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Opening to Receive | Repairing Deservability

Mini Urban Retreat

This workshop is part of a year-long series of monthly workshops on Living Well. Select the ones you want, or sign up for them all. This is now a virtual workshop until it is safe to conduct in-person sessions

This workshop will be held online via Zoom

You can’t pour from an empty cup – it’s an old expression, but there’s truth in it. In the same way, it’s impossible to pour into a closed one. 

We are all so independent, self-sufficient – it’s like we create a closed loop with ourselves. But what if we could open ourselves up to support, love, kindness, and overall goodness.

In this mini retreat, we will gently test our “receiving muscle” and see where it might need some loving training. 

Opening yourself to receive goodness can be difficult for many reasons- from the possibility of being hurt and the pain of past trauma. a door, keeping others  out. But the process of opening yourself to new experiences, relationships, and challenges places you at a zone of critical growth and discovery. 

This is a place to thrive and dwell in creativity!  Using art therapy and experiential techniques, Claudia Palmira will guide you in activities designed to help you receive the bounty of openness.

The workshop lasts 3 1/2 hours with one break.

What to expect in this workshop:

• guided meditation
• interactive group activities
• guided creative activities
• connection with other like-minded “seekers”

About the modalities used in this workshop

In art therapy, creativity is a way to access the subconscious using the universal language of imagery. Experiential therapy involves guided movement and interaction among group members to improve spontaneity and release stuck energy in the body. No experience or skillset in either is necessary to participate. All are welcome.

What to bring:

• a pen / pencil
• min. 4 pieces of paper
• colors, whatever you have on hand: markers, oil crayons, pencils
• an open mind
• wear comfortable clothing and shoes

Optional but recommended:

• magazine(s) to cut up
• scissors
• glue/tape
• stickers, glitter, embellishments
• colored paper


Total standard cost is 54 Euros per person, payable online below using “Standard Booking” link,

Discounts available for students and persons in recovery and members of the Free Exchange & VCN- please select the appropriate option when booking

Please pre-register below to reserve your space, sign-ups close 2 hours before the event.

Cancellations and refunds permitted up until 48 hours prior to the workshop; 3 euro processing fee for refunds.

Payment methods: Paypal, Credit card, Bank Transfer – choose at checkout


Email workshop leader Claudia Palmira with any questions

Link to the Zoom meeting provided upon registration

The event is finished.


02 Oct 2023


3:00 pm - 6:30 pm




Zoom Conference


  • Claudia Palmira
    Claudia Palmira
    artist, designer

    EN / Internationally exhibited artist and designer Claudia Palmira is certified as an art therapist and experiential specialist. Founder of Open City experiences, she leads groups in creative, experiential and spiritual work around the world. A native New Yorker, Claudia is based in Rome, Italy where she runs her design and art studio – and where she and her photographer husband, Mauro Benedetti, are bringing up their son, Ludovico, a film actor

    IT / Nata a New York, Claudia Palmira è una designer e artista residente a Roma dal 2006. Ha avviato il suo studio nel 1997, subito dopo aver conseguito la laurea in arte e storia dell’arte presso il Mount Holyoke College (Mass.) e lavorato con rinomata clientela internazionale su una vasta gamma di progetti grafici e web. Come artista, ha tenuto mostre a New York City, Roma e Greenwich (CT). È nota per la sua serie di collage digitali Iconics / Poetics e per i suoi lavori sui media misti. Nel 2021 ha lanciato Clù, la sua linea distintiva di oggetti d’arte, che include collezioni di foulard in seta.

    Claudia è molto attiva nell’organizzazione e conduzione di programmi per il benessere spirituale attraverso l’arte. Arteterapeuta certificata e specialista esperienziale, ha fondato Open City experiences nel 2017, principale hub di autosviluppo in inglese di Roma. Ha fondato Restart Retreats, ritiri di psicodramma in Toscana condotti prima dalla pandemia.

    Vive nel quartiere Prati di Roma con il marito, il fotografo Mauro Benedetti, e il figlio Ludovico, attore con ruoli in film e televisione.

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