- led by Christine Ren -

Captain Cook, Hawaii
Feb 18th-23rd, 2022

The Retreat

Finding the time to focus on our own healing within the entrenchment of our daily obligations & hectic schedules,

sometimes just isn’t possible... unless we can remove ourselves from our habitual environments & stressors,

temporarily, for a reset - a jumpstart, if you will.


That’s where the Nervous System Reset Retreat comes in.

Without the right foundations of theory & discovery, as well as implementation & action, and the right co-regulated support, true change and healing often feels overwhelming & effort-full.

The chance to explore nervous system-led healing through the body’s stored memories of trauma (of threat), must be done in a safe, focused space where true reciprocity exists and flourishes.

The Nervous System Reset Retreat provides all of these key ingredients to catalyze the building of strong foundations that can form the baseline of ongoing trauma-informed lifestyle shifts once the small group gathering has concluded. /
*Ongoing remote support programs through group and 1-on-1 somatic therapy are offered as well to continue practicing.


This is a specifically-crafted immersive experience for each participant to reconnect with Self, their wholeness &  sense of possibility, and cultivate feeling at home & safe in the body.

your own underwater portraits

- with Chiara Salomoni - 

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In this immersive capacity-building

retreat in Hawaii, you'll...


  • Psychoeducation foundations, in a non-overwhelming, high-touch, feedback-driven way in-person, such that you understand exactly how your nervous system works and how you can work with it towards the ends, means and goals in your life.

    • We’ll cover what trauma really is & how to rewrite its impacts & manifestations at a physiological level, fundamentally shifting your relationship to Self, your and your people.

    • Ways to sustainably enact long-term healing of the mind's story and the body's memory; both through theory talks, live demonstrations & personal 1-on-1 facilitation.

    • How to architect the most generative relational fields in which you are fully received expressing (liberating!) what is true and undeniable about your Self.

    • Why we must heal through corrective experiences (ie. re-writing old stories and trauma tolerably with new lived stories close to where those original wounds and powerlessness first occurred).




  • Deep somatic release & nervous system stabilization using in-water therapy & sound healing.

    • The water is the one place you can infinitely pour whatever you‘re carrying and this immersion is designed for you to set an intention, let go, release & actually experience a shift.

  • Compassionate inquiry techniques for trauma exploration & dynamic in-person facilitation of somatic tools to anchor in nervous system shifts.

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The feeling of relating with water is at once meditative and exhilarating; evoking primal memories of safety in the fluid environment of our mother’s womb.

Water also often feels cleansing and renewing in deep ritualistic, almost indescribable ways and immediately allows the cortical defenses of our egoic mind to let go as we explore deeper aspects of our Selves and our body’s stored trauma imprints within a crystallis of profound safety.

This retreat is for all beings looking to:

  • Find deeper levels of safety & trust in their body & in relating to others & the world.

  • Feel more open to connection & relating securely attached.

  • Activate healing & repair & understand how to help the body shift into a regulated, homeostasis place (critical for those experiencing autoimmune & physical disease).

  • Embody their truth more effortlessly.

  • Understand how to relate to, and move towards resolving, persistent, non-serving behavioral and/or thought patterns.

  • Reclaim inner safety & resiliency to release trauma, loss, grief & other unprocessed experiences.

  • Embrace your nervous system & the latest scientific understandings of how our human operating system works.

If any of these describe you, then this retreat is for you:

  • You feel like you’ve tried everything; exhausted the extent to which traditional talk therapy, meditation, even medication can help you.

  • You’ve been diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, or even a physical illness, that you struggle with daily.

  • You feel disconnected, disembodied, untethered or floating often and have a hard time staying present and focusing.

  • You shut down and freeze, or go into a depressive state in times of stress.

  • You feel emotionally-numb and have trouble processing tough experiences and expressing yourself.

  • You've experienced some form of trauma in the past.

  • You're constantly on the merry-go-round of physical health symptoms that stump all your Western medical doctors. Despite eating well and exercising, even minimizing stress levels, you are still quite tired and sick.

  • You are often combative, frustrated and angry at seemingly small things.

  • No matter what you focus on consciously, you manifest the same people & situations in your life.

  • When you begin to move towards claiming something new that you want in your life - a different type of relationship or job, starting your own business, upgrading your living situation - it's as if invisible road blocks are thrown up in your way at every turn.

  • You're often hijacked by old defensive patterns, harmful habits and even addictions.

  • No matter what you try, you just can't see to get to the bottom of your issue or experience in life... you can't seem to find or solve the root cause.


Wed, Oct 27th | ARRIVE, Night 1

  • 3:00 - 5:00pm: Participants arrive at WhaleSanctuary, unpack, settle in.

  • 5:00-6:00 pm: Welcome, retreat overview & group introductions.

  • 6:30pm: Enjoy first group dinner. 

Thurs, Oct 28th | Day 1, Night 2 


  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am: Breakfast

  • 10:00 am -12:00 pm: Getting in the body: Introductory somatic explorations;

    • Somatic therapy meditation on pausing the mind & connecting with the felt sense;
      Permission & consent invocations;
      Exploratory impulse, need, urges reconnective training.


  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch break

  • 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Understanding the traumatized body; theory talks, demo & Q&A

    • Importance of safety foundations & how to create;

    • What is trauma & how to work with, not against it; 

    • Regulation, reciprocity, relaxation, & relating - oh my!; 

    • Tracking the charge exercise (Face & Feel) - participant demo; 

    • ...and more.

  • 3:30 - 4 pm: Quick break

  • 4 - 5pm: Fostering regulation; relating as Self to a safe environment; walk at the beach & individual processing of an exercise given; opening your relationship to water before we start tomorrow.

  • 6 pm: Group dinner

Fri, Oct 29th | Day 2, Night 3

  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am: Breakfast

  • 10:00 am -12:00 pm: Stabilizing the mind-body:

    • Half the group will head to pool space for their trauma-informed massages;

    • Other half of the group will have the first 1-on-1 in-water somatic experiencing sessions with Christine in 1 hour slots.

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch break

  • 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Co-regulating the mind-body; group water explorations

    • Relational/ reciprocity explorations in water, combined within exercises of consent, permission & security (defined & distinguished from safety) . 

    • Tolerance level & capacity explorations for expansion (vs. constriction); the overcoupling of the traumatized body of expansion with threat.

  • 3:30 - 5 pm: Break & individual processing time

  • 5:30pm: Early dinner

Sat, Oct 30th | Day 3, Night 4

  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am: Breakfast

  • 10:00 am -12:00 pm: Capacity building;

    • Half the group will head to pool space for their trauma-informed massages;

    • Other half of the group will have the first 1-on-1 in-water somatic experiencing sessions with Christine in 1 hour slots.

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch break

  • 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Resiliency training; group explorations, in & out of water

    • Group check-ins & discussion on safety & sensation processing; ‘Face, Feel, Free’ demo given

    • Group works in the water individually, but at the same time, facilitated by Christine, through the ‘FFF’ methodology, using the water as a means of safe expression.

  • 3:30 - 5 pm: Break & individual processing time

  • 5:30pm: Early dinner & discussion about tomorrow’s schedule for the final day. 


Sun, Oct 31st | Day 4, Night 5

  • Rotating schedule of 1-on-1 underwater portraits in the shallow open ocean with Chiara Salomoni. 


Mon, Nov 1st | DEPART

10:00 am: Check-out by & all participants depart.

The Location

Aloha culture & island paradise ambiance converge where lush jungle and volcanoes meet marine creature-filled seas,

in Captain Cook, HI; a treasure of the Big Island of Hawaii surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and some of the most pristine natural areas in the world.

The intentional, spirit-infused, environmentally-conscious ways of life here, focused on community and the maintenance of ethnic lineages, creates an atmosphere unlike any other. It is a profoundly healing place.

Click for a video tour of the retreat space

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Our 5 night stay will be hosted at a completely private resort space, called ‘WhaleSpirit Sanctuary,’ with lush fenced garden and hammock areas, Zen-style gardens, open-air kitchen & expansive movement/yoga spaces,

with each person sharing a bedroom/ bathroom (with option for upgrades to your own entire bungalow on the property for an added cost).

At 350 feet elevation, our property has a breathtaking view of Kealakekua Bay, which means “The God’s Pathway” in Hawaiian. This is a sacred, protected 5 acre land parcel that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, which is only walking distance away, and values agritourism, where real world sustainability meets harmonious support of cultural, historical, educational and agriculturally oriented programs locally in Hawaii.

Air-conditioning is not necessary at this time of year or in Hawaii in general with the cross-winds, so our spaces don’t boast A/C but a great design for air flow and ventilation, and the quietest area on a 5 acre private property all to ourselves.

This eco-friendly resort is also a completely chemical, substance & toxin-free property.

Multiple kitchens and fridge spaces are available for us, so you can have what makes you feel best on hand at all times.  This is a place of deep peace and transformation.

We will have the entire main retreat house to ourselves for a truly unique, private experience.

Each participant will have ample space and room for processing and integration here.

Spa & Pool Services

In addition to our private retreat space, trauma-informed massage & watsu practitioners will lead bodywork work sessions at a nearby rented private space out of an idllyic traditional honaunau style house with mountain views.

These quiet, breezy, private pool areas are nestled in the heart of Hawaii’s coffee belt and between the steadying presence of enduring mountains.

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The Facilitator

Christine Ren, Somatic Therapist/ Coach


Drawing from an eclectic background of undergraduate and Master's degrees in pre-med and anthropological disciplines, a former professional career as a dance performer and decade of consulting work with startups in Silicon Valley,

I facilitate nervous system-led upgrades remotely with clients 1-on-1 and in small groups, as well work locally guiding in-water somatic experiencing sessions for clients with higher trauma burdens in the body that need deep safety re-stabilizing in order to heal.

As a somatic therapist/ coach, I'm in the business of helping conscious women live their truth & express their gifts -

by integrating trauma & limiting stories through somatic coherence therapy, which is a type of both and intersectional work of healing of the mind’s story (meaning and context its made),

and the body’s memory (somatic imprint/  physiology, that remains in the body and  nervous system from various experiences, threats and woundings).




  • 5 nights of accommodations (double occupancy); 

  • 3 meals a day of organic catered food from a local, private chef (breakfast, lunch & dinner);

  • 2 60 minute in-water SE sessions;  

  • 4 days of in-water facilitation & trauma theory talks;

  • A personal 1-on-1 underwater photoshoot + 2 final image edits;

  • Travel to and from all workshop destinations.

Not Included 

  • Airfare & luggage; 

  • Travel to/from the retreat space from airport; 

  • Extracurricular travel into town & shopping outside of the workshop itinerary.


Price per person: $2,950  (*based on double occupancy) 


50% deposit due on booking
Final deposit due: Dec 31st, 2021