Well Being for Actors Programme & Free Listening

Our Well being for Actors Programme is an initiative to start creating a Healthy Artistic Community in Ireland.  The purpose this group is to build a resilient, thriving and nurtured community of artists. How best to do that? By bringing us together in the everyday, through walks, free listening ( giving back to the community ) well being & resiliency workshops, weekly excursions and monthly music sessions. Our task as artists is to tell stories and what better way to nourish those stories then nurturing your own life as it unfolds. Accepting and practicing what it is you need in your life so you can give a deeply creative expression of the human experience to your audience.

Our task is to tell the story that lights the path to a better world” ~ George Monbiot


  1.  FREE LISTENING every Fridays at 2pm at the Spire, O Connell Street, Dublin.

2.  THE ARTISTS WALKING CLUB with Samuel McGovern.  Next one is Sunday January 26th at Skerries

3.  WELLBEING & RESILIENCY WORKSHOPS led by Helena Walsh, the next one is on Wednesday January 29th from 9.30am to 11.30am at Helena Walsh Voice & Acting Studio.  This workshop is free for actors to attend.  Any donations will go to Focus Ireland.

Join our Well Being For Actors Group on Facebook to be kept up to date with all of our events and workshops.


Based on the work of Steven Hoskinson, Organic Intelligence & the practice of “Free Listening”, you will spend this workshop working with different skills that will help alleviate stress & anxiety.  We will work with the fight / flight / freeze responses which an actor goes through in their life & art. These workshops will give you the practical tools that you can incorporate into your daily / weekly / monthly practice in order to change and transform anxiety & stress.


Organic Intelligence brings a feeling of ease, enjoyment and pleasure to the present moment and acts as a springboard from which to communicate with confidence and conviction. The work brings a powerful sense of stability and acts as an anchor for your experience from which you will find a connected and authentic voice. OI is a unique theory and clinical practise of human empowerment, resiliency, and compassion to resolve the effects of stress and anxiety. This work helps the speaker turn nervous energy and anxiety into a source of empowerment and grounded self expression. For more information on organic intelligence see https://organicintelligence.org/

JOIN THE “FREE LISTENING” MOVEMENT Join us each Friday at the Spire, Dublin at 2pm to offer the Gift of Listening to someone who needs to be heard. It’s our mission to get the message of non-judgemental, compassionate listening to the world.

The idea of free listening is the brainchild of Ben Mathes of urbanconfessional.org and one of our guest teachers, who comes over biannually to co-teach with Helena at our Acting & Surfing Workshop. Born on the streets of Los Angeles, California, Urban Confessional began as a community of actors determined to challenge the status quo. Every week, they stood on street corners in LA with signs that read “Free Listening” and opened their hearts to anyone who needed to laugh, cry, scream, or chat. Over the years, the community has grown to include people from all walks of life across 6 continents, 50 countries, and 40 states. Everyone has a right to be heard and the message behind this movement is compassionate and non-judgemental listening, to give a person your full attention irrespective of their opinion and meet them as an equal all while remembering what they have to say matters. Follow our Facebook to keep up to date with our Free Listening Events.  Click here to go to our Free Listening Dublin Page. Urban Confessional started the free listening project and the community has grown to include people from all walks of life across 6 continents, 50 countries, and 40 states. Click here to see more on the movement.