RETREATS

The Primal Institute offers a seven- day concentrated live-in therapy experience each summer. This program is open to all current patients as well as to our many "former" patients from out of state and out of the country. Conducted by Vivian Janov, Barry Bernfeld, Gretchen Bernfeld and Mark Grieshaber, this is our premier follow-up program that is generally held in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara, California. These Retreats attract our patients from all over the world, which in turn makes this a most exciting experience.


Thanksgiving Retreat
- Our Thanksgiving Retreat begins with a group meeting early Thanksgiving morning at our residential Retreat site in Santa Barbara California. Following group, preparation begins in our dormitory kitchen for an incredible Thanksgiving feast. All participants share in the preparation for this family style meal. This is an amazing 4-day Retreat in which we bring together those who would not otherwise have family to share this special day with, or those who just enjoy the camaraderie of others during the holidays. This special Retreat combines group therapy with many other therapeutic exercises including our "buddy matching" which is an integral part of all of our Retreats.