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About Donna

Donna was one of the Co-founders and facilitators of The Bridge Retreat and has been working with individuals, couples and groups for over 30 years. She originally trained as a social worker, specialising in child protection and worked extensively within this and related fields for ten years. Donna is a highly experienced group facilitator and intuitive Coach. She has worked internationally in a wide variety of environments including women’s refuges, schools and prisons.

In 2007 Donna qualified as a Hoffman Teacher with the Hoffman Institute UK and went on to become their Head of Teaching between 2011–2013. Donna completed the Imago Relationship Clinical Training Programme in 2009 and went on to run a busy couples practice in London for many years. She also trained with the Centre for Systemic Constellations in 2014 to support her work in honouring family and ancestral influences, and continues to regularly participate in constellation trainings and workshops.

Donna has also attended trainings with many great teachers including David Richo, Caroline Myss, Andrew Harvey, Robert Holden and Quanita Roberson. All of Donna’s work is trauma informed and she has attended an 8 day residential training with the trauma and breathwork expert, Giten Tonkov.

Donna receives regular professional supervision and Spiritual direction.

Donna’s work has also been featured in The Telegraph, Psychologies, Evening Standard, Huffington Post, Balance, Conde Nast and TatlerYou can keep up to date with Donna’s work via her Instagram account @donnalancs and by signing up for her newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Donna’s work was featured in the documentary called Love(d) which shares the stories of 12 people during The Bridge Retreat as they take the leap to overcome grief and loss in their lives. You can watch the documentary for free via

Donna is a published author with 2 books – ‘The Bridge, a 9 step crossing into authentic and wholehearted living’ (Penguin Life, 2022) and ‘Wise Words for Women’ (Happy Place Books/Ebury 2023). You can read more about Donna’s books and order your copies below.


“Donna Lancaster is the wisest woman I know.”

Fearne Cotton


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“Donna’s work has inspired me since my early 20’s and she has helped shape the woman I have become.”

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Every single one of us is living with the aftershocks of heartbreak. Whether it’s the sting of not fitting in at school or the pain of witnessing our parents’ divorce, the end of our own marriage or the death of a loved one, to be human is to bear the wounds of all our losses and setbacks. This book is for anyone who is experiencing pain, heartbreak, sadness or overwhelming emotion, and can’t seem to get beyond it. All of us want to be able to live with more compassion, The Bridge will help us get there.

A pocket book of comfort, advice and love for any woman, anywhere. Coach and therapist, Donna Lancaster, brings her 32 years of experience helping people find their authentic selves, heal pain and overcome setbacks to this collection of honest words, counsel, and self-love.

Dip in every morning to bring joy to your day or pick up for strength and solace after a tough moment.

These wise words will lift you spirits and help you through.

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“The soul is the truth of who we are.”

Marianne Williamson