Ireland Group


In previous years our meetings have featured speakers from outside the Network and we have also invited several our own members in turn to give a talk about his or her own work or research or specific interests. This has helped us to get to know one another better and we may return to this format.

However, our meetings during the 2015-6 season have featured authors who have new books published discussing their work. Our last meeting of that season was on 14th May. We continued this series in the 2016-7 season starting with Natalie Tobert’s talk and first launch of her latest work

Cultural Perspectives on Mental Wellbeing:

Spiritual Interpretations of Symptoms in Medical Practice

This took place in Dublin on 11th November and there will be a launch in London on 18th November.

The book launch was followed by a participatory workshop on themes from the book which took place the following day.

Jacqui Nielsen — Group Co-ordinator

Buy Natalie’s book at the link below:

Cultural Perspectives on Mental Wellbeing: Spiritual Interpretations of Symptoms in Medical Practice

Cultural Perspectives Mental Wellbeing Interpretations

Natalie’s posting about the trip and 2 Dublin events on Facebook:

Natalie Tobert

15 November at 19:07 · London, United Kingdom ·

I arrived back from Dublin in the Emerald Isle, where I met some beautiful people. However, response to the events was mixed. Discussion was lively: one psychiatrist had long opposed traditional practice and over-medication, claimed his profession was already aware of new thinking in the 1960’s (before pharmaceutical over-marketing). A general physician and some gentle psychologists were comfortable with our discussion on anomalous experiences. But others found it hard to get away from the ‘diseases of the brain’ and ‘chemical imbalance’ narratives of their early training.

During the book launch, I discussed many types of anomalous experiences, before stating they were part of normal human faculties. Only in later chapters did I radically challenge the current, but old fashioned ‘mental health’ labels. I suggested it was time our esteemed academics discussed the anomalous experiences they studied, and compared them to lived experiences of those who have been labelled. Now is the hour of change


Zelda Hall That psychiatrist sounds like Ivor Brown, who is a man worth meeting. I hope you were happy with the outcome Natalie.

Jutta Brassil Thank you for an inspiring talk, was so lovely meeting you. Have started reading your book, have recommended it to friends who work with patients.

Paul Sheridan Sounds like a successful excursion. Always rewarding to get such positive feedback.

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Our distinguished and much loved member Elinor Joyce Green of Ballyvolane House, Co. Cork died on August 14, 2014, (peacefully), at Fermoy Hospital and will be greatly missed. We remember especially her help at the launching of our own Irish Group of SMN.


Joyce Green 1910–2014

As a long standing member of the SMN, Joyce Green worked tirelessly for many years in bringing Eastern Philosophy to Western Science through her study and understanding of the Ancient Wisdom teachings.

Her work with the Arcane School, under the auspices of the Lucis Trust, brought her into contact with many of the leading minds of the 20th century. Her quiet discipline helped to introduce and illuminate many who were exploring the meaning and purpose of life.

Born in Co. Clare she spent an idyllic childhood on the shores of Lough Derg. Her early married life was spent in Malaya where her husband Cyril managed a rubber plantation. Escaping just ahead of the Japanese invasion of Singapore in WW2, they eventually settled in Ballyvolane House in Co. Cork, Ireland where they farmed and raised a family. Ballyvolane House is now a country house hotel run by the Green family.

Joyce stoically continued her studies and correspondence in the Arcane School for many decades, promoting education in the principles and values upon which right human relations are built. Her radiating light helped the formation of group work in her locality. This has now evolved into many such groups across Ireland working with the same energy in education, healing and conscious goodwill.

Her presence is greatly missed but her approach and teaching is recalled and used as the work continues.

A truly remarkable lady.