Progressive Psychotherapy

HPT Retreat


HEART PATH THERAPY® For Therapists, Practitioners, Coaches as well as those inspiring to become a one

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



Testimonials: “Workshops were awesome! It was a very memorable experience!”


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 12 years, Maestro Manuel Rufino. He helped her own healing and development and in turn helped Debra to inspire the Heart Path Therapy® for Therapist for Therapists.

The Heart Path Therapy® Experience will include the following goals for all therapists, practitioners, coaches, as well as those inspiring to become one of these Helpers:

1. To identify and experience roots of emotional struggles, through a deeply intuitive exploration of personal and ancestral history
2. To describe and experience benefits of practices from sacred traditions. This includes the use of altars, prayer, intentions, meditation, and even sweat lodge.
3. To define and experience energy psychology
4. To experience guided imagery and understand best approaches to heal anxiety, depression, greif, and relationship struggles (further training beyond this weekend is required to apply with clients) 5. To experience and understand the power of focusing on discomforts
6.. To experience inner child work and understand how it must be applied for effectiveness (further training is required to apply this practice with clients)
7. To experience and identify and explain the Chakras (energy centers) and the importance of releasing blocks
8. 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
9.. To experience the benefits of sound healing and beginning ability to apply it for one’s own healing and others

Summary of learning: Experiential healing for oneself as well as understanding the benefits of self healing in order to apply all the tools you are learning in an improved and intuitive manner.

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

5:00-7:00 pm arriving, greeting, dinner

7:00-9:00 pm meditation (guided by Debra Franklin) and sound healing bath with intention setting, altar creating, and journal writing. This will integrate the spiritual wisdom from sacred traditions including power of prayer, the elements, chakras, and ancestral connection to healing.


8:00-9:30 am yoga with a certified instructor, noting applicability to therapy/mindfulness

10:00 am-1:00 pm Maestro Manuel Rufino, our Spiritual Teacher from Taino tradition,or Chris Dean, will facilitate a sweat lodge for us to clean and open our hearts to our inner wisdom

1:00-3:00 pm lunch, rest

3:00-6:00 pm Debra will facilitate with the powerful Family Constellations tool, to assist in attendees healing process

6:00-7:00 pm dinner

7:00-9:00 pm Sound Bath with guided meditation integrating use of energy psychology, and intentions


9:00-10:30 am acupressure for the emotions

10:30-11:30 am brunch

11:30 am-3:00 pm part II: Bringing together guided imagery, family constellation concepts,and inner childwork: experiential and sharing with questions regarding applicability

Continuing to practice with each other, learning how to feel each other's energy and begin to assess a person’s wounds, including their inner child or other family influences

3:00-3:30 pm questions/discussion/closing

Location of the Retreat will be in a rural area in NY State about an hour drive from Kingston.
Please call for information.

Dates: September 27-September 29, 2019

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

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

Cost: Only $325 includes entire program including exquisite vegetarian cuisine (please inform regarding food allergies and dietary restrictions) and camping. REDUCED PRICE of $275 until August 31st. 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 pending for most Licensed Clinical Social  Workers (Sorry, NY states has not approved yet) and LMFT's, and LPC's in Connecticut. LCSW’s in states outside of NY may be able to apply CE’s. Please check with your local professional agency.

Please send a check to reserve your space to Light Your Pathway, LLC, c/o Debra Franklin, 315 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.