Advanced Certified Synergetic Play Therapist Retreat – Austin

During your journey to become a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist you studied nervous system regulation, authenticity and congruency, interoception, emotional age, and so much more to help you become more  masterful at becoming an external regulator for a child and their caregivers.  You also learned how to apply these concepts to yourself for your own growth and development in order to heal yourself and develop your capacity for self-regulation.  And now it is time to take the next step towards self mastery….

Go deeper into the development of yourself –  Deeper into understanding the body and your own activation patterns – Deeper into the mind – Deeper into integrating your perceptions and working on emotional charges that are in the way of being an external regulator.

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With years in the making, we would like to welcome you to the first ever Advanced Synergetic Play Therapist Retreat where you will spend 4 days live in-person with your fellow Certified SPTers delving deeper into yourself. That’s right!  These 4 days are just for you- not for your clients, for you.  (Although we do know that any work we do for ourselves inevitably helps others.)

In between all of the hugs, conversations, regulation and “togetherness” you will be taken on a journey into the mind and the body in order to gain a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness between the two.  We will flow between didactic teachings and experiential learnings as we head down the rabbit hole so that you can further empower yourself and reclaim the parts of yourself that have been minimized, hurt, stuck and stunted by trauma and life’s challenges.

When: September 28th – October 1st, 2022 

Where: Austin, Texas, USA


  • Day 1
    •  9:30-4:30 pm
  • Day 2
    • 9:30-4:30 pm 
    • 5:30-7:30 pm social event with food included! Location TBD. 
  • Day 3
    • 9:00-6:00 pm w/a catered lunch
  • Day 4
    • 9:30-4:30 pm

In this retreat you will learn how to: 

  • Learn how the nervous system/brain/amygdala develop in utero and after birth to give you a deeper appreciation for this magnificent part of your body/creation
  • Explore your own nervous system and its patterns
  • Explore perception and why the brain perceives what it does
  • Go deeper into your understanding of the 4 perceived threats/challenges
  • Explore what authenticity really means
  • Learn more about your own interoceptive sense and ways to develop it
  • Explore what is in the way of your ability to attune
  • Explore your own narrative with an opportunity to experience the Demartini Method, giving you an opportunity to integrate and heal some of the charges that are holding you back and weighing you down
  • Go deeper into your understanding of relationship patterns and dynamics
  • Explore dual awareness and the development of presence
  • And so much more!

Retreat Cost:  Pay in Full – $1050 (USD) OR  Pay in 3 Installments – $367 (USD) monthly for 3 months.  (This plan includes a 5% processing fee for the monthly plan.) The pricing for this retreat includes 4 days of training, a coffee/tea service each morning, one catered lunch, and one social event out with food.  

Something to think about … On day 3, you’ll spend 9 hours doing serious personal work as Lisa guides you through the Demartini Method (The Demartini Method is a breakthrough discovery and cutting-edge personal transformation methodology that results in a new perspective and paradigm in thinking and feeling) – that one day alone will more than cover the cost of this retreat (…just think how much you spend per hour in therapy 😉). 

Hotel Cost: $229 (USD) per night* – Book this special discounted rate directly through this link: The Hyatt Place Austin Downtown.   As of August 25th, this rate has sold out. If you would like to share a room with someone please read below, or you may stay at a hotel near the Hyatt Place. There are many options. 

Do you want to share a room? If you’d like to share a room to minimize your hotel cost, please email and let us know. We’d be happy to connect you to those who are also hoping to share a room so you can coordinate.

Come stay with us at the hotel …Why you might ask? Because it’s all about community AND we also chose THE prime location for us to convene – close to the Colorado River for an early morning walk/run; right around the corner from a drop-in yoga studio; Starbucks for people that need their coffee; a grocery store across the street with a deli (gluten free/dairy free/vegan options) and smoothie bar (…no kidding); and just blocks away from the well known Sixth street with so many fantabulous restaurant options. We’re also within walking distance from two of Lisa’s favorite taco restaurants and Lisa discovered a new “sixth street” called “Rainey” street – the new hot spot street of restaurants – I know, right! So awesome!! And to top it off, the discounted hotel rate includes a hot buffet breakfast.

Credits: Earn 6 credit hours toward your Synergetic Play Therapist recertification and a certificate for all of the hours of the retreat that you can put toward your licensure hours. 

Instructor: Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S*

*Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is the founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute, co-founder of the Synergetic Education Institute and the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy®. Lisa built her first of six businesses in 2003 and has been building and creating ever since. She has written books, launched a successful podcast, is an international teacher and speaker, business coach to organizations and individuals worldwide, and she’s transitioned the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute from a local business to an international organization. 

Refund Policy: Cancellations received one month from the start date will receive a full refund minus a 50.00 administrative fee. Cancellations received less than one month from the start of the course will receive a full refund minus a $100.00 administrative fee. Cancellation once the class begins will forfeit the payment of the course. However, payment can be applied towards a future Advanced Retreat course. If an emergency arises, please contact us to discuss.

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