Residential Training Program

The 2020 Winter Residential is currently FULL. 

To be placed on the waiting list, please email Lynne Jacobs.

Scottsdale, Arizona
March 19 – 27, 2020



Community, Context and Relationship
with Guest Faculty, DONNA ORANGE, PH.D

Learning Goals

We are delighted that Donna will return to the residential for her third time. Many of you know Donna and have been eager for her return. She is a renown contemporary psychoanalyst who is friendly to, and familiar with, Gestalt Therapy. On her website you will find a more complete description of her professional work, including citations of some of her books:

As we continue to explore the implications of relationality for Gestalt Therapy, and especially for the dialogic attitude in Gestalt Therapy, we will continue to examine the clinical situation and we will also examine broader contexts that may not always be visible at first in the clinical situation, but are shaping the dialogue nonetheless. For instance, how does our relational theory affect our understanding of socio-political issues? And then how is our clinical work affected? And in turn, how does clinical experience and the socio-political situation affect our theoretical understanding?

Join our faculty and other participants to explore clinical applications of the evolving relational perspective we have been developing over the years. We have explored various theoretical foundations from gestalt therapy theory, from contemporary psychoanalysis, and from our philosophical forebears. Share our week of exploration and learning and living together. We have opportunities for learning for all levels of experience with gestalt therapy, from folks who serve on gestalt therapy faculties, to folks who have minimal clinical experience.

Program Highlights

A strong sense of community, coupled with an inclusiveness towards all participants, has allowed the faculty and community to experiment with program design. For instance, we have an optional evening program run by participants who wish to contribute ideas and experiences. Some examples have been:

  • Improvisation and presence
  • Embodied shame
  • Aesthetics of creativity and therapy
  • Yoga and the relation with “self.”
  • Moving meditation
  • Free writing

From beginning therapists to faculty members of gestalt therapy training programs, we have an extremely high rate of returning participants. Defining qualities of the program have become: the support for taking risks, mutual respect, and honest (even when difficult) dialogue.


The fee, which includes the training, housing (shared room), and meals is (US) $2,400.* The fee for a single room is $2700. You can see a photo of a room, and take a virtual tour of the site at: Please inquire with Lynne Jacobs at The deposit is fully refundable during the application process. If you withdraw after acceptance into the program then a $75 administrative fee applies. Any cancellation notice must be received 30 days in advance of the program starting date.

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* Some partial scholarships are available. Please contact Armin Baier by phone: 917-549-3385, or email.

For more information about this program please contact Lynne Jacobs by phone:310-729-5202, or email.

Continuing Education for Psychologists, MFTs and LCSWs:

36 hours

Pacific Gestalt Institute (PGI) Provider  #PCE 369
PGI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PGI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognizes APA approved CE providers for MFT’s and LCSW’s.