2024 Residential Training Program

February 29 – March 8, 2024

Casa de Descanso Tetela,  Cuernavaca, Mexico

Thursday evening, February 29th through Friday noon, March 8th, 2024. Monday is a “rest day” during which one can enjoy the pool and grounds, explore the sights of Cuernavaca…..

For more information or to register, email us.

lmjacobs@mac.com;  pacificgestaltinstitute@gmail.com 


There are plush, comfortable buses that run from Mexico City Airport to Cuernavaca.

For information on Visa requirements, click here.

Cost: The cost includes the housing, training and meals.

$2700 for a single room

$2400 for a double room (Fee is for each occupant.)

Learning Goals

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.

Disclosure regarding required texts: Generally, reading materials will be provided at no cost, but in some cases students may be required to obtain books, some of which are written by presenters or faculty who may benefit from the sale of these books.

 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.

Our Guest Faculty


Mary Ann is a Community/Clinical Psychologist working for the past 30 years as a facilitator, consultant, teacher and psychotherapist. She has worked with teams in many community projects and currently is involved in the Culture for Radical Engagement training at GIC. Mary Ann is in private practice specializing in embodied, experiential adult development, couples psychotherapy and personal development groups. She is currently co-chair of the Groups Facilitation Training Program and is Development Faculty for new programing supporting leadership in not-for -profit, for profit and community organizations. Mary Ann has facilitated 3 1/2 week residential cross cultural dialogue experiences for Middle East Community Leaders from Palestine, Israel, Egypt and Jordan through Seeds of Peace International Camp. She spent 12 years as a member of The Dream Partners learning collaborative doing deep dive training in not-for-profits focused on increasing awareness of and transforming world-views for leadership and service



Guy-Pierre is a widely respected and loved, creative teacher, trainer and supervisor at gestalt and humanistic institutes in France and Mexico for many years. He has been a guest trainer at institutes in Europe, in Mexico, and at the Pacific Gestalt Institute. He is also an accomplished painter, and has been exhibited in major galleries in Mexico, as well as presenting in exhibitions in France, Argentina, England, Canada and the US. His art has also been used as cover art in various gestalt therapy magazines and books.


To register, email us.

Continuing Education for Psychologists, MFTs and LCSWs: 36 CE 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.

Refund Policy: Any cancellation must be received 30 days in advance of the program starting date and a non-refundable charge of $75 will apply.



Armin Baier
L.C.S.W., J.D.

Ren Barnebey

Christine Campbell
M.F.T., A.T.R.

Lynne Jacobs

Michelle Seely

Gary Yontef
Ph.D., A.B.P.P.

Pacific Gestalt Institute

1800 Fairburn Ave
Suite 103
Los Angeles, CA 90025
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