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EHI Residential Retreats at Westerbeke Ranch Conference Center

Westerbeke Ranch - In beautiful Sonoma Valley, CA

2020 Training is Rescheduled!

Updated Programming New Combined Experiential Training I & II.
• October 18, 2020 - October 23, 2020

2021 Existential Therapy Training: Experiential Retreat Dates

Updated Programming New Combined Experiential Training I & II
• May 16, 2021 - May 21, 2021

The Experiential begins at 9:30am on the first day and concludes at 1:00pm on the final day. Because of the early start time the morning of the 26th we encourage attendees to arrive in the Bay Area at least 1 day prior to the start of the retreat.

When planning travel to Westerbeke Ranch please note that EHI does not provide transportation up to Westerbeke Ranch, though we do encourage carpooling and initiate it with an email to all attendees prior to the retreat.


Westerbeke Ranch Conference Center
2300 Grove Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
Phone (707) 996-7546
Directions to Westerbeke Ranch here on their website

We hold our experientials at a beautiful retreat center, Westerbeke Ranch, in the heart of Sonoma County. The cost includes modern, cabin-style lodging, superb family style meals and the use of all the facilities at Westerbeke such as the pool, hot tub and walking trails.

Tucked in the hills of wine country in Sonoma County California, Westerbeke Ranch and Conference Center is the ideal location to connect with nature, commune with like-minded people, and experience the many ideas and evolution of those attending the Existential Humanistic Experiential. These aspects of the Ranch include:

  • The country and family style shared lodging and buffet dining encourage connection and fellowship
  • Maps and information about various hiking trails to explore nature and take advantage of solitude
  • Quiet time at 10pm to gain much needed reflection and rest to be prepared for the following day’s work
  • A small convenience store and cantina for snacks and other small items
  • Massage services available to relieve stress and re-energize you
  • Swimming pool and hot tub

All of these amenities are included and available to you as a paid participant in the EHI Experientials. We have chosen this space to support the exploration and deep work you will be doing during your time with us. We encourage your use of these facilities to help ground you as you grow and become enriched as you share with other students, staff and facilitators at the retreat. We invite you to explore what Westerbeke Ranch has to offer by visiting their web site at Westerbeke Ranch.

The Experiential Residential Retreats - The Core of EHI Programs

The six-day/five-night experiential residential is the core of EHI's training. This intensive retreat allows licensed professionals and graduate students in psychology or counseling to come together in a safe environment, get to know one another, and experience how E-H therapy is practiced up close and personally.

EHI Faculty, all noted leaders in the field, emphasize the key ingredients of the E-H approach, including empathy, acceptance, and genuineness, to model how trainees can create safe, collaborative and life-changing therapeutic encounters. They demonstrate how the therapeutic relationship, in and of itself is a vehicle for healing and change and how therapeutic "presence" cultivates sensitivity and appropriate responsiveness to clients emotions, relational patterns and inner worlds.These two essential principles: building the therapeutic relationship and working in the "here and now" are the foundational blocks of E-H therapy and EHI training.

The experiential residential involves a combination of relationship-building, learning of theoretical foundations, and first-hand experiences wherein theory comes to life. At times, this may involve faculty members demonstrating their way of working with clients and inviting commentary; at other times, participants work in dyads with each other, and receive direct feedback from a faculty member as they work.

Through these various ways of learning, participants begin to drop into a deeper, more embodied sense of what E-H therapy has to offer. The experiential training also provides participants a way of deeply understanding how work on themselves mirrors their ability to work with clients.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to talking with you more about the programs!

Troy Piwowarski, PsyD
EHI Clinical Director

Roby Shamas, LMFT
EHI Clinical Training Coordinator

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