Summer Retreat

Helpers, Healers, Educators

July 12 - 18

Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S

Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, LMSW, RPT-S

Stunning St. Joseph, MI

Canceled due to COVID19

5 days. 6 nights. Beach. CEs. Creative Exploration.

Connecting with our Inner Communities.

         Picture this....

July 12 - 18, 2020

St. Joseph, MI

Coast of Lake Michigan (it's like an ocean!!)

Approximatley 2 hours from Chicago (O'Hare and Midway) & 1 hour 15 minutes from Grand Rapids Int'l Airport
12 Helpers, Healers, and Educators
Marshall Lyles & Robyn Gobbel (and a special helper who will keep you well fed and cared for)
Options to stay on site OR take care of your own accommodations nearby
(we love our introverts who need to get away!!!)
Some CEs but also LOTS of time for rest, play, creative engagement
STUNNING scenery 


What is this about?

Attention healers of all types...join us for this 5-day, 6-night retreat, full of relevant teaching, community-building, and self-nourishment! Robyn and Marshall have designed an experience that features a few hours of content from the worlds of attachment theory and relational neuroscience each day (15 total CEs) with TONS of time to engage in play, creative activities, relaxation, and connection. Possible opportunities for creative engagement and connection to each other (and self!!!) may include art, sandtray (maybe on the beach!), walks/hikes, movement, and maybe even time on a boat on Lake Michigan!  We will have ample opportunity to be outdoors, soaking in sunlight, while also enjoying looking directly onto the horizon of Lake Michigan from the main indoor gathering space and outdoor decks.

Small Group!

By keeping the retreat small (maximum 12 participants) and having enough time to create felt-safety in the group, with no rush to dive into or OUT of our self-exploration, Robyn and Marshall will be guiding retreat participants through coming into contact with their Inner Communities (Bonnie Badenoch, 2008).  All Parts are Welcome as we practice curiosity and compassion toward our (and each others!) brilliant and heroic parts and protectors (especially the ones we like the least!).  


Widen our OWN Window of Tolerance

As helpers & healers, we are called to care for our own integration and well-being, knowing that working in a deeply resonant space with clients will inevitably touch our own implicit vulnerabilities.  We can maintain neural integration in these emotionally intense experiences with clients by widening our own window of tolerance, becoming conscious of these implicit vulnerabilities, and developing sufficient mindfulness to become aware in the moment when we are activated (Badenoch 2008).  


Connection & Experiential Activities

Through their own personal journeys, as well as their experiences walking with others (and each other) on their journey, Marshall and Robyn have found that small group, partner, and individual opportunities for connection to self and others is the ideal setting to come into contact with our own inner communities and vulnerabilities.  Together we will have time for self-exploration as well as holding and witnessing the journey of others AND having our own experience held and witnessed. This mutual journey of witnessing others while allowing others to witness us will inevitably impact and deepen the work we do with clients. We will have experiences of joy and delight through inner connection while also engaging in expressive and experiential activities (art, sand, movement, journaling are all possibilities).  Our deepest hope is that you leave the week with a deeper commitment to the belief that “All Parts are Welcome…” as it relates to YOURSELF. (It’s a lot easier to believe this about our clients!!!).  


Co-created with YOU!!!

Upon registration, you will be invited into a Facebook community where you will get to co-create some of the choices and the schedule for the week. We want this time to be about YOU! You get the choice of paying to stay on site or providing for your own lodging. The price of the retreat will include the CE content and fees, meals (other than a few dinners), ALL materials for a variety of expressive activities, and some takeaway goodies. This retreat will be all about casual and compassionate connection with self and others, as we spend time in one large group, small groups, and individually. Let us know if you have any questions!


Sunday July 12, 2020

    6-8pm- Welcome Reception at Retreat Location.  

Monday July 13 - Friday July 18, 2020

    The schedule will be finalized together as a group!  

    In general, you can expect:

         Breakfast- together as group at retreat location

         Lunch- together as a group at retreat location

         Dinner- some dinners together, some on your own (we'll decide together!)

        15 hours of learning in large (12 people) and small (6 people) groups, as well             as in triads AND individually.  How many hours per day and at what                             time in the day will be decided as a group. (You will earn 15 CEs during the                 week).

         Experiential Activities may include art, sand tray (maybe on the beach!),                     movement, hiking, and journaling.  

         Plenty of time for leisure, both alone or with the group (or small groups!).                     Evening connection, boating...the sky will be the limit!  Maybe you have an                 idea or an activity you'd love to lead or offer the group!  FUN!  We will decide             all these things together! 


We wanted somewhere beautiful.  We wanted somewhere quiet.  Robyn really wanted water.  We looked for a place that was reasonably accessible to an airport (quiet and beautiful don't ALWAYS come very close to a major airport).  We wanted something that didn't break the bank (Lake Tahoe was out, as hard as we tried).

After just relocating back to West Michigan, Robyn has fallen in love with Lake Michigan.  If you've never been to the coast of Lake Michigan, you will exclaim with something like "It's like an ocean!!"  Michiganders love to say "No Salt, No Sharks, No Worries!" 

Then Robyn found an amazing beach house, located literally on the cliffs of Lake Michigan (225 steps DOWN to the lake) on 200 feet of private beach.  Even if your feet never touch the sand OR the water (salt free, shark free), we will spend the week looking out over 60 miles of water, enjoying absolutely STUNNING sunsets.




St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, MI

     Physical address will be provided in June.

Distance from Airport:

     Grand Rapids, MI (GRR) - approx 1 hour 15 minutes (80 miles)

     O'Hare- Chicago, IL - 2 hours (115 miles)

     Midway- Chicago, IL - approx. 2 hour (104 miles)


Retreat fee covers everything EXCEPT a couple dinners( and lodging), including:

  • breakfast & lunch (at the retreat site)

  • ALL supplies (including art materials, etc.)

  • planned activities (unless the group decides together on an activity that has a fee involved, or if you do activities by yourself)

  • fun special surprises & treats 

  • 15 CEs

  • Transportation from the GRR airport to the retreat location if you arrive on Sunday the 12th before 2pm (details to be arranged).

Retreat Fee (does NOT include lodging): $1300

Commitment Fee:

To secure your spot, you'll pay a $300 non-refundable down-payment.

Suggested Payment Schedule

After you pay the down payment, you can make five additional payments of $200 in February, March, April, May, and June.

If you'd like to discuss an alternate payment schedule, please email Robyn.  $1000 must be paid by June 10, 2020.  All fees must be paid by the first day of the retreat.

Cancellation Policy:

The $300 deposit is non-refundable, regardless of the date you cancel.  All subsequent payments made are eligible for a 50% refund if you cancel before May 1, 2020.  After May 1, no refunds will be made. 

   ***This strict cancellation policy is due to the non-refundable fees associated with hosting the retreat and to the limited number of spots available.  It will be difficult to fill a canceled spot after May 1.***



There is space in the retreat location for seven occupants (plus Robyn will be staying on-site).  Please see the right column for on-site lodging options ------------->


Five retreat participants can choose to stay off-site and take care of their own accommodations.  There are many AirBnBs and hotels in the area.  If you stay off-site, you will be responsible for a couple dinners on your own.  Transportation from your room to the retreat center is not provided.  Staying off site is a great option for attendees who want a bit more privacy, are bring family members, or just aren't interested in sharing just-out-of-bed morning coffee with each other!  (Ahem...Marshall...)

St.Joseph/Benton Harbor, MI are very popular summer vacation areas.  DO NOT DELAY finding accomodations for the week.


We've chosen to take an informal approach to registration to save on credit card transactions and 3rd party fees with a registration app.  We have passed these savings DIRECTLY on to you when determining the fee for the retreat.

To register: EMAIL ROBYN by CLICKING HERE (or copying my email address into your email service provider:

In the body of the email, indicate if you are registering for the retreat ONLY or the retreat PLUS lodging.  If registering for lodging, please indicate which room.  Rooms no longer available are clearly noted.  

You will confirm your retreat registration by making the $300 commitment payment.  Payment will be accepted in EITHER a check or through PayPal Friends/Family.  These payment options eliminate any additional fees and we have passed those savings DIRECTLY onto you in the fee of the retreat. Your retreat spot as well as your preferred lodging is not finalized until the down-payment is received. 


State Licensing CE Information


Continuing Education Credit is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LPCs/LMHCs completing this program will receive 12 hours of continuing education credit.


Social Workers:


Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Social Workers completing this program will receive 12 clinical hours of clinical continuing education credit.


Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:


Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LMFTs completing this program will receive 12 hours of continuing education credit.



Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists completing this program receive 12 hours of continuing education credit.  

Requirements for Attendees:​

This workshop is for licensed and prelicensed mental health professionals, as well as other professionals identifying as helpers, healers, and educators, including (but not limited to): play therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, school counselors, teachers, and professional parent coaches.  If you have a question about eligibility, please contact Robyn directly.

Grievance Policy:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.

On Site Lodging

Bedroom #1 - $170/night   ($1020 total)

***No Longer Available!***

     3rd Floor 

      Adjoining private FULL bathroom

            (will be asked to share showering with               bunk room guests)

      More privacy- one other bedroom on 3rd          floor will be occupied by Robyn

***if you want to share the Queen bed with a friend, this room would shift to $220/night total***


Bedroom #2 - $150/night   ($900 total)

***No Longer Available!***

     1st Floor

      Views of backyard & lake

      Adjoining Jack/Jill bathroom (shared with          occupant in Bedroom #3)

      1st floor will also be occupied by                      occupants of Bedroom #3 (single                      occupant) and bunk room (4 occupants)          as well as a common living area with                walk-out to backyard.

Bedroom #3 - $140 night ($840 total)

***No Longer Available!***

     1st Floor

      Adjoining Jack/Jill bathroom (shared with          occupant in Bedroom #2)

      1st floor will also be occupied by                       occupants of Bedroom #2 (single                     occupant) and bunk room (4 occupants)           as well as a common living area with               walk-out to backyard.

Bunk Room- $90/night (per person)

                       $540 total (per person)

***3 Spots Remaining!***

     1st Floor

      Room sleeps 6 with two bunk beds and            two futons.  

      4 Total Occupants ONLY (so there will be        bed options!)

      Shared full bathroom with other bunk                room occupants (there are five bathrooms        in the whole house so there will be                    PLENTY of bathroom space even though        you are sharing this with bathroom with            three other attendees)


Do I have to be a therapist?

    No way!!!  This training is for ANYONE who identifees as a helper, healer, or educator in a professional role.  

I'm a parent- that's a helper, healer, AND educator!  But I don't identify in one of those roles professionally.  Am I eligible?

    We have found that felt-safety is established more quickly & easily in the group when attendees share a common professional connection.  We COMPLETELY agree that a retreat like this would be so helpful for parents!  We are considering that in the future!  This retreat is for attendees identifying as helpers, healers, or educators professionally.  

There are CEs but this also sounds like a lot of personal exploration.  What gives?


   It's both!  Marshall and Robyn are deeply passionate about helping therapists lean into the truth that they are the most important "tool in their toolbox."  Drawing from a foundation of Interpersonal Neurobiology and the Relational Neurosciences, we believe firmly that when we show up fully and with deep resonance, our implicit experiences are always being touched in our work with clients.  Coming into contact with our inner communities OUTSIDE our professional work with clients allows us to integrate our implicit, widen our widow of tolerance, and will allow for greater resonance with our clients, without being swept away or engulfed by our implicit.

   There will be opportunities for didactic learning about the neurobiology of our inner communities, as well as large and small group, and individual experiences to create deeper relationships with our own inner communities.  We are also allowing for plenty of time for rest, connection, and experiential activities as the believe in the power of each of these to encourage self-compassion and integration.  

Whoa- this sounds amazing and kinda intense.  And maybe a little bit too much like camp?

    HA!  Well we hope it is both amazing AND intense and believe we have created a schedule for the week that will allow the intensity to be held in times of connection, play, and rest.

    As far as it feeling like camp- well, our hope is that by allowing for both on-site and off-site lodging, and not making any activities "required" (though you must attend all 15 CE hours if you want to obtain CEs), if can feel as much or as little like summer camp as you want!

Can I work out a payment plan?

     Of course!  Email Robyn and we'll work out the details.  You must make a $300 commitment payment.  The final $1000 can make made in five monthly payments of $200 each.  

What other's have said about Marshall & Robyn   co-teaching together

Both presenters were amazing and I would've loved to have picked their brains all day.

I loved how the trainers openly discussed with one another and flowed so beautifully back and forth. I also felt like the trainers genuinely cared about us. 


....The playfulness of the trainers throughout.

I also really loved how Robyn and Marshall really create a beautiful balance of content and experience.

​The presenters were engaging and made the material interesting and easy to follow.

Robyn and Marshall were hilarious and down to earth. It made the training enjoyable.

​I loved the warmth brought in by both instructors. It made the environment safe and enjoyable for learning.

The leaders (Marshall & Robyn) were so clearly knowledgeable.

About Robyn

Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, LMSW, RPT-S

has over 15 years of practice in family and play therapy experience, specializing in complex trauma, attachment, and adoption.  Robyn’s diverse clinical training includes EMDR (including EMDR adapted for children with attachment trauma), Somatic Experiencing, Theraplay, Trust Based Relational Intervention®, Circle of Security Parent Educator, The Alert Program® and Yogapeutics Aerial Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training.  Robyn consults, teaches, and trains extensively throughout the US, including as an instructor for the Foundations of Interpersonal Neurobiology Certificate Program at Portland Community College and with the Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy Post-Graduate Certificate Program offered by Portland State University and Oregon’s Department of Human Services.  She has recently joined the working board of the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS).

About Marshall

Marshall Lyles, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S,

PhD candidate & EMDRIA Consultaant

has over 15 years of practice in family and play therapy. He has extensive speaking and training experience and has worked in a variety of mental health settings. Most of Marshall’s clinical practice has focused on attachment trauma and its effect on family relationships. Marshall conducts supervision and consultation sessions with counseling professionals and leads training in both parenting and professional settings; much of his consultation and training focuses on the use of sandtray therapy within a trauma-informed context. He is EMDR-certified and TBRI-trained and uses these with foster and adoptive families. To hear more about how Marshall's trauma therapy career has been shaped into its present state, go to his website at

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