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Self-Exploration through Expressive Arts


This retreat is held over three consecutive days in Cartron House  in the  beautiful West of Ireland.  It is not available on Zoom.  The focus is on personal awareness and growth and is explored in a group context through creative means.  

Within a safe and confidential, person-centred environment, participants are encouraged to use the space for their own exploration and healing.  Utilising drama, art, music, story-telling and play, participants process their own material as well as support others within the group.  As the retreat can be highly emotive, it is designed for therapists-in-training or qualified therapists or anyone with a high level of personal awareness and resilience.  It can be powerful, healing and fun! 

Held in the east of County Galway, the venue provides a perfect environment for gentle walks and peaceful moments in nature during the lunch-break and at other times.  Overnight accommodation is highly recommended and can be arranged directly with the venue.

A willingness to openly explore and share with others will be essential.  Each group will have between eight and ten members.

There are two slightly different retreats available,  The Cedar Retreat and The Willow Retreat.  If you have attended a previous retreat and wish to attend another, try and book the alternate one.


This course does not lead to a qualification.  It is designed for personal growth only.

Anticipated Outcomes

The anticipated outcomes of this course are:

        greater self-awareness and sense of personal power

        greater capacity to express one-self

        greater compassion with self and others

        greater connection with self and greater congruence

Course Content

This course invites participants to explore and deepen their personal awareness and to challenge themselves to continue growing.  The content will be varied and adapted to meet the needs of the group.


There is no assessment in this retreat however activities to consolidate the learning will be discussed and encouraged.

Delivery Format

This course is delivered in the West of Ireland.  If you would like me to bring this retreat to your area, please email to discuss this possibility.

Next dates:

28 - 30 April 2024

Three consecutive days  (Workshop times:  10:00pm - 5:00pm Irish Standard Time)

N.B.  All courses are subject to a minimum enrolment of eight participants. 


The full cost of this retreat, including a lunch and dinner each day,  is €360.  A deposit of €120.00 is taken to hold a place and two further instalments of €120.00 will be required before the retreat commences.  Overnight accommodation can be arranged with the venue and is not included in this fee.  (Details below)

Included in the fee:

Three days of therapeutic workshops and all materials needed

Lunch and dinner each day, with a special goodbye dinner on the last night (please let me know as soon as possible of any dietary requirements and our chef will be delighted to accommodate your needs)

Snacks and teas and coffees throughout the three days

Overnight accommodation and breakfasts are not included in this fee and should be arranged directly with Ann at Cartron House.  Please check out her website, www.cartronhouse.com and email Ann at cartronhouse@hotmail.com or phone 00 353 86 1089329. 

In addition to the middle two nights, I would recommend considering arriving the night before the retreat commences so that you are well-rested and well-fed on the first day.  You may also choose to stay on the final night so that after our special meal, you can have a gentle evening and opportunity to absorb the retreat experience.  

When booking with Ann, be sure to let her know that you are attending this retreat.


If you are interested in attending this retreat, please register your interest below or contact me via email.  Please specify which retreat you are interested in and if you would like to be with a particular group.

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