Play Therapy Retreat

Spark It Up!

 Play Therapy Experiential Retreat 2018

 Wednesday, May 16 thru Friday, May 18, 2018

Location: Danville, CA

Earn 20 CE’s By Attending This Retreat! Approved by APT


Comments From Previous 2017 Attendees: 

“This workshop was creative, innovative and informational. The presenters brought so much relevant information to help serve my clients.”

“I loved the retreat. It was such a great escape. The three presenters were all excellent. I really appreciated learning from them.” 

“I love this training. This retreat really provided me with a safe, sacred space to learn and heal my compassion, burnout and rejuvenated me!”

“I would come to a retreat like this one annually, if offered.”



Just imagine 3 days of intensive experiential play therapy

focusing on growth, learning and play, just for you!


This Intensive Play Therapy Experiential Retreat is approved for psychologist’s, MFT’s, LPC’s, LCSW’s and licensed mental health professionals.


The retreat will explore utilizing play therapy with multiple populations. This will include children, teens, individuals, couples & families.  The retreat also incorporates a growth experience of self-care and relaxation for all who participate. You will be pampered in many aspects throughout this experience. Come grow, learn, play, gain inspiration and relaxation at Spark it up 2018!

Spark, It Up! 2018 Play Therapy Experiential Retreat!

Day 1 – Self as Play Therapist – Exploring Play & Integrating Play into Practice
Day 2 – Sandtray – Digging Deeper into the Self of the Play Therapist & Experiential Fabtray
Day 3 – Expressly Yours – Experiential Play/Expressive interventions & Case Application.

The purpose of a play therapy retreat, in addition to daily immersion of play therapy activities and learning is to temporarily leave behind the usual distractions we all face for a time long enough to allow relaxation and for an inner change to occur. A retreat refreshes, revitalizes and gives the opportunity for contemplation.

The retreat schedule allows some free time to create your own experience with the variety of opportunities located onsite at the event location; hiking nearby on beautiful trails,  meditation labyrinth, a relaxing soak in the sun, or simply reading or journaling outside in a chair overlooking the stunning property.



About the Retreat Location 

San Damiano Retreat Center is tucked away in the beautiful hills of Northern California.This destination resort offers something for everyone. It offers an opportunity to get away from hectic daily life to seek peace and solitude for rest, renewal and play. It provide a peaceful environment of natural beauty where renewal may be sought thru the beautiful gardens, labyrinth and walking trails.

Important Information

Date: May 16-18, 2018

15 spots available

Preregister Discounts
Until April 14th

Single Occupancy $ 1697

Double Occupancy $1,497

Commuter $1197

(Commuter has no overnight accommodations)


Full registration


Single Occupancy $2,059

Double Occupancy $1879

Commuter-(no overnight accommodations) $1579

Last day to register is May 1, 2018

Breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks are included.


About the Retreat


Specialized Play Therapy Training

Day 1 – Self as Play Therapist – Exploring Play & Integrating Play into Practice
Day 2 – Sandtray – Digging Deeper into the Self of the Play Therapist & Experiential Fabtray
Day 3 – Expressly Yours – Experiential Play/Expressive interventions & Developing an intervention for your practice.

Spark It Up!  Play Therapy Experiential Retreat is about growing your understanding of play therapy through experiential application of play and specialized training to better understand yourself as a play therapist and as a provider of the art of play therapy. Discover your playful self, discover or rediscover your drive to work with families and child through play therapy. 

Comments From Previous 2017 Attendees:

“Leslie, Karen and Mary Ruth created a warm atmosphere for learning. Awesome retreat!”

“I loved and learned a lot from both the didactic and experiential part of the teaching.”

“I learned a more in-depth understanding of the different approaches of play therapy.  With the experiential component of the training, it helped to deepened my experience of using the different approaches.”

Learning Objectives for SPARK IT UP!

After this workshop participants will be able to . . . .

1. Complete the ProQol assessment tool for the assessment of psychotherapist burnout and compassion fatigue and assess clinician’s level of wellness.
2. Define Compassion Satisfaction, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout.
3. Identify and apply 3 expressive play therapy and/or art-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of psychotherapist burnout and compassion fatigue.
4. Examine and investigate 5 developmental stages of play in children and teens to use in their play therapy practice.
5. Examine and utilize 3 play therapy interventions that enhance understanding of brain functions and play therapy for people of all ages.
6. Describe and apply three self- assessment interventions that explore play therapists’ goals and development as a play therapist.
7. List and explain 3 developmental considerations for play therapists to use in Sandtray Therapy.
8. Explain and demonstrate 2 strategies that play therapists can use in witnessing, processing and drawing out the story of the sandtray.
9. Create and demonstrate 3 play therapy or art based interventions to apply to your clinical practice.
10. Create and demonstrate at least one play therapy and/or expressive therapy intervention.

Comments From Previous 2017 Attendees 

“This retreat will improve my ability to work with sand tray. It was an affirming experience. I really benefited from experiencing the process as a client would. I learned a lot of experiential interventions particularly processing a client’s sandtray.”

“I learned about expressive arts and sandtray. I feel more comfortable now about emphasizing the process as the therapy, more than the outcome with my clients.  I feel like I’ve found the perfect things to do with my clients.”

“The activities were planned and implemented in a natural progression that enhanced the overall experience. They were educational, engaging and amazing.”

“The safety created by the instructors really allowed me to dive into the play.” 

At this retreat you will personally discover how to…

Find your own inner “Play-er”

Dig deeper to understand yourself and others

Connect to a variety of play

Express yourself through play and expressive arts

Use play and expressive therapy interventions

All this plus so much more…

You will learn how to improve your energy for developing a playful counseling practice and utilize evidence based interventions that you can apply to your own practice. You will enhance your understanding of brain functions and play while you explore playful ways of connecting. You will gain feelings of thriving, support and connection. After the retreat you will leave feeling refreshed, renewed and re-energized, while gaining new friendships, connection and support with fellow play therapist.

Spark It Up! Play Therapy Experiential Retreat 2018

Retreat Information:

Date: May 16-18,2018

Only 15 spots are available. This event will SELL OUT! Register Today!

Last day to register is May 1, 2018

Location: San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Dr, Danville, CA 94526

Breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks are included.

Single or Double Occupancy included or Commuter rate available-(no overnight accommodations)

Earn 20 CE’s By Attending This Retreat!


 Preregister Discounts until April 14th

Single Occupancy $ 1,697

Double Occupancy $1,497

Commuter-(no overnight accommodations) $1,197


Full registration


Single Occupancy $2,059

Double Occupancy $1879

Commuter-(no overnight accommodations) $1579

Comments from Previous 2017 Attendees:

“All the activities are relevant and experiential part really helped to deepen my understanding of the didactic material.”

“I learned the theoretical approach to play therapy, as well as how to conceptualize and understand trauma through play therapy.  I will enhance my attunement and understanding through play.”

“Intersection of spirituality and personal renewal and play therapy. Soul collage and mask making as additional ways of deeper work.


Our Wonderful Presenters For The Retreat

crossmaryruthphoto-150x150 Mary Ruth Cross, MS, MFT, NCC, RPT-S

Leslie Baker, MA, MFT, NCC Certified Gottman Therapist

kpheadshot-150x150Karen Pernet LCSW, RPT-S

Hosted by CAV

Association for Play Therapy approved -APT Approved Provider 09-241.


For further information please call or email:

General information (925) 626-0084

Mary Ruth Cross (925) 895-4670

Leslie Baker (925) 998-3392

Karen Pernet (510) 926-0292


Cancellation Policy:  Participants can request a full refund minus $200.00 administration fee before May 1, 2018, unless a replacement is found.  If you are requesting a replacement please contact Mary Ruth at No cancellations will be given after May 1, 2018.

Partial credit cannot be given.

Disclaimer: Recordings, both audio and video may used to further benefit Connecting to Play Therapy and CAV Academy. All information presented is for educational purposed only.  Opinions expressed by the presenters do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Connecting to Play Therapy and CAV Academy.


Association for Play Therapy –APT approved provider 09-241 sponsored by Growth Through Play Therapy CE’s for Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Social Workers, Professional Counselors.

CAV Academy provider number: #136807 in sponsorship with Mary Ruth Cross. Will be conducting a workshop Spark It Up meets the qualifications for 6 hours of con-tinuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Scienc-es. Beginner and Moderate Level Training.

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