Born to Rise programme helping women find their voice

galway daily news dr caren hession with new singing programme
Dr Caren Hession

A new self-development programme designed to help women to find their voice has been praised by a Galway senator who said that it has improved the way she speaks in the Oireachtas.

Born to Rise, created by Galway woman Dr Caren Hession, is helping women across the country to find their voice with a breakthrough technique using music and song.

Her next two-day Born to Rise programme will take place in the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January.

Senator Pauline O’Reilly recently attended Dr Hession’s sessions and said that it has taught her a lot about her voice.

“As a politician I use my voice every day to speak to people, do interviews and public addresses,” said the Green Party senator.

She said that it can be challenging as a woman in politics as there are many expectations about how you should sound and what you should say.

“People accuse you of sounding too aggressive or too passive,” she said.

Senator O’Reilly wanted to develop beyond that, and signed up for some singing lessons with Caren for her own enjoyment.

“It was something to do in my downtime. I have to say that I got so much more from it than I ever would have expected.

“I learnt the skills to improve my singing voice, but I also learnt how to control my voice when I speak, and to think about how to convey a vision through my voice and stay true to myself.

“I found through the singing lessons I have confidence in my voice and in what I had to say. I would recommend Caren to anyone wanting to explore finding their voice.”

Dr Hession, a professional in Music, Creative Arts, Philosophy, Neuroscience and Neurolinguistics, said that she was a woman who did not have a voice.

She said that she was afraid of her own potential and self-sabotaging by staying small and not using her inner or outward voice.

“Through singing I rediscovered who I was,” she said. “I could tell my story through song and music.”

“Unlocking the true potential of your voice is one of the most empowering, most fulfilling, and most transformational adventures on which you can embark.”

She said the two-day programme in January will take people on an emotional and inspirational journey to rediscover who they are within, ignite their true potential and give people the confidence, clarity and courage they need to live the life of magnitude they desire.

At the end of the two-day programme there will be a live music performance where participants will showcase their voice by singing to a full audience at the Town Hall Theatre.

“The option will be there to sing within a group or as a solo. It is amazing to see the growth after just two days.”

Anyone feeling lost, stuck, unheard, unmotivated, or desire something greater for your life overall is invited to join Dr Hession for the exclusive two-day breakthrough training programme on 28 and 29 January.

To find out more and purchase tickets for this two-day programme visit