When words are not enough, or too much, guided art making, helps the exploration of challenges, limitations, dreams and hopes.
We believe that everyone can paint, draw, use clay, dance and sing.
Skill is not important when expressing your inner world creatively.
Looking to gain emotional clarity, creatively
Seeking new perspectives to deal with hopes, dreams, challenges and limitations
Wanting to activate your imagination, self-reflection, and observation
Open to share personal narratives within a group
Looking for a circuit breaker from daily routine
Having curiosity and courage to playfully explore with art materials
NO ART SKILL REQUIRED TO PARTICIPaTE
Based on art therapy principles
Non-judgmental guidance and skilful management of group dynamics
Playful and creative
Intuitive art making leading to thoughtful reflection
Person-centred, trauma informed
Self discovery through questions asked via the art
pick YOUR TREAT
From Hippocrates to Neuroscience
Art in the form of theatre and music were prescribed together with sports, diet and herbs as part of a toolbox of medical remedies and interventions in ancient Greece.
Fast forward couple of thousand years and the belief stays firm. Evidence from 3,000 studies about the positive impact of arts in health was presented by the World Health Organisation in 2019. Canada and UK's health systems prescribe free visits to museums as a way to help people suffering from post trauma, anxiety and stress. Dance, music and painting are among the most used art therapy techniques.
Modulation of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin (involved in mood, sleep, digestion, bone health) and cortisol (known as the primary stress hormone), as well as decrease of inflammation, together with promotion of neurogenesis and new neural connections are among the first findings of the positive effects of culture in mental health and health overall (WHO, 2022).
"Artful Retreats are unique in mental wellness travel"
The National Geographic