Expressive Therapy Retreat Mandala Series Sept 27-30, 2019



Expressive Therapy Retreat - The Mandala Series  SunMountain Center, Manitou Springs, Colorado

September 27-30th, 2019

This 4 day retreat offers a sacred and meditative space to deepen connections and expand consciousness with ourselves and nature through yoga and expressive therapy experiential workshops led by licensed creative art therapists and a certified yoga practitioners. Disconnect to reconnect as you immerse in nature, tranquility, and the expressive therapies.

Allow yourself to step back from day-to-day demands for a journey toward self exploration, relaxation, increased awareness and personal growth enlightened by the restorative powers of Mother Earth.

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 the expressive therapies in their own lives or practice.

About SunMountain Center

SunMountain Center is historic bed-and-breakfast and creative sanctuary for wellness featuring two historic homes situated on six acres of terraced gardens, complete with walking & meditation trails and stunning views of the surrounding mountains.  Their world-class urban farm property provides inspiration through nature, art, locally-sourced cuisine, and history. It is located just minutes from Garden of the Gods, downtown Manitou Springs, and many other natural and historical Colorado destinations.

SunMountain Center creates an unmatched atmosphere encompassing the surreal tranquility of nature while offering an intimate setting for this retreat. Their impeccable staff inspires an interest in the surrounding culture and encourages guests to partake in activities such as touring the land, venturing into the historic city of Manitou Springs, escaping to their neighboring SunWater Spa for a blissful soak in the Hot Mineral Tubs, as well as many other enticing endeavors.



Meet the facilitators!



Visual Artist, Art Therapist, Yoga Instructor & Founder

Ella Raphaelle Dufrene is a French-Haitian-American visual artist and art therapist currently residing in Miami, FL. Ella discovered a passion for the arts while flourishing in the pursuit of dance. However, after a severe foot injury, Ella focused her attention towards the visual arts and received a BFA at the International University of Art & Design in June of 2010. Strongly influenced by the abstract expressionistic style of her mother's art work, Ella began to experiment with the mixing of different mediums, creating ethereal landscapes in a universe parallel to the way she personally experiences life. Fascinated by the chemical reactions that different mediums produce as they merge together, Ella quickly understood the relationship between natural beauty of the planet and the infusion of her materials. She discovered that her paintings could possess a beauty beyond her control, similar to that of the universe.

In 2009, Ella began to create, organize, and host her own exhibitions/events for emerging artists in Miami, FL. Ella has been featured in various exhibitions during Art Basel, at Jakmel Art Gallery, Art Miami, Conception Art Fair, and Arteamericas.

Ella received her Masters in Art Therapy from the Pratt Institute in 2015, and later began organizing wellness destination retreats in 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/special needs children, drug/alcohol addiction, hospice, eating disorders, as well as adults and children in both individual and group settings.

Find out more about Ella's intention and purpose behind Lila Retreats by clicking here: Why Madre Tierra?


Kati "pinto" Lebrun

Hula Hoop & Yoga Instructor

Since I was a teen, and over the years I have enjoyed how the different art forms compliment each other.  Today I teach with the underlying foundation of "Learning as a side effect of having fun" and look for ways to turn our daily activities into games and laughter filled collaborations.  After a few years on the road, teaching and performing at libraries, schools and retreats, I have settled down in Bend, Oregon to take advantage of more learning opportunities and to help build the movement arts and music communities of Central Oregon.


Lisa Clementi, MS, R-DMT, LCAT

Dancer & Dance/movement psychotherapist

Lisa Clementi is a professional dancer and dance/movement therapist residing in New York City. At a very young age, Lisa fell in love with the way dance made her feel larger than life itself and hasn’t stopped dancing since. She received her BA in Dance from Hofstra University and completed her MS degree with distinction in Dance/Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute. With over fifteen years of professional dance experience around the globe, Lisa has been honored to dance for Noemie LaFrance, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, Nai-Ni Chen Dance, KDNY Dance, Sal LaRussa Dance Theatre, Daniela Hoff Dance, and Kinetic Architecture Dance Theater among others.

With an innate knowledge of the power of movement, Lisa is inspired to begin a journey into dance/movement therapy. She has had the opportunity to bring the healing aspects of movement all over the boroughs of NYC. While currently working at The Animation Project with at-risk adolescent youth and at Greenhope Services for Women, Inc. with incarcerated women, Lisa strives to bring performance as therapy into her therapeutic work and continues to bring the empowering aspects of dance to lives all over the globe.

Everyone that works with Lisa feels her positive energy and is immediately lifted up! Using recreational dances mixed with her classical training, Lisa is able to relate to her participant’s interests and needs. Structuring her workshops for the purpose of self-discovery and empowerment, Lisa allows her participants to feel the freedom and control and everything in between that they so desperately desire. Lisa is an incredible facilitator with spirit, grace and relatability.

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Ryan bean

Yoga & AcroYoga Instructor

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.


  • Three nights accommodations
  • All meals, farm-to-table, organic, vegetarian and gluten-free. Please notify Ella of special dietary needs upon registration.
  • All art therapy and dance therapy workshops (two 6 hour workshops with breaks in between, including outdoors activities)
  • All art materials
  • Daily morning yoga and meditation classes
  • Access to walking and meditation trails and hot tubs on property
  • Group hike as an opportunity to connect with nature
  • Access to the SunWater Spa and voucher for 2-hour soak in the hot springs

Not Included in Retreat Costs

  • Travel to/from Denver, CO (DIA and Colorado Springs airports)
  • Transportation to/from Manitou Springs, CO and airports or other beginning locations (carpooling is encouraged)
  • Additional soaking at SunWater Spa
  • Additional spa services at SunWater Spa
  • Any incidentals you incur


In the kitchen at SunMountain Center, vegetarian, gluten-free, and organic meals are prepared for all retreat guests. They utilize the biodynamic agriculture of the property with an emphasis on creating healing cuisine. Incorporating foods from the farm and our kitchen garden, as well as making use of the local mineral water ensures the highest quality and intention goes into each and every meal prepared there.

SunMountain Center is committed to consciously growing their own food in a sustainable way so that we may live in harmony with Mother Earth. The kitchen staff strives to create food that is not only meant to be healthy but also beautiful and appeals to all the senses.

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EARLY BIRD - Sign up before June 2nd

  • $967.00 – Double Occupancy Room - per person
  • $855.00 – Quad Occupancy Room - per person

After June 2nd:

  • $1,067.00 – Double Occupancy Room - per person
  • $955.00 – Quad Occupancy Room - per person


  • Cost of lodging is included in retreat cost and will be arranged on your behalf.
  • Double and quad occupancy rooms available.
  • If you are interested in being paired up to share a room with other friends please notify Ella upon registration and she will do her best to accommodate your request.


$250 (100% refundable 90 days prior to the retreat, non-refundable thereafter) deposit is required to reserve your spot for the retreat. The remainder of your balance is due 30 days (Aug 27th) before the start of Expressive Therapy Retreat – Mandala Series. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with room details and a guest information sheet after you have made your payment.