26 Jan 2020

2020 Art Therapy Retreat March 20th, 21st, 22nd

Time & Location
20 Mar, 5:00 pm – 22 Mar, 2:00 pm
Heart & Soul retreat Space, Nobbys Creek Rd, Nobbys Creek NSW 2484, Australia

About the Event

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

March 20th, 21st, 22nd 2020

This workshop is 2020 AASW endorsed CPD hours
This course has 2020 ACA OPD points

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 a magic and warm place in HEART & SOUL RETREAT SPACE (NSW), Healthy Food, plenty of Nature, relaxing time and Art work, 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


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 in 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 painting, 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 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.

  • 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, bath robes, insect repellent
  • Workshops Retreat participation conditions:
Alcohol and smoking not allowed
Not included
- Travelling / returning to/from the Art Therapy retreat venue. Any kind of transport.
- Individual room (All are sharing room)
BOOK HERE by Credit card/ paypal  and/or
Ask us for Bank details
Members of the Gestalt Art Therapy Centre payments before February 15th, 2020
Member of the Gestalt Art Therapy Club, payments after February 15th, 2020
Non- members payments before February 15th, 2020
Non- members payments after February 15th, 2020
GST not included. Not Registered for GST. Credit card Paypal fees
Ask us for PAYMENT PLAN please.
Some opinions of the last participants

  • I would definitely recommend this training to other professionals that are interested to implement Art Therapy techniques into their practice. I would recommend the retreat setting of the training. The idea of having the training in a retreat setting was ideal in terms of meeting other participants and also getting to know better our colleagues. Having the Art therapy training in a retreat provided us participants with the opportunity to get to know better the other participants in the training, exchange knowledge and experience. Also getting to know our colleagues better will provide us with a good foundation for further development and implementation of the Art therapy Program at our work places. It was fantastic art therapy workshop consisted of exploring varieties of art processes that we can be used with our clients or  groups. The facilitation by both facilitators flowed naturally and completed each other’s parts perfectly. I got a lot out of the whole workshop held in that breath taking natural environment that I would cherish in my heart till the rest of my life! Thank you for providing us with that wonderful experience!
  • Great Art Therapy Retreat away from technology allowed me to focus and group interaction. Amazing Art therapy exercises with a big range of opportunities to be incorporated into my professional practice.
Cancellation and refund Policy:
Cancellations made before January 15th,2020  refund of 100% of the deposit or full payment.
Cancellations after January 15th, 2020 not any refund will be done, (non-refunded fees, will be to cover accommodation reservations and catering reservations). Registering to this event and make any kind of payments, means that you accept these conditions and cancellation policy. Credit card links  payments has applied 4% of Paypal commissions.
Discounts only for Gestalt Art Therapy Members (Not included other Associations) 

Friday March 20th, 2020
5:00 pm                     Arrival
6:00 pm /7:00 pm      Dinner & free time
7:30 pm/ 8:00 pm      Welcome and group meeting.

Saturday  March 21st, 2020
8:00 am/ 8:30 am Yoga Class
8:30 am/ 9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 am/ 11:30 am Art Camp activities
WORKSHOP 1: Art Journals Painting with Acrylics, Gelli plate, stencils
11:30 am/ 12 noon Break
12:00 noon/ 1:00 pm Art Camp activities
1:00 pm/ 3:00 pm Lunch & free time
3:00 pm / 6:00 pm Art Camp activities
WORKSHOP 2: Body Work Painting, Dance, Movement
6:00 pm /8:00 pm Dinner & free time
8:00 pm        Group Rituals
WORKSHOP 3: Masks Mixed Media. Performance

Sunday March 22nd, 2020
8:00 am / 8:30 am Yoga Class
8:30 am / 9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 am / 11:30 am Art Camp activities
WORKSHOP 4: Sand Play and Land Art Mixed media
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 event adjustments.

HEART & SOUL Retreat
The retreat is situated 1 hour and 52 minutes from Brisbane. 
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.
More info:


Hello! Welcome to our creative therapy centre!

Here you will find everything related to Art Therapy using the Gestalt approach.

What is Art ?:

Art is genarally known as what is done by a person whose purpose is to express a message through symbols.

These symbolic tools can be music, paintings, sculptures, theater and so on.

What is Gestalt Therapy ?:

Gestalt therapy is a methodology within psychology that grew out of the research and work of the psychiatrist Dr.Fritz Perls and his wife Dr.Laura Perls.

These two professionals were coming from the psychoanalytic perspective and felt that this method was not enough to work with clients. Today we are clearly aware that no one single method can resolve the issues that involve a range of human suffering and growth.

Gestalt is a German word roughly meaning "Shape" or "configuration".

This concept is understood, in gneral terms, that all individual experiences are shaped by a figure and a background. As time goes on, and our needs change, the figure can become the background and vice versa. So in the client's experience, the figure is changing at all times from becoming a background and as the needs arise, the figure emerges seeking completion.

When we block or prevent this process, we become unaware and suffer. That is a part of the theoretical foundations of Gestalt therapy.

Gestalt therapy, therefore, is a "philosophy", a way of being in the world in the "here and now" and taking "response-aibility" without pushing the river. Thus life is a flow ..

What is GESTALT Art Therapy?

It is the sum of the two previous concepts, Gestal therapy and the use of tools we learn to use in art therapy.

Using the artistic tools and adding the gestalt language between client and psychotherapist we work jointly to decode the messages hidden in the intrinsic symbols representing the client's situation. The Psychotherapist accompanies the client in the process of "discovering" what is helpful and not analysing or interpreting, but suggesting and asking the client what it is he or she knows are the answers and supports client's need to discover the ncessary solutions.

WE ARE SURE THAT YOU WILL BE ATTRACTED by this new way of working with emotions, whether or not you are a professional psychologist or therapist, since many of the exercises can be used personally for your own growth.

Our work is done in Australia & Spain and other countries. We have given workshops and participated in conferences throughout the world. We are located in our offices at the Gestalt Art Therapy Centre in Brisbane -Australia.


Yaro Starak - Gestalt Psychoterapist
Gemma Garcia- Gestalt Therapist- Ericksonian Hypnosis


1-TRAINING MODULES FOR SALE: Gestalt art therapy


Here you will find and carry out therapeutic work with tools that combine art and gestalt method.

You can learn new ways of providing therapeutic treatment depending on the particular situation and client needs.


These modules can be practical exercises for your "realize" how do you do in your life.

There are specific modules that you can play with your partner and / or family.


We offer brief therapy sessions via Skype. You may request a no-obligation appointment with us, the first session is free.

This is a way of doing personal therapy we call "Emergency work" used in very special cases and situations. For us, the therapy session should be mainly for the benefit of the client needing immediate help.


GESTALT THERAPY theory and practice - some books written by Yaro Starak

A GESTALT TEST: you can acquire to discover your potentials.

VIDEOS & DVD focussing on gestalt work and art therapy work.

ARTICLES: Written by varoius therapists from Australia, NZ and overseas.