Body and Movement
Regan O’Brien – founder of Vocal Movement Ireland
I am a voice, breath and movement coach and lecturer since 2009 and I facilitate clients across a diverse range of community and industry sectors in Ireland.
I hold a Masters in Applied Drama and Performance Studies from Queens University Belfast [Hons 1.1] and a Masters in Creative Facilitation from C.I.T.
I am a singer and performing artist and for over 20 years I have travelled to study and practice a broad range of voice and breathwork modalities. I have spent ten years developing my embodied Voice and Movement practice here in Ireland.
Throughout my career I continue to deepen my research into the somatic integration of embodied voice and movement. I am intrigued by the power of the stories we tell ourselves about our voices. Through gentle co-investigation I partner my clients in their journey to identify the very intelligent barriers they have created to using their voices. I help build support structures through practice so we can begin to dismantle these barriers. My work is about listening for the body-voice balance and providing technique to support a clear, honest vocal expression. My clients develop the ability to use their voice as a powerful tool in their communication, healing and self-expression.
My practice is applied to a broad range of fields spanning professional performance to business presentation, health and wellness and spiritual practices. I have undertaken extensive practical research into traditional song, contemporary singing, breathing techniques and therapeutic practices relating to voicework.
My work is distilled from deep, practical investigation into the healing effects of singing, live performance and embodied voice and movement as relational and creative practice.
As an artist and a mother I have gained the tools to connect with a deeper, more primal voice. Integrating imagination, sound, breath and movement to harness the wisdom of the whole body. I practice embryonic breathing and the resulting movement and vocal expression.
I facilitate pathways towards identifying and accepting authentic sound. I’m interested in the expression of feeling and connecting with something beyond the daily chatter.
In my art practice I understand myself, my identity is clear to me and I feel safe in that knowledge. As a voice and movement coach I make a safe environments where I can share this process with my clients.
I have lectured in Universities and Colleges in Ireland. I am a Personal Development Tutor with the ETB and I co-founded and managed Irelands first artist-lead performance and teaching venue Fumbally Court Studio.
I started my career as a Creative Therapeutic Voice and Breath consultant in 2010. I facilitate one to one Voice and Breath sessions and wellness in the workplace sessions for corporate and community clients.
Maria Walsh Bio
I am a singer-songwriter, flautist and percussionist and have been creating, releasing, performing and touring music both at home and abroad for over three decades with the multi-award-winning Duo Zrazy. That has included many appearances on TV and radio.
In Dublin, I am a voice coach and teach singing with adults, both amateur and professional. I also work with actors and employees giving vocal presentations for the workplace. I have led a Vocal choir in the corporate workplace.
My musical background is in classical piano, voice, and flute grade 8 with the Royal Irish Academy and Newpark Music Academy.
I have trained with Kevin Crawford, TCD, Dublin and Arezzo, Italy; in contemporary and avante-garde voice with Meredith Monk (USA) and Richard Armstrong (USA).
In 2015 I completed a BA in History and Irish Studies in UCD.
I continue to perform in various jazz/pop festivals and venues with Zrazy.
I occasionally take groups to explore voice and vocal soundscapes. No musical ability is needed, just a willingness to explore and attempt to give voice to your voice, and yes have some fun trying.
2016 – Release of 6th CD, The Art of Happy Accidents to critical acclaim.
2012-2015 BA (Hons) UCD in History and Irish Studies. Co-composed ‘Women of ‘16’ as a commission for the 2016 Centenary and performed / filmed in the GPO.