Bali Psychodrama Retreat for Personal Renewal – March 2019

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Bali Psychodrama Retreat for Personal Renewal – March 2019

March 17 @ 5:00 pm - March 22 @ 8:00 pm

“I think it is essential sometimes to retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your beliefs and experiences completely, and look at them anew. You would then let fresh air into your mind, wouldn’t you? If you can do so, you would be open to the mysteries of nature and to things that are whispering about us, which you would not otherwise reach.” – J. Krishnamurti
Psychodrama for Personal Restoration, Renewal & Cultural Connection

*** Dates: 17 – 22 March, 2019
PS We also host this retreat on February 10-15, 2019 if those dates work out best for you, kindly go to

J.L Moreno, the founder of psychodrama, once said to Sigmund Freud: “I start where you leave off. You analyze their dreams. I give them the courage to dream again. You analyze and tear them apart. I let them act out their conflicting roles and help them to put the parts back together again.”

*** Introduction to Psychodrama
Moreno crafted the word: “psychodrama” from the Greek, meaning: “the soul in action.” As Moreno also stated: “get into action instead of just talking, take the roles of the important people in your lives to understand them better, confront them imaginatively in the safety of the therapeutic theater, and most of all become more creative and spontaneous human beings.”

Whether you are experienced in this form of personal growth work, or totally new to this modality, if you are ready to explore who you are, where you have been, and where you desire to go in the future, this retreat is for you.

*** More than just a retreat
These retreats will combine 30+ hours of psychodrama sessions with diverse cultural adventures on the beautiful and mystical island of Bali in Indonesia, a place where the sacred and the mundane join together.

Included will be a trip to the famous Tanah Lot Temple, one of the ten most photographed sites in the world.

Free time for exploration and relaxation is also included.

Participants will receive a certificate to document psychodrama hours, which, for those who so desire, may be used toward certification by the American Board of Examiners, the Korean Psychodrama Association, The North American Drama Therapy Association, and Therapeutic Spiral International.

*** Meet Mario Cossa, your Facilitator.
Psychodrama Sessions facilitated by: Mario Cossa, MA, RDT/MT, TEP. Mario is a Psychodramatist (Certified by the American Board of Examiners), Drama Therapist/Master Teacher (Certified by the North American Drama Therapy Association), and Theatre Educator.

Mario has traveled globally offering trainings, retreats, and workshops in the USA, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, South Korea, and New Zealand.

He is a Trainer in the Therapeutic Spiral Model ™ for the safe utilization of psychodrama with survivors of trauma.

Mario currently resides primarily in Bali, and is developing training and personal growth workshops for Indonesians and Expats.

*** Testimonials from former retreat participants:
Marie Bee, long-time resident of Bali and frequent participant in Mario’s psychodrama sessions states: “Mario leads us with talent, a wide span of experience and sensitivity that blend loving care, undivided attention, a deep sense of communication, and total respect for confidentiality. He guides us gently into putting together the somewhat hurt parts of our lives.”

Here is another unsolicited testimonial from an attendee at a workshop:

“Thank you, Mario, for your dedication and your very kind soul. You are a wonderful facilitator. I would like to tell you that I consider our Friday group session a wonderful piece of therapy for me, and as a result, two days later, I had a very long and open conversation with my mother, in which I managed to openly but gently express myself in a way I never thought I could, and it came naturally and her reaction and willingness to try to understand were pretty good. Although I still have work to do on myself, and don’t we all, I believe I’m one step closer to being the freedom I want to be. – Gabriella Ionescu –

*** The Venue:
TAKSU HEALING HAVEN – Ubud, Bali – is a jungle paradise in the Heart of Ubud.

It features a World Class Spa & Salon, Restaurants, Yoga, and Workshop Spaces. Participants will receive a 15% discount on any additional food and beverage and on all Spa services. Visit for a listing of services available. Visit for a listing of the healing practitioners in residence and the services they offer.

*** Tuition: US$750 per person.
Inluded: all psychodrama sessions over six days, seven community meals (four dinners and 3 lunches), and all cultural events + Certificate of participation.

Not Included: Accommodation
A 50% deposit will hold your place and is due no later than February 4th.

Balance due on first day of retreat. Those who pay in full by deposit date pay the Early Bird rate of only US$600 per person. Transportation and accommodations are not included. Limited to 15 participants per session, so please register early.

*** Info & Bookings:
For More Information: Please e-mail or call +1 603 203 4130 (between 7 September and 24 November) or +62 8123 844 5792 (after 26 November.)

Mario Cossa – PT Motivational Arts
Benoa Square 2nd Floor
Jl Bypass Ngurah Rai No. 21 A
Kedonganan, Kuta 80361 Bali, Indonesia

*** To Indicate Your Interest:
Please e-mail with a brief statement of your interest, previous psychodrama and/or drama therapy experience (if any), and preferred contact method. Your expression of interest does not commit you in any way. Additional registration details will be sent.

*** The Complete Program:
Arrive in Bali Saturday evening and have Sunday to rest, or arrive on Sunday morning and be ready to arrive at Taksu Healing Haven, Ubud, by 5pm.
Sunday evening: 5 to 6:30pm – Welcome Buffet Dinner at Taksu; selections available whatever your dietary needs.

6:45 to 9:15pm – Psychodrama of Intentions: What do I want to offer to the group and receive for myself during the retreat?

Morning: 9:30am to 1pm – Psychodrama Session on Cultivating Gratitude (“If the only prayer we ever say is ‘thank you,’ that is enough.” – Meister Eckhart)

This session includes instruction in and making of Canang (pronounced “Chanang,”) small, Balinese offering baskets, that you get to keep. We will then create our group Canang of our collective strengths.

Afternoon: Lunch on your own and free time to relax, enjoy a massage or facial (discounts available at Taksu Spa,) or whatever you elect to do.
Evening: 5- 6 PM – Dinner at Taksu (with choices to suit all dietary needs.)
6:15 – 9:15pm – Psychodrama Session

Morning: 9:30am to 1pm – Psychodrama Session
Afternoon: 1:15 – 2:15 – Lunch Buffet at Taksu
2:30 – 6:30 – Psychodrama Session
Evening: Dinner on your own and evening free to relax or take in Balinese Dancing or other cultural events.

Morning: Trip to Ubud Market & Balinese Cooking Class (a highlight of our 2018 retreat), culminating in eating the food we have prepared.
Late Afternoon: 3 – 6 pm – Psychodrama Session
Evening: 6:15 to 7:15 – Pizza Meal (various choices – we will still be full from lunch.)
7:30 – 9:30 pm – Psychodrama Session

Morning: 9:30am – 1pm – Psychodrama Session
Afternoon: 1:15 to 2:15 – Lunch Buffet at Taksu

2:30 – depart from Taksu for Pura Tanah Lot (400-year old, island temple on Bali’s West Coast including marketplace rich with local crafts and artifacts. Tanah Lot is one of the 10 most photographed sites in the world!)

Dinner at sunset at Tanah Lot and return to hotel. Cost of this dinner is not included, but there are a number of inexpensive warungs (restaurants)on the cliff overlooking the ocean from which to select.


Free for hotel check out and/or shopping – lunch on your own. You may decide to stay until Saturday morning or later. That choice is yours, but many flights depart Bali very late at night/early Saturday morning and last year’s participants all decided to opt for those flights.

Afternoon: 12:30 – 4:45 – Psychodrama Session
Evening: 5:00 – 6:30 Closing Meal at Taksu – 3 Course Menu with various choices.
6:45 – 8:15 pm – Closing Psychodrama Session and heading to Airport or back to Hotel.

*** Accommodations:
Please Note: Transportation and accommodations are not included in Retreat tuition. We recommend The Evitel Resort in Ubud (check them out at ). Participants from Korea who attended our 2018 Retreat were very pleased with the resort. They are walking distance to Taksu Healing Haven (and can provide a shuttle for a small fee), provide clean & comfortable rooms, offer friendly service, and their restaurant and swimming pool are on the roof of the hotel with an incredible view.

They are offering us a special price of IDR 600,000 net per night including breakfast (for single or double room.) At the current exchange rate, that is under US$42 per night. To book at the Evitel please send an e-mail to

In the subject line please write: Mario’s Retreat Group. In the body of the e-mail indicate: Name(s) of guest(s), number of rooms you are requesting, and dates of arrival and departure (if you want to come early and/or stay after the retreat concludes you can have the same retreat rate.) They will send you details about options for payment.

It is fine if you select to stay elsewhere in Ubud vacinity. Just make sure you are close enough to get from your accommodation to Taksu at scheduled times.


March 17 @ 5:00 pm
March 22 @ 8:00 pm
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