Summer Programme for Gestalt Psychotherapists (sixth edition)

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

Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb
Dr. Psychologist, Psychotherapist

Siracusa (Italy)
July 8-12, 2024

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.

The world is changing fast. Globalization, dislocation, the threat of terrorism and economic challenges, of COVID pandemic and of wars, are having significant effects on clients and their communities.

This programme will provide participants an opportunity to explore the impact of these challenges for them, their clients, and for the development of Gestalt psychotherapy. This summer retreat 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.


Monday, July 8, 2024
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Partecipants’ introduction.
Being a psychotherapist in contemporary society: current clinical practice in different cultures.
Work in small groups.
Tuesday, July 9, 2024
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 and personal work.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Personal work.
Theory update: bodily and emotional desensitization in a globalized and liquid world.
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Personal work.
Thursday, July 11, 2024
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Personal work.
Theory update: fear of death and the need for relational rootedness in Gestalt therapy clinical practice.
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Work in small groups and personal work.
Friday, July 12, 2024
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Personal work.
Our own personality and id-functioning as 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), a post graduate school of Gestalt psychotherapy recognized by the Italian Minister for Universities and Research and by the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT).
A former president of the European Associaton for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT), of the Italian Federation of Gestalt Therapy Schools (FISIG), and of the Italian Federation of all Psychotherapy Methods (FIAP), she is founder and honorary president of the Italian Association of Gestalt Psychoterapists (SIPG), full member of the New York Institute of Gestalt Therapy (NYIGT), of Society of Psychotherapy Research (SPR), of Gestalt Theory and its Applications (GTA).
In her clinical work, she has hermeneutical applied Gestalt therapy principles to develop a relational, field oriented, 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 8 languages.
She has received (first woman and the first European) the Lifelong Achievement Award from the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT) (Toronto, Canada, August 2018).
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, and to visit nearby historical places like 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 [email protected]

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 and psychotherapists from other approaches. Maximum 20 people.
A certificate of attendance will be awarded to participants.

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