A 5 night/5-day retreat led by art therapist Ella Dufrene & Yoga instructor Ryan Bean, in which you will expand awareness and deepen connections with Mother Earth.
We invite you to slow things down on this exotic tropical retreat, take your shoes off, feel the temperature of the ground, the texture of the earth. Breath in the evergreen air and feel the exhilaration of renewed energy after a challenging yet rewarding hike in the sacred mountains of Costa Rica. Let the tides of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast tickle your toes as we take you on a journey of all the senses.
This retreat is designed for anyone who is interested in self-exploration through the expressive therapies, as well as practitioners in the fields of mental health, creative art therapies, and spiritual counseling. This retreat is presented in a unique format that allows practitioners and non-practitioners to gain hands on experience using art therapy and yoga in their own lives or practice.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- How to receive advice and guidance from the natural world on a current problem, question, or challenge in your life.
- Rekindling the innate and natural spark of wonder and playful spontaneity you enjoyed as a small child.
- How to rediscover, heal, and embrace your innate sense of creativity and examine negative beliefs, fears, or insecurities that you have adopted and that might be preventing you from self actualizing.
- How to explore and utilize our senses as a tool for self discovery, understanding nature from a different paradigm, and gaining a deeper awareness of your Self and mother earth through cross-pairing of the senses.
- How to expand your natural-self awareness and strengthen your ability to trust and express your natural self.
- How to create a daily mediation practice.
- How to expand self awareness through the art of creative writing and journaling.
- Natural and healthy self care practices.
- Explore the mandala as a powerful spiritual tool for self discovery, healing, and meditation in nature.
- Learn how to recognize the best, healthy edible plants and leaves, and use them in your kitchen and everyday recipes.
- Learn fun and creative recipes, preparation principles and harvesting rules to enjoy jungle foods.
- Learn how to create a diet and lifestyle to suit your needs with Ayurvedic principles and qualities of the foods we will prepare.
Ella believes that art is our most primitive style of communication and expression, dating back to our earliest forms of art making in prehistoric cave paintings. Driven by the instinctual knowledge of the innate and powerful healing powers of art, Ella received her Masters in Art Therapy & Creativity Development from the Pratt Institute in 2015.
Deeply connected to the restorative flow and wisdom fostered by Mother Earth, Ella began exploring eco-art therapy techniques, and moving toward an ecological artistic context that emphasizes collaboration and interconnection. This lead her to facilitate her first Eco-Art Therapy Retreat in 2016 in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. Currently, Ella is based out of Miami, FL, where she works as an art therapist in hospice, as well as in her private practice, Lila Art Therapy Services, LLC.
She has experience working with people on the autism spectrum, children and adults with special needs and developmental delays, drug/alcohol addiction, eating disorders, as well as adults and children in both individual and group settings. Ella recently joined Guitars Over Guns non-profit organization with the intention to inspire and empower at risk youth through the arts.
Ella emphasizes a holistic approach to wellness and utilizes a playful ‘person first’ approach to therapy. All of those that know and work with Ella can feel her passion for the healing properties of nature, art and movement. Ella approaches her day to day and work life with a zest for life, a youthful spirit and a contagiously open mind.
Ryan Bean is an acrobat, performer and Yoga instructor. Ryan received his yoga training at the foothills of the Himalayas in Rishikesh, India.
He teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and power yoga, incorporating Meditation and Pranayama into each practice. Partner Yoga and AcroYoga are at the core of his style and he may include these fun elements into a class to help emphasize community and trust within the group.
Ryan brings a unique style, incorporating the traditional and spiritual practices of yoga learned in the ashrams of India with the playful acro practice. His classes are a mixture of spiritual, playful, powerful, and guided asanas to help you grow and work toward alignment.
I’ve been actively working for the last year towards acknowledging and confronting my demons such as anger, irrationality, self-pity, resentment, immaturity, etc…
A few months ago at the Madre Tierra Retreat, I moved from acknowledgement to acceptance. Since then i have felt freed from the burden of these traits.
I discovered that I am fully empowered and in control and I was taught some strategies to work on. It’s not easy for me to say I’m no angel, but at least now I no longer feel helpless towards self-improvement.”
I’ve benefitted immensely from the varied workshops and especially meeting from the fellow attendees. What a beautiful way to connect with like-minded people. Madre Tierra retreats combine nature and art with a focus on personal growth. It’s spiritual summer camp!
Personally, I was so inspired by the last retreat that I’ve continued to pursue art, painting, collage, and try all kinds forms of self-expression. I cannot thank Ella enough for creating these magical retreats and I feel lucky to have been a part of them. Can’t wait for the next time I can reconnect with myself and Mother Earth!”
The environment that was created was so unique and special that people including myself were able to release their inhibitions and truly be themselves. The tears, laughter, openness and appreciation that joined us all as one is something I’ll never forget. The Madre Tierra retreat came together in such a harmonious way that it left all of us who started as strangers – feeling connected, peaceful and as if we had known each other forever. I truly believe everyone found a little piece of themselves that they didn’t know they were searching for.
Regardless of any insecurities that I’ve had, I felt a sense comfort even in my own discomfort, and found myself being able to let go. The energy and support that was provided was the trigger to releasing known and unknown stressors and in return inspiring new thoughts, clarity and intentions.
The Madre Tierra team and facilitators worked tirelessly to bring together a truly exceptional and affirming experience. Throughout the retreat they did an amazing job striking the perfect balance between yoga, self development, creating positive affirmations through artistic influences and delicious vegan dishes. The Hostel in the forest also provided and taught me the respect and consideration nature deserves, shifting the mindset and whole being”
2 singles (King Bed , one room)
14 double (2 Single beds, sharing one room)
16 quads (4 Single beds, sharing one room)
Each room is equipped with 850 thread count bedding for maximum comfort,
high-speed internet, and clean drinking water derived from our artesian well.
THE BALI HOMES
our three Bali Homes are imported from Indonesia and boast hand-carved architecture.
THE JUNGLE BUNGALOWS
Guests arrive refreshed, relaxed and you don’t need to coordinate a thing!
THE GEODESIC RIVER DOMES
Experience the soothing sounds of relaxing and sleeping next to flowing water. Amazing!
THE HOUSE OF MASTERS
THE SOCIAL SPACE