Art Therapy Retreat (Cape Town)

Art Therapy Retreat - Cape Town

2-4 February 2018 or 9-11 February 2018 TBC

Join the inspirational Art Therapy retreat in nature – for creative souls – just outside of Cape Town! Indulge in a weekend of experiential art-making, creativity, self-expression, reflection, learning, meditation, walks in nature and delicious vegetarian food.

Join us for 1 night or 2 nights (or just the day on Saturday).

The weekend offers an opportunity to retreat from your busy life, to find a safe space in a calm and peaceful environment, to play with a variety of exciting art materials, journal, relax, spend time in nature and in the studio, enjoy music, silence, laughter and connection with like-minded people. This retreat is truly a gift to your innate creative spirit.

“I discovered that if I did not need to create a perfect art product that would be liked - I could open into my own playfulness and discover the freedom of not knowing and just being myself.” —Amanda

The art-making process in Art Therapy provides a sense of freedom to express, explore and unleash whatever is held within. Through the containment of the safe space and experienced facilitation, this experience will bring you back to the spaciousness of the present moment – bringing more mindfulness into your heart and soul. In Art Therapy, the focus is on the process of making art and not on aesthetically pleasing or realistic pictures.There is no judgment on art work and no art experience is required to benefit from this mindful journey.

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” —Mary Lou Cook

The weekend includes:

  • Optional 1 or 2 nights in tranquil accommodation in nature
  • All delicious vegetarian meals
  • Art Therapy experiential workshops daily
  • All art materials and a personal journal
  • Art Therapy discussions and reflection
  • Exploration of mindfulness
  • Visualization meditation(s)
  • Inspirational cards
  • Walk(s) in nature to collect organic art materials to use in art-making
  • Free time for adventure, exploration and/or stillness
  • Optional yoga class
  • Optional massage

Retreat Details

2-4 February 2018 or 9-11 February 2018 (To be confirmed - only one date will be run)

Please email for updated dates or to confirm when you are available.

Times: Retreat begins on Friday evening at 6pm and ends on Sunday at 2pm. But you can choose to attend for one night or even just the day if preferred.

Venue: Fynbos Estate, Malmsbury (1½ hours drive from Cape Town)

If you cannot make these dates please contact to put your name down for future dates.

Note: This workshop may be facilitated in-house and adapted for existing groups / educators / teams / organizations upon request at convenient times.


1 Day (Saturday): R1250 pp

1 Night plus 1 Day: R2190 pp sharing  (or single room supplement is an additional R690 pp)

2 Nights (Full retreat): R4380 pp sharing (or single room supplement is an additional R1540 pp)

Deposit: 50% to confirm your booking

Medical Aid reimbursements after attendance of workshop/retreat, from savings portion of Medical aid.

The retreat is suitable for all adults and no previous art experience is required.

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Questions and queries

Samantha Davis
Tel: 083 326 6655

The retreat is facilitated by Sami Davis, a qualified and registered Art Psychotherapist who completed her Masters in Art Psychotherapy at the University of Hertfordshire (in London in 2000) who has been working with individuals and groups for the past 19 years in South Africa. (HPCSA Registration AT0000469). Sam combines her psychodynamic Art Psychotherapy training with an eclectic combination of Journey Therapy, archetypes, numerology, meditation, coaching and mindfulness. You are in for a real treat!

Space is limited per retreat so book early to avoid disappointment!

For more info on other upcoming Art Therapy courses, go here.

For more info on Art Therapy training, go here.

Click here to also find upcoming workshops on the Art Therapy South Africa Facebook page.

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Booking Form

Art Therapy Retreat (Cape Town) - 2-4 February 2018 or 9-11 February 2018 TBC

Bookings are subject to Terms and Conditions.

“I grew more than I thought possible.”

- Alfred -

“For the first time in my life I have discovered my true identity and can now answer the fundamental question of who I am!”

- Nonhlanhla -

“The magic that Sam unleashes through her knowledge is beautiful.”

- Charmaine -

“An inspirational, wonderful, creative self-exploratory journey, Thank you!”

- Robyn -

“Thank you for a thought-provoking and inspiring class! You are a fantastic therapist with a very caring and compassionate approach to listening! You made each and every person feel important by allowing each one the opportunity to feel safe enough to open up! Thank you for that.”

- Candace -

“Sam, you are so experienced and it is evident in your facilitation. You are really good at your job and do it with such professionalism.”

- Meryl -

“The course went beyond my personal expectations. I came thinking that we would mainly be learning about Art Therapy, which we did, but it was a big transformational experience for me which I was not expecting.”

- Megan Main-Baillie (Honours Psychology Student) -

“The Art Therapy was a gentle, creative and fun way to build trust and deliver outcomes. It was enjoyable and an extremely valuable experience in our Strategy workshop.”

- Daniella: Business Connexion -

“I didn’t realize how much I NEEDED Art Therapy. It was like rain falling on desert soil. And I have grown so much. My heart feels alive again. I will be back!”

- Heather (Owner of a Montessori Nursery School, Degree in Television) -

“It was a time to forget about the problems and the world around me. Sam is a brilliant facilitator. Even though I was nervous, it was a time for me to reflect and to enjoy how therapeutic art can be. It calmed the storm that reigned inside of me. The Mandala Art Therapy workshop is like having a picnic next to a quiet river. You granted time to reach that point where you can become quiet and can experience the Universe.”

- Anonymous -

“A very comprehensive and thorough intro into Art Therapy. Covered a lot of ground in 5 days and left with a priceless manual and a warm glow.”

- Kat -

“It was the best week of my life, I learnt that I could always be happy as long as I was in a happy and comfortable space, and if I wasn’t I needed to create that space. I learnt that I was in control and all I had to do was to take charge and have fun and paint on a bigger board i.e. see the bigger picture. I am so grateful for the opportunity that came my way and that I was able to embrace and savor it.”

- Anonymous -

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