About John F. Doherty

BA, MSc, MMin. Supervisory Practice
Dip. Psychology, Dip. Jungian Studies, Cert. Addiction Studies, ProfDip. Movement Psychology, Dip. Executive Coaching


John F. Doherty wears  a number of hats at work:

1. Cross Professional Supervisor, Professional Executive Coach & Work Psychologist

2. Mindfulness  – Contemplative Teacher & Spiritual Director, Facilitator & Guide


John’s Background

John has been teaching in primary, secondary, third level and facilitating groups for the last twenty seven years.

Coming from a long line of teachers he began his teaching career for five years in primary and secondary school.

He then moved on to third level lecturing and has been working within adult education and corporate training for the last twenty seven years.


For his professional history check out his linked-in page here.




Starting in 1998 John began training in Tibetan Buddhism for eight years with the Ripga organisation. In 2005 he returned to the Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy to study spirituality and psychology and work in the Spirituality department. John has a diploma in creative psychotherapy and likes to work with particular focus on the interface between psychology and spirituality. In 2012 John also finished studying a diploma in Jungian studies, exploring in-depth the work of Dr. Carl Jung.

He began teaching on the spirituality program at Milltown for a number of years and then moved to All Hallows college, an affiliate of DCU where he worked for 10 years until 2013. John designed and taught a course called "The Art of Stillness" in All Hallows for a number of years as part of the School of Adult and Community learning. Two further modules were developed within the same context - "The Art of Deep Stillness" and "The Art of Sacred Stillness". These modules were also taught as part of the Adult Learners BA degree program in All Hallows. His latest course "The Art of Sacred Stillness" seeks to combine mindfulness with a Christian Mystical Journey.

In 2005 John began teaching and facilitating groups on the work of Eckhart Tolle. John is registered on Eckhart Tolle's website as a facilitator of his work based on his ground breaking book "The Power of Now" and "A New Earth - Awakening to Life's Purpose". He is the founder and director of the Beehive school starting in 2006 that offers on-going training and programs for students to reflect, meditate and deepen their awareness skills and is in the process of  publishing his first book in the area of meditation and contemplation.

John F. Doherty is the director of The Beehive School and offers talks, workshops, courses and training in the area of: MB inter-ST™ (Mindfulness based inter-Spiritual Training) MB inter-ST™ training looks at the areas of mindfulness, meditation and contemplation in a variety of contexts that are secular, psychological, spiritual or religious, helping individuals and groups become more self-aware, reflective, and connected.

John trained in creative and body psychotherapy with Lani O'Hanlon and Antoinette Spillane in 2002 becoming an instructor in dancing and therapeutic movement practice. He later co-founded the Dublin Dance Co-Op (now in its 10 year) after a number of years of Five Rhythms therapeutic dance movement practice. He continued his interest in movement and body psychology with the Biodanza program for 3 years. In 2004 as a response to his own "Hero's journey" and a growing awareness of the psyche of men John co-founded the group - 'Men as Learners and Elders' Ireland. This group was set-up to support men's spiritual growth and is based on the work of the Franciscan Richard Rohr. From 2007-2010 he co-facilitated a weekly men's group in Dublin City Centre. Ireland ran its first Rites of Passage retreat in 2010 with over 80 men in attendance.

After doing a masters in supervisory practice John focuses on supporting carers, practitioners and professionals in their work with others. Front-line support is an important and often neglected area that is essential to avoid burnout and continue professional development. With this in mind John helped found the Supervisory Association of Ireland in 2005 with developing links to the rest of Europe in order to support and promote these ideals. He provides group and one to one support for professionals helping them unpack and reflect on their work. As a supervisor and coach John has been involved in a number of projects, supporting staff in the caring professions as well as offering training in group facilitation and leadership skills.

John was a member of the management board for the Chrysalis project from 2010 - 2013, a non-profit organisation seeking to raise consciousness, promote lifelong learning and nurture inner freedom, while being a beneficial, compassionate and empowering presence in the world. He was a Trustee of Luisne a contemplative house and grounds in Greystones. John is an associate member of AISGA the All Ireland Spiritual Guidance Association and a full member of SDI the Spiritual Directors International Association. All the work is accredited and fully insured. Supportive documents and referrals are available on request. John supports his own practice through one to one supervision, a work support group and continual professional development.

John and his wife Maria Jesus collaborate together to offer a 10 month program on Empowering people in their relationships. Click here to find out more. John likes to play soccer, can often be seen walking in the hills of Wicklow and is an avid Leinster rugby supporter. He is a Dad to three boys and is trying out all his mindfulness skills in this area!