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Monday, September 23, 2019 14:00
Thursday, October 3, 2019 11:00

Olo Retreat Centre Päivärinteentie 10 58180 Finland (map)
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The Embodied Artist programme is open to all types of artists including, but not limited to, painters, dancers, ceramicists, designers, film makers, printmakers, sculptors, writers, musicians, digital and mixed media artists. You name it.


The creators of For the Sake of Being(s) Catarina Brazão and Markus Pesonen, offer a 10-day retreat programme so that you can relearn how much “art and being an artist” means to you, shine a light on limiting patterns that may be unconsciously holding you and your creative projects back and finally, but not less important, de-stress, refresh and connect in the spirit of playfulness with other artists from other artistic fields.


Art making requires an act of surrender to the creative forces inside and around us, as well as practised skill in a particular medium. But there are so many obstacles within society and ourselves that limit the free and full range of one’s creative expression — from organisations and institutions with heavy regulations to grant art certifications and funding to the tendency of giving more attention to creating separations within the world of arts than connections.

The first step is to slow down and go deeper in


An opportunity for artists at any stage of their career to learn an experiential, body-oriented process of self-awareness and collective innovation that they can bring into their daily life and work with art. A programme where creative identity processes break-down, reform, and mature by transcending old behaviour patterns, realising new possibilities, and enabling transformation and innovation.


- Instead of just considering your art career, the Embodied Artist programme addresses also the person that you are as a whole, a unity of body-soul-mind-spirit. 

- It explores the central role of the body in the making and experiencing art, so you can have a more satisfying and empowered relationship with your artistic expression.

- It suggests an interconnectedness and interdependency between your body, culture, art, and nature itself. It will help you build a bridge between your bodily experiences, your creative intelligence, and your psyche, giving you the opportunity to expand your approach to art and your artist self.

- It supports inner listening and authentic expression through a multifaceted process — from mindfulness and somatic practices to activities that increase awareness, focus, and vitality, laying down the foundation for you to keep updating and integrating the ever-evolving artist you are meant to be.

- It is about creating an environment where embodied and communal learning takes place while honouring the uniqueness of each individual creative process. Artists get inspired and widen their perspectives when learning together with peers from different art fields.

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You are looking forward to be in nature and get back in touch with your body, your inner nature, yourself. Since our founding, we have offered different types of workshops, retreats and events, including self-development retreats, deep experiential programmes, and more. These events attract people from all walks of life. But we have found that some of our visitors that seem to best enjoy their experience are artists. This is because artists, perhaps more than any other group, benefit the most from reconnecting back with both nature and themselves.

You appreciate the rich multiplicity and simultaneity of art making within the support of a group of peers as it takes you into the realm of community. There is a creative flow in groups, an ongoing stream of creative emanations wherein one artistic expression follows another and encourages a more integrated approach to all facets of the art experience. 

You know that societies face unprecedented disruption. You also know that through art and its power of artistic creation and expression, we can challenge many of our society's deepest assumptions and spark new ideas, catalyse critical thinking, elicit new actions, inspire individuals and create visions. Yet to bring about profound change, it is required the activation of collective creativity and innovation capacities

To be fully embodied means to be at one with who we are, in every respect, including our physical being, our emotions (...). It is to be entirely present to who we are and to the journey of our own becoming. It is to inhabit, completely, our relative reality, with no speck of ourselves left over, no external observer waiting for something else or something better.
— Reginald A. Ray


It is an experiential somatic learning programme for artists of every level of experience. In other words, the synthesis of a diverse range of mindful and somatic practices that together with the artists who come to engage with them, create the potential for a rich experience of creative diversity.

It is based on the understanding that art making definitely requires inner attention, but also demands a report to the larger community. Communication is therefore part of the creative process and the artists have the potential to become both creators and participants in their communities.


Becoming an Embodied Artist means that you own your wholeness and live out your deepest artistic identity while keeping on developing your individual and collective artistic capacities. 

This new programme aims to spark artists in the direction of shaping a new global movement—one that bridges the major ecological, social, and spiritual divides of our time. Embodied Artists are special agents in the cultural transformation of societies towards innovation, solidarity and sustainable growth.

Through imagination, we can visit the past, contemplate the present, and anticipate the future. We can also do something else of profound and unique significance. We can create.


  • We visit different nature locations where the landscape supports the topic of the day.

  • We use imaginary, creative, physical and reflective activities.

  • We do solo, pairs and group work focusing on the Self, Artist and Art.

  • The practices for embodiment are breathing, sounding and moving to strengthen the process of authentic self-expression.

  • We discuss the state of art and the challenges of being an artist today.

  • We cover topics like: talent; expression, embodiment & authenticity; validation & audience; grants; emotional capitalism; spontaneity & mastering; ecosystems, interconnectedness & words disruption.


  • Experiential somatic learning retreat for self-growth

  • Accommodation in 1-3 beds’ rooms with 100% natural mattresses

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner made mostly with homegrown organic and wild ingredients (for special dietary requests, please write to all@forthesakeofbeings.com)

  • Free time to relax, contemplate and socialise.

It's possible to extend your creative process with an artist residency for any number of days between October 4th and November 30th. We write letters to support funding applications!


VERY EARLY BIRD PRICE: 540 € (payment before 31.12.2018)
EARLY BIRD PRICE: 720 € (payment before 23.6.2019)

ACCOMMODATION with full board starting at 495 € (10 nights) 

*We also accept work exchange and are looking for people with writing skills, marketing experience or with a passion for networking. Fill in the work exchange form here.