The Art of Wanting Workshop


Date: 22nd February 2020

Time: 10am - 5pm

Cost: €90; if you are booking two workshops at the same time (two people on one workshop, or one person attending two workshops), a discounted rate of €160 applies...

Facilitator: Emma Philbin-Bowman

Course Type: One Day Workshop

Venue: The Mindfulness Centre 33 Lower Pembroke Street Dublin 2, D02 FK06 Ireland

Course Information:

 the art of wanting

Saturday February 22, 2020, 10-5pm

Mindfulness Ireland, Dublin

… desire is to own the wanting …. And in order to own something, there needs to be a sovereign self that is free to choose and, of course, feels worthy of wanting and feels worthy of receiving. That’s why desire is so intimately connected with a sense of self-worth.

Esther Perel, 2019, in conversation with Krista Tipett

This one-day workshop offers a rare experience to focus on our relationship to wanting. Wanting is a rich, essential and often neglected aspect of our lives. It is a particularly valuable theme to explore in the context of a small group, as this allows us to open to the topic in many threads, shedding light together, opening space and insight, evolving…

The human ability to ‘want’ seems, on the surface of things, an apparently basic capacity. Nonetheless, for many of us it is not simple – to know what we want, to know how to want, to be capable of bringing forth our needs and wishes to others. This capacity is pivotal: the energies we bring to our wanting and desiring have profound influence on how our lives unfold.

On this one-day workshop, we will open up this territory from a range of angles, exploring the links between childhood conditioning and how our wanting and desiring is expressed as adults. Each of us carries these themes uniquely, and we will identify different strands within our personal relationship to wanting: we may feel entitled and confident in certain kinds of wants, mute and despairing in others; we may trust that the world will take our needs and desires into consideration, or be convinced that we must fight fiercely in a non-responsive universe; we may associate judgments of ‘selfishness’ or immaturity with wanting, or see our wanting as a passionate source of creative nourishment.

Though we rarely look directly at this ability to want, doing so is potent and life-affirming. Everywhere, analysts, psychologists and spiritual teachers point to the importance and healthiness of desiring; to the power of clarifying our intentions; to the beauty and necessity of entrusting our visions to the world and to each other; to bestowing our desire with the blessing of potential collaboration; to exposing ourselves to a potentially responsive universe.

Full lives require these things. This workshop will explore how as adults, we can deepen and enrich our capacity to want and to desire.

Maximum Participants 14.

Now Booking: The fee for day-long workshops is €90; if you are booking two people on one workshop, a discounted rate of €160 applies…

Inquiries (by email)

One angle of this topic is explored here: desire in a responsive world

I am in the process of developing a more thorough online offering on this theme – details will be on facebook and on my email list. subscribe here:

Emma Philbin Bowman was born in Dublin in 1969 and educated at Newpark Comprehensive School. She holds a First Class Honours Degree from UCD in Philosophy and English Literature, where she was also awarded several scholarships. After a number of years working as a teacher, writer and gardener, she spent time living and working at Gaia House Meditation Centre in Devon before training as a psychotherapist at the Institute for Creative Counselling in DunLaoghaire, Co Dublin. Since then she has undertaken several further formal and informal psychotherapy and meditative trainings, and is profoundly influenced by the Buddhist and Advaita traditions. She has sat many meditation retreats and attended many satsang teachings over the past twenty five years. She has also trained as a Mindfulness Teacher.

Emma has worked as a psychotherapist in private practice in Dublin for the past 10 years and as a Counsellor with students at Dublin City University for the past six years. She lectures at UCD on the MSc in Mindfulness and with The Mindfulness Centre in Pembroke St.  She is writing about and has a special interest in the depth and vitality obscured by sadness, and is passionate about sharing the transformative and healing potential of relational inquiry in a peer practice context.

In her work as a psychotherapist, she is strongly influenced by both the British Independent Tradition (Winnicott, Bollas etc), Self-Psychology, Attachment Theory, and Buddhist and Meditative perspectives on human experience.  Although not formally trained in body work, she sees the body as an essential ally and resource in the therapeutic process.

In recent years, she has focused intensively on contemporary approaches to spirituality which emphasize psychological integration alongside an appreciation of Being, Presence and Emptiness. She is an ongoing student of the Diamond Approach (Scandinavia) for the past several years, and more recently has undertaken online trainings in Mystical Principles of Healing and Transparent Communication with contemporary mystic, Thomas Hubl. She has also worked extensively with Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing.



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