The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®

Apr 28 - May 3, 2024

The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®
Advanced Back-work: Working with Acute and Chronic Pain

Dealing with acute and chronic pain of the back is one of the most common, if not the most common, issue facing massage and bodywork practitioners. Providing our clients with both immediate as well as long-term relief from back pain is one of the most valuable services we can offer. Learning to do this while taking care of our own bodies and remaining injury free is the goal of this seminar. We will teach you optimal body mechanics, allowing you to work with gravity instead of using muscle strength so that you can work effectively with less effort.

Some of the important soft tissue structures we will learn about include the erector spinae muscles, quadratus lumborum, psoas, piriformis, and deeper intrinsic muscles surrounding and stabilizing the spine. You will learn to work with clients lying prone, supine, and in the side-lying posture.

Deep Bodywork is a presence-based approach designed to engage our clients’ innate capacities to self-organize and heal. The most common theme we teach our students is the value of slowing down and giving our clients’ nervous systems a chance to “work with our work” from the inside. When we successfully do this, our work becomes more effective and long-lasting because our clients learn how to self-heal using the energy provided by our touch.

Each morning will begin with awareness-based movement and breath practices designed to help participants embody presence in a manner supporting this work.

Perry and Johanna developed Deep Bodywork over 30 years ago and lead seminars in the USA, Europe and Asia. They look forward to showing you how to incorporate Deep Bodywork into your current bodywork practice easily!

Deep Bodywork Testimonial Video

View a testimonial about how Deep Bodywork®, using the techniques from Perry and Johanna's upcoming seminar, healed a client's chronic back pain. Watch on YouTube.


April 28 - May 3, 2024


Mount Madonna Center

Important Note:

Massage experience is highly recommended for this advanced level class. This seminar is part of the Deep Bodywork® for Massage Practitioners series developed by Perry and Johanna Holloman. For more information, please visit


  • 30 CEUs are available for this course.

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Additional Training:

See also The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®: Healing the Shoulder, Forearm and Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome in October 2024.

Presented by:

Perry Holloman has been a bodywork teacher for over 35 years, teaching in the USA, Europe and Asia. He is based in Big Sur, and teaches at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, where he has lived for many years and taught since 1979.

He is the creator of the Esalen Massage Teacher’s Training and is a coach and consultant for individuals, businesses and communities using the Integrative Gestalt Coaching Approach™, developed together with his wife, Johanna Holloman.

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Johanna Holloman is a German born clinical psychologist, Integrative Gestalt Practice™ teacher, as well as an ordained teacher of the Diamond Approach® in the Ridhwan School, teaching bodywork and Yoga workshops (E-RYT 500) and certification trainings at the Esalen Institute in California as well as internationally.

Johanna worked on the Esalen Massage crew for many years and is a member of the teaching as well as the teacher-training faculty both for Esalen Massage and Deep Bodywork®. Johanna’s intention is to touch the totality of the soul through loving present touch, allowing the receiver to come home to the immediacy and dynamic stillness of their Being.

Fees for Meals, Accommodations & Tuition

Fees are PER PERSON and include tuition, lodging, and meals for all days of the retreat. For full descriptions of each type of accommodation, please see images below.

Accommodations Type Rate
Ram Cottage #1 - Single (1 person/room, 2 rooms); Shared Bath
Ram Cottage #1 - Double (2 people/room, 2 rooms); Shared Bath
Conference Center - Single Room (1 person/room) w/ Private Bath
Conference Center - Single Room (1 person/room); Shared Bath
Cabin - Single (1 person/cabin); Separate Shared Bath Facility$1,830
Conference Center - Double in Room (2 people/room) w/ Private Bath
Conference Center - Double in Room (2 people/room); Shared Bath
Cabin - Double (2 people/cabin); Separate Shared Bath Facility
Conference Center - Triple in Room (3 people/room); Shared Bath
Own Vehicle

Own Tent



Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation by March 17, 2024: receive a full refund.
  • Cancellation after March 17 but before April 1, 2024 - two options: receive a tuition refund of $650 ($850 minus a $200 administrative fee) OR apply tuition of $750 ($850 minus a $100 administrative fee) to the next calendared Deep Bodywork class. When rebooking, an additional administrative fee of $100 will be charged.
  • Cancellation after April 1, 2024: No refund. Option to apply $750 tuition ($850 minus a $100 administrative fee) to the next calendared Deep Bodywork class. When rebooking, an additional administrative fee of $100 will be charged.

Prices stated here apply to this program only. Other retreat and program accommodations pricing may differ.

Important Note About Accommodations:

Double and triple rates are available ONLY to groups of 2 or 3 people who are staying in the same room. Please list the names of the people with whom you are sharing the room on the registration form.

  • If there is only 1 person staying in the room it is considered a Single.
  • If there are 2 people staying in the room it is considered a Double.
  • If there are 3 people staying in the room it is considered a Triple.

Please note that fees for accommodations will be based on actual room occupancy.


Guest Rooms

These tasteful rooms, some with ensuite bathrooms, are located in our Conference Center where there is wi-fi, two lovely courtyards with expansive views to read and relax in, and a full tea bar available at all times in the Conference wing of the building. All beds are single size, and sleep 1 person only. Single, double and triple rooms are hotel-style. Bathrooms and showers are centrally located on each floor.

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Rustic Cabins

These simple rustic cabins are located in our Oaks Campground. They are a short walk to the main area, but have a feeling of being more remote. Cabins have electricity and heat, but not wi-fi or indoor plumbing. A separate shower house is nearby, containing private showers and dressing rooms, and flush toilets.

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Ram Cottages

The Ram Cottages have easy access to the Wellness Center and many hiking trails. They are a short walk away from the central meeting buildings. Ram #1 offers two bedrooms, a small kitchen, bathroom, and shared living space with outdoor deck. Ram #2 sleeps 6 and offers a kitchenette, and a shared bathroom. All beds are single size, and sleep 1 person only.

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Own Vehicle

Regular size parking spaces are available for your van, camper or other vehicle. There is no access to electricity. Showers and restrooms are available in campgrounds and Center buildings.

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Own Tent Camping

Developed campsites are available for people who wish to bring their own tent. Campsites are located in the Oaks Campground and are walk-in style with parking nearby. This area is a 10-15 minute walk to the main gathering areas. WiFi is NOT available. Sites have access to showers and flush toilets and are available year-round. Please be aware that we can receive significant amounts of rain from November through May.

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