Harness the power of sound
and positively impact your health and wellbeing



  • Learn to listen the subtle messages of your body?

  • Become more present and aware in social situations?

  • Create stronger connections with other people and the world?

  • Learn how to use listening to improve your health and wellbeing?

  • Better understand society and become a voice for positive change?


Join us for a 7-day retreat of deep listening, body awareness and nature connection. The Embodied Listening Retreat is designed to create a safe space for immersive experiences in- and outdoors, learning self-regulation skills that reset the nervous system and communal healing through conscious interactions.

This transformational and restorative retreat can help you relax, relieve stress and anxiety, and slow down. But it can also unlock your heart, open your mind, and help you realise a level of fulfilment you may not have experienced before.   

Experience the benefits of deep meditative states
and tap into the wisdom of your body


  • Learn about active listening to the inner and outer environment and practice somatic awareness

  • Discuss the ways sounds and frequencies impact you and explore your relationship with them

  • Explore the interconnections between personal, communal and environmental issues

  • Use the transformative power of witnessing, contemplation and creative expression as a tool for growth and clarity

  • Learn to relate more fully to yourself, others and the the environment around you

  • Gain a greater understanding of who you are today and where you want to go



Embodied listening happens when you can listen to your inner world, and the communication happening between your inner world and the outer world.

Our bodies are incredibly sensitive to the environment. They instantaneously shift in response to whether we feel threatened or safe—we contract or expand depending on whether we feel relaxed and nourished or unsafe and stressed.

What will we do?


Somatic Sound Journey — Three-dimensional soundscapes and body awareness exercises to train the resilience of the nervous system. These journeys reduce the brain's filtering effect, touch the transitional state between wakefulness and sleep and support profound states of expanded awareness.

Psychosomatic Unwinding — Exercises to combat feeling disconnected from the body, numb and anxious. You are lead through experiences of embodiment, breathwork, and movement to more fully inhabit the body and express the true self. By releasing your body’s tensions, you free yourself and get closer to your own truth. 

Circle of Trust — This is an invitation to share thoughts, feelings, and experiences of one’s abstract inner life through language. It supports the exploration of the inner land- and soundscape and promotes communal learning through the recognition of the great human diversity. Be daring to connect with truth and authenticity and to see what you see at any given moment. A true practice of compassion!

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Sonic Meditation — These are practices of deep listening to the surroundings and what is inside you. You will be lead through experiences of listening through the senses, listening with movement, drumming and voicing. The foundation of the sonic meditations is mindfulness – this means learning self-awareness, awareness of others, and responsiveness to your body’s needs and messages.

Sound Walk — Walks into the wild or semi-wild landscapes offers you the chance to contemplate your own psychic landscape and also to experience the interconnectedness of your life with the environment around. Solo, pair and group exercises designed to evoke the awareness shifting experience that usually happens through the encounter with nature.

Embodied Awareness — Exercises to foster your understanding of the body—the lived body. When we disconnect from the aliveness of our body, we are in a trance that prevents us from living fully. Regenerative movement and exercises of body awareness to support you in tuning in to the wisdom of the body.

Creative project — Creativity is how we make sense of the world. It’s how we find our purpose and our joy and our way through the dark days until we get to better ones. Each time we take on a creative project or endeavour, we are faced with obstacles and challenges, fears and doubts, but also breakthroughs, growth, and jubilation. 

Nutrition and Water — We will be close to all the elements that nourish us. Clean air, fresh water, forest and long days of sun. Olo team consciously crafts delicious and nutritious meals from wild and organic ingredients coming straight from the house garden and local producers.

Free time — A very important part of the retreat is the free time for contemplation and integration of the experience. Finding time and space to nourish your connection to the richness of your inner life is essential. You will be encouraged to journal your process in order to reflect and deepen your learning.


Optional activities:

Horse riding in the woods
Trekking paths
Kayak & boat rides
Traditional wood fired Sauna



I really enjoyed the seminar with Catarina and Markus. The sound journeys are quite an extraordinary experience and the concept of the seminar is really convincing. I can recommend it!
— Peter, CEO
I’ve just been to my second Embodied Listening retreat and was tremendous! The impulse I took away from the first retreat was to immerse myself in the sound and stop analysing, and just being there. I think that’s what compelled me to go to the second one as well, to explore what’s beyond many things that cannot be grasped with the mind. You have to feel them. And that happen through sound and through the exercises we did, through having enough time and freedom to process them and feel what they opened in you.
— Christian, visual artist
It was really important to come back from the sky, and from being lost in the rules of the mind. Back into the body, back into the nervous system to really rethink of what it is to be myself, to be me, to be here. And that was really an important transformation for me.
— Veera, student

Welcome to Olo Centre

a place to rest, digest and rediscover what is important in life



The course takes place in Olo Centre, only 5 minutes away from the Kolovesi Nature park which is part of the fourth largest European freshwater lake district Saimaa. See here how to arrive.


• Daily group Experiential Learning sessions with Catarina and Markus
• Restorative Morning Movement sessions with Catarina
• Nature excursions to Kolovesi Nature Park and other sites
• Seven nights' accommodation in rooms with 2-3 natural beds
• Lovingly prepared meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) made with mostly homegrown organic and wild ingredients *
• Acoustic Body kit: special blindfold and glass water bottle
• Free time to relax and contemplate in Olo centre facilities and the surrounding nature
• Pick up from and drop off to the airport or bus station

And just because we care, you also get:

• Pre-Retreat Group Call – you’ll have the chance to meet everyone in the group, share your intent and learn how to best prepare yourself!
• Post-Retreat Group Call – we’ll gather to help integrate your learnings once back at home!

** For special dietary requests, please write to olo@forthesakeofbeings.com


Hold your place 300 €

990 € 
Including accommodation & food.
Registration by 30.6.2019

Single room total cost 1.278 €
Tent or camper total cost 765 €

For questions: Contact us.

Your round trip to and from Olo Centre is NOT INCLUDED.


We’re Catarina Brazão & Markus Pesonen, founders of For the Sake of Being(s) and the Acoustic Body® approach. And we’re happy to welcome you to this transformational and restorative Embodied Listening retreat.

Have a question about the retreat?

Write your question here or ask for a call back. We would love to talk with you!

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Embodied Listening RETREAT

Monday, August 19, 2019 14:00
Monday, August 26, 2019 11:00

Olo Retreat Centre Päivärinteentie 10 58180 Finland (map)

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