Welcome to Irish Poetry Therapy Network - IPTN, a non-profit organisation that provides an environment where participants explore at first hand, through the use of poetry therapy and bibliotherapy, the healing power of poetry as a means of identifying and dealing with various life issues.

Find out more about us and how to join our network by checking out our site.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Annual Conference: Writing For Wellness: Accentuate the Positive

Irish Poetry Therapy Network
7th Annual Conference
in collaboration with
Lapidus (UK) and

This year, IPTN’s Conference is in collaboration with Lapidus (UK) and International Academy for Poetry Therapy. These two international organisations will bring their experience of writing for well-being to Ireland for, what promises to be, an innovative and exciting weekend.  

Writing for Wellness: Accentuate the Positive    
Join us on a weekend of personal development through the inner world of dreams, poetry, and oral and written story-telling.
Qualified and experienced facilitators working in Ireland, UK and Wales will lead these experiential sessions. No writing experience is necessary and work will not be critiqued.

Mike Hackett
Key Speaker
We are delighted to welcome Mike Hackett, psychotherapist and oneironaut (dream traveller). Facilitator of the Dublin Dream Appreciation Group, he is also a member and patron of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

VenueAshdown Park Hotel, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland

Date: Weekend 13/14 October 2018

Fee : €70 per day (€60 IPTN & Lapidus members)        
        €120 weekend (€100 IPTN & Lapidus     "    )                                           Meals can be purchased in the hotel 

Fees payable in € to Irish Poetry Therapy Network by cheque or P.O. 
and posted to:
Bernie Walsh, Treasurer IPTN, 
60 Hazelwood, Gorey, 
Co. Wexford, 

Places are limited, so to ensure you will not be disappointed, please reserve your place by emailing  irishpoetrytherapynetwork@gmail.com

Friday, 2 March 2018

Tripartite Conference 2018

At the ‘Breathing Space’ conference I had an opportunity to meet Clare Scott, chair of Lapidus, a UK based network for people interested in writing and creativity for personal development.

Recently, Clare contacted IPTN to discuss introducing Lapidus to an Irish audience and we are pleased to announce that IPTN will facilitate this request by extending their annual conference to a two-day event. In addition, we are delighted to welcome Jill Teague, Executive Director of The International Academy for Poetry Therapy (iaPOETRY), and Master/Mentor, as the third member of the tripartite, introducing a ’Treading Softly’ element to the weekend.

We are excited by this inaugural collaboration between IPTN, Lapidus and iaPOETRY and details of our October 2018 conference will be published on our blog and Facebook as the programme is developed.

Monday, 12 February 2018

IPTN AGM 24/2/18


IPTN's AGM will take place  on Saturday 24th February 2018 in the Glenview Hotel, Co. Wicklow
at 2pm.
Meet in the main lounge.

All are welcome to attend.

Click here for directions.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Breathing Space Conference a great success

Ger and Carol at Breathing Space weekend conference in Snowdonia, Wales with great speakers, facilitators and imaginative workshops in wonderful surroundings. Congrats to Jill Teague and all concerned.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Poetry and the Third Eye - 2017

Wishing Lines (Suzanne Power's Session)

Thanks to participants and facilitators of our 2017 Poetry Therapy Conference, we are pleased to announce another successful event in our PT calendar.

To illustrate the power of the occasion, here is our group poem:

Opening my Third Eye

I looked in the mirror
but held it slant
at first a sea of sky blue
reflecting back
this is my life
my choice
I choose freedom
surviving an act of love
to grow in self and worth.
See the splinter of stars exploding
and a lineage side-mouthed
the dead can't answer questions.
Now I have captured my soul
I dare you to break the spell
a place where only I can go -
you are braver
than you think you are.

Participants of 'Poetry and the Third Eye' Conference