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3 Aug 2019

2019 Art Therapy Conference en December 22nd, 23rd, 24th

2019 Art Therapy Conference 
en December 22nd, 23rd, 24th

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Organized by
Gestalt Art Therapy Centre Australia

2019 Sand Play Therapy Art Therapy September 7th

2019 Sand Play Therapy Art Therapy September 7th

It is not just sand... Sand play offers you a deep therapeutic work. SAND PLAY THERAPY – Art Therapy- A GESTALT APPROACH
In this weekend you will:
  • Use creative methods to enhance your therapy practice with Sand Play tools.
  • Learn how to facilitate and promote positive results with symbolic imagery
  • Uncover the reasons why your clients may resist verbal counseling.
  • Improve your skills working with traumas and early child painful history.
  • Discover ways to clear negative memories and blocks to your own growth
  • Find the way of facilitating sand play figures and understand their unconscious meanings.
  • Enable clients to discover their self-supports and deal with their life crises.

Day/s: September 7th, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Members of the Gestalt Art Therapy Club: $178.50

Non- Members: $210.00
More Information: gestaltarttherapy@gmail.com
Gestalt Art Therapy Centre
Ashgrove- Brisbane
Ask us for Bank details, please
Credit card payments have 4% of commission is applied, see the link.
See Cancellation Policy in the registration form, please.

2019 Working with Children Art Therapy September 14

2019 Working with Children Art Therapy September 14

Giving Children support in therapy sessions will contribute to having happy adults in the future.
Kids are the future and they need to have support from the family, school and society.
The way to work with children in a therapy session could be a little different than working with adults. Professional therapists need to adjust their therapeutic tools to the level of children by craeting an appropriate environment.
  • This workshop is 2019 AASW endorsed CPD hours
  • This course has 2019 ACA OPD points

What you will learn:
The basic principles and practices will be covered through experiential exercises, discussion and some personal exploration.
This will include:
 • The paradoxical theory of change
 • The magic of role playing with children
 • Being open to the unexpected – magic happens
 • Experiencing the Now: savouring and chewing
 • The importance of being specific and concrete
 • The creative void and change in the Here and Now

Day/s: September 14th, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Members of the Gestalt Art Therapy Club: $178.50

Non- Members: $210.00

More Information: gestaltarttherapy@gmail.com

Gestalt Art Therapy Centre
Ashgrove- Brisbane
Ask us for Bank details, please
Credit card payments have 4% of commission is applied, see the link.
See Cancellation Policy in the registration form, please.

Full membership 2019: $30

28 Jul 2019

2019 Mandalas and Art Therapy August 31

2019 Mandalas and Art Therapy August 31

Life is a circular process. Our unresolved conflicts are also circular...like the universe, we are constantly circling around our being and growing.
In this one-day event you will learn how to change the repetitive patterns that emerge in your life using/creating/ modifying mandalas in a symbolic way.
Discover how to create a big range of Mandalas using awesome techniques to engage clients in their therapeutic process.
Learn how to practice this skill to be used with your clients and/or for your own personal growth.
Note: According to art therapist and mental health counsellor Susanne F. Fincher, we owe the re-introduction of mandalas into modern Western thought to Carl Jung, the Swiss psychoanalyst. In his pioneering exploration of the unconscious through his own art making, Jung observed the motif of the circle spontaneously appearing in therapy. At that moment the circle drawings reflected his inner state of being.
What you will learn:
  • The meaning of Mandalas in our lives.
  • How to enhance therapeutic results using the Mandala symbol
  • Enable the client to recognise the symbol as their guide
  • Discover the unconscious messages using the Mandala
Day/s: August 31st, 2019 
Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Members of the Gestalt Art Therapy Club: $178.50 
Non- Members: $210.00

Gestalt Art Therapy Centre
Ashgrove- Brisbane
Ask us for Bank details, please
Credit card payments have 4% of commission is applied, see the link.
See Cancellation Policy in the registration form, please.
Full membership 2019: $30

5 Jul 2019

2019 Denmark Orø Intensive Gestalt Art Therapy Seminar June 30 to July 5, 2019

2019 Denmark Orø Intensive Gestalt Art Therapy Seminar June 30 to July 5, 2019

An amazing ART THERAPY Seminar in Gestalt Institute of Escandinavia Denmark!
Leaders from Australia
Yaro Starak & Gemma Garcia
Gestalt Institute of Escandinavia
Næsbyvej 28, Orø 4300 Holbæk Danmark

Yaro Starak & Gemma Garcia have explored this topic for over eight years now and found that the Gestalt community everywhere does not have a curriculum where the Gestalt Art approach is integrated into the Gestalt therapy practice.
Of course, bits and pieces of drama, drawing, and other so called artistic elements are added to a session with a training group. Yet, a specific training in the use of art tools in gestalt work is not available everywhere.
In this workshop Yaro work together with Gemma Garcia, Gestalt therapist and Visual artist, with whom he founded the Gestalt Art Therapy centre in Australia. www.gestaltarttherapy.com

Fritz Perls was excited to incorporate dramatists and body work in his workshops, and Laura Perls integrated Dance in her workshops too, of which many have become well known in their artistic work. At this time, the art aspect in training students is not sufficiently promoted, and the experiential aspects of Gestalt is losing its important place in therapy.

At this GIS week workshop, we will introduce the skills and tools of Gestalt Art Therapy.
  • To enable trained gestalt therapists, attain creative tools of practice in their work.
  • To offer an art focused Gestalt workshop at Orø


The workshop will offer some theoretical principles with extensive practical elements and experiential group processes using Art materials as tools to enhance therapy with clients.


During the introduction to ART Therapy, there will be many art materials used (see the program) each “tool” will be explained and practiced with a volunteer client and also we will use the group process work to demonstrate the healing medium in art. The art materials are negotiated as to availability.

Where: Orø, Denmark

When: June 30th, 16.00 to July 5th, 14.00, 2019.

Seminar Fee, Company: 9.600 DKK (1.300 EUR)
Seminar Fee, Private: 7.200 DKK (875 EUR)
Seminar Fee, Students: 5.040 DKK (680 EUR)
Stay: 4.560 DKK (618 EUR)

Leaders: Yaro Starak and Gemma Garcia

More Information: gis@gis-international.com
Næsbyvej 28, Orø
4300 Holbæk
+45 59 47 00 17

21 Jun 2019

2019 ART THERAPY RETREAT Spain- Valencia , June 21, 22, 23

2019 ART THERAPY RETREAT Spain- Valencia , June 21, 22, 23


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& Gestalt Art Therapy centre & arteterapia Gestalt

An incredible opportunity to discover another country, participating in an Art Therapy Retreat and enjoying a relaxing time, meeting new and interesting people with similar interests to yours. Event in the English and the Spanish language.
  FROM 21st to 23rd, June 2019
With the special participation of Sixto Abril- Spain
Leaders and coordinators of the event Yaro Starak & Gemma Garcia
Directors Gestalt Art Therapy Centre- Australia
Event in English and in Spanish

Why participate in the Gestalt Art Therapy Retreat?
If you are a professional of Psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, Therapies, Social Work, Educators, etc., you will be interested in discovering new techniques and therapeutic approaches to apply with a large population of clients in a creative way. Ideal to apply to families, children, couples, groups, companies, etc.
If you are not a professional Therapist, and you are interested in Art as a form of expression, and / or for your own personal process, in this Gestalt  Art Therapy Retreat you will learn Artistic exercises to use yourself and how to investigate the messages that they carry from the Unconscious from a Gestalt Therapy approach. We will experiment with Land Art, Music, Movement, Sculpture, Poetry, Painting, Rituals and more.
During the development of the workshop we will use different Artistic materials as a vehicle for the expression of Emotions. You will discover howwhen and why to use different art materials and their therapeutic applications.
You can draw, paint, model, dance, sing, write poetry, etc. You do not have to worry about the materials, we will bring them.
The entire Art therapy Retreat will be coordinated and attended by Yaro Starak and Gemma Garcia (Australia), as well as super interesting collaborations by Sixto Abril (Spain).

The 21st, 22nd y 23rd of June 2019

Day 21st June- 18:00 h Reception of the participants- Dinner- Accommodation
Day 22nd June- Workshop, Breakfasts, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 23rd June- Workshop, breakfast, Workshop closing 14:00 h. (See more information in the program please)


 The Retreat Arteterapia Gestalt, will be developed at JARDIN DE MAR, located in GILET- the province of Valencia, Spain. (See additional information on the place and how to get to the "PROGRAM OF THE WORKSHOP")

(Pay now with your card a single payment here is the link)
Payment after 20 MAY 2019: 290 Euros

Payment in TWO Payments:
(Pay now with link card Fee 1, link payment Fee 2)
The price includes:
-Participation in the Workshop on the indicated days
-Use of Art materials during the retreat
-Accommodation, meals, dinners as indicated in the program.
The prices do not include:
-         Flight tickets costs to the Event and returning from the event
-         Airport transfers from any City to the event and returning from the event
-         Medical Insurance
-         Other cost not included in the: “prices include” information
IMPORTANT TO BRING SLEEPING BAG or bed sheets, and if you want a swimsuit.
FORMS OF PAYMENT: Credit Card (PayPal) or Bank Transfer
  • [1] PAYPAL: You can make the payment through the links previously in this doc and / or on the web: Gestalt Art Therapy Retreat in Valencia and / or ask for the PayPal link for payment to: arteterapiagestalt@gmail.com

  • BANK TRANSFER: Ask us for Australian bank account details. For payments made outside Australia, we are using www.transferwise.com. The organizers of the event will cover the costs of the transfer through transferwise. Other Banks / Platforms not including the transfer costs. See here how to make the payment. Note: Using this method of Bank transfer to Australia, the payment must be in Australian Dollars 250 euros = $398 Aud

General agreements and contract of participation in the Gestalt Art Therapy Retreat Jardin de Mar. Gilet. Valencia. Spain.
Here you can see the General Conditions of participation in the Gestalt Art Therapy Retreat, participating in this event means that you accept all the conditions noted here:

  • The participant accepts that if he/she suffers an accident or illness during the days of the development of the Art Gestalt Therapy Retreat, the Organizers and / or Coordinators of the Jardin de Mar will be able to call medical services for you to be attended. The expenses derived from this situation will only be charged to the participant (and / or his Social, Private and / or Travel Insurance). Participants coming from other countries will be governed by the same conditions. The Organizers are not responsible for accidents that occurred during the development of the event.
  • Participants must be 18 years of age at the time of the workshop. To participate in this Art Therapy Gestalt Retreat, the participant must have paid the total amount of the fees before participating. If you have chosen two payments, the fees must have been paid in full before the start of the workshop. If no payment is made before the day of the workshop, the interested party could not participate in the event and would not receive any economic refund, regardless of the fees paid, to cover cancellation costs. Payments do not include GST. “commission/transfer fees” are paid by the organizers in payments through transferwise, another forms of transfers, the bank commission/transfer fees will be paid by the participant.
  • Because the event is related to Psychology and / or Gestalt Therapy, the Organizers inform you that the Workshop is for teaching purposes and not for Personal Therapy. As we inform in the registration, the Organizers of the event are not responsible for the mental state of the participants, being the responsibility of each of the participants their emotional situation. Since the exercises to be developed out will have an emotional component, all the personal / emotional information exhibited in the workshop by the participants, on a voluntary basis, will be treated by the Organizers of the event and participants in a confidential manner, requesting this confidentiality also to each participant for the event.
  • During the event different artistic products/materials will be used, in case you are allergic to any of them, you must inform the Organizers of the Gestalt art therapy, to offer you alternative materials to the allergic ones. The Organizers of the event are not responsible for complications arising from these products, in addition to the misuse of tools such as scissors, scissors etc.
  • The Organizers of the event and / or Jardin de Mar are not responsible for losses, theft, robbery of personal effects of the participants, including money, being the sole responsibility of each participant to take care of their properties.
  • The Organizers of the event will be able to take photographs and video recording during the days of the Gestalt Art Therapy retreat of participants and their works, being able to use this material with didactic and promotional purposes of their web pages of Arteterapia Gestalt & Gestalt Art Therapy, YouTube, Instagram and / or Facebook. If you do not wish to be photographed / recorded, you must communicate it in writing to: gestaltarttherapy@gmail.com. Personal data will be strictly confidential and will not be shared with third parties
  • In the case of bad behavior (Abuse, humiliation, insult, et) of any participant, against another Participant, or against the Organizers, collaborator, guests, and / or Jardin de Mar and workers and / or the Group, the Organizers of the event may expel this person / person, without right to claim and economic compensation or economic refund. Yaro Starak & Gemma Garcia can change the program and content of the event in case it was necessary without informing the participants in advance of the changes, all the contents being related to Gestalt Art Therapy. Participation in this event means that all the conditions reported here are accepted, with no right to claim and compensation.
  • Alcohol is not allowed in the Jardin de Mar venue and during the Art Therapy retreat

Cancellation Policy / Returns:
- If the participant cancels his participation two months before the start of the event, there will be no refund whatsoever.
- If the participant cancels his participation three months before the start of the event, the return of 50% of the amount will be made, discounting commission expenses for transfers / refunds of the total paid. Withholdings on % refunds will cover the payment of the reservation of the place and expenses derived from the management of the same.
- If Yaro Starak and Gemma Garcia will cancel the development of the Gestalt Art Therapy retreat for reasons beyond their control, the full refund of the amount previously paid by each participant, would be refund (transferwise transfer fees commissions are not included in the refund) an/or commission/ fees  for payments with credit cards and / or through payments by PayPal that the participant has paid derivatives for the payment and/or return.

Any questions please contact us:
Yaro Starak & Gemma Garcia

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.