Courses & Events
Learning is a shared experience.
Personal and professional development
The Elmfield Institute offers professional trainings, courses, retreats and events in holistic wellbeing.
Programmes are delivered online, both self-paced and blended, and in-person at the Elmfield Estate, Gilford, Co. Down N. Ireland. Our facilitators are multidisciplined experienced educators, researchers and practitioners who have learned from their academic studies but also through conscious self exploration and lived experience.
Your journey is unique
We each have different life experiences which shape who we are and how we respond to different situations.
Elmfield offers researched courses and trainings which tend to the wellbeing of individuals and communities through developing embodied awareness, resilience and adaption, and compassionate relating.
We aim to support your fullest potential.
Meet the Facilitators
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 pioneers in their field 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.
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 (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 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, 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.
The Elmfield Estate
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.