Martha Peterson




Essential Somatics: Free Your Movement Retreat.

with Martha Peterson


May 22nd to 28th, 2022

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

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.



About the teacher:


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 the Retreat


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



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

What should I bring:


–  Loose, comfortable clothing that you can move in for Somatic Movement class (no jeans/skirts/dresses)

–  Casual clothes for after class

–  Beach/Sport towel. Towels are provided for showers and pools only.

–  Swimsuit. There is an on-site salt-water pool large enough for comfortable laps and leisure swimming.

–  Sunscreen

–  Walking shoes or strong sandals. These are recommended if you want to take advantage of the walks around Molino de Santillan.

–  Notebook and pen/pencil for taking notes

–  Personal stash of face masks

–  Your enthusiasm to connect, learn, and explore!

–  Optional: Yoga mat. Centro Santillan provides yoga mats, but for hygiene reasons or for extra comfort you may want to bring your own.

–  Strongly encouraged: At-home antigen testing kits (at least 3-4 tests per person). Binax Now is recommended. It is recommended the entire group self-test one day and four days after arrival



Essential Somatics: Free Your Movement Retreat:


Normal Price: $850




This price includes:  the cost of attendance at the retreat only.




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Don’t forget to book also accommodation!

Accommodation and meals:


€725 twin shared place

€675 triple shared place

                     €950 single room



This Price includes:  accommodation, meals, unlimited coffee, tea & water, yoga studio and props use and exclusivity venue for the training.

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Don’t forget to book also your training!

Price not includes: Flights, shuttles, spa treatments, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance or incidentals


How to enroll:


1. Register for your retreat

Click ‘Book Now the Training’ button, fill out the form, then proceed to your Cart to complete the checkout process. You must submit payment in order register for this retreat!


Please contact Essential Somatics with any questions you may have about the registration process.


2. Book your Lodging 

After paying your retreat tuition, be sure to book your lodging with Santillan. Please note that staying at Santillan is necessary to participate in this retreat.  Click “Book Now Accommodation” button to confirm your place.

You are expected to:

  • Pay the total amount in advance OR

  • Pay 50% in advance and 50% in cash Euros upon arrival.


Non-Euro currency will not be accepted.


Airport Transfer:

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.
For more information about the training, visit

For details on accommodations, meals and to confirm the room reservation, please contact Elisabeth