Advanced Self Mastery Program – Waikoloa, Hawaii (Monthly Payment Plan)


Get ready for an enriching experience! Registration is open for the Advanced Self Mastery Program taking place from June 26th to June 29th, 2024 at the stunning Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

During your journey to become a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist/Play Provider 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!

This advanced retreat is not your typical program — it’s a unique personal development experience designed to support you in your ongoing personal journey and deepen your understanding of yourself. Think of it as a deeper unraveling of the question “who am I?”

You’ll 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, but for you (… although we do know that any work we do for ourselves inevitably helps our clients).

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 fully becoming an external regulator.

The retreat was a beautiful invitation to be held and grow in community as I explored a deeper understanding and appreciation within myself.” – Kim Buller

A dazzling few days full of paradigm shifts, connection to self and others, and getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.” – Machen Champion

For program details and topics covered, see below.



Course Details: During this 4 day live in-person program, you will engage with your fellow Certified SPTer delving deeper into yourself.  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 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.  You’ll also walk away with a deeper understanding of what Lisa means when she says, “Self Mastery requires regulation of the body and regulation of the mind.”

A unique experience that enabled us to open our minds to a different way of perceiving our world and our brains.” – Kathryn Orfirer

When: June 26 – June 29, 2024

Where: Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, 69-275 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, Hawaii

Picture yourself surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Waikoloa, Hawaii, at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa … connecting with fellow SPTers from around the globe … spending quality time with your friends and family (yes, make it a family vacation!) … engaging in loads of self care … and if you choose to stay at the hotel, here are some resort perks we’ve coordinated for you in the cost: 

  • Daily Cultural Activities (Lei Making, Hula Lessons, Hawaiian Language, Hawaiian Games, Walking Tour, Ukulele Lessons)
  • Daily Pool Fitness for up to 2 guests
  • Daily Beach Yoga for up to 2 guests
  • Daily Rental of Tennis Courts, Rackets, Tennis Balls or Pickle Ball Rackets/Balls for up to 2 guests
  • Waikoloa Specialty Welcome Drink x2
  • Special group concession of $20 resort fee daily (normally $40 per room daily) with all services
  • $15 self-parking daily (normally $30) per vehicle
  • Complimentary 24-hour Fitness Center access
  • 10% off Mandara Spa

Space is limited so get your reservations confirmed today! And if you’re looking for a roommate, email us and we’ll help you coordinate.


  • Night Before
    • 6:00pm – 8:00pm Welcome Reception with food included! Location: Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
  • Day 1
    •  8:30am – 3:30pm
  • Day 2
    • 8:30am – 3:30pm
  • Day 3
    • 9:00am – 6:00pm (or until we finish) pm w/a catered lunch
  • Day 4
    • 8:30am – 3:30pm

I entered day one tight in body and guarded in heart and left 4 days later, lighter and open. Less entangled in the stories I have been telling myself…for years.” – Barb Miles

Advanced Self Mastery Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss what authenticity really means.
  • Analyze the 4 perceived threats/challenges from Synergetic Play Therapy and apply in your own life.
  • Understand the significance of the animal brain and higher centers of the brain.
  • Discuss ways of further developing the interoceptive sense.
  • Describe how symptoms in the body reflect a person’s stories and narrative.
  • Identify the homeostasis mechanisms in the mind.
  • Describe how to develop the capacity to see experiences from multiple perspectives
  • Discuss how to develop reflective awareness.
  • Apply the Demartini Method to integrate challenging experiences into a person’s narrative.
  • Differentiate 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.
  • Discuss relationship dynamics and patterns from a human behavior perspective.
  • Explain the nuances of the patterns of activation of the autonomic nervous system.
  • Explain why self-mastery requires regulation of both the mind and the body.

Plus, on day 3, get ready for an inspiring 9-hour session where we’ll dive deep into personal work using the groundbreaking Demartini Method. This experience alone promises to provide insights and transformations that far exceed the value of the entire retreat. 

Every training I have done with Lisa deepens my understanding of myself, my relationships and my clients experience. This training builds on that foundation so powerfully, creating a fundamental shift in my perceptions … thank you xx” – Fiona Howell

CE Credit Hours: 18 CE Credit Hours, NBCC Content Area: (8) Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issues; (9) Wellness and Prevention

Synergetic Play Therapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7450. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Synergetic Play Therapy Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

*NBCC credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals. 

*Earn 6 CE Credit Hours toward your renewal/recertification of the Certified Synergetic Play Therapist or Certified Synergetic Play Provider credential. 

*This program does not offer British Columbia Play Therapy Association (BCPTA) Approved Provider or Australian Play Therapists Association (APTA) Approved Provider CE credit. 

Cost: Pay in 3 installments – $349 USD monthly for 3 months (This monthly plan includes a 5% administrative fee). Pay in full here – $998 USD

*If you’re a member of the Certified Membership Community, check your email for your discount code or email the Institute

Instructor: Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S*

Registration Deadline: May 21st, 2024 

Refund Policy: Cancellations received before 4-weeks from the start date will receive a full refund minus a $150.00 USD administrative/processing fee. Cancellation after this time and once the program begins will forfeit the entire payment of the course. If an emergency arises, please contact us to discuss.

Interested in Scholarship opportunities? Partial and full scholarships are offered through the Synergetic Play Therapy Foundation! For application details please visit the SPT Foundation Scholarship page.

Additional information

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Pay in Full ($1520 AUD), Pay in 3 Installments ($521 AUD)


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