Dancing Mindfulness Facilitators and Friends
Expressive Arts Intensive Retreat

April 28-30, 2023
Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center
Villa Maria, PA

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Join us for our 10th 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. 
Jamie Marich playfully dancing and posing for the camera

Pre-Retreat Workshops

April 29, 2022

An African-Centered Perspective on Bilateral Stimulation and Healing
(In-Person Only)

PRESENTED BY Dr. Kellie Kirksey

Join Dr. Kellie and Dr. Jamie IN-PERSON for the first time for this cycle of this EMDRIA-approved advanced topics course, offering participants a model for how therapists can better serve their BIPOC clients in trauma-focused care. The four healing arts of drumming, dancing, storytelling, and silence are the foundational practices in indigenous approaches to healing.

9:00am-4:30pm, April 29, 2022
Cost: $50.00 (if attending main retreat)
Cost: $115.00 (as stand-alone course)
6 CE credits hours available
Available in-person only
Lunch is included for attendees

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! 

 With this being the tenth anniversary of the retreat, we are especially interested in proposals and presentations that can show the evolution of Dancing Mindfulness as a practice and as a complete expressive arts therapy approach.


Pictured: Dr. Jamie Marich & Irene Rodriguez

In-Person Registration Closed

Retreat Package Options (April 29 - May 1, 2022)

For those attending the retreat in-person, meals are included from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast. If you are adding the extra night Thursday breakfast and lunch are also included. We ask you to disclose any special dietary requests or accessibility accommodations requests in the registration form.

Due to ever-changing COVID protocols the lodging situation may change. We will keep you posted on any changes via email. At the moment shared rooms are permitted, but this might change closer to the retreat.

Preliminary Retreat Agenda

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

Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator and Friends 2022

Thursday, April 28Early Arrival for Those Who
Purchased an Extra Night
5:30pm-9:30pmBegel Hall West
Friday, April 29Breakfast (for Thursday overnight guests)8:15am-9:00am
Pre-Retreat Workshops (Optional)9:00am-4:30pmBegel Hall West
In-Person Retreat Arrivals4:00pm-7:00pmBegel Hall West
Free Time6:00pm-7:30pm
Opening Orientation & Dance with Dr. Jamie Marich7:30pm-9:30pmMother Madeline
Saturday, April 30Morning Yoga with Kalindi7:30am-8:30amMother Madeline
Morning Sessions 1
The Yoga of Writing: How to Connect the River and the Ocean- In-Person Attendees (Dr. Jamie Marich)
No One Cares: Letting Go of Insecurity by Not Giving a Fuck- Online Attendees (Beck Bright-Samarzia)
9:00am-10:15amBegel Hall West
Morning Sessions 2:
No One Cares: Letting Go of Insecurity by Not Giving a Fuck- In-Person Attendees (Beck Bright-Samarzia)
The Yoga of Writing: How to Connect the River and the Ocean- Online Attendees (Dr. Jamie Marich)
10:30am-11:45amBegel Hall West
Lunch Break12:00am-1:00pm
Wellness Services Available TBA (Extra Fee Applies)1:00pm-7:00pm Begel Hall West
Featured Afternoon Session with Irene Rodriguez: Finding Your Creativity by Embracing the Mystery of Self-Expression & Intuitive Painting (Online & In-Person)1:30pm-4:00pmMother Madeline
Yoga Nidra with Garrett La Valley
(Online & In-Person)
4:15pm-5:00pmMother Madeline
Free Time6:00pm-7:30pm
Evening Program with Spiral Rhythms Ensemble (In-Person) or Free Time7:30-9:00pmMother Madeline
Sunday, May 1Dance Chapel with Alicia Hand Main Hall7:30am-8:30amMother Madeline
Morning Session: Chanting with TBA9:30am-10:00amMother Madeline
Share Your Practice: Closing Program Led by Dr. Jamie Marich & Participating Facilitators10:00am-12:00pmMother Madeline