Play, Art & Presence Retreat: Exploring Inner & Outer Landscapes

St Croix, IN 47576, USA

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Feb 25 - Mar 4, 2023
Group size: 10 - 15
Play, Art & Presence Retreat: Exploring Inner & Outer Landscapes
St Croix, IN 47576, USA

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Feb 25 - Mar 4, 2023
Group size: 10 - 15

About this trip

Immerse your senses, delve into creativity & revive your playful spirit. 

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. 

Presence and play all day

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. 

About Your Facilitators

Heather Maritano, LCSW, RPT-S

Retreat Facilitator

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

Facilitated Workshops, a sampling

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. 

  • Masks
  • Mandalas
  • Basket Weaving with Carmen Corradino
  • Explore the Sacred Elements: Fire, Earth, Water, Air
  • Photography walk, nature arts, watercolor, and a guest lecture by artist Ann Percival
  • Guided reflections & moving meditations, poetry, journal, writing prompts
  • Sand castles, clay, dancing, picnics, hikes, doodles and dribbles, and more.

Curated Adventures, included in price

These experiences are designed to reflect the retreat themes of being present and playful, in tune with what is around and within us. 

  • Guided snorkel along Frederiksted Pier, both day and nighttime
  • Guided snorkel of the Coral Restoration Project in Butler Bay
  • Guided nighttime kayaking. Depending on the moon cycle, in luminescent waters
  • Hike and picnic at Ham’s Bluff
  • Swimming and sunning at Rainbow Beach
  • Shopping/dining trip to Christiansted in an open air taxi that includes an organic fruit smoothie upon arrival
  • Historical walking tour of Butler Estate

Food to nourish body & spirit

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.

Getting There

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.

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    7 nights, 8 days at Feather Leaf Inn
  • Airport transfer
    Arrival day transportation from Henry E. Rohlson Airport (STX) provided and departure day taxi to the airport included.
  • Art Materials
    Individual and community supplies for all activities and your own creative time.
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation
    All levels welcome to start the day with gentle yoga and guided meditations each morning
  • Plant based meals
    Three 100% organic, gourmet vegan meals each day. UV filtered water, teas and coffee throughout the retreat.
  • Christiansted Excursion
    Safari Taxi to Christiansted for a fresh, organic juice at The Courtyard followed by free time for shopping and exploring Christiansted.
  • Guided Night Snorkel
    Our expert guide will take us on a night snorkel at Frederiksted Pier. Snorkel gear is provided or bring your own from home.
  • Art Activities
    Masks, mandalas, basketweaving with materials gathered from the rainforest floor, and more

What’s not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Massage
    We will provide an experienced massage therapist for private bookings on site.
  • Gratuities
    It is recommended to bring cash for gratuities for drivers and staff. We can offer guidance in this area.
  • Live Music Sunset Sail
    Our final night excursion is a sunset sail with live music. This excursion is optional (not everyone likes boats!) so it is *not* included. The trip costs $150 and we will help with reservations.

Available Packages

Seaview Single
Deposit: $500
Dragonfly Double
Deposit: $500
Main House Queen
Deposit: $500
Main House Single

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:

  • Private bedrooms with ocean-view
  • One queen bed and one twin bed (this pricing option is for the twin bed)
  • Good WiFi connectivity
  • Private shared bathroom
Private Suite

$2475 per person*

The Private Suite offers spacious, luxury accommodations while providing stylish creature comforts within.   ​

  • Private bedroom with garden view
  • Private patio/entryway
  • Private ensuite bathroom
  • One queen bed, perfect for a couple
  • Good WiFi connectivity
  • Air-conditioning

*MUST BRING SOMEONE WITH YOU. Please identify who you are rooming with in the Couple Suite in the comments at the time of registration.

Deposit: $500


Day 1 Masks
Building our exterior, protecting the interior. Plaster mask workshop

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.

Your Organizer

Inner Resources Training Institute provides personal and professional growth experiences through experiential training for healing professionals, mentoring, workshops & retreats for individuals, groups, and organizations interested in exploring the power of art, play and presence.