Free Your Movement Retreat

Centro Santillan, Malaga, Spain
May 7 – 13, 2023

Free Your Movement Retreat

Free Your Movement Retreat

Centro Santillan, Malaga, Spain
May 7 – 13, 2023

Somatics in an Andalusian Paradise

Join Essential Somatics for a 7-day retreat at Centro Santillan in Malaga, Spain that will shift your perspective on what’s possible for you, your movement, and your life. Centro Santillan Yoga and Wellness Centre is an authentic Andalusian farmhouse with gardens overlooking the sea.

Learning how to move with freedom and ease starts with an awareness of where you may hold unconscious and habituated tension. Our everyday movement habits and reflexive responses to stress can gradually contribute to an excess of tension in our bodies that gets in the way of feeling fully connected, balanced, and in control of ourselves. This tension changes the way we perceive ourselves and how we are in the world.

Come discover missing link information and gentle somatic practices that will move you towards a more self-actualized life. Leave with simple tools that will prepare you to move better in everything you do as you create a more comfortable connection to your body and in your life.

What will I learn?

Through inspiring discussions, movement sessions, and interactive participation you will learn critical, missing link information that will leave you feeling lighter and brighter, with a renewed sense of awareness of yourself.

  • ^Learn how your habitual responses to stress may contribute to chronic pain and muscle tension (Sensory Motor Amnesia), and how it presents in 3 universal stress reflex patterns of muscular holding
  • ^Apply this understanding as you explore how to improve your relationship with your body and your movement
  • ^Experience the technique of pandiculation in order to restore optimum muscle function, calm your nervous system, and improve your voluntary muscle control
  • ^Explore a basic routine of easy, safe, and profoundly effective Somatic Movements that, when practiced daily, improve self-awareness, maintain flexibility, eliminate chronic tension, improve balance, and prepare you to move better in your favorite activity.
  • ^Discover a new perspective on how your body works and how you can expand your movement possibilities and learning for the rest of your life

Your Retreat Facilitator

About Martha Peterson

Martha Peterson is a Certified Clinical (Hanna) Somatic Educator and leader in the field of Somatic Education. She is the founder and CEO of Essential Somatics® and author of the book Move Without Pain. Martha heads a growing faculty of Clinical Somatic Educators who present Essential Somatics® trainings, retreats, and seminars in the US, Canada, Europe, and around the world. She maintains a private clinical practice in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Martha’s expertise comes from more than 30 years of working in the field of dance, bodywork, and Somatic Education.


About Centro Santillan

“Our philosophy is to take care of you, your mind, your body and your soul while you stay with us.”

Set in a secluded location, Santillan is an Andalusian paradise. It’s located in the countryside, surrounded by the silence of the mountain and with wonderful sea views. A farm of 30,000 sq meters, it is located in the peace of the Spanish countryside, and yet is conveniently only 20 minutes from Malaga airport. The family atmosphere, the delicacy of service, gardens, small corners and interior spaces make it an ideal venue for yoga, retreats or explore meditation, deepening silence and stillness space. Santillan is located in Rincon de la Victoria, 20 kilometers from the center of the capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga. It is nestled in a Malaga hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Retreat Details

Dates: May 7- 13 2023
Location: Santillan Yoga and Wellness Center, Malaga, Spain
Retreat registration fee: US$850 per person

Arrival: Sunday, May 7, 2023 to Malaga Airport. Check into your room, relax by the pool, or take a hike before dinner. Dinner from 6:30-7:30pm with orientation and introductions to follow

Departure: Saturday, May 13 after breakfast

Daily Schedule

Monday–Friday (schedule subject to change):

8:30–9:30am: Breakfast
10:00am–1:00pm: Mid-Morning session including Somatic Movement Class, discussion, and feedback
1:30-2:30pm: Lunch
Afternoon: free time to explore, swim, hike
5:00–6:00pm: Early evening Somatic Movement practice
6:30pm: Dinner
Friday, May 27, 7:30–8:30pm: Closing Circle

How to Register

Registration is a two-step process:

  • ZRegister and pay for your retreat through Essential Somatics
  • ZBook your room and board at Centro Santillan

STEP ONE – Register for your retreat

Click the ‘Register Now’ button below, fill out the form, then proceed to your Cart to complete the checkout process. You must submit payment in order to register for this retreat! Please contact us with any questions you may have about the registration process.


Retreat registration fee includes: Cost of attendance at the retreat only.

Retreat registration fee does not include: Accommodation, catering, facility fees, travel insurance, incidentals, flights or airport shuttles.

COVID-19 Safety Measures: Please click here to learn about important COVID-19 guidelines before you register for this retreat.

STEP TWO – Book your lodging

After paying your retreat tuition, be sure to book your lodging with Centro Santillan. Email to book your lodging. You are expected to:

  • Pay the total amount in advance by bank transfer / Stripe / website booking system OR
  • Pay 50% in advance and 50% in cash Euros upon arrival. Non-Euro currency will not be accepted.

Looking for rooms and rates information? Click here

Centro Santillan will be happy to arrange your airport transportation when booked in advance. If you require airport transfer, send your flight number, departure airport, and arrival time to at least 3 weeks in advance of your arrival. Additional fees may apply.

Please review the following before planning your trip:

Centro Santillan’s FAQ page

Questions? Contact Centro Santillan via email or phone: +34 952 400 949

Click here to learn more about Santillan, their meals and accommodations, and discover the magic of this center that is considered one of Europe’s best yoga and wellness centers.