Therapist’s Retreat in Ireland with Dr. Deborah Lee – June 2024

Retreat Ireland

A Transformative RETREAT in Donegal…

CFT from the Inside Out – Developing Core Compassion Focused Therapy Interventions through Self-Practice

You’re invited to take sanctuary at our unparallelled retreat in Donegal and take some time out to self-care, unwind, let go and allow yourself to be looked after.  As a therapist you have committed yourself to helping others with an open and compassionate heart, but, as you well know, this can take its toll.  That is why we have designed this luxury retreat with you in mind.  Escape to wild and beautiful Donegal, where Dr. Deborah Lee will lead you through personal practices and theoretical CFT frameworks (Gilbert, 2009, 2014;) that will remind you of the importance of being self-compassionate.  You will leave feeling resilient, calm, strong and nurtured from the inside out.

Over four days, you will savour early morning yoga sessions on the beach, hop on a ferry and discover ancient islands, sample local culinary delights carefully curated and locally sourced, enjoy a guided walk through the hills of Donegal and even bask in the flickering light of a campfire on the beach; plus we’ve planned a few extras that are designed to surprise and delight!

Some knowledge of CFT would be helpful to those who want to attend, but Dr. Lee will visit the core teachings throughout the retreat as she focuses on self- practice.

4 – Day Therapist’s Retreat, Ireland

Date: 27 – 30 June, 2024

Location:  Corcreggan Mill, Dunfanaghy, Donegal, Ireland 

full itinerary is available to view in the Schedule section below.  Once you have registered, you will have the opportunity to join our WhatsApp group where you will have access to regular updates, maps, top tips, ask questions and meet the other retreaters!

What’s Included in each package? (See package costs in the table below)

Workshops, Accommodation, Meals, Transport and Activities are all included in your package price! 


  • 3 nights Accomodation at Corcreggan Mill
  • 6 Workshops with Dr. Deborah Lee at Corcreggan Mill
  • Continental Breakfast each morning
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Morning Yoga session on the beach
  • Surfing Lesson/Alternate Activity
  • Ferry to Tory Island
  • Guided Heritage Walk
  • Ceili Dancing Session
  • Plus Gifts and Surprises!

**We want to make this truly special experience as accessible as possible, so if you have any questions or concerns about payment, please don’t hesitate to reach out, as we are happy to arrange an affordable payment plan that suits your budget. **

What’s Not Included?

Drinks, including alcoholic drinks:  You will have a chance to go shopping for ‘bits and pieces’ upon arrival so make sure to include drinks on your list.  

If there are any specialty items you need; do let us know and we can provide them for you. This may incur an extra cost.


We have 5 packages available with pricing based on your choice of accommodation:

Accomodation choices are on a first come, first served basis so get in touch to secure your choice before it’s gone!  

Package Description Facilities
Glamping Package– Includes glamping accomodation in a Railway Carriage or Bell Tent

Railway Carriage pictures here

 -5 available

Bell Tent pictures here

 -3 available

Package Price: £1405

Railway Carriage – Double bed or 4 bunk beds (Single Occupancy)

*3 left*

Bell Tent – Double bed (Single Occupancy)

*3 left*

Shared Bathroom in bathroom block
Boat Package – Includes  accomodation in a converted bough of a boat! – 1 available

See pictures here

Package Price: £1465 

Boat Room – Double bed (Single Occupancy)


Mill House Package – includes accommodation in a Mill House room – 4 available

See pictures here

Package Price: £1495

Mill House Room – Double bed located in the Mill House (Single Occupancy)

*3 left*

Bathroom adjacent shared with 1 other room
Mill House Package – includes accommodation in a Mill House room with ensuite bathroom – 6 available

See pictures here

Package Price: £1565 

Mill House Room – Double bed located in the Mill House (Single Occupancy)


Apartment package – includes accomodation in a stunning 1 bedroom apartment – 3 available

See pictures here

Package Price: £1625

Apartment – 1 bedroom on-site apartment, kitchenette, living area (Single Occupancy)




Continental Breakfast will be provided on site every morning and all Lunches and Dinners during your stay will be catered for by a variety of local eateries.  Please inform us of any dietary requirements, including allergies, on booking so we can ensure your needs are catered for.


You will be travelling by private coach during the retreat.  A return journey from Belfast (Jurys Inn) to Donegal (Corgreggan Mill) and all local transport to retreat activities are included in your package.

Outbound Journey: The coach will pick you up in Belfast at Jurys Inn Hotel on Thursday 27 June, 2024 at 11am and take you to Corcreggan Mill.

Return Journey: The coach will pick you up at Corcreggan Mill on Sunday, 30 June 2024 at 12.30pm and return you to Jurys Inn, Belfast.

The journey from Belfast to Corcreggan Mill, Dunfanaghy is approx. 2hrs. 40mins.

Dunfanaghy in Donegal is very remote (that’s why we chose it!) so if you plan to make your own way there a car will be essential. The workshops will take place at Corcreggan Mill and activities will be in and around the local area.

Waiver Form

Before securing your booking you will need sign a waiver form – you will NOT be able to secure your place at the retreat without having signed the waiver

Workshop Facilitator

Dr. Deborah Lee is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service and South Central Complex Treatment Service for Veterans. She is also an honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London. She is author of the Compassionate-Mind Guide to Recovering from Trauma and PTSD: Using Compassion-Focused Therapy to Overcome Flashbacks, Shame, Guilt, and Fear (2013). New Harbinger, New York.

Dr Lee has worked in the field of trauma for 25 years and specialises in the treatment of Complex PTSD. Her particular area of clinical and research interest is in shame- based PTSD and self-criticism. She has pioneered the use of developing compassionate resilience as part of a phased based treatment approach to complex PTSD. She has widely contributed to the dissemination of her clinical knowledge through writing and delivering over 150 clinical workshops and talks in North America and Europe.

Booking, Registration and Invoicing:

To register for this retreat please contact us – drop us an email or give us a call/WhatsApp on (+44) 0789 820 8540.  You will have the option of raising an invoice, paying via Bank Transfer, paying over the phone by card or paying online via a secure payment link.

Spread the Cost:

We’re a small company, so we can make the rules.  Really want to attend, but need to spread the cost?  No problem, give us a call and we will work something out!

Terms and Conditions: 

Please note our cancellation policy: There will be a £150 admin fee if you cancel after booking; £400 cancellation fee within 60 days of the retreat date and £850 cancellation fee within 30 days of the retreat.  No refunds can be given to cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the retreat date. 

Please note that information about the event and venue are subject to change and cancellation.

Occasionally, an event may have to be cancelled or postponed. We will inform of you of any changes and cancellations as soon as possible via email and you will receive a full refund.

Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for any resulting costs you may incur for travel, accommodation and any other related goods or service or other compensation.

We will confirm the final details of the event, at least 30 days before the start date.

Retreat Ireland


Any Questions? Please see FAQ tab below to see if we’ve already answered them for you.

Don’t Take Our Word For It… 

“If you are considering attending I would say just do it! A life changing experience that I will keep and build on forever. I knew it would be good but wow I could never have imagined how good. Perfect from start to finish.” 

Diane Maddison

“The splendour of the Wild Atlantic Way, the warmth of the Irish folk and the beautiful green rolling hills of Donegal, afforded us the most special experience during the Donegal Retreat. The workshop content covering Compassionate Focus Therapy with Dr Deborah Lee was just that, compassionate yet informative, with a gentle mix of cognitive content, self- reflection and sharing, in a safe and confidential space. Coupled with interesting activities to include morning yoga on the beach, a boat trip, camp fire at night on the beach and an optional walk up to Slieve Liag, there was something to suit everyone. The attention to detail and superior quality of delivery, both from the event organiser Tally, and the lead Clinical Psychologist Dr Deborah Lee, made it special indeed, adding value and enhancing self worth, in a safe, friendly and non- judgemental environment, with like- minded people. I would highly recommend doing this retreat and look forward to going to another workshop!” 

Chantal Sargent

“This is an excellent workshop and retreat. I would highly recommend it to any therapist who needs to take time out for reflection and healing from both work and personal challenges. It really does help to generate a refreshing and safe space to recalibrate and prioritise your practice and personal life.”

Dr. Gerard Butcher

“Events that enable growth amongst therapists rather than simple training are rare, and as rare opportunities go to work with and bond with colleagues and ultimately new friends, this was exceptional.”

Dr. Michael Appleton

Welcome - Workshop 1

Dr. Deborah Lee will join you at Corcreggan House for you welcome Workshop

Dinner and Drinks Reception
6pm - 8pm

Break bread with your fellow retreaters and enjoy a few drinks at Corgreggan Mill.

Yoga by the Sea
8am - 8.45am

Start the day right with some seaside yoga on Tramore Beach (weather permitting, otherwise at Corcreggan Mill)

Workshop 2
10.30am - 12.30pm

Dr. Deborah Lee will join you at Corcreggan Mill for your morning workshop.

Sumptuous Lunch with a view
12.30pm - 1.30pm

Let us feed your body (as well as your soul) with a delicious locally sourced lunch while taking in the beautiful views surrounding the Mill.

Workshop 3
1.30pm - 3.30pm

Continue your self-practice with Dr. Deborah Lee at Corcreggan Mill for your afternoon workshop.

Hang Ten! Surfing Lesson on Marble Hill Beach
4pm - 6pm

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned surfer, by the end of the lesson you'll be on your feet and riding the waves like a pro! Surfboards and wetsuits provided.

Fish and Chips at Corcreggan Mill
7pm - 9pm

Our Coach will bring you back to Corcreggan Mill where you'll enjoy a deliciously fresh seafood supper from the on-site Gourmet Fish and Chips truck.

Ferry to Tory Island
8.30am - 9.15am

"Tory isn't a place; it's a state of mind." Discover the ancient beauty of Tory Island: Hop on the Ferry to the most remote inhabited island of Ireland. Sit back and feel the fresh atlantic air in your face as you enjoy the 45 minute ferry journey to what feels like the edge of the world.

Workshop 4 - Tory Island Hotel
10am - 12.30pm

Grab a cuppa at the only hotel on the island and engage in your penultimate workshop with Dr. Deborah Lee.

Lunch - Tory Island Hotel
12.30pm - 1.15pm

Indulge in another freshly prepared, locally sourced meal while you enjoy the warm hospitality of the people on Tory Island.

Guided Heritage Walk or Personal Restorative Time
1.30pm - 3.30pm

Accompany Tory Island native Anton Meehan for a breathtaking and informative guided heritage walk along the cliffs of ancient Tory Island or just choose to take some time out for yourself - curl up with a book and recline with a cuppa or stroll around the island at your own pace and take in the spectacular beauty that surrounds you.

Ceili Dancing - Tory Island Club
3.30pm - 5pm

Dance The Waves of Tory on Tory Island! Learn the steps and enjoy a traditional Irish Ceili dance with plenty of moves and plenty of craic!

Ferry and Coach back to Corcreggan Mill
5pm - 6pm

What a day! Sit back and reflect on all the sites and sounds of the day on your 45 minute ferry journey back to the mainland from Tory Island.

Dinner at The Strand Road Bar and Kitchen in Falcarragh
7pm - 9pm

Enjoy a friendly welcome for your final dinner together with new-found friends at this highly lauded gastro-bar in nearby Falcarragh.

Campfire at Corcreggan Mill
9pm -11pm

What better way to spend your last night than basking in the flickering light of a campfire with some marshmallows for roasting and Deborah Lee's questionable rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody!

Farewell - Workshop 6
10.30am - 12.30pm

Dr. Deborah Lee will join you at Corcreggan Mill one final time to leave you with a few final practices to remember as you prepare to leave the oasis of the retreat and return to real life.

What's the best way to stay informed in the weeks and months leading up to the retreat?
Join the WHATSAPP group.  After booking, we will invite you join our Retreat WhatsApp group; this is where you will be sent all relevant information, including maps, videos, pictures, etc.  You will also get a chance to meet and chat to your fellow retreaters and start making connections with the people you'll be making lasting memories with.
What if I have my own car?
You are very welcome to make your own way to the retreat, however transportation is included in the price so that you can park up and just allow us to take care of everything for you.
I live in Donegal; do I have to stay on site?
No, you are more than welcome to attend the retreat without staying over, however accommodation is included in the package price so why not fully immerse yourself in the experience, leave the stresses of your world behind and let us take care of everything for you.
What should I bring?
- Yoga clothes (if partaking in the morning beach yoga) - Comfortable shoes for hiking and walking - Rain jacket and waterproof shoes or boots - Layers! (Sweaters, flannels, warm jackets -- be prepared for chilly evenings) - Swimsuit/robe or towel if you would like to take a dip in the ocean - Power adapter for electronics (make sure it's the one with 3 prongs for Ireland & UK) - All toiletries - You don't have to bring your yoga mat (but you can if you'd like)
Do I have to sign the waiver? 
Yes.  You will not be allowed to attend the retreat without signing the waiver form.  You will be sent the form when booking; once you have signed and returned the waiver form will you be formally registered.  Failure to sign the waiver form will result in your place being lost and incur any cancellation fees as stated above. 
How can I pay in installments?
Just give us a call or drop us an email and we'll set up a payment plan with you that suits your monthly budget. This is a small retreat with limited capacity so we can work individually with each person to relieve any financial strain.

Event Detail

June 27, 2024 4:00 pm
June 30, 2024 1:00 pm


EventWise NI