September Meet & Greet – with Guest Speaker Julia Volonts

Join us for our monthly get-together for coffee. Come to socialize, meet new members, and catch up with old friends.

We welcome all those who are members of the IWCR, are new to Riga, and / or interested in finding out more about the club.

September Morning Meet & Greet

  • Wednesday, September 2nd
  • 10am till 12pm – Please note: we will start an hour earlier but not at 11am
  • Location: C.U.T. restaurant, Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, Riga, Elizabetes street 73.

Guest Speaker: Julia Volonts

We are very glad to announce Julia Volonts, Licensed and Board-Certified Art Therapist, presenter, and collage artist from New York City, as guest speaker at our September Meet & Greet.

Art Therapy is a specialized form to psychotherapy that integrates creative arts with talk therapy to inspire physical, mental, and emotional well-being for individuals of all ages.

It is a non-verbal and visceral form of art-making that provides a space to communicate thoughts, feelings, and experiences through imagery. Art therapy emphasizes the process of creating vs. the product. No art skills are required.

Art Therapists (in the U.S) must complete a masters degree, board certification exam, and over 1500 hours of clinical training under supervision in order to receive licensure to independently practice.

Julia is currently based in Europe. She provides remote therapeutic art services, professional workshops and lectures worldwide. And In-person sessions only available to clients in Riga, Latvia.

About Julia Volonts

Julia Volonts is a Licensed and Board-Certified Art Therapist from New York City. She holds a Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts. Her clinical experience is within educational, community, and private practice settings and ranges from work with children and families, adolescents, and adults. In 2019, Julia was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct art therapy research in Riga, Latvia, where she currently resides.

She guest lectured at Riga Stradins University, conducted professional development workshops at the RSU Health & Personality Conference, and provides art therapy services at MARTA Centre, the first women’s rights non-government organization in Latvia.

“I am all about creating a comfortable space for you to express yourself. My favorite part of what I do is helping others connect with their inner self through art. I believe art-making allows us an opportunity to slow down and visualize who we really are and who we want to be.,” Julia Volonts.

Charity Bazaar 2020

This year, we plan to host the 24th IWCR Charity Bazaar. We are all experiencing this year to be a very special year. Therefore, the IWCR Board is working on various scenarios and considering different options for our biggest event of the year. Usually, around November or December we raise funds for local charities in Latvia – supported by foreign ambassadors with their families, and a strong international community. Due to the current situation caused by the coronavirus, our “usual” plans need new thinkings.

We like to collect your feedback and thoughts on this year’s bazaar. Please share it with us directly, or by email. 

We invite you to our Bazaar Meeting on September 2nd, at 11.30am, right after the Morning Meet and Greet. Please let us know if you are planning to join, mail to

*Please note*

Due to COVID19, social gathering both indoors and outdoors are possible with a maximum of 100 people at the event at the same time.

In order to ensure that the rules are respected, we ask you to support our efforts:

– Please keep 2-meters distance to each other,
– Wash you hands frequently, 
– Make use of available disinfectants,
– Monitor your health. Please do not join if you have symptoms of respiratory infections (increased temperature or fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc.) or if you are obliged to self-isolation, quarantine or strict isolation.

Photographs will be taken at this event and may be used on FaceBook or the IWCR website. If you do not want your picture taken, please inform the event organisers during the event.

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