EHI Experiential Retreat Upcoming Dates

2018-2019 Experiential Dates

EHI has scheduled a single combined training in May, 2019 for our programs. Students will receive the complete training in one intensive retreat. Forty-three training hours are scheduled in this experiential. Please contact Michelle, EHI admin for more details: admin[at]

Combined Experiential I & II

• Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

The Experiential starts at 9:00am on the first day and ends at 1:00pm on the final day. Because of the early start time the morning of the 23rd 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.

The Experientials are the heart of the EHI Education Programs and are open to Enrolled Students. Attendees are charged a flat fee for the food and lodging at the retreat at least 6 months prior to start date. Attendees are responsible for travel to and from the retreat center.

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The EHI Experientials are held at Westerbeke Ranch:

Westerbeke Ranch, Conference and Event Center, Sonoma Valley, California


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

Experiential Retreat - The Core of EHI's Programs

The 6-day, 5-night experiential residential is the core of EHI's training. It allows licensed professionals and graduate students in psychology or counseling to come together in a safe environment, get to know one another intimately, 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 gain a deeper, more embodied sense of what E-H therapy has to offer. The experiential training also provides participants an 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