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The Painting Experience Facilitator Training

Canby Grove Retreat Center, Portland, OR | November 11 - 15, 2019

Open to participants enrolled in the online course: Introduction to Facilitating Process Arts

~ Are you interested in teaching process painting?

~ Are you a professional working in any type of process-oriented learning environment?

~ Are you a group leader, therapist or teacher?

~ Are you unsure if you want to facilitate or teach, but would like to deepen your experience of process painting?

Learn to put the principles of process arts into practice!

Introduction to Facilitating Process Arts teaches the philosophy and methods of process-oriented education developed by The Painting Experience over the last 40 years. Presented by founder Stewart Cubley and his staff, the online course contains three modules and several practices to give you the materials, tools and community to incorporate process arts into your life and your work.

Onsite Facilitator Training

The Painting Experience hosts onsite facilitator trainings at least once each year. These trainings provide an in-person opportunity to build community and explore aspects of the painting process in a rich format of educational exercises, faculty presentations and supervised facilitation practice. If your desire is to deepen your experience of process painting, this program will bring a personal element into your course experience as you get to know and work with the facilitators, staff and other course participants. If you wish to develop your proficiency as a facilitator, this training will help you broaden your understanding of how others meet the challenges of process painting and what it means to be an effective guide.

Past participants have found these onsite gatherings to be both personally inspiring and professionally motivating. You’ll share and hear stories of the myriad situations that arise on the path of learning to facilitate process painting, and you’ll feel emboldened to take risks in new areas of your life.

As a course participant you’re invited to join us Monday, November 11th through Friday, November 15th. You may also stay on for the weekend workshop immediately following the training. Registration is limited, so make your plans early.

Facilitator Training

Monday Nov 11 – Friday, Nov 15 | Tuition $875

Add the weekend Friday, Nov 15 - Sunday, Nov 17 | Tuition $250 extra

Facilitator Training Schedule

Facilitator Training       Monday, Nov 11 - Friday, Nov 15


Arrival: after 2 pm

Dinner: 5:30 pm

First Session: 7:00-9:00 pm

Tuesday - Thursday:

Optional Meditation/Yoga: 7-8am

Morning: 9:00 - 12:00

Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:30

Evening: 7:00 - 9:00


Optional Meditation/Yoga: 7-8am

Morning: 9:00 - 12:00

Finish after lunch


Weekend Workshop  Friday, Nov 15 - Sunday, Nov 17


Dinner: 5:30 pm

Session: 7:00 - 9:00 pm


Morning: 9:00-12:00

Afternoon: 2:00 - 4:30

Evening: 7:00 - 9:00


Morning: 9:00 -12:00

Afternoon: 2:00 - 4:00

Closing Session 4:00 - 5:00



Breakfast 8:00 - 9:00

Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 

Open Studio:

The studio is open for painting between scheduled sessions and at night.

Continuing Education Credits

26 CE Credits are provided by the Institute for Art and Living for:

  • MFT, LCSW, LPCC and LEP by CAMFT (California Board of Marriage and Family Therapists)
  • RN by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
  • Fee: $25.00

Read more here.

Discounts and scholarships

The weekend workshop after the training is discounted to $250.(A $235 savings)

Partial tuition scholarships are available. Apply here

Work exchange is available. Apply here

Cancellation Policy

If you paid in full, you will receive a full refund minus a 25% handling fee if you cancel before October 1, 2019. After that date, or if you paid a deposit only, your payment is nonrefundable and nontransferable.



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The Grove Retreat Center

Accommodations and Meals

The prices below are per person for the week. Lodging prices include 5 nights lodging and 3 meals/day beginning with Sunday dinner, ending with Friday lunch.

Single Lodge Room (shared bath) - $565

Shared Lodge Room - $425

Commuter Fee - $25 (meals are an additional fee)

Meals (included in the accommodations fee): The kitchen prepares special diets for guests who prefer gluten free, dairy fee, vegetarian or vegan.




Nearby Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)

Lisa Strasburg with Northwest Concierge Service (503) 866-0100. (In addition to airport shuttle service, Lisa provides personalized area tours and excursions.) The costs (not including gratuity) for service from the Portland Airport are as follows:

$75/1 person, $80/2 ($40 each) people, $87/3 people ($29 each), $92/4 people ($23 each) and $95/5 people ($19 each).

Arrival between 10am and 1pm is encouraged to avoid traffic and to potentially coordinate with other participants.

Ground Transportation from PDX to Canby Grove Retreat Center

Fly PDX Ground Transport Information

Sunrise PDX Shuttle Service


Amtrak /  Union Station in Portland is closest, approx  26 miles from The Grove Retreat Center.


BOLT Bus serves the Pacific Northwest with frequent service between Portland and the following locations:

Vancouver, BC, Bellingham, WA, Seattle, WA, Albany, OR, Eugene, OR

The Portland BoltBus stop is on the south side of Northwest Everett Street between Eighth Avenue and Broadway.

Greyhound / The Greyhound bus terminal in Portland is located on Northwest Sixth Avenue and Hoyt Street, just south of the Union Station train station and on the MAX light rail line.


MAX (rail)  & Trimet (bus)

Plan your transportation to the retreat center here:

Go to http://ride.trimet.org/#/ “From” – enter PDX (Portland Airport) “To” – enter 7501 S. Knights Bridge Rd. Canby, OR. Choose the route that best fits your needs.


Driving Directions

For driving directions, click here. Click on “Directions” and enter your starting address.

Ride Board

Ride Board: Go here to see about rides offered/requested for the Facilitator's Gathering.

Extra Days

There is an option to arrive early and stay on Sunday night November 10th and/or have stay Sunday night November 17th.