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5-Day Certificate Program: Yoga & Art Therapy Retreat

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - Sunday, September 29, 2019

Course Description:

Immerse yourself in a truly magnificent natural setting in California! The beautiful EarthRise at IONS retreat center is located just 30 miles north of San Francisco (nestled in the mountains between Novato and Petaluma).

Experience how to combine yoga and art therapy techniques with your clients to open the pathway for transformation.

This exploration, rich in didactic and experiential practice will take you on a journey using creative art activities, yoga, a balanced schedule of meditation, breathing techniques, mindfulness practices, group discussion, videos and case studies – all in an ideal setting with Petaluma’s picturesque surroundings.

Learn how to combat your clients’ negative self-talk, reduce physiological manifestations, and replace rumination with healthy behaviors to alleviate symptoms of:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • PTSD
In 5 days, this educational opportunity will provide you with the principles of yoga & art therapy, diagnoses and best practices for effective treatment. After completion, you will be able to lead your clients towards creative expression, greater peace, mood regulation, and transformation.

Yoga therapists can receive additional credits through Yoga Alliance. Please visit Dr. Horovitz’ website at to receive your CECs.
Sleeping Accommodations:

If you would like to be paired up with another potential, unknown attendee to take advantage of the double occupancy rate, please call and let us know. We will aim to pair you up if somebody else registers who also would like to share.

In the meantime, please register at the single occupancy rate. If we are able to pair people, the $200 will be credited.

Retreat Schedule

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
3:00 – 6:00 pm – Check-in
6:00 – 7:00 pm - Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 pm – Welcome, Introduction Educational Program*
8:40 – 9:00 pm – Evening Meditation/Yoga Nidra
9:00 pm – Break for the night

Thursday, September 26, 2019 – Saturday, September 28, 2019
7:00 – 8:00 am – Gentle Meditation & Morning Yoga
8:00 – 9:00 am - Breakfast
9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Didactic & Experiential Program*
12:30 – 1:30 pm - Lunch
1:45 – 2:00 pm – Walking Meditation & Labyrinth
2:00 – 4:30 pm – Didactic & Experiential Program*
4:50 – 6:00 pm – Yoga Class
6:00 – 7:00 pm - Dinner
8:45 pm – Evening Meditation & Closing
9:00 pm – Break for the night

Sunday, September 29, 2019
7:00 – 8:00 am – Meditation & Morning Yoga
8:00 – 9:00 am - Breakfast
9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Didactic & Experiential Program*
12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch and Departure

*CE is awarded during these specified times


Key Information Regarding Your Visit

Map and Driving Directions

Shuttle Service

Cancellation Policy: Prior to 45 days before the event start date, you will be charged a $100 cancel fee. For cancellations received after that, you will receive a gift certificate for your purchase amount to attend any future live PESI sponsored seminar.

Please contact PESI customer service for information on non-CE seeking to register as a guest for pricing and other details.

  1. Utilize physical and psychological assessments to identify which clients would benefit from art therapy and yoga therapy.
  2. Create a safe space for clients and therapist by giving attention to breath in session.
  3. Explore how to cultivate trust when working with mind/body issues with clients who suffer from anxiety, mood disorders, dual diagnosis, co-morbidity and more.
  4. Explore the ethical implications and limitations of using art therapy and yoga therapy in treatment.
  5. Apply mindfulness techniques and practices to address negative thoughts with your clients in therapy.
  6. Demonstrate how to use art/body exercises in session for nonverbal communication.
  7. Apply breathing practices, body movement and self-compassion for emotional regulation and mood disorders.
  8. Determine in yoga therapy which sound, breath and visual imagery techniques to address in depression and anxiety.
  9. Identify the warning signs in artwork and how this will inform treatment interventions.
  10. Demonstrate breathing and meditation techniques for mood management for clients with PTSD.
  11. Design homework to increase emotional and physical regulation in between sessions.
  12. Practice chair yoga techniques for physically and emotionally challenged populations.
  13. Develop adaptive art techniques for physically and emotionally challenged populations.
  14. Review apps for psychological assessment (BetterMind, Genogram Analytics, NIH ToolBox) as it relates to case conceptualization.
  15. Incorporate health assessments and the use of Goniometers in treatment for proprioceptive function, crucial for balance, posture, and motor control.
  16. Evaluate the differences in charting and treatment using the Sequence Wiz App versus Yoga Therapeutics Pro.
  17. Implement enhanced techniques, like journaling and mandalas, to aid in the reduction of anxiety and mood disorders.
  18. Design sacred architecture through artwork and use of in mandalas to improve clinical outcomes.
  19. Articulate the importance of breathwork, Vagus nerve activity and its influence on regulation of internal functions.
  20. Explore how safe partner yoga exercises can aid couples’ counseling.
  21. Determine when to use digital software art programs versus art materials in clinical setting.
  22. Acquire specific art therapy and yoga therapy techniques for individual, couples and family populations.

Psychotherapy Behind Art and Yoga Therapy
  • Developmental stages of art
  • Psychological concepts
  • Construct a multi-generational pictograph
Priming the Brain Using Yoga and Art
Physiological and Psychological Effects

  • Elevation of mood
  • Dissolve chronic tension held in the body
  • Decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Complement talk therapy through somatic practice and mindful engagement
  • Release of repressed emotions stored in the body
  • Increased ability to self-regulate mood and cognition
  • Ethical implications of using these modalities and its limitations in your practice
Physical and Psychological

  • The Morris-Payne Assessment and its purpose (interactive)
  • Self-Pain Assessment for clients (interactive handout)
  • Genogram Analytics app (interactive and video)
  • BetterMind app (interactive)
  • (Case presentation of 22-year-old suicidal female using Apps)
  • Art Therapy Assessments (CATA, KFD, etc.)
  • Chair yoga techniques for physically challenged
Safe Boundaries and Ethics
Create a Safe Space for Client and Therapist

  • Establish confidentiality
  • Permission to modify, stop, redirect
  • Safe ritual of invitation
  • Attention to environment
  • Therapeutic attitude and body language
Art and Yoga Techniques
Clinical Applications to Build NEW Neuropathways

  • Psychosocial versus physical issues – starting with the body
  • Understand the body from a physical and emotional platform
  • Current research in the field of art therapy, yoga therapy and mental health
Mood Disorders
  • Treatment techniques, including videos & case studies
    • Video – Bipolar child (11-year-old male and his mother)
    • Video – ADD 11-year-old child and mother
    • Case Study – 18-year-old bipolar, adolescent (addiction disorder) and family
    • Case Study: 23-year-old suicidal female
Physiological Dysfunction
  • Treatment techniques, including videos & case studies
    • Video – 65-year-old female stroke survivor
    • Video – 64-year-old female sexual abuse survivor
    • Case Studies – 78-year-old depressed male and his wife: Couple’s therapy
    • Case Studies – 10-year-old ADHD (child custody case) and his family
Yoga Techniques
Experiential Components for Anxiety, OCD and PTSD**

  • Warm-up, techniques:
    • Breathing and meditation techniques for mood management
    • Lift depressed mood
    • Calm an anxious mind
  • Sequencing: Counter poses, benefits, and modifications of each pose
  • Sound, breath and visual imagery to address both depression and anxiety
  • Yoga therapy strategies to incorporate: Body awareness, imagery
  • Reduce rumination and negative self-talk
Art Techniques
Experiential Components for OCD, PTSD & Physical Challenges

  • The developmental stages of art
  • Media selection
  • Warning signs in artwork
  • Reduce anxiety (mandalas, safe places)
  • Discharge anger (straws)
  • Physically challenged
  • Mindful doodling
  • Using fibers to quell OCD and PTSD
  • Worry dolls
Enhanced Techniques
Go Beyond Art & Yoga

  • Journaling
  • Combine mantras and postures
  • Collaborative art making
  • Family yoga therapy & art therapy techniques
  • Partner yoga therapy exercises
  • The importance of recapping
  • Assigning Apps in between sessions
  • Assign homework to increase emotional and physical regulation in between sessions
  • Cultivating inner refuge and pleasant inner atmosphere
  • Smartline: HIPAA compliant formats for distributing homework and texting

**Social Workers: Please note that 4 hrs of ACE credit is not available for the Yoga Techniques topic
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Educators
  • Yoga Teachers
  • Creative Arts Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Health Professionals


Dr. Ellen Horovitz, ATR-BC, LCAT, E-RYT, YACEP, LFYP, C-IAYT, LVCYT, is an internationally-known leader in Art Therapy and Yoga Therapy and the author of eight books, including Yoga Therapy: Theory and Practice. She is a board-licensed art therapist/psychotherapist, and a certified yoga teacher and yoga therapist. She is also a dynamic presenter who has given hundreds of lectures and workshops nationally and internationally.

Dr. Horovitz is Professor Emerita and founder of the Nazareth College graduate art therapy program and past president-elect of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). In addition, Dr. Horovitz has been in private practice for over 35 years and works clinically with individuals, couples and families.

The topics of her books range from art therapy to yoga therapy to mainstream applications of digital photography, and she has authored over 50 juried articles and 17 book chapters. Dr. Horovitz is an expert in the field of Deafness/Hard of Hearing and her book, Visually Speaking: Art Therapy and the Deaf has been translated into Korean.

She served as AATA board director for 12 years and was responsible for re-writing the national education standards and manuals for approved graduate programs. In addition, she was an expert witness on art therapy education for the U.S. Department of Justice, has won numerous awards and received grants from many organizations, including a graphic consultant grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Ellen Horovitz is professor emerita at the Nazareth College of Rochester. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Ellen Horovitz is a member of the American Art Therapy Association.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

This intermediate activity consists of 20.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Texas Counselors: CE credit is available. This activity consists of 20.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction for Texas Counselors. The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors no longer approves programs or providers. PESI activities meet the continuing education requirements as listed in Title 22 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 681, Subchapter J, Section 681.142 Acceptable Continuing Education. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 20.5 clock hours in length.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 1230 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 20.5 contact hours or 2.05 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
This activity consists of 20.5 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants:
PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This lecture qualifies for 20.5 continuing competency hours.

Psychologists & Psychiatrists

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. This activity consists of 20.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

California Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists. Provider #PES010. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. PESI is offering this activity for 20.5 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Psychologists/School Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. PESI is offering this activity for 20.5 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 16.5 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

California Social Workers: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE programs that are approved by other approval agencies, including several that approve PESI and its programs. A full list of approval agencies accepted by the BBS can be found at under “Where to find CE Courses.” This Intermediate level activity consists of 16.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 1230 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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