Free Your Movement Retreat

Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico
January 18–25, 2025

Mar de Jade, Mexico

Free Your Movement Retreat

Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico
January 18–25, 2025

Essential Somatics in Mexico

Come awaken your senses to a new possibility for your body, yourself, and your life while surrounded by the stunning beauty of the ocean, white sand beaches, and vibrant sunsets. Essential Somatics is thrilled to return to Mexico for a seventh year to offer the Essential Somatic Movement Retreat, taught by Martha Peterson and Gena Rho.

Whether you are dealing with chronic muscle pain, limited mobility, a general feeling of “getting old,” or you just want to move and play, you will find something freeing and enriching when you come to beautiful Chacala in Nayarit, Mexico, and learn to move with mastery and joy.  This course is for EVERY BODY, no matter your age or activity level.

Through lectures, 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.

We will dive deeply into:

  • ^The root cause of most chronic muscle pain and how to reverse it
  • ^How to retain voluntary muscle function and fluid movement with gentle, safe somatic movement
  • ^How everyday stresses and one’s mindset contribute to common pain conditions and limited movement.
  • ^How all humans respond reflexively to stress within three full body reflex patterns
  • ^How to lengthen muscles and reset muscle function without stretching
  • ^A basic routine of easy, safe, and profoundly effective Somatic Movements that, when practiced daily, restore muscle control and self-awareness, eliminate chronic muscle pain, and keep you moving freely in your chosen activity for the rest of your life.

Your Retreat Facilitators

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 Gena Rho

Gena Rho, CCSE, graduated with Essential Somatics in 2017. She has 30 years of experience in movement and education as a yoga teacher, former professional modern dancer, and educator. Gena is owner of Emerge Somatics in Maplewood, NJ where she offers both somatic movement and yoga.


About Mar de Jade

Mar de Jade is a Yoga, Wellness & Vacation Retreat Center nestled between the tropical jungle and the pristine sandy beach of Chacala, México. This is an intimate place offering groups and individuals a relaxing, supportive, and inspiring environment in a peaceful fishing village.

Read more about Mar de Jade on TripAdvisor!

Retreat Details

Dates: January 18–25, 2025
Location: Mar de Jade, Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico
Retreat registration fee: US$850 per person
(US$750 early bird price until Sept 1, 2024)

Arrival: Please be sure your flight arrives on 01/18/2025 in Puerto Vallarta by 3pm to get to Mar de Jade by dinner time.

Departure: The Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) is in a different time zone than the retreat center in Chacala. PVR is one hour ahead (Central Time Zone) of Mar de Jade (Mountain Time Zone.) It is recommended that you book your return flight to depart after 12pm (noon) for your trip back on 01/25/2025. Approximate driving time to Mar de Jade is 90+ minutes depending on traffic conditions.

NOTE: Additional travels details, including what to bring, will be included in your welcome email after registration is completed.

Daily Schedule

Arrival: Saturday  by 3pm to Puerto Vallarta airport

Daily Schedule: Sunday–Friday (schedule subject to change)

    • 7:30–8:30am | Optional Early Morning Session (Mon/Wed/Fri)

    • 8:30–9:30am | Gourmet Breakfast

    • 10:00am–1:00pm | Mid-Morning Session

    • 1:30–2:30pm | Gourmet Lunch

    • 4:00–5:00pm | Optional Afternoon Session (Tues/Thurs)

    • 2:30–6:30pm | Free time to explore, swim, take a walk

    • 6:30–7:30pm | Gourmet Dinner

  • Closing Circle: 7:30-8:30pm on Friday, after dinner

  • Departure: Saturday, after breakfast

Mar de Jade offers afternoon outings throughout the week. Their updated schedule of outings will be posted upon arrival. These activities may include whale watching, walks to the volcano, and a visit to the local craft market.

How to Register

Registration is a two-step process:

  • ZRegister and pay for your retreat through Essential Somatics
  • ZBook your room and board at Mar de Jade

STEP ONE – Register For the Retreat

Retreat registration fee: US$850 per person
Early bird: US$750 per person until Sept 1, 2024

To register, click the ‘Register Now’ button below, 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.


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.

STEP TWO – Book Your Lodging

After paying your retreat tuition, be sure to complete your Mar de Jade Lodging Reservation and submit 50% room and board payment via one of the following methods:

  • Complete the Mar de Jade Booking Request Form Online (Note: the online booking system will only reserve complete rooms. If more than two people are booking together and wish to split the deposit on multiple credit cards, please call Mar de Jade directly. Shared rooms are not guaranteed if roommates do not book together.)
  • Call 1800-257-0532
  • Email

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