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Save the date for Lab 2018 -  August 5-11!

An event designed to encourage human development



What is Lab?


This event can inspire your own desire to be a better person.


Whether you are focused on personal mastery or trying to improve your relationships, you will find this learning / training event will facilitate your growth.


The Lab context provides opportunities to practice interpersonal skills and experience community formation.


Former attendees have referred to the Lab as transformative and rejuvenating.



A human relations laboratory is an experiential learning and training event that encourages you to learn in many ways, all of them supporting you in your efforts to release yourself from patterns of resistance to growth and more freedom.


We will have opportunities to work with our own deficits and strengths as a relational partner and there will be many opportunities to practice improving our skills and learning from the relationships we develop, in the community of the week at the lab experience.


In such an event everyone becomes both a teacher and a student and we will have the benefit of professional leaders, John and Colette Hoff, who share a lifetime as relationship educators.



Sliding scale cost includes: food, accommodations, program, and learning materials

  • $100 - 350 children and teens
  • $375 - 750 adults

Special rates available for groups, seniors, students, and interns

Some scholarships are available.

   *Paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible.

Registration - simply scroll down to use our on-line method.


For more information - Colette Hoff, Lab Administrator or (206) 755-8404


Why choose Lab?


Whenever I am asked about the magic that explains how the annual Human Relations Laboratory has been chosen by so many people over a 47-year period, I point to a commitment among friends who value integrity and good communication. Lab is a place to work out challenges encountered on the road less traveled. I am just one of the members of a core group that plans this event every year. We begin by recognizing the importance of being supported by friends on this journey. What people refer to as magic is actually a sweet reward for being open with each other.

~ John L. Hoff



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Carl Rogers on Laboratory Learning
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By Steve Potter

Benefiting from the Presence of Children in Community
By Marjorie Gray

Grace Happens Here: The Human Relations Laboratory By Hollis Guill Ryan





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