Progressive Psychotherapy

HPT Retreat


HEART PATH THERAPY® For Therapists, Practitioners, and Coaches

Become An Inspired and Empowered Psychotherapist
Heal Yourself In Order to Help Others Heal inspired by Debra Franklin, LCSW, Maestro Manuel Rufino, her teacher, and the Golden Drum

The best therapists are those that have experienced a powerful inner healing.  There are many wonderful psychological and spiritual healing techniques, but until you heal your own wounds in order to really free your heart, mind, and intuition, those techniques will not be fully effective.

As you transform, you empower love, understanding, intuition, and compassion, the most important ingredients to healing. Integrate those with spiritual approaches, sound healing, guided imagery, and energy psychology, and you will discover and empower your true therapeutic gifts. You can learn to see and feel clients “wounds” even before they talk about them and intuitively guide them through a very beautiful life changing journey once you have traversed your own.

Debra Franklin developed The Heart Path Therapy ® for therapists. It combines powerful healing approaches from ancient spiritual wisdom with modern uses of guided imagery, Family Constellations, inner child work, sound healing, and energy psychology.

Training and support groups are available, but this is a very special weekend including Debra’s spiritual teacher, Maestro Manuel Rufino and the Golden Drum community that he has inspired and their gifts. This transformational weekend will take you on an inner journey to experiencing life in a new way.  In turn you can become a uniquely creative psychotherapist.

Debra experienced deeply transformational healing and spiritual development with many different gifted teachers. her most recent of at least 10 years, Maestro Manuel Rufino. He helped her own healing and development and in turn helped Debra to inspire the Heart Path Therapy for Therapists™ for Therapists.

The Heart Path Therapy® Approach teaches the following:

1. To identify and experience possible roots of emotional struggles, through a deeply intuitive exploration of personal and ancestral history
2. To describe and experience potential benefits of prayer, intention and affirmations
3. To define and experience energy psychology
4. To experience and demonstrate guided imagery
5. To experience and demonstrate how to guide effective inner child work
6. To experience and identify and explain the Chakras (energy centers) and the importance of releasing blocks
7. To begin to feel intuitively, a client's inner child and family of origin, understanding some basic Family Constellations Concepts as part of a client's emotional struggles
8. To experience the benefits of sound healing
9. To learn practices from sacred traditions including beneficial ways to meditate

This powerful weekend integrates the gifts of Maestro Manuel Rufino and the Golden Drum Community as follows along with Debra Franklin’s teaching in the Heart Path Therapy® method.

The schedule (subject to some variations or changes) is as follows:

Friday evening

5-7pm arriving, greeting, dinner
7-9pm meditation (guided by Debra Franklin) and sound healing bath integrating the spiritual wisdom from sacred traditions including the elements,  chakras, and ancestral connection to healing.


9-10:30am Yoga with a certified instructor, noting applicability to therapy/mindfulness

10:45am-1pm , Chris Dean, trained from our Spiritual Teacher from Taino tradition, Maestro Manuel Rufino will facilitate a sweat lodge for us to clean and open our hearts to our inner wisdom.

1-3 Lunch, rest

3-5 Debra will facilitate with the powerful Family Constellations tool, to assist in attendees healing process

7-9PM Sound Bath with guided meditation integrating use of energy psychology, and intentions


9 am-10:30: Yoga

10:30-12: Applying your intuition and some basic guided imagery with each other as learned thus far.

12-1 Lunch

1-4pm Continuing to practice with each other, learning how to feel each other's energy and begin a basic guided imagery integrating some of the concepts you learned this weekend

4-5pm Questions/discussion/closing

5-6PM:  Dinner

Location of the Retreat will be in a rural area., 30 miles west of Pougkeepsie. Please call for information.

Dates: May 31-June 2, 2019

For more information on the spiritual teacher and Dream Seed, go to See other training options and groups for therapists in the Heart Path Therapy® Approach at

Contact Debra Franklin, 860-995-3457 for more information or email her at

Cost: $325 includes entire program including exquisite vegetarian cuisine (please inform regarding food allergies and dietary restrictions). REDUCED PRICE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 20th for $275. THERE ARE ALSO SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR VOLUNTEERS AT A REDUCED PRICE FOR A LIMITED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS. This price includes all food and camping. Outdoor showers are provided for campers.
A few spaces may be available in a trailor or barn for an additional $15 per night. Local hotel information can be provided if you would prefer, at your own expense.

15 CE’s are available for most Licensed Clinical Social  Workers (Sorry, NY states has not approved yet) and LMFT's, and LPC's in Connecticut.

Please send a check to reserve your space to Light Your Pathway, LLC, c/o Debra Franklin, 309 Brown Rd., Ellenville, NY 12428 or click the link below to purchase via PayPal.  Please send prior to end of August to receive reduced rate.