Essential Somatics®️ Retreats

Free Your Movement


Awaken your senses to a new possibility for yourself, and your life while surrounded by beautiful locations and inspiring people.

Free Your Movement

Are you dealing with chronic muscle pain?
Do you have limited mobility?
Or perhaps you just want to move and play?

No matter your age, you will find something freeing and enriching when you join us for an Essential Somatics Retreat.

Move with Mastery and Joy

Discover critical, missing link information about how stress impacts us and how pain and discomfort develops. Join us for discussions, movement sessions, and interactive participation, where you will learn simple yet powerful Somatic Movements that will leave you feeling lighter and brighter, with a renewed sense of awareness of yourself.

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Our Retreats Include


  • ^Discover an approach to pain-relief that is more effective that other methods
  • ^Learn how and why muscles become tight and painful
  • ^Identify your movement habits and personal responses to stress
  • ^Understand the cause of low back pain, neck, shoulder, hip and joint pain, sciatica, and chronic headaches
  • ^Experience how to relax your muscles without stretching
  • ^Improve your self-awareness
  • ^Connect with others through interactive group sharing


  • ^Experience and identify the stress reflexes: Green Light, Red Light, Trauma
  • ^Learn movements to release the front, back and sides of the body
  • ^Discover ways to improve rotation, reconnect to your legs, and breathe more easily
  • ^Understand how you are moving and ways to improve efficiency
  • ^Experience seated movement for At-Work Strategies
  • ^Learn walking movements to restore a free and easy gait
  • ^Create your personal daily practice
  • ^Integrate your new learning, movement, and growth through walks, hikes, and quiet activities during downtime


Essential Somatics Retreat Workbook is an easy-to-follow guide that contains helpful tips and photos for creating and maintaining your personal home movement practice.

With space for taking notes, articles about the history of somatics, and much more–this workbook helps you stay on point, focused, and inspired.


Every registered participant will have access to:

Bonus #1

“It All Starts with The Breath”

  • Breathing more freely and easily helps enormously with reducing anxiety and improving your mental focus
  • Learn how with this practical step-by-step guide.

Bonus #2

“You’ve Got to have a WHY”

  • Learning to move well starts with finding your deeper motivation for living.
  • This inspiring read will help you explore how to tap into what's most important while finding motivation that comes from within.

Bonus #3

An Audio Practice digital download (60 minutes)

  • An audio guide of the basic Somatic Movements that you’ll learn in this Fundamentals Course
  • Continue your practice at home to improve your balance, coordination and relieve tension.

Upcoming Retreats

Hollyhock Lifelong Learning Centre

September 11-16, 2024

  • Hollyhock Lifelong Learning Center, Cortes Island, BC
  • Teacher: Martha Peterson
  • fLevel: All
  • $900 CAD + Lodging
Mar de Jade, Mexico

January 18-25, 2025

  • Mar de Jade Retreat Center, Nayarit
  • Teachers: Martha Peterson & Gena Rho
  • fLevel: All
  • $850 USD + Lodging

Retreats FAQs

I don't have a lot of movement experience. Is that okay?

Absolutely. These retreats are open to all ages and backgrounds. Anyone who wants to learn how to feel better and move their body pain-free is welcome.

I have scoliosis. Is this course appropriate for me?

Yes. You will be guided to go slowly and gently. You may find that smaller movements are best for beginning to address the muscle tension inherent in scoliosis. We will show you what to do so it works well for you and your needs.

Do I have to get down on the floor?

Yes. While we will do a seated routine, most of the movements will be done on the floor.

Am I responsible for my transportation, accommodations, and meals?

Yes. To complete your registration you will need to book your accommodation (meals included) with the retreat center directly. You will need to make your travel arrangements, including transportation to/from the meeting (the center may be able to help with this).

Do you offer scholarships?

Sorry, no. We’ve made the price point for this positive life-altering experience as affordable as possible in the hopes of accommodating everyone.

Do you plan to add more dates and locations?

Absolutely. As they become available, we will update everyone who is on our email list and connected with us through social media.

What type of payment do you accept?

We accept credit cards and Apple Pay using PayPal and Stripe.

Are these movements guaranteed to work for me?

Like anything in life, you have to put in the time and effort to experience results consistently. While the methods and movements you will learn are not a magic pill, most people walk away feeling better than they have in years.

More questions? Visit the FAQs page