IPTN

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.


Thursday, 13 July 2017

IPTN Conference - Sun 8 October '17


We are pleased to announce 

2017 IPTN Conference at

Ardgillan Castle

Balbriggan



Date: Sunday 8 October 2017
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Cost: €T/B/A  to include a light lunch.

Details of speakers to follow in due course.

Places are limited. So as not to be disappointed,  reserve yours now by emailing us at irishpoetrytherapynetwork@gmail.com


Ardgillan Castle and Demesne is situated in North County Dublin on an elevated coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries,32 kilometers north of Dublin City. The demesne is well signposted off the M1. The park consists of 194 acres of rolling open grassland, mixed woodland and gardens, overlooking the Irish Sea with views of Mourne Mountains to the north and Lambay to the south-east. Ardgillan is a sanctuary for many species of animals, mammals and birds for which the wooded areas provide a safe retreat from surrounding agricultural land.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Self-Discovery Session 2 July '17

 IPTN self-discovery session with Carol Boland PTP was held on Sunday 2nd July 17 in Hollyfort. All those interested in poetry therapy were welcomed.

Cost of afternoon:  €20 (includ refreshments) €15 members
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Venue: Grove Mill, Hollyfort, Gorey, Co. Wexford
MOB: 0851138367
Email: irishpoetrytherapynetwork@gmail.com

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Self-Discovery session with Gorey Writers

Lennon's Cross Centre, Annagh, Co. Wexford
Participants at the Self-discovery thro' Poetry session with Carol Boland PTP, produced this amazing group poem 


Sunday Afternoon


Because you were there
when despair for the world
comes a knocking on the door
she remembers what she is trying
very hard to forget
my dreams have taken the scenic route
so here, lets open those cage doors
undisturbed by roaming, hungry foxes.
Maybe my real mind is telling the truth
I fear for it because it has no defence
calming blues and light pinks
make time to smell the roses
simple things yet special
it’s too cold to lie down
where the wood drake rests.


23/4/17

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Strategy Forum



IPTN Strategy Forum – A Brief Report

On Saturday 11th February 2017, a group of poetry therapy enthusiasts gathered in Dublin to discuss the issues facing the advancement of poetry therapy in Ireland. Some of those unable to attend the forum, including delegates from N. Ireland, Wales, England and US, sent emails outlining their views, all of which were included in the open discussion.

Areas of debate centred on the viability of sustaining PT training in Ireland without access to Irish-based mentors, and the possibility of a university – home or UK – validating an MA in biblio/poetry therapy facilitated in Ireland. The major trainers in poetry therapy this side of the Atlantic, Jill Teague (iaPOETRY), and Vicky Field (IFBPT), are almost at their capacity level for trainees either online or face-to-face. They both recognise there is a steady increase in the demand for poetry therapy training and feel that greater co-operation between the UK and Ireland would be beneficial for all those interested in the benefits of poetry therapy.

Finally, there was a general consensus for the need for greater publicity to keep IPTN and poetry therapy in the public eye. This will include PT sessions, IPTN’s outreach programme, media interviews, and wider distribution of our new information brochure. 

IPTN has now a mandate to seek recognition for Poetry Therapy in Ireland, in line with other creative therapies such as Art and Music. IPTN will maintain in contact with PT credentialing bodies, training mentors and MA validating bodies with a view to promoting this import creative and healing therapy. 

Carol Boland
March 2017


Self-Discovery Thro Poetry - correct mobile no

Please note the mobile number to confirm you place on Self-Discovery Thro Poetry session in Hollyfort on Sunday 2nd July is

0851138367


Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Gorey Writers Self-Discovery Thro' Poetry session.

 'Self-Discovery Thro' Poetry' afternoon with Gorey Writers on Sunday 23 April 2017 in the Lennon Centre, Annagh, Co. Wexford.
Carol Boland PTP facilitating.

All members of the Gorey Writers are welcome to attend.