Residential Training Program

Ojai, California
March 28 – April 5, 2019


To be placed on a waiting list, please email Lynne Jacobs or call 310-729-5202


Continuities and Discontinuities in the
Evolution of Gestalt Therapy Theory and Practice

Learning Goals

Gestalt therapy is an experience-near therapeutic modality.  Over the years, the theory and practice of Gestalt therapy has been expanded and refined.  What is still core and what has changed?  How does our relational practice compare to more classic practices?  This year our lectures and discussion will explore how the expansion of Gestalt therapy theory and practice has remained consistent with our foundational principles and how it has perhaps departed from them.  And finally, what does this look like for you?  How do you apply our foundational principles and developments in relational gestalt therapy according to your personality in the clinical situations you encounter?

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.


The fee, which includes the training, housing (single room) and meals, is (US) $2,400.* Discounts are available for a shared room. 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.