• Create & Transform

    Explore yourself through Art

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.

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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.

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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 retreat price includes: facilitation of workshops, tea and snacks twice a day and lunch on both days. It does not include: accommodation, breakfast and dinner.

Click here to view photos from our last Art Therapy retreat.

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Jo Cuypers will facilitate this retreat on October 18th and 19th. She has explored arts and crafts since childhood, and is a Inner Transformation facilitator in the Hladina method. Her unit designs crochet toys, combining art with a process of transformation, using different techniques and materials. She teaches piano, arts and crafts in several schools in Auroville.
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Tia Pleiman 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. For more information on Tia's work, please visit her website: http://www.createandtransform.org.


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This will be held in Auroville, 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).

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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. We will assist you with accomodation, food, transport, hostess for children and other logistics as needed. 

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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."

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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. 


It was a great experience.  Tia is a wonderful Art Therapist!!! It was a blend and mix of cultures without any communication barriers.


December 2013