An Environmental Art Therapy Retreat

 Friday, September 28th - Sunday, September 30th

 Marble House Project  1161 Dorset West Road  Dorset, VT

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Art is a bridge that connects how we affect our environment and how it affects each of us. This Environmental Art Therapy retreat will offer specific methods for engaging with nature.  Encouraging the integration of self and environment both personally and professionally, the ultimate goal will be finding the relationship between self-care and environmental stewardship.  Participants will explore their internal and external attachments as reflected in the creative choices made within a natural environment.   This retreat is open to anyone seeking to learn ways to creatively connect to nature and is also open to Creative Art Therapists and other helping professionals interested in integrating community building, nature and the arts into their practice.  

NYS LCATs can earn up to 15 CE credits.



This weekend retreat will address and promote the following:

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 a nature setting.  

Integration of eco-consciousness, Attachment Theory, Gestalt therapy and art therapy practices.

Contemplation of how Environmental Art Therapy makes contact with our personal and/or professional selves through a heightened understanding of our subjective and objective realities.

Community building  and  interpersonal growth. 


This retreat is open to anyone seeking to learn therapeutic ways to creatively connect to nature.  It is also open to Creative Art Therapists and other helping professionals interested in integrating nature and creativity into their work. For more detailed information, please contact Dina Schapiro at:





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Friday, September 28th


Arrive / Sign in


Working with Clay from the Environment (2.5 CE’s) Presenters: Dina Schapiro, Jean Davis and Lauryn Axelrod               





Saturday, September 29th


8:00am-8:30am                       Sign in, Coffee

8:30am-12:00pm                     The Awakened Eye: Art and Ecological Perception in Cultural 

                                                     Healing.  Presenter: Madeline Rugh (3.5 CE’s)

12:00pm-1:00pm                       LUNCH

1:00pm-4:30pm                        Self and Environment I: (3.5 CE’s)  

                                                     Presenters:  Dina Schapiro and Jean Davis

4:30pm-5:00                             Foraging and Healing with Nature: A walk around the property

                                                     Learning and collecting Herbs and vegetation for Dinner. 

                                                     Presenter/Guide:  Stephen Schussel

5:00pm-7:00                             DINNER 

8:00pm - 9:30                           Drumming.   Presenter: Eric Pierce  (1.5 CE's)


Sunday, September 30th


8:00am                                    Coffee

8:30am-9:30am                     Self and Environment II: (1 CE)

                                                   Presenters:  Dina Schapiro and Jean Davis

9:30am-10:30am                   Clay ritual (1 CE)

11:00am-12:00pm                   LUNCH

12:00pm-2:00pm                   Theory and practice. Processing the work (2CE’s)

Costs, refunds, and cancellation policies:   

Workshop fee Friday, Saturday, Sunday  includes lunch on  Saturday and Sunday  $375

Workshop Fee, Saturday and Sunday  includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday  $350

Dinner Friday and Saturday additional  $25 per night

CE Credits with paperwork   $5 per credit.

The workshop fees do not include sleeping accommodations or breakfast.  The attached  registration link will ask if you need sleeping accommodations.  If you check yes, Marble House Project will email you  a list of options. 

Marble House Project will fully refund all workshop fees if cancelled before September 8th.   From September 8th through September 23rd Marble House Project will refund 50% of your deposit.  After September 24th there will be no refunds.  You may email with any questions.   

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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 over twenty years of experience as a practitioner.  She is a Full Time Associate 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 and a book chapter on the subject of art therapy and environmental art therapy and has a private practice in Brooklyn, New York.

Madeline Rugh holds a Ph.D. in Adult and Community Education and is a registered/board certified art therapist. For the past 30 years, Madeline has been a consultant and educator specializing in the role of art and nature in health and wellness. Currently she is an assistant professor at St. Gregory’s University in psychology and art where she developed innovative coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels in art, nature, and spirituality. St. Gregory’s is part of a Benedictine monastery located in Shawnee, Oklahoma which has provided a unique atmosphere for developing a contemplative orientation to her programs. 

Eric Pierce (MA, MT-BC, LCAT) is a music therapist who facilitates individual and group therapy in behavioral health at NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn. With a background in gestalt therapy, he uses music as a means for integrating aspects of mind, body, and emotions in treatment. Eric received his masters in music therapy at NYU Steinhardt and has also been affiliated with Bellevue Hospital, Kings County Hospital, and The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai. Outside of NYC hospital settings, Eric has also assisted in leading workshops at The Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA and runs a private music therapy practice in Manhattan.

Lauryn Axelrod is an American woodfire ceramic artist whose award-winning work is collected nationally and internationally. Axelrod studied with Japanese ceramic artist Shiro Otani, as well as American ceramicists Jack Troy, Nick Schwartz, John Dix and Jeff Shapiro, and works almost exclusively with local materials. Her work has been featured in numerous juried and invitiational exhibitions, as well as in the wholesale collections of international teaware companies. She also creates Asian-inspired Farm-to-Tableware, and has developed tableware for David Schlosser’s Modern Kaiseki restaurant, “Shibumi” in Los Angeles and Nick Kim's Omakase Sushi restaurant, "Shuko," in NYC.  A graduate of Bennington College, and a 25-year veteran arts educator, Axelrod now operates Stone Bowl Farm, a ceramics and sustainability residency and workshop center in West Pawlet. Vermont.