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 4-day workshop(Thursday-Sunday) adding up to a total of 13 working days. There is also a new midweek programme consisting of three 3-day workshops (Tuesday – Thursday) and one 4-day workshop (Monday -Thursday). 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 life-changing 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 for 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”

Applications for our weekend & midweek PD programmes are now being accepted for our waiting list for 2023-2024.

The weekend personal development programme dates for 2023 – 2024 are as follows:

Friday 13 – Sunday 15 October 2023

Friday 24 – Sunday 26 November 2023

Friday 2 – Sunday 4 February 2024

Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 April 2024


The midweek personal development programme dates for 2023 – 2024 are as follows:

Dates: Tuesday 17– Thursday 19 October 2023
Tuesday 28 – Thursday 30 November 2023
Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 February 2024
Monday 22 – Thursday 25 April 2024
Venue: The programme is residential and is delivered at Teach Bhríde, 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 and Marian O’ Donnell – Byrne
Cost: €1600.00 plus accommodation at Teach Bhríde.
Applications: If you wish to apply for the Personal Development Programme please email for an application form.