Exploring Anima Mundi - the Soul of the world ... Play Retreat Relax in the Greek Islands

      A seven day workshop for personal growth on the Greek island of Paros, using the expressive arts - play, dance, clay, and dream work - in the context of Greek myth, exploring the ancient belief of Animism – that there is Soul in everything, even our creative acts, and that this Soul connects all living things. This belief is at the core of Greek philosophy, as well as most world religions.

     Children love Greek myths because they describe unfettered life force, unbridled power. As children we are naturally animistic which is what makes play therapy and the expressive arts so effective.  They help manifest and heal soul.

     Join us for a week of play, using the myths of Gaia, Poseidon, Dionysus, Hermes, Persephone and others. Each day begins with morning meditation and quiet time, followed by dream sharing, creative exploration and sandplay on the beach. Each evening we will meet to journey into Greek myth through story and expressive arts we will consider how the ancient mysteries relate to ourselves and our modern world. Afternoons you will be free to relax by the hotel pool, swim in the Aegean sea, walk the ancient Byzantine Road with its thousand year old olive trees, meander through the labyrinthine streets of the medieval villages. It is here on Paros the ancient stories were born and through play we will reconnect to the essence of the myths which arose from this land. 

      Our setting is the lovely village of Lefkes on Paros island, nestled in the mountains with the sea shimmering in the distance. We will also take a day trip to a more remote Greek island. This workshop offers a much needed sense of renewal. Join us!


With play therapists Dennis McCarthy and Kate Macairt  and renowned storyteller Gioia Timpanelli and flutist Steve Gorn 
                                   June 12-19, 2020


Cost = $1850/£1,500; includes 6 nights in 3*hotel (d/o), breakfast, two dinners, shared car rental, day trip and workshop costs. Single room supplement is available. Space is very limited. Registration begins 18th October 2019 at metamorfosinstitute@gmail.comI'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. I'm a great place for you to tell your story and let your visitors know a little more about you.

Leader bios: 
Dennis McCarthy has worked as a psychotherapist with children and adults for 45 years. He developed a unique approach to play therapy that is greatly influenced by Greek myth. He has been traveling to the Greek islands for 40 years and has been leading "The Heart Leaps Up..." workshop series for 25 years.

 Kate Macairt has over 30 years’ experience working with children, young people and adults as Expressive Arts teacher, Play Therapist and Counsellor. Kate taught the Post Graduate Diploma course in Play Therapy for the UK organization APAC in UK, Hong Kong, New Zealand and South East Asia for over 10 years. Her passion for outdoor play and Nature connection is the foundation for her most recent development; LandPlay Therapy which focuses on the essential life-enhancing power of Great Mother archetypal energy. 

Steve Gorn is a world renowned master of the bansurai flute and  other instruments . His first journey to Paros over 50 years ago helped shape his musical career. His music is said to be a portal into the inner world of dream and the unconscious, and the outer world of landscape and light.


 Gioia Timpanelli is the dean of American storytelling, and an award winning writer. She has collaborated with Robert Bly, Joseph Campbell, Gary Snyder, James Hillman and many others. She is the author of “Sometimes the Soul” and “What Makes a Child Lucky”.



SECURE YOUR PLACE NOW BY EMAILING DENNIS MCCARTHY : metamorfosinstitute@gmail.com ( no payment until December)

AN INSTALLMENT SYSTEM OF  4 PAYMENTS OF £375 IS AVAILABLE FOR UK PARTICIPANTS ( NB; price subject to dollar-sterling rates)

Instalments to be paid: dec1st 2019, 1st feb 2020,1stmarch 2020,1st April 2020