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Donna Lancaster

Co-Founder of The Bridge Retreat. Life & Relationship Coach

I have been working with individuals, couples & groups for over 20 years.
In my work I use a variety of approaches including rituals to support people to release emotional blocks & return to who they really are & live from this true & authentic place. I co founded & deliver The Bridge Retreat which is a 5 day personal development experience.

Member since October 2015


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London Address for The Bridge Retreat Events & Coaching Sessions

Violet Hill Studio
St Johns Wood,

My Approach

I support people to live authentic lives, embracing all of who they are and recognising the gifts of each struggle and joy. I believe passionately in the grieving process for all of life’s losses and that this offers the missing link for many in their return to wholeness. My approach is deep & light: like life.

“When there is ‘unfinished business’ in our lives, it is very hard to move on & engage with life fully. Grieving allows us to cross the bridge from past hurts and sorrow into a place of lightness and joy.”
Donna Lancaster

Latest News

  • The Bridge Retreat – One day taster experience

    Posted Tuesday 13th February, 2018

    Saturday 17 February 2018, 10.30am to 4.30pm, NW London

    This one-day workshop, hosted by Co-founder Donna Lancaster, allows curious people to come along and find out more about The Bridge model for healing.

    For full details or to book, visit www.thebridgeretreat.com

  • Find out more about The Bridge Retreat

    Posted Thursday 7th September, 2017

    Our next Information Evening will be held on Wednesday 13 September, 2017 at Violet Hills Studios, 6 Violet Hill, London, NW8 9EB. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions of The Bridge Team and hear from past participants. It’s free and all are welcome. Contact us to book your place.


  • The Secret Bridge

    Posted Tuesday 14th June, 2016

    I am currently writing, procrastinating and writing a book about Grief and Ritual for Healing called ‘The Secret Bridge to Joy’.


How can I help?

With my extensive training and personal experience informing my work, I have attained deeply intuitive and practical skills to support people to understand, express and move on from their past, and in so doing, return to their true nature.

This allows people then to live in the present moment; authentically, passionately, with humour and grace.



Latest News


  • Degree in Social Work

  • Imago Relationship Clinical Training

  • Couples Constellations • Centre for Systemic Constellations

  • Advanced Facilitation • The Brathay Academy

  • Hoffman Institute • Head of Teaching

  • Hoffman Institute • Supervising Hoffman Teacher

  • Advanced Facilitation • The Life Long Learning Company

  • Registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council


  • We have huge respect for Donna who brings enormous skill and great wisdom and compassion to her deeply intuitive way of working. We feel very secure in her loving presence and as a result have been able to safely and successfully traverse some incredibly difficult terrain within our relationship.

    Jo & Ben, Brighton
  • Donna is an incredible woman, she has so much love, compassion and warmth mixed with a huge dose of knowledge and understanding. My life has gone from black and white to glorious technicolour. My relationship has improved too, we have learnt how to communicate with each other and not to react.

    Lisa Butcher, Model & TV Presenter
  • You were brilliant. You made the day wonderful and you will have had a lasting impact. I hope you will consider working with us again.

    John Vincent, Founder - Leon Restaurants, London


  • I have been working with individuals, couples and groups for over twenty years.

  • I originally trained as a social worker, specialising in child protection and worked extensively within this and related fields for ten years.

  • I have designed and delivered accredited courses on a range of subjects including effective communication, enhancing motivation, living authentically and understanding relationships. I have delivered these courses in a range of environments including women’s refuges, schools and prisons, both in the UK and South Africa.

  • In 2005 I began training to become a Hoffman Teacher with the Hoffman Institute UK and qualified in 2007. Progressing to a Supervising Hoffman Teacher in 2009 and then Head of Teaching in 2011 during which time I worked closely with the UK Hoffman Founders and Teachers to ensure the quality and standards of the Hoffman Process.

  • I completed the Imago Relationship Clinical Training Programme in 2009 and went on to train with the Centre for Systemic Constellations in 2014 to support my work in appreciating and honouring the ancestral influences and dynamics at play in relationships and life generally.

  • Along with my colleague Gabi Krueger, we have developed a five day residential personal development programme called The Bridge Retreat. This course offers a route to healing using a combination of ritual, visualisation, meditation, breath and body work.