This 70 hour course is an experiential journey into Somatic practice, where the online course and in-person retreat in East Sussex combine for a full immersion around the body. In this way we differentiate to feel and explore deeply, in order to integrate back to the whole. This helps foster the embodied awareness and personal practice that helps you to teach others.

These fluid and responsive practices include rocking, rolling, twisting and pulsing; mostly lying but also coming all through all planes (different ‘seats’, lunges) and up to standing. They can be practised as moving meditation or fed into a stronger asana practice to support the body’s ease in supporting itself up from gravity.

Anyone interested in this type of practice can do the online course, but to join the retreat and teaching workshops and attain the full teaching qualification you will need to have a minimum 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. This is because it requires a baseline of teacher training and insurance to teach others. You don’t need to be teaching at the time of joining.

The online course and retreat will cover around 30-40 different Somatic exercises in total; to explore and gain an in-depth relationship with the scope, feel and potential of the movement as a route to deeper ‘listening in’. The rest of the course then takes this practical experience to feed into how to teach to others; with two day workshops specifically on sequencing and teaching language, worksheets from the online course and other work – the full content is shown below.

To sign up for the online course, visit here.

This course makes up the most experiential and practical portion of Charlotte’s full 170 hour CPD Therapeutic Somatics for Yoga Teachers course – of which the more theoretical, therapeutic, philosophical and enquiring part is the 100 hour course Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery: moving beyond stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness through embodied awareness , which can also be covered by the Yogacampus trainings with Charlotte with extra home study, see below.

Therapeutic Somatics for Yoga Teachers certification (170 hours CPD) – see full description here (includes information on how those who have done the full Yogacampus Teaching Yoga for Stress, Burnout and Fatigue with Charlotte Watts and Leah Barnett can include their CPD hours within this course).

Breakdown of the course CPD hours:

4 hours supportive reading (home study) – specific excerpts from Charlotte’s book Yoga for Digestive Health – to cover basic anatomical, energetic and teaching considerations for optimal connection with the course content.

17 hours online course (pre-recorded and live online) – deeper learning into each of the practical sessions covered on the retreat; videos of the practices with commentary, short lectures; so you have all of the sequences from the retreat and the manual in another form, to practice, experience and teach over and again – £249 (or 2 x instalments of £140) – to sign up for the online course, visit here.

15 hours practical over the retreat weekend August 2021 (in person) – an immersion in Somatic practice, organised in different focal points for embodied awareness and understanding; see full details of retreat focus and content below – £350

6 hours worksheets (home study) – included in the workbook and online course (to be submitted) – on understanding of the practices, teaching language and personal adaptation into individual teaching style and content.

6 hours (in person) – day workshop on teaching skills specific to Somatics – at separate dates TBC when covid allows (London, Brighton, Cheltenham) – £80

6 hours (in person) – day workshop on sequencing classes to focus on or integrate Somatics into Yoga  at separate dates TBC when covid allows (London, Brighton, Cheltenham) – £80

8 hours personal practice (not following the videos) – Somatic practices from the retreat/online course and manual – 6 hours practice, 2 hours written reflection after (considerations given to you in a guided sheet)

1 hour writing 90 minute class plan (home study) – submitted to then be taught and reflective practice written and submitted

2 hour teaching designed class (home study) – either in person or video submission – 90 mins teaching, 30 mins reflection (specific guided considerations)

5 hours class attendance (home study) – Charlotte’s classes or workshops (or other appropriate Somatics teacher, can be online), with reflective practice afterwards (to be submitted) – 3 hours for attendance, 2 hour for the write-up – usual class costs to be paid c. £30


= 70 hours CPD* / £789 – paid separately for the portions listed as you do them, contact Charlotte at for concessionary rates

*27 hours in person – the remainder part of online course and home study that can be done separately for 43 CPD hours 


To sign up for the online course, visit here.

UPCOMING COURSE DATES – online live discussions

Five live discussion sessions, one for each theme (60 mins) will be running on the following dates:

September 2021 intake:

Wednesdays 7pm UK time 2021/22 – September 15, October 13, November 10, December 8, January 12

Thursdays 10am UK time 2021/22 – September 16, October 14, November 11, December 9, January 13

January 2022 intake:

Wednesdays 7pm UK time 2022 – January 19, February 23, March 16, April 27, May 25

Thursdays 10am UK time 2022 – January 20, February 24, March 17, April 28, May 26

March 2022 intake:

Thursdays 10am UK time 2022 – March 24, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 14

NB: there are three intakes a year for these live sessions; starting January, March and September, each running over five months from then.

If you can’t make one of those dates in your chosen group, you can always attend the other for that theme or catch up within a future intake to ensure you have covered the required hours for the course.
You can sign up to the online course any time before these dates to access the material.

The Retreat Content

The retreat part of this course is an opportunity for deep immersion in Somatics and a journey around the body to feel how we can differentiate to integrate back to whole.

It can be attended within this course or can be simply attended separately and includes notes, a brief introduction and reflective discussion after, for each session:


Friday afternoon: 2 hours

Central axis and skull-sacrum polarity: spine undulations, forward and side/ lateral sheath – annamaya kosha (physical body, containment) – thoracolumbar fascia and embryological considerations


Friday evening: 1 hour

Simple movement into meditation – soma & stillness


Saturday before breakfast: 1 hour

Qigong-inspired practice into personal asana practice, into meditation


Saturday morning: 2.5 hours

Shoulders, neck and jaw: reptilian to all-fours/ dorsal sheath – pranamaya kosha (breath body, primal vitality) – scalp fascia to diaphragm connections, vagus nerve and primal development


Saturday afternoon: 2.5 hours

Hips, sacrum and belly: prone and baddha konasana/ ventral sheath – manamaya kosha (mental body, evolution of thought) – diaphragm to anterior iliac spines and psoas, gut-brain connections


Saturday evening: 1 hour

Exploring free practice to meditation – attention to transitions


Sunday before breakfast: 1 hour

Qigong-inspired practice into personal asana practice, into meditation


Sunday morning: 2 hours

Diaphragm, ribs, lungs and heart: twists/ spiral sheath – vijnanamaya kosha (wisdom body, he artful awareness) – sternum, ribs and thoracic fascia, around the heart centre and solar plexus


Sunday early afternoon: 2 hours

Arms, legs and eyes: moving and reaching/ core sheath  – anandamaya kosha (bliss body, openness and potential) – plantar fascia to core, reaching and standing into our full expression


See full details of the retreat and how to book here


Frequently Asked Questions: click here

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