3rd Annual Environmental Arts Retreat

 Thursday, September 26th - Sunday, September 29th

 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 Arts 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 4 day retreat will address and promote the following:

Theory and application of Environmental Arts 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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Each session can be taken independently, but we encourage participants to attend all session due to the Nature of the Retreat and the connection each one has to the other.

Thursday: September 26th

4:30pm Arrive / Sign in

5:00pm   “Bringing out the Pieces” Dina Schapiro, LCAT,ATR-BC

7:30pm    Dinner (included with workshop)

Friday, September 27th

8:00am       Yoga

9:30am       Finding Your Inner Musician through Nature.  Eric Pierce, LCAT, MT-BC

12:00pm   Lunch

1:00pm       Drawing Nature.  Jean Davis, LCAT, ATR-BC

4::00pm     Nature as food, Nature as Medicine with Helena Wu specializing in herbs, flower essences and reiki

6:00pm      Dinner

Saturday: September 28th

8:00am       Yoga

10:00am     Ways of Listening to the more than human world.  Madeline M. Rugh, Ph.D., ATR-BC

12:30am          Lunch

1:30 pm           Mend and Renew. Madeline M. Rugh, Ph.D., ATR-BC. Jean Davis, LCAT, ATR-BC. Dina Schapiro, LCAT, ATR-BC

6:00 pm          Dinner


Sunday: September 29th

8:00 am    Yoga

9:30 am     Process and Panel discussion

12:00 Departure

Costs, refunds, and cancellation policies:   

Workshop fee Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday  includes dinner on Thursday and all lunches.  $375

Dinner Friday and Saturday additional  $25 per night

15 CE Credits with paperwork   $30 .

The workshop fees do not include sleeping accommodations or breakfast.

Marble House Project will fully refund all fees if cancelled before August 30th..   From August 31st through September 14th, Marble House Project will refund 50% of your deposit.  After September 15th there will be no refunds.  You may email with any questions.   

Sleeping Accommodations:

Marble House Project has a limited amount of shared or single rooms available and we can also provide a list of accommodations available in the surrounding area.  Sleeping options are available upon registration. Shared rooms are $75 - $95 per person per night. Single rooms are $140 - $175 per night at Marble House Project. Continental breakfast is included.

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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.

Helena Wu has been using herbal medicine for her own and her family’s health care for over 30 years. As a homebirth midwife she used herbs in her practice. She also incorporates the use of flower essences and Reiki in her healing repertoire and is an organic gardener. She loves introducing people to the miracles that Nature offers all around us.