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ART THERAPY RETREAT for Therapists, Psychologists, Counselors, Artists. 



Psychologists, Counselors, Artists, and any person who wants to use Art techniques in a Therapeutic way, all are welcome!


• At this Art Therapy Retreat, you will be able to learn and enjoy creative ways of working with clients and groups, using Clay, Paintings, Land Art, and more.

  • And also an opportunity for your own personal growth. 

• Enjoy this ART THERAPY RETREAT in magic and warm place in HEART & SOUL RETREAT SPACE (NSW), Healthy Food, plenty of Nature, relaxing time, and Artwork, they are the best ingredients to experience an amazing weekend!

Facilitated by Yaro Starak & Gemma Garcia, Artists, and Directors of the Gestalt Art Therapy Centre.

At this time we will have the SPECIAL COLLABORATION as a CO-Leaders:




  → Inanna and Dumuzi: the Journey of the Divine Feminine and Masculine 

In this journey, we will be reenacting the ancient Sumerian story of Inanna and Dumuzi :  goddess of the morning and evening star, queen of heaven and earth, and her king husband Dumuzi. 

We will use storytelling, dance, ancient chants from the Middle East, and healing rituals.  

We will journey their descent and ascent from the underworld as an allegory for all death, life and renewal, the integration of the conscious and unconscious realms, and the full embodiment of the Divine Feminine.

We will explore the seven chakras as gateways on this journey. 

This will be a fun workshop and at the same time deeply revealing of our inner nature. You will leave empowered knowing the energy of Inanna and Dumuzi as a template for embodying your full sovereign power.

Please see more information about presenters in the program


Get some ideas from this Art Therapy Retreat like, how to use Art Techniques with clients in an Art Therapy session and/ or for your own personal process.

• Discover different art techniques and adapt them to the therapeutic context.

• Express yourself, play, investigate with all art media and materials; this is the only way you will gain ways of working creatively with a client or group.

• Learn when, why, and how to use specific techniques in the context of the client's age, situation, level of the therapeutic process, or working theme with your client.


• At this ART THERAPY RETREAT you will practice:

o Working with Acrylic paints, inks, Gelli plate. Stencils

o Art Journals

o Masks

o Exploring Land Art

o Mixed media

o Performance

o Spiritual Rituals

• The Artwork as the focus of Art Therapy:

o Working with Self-esteem

o Working with the polarities of the light/ shadow aspects

o Trauma work

o Inner Child

o Working with the family (like a Constellation)

o Working with kids, adolescents, families

o Sandplay Therapy

o Groups work

Note: We are not doing Individual or Group Art Therapy. This Art Therapy Retreat has the purpose of training in Art Therapy skills. We have a Gestalt focus, but the goal of the Art Therapy retreat is investigating materials used in Art Therapy sessions that can apply to any style of therapy.

All the participants are welcome, if you are a Psychologist, Counselor, Social worker, Artists, Therapist, or not, you are welcome! 

This ART THERAPY RETREAT would offer you the Art therapy skills if you are a Mental Health professional, if not,  you will be able to experiment with Art as a Therapeutic approach.



INVESTMENT FOR THE ART THERAPY RETREAT: 3 days, 2 nights, prices per person:


  • Fully catered

Delicious vegetarian meals, gluten-free options 

(Friday: dinner, Saturday: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday: Breakfast, Lunch)

  • Accommodation:

Friday and Saturday night. 

Sharing rooms

Bed linen, bathrobes, insect repellent

  • Workshops Retreat participation conditions:

Alcohol and smoking not allowed

Not included

- Traveling/returning to/from the Art Therapy retreat venue. Any kind of transport.

- Individual room (All are sharing room)

- Any food not offered in the Retreat program


BOOK HERE by Credit card/ PayPal  and/or

Ask us for Bank details

Members of the Gestalt Art Therapy Centre payments before 

Member of the Gestalt Art Therapy Club, payments after 

Non- members payments before 

Non- members payments after

Special low prices 

Only 4 places - Accommodation in bunk beds.

Members and non-members payments, cost per person


Only one place in a High Bunk bed (please note that the access is by a ladder, the level is very high)

Members and non-members payments 



GST not included. Not Registered for GST. Credit card Paypal fees 4%

Ask us for the PAYMENT PLAN, please.


Cancellation and Refund Policy:

If you cancel your participation more than 120 days before the starting Art camp, the Organizers of the Art Therapy retreat, (Gestalt Art Therapy Centre) will charge 50% of the paid fee to cover administration costs. If you cancel your participation less than 120 days before the starting Art Camp, there will be no refund to cover the accommodation reservation & administrative fees. The refund will be based on the full payment, for cancelations when the payment is partial, please contact us to know the refund policy. The refund does not include the cost of paid commissions due to the bank or PayPal commissions.



5:00 pm                     Arrival

6:00 pm /7:00 pm      Dinner & free time

7:30 pm/ 8:00 pm      Welcome and group meeting.



8:00 am/ 8:30 am Yoga Class

8:30 am/ 9:30 am Breakfast

9:30 am/ 11:30 am Art Therapy retreat activities

WORKSHOP 1: Art Journals Painting with Acrylics, Gelli plate, stencils

by Yaro Starak & Gemma Garcia

11:30 am/ 12 noon Break

12:00 noon/ 1:00 pm Art Therapy retreat activities

WORKSHOP 2: Body Work Painting, Dance, Movement

By Yaro Starak & Gemma Garcia

1:00 pm/ 3:00 pm Lunch & free time

3:00 pm / 6:00 pm Art Retreat activities

WORKSHOP 3:  Inanna and Dumuzi: The Journey of the Divine Feminine & Masculine

By Anna Parker & Andrew Mignot

6:00 pm /8:00 pm Dinner & free time

8:00 pm        Group Rituals

WORKSHOP 4: Masks Mixed Media. Performance

By Yaro Starak, Gemma Garcia, Anna Parker, Andrew Mignot



8:00 am / 8:30 am Yoga Class

8:30 am / 9:30 am Breakfast

9:30 am / 11:30 am Art Therapy retreat activities

WORKSHOP 5: Sand Play and Land Art Mixed media &  Body Work Painting, Dance, Movement 

By Yaro Starak, Gemma Garcia, Anna Parker, Andrew Mignot

11:30 am / 12 noon Break

12:00 noon / 1:00 pm Art Therapy Retreat Closing. Group Ritual

1:00 pm/ 2:00 pm Lunch


Note: The activities times & activities topics, could be changed due to event adjustments.


HEART & SOUL Retreat

The retreat is situated 1 hour and 52 minutes from Brisbane. 

Please note that maybe the time will be different (from NSW & QLD) to be aware of that to avoid later arrivals.

The location is a haven of peace and tranquility and provides the opportunity to relax from your busy life; to rest and recharge your batteries. Heart and Soul Retreat is set on 22 acres guaranteeing privacy. Nestled in the forest at the end of the valley in beautiful Nobby’s Creek, which lies at the outer edge of the Mt. Warning Caldera. 

Stretching from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast and West towards the Great Dividing Range, this vast caldera has been named the Green Cauldron and has been listed by Tourism Australia as one of Australia’s National Landscapes which are nominated for their cultural, natural and spiritual significance.

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About the leaders of the retreat:

Yaro Starak

Director of the Gestalt Art Therapy centre

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Gemma Garcia

Director of the Gestalt Art Therapy centre

More info here

Anna Parker

Anna Parker also is known as Zebunissa in Sufi circles, is a Mentor for the Dances of Universal Peace, a Sufi guide, captivating storyteller and homeopath, and an engaging facilitator. She loves to share the ancient mysteries that lead to the awakening of the divinity within us, and to the fulfillment of our soul's purpose. Anna's passion is currently fo Mary's energy during the workshop as her life and that of Yeshua's was a prototype of the Inanna story.

Mullumbimby. NSW. Australia 

Andrew Mingot

Andrew Mignot has been passionately involved with the Dances of Peace for the last 20 years, is a  great support person, a fun storyteller, mystical poet, and musician. 

Mullumbimby. NSW. Australia 

Cancellation policy

Please read in the Art Therapy Retreat Program

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