gabriel Roth, Bessel van der Kolk, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Rupert Sheldrake, Gabor Mate, Babette Rothschild, Stanley Keleman, Mae van Ho, Peter Levine as well as many others. 

Before immersing in the world of mind-body health, Jane worked for many years in business and finance, including a position as Finance Director of a boutique consumer brand and entertainment PR agency in London. Her experience of the corporate world provided her specialised business knowledge, but has also shown her how the stresses of modern life adversely affect our health and behaviour.

She holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and an M.A. in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she is currently continuing her research as a Ph.D. candidate. She is a registered craniosacral therapist and SSP provider. Having lived for many years in London, Jane now lives at Elmfield Estate, Co. Down Northern Ireland full time.

Lisa Faulkner-Byrne

Dr. Lisa Faulkner-Byrne has spent the last 10 years working at both local and international level, to affect social change for communities disproportionately impacted by poverty, conflict and its associated ills. Lisa has also lectured in the field of Politics and Social Policy at the Ulster University and has conducted research and influenced policy development in the areas of conflict transformation, peace-building, reconciliation and social justice.

Gareth Toner

Gareth Toner (MSc) is an educator and bodyworker working for over 20 years in mainstream education settings supporting students to connect with the sensing, living body. As a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (BCST) and Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) facilitator, Gareth’s approach embodies and conveys the complex principles of health in an accessible, compassionate and simple way. He received his sport science degree from Manchester University, his Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and Masters in Exercise Physiology from University of Ulster, Belfast. He has a clinical practice in Northern Ireland and teaches both in Northern Ireland and internationally.

Laurence Shorter

Laurence Shorter is a leadership coach, author and speaker. His career journey has taken him from McKinsey consultant & dotcom entrepreneur to best-selling writer and stand-up comedian. In his quest to understand the secrets of happiness, he has authored The Optimist (featuring interviews with Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson and many others), performed his own one-man show about coaching at the Edinburgh Festival and created the Lazy Guru’s Guide to Life, the world’s first cartoon guide to mindfulness and flow.

Today Laurence consults to global organisations, coaching leaders and performing his own brand of stand-up therapy at festivals and gatherings all over the world. Laurence specializes in facilitating immersive events that give people a direct experience of the intelligent, self-organizing principle of the Universe for themselves. 

His work safely liberates the flow of peace, optimism and genius in teams and individuals alike.

Laurence has an MA in History from Cambridge University, an MBA from INSEAD, and a diploma in Systemic Consulting for Organisations.

Rosie Burrows

Rosie Burrows, PhD explores and supports deeper connection to ourselves, each other, nature, individual and collective trauma healing, and creativity. Based in Belfast, she is an independent psychotherapist, coach, organisational consultant, and award-winning researcher, working over the last thirty years locally and internationally, and a founding member of two community-based organisations. She has an ongoing inquiry on the relationship between ecological and social sustainability, climate heating/justice and social justice, trauma survival strategies/healing, peacebuilding/reconciliation, leadership, and creativity.

Wellean Wisdom

Using the symbol of the well, we at The Elmfield Institute, have coined the term Wellean Wisdom to describe an innate wisdom that we all carry and although it may be hidden, we can find our way back to that healing wisdom.

A well is a place where humans interact with a source of water. In ancient Irish tradition wells were sacred, and whether from the stories of Brigit’s holy wells or the Dinsenchas, Irish mythology indicates there is a deeper source of knowledge found in the earth’s water streams. Not limited to Ireland, there are many traditions in which wells and waterways symbolise the purity and source of life.

The archetypal symbol of the well suggests that each of us holds a deep knowing of self and collective healing. Embedded in this wisdom is the idea that there are multiple definitions of and approaches to what it means to be well. Thus, there are many streams or paths to the well, each stream presenting a different choice on a different day.

We have named seven streams flowing to and from the well—listening, relating, adapting, flowing, empowering, immersing and tending. There is a reciprocity at the heart of Wellean Wisdom—a giving and receiving. Wellean Wisdom is an evolving practice based upon qualities from diverse fields including depth psychology, trauma-informed neurobiology, empathetic presence, leadership and creative practices.

This shared knowledge of seven streams of Wellean Wisdom, provides a guidepost for sharing, growing and ultimately, getting closer to the well. Wellbeing. The Source. Whether it is through our approach to wellbeing courses for individuals and businesses, our work in communities, training health care workers, or working closely with those recovering from trauma, we find that fundamentally, bringing awareness to this innate wisdom helps to create a path to wellbeing for all.

The Seven Streams of Wellean Wisdom


Establish a witnessing embodied presence that facilitates active attentiveness towards self and others (human and non-human alike).


Form reciprocal streams of connection through awareness, compassion, and empathy to engage and tend the field of personal and collective interactions.


Foster resilience by strengthening the capacity to consistently differentiate, normalize, and recover from difficult experiences.


Equip oneself and others with the aptitude to make choices and realize intentions.


Engage deeply with inner and outer resources to dynamically harness creativity and enable new ways of being and expressing; provoke emergence.


Align with the movement that comes from accommodating impermanence, change, and transformation.


Return to Source by consciously nurturing, pooling and embodying the seven Wellean™ streams of wisdom.

A return to source

The Elmfield Institute is a diverse group of intuitive and compassionate educators who share the common goal of supporting the fullest potential of individuals and communities through developing embodied awareness, resilience and adaption, and compassionate relating.





Our hub

Many of our in-person courses and events take place at the Elmfield Estate, Gilford, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. The 18c Elmfield courtyard buildings have been renovated as high tech, spacious conference facilities which are set in 100 acres of stunning landscaped parkland and gardens. Elmfield provides a dynamic, state-of-the-art training facility within a beautiful, tranquil setting.

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