Training Retreat
Existential-Humanistic Therapy:
Principles of Practice

A hands-on six-day/five-night experiential course that offers 

skill development training in existential therapy practice.

2021: October 10th-15th in Sonoma, CA

Continuing Education: 33 CEs*

At the Training Retreat

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.

dyad receiving feedback during existential therapy training
participant in experiential training group self exploration

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.

participant sharing in group

E-H Therapy
Skill Development

  • 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.

When and Where is This Training?

2021-2022 Cohort Training Dates

October 10th – October 15th, 2021

The residential starts at 4pm on the first day and ends at 2:00pm 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 Existential Humanistic theory and practice such as Rollo May and James Bugental.

See this short video of Westerbeke Ranch from YouTube

poolside at Westerbeke Ranch the retreat center for EHI's Existential therapy training

Staying at Westerbeke Ranch in 2021

What will be different about staying at Westerbeke Ranch this year?

A few notes about 2021 changes to the stay at Westerbeke:
  1. Exclusive use: We will be the only group there this year. 
  2. Rooming: At this time, given current conditions, we are assigning each attendee their own room with attached bathroom. (Historically, we share rooms).
  3. Meals:  The family style buffet will have staff serving from behind shields. The team are dedicated to providing omnivores, vegetarians and vegans wonderful local nutritious foods. They are slightly limited in their ability to provide very specialized diets though they will always be careful with regards to allergy safety.
  4. Carpooling: We always encourage carpooling up to the Ranch and will facilitate connections between attendees this year too!

Coronavirus Caveat for 2021 Experiential Training

As of August 7, 2021, the EHI Board decided to move forward with the in-person Experiential Training in October, 2021, and we anticipate we will be able to do so, inclusive of the below safety measures. As concerns about the Delta variant, “breakthrough infections” and a “4th wave” increase, however, please be aware that if state and or local authorities order another shelter-in-place, or, if our host retreat center, Westerbeke Ranch, decides to cancel its bookings, we will, obviously, need to cancel the training.
If the training gets canceled, registrants will have the following options:
  • 1. Transfer their tuition to either the 2022 or 2023 Experiential Retreat Training/Certificate Program cohort. The tuition fee would be locked in, so that even if the tuition fee increases, students who paid for 2021 would not have to pay the increased difference (the lodging/food fee is not locked in). In choosing to transfer, please keep in mind that currently the 2022 experiential retreat is scheduled for May 26 – 30, which means the 2022-2023 Certificate Program cohort would begin in May 2022; and the 2023 dates have not yet been set. We traditionally hold our experiential training in May or October. 
  • 2. Request and receive a full tuition refund, minus the $500 deposit. Of that deposit, $450 would be credited to the student’s account so he/she/they could apply that credit to any EHI event – including future Experiential Retreat Trainings – through the end of 2023.
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy & Safety Measures
  • In order to attend the in-person October 2021 Experiential Training Course, enrollees must be fully vaccinated and email EHI proof of that by October 4, 2021. (Fully vaccinated means being a minimum of 2 weeks past your 2nd shot, or only shot, depending on the vaccine received). 
  • All participants must take a molecular COVID-19 test no more than 3 days before the start of the experiential and be able to email EHI proof of a negative result before arriving at Westerbeke Ranch on 10/10/21.

  • There is currently an indoor mask mandate in California and all participants should anticipate that they will have to wear masks for indoor gatherings. We will most likely also be engaging in social distancing.

  • Please be aware that all participants will have the opportunity to lodge in their own cabin, rather than share a cabin, as is usually the case.

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 Visit to the Bay Area for the Retreat: We start at 4:00 pm the first day so we recommend pre-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 (San Francisco or Oakland) or one of these airports, you will want to start travelling by 1:30pm to negotiate 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. Our final training session on the 15th ends at 12:15 pm and we will have lunch together from 12:30-2:30pm; leaving at the latest by 3pm (some people will leave during lunch). Historically we encourage carpooling and we can initiate and facilitate this for those who would like to connect with someone else for the drive up and back.  

How Can I Enroll in This Experiential Training?

The residential training has multiple enrollment tracks including the introductory Foundations Certificate Program and the modular Experiential Training Retreat Program  (just the retreat module). We ask that prospective attendees apply to the program that fits their needs best.  The programs are open to both licensed therapeutic professionals and graduate students. International attendees are very welcome!

Two Enrollment Tracks Available

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.

Additional 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.

*Continuing Education at the 2021 Training

Approved for 33 CEs. CE Fee: $TBA, Please contact us for more info regarding the course or for disability accessibility. 

APA Division 32, Society of Humanistic Psychology, is a proud cosponsor of CE credits for EHI events and trainings whenever CE credits are offered.

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APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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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 at the training.

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