It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our founder, Dr. Arthur Janov on Oct. 1st 2017. His life and work impacted countless people and the magnitude of his contribution to psychotherapy will only become clearer with the passage of time. Truth has a life of its own and some ideas have a longer gestation period before widespread acceptance. Dr. Janov's death is a personal and professional loss to those of us in the Primal Community. Dr.Janov was a prolific writer and he has left us all the greatest gift possible...the knowledge to alleviate suffering, to heal our wounds, and with new found strength, the courage to love again.

Retreat Announcement

We are excited to announce that the dates are now set for our 6-day, 2018 Big Bear Lake Summer Retreat. As most of you know, due to the mudslides in Montecito we are unable to use La Casa de Maria for this summer’s Retreat as had been planned. We have had to make a change in location and feel lucky to have found a camp on the lake in Big Bear Lake that can accommodate our group this summer. Unfortunately, we were unable to secure the same dates that we announced prior to the mudslides, but hope that these new dates will work for everyone.

 Sunday, June 10, 2018 through Friday, June 15, 2018

We hope you will join us and in Big Bear for this unique opportunity for therapy in a beautiful environment, with ample time, and a great community of people and support.

Patients from all stages of therapy are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please note that this Retreat is open only to those who are current or past patients of the Primal Institute. If you are interested in attending a Retreat and have not been through the program at the Primal Institute, please contact us to find out about 1-week, pre-retreat program that we offer twice yearly.

Accommodations are dormitory style, but the lodge we are staying at is quite large and we will limit the number of participants in order to provide semi-private, shared accommodations. There are no “private rooms” that can be reserved, all room selections will be on a first come basis. Please plan to bring linens, pillow, and towels for your stay as they are not provided at this lodge. You may consider bringing a sleeping bag for added comfort if needed. Meals are included and will be served daily in the dining hall. We will continue with “buddy matching” and introduce new exercises for you to participate in.     

 Please plan your arrival and check-in at the lodge at 3:00 PM on Sunday, June 10th, our first group meeting will be held at 7:30 PM that evening. The Retreat will conclude on Friday, June 15th at around 1:00 PM.

The cost for this 6-day Retreat is $1650.00, which will include your room, all meals and therapy. An $850.00 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of sign-up.  You may pay by check, Visa, MasterCard, or cash (U.S. funds only please).  The balance of $800.00 will be due in full, on or before Monday, May 14, 2018. Confirmation and full details will be sent to you upon your acceptance.

** Please Note: There will be No refunds given after May 14, 2018 for any cancellation.



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