Acoustic Body Experience

Deep listening, body awareness, nature connection and self-expression

Whether you wish to learn a new profession, learn new tools for your current profession, or you simply desire to invest in your own personal development, the Acoustic Body Experience offers you a dynamic and organic educational programme that helps you discover and validate your inner wisdom.

Join us for this 7-day transformational and restorative retreat that addresses the entire body, mind and spirit, opening energy pathways, exercising the nervous system, stimulating creativity, and increasing the healing and wellbeing potential. Rooted in psychosomatic unwinding exercises, group sharing circles, different nature connection modalities, and somatic sound journeys, the Acoustic Body is an original and unique approach, which coordinates somatic awareness, nature immersion, sound explorations and creativity.


You’ll learn easy strategies for:

  • Reducing the overall stress response of your body, which automatically turns on the body's self-healing and relaxation response. 

  • Helping the body digest and integrate unprocessed experiences, resulting in diminishment or resolution of symptoms.

  • Recovering the connection to your natural source of guidance and by doing so improve the crucial skill of decision-making

  • Accessing a door entry into the psyche and work with what has been hidden, which can assist you in reaching your whole potential.


We will take many of our practices outdoors as a way of cultivating an embodied, sensory awareness that supports insight and growth as well as profound connection with the natural world. This deepening of awareness opens us to profound experiences of interconnectedness and wholeness.

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 music, sound and frequency 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

Retreat Scope

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Psychosomatic Unwinding — Exercises of embodiment, breathwork, and movement to more fully inhabit the body.

Sound Journey — Three-dimensional soundscapes that support profound states of expanded awareness.

Embodied Listening — These are practices of deep listening to the surroundings and what is inside you. 

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Nature Immersion — Exercises designed to evoke the awareness shifting experience that usually happens through the encounter with nature.

Mask Work — To shine a light in the unknown places of the psyche. For ourselves. And for those around us.

Sharing Circle — This is an invitation to share thoughts, feelings, and experiences of one’s abstract inner life through language.

Creative Project — 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. 

Integration Time — A very important part of the retreat is the free time for contemplation and integration of the experience.


Optional activities:
Swimming | Herbal bath | Horse riding in the woods | Trekking paths | Kayak & boat | Campfire | Traditional wood fired Sauna

The Retreat Syllabus

  • Self-care — foundational work of understanding our psychosomatic needs and attending them.

  • Attention — learning about the brain’s default mode network and understanding attention as a gateway to the rest of the cognitive processes associated with the human mind (decision-making, memory, emotion, etc).

  • Interconnectedness & connection — experiential understanding of the interconnectedness of all things and beings, and the importance of cultivating conscious connections.

  • Silence — self-contemplation of silence.

  • Wholeness — claiming back and integrating lost or unknown parts of the Self.

  • Self-expression — trusting and daring to be authentic.

  • Limits & boundaries — respecting, accepting and honouring life’s limitations and boundaries. 


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


For professional interest

This 7-day retreat can be taken as a stand-alone course for those who would like to go deeper into their inner being but it also is the Module I of the Acoustic Body Practitioner Training. This retreat does not qualify you to practice the Acoustic Body approach yet as a certified practitioner, but it is the first step towards achieving the certification.

If you would like to move on to the second module of the Acoustic Body Practitioner Training after completing the Acoustic Body Experience retreat, you must complete and send to the co-directors of the training the following within 3 months after the retreat:

  • Written, recorded or video tapped report of your experience of the Acoustic Body Experience retreat in great detail.

  • Documented practice sessions of 3 given assignments.

  • Written, recorded or video tapped report of your vision on how, where and with whom would you like to use the Acoustic Body approach.

The Module I certificate with the additional tasks and support costs 270€ on top of the retreat cost. It includes a 1 hour private video call to discuss the assignments, feedback and answer any questions. In this way the practitioner can best integrate the Module I and start preparing for the consequent Modules II and III.


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 more about Olo and 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 because we care, you also get:
• Post-Retreat Group Call – we’ll gather to help integrate your learnings once back at home!

* For special dietary requests, please write to

(Prices in euros)

Hold your place 100

Including accommodation (shared room) & meals.
Registration by 30.7.2019

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 are happy to welcome you into this 1-week experience at Olo Centre.

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Acoustic Body 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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