Catarina Brazão and Markus Pesonen founded For the Sake of Being(s) in 2015. Together they created the Somatic Sound Journeys as a practice of somatic awareness through embodied listening and the Acoustic Body® approach that brings together somatic education, eco-psychology and the power of sound to help people reconnect with their nature within and around.

Both of them and the rest of the team share a passion for authentic living and enthusiasm for the natural world and that is the true foundation of their work. Today they combine their wisdom and skills, learn from each other's expertise and share their experience and excitement about life. This together with their committed research and approach to art, education and healing synthesise a new social and spiritual movement towards an ever greater wholeness in terms of living up to our potential as human beings in alignment with the natural world.


Catarina Brazão

is a somatic educator, social entrepreneur, soul midwife and an avid nature lover. She holds a degree in social work in the field of mental health and has researched extensively on gender and social issues. Catarina is an advocate for the freedom of self-expression and is on a mission to help people claim back their innate wholeness. Her goal is to help people to get to know themselves and learn to listen to the subtle messages that the body gives. With over ten years of experience working on one-on-one sessions and groups, and inspired by the practice of a variety of somatic and spiritual disciplines, she teaches an exclusive approach tailored to each person she works with. Today she mainly offers fully immersive workshops, courses and programmes around Europe that support people in discovering their uniqueness and authenticity. "By respecting and accepting all parts of ourselves we can ultimately love our purpose of existence.”

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Andre Jacomet

was an international business consultant for many years. 15 years ago, he found himself discovering trauma healing through Somatic Experiencing® and was assisting Peter Levine's post-advanced seminars for more than 10 years. Furthermore, he was trained as a Polarity Therapist. In being with dogs he was taught about how animals treat trauma and act as therapists to each other. He works on pastures and in stables with horses, cows, goats, sheep and other animals and with humans in his office in Zurich and as a leader of worldwide seminars and as a transformational coach.

Markus Pesonen

is a composer, musician, sound alchemist, multimedia artist and teacher, investigating the impact of sound on people and the environment. In the contemporary music field he’s known from music groups ranging from solo guitar with live electronics to his 11-piece ensemble Markus Pesonen Hendectet and from a chamber music to techno remix with an international trajectory. “My work continues to be inspired by nature and the nature of reality.” Markus holds a masters degree in music and a composer diploma from the rhythmical conservatory in Copenhagen, but his insatiable curiosity and search for truth has taken him to explore and research on many topics. Markus is also an advocate for thriving health and abundant living, always finding new connections across disciplines, developing innovations for the greater good and creating sounds and songs to invigorate the body and soul.


Chris Schnalzger

explores the narrative possibilities of visual language - photography, videography, montage – after having experienced through an extensive background in literature and linguistics how the language of words is often less than adequate for expression, communication and dialogue. His work, at times sociocritical, at times psychological, questions mental and physical oppression of the individual through society and its conventions. He strives to explore the essence of subjects beyond the surface – a seemingly paradoxical approach to a medium often perceived to only depict the superficial. Chris' work has been published in numerous books, magazines and galleries.


Martina Miraballes

is an artist & designer that believes on the healing effects of the arts, and on its correlation to nature. With her work, she communicates the need to heal nature by exploring ways of creation that coexist with nature and environment-friendly materials. She holds a degree in Product Design and since 2015 has been working with up cycling plastic, using this medium to communicate the environmental crisis of the planet. “Living in an era where the overdose of plastic has transcended into a different level of artistic discipline.” Behind Martina’s physical work, one can find a perfect blend between the sensitivity of art, the functionality of design and the ethics of sustainability. Her work has been exhibited in different parts of the world, such as Atlanta, USA , Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Costa Rica.


Tuomas Ollikainen

is a visual artist, mostly working with sculpture and installation art. Yet he also works with photography, video and sound art. At the core of his practice is the balance between structure and improvisation. His view on art extends beyond his individual work, to embrace artistic activity as an essential force within society and in human life in general. That is why Tuomas works also as a teacher, curator, organiser, designer and writer. He is interested in the question: How is the meaningfulness of art born for the one who creates it and for the one who experiences it, and how these two positions mingle with each other? Besides art, Tuomas has experience in natural building, anthropology and alternative ways of living. He is inspired by contemporary music, Black Mountain College, world cinema, children and endless reading.