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Join us at the beautiful Sedona Mago Retreat Center near Sedona, Arizona
where you’ll spend 6 days filled with skills-building and personal transformation!


Leave renewed and energized to utilize ACT confidently with your clients
as an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, and more.

PLUS, earn up to 29 CE Hours!
 

With the background of the majestic Sedona red rocks, you’ll do some of the most meaningful work of your career ensuring an unforgettable, life-changing pivot that will transform your clients' suffering.

Safely immersed in supervised ACT experiential exercises, pair work, and psychological flexibility skills-building, you’ll witness transformation for yourself and members of your cohort.

Enlightened and uplifted both professionally and personally, you’ll leave not only a changed therapist, but revitalized with the confidence to fully implement ACT to help clients struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and other psychological distresses.

Featuring Diana Hill, PhD, internationally renowned ACT expert, therapist, author, speaker, podcaster, and consultant.

Diana Hill, PhD
“Training with Diana is like talking with a good friend who happens to be a world-class therapist.”
–Rick Hanson, PhD, New York Times best-selling author and an internationally recognized leading expert on positive neuroplasticity
PESI retreats fill up fast, so secure your spot today!

6-Day ACT Retreat:
An Immersive Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Clinical Experiential

 

LIVE in Sedona, Arizona
Tuesday, November 1st – Sunday, November 6th


Single Occupancy: $2,599.99

Plus, earn up to 29 CE Hours — included in your tuition. Click here for CE credit details
Don't see your state profession listed? Contact us.

Diana Hill, PhD, is an internationally known ACT expert, therapist, author, speaker, podcaster, and consultant whose work has been celebrated by many world-renowned ACT experts including Steven Hayes, PhD, and Rick Hanson, PhD.

Join Dr. Hill as she guides you through engaging metaphor, case studies, experiential exercises, visualizations, and embodied movement to help clients:

  • Decrease avoidance and release attempts to control so they act rather than react
  • Anchor into their immediate experience so they stop living their lives on autopilot
  • Stop ruminating to achieve distance from painful thoughts and feelings
  • Reduce self-criticism and cultivate a self-compassionate voice that’s warm, kind and encouraging
  • Redefine their sense of self in a way that fosters willingness to connect to their values
  • Integrate ACT core processes into their daily activities

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to help clients stop trying to control their experiences and start accepting it so that they can take action toward what they care about—building rich and meaningful lives!

6-Day ACT Retreat:
An Immersive Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Clinical Experiential


LIVE in Sedona, Arizona
Tuesday, November 1st – Sunday, November 6th


Single Occupancy: $2,599.99

Plus, earn up to 29 CE Hours — included in your tuition. Click here for CE credit details
Don't see your state profession listed? Contact us.
Retreat Schedule
 

Tuesday, November 1st

1:30–3:30 pm
Check-in
3:30–4:30 pm
Property Tour
4:30–5:30 pm
Orientation & Overview
5:30–6:30 pm
Dinner
6:30–8:30 pm
Experiential Activity Exploring Therapist Values*
8:30–8:45 pm
Meditation/Visualization/Reflection (Optional)

Wednesday, November 2nd – Saturday, November 5th

7:00–8:00 am
Breakfast
8:00 am–12:00 pm
Morning Session*
12:00–1:00 pm
Lunch
1:00–5:00 pm
Restorative Time
5:00–6:00 pm
Dinner
6:00–8:00 pm
Evening Session*
8:00–8:15 pm
Meditation/Visualization/Reflection (Optional)

Sunday, November 6th

7:00–8:00 am
Breakfast
8:00–11:00 am
Morning Session*
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Leisure Time/Check Out

*CE is awarded during these specified times

Who Should Attend?
 
The target audience includes:
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Mental Health Professionals
6-Day ACT Retreat:
An Immersive Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Clinical Experiential

 

LIVE in Sedona, Arizona
Tuesday, November 1st – Sunday, November 6th

Single Occupancy: $2,599.99

Plus, earn up to 29 CE Hours — included in your tuition. Click here for CE credit details
Don't see your state profession listed? Contact us.
Retreat Content
  1. Theorize the role that control and experiential avoidance play in the development and maintenance of mental health concerns
  2. Create and modify metaphors to use with clients to illustrate the concept of psychological flexibility
  3. Evaluate the 6 core processes in psychological flexibility and give examples of each
  4. Utilize creative hopelessness to help clients generate client motivation toward change
  5. Conduct a functional assessment of a client
  6. Utilize beginners mind to increase client’s contact with the present moment
  7. Demonstrate the one-eye-in one-eye-out mindfulness practice to increase flexibility with present moment
  8. Practice being present exercises such as embodied movement and focus on the breath with client in-session
  9. Defend the benefits of being present in the context of mental health concerns
  10. Engage client in a conversation about values 
  11. Define what values are and are not, according to ACT theory
  12. Utilize in session writing to help clients’ clarify their values
  13. Lead client in an experiential exercise demonstrating the link between values and pain
  14. Gain clinical strategies such as the choice point model to increase values awareness
  15. Identify common myths and misconceptions about acceptance
  16.  Demonstrate an experiential exercise to increase acceptance, willingness and allowing of difficult thoughts, feelings and sensations.
  17. Lead client through a body-based acceptance exercise
  18. Describe the “paradox of control” and apply it to the conceptualization of mental health struggles such as depression, anxiety, eating concerns, and trauma
  19. List common experiential avoidance strategies in clients with mental health concerns
  20. Utilize metaphor to help clients get space from thoughts
  21.  Understand when to apply cognitive diffusion strategies and be able to lead a client in an experiential cognitive diffusion exercise
  22. Describe the difference between cognitive restructuring and cognitive diffusion
  23. Lead clients in a visualization exercise to increase self-compassion
  24. Engage clients in perspective taking exercises such as “I am” and “I am not” and “getting behind the eyes of another”
  25. Employ clinical strategies such as committed action plans to guide clients in values-based behavior change. 
  26. Utilize behavior science strategies such as “tiny habits” to support client behavior change
  27. Differentiate between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation for change
  28. Understand the role that therapist psychological flexibility plays in client psychological flexibility and be able to spot experiential avoidance behaviors in the therapist
  29. Integrate and apply ACT core processes into client daily activities
Experiential Activity Exploring Therapist Values
ACT Theory, Psychological Flexibility, Functional Assessment
The Ubiquity of Human Suffering
  • The nature of the human mind, RFT
  • The problem of experiential avoidance
  • Case examples, personal examples
  • The utility of metaphor
Psychological Flexibility, A New Approach to an Old Problem
  • 6 core processes of psychological flexibility
  • Validated Assessments and tracking processes
  • Experiential Avoidance
  • Creative Hopelessness
  • Open, Aware and Engaged
Overview of ACT Research
  • State of the evidence
  • Limitations in research
Functional Assessment
  • Identifying unworkable behaviors and consequences
  • Mapping experiential avoidance
  • Biopsychosocial model
Being Present and Values Processes
Being Present Definition and Rationale
  • Benefits of being present
  • Doing mode versus being mode
  • One Eye In + One Eye Out
Being Present Practices
  • Beginner’s Mind
  • Mindfulness of Thoughts, Sensations and Emotions
  • Being Present in Your Body
Values Definition and Rationale
  • What are values?
  • Values questions
  • Values as intrinsic motivators
  • Values versus domains
  • Valued Living Assessment
Values Practices
  • Choice Points
  • Difficult TEAMs
  • Experiential Avoidance Roundabouts
Acceptance and Cognitive Defusion Processes
Acceptance Definition and Rationale
  • What acceptance is and is not
  • Difficult TEAMs
  • Experiential Avoidance Roundabouts
Acceptance Practices
  • Increasing the zone of flexibility
  • Willingness
  • Curiosity
  • Courage
  • Gifts inside pain
Cognitive Definition and Rationale
  • Signs of cognitive fusion
  • Inflexible rules and shoulds
  • Getting space from the inner critic
Cognitive Defusion Practices
  • Bad news radio
  • Clouds in the sky meditation
  • Break a rule on purpose
Perspective Taking and Committed Action Processes
Perspective Taking Definition and Rationale
  • Conceptualized self
  • Boxed in by self-stories
  • Self-as-prize and Self-as-shield
  • Signs you are caught in a self-story
Perspective Taking Practices
  • Perspective taking over time
  • Perspective taking with others
  • Belonging
  • Compassionate Mind
Committed Action Definition and Rationale
  • Fall climbing up
  • Motivate with values
  • Action over outcome
  • A towards values lifestyle
Committed Action Practices
  • Committed action habit loop
  • Growing small habits
  • Putting it all together: Your committed action plan
Integration and Flexible Application
  • ACT in daily life
  • Therapist Psychological Flexibility
  • Treatment Flexibility
6-Day ACT Retreat:
An Immersive Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Clinical Experiential


LIVE in Sedona, Arizona
Tuesday, November 1st – Sunday, November 6th


Single Occupancy: $2,599.99

Plus, earn up to 29 CE Hours — included in your tuition. Click here for CE credit details
Don't see your state profession listed? Contact us.
Meet Your Retreat Instructor
Diana Hill, PhD

Diana Hill, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and co-author of ACT Daily Journal: Get unstuck and live fully with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has been practicing ACT for over a decade and currently supervises postdoctoral fellows and leads regular teachings on ACT through Insight LA Mindful Heart Programs. Diana has a knack for unpacking complex, science-based concepts and making them applicable to clinical practice and daily life. She is the host of the podcast Your Life in Process: Psychological Flexibility from the Inside Out and co-founded the popular podcast, Psychologists Off the Clock, where she has interviewed experts in ACT including Kelly Wilson, Steven Hayes and Benjji Schoendorff.

Diana completed her undergraduate work at UC Santa Barbara, majoring in Biopsychology, followed by a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at CU Boulder where she researched mindfulness and acceptance based approaches for eating disorders. Diana completed her pre-doctoral internship in the Eating Disorder Emphasis Area at UC Davis and her post-doctoral fellowship at La Luna Center Intensive Outpatient Program for eating disorders. Diana went on to serve as the clinical director of La Luna Center, where she helped develop an ACT-based group program.

Click here for information about Diana Hill

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What does Tuition Include?
  • Learn to utilize ACT confidently with your clients
  • Supervised ACT experiential exercises
  • Up to 29 CE Hours
  • CE certificate & course manual
  • Healing vortexes, meditation areas, & labyrinth
  • Peaceful lake & trails amidst majestic red rock mountains
  • Healthful pesco-vegetarian cuisine
  • Lodging, with private bathrooms, for duration of your stay
Autumnal lakeside landscape photo at the Sedona Mago Retreat Center
Autumnal lakeside landscape photo at the Sedona Mago Retreat Center

If you’re looking for a place to unwind and re-connect with what’s important, what better environment than one of the most beautiful deserts on the planet?

The Sedona Mago Retreat Center is located in Sedona, Arizona, an area long known for natural healing and spiritual awakening. Surrounded by red monoliths, Native American ruins and majestic mountains. Experience the beauty, feel the energy, and awaken your spirit.

Retreat Highlights

  • Secluded retreat, offering 173 acres
  • Private or shared casitas with private bathrooms
  • Healthful pesco-vegetarian cuisine (3 meals daily)
  • Glistening outdoor pool & jacuzzi
  • Beautiful lake surrounded by trees, flowers, aromatic herbs, and many wild birds
  • Covered patios, meditation areas & labyrinth
  • Healing vortexes, experience healing and deep awakening
  • Peaceful trails to enjoy nature
  • Awe inspiring sunrises, sunsets and stargazing
  • Direct shuttles service available from Phoenix Sky Harbor (additional fees)
 

In response to the continually evolving global travel situation due to COVID-19, PESI has put in place a multi-faceted cancellation policy, allowing you to reserve your spot with peace of mind.

All attendees are advised to purchase travel insurance that includes a cancellation for any reason option to protect your travel plans amid this ongoing uncertainty. We also encourage you to monitor your local government travel advisories and regularly check this page for updates.

Event Cancellation Due to COVID-19

Should the event will be canceled, all registered attendees will be notified by PESI of the cancellation policy. Registered attendees will then have the choice of either:

  • A full refund, or,
  • Full credit toward any future PESI live event, On Demand Digital Seminar, Live Webinar

Travel Advisories

Please check with your local government to see what advisories are in place before you travel.

Event Capacity Limit Restrictions

If travel is allowed but with group or room capacity restrictions due to COVID-19 that are imposed by either the retreat center or governmental policies, admission will be on a first-registered/first-accepted basis.

If you have a confirmed registration and are notified by PESI that you cannot be admitted to the event due to capacity restrictions, you will be given a choice of either:

  • A full refund, or,
  • Full credit toward any future PESI live event, On Demand Digital Seminar, Live Webinar

All flights are subject to the terms and conditions of your airline carrier’s policy travel plans.

Retreat Location

Sedona Mago Retreat
3500 E Bill Gray Road
Sedona, AZ 8623.56, USA

Phone: (928) 204-23.591

sedonamagoretreat.org

Health & Safety

Attendees’ health and safety is a top priority for PESI & Sedona Mago Retreat Center. For most up-to-date health and safety guidelines, click here.

6-Day ACT Retreat:
An Immersive Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Clinical Experiential


LIVE in Sedona, Arizona
Tuesday, November 1st – Sunday, November 6th


Single Occupancy: $2,599.99

Plus, earn up to 29 CE Hours — included in your tuition. Click here for CE credit details
Don't see your state profession listed? Contact us.

NOTE: No additional discounts or coupons may be applied to this online retreat.
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