Orlaith O’Sullivan - World Happiness Agora Host - Dublin
I have practiced mindfulness for 20 years, and bring passion and deep experience to my teaching. I practice in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, which emphasizes a practical approach with immediate effect. I am an ordained lay member of Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Inter-being.
I am founder of two Dublin City sanghas (mindfulness practice groups) - one for adults and one for families. I offer days of mindfulness around Ireland.
I teach mindfulness widely, including in the corporate environment, schools, not-for-profits and community groups.
I was Child Protection Officer for Devon Music Service (part of Devon County Council), and trained in Child Protection alongside social workers.
INCLUSIVENESS DEFINES ME
"I am deeply committed to creating spaces that are nourishing. In order to be nourished, we need to feel safe. I've worked for years with marginalized communities and people (of all ages) who are vulnerable. My trainings are inclusive to all, regardless of background, nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, ability and sexual orientation. We practice mindfulness to take good care of ourselves, in all our stunning diversity."
HAPPY PLANET INDEX
IRELAND achieves a Happy Planet Index Score of 30.0 and ranks 48th of all the countries analysed.
OECD BETTER LIFE INDEX
In general, Irish people are more satisfied with their lives than the OECD average. When asked to rate their general satisfaction with life on a scale from 0 to 10, Irish people gave it a 7.0 grade on average, higher than the OECD average of 6.5. In terms of health, life expectancy at birth in Ireland is 82 years, two years higher than the OECD average of 80 years. Life expectancy for women is 83 years, compared with 80 for men.
Dublin has been in the news since the 9th century, and while traces of its Viking past have been largely washed away, the city is a living museum of its history since then, with medieval castles and cathedrals on display alongside the architectural splendors of its 18th-century heyday, when Dublin was the most handsome Georgian city of the British Empire and a fine reflection of the aspirations of its most privileged citizens. How power was wrested from their hands is another story, and you'll learn that one in its museums and on its walking tours.