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A Home for the Soul - Expressive, Holistic Art-Making for Resilience and


A Home for the Soul - Expressive, Holistic Art-Making for All Ages. Meaningful, Joyful, and Engaging Art! Private sessions, family gatherings, group workshops, and art retreats to ignite the creative spark that feeds the playful soul. What if I: Sketch on a leaf? Paint with a stick... Carve into clay?  How can I express my feelings and thoughts with art materials in a meaningful, joyful, and personal way? What are the creative possibilities before me? How can I engage in art-making without worrying about skill, product, or judgment?

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How it All Began...

Dancing Willow Arts was created when Hudson Valley artist and educator Ann Miceli Teed moved her holistic music and art studio based in the City of Poughkeepsie, NY to her home in the eastern ridge of Dutchess County, Lagrangeville, NY. She wanted to create a woodland art retreat where she could facilitate art experiences that help individuals feel joyful and whole without the stigma of making art that is judged and critiqued. Inviting other holistic, expressive artists who focus on “Arts for Well-Being - Creating for the Spirit, Mind and Body”, Ann opened her greenhouse studio and named this unique and spirited group of artist/friends, the “Sacred Circle". They now want to bring this mindful and playful energy to others and are offering workshops and retreats for you to join them.

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Founder, Owner, Artist, Musician

Ann Teed is a doctoral student at Columbia University, NY, focusing on Holistic, Expressive Arts For Resilience and Well-being. She holds a National Parents Choice Gold Award for her family music album: The Shooting Star Express - A Journey to the Land of Imagination and has toured the tri-state area sharing her original music comedy with audiences of all ages. Nicknamed, "Hurricane Annie", she is a musician and lead vocalist for "Annie and the Attaboys", a regional band of the Hudson Valley stirring up the mix with some soulful, rhythmic, rocking tunes. 

Twice, Ann has been at the helm for breaking the Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Finger Painting. (2001 and 2007) For the past 14 years, she has worked in higher education and in 2010 received the Distinguished Teacher of the Year - Alumni at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Ann has worked and designed educational programs for many prestigious arts organizations such as Mill Street Loft, Dia Beacon, The Omega Institute, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, American Museum of Natural History, World Values Day, Vassar College, Lincoln Center Institute, Columbia University among others. She is currently an instructor at Adelphi University as well as a college supervisor at Teachers College - Columbia University, NY.  Ann is the owner of Dancing Willow Arts where she creates, teaches, and focuses on joyful and meaningful art-making within the Hudson Valley as well as on a virtual/international platform.

Ann has studied with renowned holistic, Expressive Arts Therapy pioneers such as Dr. Lucia Capacchione, Dr. Lucy Barbera, and Dr. Lisa Miller. She continues to research and train within the field of art for the spirit, mind, and body and continues to develop workshops for others sharing this vital and therapeutic work.



Artist, Educator, Healing Arts Practitioner

Nina Tantillo Elton has worked as a professional arts/healing arts practitioner in partnership with Arts Horizons Healing Arts Program, Mill Street Loft’s Healing Arts Program, and Doing Art Together in conjunction with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York City Board Education. Nina is an adjunct professor at Adelphi University, NY State University at New Paltz, The College of Mount St. Vincent, and has supervised and mentored students at Columbia University.

Ninaʼs expressive arts therapy practice began when she developed programs that integrated creative arts therapy with the visual arts, sandplay, creative movement for children and adults of all ages and diverse populations either in public school venues and in private practice. Certificates:  -The Trauma Informed Creative Arts Therapy Certificate Program for Mental Health Professionals, University of Albany  -Certificate of Completion/Creative Arts Therapy Certificate Program/Ulster Country BOCES -Certified Katonah Yoga Instructor  -Certified Reiki Practitioner -Completion of Eurythmy Program, Eurythmy School, Spring Valley Awards and Appointments: -Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018 -Who’s Who in World 2020 -The Society of Publications Designers  -Peace Corps appointment and Temporary Foreign Service Officer for the US State Department.



Artist, Author, BA in Art, a MA in Creative Arts, Certified East Coast supervisor and Regional Coordinator for the Creative Journal Expressive Arts

About Lisa: I am a self-taught artist who has spent many years experimenting in mixed media while exhibiting and selling work in shows in NY and NJ. I have been teaching classes for over 35 years and developed a series of “art-as-therapy” workshops for those suffering with illness and adversity. I began these workshops while suffering myself with Lyme disease for many years and finding the only relief in the time I spent in the process of creating. I have dedicated my life to the belief that art is therapeutic and can help you speak words hard to say, relieve stress and suffering, and allow you to escape for a few hours.
I have a BA in Art, a MA in Creative Arts and I am the certified East Coast supervisor and Regional Coordinator for the Creative Journal Expressive Arts (a program that incorporates art with journaling). This includes being trained as a Visioning® workshop facilitator and writing “Beyond the Books” which includes ice breakers and workshops for facilitators.  I have facilitated programs for support groups (cancer, brain-injured, and bereavement) at the local hospitals, cancer centers, high schools, and (CEU’s) colleges, conferences, as well as offering a variety of workshops in my studio. I have taken my unique teaching skills across the United States and to England, Ireland, and Mexico. 

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Artist, Certified Yoga Instructor, Wellness Facilitator

Lise Driller is an artist, certified Yoga Instructor, and art teacher. She has 38 years of teaching experience from young children through college to adult. She focuses on a holistic intuitive approach to art-making, centered on intuitive experiences, mindfulness, and self-discovery. She is the founder of The Woodland Arts Studio and the YogArt experience. Her workshops begin with a mindfulness activity through gentle Yoga and guided meditation, followed by a discussion on themes for personal growth. She leads the group in hands-on art projects and nature exploration activities, followed by a closing circle and journaling.



Artist and Holistic Wellness Facilitator

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Wellness Coach, RN, Urban Integrative Therapist (UZIT)

Heidi Kolta RN is a 500 RYT and also an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (UZIT) with an additional 100 hours of clinical training in therapy and working with patients in oncology and long term care facilities. Heidi has been practicing yoga for almost a decade, and in that time, it has become an integral part of her life.


Spirit, Mind, and Body Art Workshops and Retreats - Art-Making for Wellness



Spring 2020

As you face major changes in your life: retiring or changing careers, adapting to an empty nest, downsizing and moving, divorce, health issues, or the death of a loved one: There are techniques to make these transitions more gentle while you explore your emotions honestly and prepare your next step. Based on the newest brain research and using the Creative Journal Expressive Arts methods developed by Lucia Capacchione, ATR, Ph.D., you will be lead through a series of exercises using a variety of media to help you explore the possibilities.  

Presented by:

Lisa Brown, the Regional Coordinator for CJEA and a Visioning® facilitator has worked extensively with Dr. Capacchione in developing programs for teachers, therapists, and those in healthcare. Her aim is to give you the tools with which to expand your services to others and to more honestly explore your own dreams, hopes, and wishes.

Lisa Brown



Spring 2020

Artist and holistic facilitator, Christina DiMarco -Sumi Nagashi Workshop

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Upcoming Events

  • Spirit Mandala - A Joyful Playdate with Your Inner-Child
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    Come play with your inner-child and create a spirit mandala. We will use an array of mixed media, naturally found objects, and lots of inspiring flotsam and jetsam.
  • Tableware - Porcelain Vessels that Will Welcome Your Special Guests
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    Using simple tools, we will create specialty items for your table, including a pinched sugar/honey bowl and spoon, tea light holder, tea bag holder, pinched tea cup, napkin ring, and cookie plate. Using nature as an inspiration, our table will be graced with our personal charm....
  • Silver Clay Workshop
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    Silver Clay Workshop - Learn the magic of working with silver clay.... Step by step instruction and support videos to assist you as you make new silver treasures...
  • Whimsical Clay Fairy Houses for Your Garden
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    Delightful for all ages....
  • The Joy of Mud, Music and Meditation - Sacred Vessels of Mindfulness
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    The Joy of Mud, Music and Meditation - Sacred Vessels of Mindfulness “Be like a lotus. Let the beauty of your heart speak. Be grateful to the mud, water, air and the light.” ―Amit Ray Think back to your first mud pie.....
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