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Tending the Creative Flame

A Creative Arts Therapies Intervention - Sharing Retreat

April 26, 27, and 28, 2024

Do you:

Avoid telling people what you do because you’re tired of always explaining what art/drama/music therapy is?

Miss learning exciting new interventions like during your graduate degree but find most workshops aren’t quite adapted to CATs?

Keep choosing family and work over your own self-care and now feel out of touch with yourself?

Miss your cohort and CATs friends but plans to meet up keep falling through?


Take a step back from the hustle to re-energize your interventions and strengthen your creative professional network!


Having fascinating conversations about your work without having to answer the same old ‘what is drama/music/art therapy’ question.

Learning through the arts interventions you can immediately apply with your clients, and yourself.

Letting go of the stress of daily life to focus on play, creativity and relaxation in nature and community.


Come to the Tending the Creative Flame retreat and re-energize yourself and your CATs practice!


What you get when you register for this retreat:

Three 2-hour Creative Art Therapy Workshops

1- Art Therapy with Lily Jiménez Dabdoub:

An expressART workshop for eco-aware counselors/creative healers

2- Drama Therapy with Susie Showers:

Somatic Play for People-Pleasers

3- Music Therapy with Andy MacDonald:

Mindfulness and Music Therapy Collide

  • Access to the wildlife refuge Marguerite D’Youville, complementary with proposed guided mindfulness to reconnect with nature and yourself.

  • Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, & dinner, and Sunday breakfast & lunch to help you build authentic relationships with the amazing people in our community.


  • Discounted rate on accommodations at Manoir D’Youville so everyone gets both personal space and community time. You get to choose one of either:

    • A single room with a large bed for alone time (126$ + tax/night)

    • A double room with two single beds to share with a friend. (181$+tax/night)

*More information will be sent once you've registered *​

  • A carefully crafted schedule balancing art-based learning, socializing, and free time to help you get the most out of the workshops while remaining rested and refreshed (campfire, and social night, anyone?)

Close to home. The Reserve is a wooded area with deer and other wildlife. There is a fair number of different species of birds. It is a lovely way to spend an afternoon."
-Susan B, Trip Advisor for the D’Youville Wildlife Reserve

Alexa Young, CA


Meet your guides

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we paying for the retreat and accommodations separately?

The venue will be directly handling accommodation, accessibility, and nutritional needs, as per their policy. You’ll get more details through an email once you’ve registered by sending an e-transfer of 285$

How do I get CE's?

We have already applied for this retreat to be eligible for 11 CE's. You will need to fill out the participation surveys we will share at the end of the retreat and apply for the CE's with the CCPA using their CE Application form.

When does it start and end?

Arrival: The evening meal on Friday, April 26th will be served from 5 - 7pm. There will be an opening ritual at 7:30pm.

Departure: Our last event will take place on the morning of Sunday, April 28th, ending at noon. Sunday's lunch is included with your costs and will be served from 12pm - 1:30pm. However, you are welcome to leave when you please.

Do I have to attend every workshop/event?

No! Everyone’s rhythm is their own. Feel free to attend the events you can/want and keep us posted of your decisions. 

The only mandatory events would be meals, as we cannot promise to be able to feed people outside of meal times. However, you are welcome to bring your own snacks!

How do I get there?

By public transit: Manoir d’Youville is accessible by public transit from Montreal. Go all the way to Angrignon station at the end of the Green Line, then take bus 25 for 40 minutes until you reach stop Edmour/Vinet Ouest.

By carpool: We will reach to everyone the two weeks before to match up people who are travelling by car.

What if I need to cancel or can't make it?

Since this event will be tailored to the participants, we will not be able to refund anyone.


Register now!

E-transfer 285$ to with YOUR NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS to reserve your spot before the opportunity is gone.

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