Founder. Penelope is Greek born, living and working abroad in Asia and Europe for over 20 years; her emotional homes are Crete and Champéry in Switzerland where she currently lives with her husband. She holds a IT and a Business Administration degree and has two decades experience in international corporations. She is also Singapore's La Salle MA Art Therapy graduate and King's College London's Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health post-grad.
Dealing with difficult emotions was for her disorienting, frustrating and often felt shameful, at the workplace. Quitting her corporate job and studying art therapy was her way to help herself recover from burnout. It was such a powerful and profound experience that it is now a passion to share it and help others. Founding Artful Retreats some 10 years ago is the result of this passion.
In the art therapy capacity, in Singapore and Hong Kong she worked with children and served as the art therapist of the national school for the blind, Ebenezer HK. Later, in Stockholm’s Folkuniversitetet her group art therapy based courses focused on adults only, were regular sold outs.
In Artful Retreats we join forces with some amazing people from around the world to create these programs. International art therapists, artists, tender hearted yoga instructors and delicious food makers.
Romny is South African-born, living and practising art therapy in Sydney for over a decade, also providing Clinical Supervision. As a Fine Art and Journalism graduate her early career focused on hospitality, public relations and later, advertising. Following her husband’s international career provided opportunities in a variety of countries for her to volunteer with causes she believed in. Her love for art and helping others happily collided through Art Therapy.
Today she runs an established and successful private practise supporting children, adolescents and adults with a broad range of concerns. Her years of experience working in the special needs arena included individuals with cognitive/physical needs, children and adults with Autism and for several years she co-facilitated an art group for adults with ABI - stroke/aphasia at Macquarie University. Her interest in aged care brought her to Sydney’s Memory Innovation Centre where during COVID she pioneered and ran online and in person popular art therapy groups for ageing Australians living with cognitive limitations and wellbeing concerns. She is passionate in guiding people to develop a greater sense of self through their creative process, leading to meaningful change-making. She brings a uniquely creative, warm and intuitive approach to her work with clients.
Romny and Penelope were classmates during their MA in Art Therapy in Singapore’s La Salle.