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
Update: 1 Spot Available!
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.
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.
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
Staying at Westerbeke Ranch in 2021
What will be different about staying at Westerbeke Ranch this year?
- Exclusive use: We will be the only group there this year.
- Rooming: At this time, given current conditions, we are assigning each attendee their own room with attached bathroom. (Historically, we share rooms).
- 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.
- Carpooling: We always encourage carpooling up to the Ranch and will facilitate connections between attendees this year too!
Coronavirus Caveat for 2021 Experiential Training
- 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.
- 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.
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