Throughout history art has been used as a form of communication, recreation, ceremony and ritual, healing, medicine and self- expression. Creativity is something innate in every human being, whoever you are, whatever your age and the culture you come from. Everybody has the capacity to be creative.
Join us in our Art Retreat facilitated by Tia Pleiman. Read on for more details.
Through two days of drawing, painting, mixed media, collage, recycle art, clay play and journaling you will experience a truly personal awakening. The Art Therapy Retreat is a creative journey of self-exploration and self-expression, aimed at creating balance, calmness, harmony and inner peace within a supportive, nurturing environment. Through participation in a variety of creative processes, both individual and collective, dormant creative instincts and unused skills will be rejuvenated.
The aim of the Art Therapy Retreat is to create an opportunity for participants to have fun, relax, become inspired and discover or rediscover aspects of the SELF that have been neglected by the reality of everyday life. In our left-brain dominated society we neglect the creative right side. Come nourish the right side of your brain, and regain some of your childhood spontaneity and joy through this creatively playful and enlightening journey.
The facilitator for this retreat is Tia Pleiman. She is an Art Therapist living and working in the International Township of Auroville in Tamil Nadu, South India. Tia works in several Tamil villages around Auroville using Art Therapy as a building block for the development of Human Unity, a tool for interpersonal communication, self- expression and the acquisition of new skills. She uses art to provide participants with a voice where one may not have existed, as well as to build confidence, self-esteem and a sense of cultural identity.
Auroville is an international community with over 2000 people from around 40 different countries. Founded in 1968, Auroville is based on the vision of The Mother and is endorsed by UNESCO and the Government of India as an ongoing experiment in human unity. Over the years, Auroville has won international acclaim for its efforts in social and environmental sustainability.
Auroville is 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).
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. We will assist you with accomodation, food, transport, hostess for children and other logistics as needed.
The Charter of Auroville states: "Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But to live in Auroville, one must be the willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness. Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages. Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within, Auroville will boldly spring towards future realisations. Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual Human Unity."
Experience two days in Auroville, exploring inner creativity and various art modalities with Tia Pleiman. The retreat starts on Friday evening with a dinner, but participants can also start on Saturday. The retreat ends on Sunday at 5pm.
My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the family retreat, as we spent time together in an environment that was actively engaging both of us. Sometimes, we had our individual activities and sometimes we enjoyed the company of each other and created something together. We liked the richness of the programme and gained a good insight into Auroville's vast and creative environment. The group of 5 families, which spontaneously formed was great and we had a lot of fun. We truly can recommend a retreat like this for the whole family, as how often do we have the opportunity to spend an entire weekend together, in nature and while being engaged with each other on a continuous and constrive basis? A big thanks to you, organising team.
SANDRA AND TARA