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47th Annual Summer
Convention and Retreat
"Loss and Renewal"

Tuesday, August 6 – Monday, August 12, 2019
Virden Center, Lewes, DE

For printable flyer, please click here.
Click here for registration details.

We invite you to the 47th Annual IPA Summer Convention and Retreat! Our theme for this year is "Loss and Renewal." Loss is an integral part of life. The more we can grieve our losses, the more easily we can move through them and embrace our new realities. The IPA Convention and Retreat offers multiple opportunities for healing loss at all levels.

We provide an action-packed six days, and invite you to participate in as many or as few activities as you choose. Some of us may visit the beach daily; others may take advantage of the opportunity to dig deep into personal issues. With a generous selection of creative, therapeutic and fun activities, we truly offer something for everyone.

In addition to the activities described, we have a talented group of body workers on staff and daily raffels for a free massage. This year's selections include acupuncture, Alexander Technique, CranioSacral, traditional massage and Trager.

The IPA operates within an educational framework. We do not offer therapy. Attending an IPA event requires adequate emotional stability to be able to maintain safety for yourself and others. If you have any questions, call our toll-free line at 1 877 PRIMALS.

Warm regards from Tina Kimmel and Jean Rashkind, Co-chairs


Karyne Wilner, PsyD
“What the Body Reveals”

The body is an authentic expression of your physical, emotional, and mental state. In this interactive presentation will teach us the basics of how to conduct a body reading and how to interpret what the body is revealing.

James Prescott, PhD
“Sensory Deprivation and the Developing Brain”

Sensory deprivation in early infancy profoundly effects development on all levels. Dr. Prescott will present a DVD which demonstrates the effects of deprivation on infant monkeys.

Lynn Turner, PhD, LCSW
“Processing Loss through the Enneagram”

Dr. Turner will teach us the strategies used by each of the nine Enneagram types for dealing with loss. She will also be available to help us determine our type.


Julie Eliason leads us with paint and brushes in Using Art to Process Grief.

Discover the Wisdom your Body Holds and your Blocks to Loving – a mini Shalom workshop with Tricia Wassel.

Place Objects in the Sand to Reveal You – Marie Regis leads us in Jungian sandplay.

What you would do if you had only one month to live? What are your beliefs about the Afterlife? Explore with Rick Benson and Brian Stark.

What is Primal Integration? Dianne Arman will teach us the basics.

Laughter heals! Create whimsical characters through simple movement and theater games with Anne Bassen.

Paying Homage to our Influences—including (for many of us) the late, beloved IPA poet Harriet Geller—in poetry with Maria Williams.


Walking with Alex at 7 a.m. every morning. - Men’s/Women’s Group after breakfast every day. - Mat Track for emotional release and support. - Nightly Community Meeting - Wrap-up Groups - Jam Sessions every evening.- Cabaret - Dance Party

The Virden Retreat Center

Check out Virden Center's website. For directions, click here.

Registration and Payment Information

Early Bird Member Rates for
Double Room, Private Bath
Annual Income
Daily Rate Six-Day reduced Rate
Up to $15,000
$15k - $50,000
$50k - $100,000
Above $100,000

Add $10/day if paid after July 19, 2019.

Add $15/day for non-members.

Add $50/day for a single room. - Limited Availability


To pay by credit card, contact Warren Davis by phone at 301-763-6080.

To pay by mail, send in the Registration Form with full payment.

To pay via PayPal, please:
1. Figure out your total costs (above),
2. Then fill in the two blanks below and click "Pay Now" button.
First Night - Last Night
Any other info? (such as double occupancy, special food needs, new address, etc.)

Photos from past Summer Primal Conventions (members only)

Click Here to access the Members-Only section of the Web site. There you will find the Summer Convention and Retreat Photos page. Access is for current members of the IPA only—you'll be prompted for a username and password. If you're a member and don't have the credentials to access this page, contact the IPA's Web Administrator ( ).

Brochures from Past Summer Conventions

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