A Two Day Environmental Art Therapy Retreat

Date: 08/19 - 08/20

Location: Marble House Project

Marble House Project is now an approved CEU provider.  This workshop will provide participants with 10.5 CEs

Open to all Creative Art Therapists who are interested in art therapy and the integration of the physical environment.



Creating art gives us access to express and understand our worldview. What we create also mirrors our relationship to the environment. As Creative Art Therapists, how can we expose our clients to the sustainability movement through their own work in a way that will allow them to integrate their personality and needs with the needs of our planet? This workshop will introduce specific methods for Creative Art Therapists to engage with sustainability and social activism and offer holistic therapy. 

Participants will learn an overview of theory and application of Environmental Art Therapy

A group interactive model will be the frame in which this workshop is taught, focusing on the here-and-now, in  an outdoor space.

Ideas taken from various theories of psychology (to include eco-psychology and Gestalt art therapy) and a general understanding of environmental art alongside eco- consciousness (to include an overview of appropriate art materials) will be applied specifically to art therapy.

Participants will be able to begin contemplating how this work makes contact with their personal and/or professional selves through an increased understanding of both subjective and objective external conditions and material.



Day 1:

9 - 10 AM                 Lecture on Environmental Art Therapy

10 -11:30Am             Walk through in Nature

11:30 -12:30Pm        Lunch (Included in Fee)

12:30-2:30Pm          Nature Observation and Writing Assignment

2:30 – 4:30Pm         Into the studio

5 – 6PM                     Lecture

8:00PM                     Bonfire

Day 2:

8:30-9:30AM              Returning to Nature

9:30-11:30AM              Group Process

11:30-12:30PM              Lunch (Included in Fee)

12:30-2:30PM              Closing Discussion

3 Pm                             Departure


Measurable Learning Objectives: 

Participants of this workshop/retreat will be able to:

·      Name and implement 2 environmental art therapy directives, in professional practice.

·      Define 3 key concepts of Environmental art therapy.

·      Identify the intersections between Attachment Theory, Gestalt Theory, Social Activism, and Environmental Art Therapy.


Costs, refunds, and cancellation policies:   

Workshop fee: $300.   (Included are 2 lunches and an evening bonfire.) The fee does not include accommodations breakfast or dinner.  Marble House Project will fully refund workshop fee if cancelled before August 4th, 2017.  

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About the workshop leaders:

Dina Schapiro, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT:   Dina earned her Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute.  She began working at Housing Works as the Director of the art therapy department where her interest in creating an inclusive therapeutic environment for her clients was a priority, integrating Horticulture therapy with the creative arts therapies.  After leaving Housing Works and the Renfrew Center to pursue her private practice specializing in Eating Disorders and addictions Dina was asked to teach at both the Pratt graduate art therapy program and the New School Creative Arts Therapy Certificate Program.  Soon after starting to teach at Pratt Dina became the practicum coordinator and after 10 years of teaching and doing practicum work, Dina took on the position of Assistant Chair and Director of the Graduate Creative Art Therapy Department at the Pratt.   Dina has taught and lectured aspects of Environmental Art Therapy in the department and in Creative Arts therapy conferences and has published work on the subject.  In 2014 Dina and her partner started an artists residency program in VT called the Marble House Project, where the arts and the environment are in the forefront of their project.

Jean Davis, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT is a licensed, registered and board-certified art therapist with twenty years of experience as a practitioner.  She is an Associate Adjunct Professor in Pratt Institute's Graduate Creative Arts Therapy Department, is the Supervisor of the Creative Arts Therapy Department at the League School, is the former Chairperson of Pratt’s Creative Arts Therapy Department, former Director of the Transitional Living Community, a program of Brooklyn Community Services, and is the former Clinical Director of the Greenwich Village Youth Council. She has postgraduate training in the areas of group therapy, gestalt therapy and applied ecopsychology. She has published several articles on the subject of environmental art therapy and has a private practice in Brooklyn, New York.