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4th annual

July 7th-9th 2024
JULY 21ST-23RD 2024 

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Creative Arts & Nature Retreat

You are invited to a unique and rejuvenating Creative Arts retreat. Shlomit and Ida will host 3 days and 2 nights in the breath taking nature reserve of Harriman State park in Pomona, NY.  This retreat is open to FEMALE identified individuals.


Women Only - July 7th to July 9th 2024

All Genders -  July 21st to 23rd 2024


Check-in on Sunday at 3:00 pm ET
Check out on Tuesday at 12pm ET (With the option to stay in the recreation camp until 3pm ET)


The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center
Located in Harriman State Park, ONLY 50 MINUTES NORTH OF NYC.
200 Breakneck Road, Pomona, NY 10970




Registration closes on JUNE 27th


About the CREATIVE Arts and Nature Retreat

Join Ida & Shlomit on a 3-day restorative Creative Arts and Nature Retreat. Our intention is to help you relax, create art, and flow with nature in community. 


Together we will co-create an unforgettable experience that will ignite a deep connection to Mother Earth through the power of the Creative Arts. 


We believe in the healing arts as a means for personal growth, transformation, and empowerment.

We are committed to providing you with a safe and loving space for authentic self-expression.

This is a therapeutic program designed for participants in a personal growth journey and/or Creative Arts therapists looking to learn more tools and techniques for their practice.

No previous artistic experience is necessary.

Program structure

Day 1 - RELAX

  • 2:30 pm check-in​​

  • 4:00-6:00 pm Arrival ritual - nature activity, letting go of the outside world and connecting to the senses & the elements.

  • 6:00-7:00 pm Diner (Delicious gourmet diner prepared by the house chef)​

  • 7:30-8:30 pm Cacao Ceremony & Sound Healing Journey around the bonfire.

Day 2 - CREATE

  • 7:30-8:30 am Dance workshop by the lake.

  • 8:30-10:00 am Breakfast​.

  • 10:00-1:00 pm Creative Arts Workshop​.

  • 1:00-6:00 pm Lunch and Nature Time (Enjoy the amenities of the AMC Outdoors Center including swimming, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, relaxing, art-making, and more).​

  • 6:00-7:00 pm Diner​.

  • 7:30-8:30 pm Creative Arts workshop around the bonfire..

Day 3 - FLOW

  • 7:30-8:30 am Meditation & Restorative Yoga by the lake​.

  • 8:30-9:30 am Breakfast​.

  • 9:30-11:00 am Closing workshop in nature​.

  • 11:00-12:00 pm Checkout.​

  • 12:00-3:00pm Lunch &  Free Time. Enjoy the AMC Outdoors Center amenities (swimming, kayaking, canoeing hiking, relaxing, and more).

  • 3:00pm Good bye & see you next year!

The type of Creative Arts tools that will be explored during the program:

  • Meditation

  • Movement

  • Writing

  • Dance

  • Belly Dance

  • Visual Arts Making

  • Drama therapy

  • Music & Sound Healing Journey

  • Cacao Ceremony

  • Person-Centered Coaching

​****No previous creative or artistic experience is necessary.

*****This is a trauma-informed & multicultural-competent program.

About the Amenities and what your package includes:

  • The AMC Harriman Outdoor Center offers access to 64 acres at Breakneck Pond, a dining hall, canoes, kayaks, a sandy beach, hiking trails, designated swimming areas and more.​

  • Participants will stay in a 4 bedroom cabin located walking distance from the lake. Each bedroom will have 4 single beds.​

  • A shared bathhouse with hot showers, bathrooms, and a dishwashing station are located next to the cabin.​

  • Diner, breakfast, and a to-go trail lunch will be served.

Sunday- Diner

Monday- Breakfast, to-go trail lunch, and diner

Tuesday- Breakfast and to-go trail lunch.​

  • Your package  includes:  

        - 2 Creative Arts workshops with Person-Centered Expressive Arts & Drama Therapists

        - A cacao ceremony and sound healing journey

        - A belly dance workshop taught by a certified instructor

        - A restorative Yoga workshop taught by a certified instructor

  • All art materials for the Creative Arts workshops are included. (Such as paper, canvas, acrylic, watercolors, pastel, markers, glitter, collage material, glue, scissors, musical instruments, hula hoops, costumes, and more).​

  • All participants receive a gift and little surprises throughout the course of the retreat.

  • Participants are in charge of their own transportation to the AMC Outdoors Center​. Shuttles are available from the Sloatsburg train station.

  • No pets allowed. Participants must be 20 years and older. For female and gender-fluid individuals only.​​

  • Registration closes on June 27th 2024

  • Limited to 12 participants only!

What to bring:​

  1. bed sheets/blanket/pillow case

  2. 2-3 Bathing suits

  3. 2 towels and personal toiletry

  4. Hat

  5. Sun and UV protection

  6. Anti-bugs spray

  7. Loose and comfortable clothes

  8. Warm clothes as it can get colder in the evening (Brining layers of clothes is best).

  9. Flashlight

  10. Shoes suitable for trails or walking in nature and flip flops or shoes to access water

  11. Your favorite snacks (for in between the meals that are provided on site)

  12. A reusable water bottle​

What is Creative Arts?

Creative arts therapy is the use of visual arts, music, drama, dance/movement, sound, poetry/writing, play and meditation in a supportive setting to facilitate growth and healing. It is a process of discovering ourselves through any art form that comes from an emotional depth. It is not about creating art that is "pretty" or ready for the stage. It is about authentically expressing inner feelings by creating outer forms.  


About your facilitators


Ida Garcia

Idalmis Garcia is a  Cuban-born Drama Therapist and artist living in New York City. She recently graduated with a Master in Drama Therapy at NYU. Ida is currently working at Cooke School with adolescents and young adults with special needs bringing theater towards therapeutic goals. Her recent work also includes being the Teaching Assistant to Susana Pendzik (PHD., RDT) for her Autobiographical Therapeutic Theater class at NYU.  She worked with Girl Be Heard over the Summer of 2020 as a Drama Therapist and as a Teaching Artist for the Sundays Workshop. Ida is the Co-Artistic director of Big Apple Playback theater company, and has an extensive career working in theater, TV, and cinema, both in Havana and New York. Her recent artistic endeavors are creating an Autobiographical Therapeutic Film “Migrating to Myself” where she tells her healing journey of self discovery and immigration. She starred and wrote Angela, a short film that tells her experience as an immigrant in New York City (available to watch on Amazon Prime).

Shlomit Oren

Shlomit is a multi-generational Person-Centered Expressive Arts facilitator and healer, owner of Gleeful Wellness LLC, multi-faceted performing artist, physical actress, belly dancer, clown and educator. Shlomit Is half Israeli & half Colombian. She has a BA in theater from Circle in the Square theater School and a BS in Psychology from NSU. She graduated  as a life coach from the Spirit of A Woman Institute.​ She graduated from the Person-Centered Expressive Arts Institute in Sonoma, CA.​ Shlomit is now pursuing a Somatic Therapy graduate degree at Prescott College.​ She offers retreats, 1:1 Expressive Arts counseling sessions, Women's Empowerment (WE) Circles, and Expressive Arts group workshops for for kids, adults and seniors. As a performing artist she has toured and made appearances nation wide in the US & around the globe with circus acts, theater shows, and dance performances. Shlomit's mission is to uplift communities through creative arts.


Click HERE to learn more about Shlomit

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Laura, participant

This retreat was phenomenal. I will definitely be back next year! There was so much love and support going around. Thank you!


Liat, participant

It was beyond amazing. I have never experienced anything like it and I am forever grateful for this breathtaking experience. Waiting for next retreat!!!

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Thais, participant

Being part of the Creative Arts and Nature Retreat with Ida and Shlomit, changed my life. This  retreat allowed me to connect with myself at a deeper level, to be one with my happiness and my emotions. Days keep passing by and I feel like floating on a cloud, where there is only room for happiness, hope, and forgiveness. I love myself so much now…For me, there was a before and after being part of this retreat.

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