Toby Israel Presents Home Design Psychology Workshop in Seaside Feb 16-18

December 9, 2015 by SoWal Staff

The Seaside Institute, a center for learning and discovery, presents several workshops at the Seaside Academic Village January through April, 2016. Locals and visitors are invited to participate in workshops instructed by masters in their respective fields such as writing, art, design and health. Registration is open now at the Seaside Institute with limited space for each workshop as well as accommodation/lodging at the Village.      

Toby Israel will be presenting a Home Design Psychology Workshop in Seaside, Feb. 16 - 18 from 1-3:30 p.m. The founder of Design Psychology will help you “design from within” to create a home oasis that not only looks good, but supports your positive growth and change. In this workshop, you will work through Dr. Israel’s Design Psychology Toolbox of Exercises to uncover your most positive experiences of past homes, neighborhoods and communities. Drawing upon this core of best-remembered natural places, built spaces, colors, textures, furniture and objects, Dr. Israel will help you translate the most positive elements of your past-place story into the choice and creation of your ideal home.

Dr. Israel will lead the group through nine hands-on Design Psychology exercises which include writing, sketching, and guided visualization experiences. PowerPoint examples of nurturing spaces designed using Design Psychology will also be shown. You'll then share results of each exercise they complete both via one-to-one pairs and during whole group discussion throughout the course of the workshop.
Participants will gain:

  • An understanding of the new field of Design Psychology
  • A greater awareness of how to more consciously create your own life-enhancing space 
  • Specific guidelines for home choice, layout, style, color, furniture and other elements that support your positive growth and change 
  • Recognition that the environments we inhabit can be unique, expressive and supportive of our communities’ social and emotional health

Toby Israel, Ph.D. is a visionary founder of the new field of Design Psychology. Her worldwide experience and groundbreaking theories are summarized in her book Some Place Like Home: Using Design Psychology to Create Ideal Places

Whether you're redesigning your space, moving or just stuck and not sure what move to make next, this workshop will help you uncover your “environmental autobiography,” your unique, personal environmental treasure chest. You’ll gain a Design Psychology Blueprint with specific guidelines and action steps that you can use to create an authentic, nurturing and healing home. The workshop is appropriate for all levels of lay people as well as professional designers and psychologists... anyone who wants to create nurturing home and not a cookie cutter place. 
Tuition is $335 per student. A limited number of rooms in the Seaside Academic Village are available for this workshop.  For more information on accommodations, go to
Register for the workshop at    

The Seaside Academic Village is located at 168 Smolian Circle in Seaside. To learn more and register for upcoming workshops, please visit Classes take place in the Assembly Meeting Hall adjacent to the Academic Village.   

Limited housing is provided in the Academic Village for Seaside Institute educational programs at a reduced rate. For more information or questions about Seaside Institute programs, please contact Diane Dorney at or call 850-231-2421.        

Seaside, Florida is a thriving beach town filled with unique architecture, natural beauty and local culture. 


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