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, 15 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 -- and five central practices in expressive arts therapy-- movement, sound, image, enactment, and storytelling and story sharing. 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. This course is open to psychotherapists, counselors, creative arts therapists, expressive arts therapists and facilitators, coaches, and educators.

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]. Also, please see the Refund Policy for Live Events on this page

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 will be following the standards set by Ghost Ranch as they become available. Right now, we do not know if they will require evidence of vaccination, but please check back for updates as we get closer to the event. We of course request that if you are showing symptoms of COVID at the time of the event that you do not expose participants and do not attend 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.

White Buffalo Shuttle Service

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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.

Course Curriculum Will Be Finalized by September 20, 2022

This course integrates expressive and somatosensory concepts applicable to a wide range of practitioners. In the past participants include psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, coaches, facilitators, body-oriented practitioners, and educators.

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    • Course Description and Start Time

    • Syllabus: Expect Updates by September 1, 2022

    • About Your Instructors

    • Walkthrough this Site and Its Features

    • Recommended Supplies to Bring to Ghost Ranch

    • Connect with Participants | Room and Transportation Sharing

    • Recommendations For Transportation

    • Contact Information and Lodging at Ghost Ranch

    • Purchasing Meals at Ghost Ranch

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    • Day One is Dedicated to Grounding Us In the Splendor of the Environment and in Being with Each Other

    • The MSSS Model of Expressive Arts (Malchiodi)

    • 4 Functions of Expressive Arts Therapy | Dr. Malchiodi

    • Experiencing the Circle of Capacity

    • Trauma and the Circle of Capacity

    • Psychology Today: Tapping the Healing Rhythms of the Vagal Nerve (Malchiodi)

    • 5 Movements

    • Therapeutic Feltmaking

    • Felted Grounding Stones (Warson)

    • Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy: Some Definitions

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    • Day Two is Dedicated to Grounding and Relaxation

    • Psychology Today: 4 Functions of Rhythm in Expressive Arts Therapy (Malchiodi)

    • Psychology Today: Synchrony and Entrainment (Malchiodi)

    • Psychology Today: Bilateral Drawing (Malchiodi)

    • Bilateral Summary | Short Film

    • Nature and Social Connectedness: Evidence

    • Psychology Today: Tapping the Healing Rhythms of the Vagal Nerve (Malchiodi)

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    • Day Three is Dedicated to Bringing Everything Together with Passion, Inspiration, and Restoration

    • Resensitizing the Body Through Expressive Arts

    • The Positive Impact of Awe: The Restorative Impact of Nature

    • A Recap of Awe and Therapeutic Benefits in Detail

    • Visual Journaling and Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy

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    • Storytelling Therapy

    • Non-Verbal Storytelling

    • Indigenous Storytelling

    • Digital Storytelling (Johnson-Fuller & Warson)

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    • Final Assignment | Just One Thing

    • Final Steps to Your Certificate

    • Course Evaluation

    • Regarding the Use of Material in this Course

    • Final Questions

    • Last button to "Complete and Continue" and receive certificate!

The Countdown is On!

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