Join Us for an Expressive Arts Therapy Retreat and Learning Experience at Historic Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu New Mexico

October 31 to November 4, 2022, 9 am to 12:30 pm in the Beautiful Lower Pavillion

We are excited about this course and those of you who have been at Ghost Ranch for past courses know what a magic place it is. This five half-day, 18 hour continuing education course will focus on "Eco-Expressive Arts Therapy" and centralize Bilateral Stimulation, and Sensorimotor Expressive Arts Therapy principles and practices. We will ground these principles in the Four Elements found in nature-- Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. Because Ghost Ranch is a place where nature and the spirit meet, we will also integrate somatosensory concepts with the transcendent. multicultural dimensions of this amazing location.

COVID Information and Vaccination

Periodic Updates Will Be Posted!

Full Refund if the Event is Cancelled

As with any of our live events, if the event is cancelled, you can receive a full refund or a credit plus a bonus amount to be applied to future offerings [live course or webinar or online courses].

We are committed to providing a safe and restorative experience in this course and hope you will enjoy the natural beauty of this spectacular area on the planet. We will have a limited number of participants so that there is space for social distancing. Weather in Northern Mexico is generally temperate at this time of year so we will have many opportunities to be outdoors and to have good ventilation in the large studio space.

In-person class registrations may be limited due to any guidelines Ghost Ranch may impose.  Make sure to join our mailing list to receive up-to-date announcements regarding updates.

Vaccination Requirement: 

To ensure the safest environment for all, we are implementing a vaccination requirement for all in-person participants and faculty. Proof of what is defined by the CDC as full vaccination must be provided at least two weeks before the start date of your course. Participants who have not provided proof of vaccination within two weeks in advance of their scheduled arrival cannot be admitted into the course. 

Make Your Accommodations Reservations Early!

Ghost Ranch is a popular destination and 2022 is no exception!

There are several options for accommodations near Ghost Ranch:

You can reserve very economical rooms at Ghost Ranch; these accommodations are similar to "hostels" and are basic, often with shared bathrooms and rooms. Go to to make your reservation and say that you are attending "Art Therapy Without Borders" Event.

The Abiquiu Inn has a variety of rooms and accommodations with a restaurant on site. Go to to learn more.

AirBnB is another option; make your reservations early for best selection in nearby Abiquiu and surrounding areas.


Institute Faculty

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT holds a doctorate in psychology and is a licensed and board-certified art therapist and mental health counselor and has published numerous books, chapters, and articles in the field of art therapy including, Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process, Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children, Breaking the Silence: Working With Traumatized Children, and Understanding Children's Drawings, which are standards in the field. She has trained counselors, therapists, and teachers throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. In 2011, Cathy founded the Trauma-Informed Practices Institute to meet the need for professional education in the use of arts therapies, expressive therapies, mind-body approaches and resilience-building in trauma integration and recovery for children, adults and families. You can learn more about Dr. Malchiodi at her website


Institute Faculty

Elizabeth Warson, PhD

Elizabeth Warson, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, NCC, EMDR II, EXAT is the founder of American Indian Art Therapy, based on her faculty research associated with the Graduate Art Therapy Programs at George Washington University and Eastern Virginia Medical School (2004-2013). Elizabeth currently resides in northern Colorado where she maintains an equine-assisted and arts-informed private practice, Healing Pathways LLC. As a faculty member for the Trauma-Informed Practices & Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, she teaches in person and online poly-informed, equine-assisted, and bilateral stimulation/sensorimotor-informed expressive arts therapy courses. Since 2003, her research interests comprise stress and pain reduction interventions for American Indian cancer survivors and their family members, culturally responsive stress reduction and visual journaling, and trauma-informed interventions. Elizabeth is a recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts (folk and traditional art) for a community-driven Coharie Heritage Empowerment Project, focusing on cultural preservation. Elizabeth received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1989 and an M.A. in Art Therapy from Vermont College of Norwich University in 1993. She completed her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a specialization in research, from the School of Education at Colorado State University in 2008. Elizabeth has presented at regional and national American Indian and Alaska Native conferences on topics related to medical art therapy, stress and pain reduction interventions, culturally-responsive art therapy, visual journaling interventions, and narrative-based art therapy. Her publications comprise over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in books. As a professional artist, she has exhibited her sculptural work nationally and internationally and is a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council fellowship award.

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