Summer Programme for Gestalt Psychotherapists

SUMMER PROGRAMME FOR GESTALT PSYCHOTHERAPISTS A space and time for yourself and an update on new clinical issues

Summer Programme
for Gestalt Psychotherapists

A space and time for yourself and an update on new clinical issues
Second edition

Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb
Dr. Psychologist, Psychotherapist

Siracusa (Italy)
July 25-29, 2018

One of the most important (and forgotten) issues for psychotherapists is to take care of oneself and to give oneself time and space to breathe, concentrate, to be able to accept the support of someone else.

This summer retreat and training will offer you the possibility to work on yourself, while being updated on contemporary Gestalt therapy theory and to reflect on the application of Gestalt therapy principles to today’s clinical problems. And of course – to have good Italian food, swim in the Ionian Sea, and visit many historical (Greek and Roman) sites.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Partecipants’ introduction
Being a psychotherapist in contemporary society: current clinical practice in different cultures

Thursday, July 26, 2018

10:00 am – 1:00 pm Personal work
3:00 pm – 6:00  pm
Theory update: development of society and contemporary clinical issues.
Work in small groups

Friday, July 27, 2018

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Personal work. Theory update: bodily and emotional  desensitization in a globalized world
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Free time

Saturday, July 28, 2018

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Personal work. Theory update: fear of death and the need for rootedness in Gestalt therapy clinical practice
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Work in small groups. Personal work

Sunday, July 29, 2018

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Personal work. How do we want to be Gestalt psychotherapists today?
Good bye


Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb is a psychologist, psychotherapist and has been a Gestalt Therapy trainer since 1979

The program is led by Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb psychologist, psychotherapist and researcher, international trainer, Director of the Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy (Siracusa, Palermo and Milan).

She is president of the Italian Federation of Gestalt Therapy Schools (FISIG), past-president of the European Associaton for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT), and of the Italian Federation of all Psychotherapy Methods (FIAP), founder and honorary president of the Italian Association of Gestalt Psychoterapists (SIPG), full member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy (NYIGT).

In her clinical work, she has hermeneutical applied Gestalt therapy principles to develop a relational, phenomenological and aesthetic approach. Recently she has been developing the integrative experience of suffering of the “between” (a new field view on psychopathology) and development.
Her book – The Now for Next in Psychotherapy. Gestalt Therapy recounted in Post Modern Society – is available in English, Russian, Spanish, Italian, French, Romanian.

See more on her work and writings in this page

Summer Retreat Location

The seminar will take place at the seaside in Siracuse (Italy). It will be possible to swim during breaks and after 6pm everyday. Friday afternoon is free time, when it will be possible to visit nearby historical places like Siracuse, Ortigia and Noto.

We will meet at Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy’s Office in Via Alaimo da Lentini, 2, Siracusa – Italy (see google maps info).

Syracuse is on the sea, it was the most important  Greek colony, so you will be close to an amazing archaeological area and at the same time in a beautiful location on the Ionio sea. The old center of
Syracuse is called Ortigia, it’s an island connected with the land by bridges, full of baroque architectures mixed with Greek temples.

See more about Ortigia and about Siracusa and what to see.
See the following video on Siracusa’s beauty:
Some info about transportation and lodging

The nearest airport is Catania, 70 Km far from Syracuse. At the airport you can get a taxi (special fares of 60 Euro to share if you book through our office) or you can get a bus (using the website the ticket has a cost of 6,20 Euro).

To book an hotel or a B&B we suggest to use or
If you book in advance you can get a very convenient fares. For any assistance please write to us at


700 Euro
550 Euro for the first five colleagues from Eastern European Countries.
Sicilian food snacks are provided during breaks; board and lodging excluded.

Gestalt psychotherapists. Maximum 20 people.

A certificate of attendance will be awarded to participants.


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