Therapist’s Retreat in Ireland with Dr. Deborah Lee

Retreat Ireland

A Luxury 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 luxury 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 prepared by our in-house chef, 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 Therapists’ Retreat, Ireland

Date: 15 18 June, 2023

Location:  Maghery, 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, accommodation recommendations etc.

You can have a look at a few fun moments from last year’s retreat here

Important Things to Note:

Accommodation is NOT included in the cost of the retreat – there are a range of affordable options in the Maghery and nearby Dungloe area to suit your budget.  You can find a variety of accommodation in and around the area – we encourage you to research available options on Airbnb, etc BEFORE booking.  Please feel free to give us a call if you need help finding a place to stay and we would be more than happy to organise accommodation for you.

Maghery in Donegal is VERY remote (that’s why we chose it!) so if you haven’t chosen our transportation package a car is essential. The Workshops will take place at the beautiful WhiteHorse House in Maghery, which is 6.7km outside of Dungloe.  Exact location and directions will be sent to you after booking.  

Retreat Ireland Package Details

Standard Package:  Includes everything listed under the “Schedule” tab below; you will need to source your own accommodation and transportation.

Transportation Package: A convenient alternative to hiring a car or relying on taxis and public transport; includes everything listed under the “Schedule” tab below; plus transfers to and from Belfast to Donegal and daily transfers to all planned activities including your chosen accommodation (providing it is within a 10km radius of Maghery); you will be need to source your own accommodation.

Waiver Form

After booking you will be sent a waiver form – please sign and return this asap; you will NOT be allowed to attend the retreat without having signed the waiver

Retreat Costs

Earlybird Price – £695  (ends 30 April, 2023)

Standard Price – £745

Transportation Package – £975

Includes: 6 Workshops with Dr. Deborah Lee in a luxury waterfront property, 2 morning Yoga sessions on the beach, 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner, 1 Drinks reception with canapes, traditional Ceili dance session on the beach alongside a campfire, return ferry tour to ancient Aranmore Island, a Guided Hill Walk, and a few surprises to make you feel truly spoiled!

 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.


This retreat is available to book through payment by credit/debit card directly through our website; if you would prefer to pay in installments you can do so by selecting the payment option at checkout.  If you would like to request an invoice please contact us on 

Terms and Conditions: 

Please note our cancellation policy: There will be a £50 admin fee if you cancel after booking; £200 cancellation fee within 60 days of the retreat date and £450 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. 

Registration and Invoicing

To register for this event you can book directly via our website or to request an invoice please contact us or email

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, 7-14 days before the start date.

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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

Join us at Whitehorse House for your welcome Workshop with Dr. Deborah Lee.

Drinks Reception
6pm - 8pm

Get to know your fellow retreaters and enjoy a few drinks and light bites at Whitehorse House.

Yoga by the Sea
8am - 8.45am

Start the day right with some seaside yoga on Maghery Beach (weather permitting, otherwise at the nearby Community Centre)

Workshop 2
10.30am - 12.30pm

Join us at Whitehorse House for another workshop with Dr. Deborah Lee.

Sumptuous Lunch by the Sea
12.30pm - 1.30pm

Let us feed your body (as well as your soul) with a delicious locally sourced lunch prepared by our on-site chef while taking in the beautiful ocean views at Whitehorse House.

Workshop 3
1.30pm - 3.30pm
Ferry to Aranmore Island
4pm - 6pm

Discover the ancient beauty of Aranmore Island: Hop on the Blue Ferry to Aranmore and visit the lighthouse or have a drink in the pub while taking in the majestic scenery.

Dinner at Whiterhorse House
6.15pm - 8.30pm

Our Coach will bring you back to Whitehorse house where our in-house chef will serve up a carefully curated and locally sourced family style meal for you to savour alongside your new found friends.

Yoga by the Sea
8am - 8.45am

Clear your mind and get ready for the day with some gentle yoga on Maghery Beach (weather permitting, otherwise at the nearby Community Centre)

Workshop 4
10.30am - 1pm

Join us at Whitehorse House for another workshop with Dr. Deborah Lee.

1pm - 2pm

Indulge in another freshly prepared, locally sourced meal devised by our in-house chef, while taking in the magical sea views at Whitehorse House.

Workshop 5
2pm -4pm

Engage in the penultimate workshop at Whitehorse House with Dr. Deborah Lee.

Guided Walk or Personal Restorative Time
4pm - 8pm

Accompany seasoned hill-walker Gerry Lenaghan for a walk around the hills of Donegal (included in price of the retreat) or choose one of the many other activities in the local area with which to unwind ie. nearby surf school, shopping in Dungloe or take a dip in the ocean to name but a few.

Campfire and Ceili on Maghery Beach

What better way to spend your last night than basking in the flickering light of a campfire on Maghery Beach with some cold bubbly, a traditional Irish Ceili and plenty of craic!

Luxury Continental Breakfast
9.30am - 10.30am

Enjoy a final meal together while discovering fresh and local Irish breakfast favourites assembled by our in-house chef to awaken your taste buds.

Farewell - Workshop 6
10.30am - 12.30pm

Dr. Deborah Lee will welcome you to Whitehorse House one final time and will 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 is the best way to get to the retreat location? 
Renting a car is the easiest way to get around Ireland - we are a small island! It will mean you can make the most of this amazing area and take in all the fantastic sights while you are here without relying on taxis or public transport. Cars can easily be rented from both Belfast and Dublin airports. Dublin airport to the Retreat:  3.5 hours Belfast airport to the Retreat:  2.5 hours
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 after you have booked; only 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. 
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 (it rains a LOT) - 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) -You don't have to bring your yoga mat (but you can if you'd like)
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 moving forward, including maps, videos, pictures, accommodation info, etc.  You will also get a chance to meet and chat to your fellow retreaters if you wish to partner up and share accommodation, transportation etc.
What makes this a "luxury" retreat?
Our workshop space is a 4000 sq ft. waterfront property with floor to ceiling windows, opulent interiors and breathtaking views.  From the moment you arrive at Whitehorse House, you will understand why we have used the word 'luxury'.  You can see a sneak peek here All retreat catering will be provided by our in-house chef who has thoughtfully planned each menu to reflect the surroundings and will be using locally sourced ingredients from top producers of organic ingredients in the area. You will receive a generous gift basket, overflowing with curated treats to make you feel looked after and just a little bit spoiled; after all, this is all about you.

Event Detail

June 15, 2023 4:00 pm
June 18, 2023 12:30 pm


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