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Moving On: A Women’s Art Therapy Weekend

 Moving On ~ A Women’s Art Therapy Weekend in the Blue Mountains 

 Saturday & Sunday

30 & 31 August 2014

Kihilla Retreat, Lawson, Blue Mountains

  No judgment ~ No art experience necessary ~ All materials provided 

This weekend retreat is for women who are involved in a life transition, or who just feel   the need for some nurturing.   This retreat will be time out for yourself – to rediscover your direction and focus, and nurture your inner self.  You may be going through a personal change, a family change, a new career, or maybe you are just looking to find peace and happiness.   If you are at a place in your life where you are ready to move closer to the life you would like to have, then this art therapy weekend in the Blue Mountains is for you.                               


Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art making to enhance emotional wellbeing.   You don't need to be artistic, just willing to give it a go. 


Art therapy differs from traditional art making in that the focus is not on the final artwork's aesthetic appeal. Rather, with art therapy the emphasis is on the process of creating, developing and reflecting on meanings held within the artwork. Art therapy assists to improve insight, process experiences, and resolve inner conflicts. This helps to develop a more integrated sense of self with increased self awareness, self acceptance, and personal growth.


The facilitiators each hold a Master of Art Therapy, and as professionally qualified arts therapists they are registered with the Australian and New Zealand Association of Arts Therapists (ANZATA). The art therapy profession has been recognised and regulated around the world by organisations such as the British Association of Art Therapists, the Health Professions Council and the American Art Therapy Association.



The weekend

Saturday 30 August 9:30am - 4:00pm & Sunday 31 August 9:30am - 3:00pm


On Saturday you will engage with art therapy activities relating to your life’s journey, followed by therapeutic doll making in the afternoon.  Sunday begins with reflection and meditation, followed by art therapy activities for letting go and moving on. 

The retreat is nestled in a beautiful, tranquil bush setting.  You will spend the weekend with three registered art psychotherapists who each specialise in different art mediums.  Together they create a supportive, safe, nurturing environment where you can recognise and break old patterns, let go of the past, and use your new insight to move forward.

                                Kihilla Retreat & Conference Centre

5 - 17 Queens Road

Lawson, Blue Mountains, NSW, 2783


The cost is $500 and includes all art materials, tea and coffee, as well as morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea on Saturday, and morning tea and lunch on Sunday.   Accommodation is not included; however, there is a wealth of beautiful accommodation nearbyOne of the many online accommodation booking sites for the Blue Mountains is http://www.stayz.com.au/accommodation/nsw/blue-mountains
The facilitators 
 Sonia Stace is a registered art psychotherapist, accredited mental health social worker, and an approved counsellor, and brings a wealth of experience and compassion to this weekend retreat. Sonia has a private practice in the Inner West of Sydney, where she predominantly sees people who have experienced traumas (such as child sexual abuse, physical assault, adult sexual assault, domestic/family violence, and pregnancy resulting from sexual assault), as well as people who are relatives of homicide victims, experiencing infertility or pregnancy related issues, or who are caring for a child with a disability.  Sonia also currently provides supervision and training for other professionals.     
Sue Wildman has worked primarily with women in the community sector for over 25 years.  She is a registered art therapist and counsellor as well as having qualifications in social welfare and theatre studies. She works as a counsellor/art therapist and also has devised creative therapy programs and facilitated groups for the Blue Mountains Women’s Health Centre, Penrith Women’s Health Centre, Relationships Australia, Life Care Relationship Services, Wimlah Women’s Refuge, The Aboriginal Community Centre, Penrith & Emerton, Marrin Weejali Aboriginal Service, and Carers NSW.  Sue has provided training for Aboriginal counselling students through the Australian Institute of Relationship Studies and RA, and also currently provides supervision and mentoring.

Jane Gover draws on 30 years experience of working as a professional artist, qualified visual arts educator and registered art therapist to this retreat.  She has worked across the life spectrum including pregnant mums, pre-schoolers, students of all ages, and with women experiencing life transition, even into their 80’s and 90’s.  She has facilitated art experiences in classrooms, museums, in her studio, through local council projects and more recently art therapy sessions. She has worked in Australia, the UK, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore and FranceJane is a committed and caring professional now working in the Inner North of Sydney in her private mobile art psychotherapy practice. 

If you have any questions, please email sonia@oaktreetherapy.com.au, or call Sonia on 0419 124 951 (you may need to leave a message).



Varied spiritual beliefs and philosophies welcomed and embraced


This art therapy retreat is non-denominational with no religious affiliation,

and is being held independently to Church Army Australia,

who manage Kihilla Retreat and Conference Centre.