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Upcoming retreat on July 16th-18th 2023. more info tba...

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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.


Sunday, August 14th to Tuesday, August 16th 2022


Check-in on Sunday August 14th at 2:30pm ET
Check out on Tuesday August 16th 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





Limited to 12 participants only!

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About the CREATIVE Arts and Nature Retreat

Join Ida & Shlomit on a 3-day intensive Creative Arts and Nature Retreat. Our intention is to reset, release, recharge and elevate your mind, body and soul. 


Together we will co-create a powerful experience that will ignite a deep connection to Mother Nature  through the power of art-making, movement, and meditation.  


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

No Previous artistic experience is necessary

Program structure

Day 1

  • 2:30pm 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 Dinner (Delicious gourmet dinner prepared by the house chef)​

  • 7:15-8:30 pm Creative Arts Activities around the bonfire.

Day 2

  • 7:30-8:20 am Meditation & Yoga by the lake​

  • 8:25-10:00 am Breakfast​

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

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

  • 6:00-7:00 pm Dinner​

  • 7:15-8:30 pm Creative Arts activities around the bonfire.

Day 3

  • 7:30-8:20 am Meditation & Yoga by the lake​

  • 8:30-9:30 am Breakfast​

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

  • 11:00-12:00 pm Checkout.​

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

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

  • Meditation

  • Movement

  • Writing

  • Dance

  • Belly Dance

  • Visual arts making

  • Drama therapy

  • Music & voice

  • Person-Centered Coaching

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

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.​

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

Sunday- Dinner

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

Tuesday- Breakfast and to-go trail lunch.

  • Participants are in charge of their own transportation to the AMC Outdoors Center

  • Your package includes 3 Creative Arts workshops with a certified Person-Centered Expressive Arts counselor and a Drama Therapist.

  • 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, and more).

  • Your pack includes two meditation & yoga classes taught by a certified Yoga instructor.​

  • No pets allowed. Participants must be 20 years old and older. For female identified individuals only.​

  • Registration closes on July 30th 2022

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 provided on site)

  12. Yoga Mat

  13. A reusable water bottle


****This program is held in a loving and inspiring environment. Open to all cultural backgrounds.

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 graduated from the Spirit of A Woman Institute where she trained as a Life Coach.​ 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 artistic retreats, 1:1 Expressive Arts Counseling sessions, therapeutic belly dance programs, and group workshops for for kids, adults and seniors. As a performing artist she has toured and made appearances nation wide in the US. Shlomit's mission is to uplift communities through creative arts.


Click HERE to learn more about Shlomit

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