Therapist’s Retreat with Dr. Deborah Lee

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Isn’t it time to look after your own well-being?  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 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 hopefully a little less critical of yourself.

Over four days, you will savour early morning yoga sessions with a view, hop on a boat to witness the majestic cliffs of Sliabh Liag, dine at the famous Rusty Mackerel pub, enjoy a guided walk in the hills of Donegal and even bask in the flickering light of a campfire on Muckross Beach.

Retreat to Donegal with us and spend a precious few days looking after yourself, so that you’re emotionally equipped to go back to reality and look after everyone else.  

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

4 – Day Therapists’ Retreat

Date: 2 – 5 June, 2022

Location:  Donegal, Ireland 


A full itinerary is available to view in the Schedule section below.  Once you have registered, you will have the opportunity to join our Retreat WhatsApp group and have access to regular updates, maps, accommodation recommendations etc.

Retreat Costs

Earlybird Price – £395  (ends 30 April, 2022)

Standard Price – £450

Includes: 6 Workshops with Dr. Deborah Lee, 3 morning Yoga/Movement sessions, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners, 1 Drinks reception, a boat trip to Sliabh Liag, Coach Trips, Guided Walk, and a few surprises to make you feel truly spoiled!

Please note:  the cost does not include accommodation – there are a range of affordable options in the Kilcar/Killybegs area to suit your budget.  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 lend a hand.

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 are unable to pay by credit/debit card or would like to request an invoice please contact us on 

Terms and Conditions: 

There will be a £50 cancellation fee up to 30 days before the retreat, £100 cancellation fee within 30 days of the retreat date and £250 cancellation fee within 14 days of the retreat.  No refunds can be given to cancellations made less than 72 hours 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 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.


Welcome - Workshop 1

Join us at Maple Cottage for your welcome Workshop with Dr. Deborah Lee.

Drinks Reception
7pm - 9pm

Get to know your fellow retreaters and enjoy a few drinks and light bites at Maple Cottage.

Yoga by the Sea
8am - 9am

Start the day right with some seaside yoga on Muckross Beach (weather permitting, otherwise at Maple Cottage)

Workshop 2
10am - 12pm

Join us at Maple Cottage for another workshop with Dr. Deborah Lee.

Refreshments and Light Lunch
12pm - 1pm

Let us feed your body (as well as your soul) with a delicious assortment of lite bites and assorted refreshments by the sea at Maple Cottage.

Workshop 3
1pm - 3pm
Sliabh Liag Boat Trip
4pm - 6pm

Coach departs from Kilcar to Teelin to board the boat to view the majestic cliffs of Sliabh Liag.

Dinner at The Rusty Mackerel
6pm - 8pm

Coach from Teelin to the famed Rusty Mackerel Pub for a delicious meal shared with new-found friends. The coach will return to Kilcar after dinner.

Yoga by the Sea
8am - 9am

Clear your mind and get ready for the day with some gentle yoga on Muckross Beach (weather permitting, otherwise at Maple Cottage)

Workshop 4
10.30am - 1pm

Join us at Maple Cottage for another workshop with Dr. Deborah Lee - this will include a break with light refreshments by the sea.

Guided Walk or Personal Restorative Time
1pm - 4pm

Accompany seasoned hill-walker Gerry Lenaghan for a walk and a bit of craic around the hills of Sliabh Liag (included in price of the retreat) or choose one of the many other activities in the local area with which to unwind ie. surf school on Rossnowlagh Beach, shopping in Killybegs or take a dip in the ocean to name but a few.

Workshop 5
4pm - 6pm

Join us at Maple Cottage for your next workshop.

Campfire on Muckross Beach
7.30pm - 9.30pm

What better way to spend your last night than basking in the flickering light of a campfire on Muckross Beach with some cold bubbly, hot soup, succulent hot dogs and of course ooey gooey S'Mores!

Yoga by the Sea
8am - 9am

Enjoy a final invigorating session of yoga on Muckross Beach (weather permitting, otherwise at the Zen Den)

Farewell - Workshop 6
10.30am - 12.30pm

Dr. Deborah Lee will welcome you to Maple Cottage 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.

Event Detail

June 2, 2022 4:00 pm
June 5, 2022 12:00 pm


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