Dancing Mindfulness Facilitators and Friends
Expressive Arts Intensive Retreat

Coming Spring 2022

More information to follow as it becomes available.

Join the waitlist to stay informed!

In-Person Registration CLOSED

Join us for our Annual Expressive Arts Retreat

We are thrilled to be back in our usual retreat home at Villa Maria Education & Spirituality Retreat Center in Western Pennsylvania for the Dancing Mindfulness Facilitators and Friends Annual Retreat. This year, we will offer a HYBRID retreat, with an option to attend in-person under COVID-19 protocols established by the state of Pennsylvania. An ONLINE option is also available just as we offered last year. Join us for this retreat, which also counts as Expressive Arts Module D, for our Certificate of Expressive Arts program. This year we will be joined by special guests Dr. Kellie Kirksey, Kalindi Edwina Hoffmann, John Michael Thornton, and other guests TBA – you won’t want to miss this year’s event!

In-person packages (overnight and commuter) limited to first 20 registrations. No formal CEs are available this year although retreat can be counted towards ICM’s Certificate of Expressive Arts requirements.

In-person registration will close April 16, 2021. We are able to accept virtual registrations until April 30!

Jamie Marich playfully dancing and posing for the camera

Feeling the Call to Facilitate?

We are now accepting proposals!

Have you been thinking about crafting your own retreat session, leading a dance chapel or yoga session? If so, submit your proposal! We are accepting session proposals now through December 1, 2020.

Pre-Retreat Workshops

For Friday, April 30, 2021

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Intuitive and Psychic Development - Awaken Your Intuitive Gifts

Presented by JOHN MICHAEL THORNTON

We all have intuition available to us as our “sixth sense” – an inner voice or gut feelings. The key is to learn to hear your intuition (your inner knowing) and be able to use its guidance to make the best possible choices for your own life. This workshop will introduce you to tools, techniques and exercises to help you develop and focus on your inner voice. And mostly – we’ll have fun!

9:00am-3:00pm, April 30, 2021
Cost: $50.00
No CE Credits Available

Available in-person and online
Lunch included for in-person attendees

Riding the Waves of Uncertainty:
Navigating Self-Disclosure as a Professional
(In-Person Only)

PRESENTED BY DR. JAMIE MARICH

Join Dr. Jamie Marich for this retreat-style workshop to explore the various issues around vulnerability, transparency, and self-disclosure about your own mental or physical health when you have professional responsibilities. 

9:00am-3:00pm, April 30, 2021
Cost: $50.00
No CE Credits Available
Available in-person only
Lunch is included for attendees
Dr Kirksey in a red dress
Pictured: Dr. Kellie Kirksey, Special Guest

Retreat Package Options (April 30 - May 2, 2021)

Extra Night Stay (April 29, 2021)

For those attending the retreat in-person, meals are included from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast. If you are adding the extra night Friday breakfast and lunch are also included. Due to the pandemic and Villa restrictions, no special dietary requests can be made this year. If you have special dietary needs please know you will have access to a full kitchen and you can bring whatever you need to supplement the meals offered by the Villa.

In-person packages (overnight and commuter) limited to first 20 registrations. No formal CEs are available this year although retreat can be counted towards ICM’s Certificate of Expressive Arts requirements.

Preliminary Retreat Agenda

Dr. Jamie Marich leading a session during an Expressive Arts Therapy training

Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator and Friends 2021

DaySessionTime
Thursday, April 29Early Arrival for Those Who
Purchased an Extra Night
5:30pm-9:30pm
Friday, April 30Breakfast (for Thursday overnight guests)8:30am-9:00am
Pre-Retreat Workshops (Optional)9:30am-3:00pm
In-Person Retreat Arrivals4:00pm-7:00pm
Dinner5:00pm-6:00pm
Free Time6:00pm-7:30pm
Opening Orientation & Dance with Dr. Jamie Marich7:30pm-9:30pm
Saturday, May 1Morning Yoga with Kalindi7:30am-8:30am
Breakfast8:30am-9:00am
Morning Sessions 1
Healing the Wounds of Art Scarring: A Process-Based Discussion- In Person Attendees (Dr. Jamie Marich)
Incorporating Art Into the Dancing Mindfulness Experience- Online Attendees (Alicia Hann)
9:00am-10:15am
Morning Session 2:
Incorporating Art Into the Dancing Mindfulness Experience- In Person Attendees (Alicia Hann)
Healing the Wounds of Art Scarring: A Process-Based Discussion- Online Person Attendees (Dr. Jamie Marich)
10:30am-11:45am
Lunch Break11:45am-1:00pm
Wellness Services Available TBA (Extra Fee Applies)1:00pm-7:00pm
Featured Afternoon Session with Dr. Kellie Kirksey: Managing Emotional Hygiene with Expressive Arts Therapy1:30pm-4:00pm
Yoga Nidra with Jamie
(Online Only, In Person retreatants may participate via Zoom from their rooms)
4:15pm-5:00pm
Dinner5:00pm-6:00pm
Free Time6:00pm-7:30pm
Evening Program with Spiral Rhythms or Free Time7:30-9:00pm
Sunday, May 2Dance Chapel with Alicia Main Hall7:30am-8:30am
Breakfast8:30am-9:30am
Morning Session: Chanting with Kalindi9:30am-10:00am
Share Your Practice: Closing Program Led by Participating Facilitators10:00am-12:00pm
Departure