EHI Experiential Retreat Training Program

EHI Program Director of Clinical Training and Education and Faculty, Saybrook University: Orah T. Krug, PhD
Co-author of Existential-Humanistic Therapy and Supervision Essentials for Existential-Humanistic Therapy.

EHI Clinical Director: Troy Piwowarski, PsyD
Co-author of a chapter in Handbook of Humanistic Psychology.

EHI now offers a program for those primarily interested in joining the experiential training that we offer.

The skill-development part focuses on learning to: (a) identify meaning-making processes unfolding in the present moment, (b) illuminate these "actual but often unrecognized" processes by cultivating intrapsychic and interpersonal presence, (c) develop a safe and intimate therapeutic relationship, (d) recognize and work with existential life issues which may be present but disguised, and (e) recognize and work with transference and counter transference issues within an existential framework.

Once formally accepted into the program, participants register to attend the two experientials, and may also opt to participate in video or in-person consultations with our faculty. The Experiential Retreat Training Program is an opportunity for EHI to provide our experiential training to students who are not enrolled in a certificate program. Students may always opt into the certificate track if they so desire.

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Program Description

Approximate Length: Two Retreats in Six Months that include Forty Eight Hours of Experiential Training

  1. Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Experiential I
  2. Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Experiential II
  3. These two five-day/four-night courses will offer appx 48 hours of skill development training. Experiential I is held in the Fall (October) and Experiential II is offered the following Spring (April).

    Schneider and Krug's APA textbook, Existential-Humanistic Therapy, will be a core resource. Additional readings of Rollo May, James Bugental and Irvin Yalom will be included.

Program Specifics

As an Experiential Retreat Training Program student you will be able to participate in the experiential module and you may register for the optional video/in-person consult module. When accepted into the Experiential Retreat Training Program you will join a cohort and attend both of the two sequential trainings, one in October, 2017, and the second in April, 2018. You may also choose to participate in a video or in-person group consultation module which consists of five 2-hour group consults, which take place between Experiential I and Experiential II. The video consultations are priced separately so you have the option to take part in the consultations depending on your particular learning needs.

"The retreat is an opportunity to be part of a community where we can think together using the themes of E-H. We can apply theories to cases, watch the work of our mentors and each other. By living together we experience an intimacy that creates an environment that reduces barriers and the ensuing connections foster a greater capacity for learning."
~ Gloria

The Experiential Residential Retreats - The Core of EHI Programs

The two mandatory 5-day, 4-night experiential residentials are the core of EHI's training. They allow 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.

Each of the two experiential residentials 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.

Program Costs1

  1. Experiential Module*: $2750 (includes the two consecutive experientials)
  2. Optional Group Consult Module: $350 (includes five, 2-hour video group consultations, meeting once a month).
  3. Payment Plans may be available depending upon individual circumstances - for more information please contact our admin, Michelle at admin[@]

*Please note: coursework and tuition may be subject to change when necessary. Fees and tuition are non-refundable.

Food and Lodging Fees

Our experientials are held at a beautiful retreat center, Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma County, ½ hour north of San Francisco. The cost is $725, for October, and $736, for April, for 5 days meals and 4 nights lodging, billed separately for each retreat. We can offer no discount on this cost and due to contractual obligation this fee is both non-refundable and non-transferable.

Westerbeke Ranch 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. Please visit our Travel/Lodging page for a description of this beautiful retreat center.

2017-2018 Experiential Dates

  • Experiential I: Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 - Thursday, October 26th, 2017
  • Experiential II: Sunday, April 8th, 2018 - April 12th, 2018

Each residential starts at 4:00pm on the first day and ends at 1:00pm on the final day.

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.

1Why the fee increase?

For the 20 years that EHI has existed, we have volunteered our time and labor as faculty members, fueled solely by our passion for this perspective and the fulfillment of sharing it with our students. Each year, we have been fortunate to see our numbers grow as more students recognize the richness of this work, and the level of personal attention and commitment we have to the growth of each of our students. Over the past few years, we have reached a critical mass of students that has led our faculty to acknowledge that we simply cannot sustain ourselves personally or as an organization if we continue to volunteer our time and labor.

As a board, we have researched other comparable training programs in an attempt to better understand how to valuate our own program. At the same time, we have taken great care to be mindful of the impact that a significant increase in tuition would have on our students. We believe we have struck a balance of valuing our work and making sure the program is still affordable to our students.

Our decision is to introduce increases to tuition gradually each year, which we hope will serve to minimize the financial impact on you, while allowing us to begin compensating our faculty for all of the preparation, effort, time, and presence it takes to put on the experiential trainings and workshops we offer throughout the year. We appreciate the dedication and flexibility of our students as we continually make adjustments and find each new foothold on our own process of growth as an institute.


How do I apply to the program?

  • 1. Get the Experiential Retreat Training Program Application [pdf]

    Download the Application Here!

  • 2. Fill out the application. For your convenience this application is a fillable and savable PDF. For Mac and PC users: Please use Acrobat Reader to fill out this form- it is a free application. Do not fill out in Preview on a Mac - it will not save your entries.
  • 3. Email application as an attachment to our admin, Michelle: admin[@]
  • 4. Submit non-refundable $100 Application Fee Online:

  • Contact Michelle at admin[at] if you have any questions!

What happens after I apply?

Once received, your application and paperwork will be reviewed by faculty members and responded to within a 2-week period. If accepted, a letter of acceptance will be sent to you.

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 program!

Orah T. Krug, PhD
EHI Program Director of Education and Training
Saybrook Faculty


Troy Piwowarski, PsyD
EHI Clinical Director

Roby Shamas, LMFT
EHI Clinical Training Coordinator