Personal Development Programme

The Gestalt Institute offers a one-year residential personal development programme.  The programme is designed for people who are interested in self-awareness and personal growth and may benefit from Gestalt skills in their own personal and professional lives.

The one-year programme consists of three 3 day workshops (Friday-Sunday) and one 5 day workshop(Wednesday-Sunday) adding up to a total of 14 working days.  Meditation, awareness, grounding, bodywork and dream-work are all explored during this year of personal growth.  Participants work at a deep level in a small, supportive group with experienced facilitators.

The programme will provide you with practical tools for stress management and conflict resolution.  Whether you work in a caring profession, where communication and relationship skills are important, or you wish to explore your personal and professional relationships with a view to making your life richer and more personally fulfilling, this programme is for you.

Gestalt is an experiential approach which invites each of us into awareness and personal ‘response-ability’.  To be effective in our own lives, we need to be in good contact with ourselves and these weekends will offer you an opportunity to experiment with new ways of relating in a safe and supportive environment.

Completion of the one-year personal development programme will be taken into account when making an application for the MA/PG Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy.

Testimonials from participants:


“I loved every moment of the programme and I would recommend it to anybody who would like to learn more about themselves”

“Every human being should do the course – a must in life’

“This course has been a lifechanging experience for me. I am leaving here with confidence and a sense of self-love that I had somehow lost. Thank you so much for helping me find, love & accept myself again”

” A true gift a treasure that I will take with me. The professionalism and care from the facilitators are invaluable I have never felt so cared and valued”


“Amazing journey of self-discovery recommend to all”

“By far one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.  A safe place, excellent providers and a great learning experience”

“Highly recommend this course for everyone, the best investment I have ever made in myself”


Now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Personal Development Programme.

Dates: 01 – 03 October 2021
19 – 21 November 2021
4-6  February 2022
27 April  – 01 May  2022
Venue: The programme is residential and is delivered at Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow.  Accommodation is in single rooms some of which are en-suite.

Some workshops may be held online due to Covid 19 restrictions and to comply with government regulations.

Facilitators:  Ursula Devaney & Julien Joly
Cost: €1400.00 plus accommodation at Teach Bhride.
Applications: If you wish to apply for the Personal Development Programme please email for an application form.