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

An Existential-Humanistic Training Retreat That Includes Thirty-Three Hours of Experiential Training

  1. Existential-Humanistic Therapy: New Combined Experiential I & II
  2. This six-day/five-night course will offer 33 hours of skill development training(with a total of 45 hours of programming) in the Spring of 2018.

    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.

    For the course description for last year (2017-2018) with objectives please visit the Course Description page.

Program Specifics

As an Experiential Retreat Training Program student you will be able to participate in the experiential training 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 the training in May, 2019. You may also choose to participate in a video or in-person group consultation module which consists of five 2-hour group consults, which will take place after the Experiential. 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 Retreat - The Core of EHI 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 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 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*: $2,150 tuition
  2. Optional Group Consult Module: $350 tuition (includes five, 2-hour video group consultations, meeting once a month).
  3. Tuition discount is available: 10% early bird discount on program tuition costs, minus the $500 tuition deposit, for tuition paid within 30 days of acceptance into the program.

*Please note: coursework and tuition may be subject to change when necessary. Fees and tuition are non-refundable. Text books, Travel/Lodging costs, and Continuing Education fees (when available) are not included in tuition costs and are governed by our Grievance Policy(Please write the Continuing Education program administrator at progr.

Food and Lodging Fees

The experiential is held at a beautiful retreat center, Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma County, ½ hour north of San Francisco. The lodging/food cost for the experiential retreat is separate from the tuition fees. The cost was $977 for Apri 2018l, for 6 days of meals and 5 nights of lodging, billed separately from tuition. 2018-2019 will be slightly higher [to be updated in August, 2018]. Due to contractual obligation this fee is non-refundable.

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.

2018-2019 Experiential Dates Announced

  • EHI Combined Experiential I &II: Thurs, May 23rd, 2019 - Tues, May 28th, 2019

Each residential 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.


It is the policy of EHI to make every reasonable effort to provide qualified students with disabilities with the opportunity to take full advantage of its programs.

If you have a disability, please contact us ahead of time so we can make sure to accommodate our program to your specific needs. Please contact either our Admin, Michelle at admin[@] or our Clinical Director, Troy, at info[@]



How do I apply to the program?

  • 1. Get the Experiential Program Application [WORD]

    Download the Application Here!

  • 2. Fill out the application -select the Program you are applying to. You do not have to buy Office to use Word you can use it online for FREE here.
  • 3. Email application as an attachment to our admin, Michelle: admin[@]
  • 4. Submit the non-refundable $100.00 application fee.

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

What is the deadline for applying?

Applications will be accepted year-round until the year's cohort maximum of 19 attendees is reached. Apply as soon as possible to secure a position in the program.

What happens after I apply?

Once received, your application 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