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A hands-on six-day/five-night experiential course that offers
skill development training in existential therapy practice
During the Training
Experience how Existential-Humanistic therapy is practiced up close and personally
Licensed professionals/graduate students come together in a facilitated and safe environment
Engage in intensive, immersive experiential learning
EHI's Existential-Humanistic (E-H) Therapy Training
A Focus on Experiential Learning
This training, which is the core of EHI’s educational programs, features a combination of relationship-building, learning of theoretical foundations, and first-hand experiences wherein theory comes to life. Learn & explore Existential-Humanistic Therapy, Existential Therapy, and Existential Integrative Therapy practices.
Instructors demonstrate their way of working with clients inviting commentary and participation.
Participants work in dyads and triads with each other, and receive direct feedback from an instructor as they work.
Experiential learning allows participants a way of personally understanding how work on themselves mirrors their ability to work with clients.
Attendees gain a deeper, more embodied sense of what existential-humanistic therapy has to offer.
- identify meaning-making processes unfolding in the present moment,
- illuminate these “actual but often unrecognized” processes by cultivating intrapsychic and interpersonal presence,
- develop a safe, intimate, and healing therapeutic relationship,
- recognize and work with existential life issues which may be present but disguised, and
- recognize and work with transference and counter transference issues within an existential framework.
Kirk Schneider, EHI Core Instructor & President introduces the experiential training course.
When and Where?
2021-2022 Cohort Training Dates
October 10th – October 15th, 2021
The residential starts at 4pm on the first day and ends at 1:00pm on the final day.
The Location: Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, CA
Westerbeke Ranch is a beautiful retreat center on acres of land in the heart of Sonoma. Built in the 30’s, the Ranch is a contemplative environment, nourishing to both body and soul.
Westerbeke as a retreat center has historic significance for our community, as it was the meeting place for many of the seminal writers in E-H theory and practice such as Rollo May and James Bugental.
See this short video of Westerbeke Ranch from YouTube.
Tips for Traveling to Sonoma
Getting to Sonoma: 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.
Planning Your Arrival in the Bay Area: We start at 4:00 pm the first day so we recommend planning travel up to Westerbeke. We ask that everyone is on time to prevent interruption to the training. On the day of the retreat, if you are driving up from places south of Sonoma, like the city of San Francisco or the airport, you will want to leave by 1pm to negotiate the local traffic. Staying North of San Francisco the night before has worked well for attendees. If you will be staying in the area the night before make your reservations early as possible. We usually encourage carpooling and if the group would like to do the same this year we can initiate and facilitate this.
How do I Register for the Experiential Training Course?
The Foundations Certificate Program is the most popular program for those who are looking to gain a foundation in existential, humanistically-focused therapy practices. Applications for this Certificate program are accepted all year-round.
This training is also offered as a stand-alone option: the Experiential Training Course Module. Applications accepted all year-round. Commitment is for the experiential training only, no additional coursework required.
Other Programs That Feature This Experiential Training
EHI also has a couple of other ways for qualified participants to engage in this unique training. EHI offers a two-year Advanced Certificate in Existential-Humanistic Therapy Practice to students who have completed the Foundations Certificate program requirements. EHI has also partnered with Saybrook to provide this experiential training course to their students participating in the Saybrook Certificate in Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice, visit Saybrook for more information.
We are here to answer questions about the residential training or either education program. Please check out the program pages for specifics related to each and reach out to us to answer additional questions!
Participants in the programs participate in the same training at the same time, the Foundations Certificate program cohort have additional modules to their program beyond the experiential training.
Both programs accept applications all-year round with some applicants applying and enrolling up to a year ahead of time to plan their participation and gain a place. Each year there are appx 18-21 student participants in the training course.