Residential Program

Learning Goals

With relationship in mind:  a closer look at the practice of gestalt therapy from a relational perspective

For the last few years we have been exploring some of our philosophical ground. This year we focus on clinical ideas that can enhance and refine the meaning and practice of our relational perspective. We will explore such things as: accommodation and choice, habitual relational adaptions and awareness practice in a dialogic context.

Join our faculty 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:

  • Moving meditation
  • Exploration of couples therapy
  • Free-writing
  • Experiments with art therapy

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.


CasaMaria160x190Our setting is the lovely foothills of Santa Barbara, at the La Casa de Maria retreat center.


Thursday evening, March 16, 2017 through Friday noon, March 24, 2017. Monday is a “rest day,” during which one can hike, play tennis, roam Santa Barbara and the beaches.


The fee, which includes the training, housing (double room) and meals, is (US) $2,400.* The fee for a single room is (US) $2,700. 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. For more information contact
Jan Ruckert by phone: 310-478-3300, fax: 310-471-2092, 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
Course meets the qualifications for 36 hours of continuing education
credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of
Behavioral Sciences.

PGI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PGI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.