This facilitated retreat is ideal for anyone who wants so be creative in community with self, other, and nature, while having generous time to relax or adventure in the natural beauty of a tropical island.
The week is designed to practice bringing more awareness, and delight, to the interactions between ourselves and the worlds in which we exist, to cultivate an increased capacity to notice with all our senses, to be curious about the inner self, to linger for just a bit in a world away, and ultimately return home with a bit more grace and playful appreciation of all that is within and around us.
Especially suited to therapists and other healing professionals with an interest in play and expressive arts approaches in their work and for their own reflection and restoration.
Licensed Therapists: earn 30 CE Hours for the Association for Play Therapy and for Indiana for LMHC, LCSW, LMFT. If you live outside the state of Indiana, you may request your home state licensing board to approve these credits.
While we will be using art processes, no prior experience with any medium is necessary.
Each day begins with engaging your senses and building your capacity to be present through a short guided meditation and yoga, cooled by ocean breezes, followed by a scrumptious, plant-based breakfast featuring local exotic fruits. Linger on the veranda overlooking the sea before we plunge into our experiential workshops.
Each day has a theme which we will explore in our morning workshops and with prompts that can be used for reflection throughout the day. Art supplies will be available in the common room to use as you wish.
After lunch, we will continue engaging with our daily theme for a bit before being set free to soak in the saltwater pool or explore white sand beaches, peaceful harbors and rocky shorelines. Take a bike ride or go for a hike in many different ecosystems. We’ll provide opportunities to snorkel, kayak, visit a coral restoration project, or take a guided tour of the historic Butler Estate. Swing in the large tree hammock or simply relax on the veranda. A masseuse will be available if you’d like to book a massage on site, you won’t regret it!
In the evening we gather in the ocean view gallery porch for dining on a sumptuous gourmet 100% plant-based dinner prepared from local organic produce while the sun sets beautifully behind the water. After dinner we have a variety of evening activities that round out the daily theme, including night snorkels, kayaks, dancing, and sharing reflections. Gazing at the stars and marveling at the vast universe is is a perfect end to any day.
Heather Maritano, LCSW, RPT-S
Heather Maritano, founder of Inner Resources Counseling & Training, has been supporting the growth and healing of clients, colleagues, and community for over 25 years through therapy, education, mentoring, and advocacy. She creates soothing spaces, relationships, and experiences that invite exploration and discernment through steady presence.
Heather has clinical specialities in play, sandtray, & expressive arts therapies. She has traveled and trained throughout the world.
She maintains a sense of awe, regularly practices her belief in the healing powers of play, and is particularly fond of dancing.
Matece Skow, CMT, E-RYT500
Activity Director, Masseuse & Yoga Instructor
Matece Skow, founder of Nourishing Heart Yoga, has been fostering compassionate growth and healing for students and clients for the past 24 years. She facilitates safe and nurturing environments for the transformation of body and heart through the practices of yoga, breath work, meditation, essential oils, hands-on healing, and massage.
An avid traveler, Matece has led numerous international and domestic retreats and trainings. Through her travels and online yoga classes, she has had the pleasure of sharing yoga with people all over the globe. She has been coming to St. Croix for 15 years
We will start the week exploring masks (persona) and end with mandalas (wholeness) with many activities in-between that tie together our broad theme of exploring the inner and outer landscapes.
These experiences are designed to reflect the retreat themes of being present and playful, in tune with what is around and within us.
Savor three organic, vegan, plant-based gourmet catered meals daily:
•A Full Breakfast; fresh exotic, local fruits; coffee & tea; fresh squeezed juices and smoothies; and baked goods
•A Tropical lunch daily all prepared from fresh local produce.
•A Two Course dinner each evening with dessert.
All food is vegan.
We can accommodate allergies & sensitivities, please make sure to list them when you sign up.
St. Croix is one of the U.S. Virgin Islands, in the Caribbean. It’s one of the easiest destinations in the Caribbean to enter; U.S. citizens don’t even need to bring their passports. But you must be prepared to show evidence of citizenship upon leaving (such as a government issued photo ID or your passport). It is recommended that travelers bring a government issued photo ID and copy of their birth certificate. Citizens of countries other than the U.S. should follow U.S. travel regulations.
American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Bohlke International Airways currently offer direct flights from the U.S. Mainland to St. Croix. American Airlines currently offers two flights daily from Miami (MIA), along with one daily flight from Charlotte.
Feather Leaf Inn is a short 30 minute drive from Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport (STX).
All prices listed are per person.
•If you are traveling with friends, please write in the comments section of your checkout, whom you would like to room with.
•If you are traveling alone, we are happy to pair you in shared accommodations.
This option is for a twin bed in a double occupancy room.
These rooms provide a delightful space that offers luxury accommodations and ocean views while providing stylish creature comforts within.
All rooms have high-powered fans and screens on all the doors and windows to harness the ocean breeze plus the following amenities:
$2475 per person*
The Private Suite offers spacious, luxury accommodations while providing stylish creature comforts within.
*MUST BRING SOMEONE WITH YOU. Please identify who you are rooming with in the Couple Suite in the comments at the time of registration.
Each day begins with yoga and guided meditative practices, followed by breakfast. The general flow of our time will include a facilitated workshop in the morning followed by lunch with a continuation of projects in motion and/or free time in the afternoon. Dinner will be followed by an evening activity that integrates with our themes.
All programming is optional and alternatives for your time are ample, though we have designed the week with the intention of deepening the experiences and developing group cohesion.