EMDR as Transpersonal Therapy | June 25, 2018 - June 30, 2018

EMDR as Transpersonal Therapy

EMDR as a Transpersonal Therapy: A Cross Cultural Perspective Where East Meets West
Irene Siegel, Ph.D., LCSW / Co-Sponsored by the Green Will Conservancy

30 EMDRIA Credits and 30 CEs provided by ce-classes.com

We will blend Western psychology with knowledge of the Eastern and Wisdom traditions, particularly shamanism and Hawaiian tradition, into the clinical setting using the EMDR protocol for the healing of trauma. The program will be informative as well as deeply transformational as we blend a didactic transpersonal clinical approach with spiritual awakening through meditation and ceremony.

In transpersonal therapy, consciousness is both the instrument and the object of change. The work aims not only at chaining behavior and the “contents” of consciousness, but also at developing awareness of consciousness itself as the “context” of experience.  -  Frances Vaughan

This program will be taught within Kalani’s beautiful “retreat” environment. Literature about transpersonal psychology will be presented, along with transpersonal research studies that explored treatment outcomes of EMDR as a transpersonal therapy, as well as the impact of a transpersonal approach to psychotherapy. Energy based healing philosophy and technique as depicted in Eastern and native shamanic spiritual traditions will be taught along side of contemporary western transpersonal developmental theorists such as Wilber, Washburn, and Anderson. The cultural and spiritual aspects of shamanism, woven into native Hawaiian healing tradition, will be introduced by an authentic Hawaiian high priestess. The role of EMDR therapy in awakening consciousness will be explored as we take the healing of trauma into the realms of a greater cosmic whole in the language of images, sensory experiences, and intuitive knowing. There will be a continuous and flowing process taking participants from the left brain didactic to the right brain experiential, creating an integrated and flowing experience from egoic to expanded awareness.

Case presentation and demonstration of the integration of a cross cultural transpersonal approach within the 8 stage EMDR protocol will be utilized. Applications to creating a safe place, resourcing, and emotional stabilization, within the AIP model, will be discussed.

Therapists will develop skills of mindful awareness as they learn to identify their own internal feedback mechanisms within which they can recognize resonance within a shared intersubjective field by utilizing alternative ways of intuitive knowing to determine resonance and intervention from an expanded and a grounded egoic perspective, participating in an interconnected flowing dance of information and energy exchange.

Participants who have completed either the live 2 day program Applications of Mindful Resonance to EMDR, the 4 week online distance learning program Applications of Mindful Awareness and Resonance to Psychotherapy, or are repeating this program, will find that this program will take their skills to a greater level and open them to the non-ordinary realms of conscious awareness. Participants who have completed other programs in meditation, mindful awareness, or energy based psychology will find this to be an essential adjunct to their current skill base, but is appropriate for any level of training in this area from beginner to experienced. Experiential exercise provides participants with initial internal tools to mindfully track the flow of energy and information, influencing consciousness, and accelerating the healing of trauma within an expanded range of awareness. Skills can easily be applied to hypnotherapy, energy psychology, and somatic processing therapies as well as EMDR therapy. In EMDR practice sessions broken into small groups of three, only trained EMDR therapists will take the therapist role. The role of client, and of transpersonal observer who tracks energy and information within the shared field, can be held by any participant. Due to the length and depth of the program, this is an opportunity to go deep within, and experience the personal work of transformation. The program includes participation in an evening gathering of drumming, meditation, and ceremony, as in accordance with the policy and permission of the hosting facility.

You will learn to:

  • Identify the relationship between science, psychology, and spiritual philosophy as it applies to resonance and mindful awareness, supporting application to EMDR as a transpersonal therapy. 
  • Develop skills of meditation and mindful awareness that may be applied within the EMDR protocol.
  • Identify skills of alternative ways of knowing such as inner vision, hearing, knowing, kinesthetic bodily sensations, which can be integrated into a nonlinear EMDR transpersonal therapy. 
  • Identify skills of internal intuitive tracking to determine client/therapist resonance as an assessment and healing tool within a transpersonal EMDR protocol. 
  • •Demonstrate an ability to apply the skills of mindful awareness, resonance, and internal feedback mechanisms for purposes of assessment and intervention within a transpersonal therapy model.
  • Identify the role of the transpersonal therapist healer in modern day psychotherapy, blending western psychology with knowledge of eastern and ancient wisdom cultural traditions within the EMDR protocol. Identify 3 culturally relevant points in the adaptation of a transpersonal EMDR approach creating a universal language within the standard protocol.


(Schedule is subject to change - All class hours must be attended in order to get credits for the program. No partial credits are given.)

All meals are provided by the Kalani Retreat Center

Evening 1 (June 25, 2018):

Check in is 4:00 p.m.

7:30 - 9:30 pm

Welcoming Ceremony

Intro to course material and to one another


Day 2 (June 26, 2018):

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Presentation of  Science, Psychology, Spirituality


Lunch provided (1.5 hr Break - lunch, pool, explore nature)

EMDR 8 Phase Protocol Case Presentation and Video

Meditation and partner exercise

Discussion and Q & A

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Hawaiian Shamanism with native Hawaiian High Priestess

Day 3 (June 27, 2018):

Meet at 8:45 a.m. – Trip to Hawaiian sacred site (to be determined)

History of the native Hawaiian culture and healing practices.

Significance of the sacred sites and the connection to nature and the Divine

Shamanic meditation, connection to Great Spirit and forces of Nature, focusing personal work as we heal our wounds. Transcending cultural differences.

Lunch provided (1.5 hour break for lunch, nature walk, self reflection)

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Energy system. healing practices, and philosophies of spiritual traditions

Integration of top down with bottom up healing -

Creating the Rainbow Bridge through EMDR

EMDR as a Transpersonal Therapy, blending cultural beliefs and practices within the AIP model, positive resourcing, safe place, positive cognitions, and future template within a connection of wholeness as inner wisdom emerges.


The therapist/healer

Discussion and Q & A

Evening (to be determined)

Day 4 (June 28, 2018):

9:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m.

Meditation and partner exercise

Transpersonal EMDR practice session in groups of three

Discussion and Q & A

Lunch provided

Afternoon is free time

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - (2 hrs)

The wounded healer

Culture blending

Preparation for healing ceremony

Day 5 (June 29, 2018):

9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Meditation and partner exercise

Transpersonal EMDR practice session in groups of three

Discussion and Q & A

Lunch provided (1.5 hour break for lunch, pool, self reflection)

Meditation and partner exercise

Transpersonal EMDR practice session in groups of three

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Transformational shamanic healing ceremony

Day 6 (June 30, 2018):

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Discussion and Q& A

Integration of east meets west

Closing meditation

Check out is 11:00 a.m.

EMDRIA CREDIT and CEs: Certificates for EMDRIA credits and CEs are awarded online by CE-CLASSES.COM after completion of the workshop. Participants print their own certificate after registering at CE-CLASSES.COM, entering a key code, and completing an evaluation form. Continuing Education approvals for all mental health disciplines can be reviewed at: http://drirenesiegel.com/hawaii.htm.



This workshop is intended for licensed Mental Health Professionals (Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, etc.) and is appropriate for non-EMDR trained therapists, as well as all levels of EMDR trained therapists. In order to receive EMDRIA credit you must have completed the EMDR Basic Training.

**This is not an EMDR basic training. Non-EMDR trained therapists are required, prior to the workshop, to read:

Shapiro, F. (2001). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing: EMDR, basic principles, protocols, and procedures. (2nd ed.) New York, NY: Guilford.

EMDR Definition: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.emdria.org/resource/resmgr/Definition/EMDRIADefinitionofEMDR.pdf

*Grievances must be in writing to [email protected], and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.

*Programs are in compliance with the American Disabilities Act.


To Register:

Dr. Irene Siegel - For Retreat Registration
Irene is accepting registration for EMDR as a Transpersonal Therapy and can provide information on retreat curriculum.

Standard tuition price: $875, payable directly to Irene.

Registration: $875 is the fee for the program only. This includes transportation one morning to a sacred site on the island. A separate registration is required for room and board at the beautiful Kalani Retreat Center. Space is limited. Please register early. No registration at the door. Cancellations forfeit 50% of fees.

Phone: 631-547-5433 ext 2#
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://DrIreneSiegel.com/hawaii.htm

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Kalani is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your stay here supports our mission to provide transformational experiences via nature, culture, and wellness.

Kalani retreat rates are all-inclusive and provide access to meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's amenities including our clothing-optional 25-meter pool and hot tubs. Kalani cannot pro-rate fees for late arrivals or early departures. Registration for the full retreat experience is required.

The listed prices do not include retreat tuition. This is a 2 step registration process. Please register with Irene for the retreat prior to booking your accommodations at Kalani.

Fees Per Person
Lodging Type Single
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 Treehouse Room Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out
 Bungalow Room Sold Out Sold Out
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 Kama'aina Commuter** $210

*Offsite Commuter: 
Does not include accommodations.
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Airport Transportation

Kalani offers shuttle service from Hilo International Airport (ITO), which can be arranged via Kalani Guest Services, [email protected] or 808.965.0468. Please send flight details, including airline carrier and flight number with your shuttle request. We also pick up from the downtown Hilo bus station and hotels. Shuttle service is subject to availability; one-way pricing is $50 per person for shared rides and $75 per person for single bookings. If you require airport shuttle service, please contact us to make your reservation a minimum of one week in advance.

Taxi service is available from ITO or Hilo Downtown for a one-way fare of approximately $125.

Kalanihonua Policies

Cancellations of your lodging and meals at Kalanihonua up to 7 days in advance of arrival incur a $75 administrative fee. Cancellations within 7 days of arrival incur forfeiture of fees paid up to $250. No refund will be provided for no-shows or cancellations within 24 hours of scheduled arrival, 4:00 pm on check-in date. No refund will be provided for early departures from retreat programs. Participation in any parts of programs at Kalani Honua is completely voluntary.

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Kalani Honua reserves the right to dismiss a participant at any time before, during or after a program if one:

  • Becomes dangerous or harmful to self, others, or property
  • Behaves disruptively or inappropriately
  • Is not able, for whatever reason, to be present for learning
  • Breaks the law
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  • Does not pay accordingly for program or services provided
  • Facilitated by: Irene Siegel, Ph.D., LCSW
  • Dates: June 25, 2018 - June 30, 2018
Irene Siegel, Ph.D., LCSW
Irene Siegel, Ph.D., LCSW
Irene Siegel, Ph.D., LCSW conducts her integrative psychotherapy practice and teaches meditation and healing in Huntington N.Y. She is a Certified EMDR Therapist and an Approved Consultant. She received her doctorate from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in 2011, her masters in Social Work from Columbia University in 1977, and advanced clinical training through the Long Island Institute for Mental Health in 1983. She studied ancient healing arts throughout North and South America. Dr. Siegel presented at the EMDRIA conferences in 2000, 2001, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. She is author of The Sacred Path of the Therapist: Modern Healing, Ancient Wisdom, and Client Transformation, Eyes of the Jaguar and creator of the Labyrinth Series Guided Meditations. Additional info about Dr. Siegel can be found at www.DrIreneSiegel.com.
Website: http://drirenesiegel.com/

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