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November 4-5, 2023

Sharing Our Stories: Re-Opening Our Hearts


A Two-Day In-Person Workshop for Personal Growth

 and/or Professional Development 


At the end of life, all we can ask...Did I love well? - Jack Kornfield

Each of us has experienced the freedom of an open heart: compassion, empathy, wisdom and peace. Although an open heart is our natural state, we often find ourselves with hearts closed, feeling fear, hurt or anger. Stories from our culture, histories and present-day events, may make re-opening the heart seem difficult, even impossible.  


In this workshop, we will honor our stories. Through them, we will discover and share the intricacies of what supports and prevents us from opening our hearts. Practicing non-judgment and acceptance of ourselves and others, we find our authenticity, our connectedness to each other and to a universal life force. We draw from psychodrama, expressive arts and spiritual traditions to assist in our exploration and in finding our essence. We aim to find peace and equanimity along the way, thus contributing to creating a more peaceful world and a vision of what is possible.  


What is Psychodrama? Psychodrama is an experiential method of exploring our private and public worlds in a multidimensional, creative way. It helps you to safely express feelings, develop insights and practice new, desired behaviors. Psychodrama meets you where you are in the present and assists you in contacting and developing the best that is within yourself. As a natural outgrowth, people experience a deeper connection and appreciation of others. Psychodrama emphasizes creativity and spontaneity rather than illness and pathology.


Who should attend? This workshop is appropriate for those new to psychodrama, as well as experienced practitioners; anyone wanting to further their knowledge of psychodrama; and those seeking personal growth. No acting skills are needed and participation is at your level of comfort. Shy people are welcome.


Professional Educational Goal

Participants will learn tools to identify and work through blocks to opening the heart and finding compassion, empathy, wisdom and peace. 


Professional Learning Objectives

After the workshop participants will be better able to:

  • Describe how psychodrama can be utilized to work through blocks to opening the heart
  • Utilize one tool to open the heart 
  • Discuss how sociometric exercises can help form cohesion and safety 
  • Describe the three parts of every psychodrama
  • List the five elements of psychodrama
  • Discuss one benefit of working experientially 


Dates & Hours: Saturday and Sunday, November 4-5, 2023; 9:30 am – 5:45 pm PDT


Where: 55 La Goma, Mill Valley, CA 94941


Fee: $375 by 10/20/23; $400 after.

Students (with full-time ID): $275 by 10/20/23; $300 after.


Full refund up to two weeks prior to the first day. 50% one week prior to the first day of the workshop. No refund thereafter.

Payment plans available.


INFORMATION: 415-454-7308

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Laney Robbins (602) 502-5475


TO REGISTER: Complete the 3 forms attached on the bottom of this page and return to and See the Registration Form for complete registration details and payment information.



Course meets the qualifications for 14 continuing education hours for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Sylvia Israel, Provider # 019617, is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Sylvia Israel maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Additional fee: $25 per workshop.

Certificates of Attendance: Will be distributed upon completion. 

Accommodations and Grievances: See


Drama Therapy and Psychodrama Training Hours: 14.5 hours may also be applied for Drama Therapy (recognized by NADTA) & Psychodrama (Recognized by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy). 

Psychodrama Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to all participants upon completion. (No Fee)


HEALTH POLICY:  Participants’ health is important. Respectfully, we also acknowledge that each individual is entirely responsible for their health & safety. If you are experiencing any (Covid, flu, cold) symptoms of illness prior to the weekend, please contact Sylvia. You will be fully refunded minus a $50 administrative fee.

Sylvia Israel LMFT (mfc #31245), TEP, RDT/BCT, Board Certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama and Registered Drama Therapist/Board Certified Trainer, is adjunct faculty at CA Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and Kansas State University. Sylvia is cofounder of Bay Area Moreno Institute, IMAGINE! Center for Creativity & Healing and Bay Area Playback Theatre and is a past Board Member and Officer of the American Board of Examiners of Psychodrama. She is also a Certified Trainer in the Therapeutic Spiral Model of working with trauma, and a national and international presenter and trainer. Sylvia also uses psychodrama to help civil and criminal lawyers with trial preparation. She enjoys supporting clients in practicing self-compassion, awakening to their spontaneity and creativity, and living more fully in the present moment. Her work blends verbal and somatic therapy with drama, sandtray and other expressive arts. Sylvia has maintained a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area working with individuals, couples, families and groups for 30 years.

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