Personal Development Programme


The Gestalt Institute offers a one-year residential personal development programme and single Personal Development weekends.  These are 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.

Single weekend workshops are run in venues across the country and details can be found on our news page.

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.