Events and Workshops



Date: June 29th, 2019*

Time: 2pm – 5pm 

Location: Southwestern College – Santa Fe, NM

*Note that this date has changed to the 29th.

Past events: We had a great turnout at our last Membership meeting in March at Meow Wolf.

Dream Symbols by Christina Calderon and Valerie Valentine in May was also a great success.

Upcoming 50 year anniversary 2019 AATA Conference in Kansas City, MO: October 30th – November 3rd.

Register for 2019 AATA Conference here.


Who are WE as a community of Art Therapists?

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Come join NMATA at Meow Wolf on Saturday, March 9th for a Friends and Membership Meeting. All are welcome. We will be gathered from 12:00pm to 2:15pm in the David Loughridge Center for art making and sharing experiences.

The meeting will stem around the question of Who are WE as a community of Art Therapists? As the social climate storms on, we are faced with navigating issues that reach deeply into our community. Come support each other in sharing struggles, joys, and solidarity as Art Therapists. We will be making time to discuss how NMATA can feel like a safe, supportive space that supports each and everyone of you. Art supplies and food will be provided.

Friends and Membership Meeting
Saturday, March 9th
12p – 2:15p
MEOW WOLF David Loughridge Center
1352 Rufina Cir, Santa Fe, NM 87507

$5 donations are welcome but not required to attend

Contributions go to funding future NMATA:
• CEU courses
• Community projects that expand the field of art therapy and support marginalized groups
• Membership meetings
• Art supplies towards community projects
• NMATA overhead costs

NMATA Membership photo March 2019


July CEU flyer


November 2nd and 3rd, 2018

Women’s Spiritual Hungers: A Women’s Healing Retreat

Women are complex and sensitive souls. We as women often strive for perfectionism that is dictated from an impossible cultural “ norm” of stimuli from the outside world. These self -imposed demands drain us of a vital, deep connection to our souls via our precious physical bodies. Our deep spiritual hunger is often misinterpreted as bodily hunger.

In this women’s retreat we will dive into an exploration of ideologies that connect our soul back to body and vice versa. Together we will seek to identify our deepest longings and creative needs. We will do this in order to claim a more sacred and grounded ability to be in present time , bringing into focus the roots of our passions and a better understanding of our instinctual selves.

Through discussions, visualizations, painting and art making we will dive into the deep reservoir of personal connection together.

With Nina Ross, PHD, LPAT & Lauren Mantecon in Santa Fe, NM

COST: $325.00 All materails included; Discounted Early Registration 20% till September 10, 2018        

contact: for registration.

10 CEU’S Available for an additional $50.00 approved by the New Mexico Therapy and Practice Board


Saturday August 18 – New Mexico Sandplay Society

Transformation & Healing Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico – August 22-26
See quick details on our event page

Full Conference website –

September 8 – NMATA Fall Member Meeting – 9:30-1:30 AT Dr. Deb Goode’s house

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September 28 – October 8 is the 10th Annual Love Armor Project hosted by the New Mexico Arts and the Department of Cultural Affairs in Santa Fe. NMATA will be presenting a day long interaction with the public about art therapy and the military. This is still in the planning stages and will likely include various workshops and presentations. Please contact if you are interested in presenting and supporting this event. The day of our presentation is tentatively scheduled for Friday, Oct 5.

October 12, 7-9 – Social Media Workshop at Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City (October 11-14, 2018)

As part of the 2018 Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City, Social Media, The Arts, and Community Engaged Projects (October 12, 7-9 pm) explores the power of the arts and how creative, interactive community based projects using social media can motivate positive change, hope, and well being. Public projects inspired by abandonment art, random acts of kindness, and other creative deeds not only motivate art making, enhance emotional development, and support compassionate acts, but also offer meaningful opportunities to connect and positively influence others that their art comes into contact with, both on and offline. As a result, this inspiration has the possibility to keep spreading its creative message from person to person. Participants will be introduced to art-based projects and experience how-to ideas for implementing this kind of creative chain reaction for use in treatment with clients and ways to facilitate this approach within a therapeutic context for individuals, groups, or communities.  Registration is now open here.

This workshop is presented by Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP and inspired by the book The Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media.

October 20 – Our next CEU Workshop – – See all the details and to RSVP on that event page for Stop Motion and Digital Art Therapy Worksop

November 3, Workshop at AATA Conference

Social Media and Art Therapists: Exploring Our Digital Footprint and Presence Online(November 3, 10:15-11:45 am) will be offered at the 2018 American Art Therapy Association Conference in Miami, Florida.  This workshop invites art therapists to consider and reflect upon the impact of our digital footprint and its influence. Through didactic presentation, experiential art-making, and group discussion attendees will be encouraged to explore topics that foster an awareness about creating a digital presence online that aligns with ones goals, passions, values, and career interests.  Pre-registration required and space availability is limited. Advanced registration is open online until 9/28 via

Registration is OPEN for the American Art Therapy Association’s 49th Conference in Miami!!

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November 8-11, 2018 — Sandplay Therapists of America National Conference: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Main Conference Website with brochure and registration links.