• Create & Transform

    A creative, interactive journey of self- reflection


Art Therapy provides a voice where one may or may not exist.  It is a human right to be creative.  Why is this important in our times? We are bombarded with too much information, stimulation and distraction. We Humans are starved for opportunities to self- care and nurture, personal time for self -reflection and self- expression.  We need time and a safe, supportive place for the expression of thoughts, emotions and feelings…. for connection. Participants will work both individually and in creative collaboration. Through drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, writing and verbally sharing, participants will have an enormity of creative experiences in which to nurture their inner voice, their inner child, their Self.

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This Retreat is for adults of all ages, cultures, professions. No prior art experience is required, just an open heart and a willingness to grow. learn and share. Creating art is inherently therapeutic and has transformative powers. Through specifically designed therapeutic art experiences, participants will engage in self -exploration. Everyone’s experience is different, but a gaining of insights on many levels is available, along with relaxation, enjoyment and discovering new skills and interests.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore aspects of SELF that have been ignored, uncover feelings and thoughts that have been hidden within.  This Retreat will open doors of self- awareness and discovery through the creative process, leaving participants with an ongoing creative project and a life- long desire to continue creating.  

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This Retreat is for adults of all ages, cultures, professions. No prior art experience is required, just an open heart and a willingness to grow. learn and share. Creating art is inherently therapeutic and has transformative powers. Through specifically designed therapeutic art experiences, participants will engage in self -exploration. Everyone’s experience is different, but a gaining of insights on many levels is available, along with relaxation, enjoyment and discovering new skills and interests.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore aspects of SELF that have been ignored, uncover feelings and thoughts that have been hidden within.  This Retreat will open doors of self- awareness and discovery through the creative process, leaving participants with an ongoing creative project and a life- long desire to continue creating.

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Tia Pleiman is an International Art Therapist. International Art Therapist with 30 years of diverse Art Therapy experiences with all ages, in Educational, Community and Medical settings.Focus of work/goals/objectives: Personal Self-Expression, Social/Emotional development, intra/interpersonal communication, creative literacy and empowerment.

I lived in Auroville for the majority of the past nine years and worked as an Art Therapist with both Aikiyam and Deepanam Schools providing Integral Art (the synthesis of Integral Education and Art Therapy).  During that time, I thoroughly enjoyed facilitating Art Therapy Retreats with Auroville Retreats.  I have amazing memories and the participants “LIFE CHANGING” experiences.

2013 Raj TV Women’s Achievement Award in Tamil Nadu, representing the field of Education where I worked as an Art Therapist.Currently working as an Art Therapist with seniors in Long Term Care with Alzheimers and varying levels of Dementia, as a Victim Advocate with the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse and providing Create and Transform groups for all ages.

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This will take place in Auroville, a place of unending education and an experiment in human unity. Auroville has won international acclaim for its efforts in social and environmental sustainability, and has developed innovative techniques in bodywork & healing.

Auroville is an international community with over 2000 people from around 50 different countries. Located 8km from Pondicherry, 3 hours drive from Chennai city/airport (150km) along the scenic East Coast Road (ECR) and 8 hours by an AC sleeper bus from Bangalore (350km).

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Set in a green-forested area close to the sea, Auroville provides a perfect ambience with its rustic setting, and a creative and vibrant community. Participants will stay within Auroville and travel to different locations throughout their stay, accompanied by our program coordinators. Accommodation, food, transport, hostess for children and other logistics are optional extras, and we can assist you in making the necessary arrangements. Contact us on any of the following: 

Cell: +91-9655696982

Email: info@aurovilleretreat.org

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Schedule

Experience two days in Auroville, exploring inner creativity and various art modalities with Tia Pleiman. The retreat starts at 9am on both days, and ends at 5pm, with breaks for tea/juice and lunch. All workshop related material will be provided.
 
Schedule for the day:
 
Day 1:
09:00 to 09:30: Registration and introductions
09:30 to 11:00: Art Experience Session 1
11:00 to 12:30: Art Experience Session 2
12:30 to 13:3014:00 Lunch break
14:00 to 16:00:/16:30 Art Experience Session 3
16:30 to 17:00: Art Experience Session 4 & Closing
 
Day 2:
09:00 to 11:00: Art Experience Session 5
11:00 to 12:30: Art Experience Session 6
12:30 to 13:3014:00 Lunch break
14:00 to 16:00:/16:30 Art Experience Session 7
16:30 to 17:00: Art Experience Session 8 & Closing