Pilina In The Playroom: Hawaiian Play Therapy Retreat

Pilina in

the Playroom

PAST EVENT: A 5-Day Hawaiian Play Therapy Retreat

July 29-August 2, 2019
Laie, Hawaii

Pilina in the Playroom:  Neurobiology and Attachment in Play Therapy is a 5- Day Play Therapy Retreat held on the peaceful North Shores on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. At a relaxed island pace, the theories of attachment and neurobiology come together as Lisa Dion, LPS, RPTS and Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPTS present on how to develop connection to self, others, and communities.  You will learn how to create an authentic attachment to yourself which becomes a powerful tool in the play therapy room with our clients young and old. By developing play-based regulation and co-regulation strategies for use in the playroom, we can encourage and foster stronger connections in the families we work with.  You will discover how attachment theory can guide your play therapy practice and how to encourage and develop deeper attachment relationships between you, your child clients, and their caregivers. 

Participants will spend five days learning new and innovative play therapy techniques including hands on experiential activities, guided imagery, regulation strategies, sand tray interventions, and expressive arts in a gorgeous setting with plenty of time for self-care, rest, and rejuvenation built into the program.  We will be spending an entire afternoon doing Sandtray ON THE BEACH learning attachment centered Sandtray interventions!  You will leave with a creative toolbox of tips, techniques, and a clear understanding of how attachment styles impact relationships and the confidence and competence needed to make a difference in the lives of many.

Each day has been carefully planned to allow time for self-reflection, learning, case studies, and hands on experiential learning.  You will be treated with 22 hours of play therapy education and come home with a toolbox of play therapy interventions.  Most importantly, you will leave this beautiful island retreat rejuvenated and ready to jump back into practice, feeling confident and competent in the knowledge you have gained.  

Why You Should Come


Being a play therapist is hard work and we need each other.  This retreat is an experience that I believe we all deserve and need.  It is about learning in community in a way that allows us to go deeper, make new friends, receive some much needed care and discover that we are not alone on the journey.  And one of the best parts is that families are welcome, because they are important too. The bottom line is that I love play therapists and I am beyond honored to be a part of this experience.” 

Lisa Dion 
Instructor, LPC, RPT-S


Our goal is to create an experience where you deepen your understanding of how integral the brain, heart, and soul of a person are and how this can either hinder or strengthen the ability to form a secure attachment to others.  We hope throughout this retreat you will develop personal connections with the presenters and the other participants in a way that deepens your learning. At the end of the retreat, you will leave feeling confident and competent in your play therapy practice, as well as feeling more connected to your purpose as a person and as a clinician.

Clair Mellenthin 
 Instructor, LCSW, RPT-S

Jen Taylor, LCSW, RPT-S


My vision for this conference is for you to start to do the things you always thought were out of reach for you.  This event combines all of my passions:  creating a vision of your best self, having unforgettable experiences with your loved ones, and getting play therapy training that will serve you throughout your entire career.   

Jen Taylor  

All The Important Details

Program Description

Learning Objectives

Schedule Overview

Detailed Program Agenda

Target Audience

Instructor:  Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S

Instructor:  Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

Host: Jen Taylor, LCSW, RPT-S

Bonus Activities Included in Registration

Continuing Education Credits

Fees and Registration Information

Refunds and Cancellations

Location and Reservations

ADA Needs

Visitor Information and Excursion Ideas

If you have ANY questions, please contact Jen Taylor at info@jentaylorplaytherapy.com