Join Us for an Expressive Arts Therapy Retreat and Learning Experience at Historic Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu New Mexico--Last Time at this Venue!

October 30 to November 2, 2023, 9 am to 12:45 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 four half-day, 15 hour continuing education course will focus on Restorative Embodiment® through nature-based approaches and will 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.

2023 Theme: Nature-Based Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Visual Journaling

Expand Your Psychotherapeutic, Counseling, Coaching, and Facilitation Skills

Dr. Malchiodi and Dr. Warson have learned a lot through their preliminary review of how visual journaling can be effectively integrated into mental health and general health outcomes. Earlier this year they were privileged to work with and gather narratives from the Institute community through a series of online live webinars. This year's Ghost Ranch in-person course brings together movement, sound, mindfulness, regulation, enactment, and image. It explores how we can combine and capitalize on the implicit to enhance explicit communication-- and integrate the presence of nature and community in our work as facilitators and therapists.
Cathy Malchiodi PhD and Elizabeth Warson PhD Ghost Ranch New Mexico 2023

Make Your Accommodations Reservations Early!

Ghost Ranch is a popular destination and 2023 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 III, EXAT, EAP II, Certified EMDR Therapist, EMDR Consultant in Training. 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.

The Countdown is On!

Imagine. Restore. Create

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