Why Embrace Embodiment?
Discover the Path to Embodied Wisdom and Connection

Are you ready to embark on a profound journey of self-discovery, deepening your connection with your body and the Earth? Our EcoSomatic Embodiment Training is an invitation to return to your source, to reawaken your innate sense of harmony between body, mind, spirit, and the world around you.

Why Embrace Embodiment?
Living more fully in our bodies is the key to unlocking answers to essential questions about living responsibly with and on the Earth. Being present in our bodies is an act of awareness and the first step toward kindness, both to ourselves and to all beings, whether human or non-human. As we come into our bodies, we become an integral part of the Earth, and she becomes an integral part of us. What’s outside is within us, and what’s within us is reflected in the world around us. The patterns organizing our bodies are shared with our evolutionary kin and with the living Earth itself.

Rediscovering Our Original Nature
Embodiment is our birthright, and animals, for example, live fully embodied lives most of the time. However, as humans, we often interrupt our natural flow from a young age, learning what behaviors are deemed acceptable by our environment. We become socialized from day one, and our frontal lobes increasingly dictate our behaviors, guided by societal norms rather than our own bodily experiences.

Imagine breaking free from these societal conditioning patterns, expressing your embodiment as it arises, free from conscious or unconscious rules. Learning is both an exploration of the new and a return to what we instinctively know.

Embark on a Journey of Rediscovery
Our training is a pathway back to our source, a journey of self-remembering. In a world that craves connection on all levels, we must reconnect with the Earth beneath our feet, with neglected aspects of our psyches that require reflection, and with the natural world that our ancestors evolved in. This profound reconnection leads to deep satisfaction.

EcoSomatics: Cultivating Awareness and Connection
EcoSomatics is about fostering relationships and recognizing interconnected patterns. It’s about deepening our bond with our bodies, understanding their rhythms, and aligning them with the rhythms of the natural world. By heightening our sensory awareness and confronting perceptual biases, we expand our ability to respond to the world around us. We become active participants in our own lives and in the world.

A Human-Centered and Earth-Centered Perspective
Our training centers on the human body as the vessel through which we experience the world. It teaches us to value the Earth as much as we value ourselves. This perspective is both human-centered and earth-centered. Our bodies and the Earth have evolved over billions of years, and our task is to establish a dialogue with this inherent intelligence. By enhancing awareness of our bodies and the places we inhabit, we deepen our engagement in the intricate universe that surrounds us.

A Unique Learning Experience
During this 15-day immersion, you will dive into the direct experience of anatomical body systems and their interconnectedness with the Earth. You’ll explore natural settings in KiekariTerra and beyond, opening your senses to the world and recognizing that the present moment is your primary source of learning.

Balancing Objectivity and Experience
Our approach combines objective study and subjective experience, with a greater emphasis on the latter. In a culture that prioritizes scientific knowledge, we rediscover the value of our own knowing and trust our intuition.

Reconnect with Your Body and Unleash Your Vitality
Many of us have been conditioned to ignore our bodies’ feelings and expressions. This inhibition often leads to diminished energy, reduced aliveness, and a disconnection from the body’s innate wisdom. Our training gently guides you back home to your body and the Earth, allowing you to rediscover the harmonious integration of sensation, feeling, mind, and spirit that is your birthright.

Join Us on the Path to Embodied Wisdom and Connection
Enroll in our EcoSomatic Embodiment Training and embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and reconnection. Learn to listen to your body, trust its wisdom, and release tension and blockages. Rediscover your inner strength and the vital connection between your body, your mind, and the world you inhabit. Embrace the path to embodiment and holistic well-being today.


Unlock Your Full Potential with EcoSomatic Embodiment  Training

Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey that will enrich your understanding of the profound connection between your body, mind, emotions, and the environment? Our EcoSomatic Embodiment Training is an immersive experience that will empower you in various ways:

  • 1. Explore Your Anatomy and Its Connection to Earth: Delve into the intricate anatomical systems of your body and their deep-rooted connection to the Earth. Gain insights into organs, muscles, bones, fluids, and the endocrine and nervous systems. Discover how each element contributes to your unique experience of movement, sensation, perception, and attention.
  • 2. Uncover Primitive Patterns: Explore the primal patterns that underlie your physical existence, from cellular respiration to pulsation and pre-spinal movement. Recognize how these patterns shape your strengths and limitations. Embrace change to reconfigure deeply ingrained movement patterns.
  • 3. Embrace the Satisfaction Cycle: Immerse yourself in the Satisfaction Cycle, encompassing yielding, pushing, reaching, grasping, and pulling. Rewire your connection with the natural ebb and flow of giving and receiving in your life.
  • 4. Elevate Integration, Clarity, and Creativity: Through our training, you will develop greater integration, clarity, and creativity in how you express yourself in the world. Unlock your full potential as you tap into the wisdom of your body and its connection to the Earth.
  • 5. Understand the Impact of Trauma: Gain valuable insights into how trauma affects the brain, nervous system, movement, and your entire being. Develop a comprehensive understanding of holistic well-being and how to facilitate healing.

Our EcoSomatic Embodiment Training draws inspiration from a rich tapestry of practices, including Somatic Experiencing, Body Mind Movement, Continuum Movement, Movement for Trauma, Body Mind Psychotherapy, Deep Ecology, Transpersonal Education, ancestral wisdom, and the natural world itself.

Designed for professionals in the helping fields, this training is perfect for those intrigued by the interplay of body, mind, emotions, and the environment. It seamlessly integrates into various professions, such as dance, yoga, martial arts, movement education and therapy, massage and bodywork, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychotherapy, nursing, caregiving, and health education. Additionally, it offers profound benefits to individuals in creative realms like dance, singing, music, acting, visual arts, as well as activists, environmentalists, outdoor guides, and beyond.

Join us on this transformative journey to unlock your potential, deepen your connection to the Earth, and empower yourself to make a positive impact in the world. Enroll in our EcoSomatic Embodiment Training today and embrace the holistic path to well-being and personal growth.

What Skills Will You Develop Through Our Training?

At our training program, you will acquire a diverse range of skills to empower both yourself and those you serve:

  • Facilitating Embodiment: Discover how to guide your clients and students through their personal embodiment journey, fostering a deeper connection between their body, mind, emotions, and the natural world.
  • Comprehensive Body Knowledge: Develop both cognitive and experiential understanding of major body systems and movement patterns, providing you with a solid foundation for your practice.
  • Somatic Awareness: Learn the art of conducting one-on-one Somatic Awareness sessions to promote nervous system regulation, alleviate stress symptoms, and nurture a profound sense of well-being and resilience in your clients.

Program Highlights:

Our comprehensive curriculum covers a wide array of topics:

  • Somatic Awareness for Nervous System Regulation: Explore the profound connection between healing yourself and healing the Earth through EcoSomatic education.
  • Embodiment of Major Body Systems: Delve deep into the embodiment of major body systems and connect them with the Bodies of Earth.
  • Exploration of Oceanic and Pre-Spinal Patterns: Journey through nature and thermal waters to reconnect with your original blueprint and essence.
  • Spinal Patterns and Developmental Movements: Understand the evolutionary journey of spinal patterns and developmental movements.
  • Fundamental Actions and Sacred Relationships: Explore the satisfaction cycle, emphasizing sacred relationships and consuming with reverence.
  • Nervous System Education: Gain valuable insights into the workings of the nervous system.
  • Polyvagal Theory in Practice: Apply the Polyvagal theory to enhance your therapeutic practice.
  • Embodied Listening and Observing: Hone your skills in embodied listening and observing to better serve your clients.
  • Attuned Touch: Learn various forms of attuned touch, including cellular touch, bone touch, periosteum touch, and spongy touch, as well as interstitial touch.


Our course hours are eligible for Continuing Education hours for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).


When I arrived on this sacred land Kiekari Terra, near Xico in Mexico, I didn’t know it would reweave my life tapestry and heal patterns I didn’t know I held. I hadn’t known my body in this life when I arrived - my bones, skin, fluids, organs, especially my feet. Each day with Maria we explored a body system and an earth system. We explored how our lungs & cells breathe, our fluids flow, our bones move, our muscles stretch & contract, our organs help us thrive, our glands regulate and our skin touches (+so much more). We observed the trees breathe, the water weave, the rocks tell stories, the sun kiss the earth, the insects digest. For the first time I truely felt my feet on the soil, the air & water on my skin, the textures of the rocks & leaves, and heard the stories of the forest & river. I wasn’t able to before because I learnt I had spent a lot of my life - my dorsal shutdown state (plus other things). My body has been protecting me in this state, but as a result I often felt disassociated, exhausted, like I was holding the worlds weight on my shoulders. During my time at Kiekari, Maria guided me on learning how to feel my body, my whole body. She taught me how to move from my body, and listen to how my body needs to be moved. She taught me how to feel sensations in my body, and to listen & acknowledge these sensations. My body awoke, and my mind softened into my body. My mind felt safe and my body danced. We dove deep into body anatomy. This deepened my understanding of the science behind my body - importantly how trauma patterns our cells. I no longer feel the weight of the world on my shoulders. I feel my bones. I feel my lungs. I feel a part of the earth. I will always hold the deepest gratitude for Maria, Allan, Kate, Juanita and the sacred land for holding me, teaching me, and guiding me through this journey.

Louisa Marston - Melbourne, Australia.

Private One on One 100 hr EcoSomatics Embodiment Practitioner Training
"Grateful for an empowering and insightful Training" Since Maria and her appearance appealed to me very much, I decided to take the 100hr EcoSomatic Practitioner Training with her in October/November 2022. Arrived I was first flashed by the beautiful, quiet, natural place in which we were received. Away from everything and completely disconnected from the outside world. This gave us a lot of time and space to turn inward and completely dedicate ourselves to the training. The content of the training was first explained in theory, then demonstrated and finally experienced in the flesh. What was said was impressive and at the same time trying everything out and experiencing it in this way gave us the opportunity not only to be there intellectually but also to internalize what we had learned. Maria is a source of knowledge and her way of passing on this knowledge is very clear, memorable and exciting. In addition to all the materials, there was also plenty of super good food, which gave us the necessary energy. It was varied and incredibly tasty. I really appreciated and needed the fact that each participant had her own tent and a place to withdraw. Surrounded by nature there is much to discover and one of my personal highlights was my morning swim in the river right on Kiekarri. A refreshing start into the day. It was a very intense 15 days, but they definitely changed my life. I would visit again and again and recommend it to everyone. Thank you dear Maria, Kate and Alan for everything!

Géraldine Kunz

Switzerland 🇨🇭

What’s Included:

Your journey with us includes:

  • Comprehensive Materials: A printed manual and PDF manual for your reference.
  • Natural Refreshments: Enjoy clean water and tea from our beautiful garden.
  • Accommodation: Embrace nature with a 15-day, 14-night camping experience in a comfortable tent, complete with mattresses, linens, and blankets.
  • Nourishing Meals: Relish in all-vegan/vegetarian and locally sourced foods.
  • Yoga Alliance Registration: If you are already registered, you can opt to register continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance upon completion.
  • Cultural Experiences: Participate in a Temazcal ceremony and explore thermal waters.
  • Welcome Kit: Receive a KiekariTerra Welcome Kit to enhance your experience.
  • Transportation: Enjoy round-trip transportation from Xalapa Bus Central to the Kiekari Terra Institute.

What’s Not Included:

Please note that the following are not included:

  • Airfare: Your airplane ticket is not part of the package.
  • Weekend Meals: Lunch and dinner on Saturdays are not provided.
  • Personal Snacks: Feel free to bring your preferred snacks.
  • Additional Services: Any services beyond what is mentioned in the program are not covered.

Accommodation Details:

During your stay, you’ll reside in a private tent with a comfortable pad, sheets, and a pillow. Immerse yourself in the sounds of the river and birds, as our eco-friendly accommodations do not have electricity, allowing you to reconnect with your natural circadian rhythms.

Weather Considerations:

Please be aware that the weather at KiekariTerra varies. If you are sensitive to cold, consider attending our training during warmer months, such as March, April, May, or June. We provide blankets, but extra warm clothing may be needed during colder mornings and evenings.

Pet and Wildlife Information:

Our tranquil setting is home to three cats and three dogs, known for their welcoming and calm demeanor. While they may occasionally bark at night, their presence adds to the natural ambiance. Additionally, a rooster may greet the day around 5:30-6:00 a.m. If you are a light sleeper, please consider that this is a rural, ranch-like environment.

Community Engagement:

As part of our training, all students are encouraged to participate in Community tasks. These tasks may include maintaining the shala, keeping communal areas tidy, feeding the chickens, checking dry toilets, and assisting with dinner preparations.

Join us for an empowering journey in 2023, guided by the experienced facilitator, María Kiekari.

Discover the transformative power of our program. 

Tailored Experience:

For those seeking a more personalized approach, our training can be booked privately for a 11-day duration. Experience customization according to your unique needs. Reach out to María Kiekari to explore this option further.

Prepare to embark on a transformative journey in 2023. Whether you choose the early bird or regular pricing, your investment will pave the way for self-discovery, growth, and holistic well-being. 

Don’t miss this chance to enrich your life; contact María Kiekari and secure your spot today.

Cancellation Policy:

We understand that plans can change. Here’s our cancellation policy:

  • A reservation requires a non-refundable deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The remaining payment should be settled 30 days before your arrival.

Join us on this transformative journey of self-discovery and healing at the Kiekari Terra Institute. Embrace the wisdom of the Earth and the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit as you embark on this unique training experience.