We understand what is to suffer from not finding the way out of the pain, confusion and doubts about who we are, what we are meant to do in life and how, where we belong, and so many other existential questions that greatly hinder our joy of living and sometimes even our health…

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At times we feel numb and completely disconnected from the world around us—sometimes even disconnected from ourselves as well. And other times everything feels too much and we are in a state of overwhelm and reaction.

We know this. We’ve been there too. And that’s why we’ve created this retreat—7-day Acoustic Body® Experience, to help you shift from suffering into meaning and purpose.

We’ve created this retreat based on our unique approach, which is the first combining creative and somatic healing tools with immersive sound. Unlike traditional therapies which apply a strict methodology, we create an environment in which you are guided into your own unique process, at your own pace, with support at every stage. Through our process, you start embodying the wisdom of your wisest self, who knows instinctively how to release what no longer serves you, and how to expand into your greatest potential. You also start making connections to the natural world, others and your spiritual life.

Tune your Acoustic Body into the essence of who you truly are!
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If you’re experiencing any of the following, the Acoustic Body Experience might be right for you:

  • Trauma or stress

  • Overwhelm, anxiety or depression

  • Chronic ongoing symptoms

  • Emotional ups and downs

  • Feeling stuck with life

  • Constantly sabotaging success

  • Old emotional traumas haunting you

Here’s what others are saying about their experiences of the retreat:

These were magnificent experiences. These processes were guided by Markus and Catarina in such a great way that we all felt safe the whole time and everyone was able to take something for themselves, something very meaningful. And I’m very grateful for that!
— Regula, music therapist (CH)
It’s deep work but actually fun too. There is a sense of it being very creative and participants got encouraged to tap in not only to their body but their own creativity so that the whole experience feels like creative work. The range of therapeutic techniques that takes us into our body, into our nervous system as a way of regulating it is extraordinary and very practical, so in a sense, we have this toolkit that we can take away with us.
— Jane, journalist (UK)
It was a very deep week, with many layers, with a lot of learning and feeling. I would say, I experienced a new way of perception, a listening that is beyond information. I was listening with the body, with emotions and also in a quite neutral way without judgement, without resistance, or blocking —what I am used to do. (…) Amazing what happens being completely outside of this usual mode — not like in a normal holiday just by myself, but within a group setting and with the guidance and inspiration of Markus and Catarina intervening not too much and not too little.
— Cornelia, lawyer (DE)
This is an excellent concept. This is my second Acoustic Body retreat. A great experience. I’m going back to my everyday life really refreshed. Thank you!
— Noora, senior lecturer musicology (FI)

Our unique approach helps you with:

  • Releasing/unwinding your body from pain, stress, fears, shame and most of the suffering that you’re caring with you.

  • Learning to rewire your nervous system and brain so that you can embrace your potential and experience a more meaningful life.

Imagine what is to experience something that feels so real and true that you immediately know that you’re on the right path even though you might not have words to describe it at first?

Imagine what is to experience yourself with all that is in the present moment that makes you feel so connected and alive as never before or maybe as when you were a child?

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

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 subconscious 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.

If you are ready to start your journey towards embracing your wholeness and your greatest potential, then join us at our retreat centre and immerse yourself for 7 wonderful days in this beautiful place that nurtures your body, mind and soul, and connect with other like-minded travellers.

We hold space for you:


Catarina Brazão

Catarina’s path is guided by her profound commitment to change and growth, a quality she uses also when working with others. She draws upon years of study and practice in mental health, transpersonal psychology, gender studies and somatic work. Her work offers a space for true lasting transformation where everyone feels safe, respected and seen.

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Markus Pesonen

is a composer, musician, multimedia artist creating sonic experiences, investigating the impact of sound in people and the environment as well as teaching from his discoveries. Collaboration with health and social care professionals has led Markus to develop Sound Journeys that use his field recordings from nature together with original music to create immersive soundscapes with educational and therapeutical benefits.

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.


(Prices in euros)

Hold your place 100

Including accommodation (shared room) & meals.

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.

• 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 olo@forthesakeofbeings.com

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


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.

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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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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