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The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®

Healing the Shoulder, Forearm and Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome

Deep Bodywork®, practiced with great sensitivity, is one of the most effective healing modalities available to us as bodywork practitioners. Through slowly opening the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, we connect the mind to “stuck” areas of the body, releasing enormous amounts of previously “held” energy. This energy then becomes available to support the body’s innate capacity to self-organize and heal, enabling massage practitioners to support clients in overcoming previously stubborn, seemingly intractable physical conditions.

Two areas of the body where we often encounter challenges are the shoulder and the forearm/wrist. Because of the complexity of these structures, and the intense, chronic pain they can produce, massage therapists and bodyworkers are often reluctant to touch them for fear of doing more harm. In this seminar, you will learn effective deep tissue techniques, easily integrated into your current practice, to address acute and chronic pain of the shoulders, forearms, wrists and hands.

Perry and Johanna Holloman will teach the art of recognizing and healing “disorganized tissue” through presence-based touch, and they explain why, at physiological and energetic levels, Deep Bodywork® needs to be done slowly to be most effective. They will also address the aggravation of symptoms which often occurs within 48 hours after a session, and how to guide your clients through such healing crises.

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

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

Accommodations & Meals

Make the Mountain Home

Rates are based on stated occupancy (i.e., double and triple rates are available only to groups of two or three people who are staying in the same room).

RAM cottages

two and three rooms

The Ram Cottages have easy access to the Wellness Center and many hiking trails. Ram Cottage #1 sleeps four and offers two bedrooms, a small kitchen, one shared full bathroom, and shared living space with an outdoor deck. Ram Cottage #2 sleeps six in three rooms and offers a kitchenette and one shared full bathroom. All beds are singles. Prices are based on stated occupancy.


Single Occupancy $2,145
Double Occupancy $1,840

Guest Rooms

Single, Double, or Triple

These tasteful hotel style rooms, some with ensuite bathrooms, are located in our Conference Center, where there is wifi, two lovely courtyards with expansive views in which you may read and relax, and a full tea bar available at all times in the conference wing of the building. Rooms that don’t have ensuite bathrooms have access to nearby shared bathrooms and showers (private while in use). All beds are singles. There are no phones or TVs in any of our rooms. Prices are based on stated occupancy.


Single Occupancy, Private Bath $2,240
Single Occupancy, Shared Bath $1,975
Double Occupancy, Private Bath $1,870
Double Occupancy, Shared Bath $1,715
Triple Occupancy, Shared Bath $1,555

Rustic Cabins

Single or Double

Our simple rustic cabins are located in the Oaks Campground. They are a short 10-minute walk uphill from the Conference Center, but have a feeling of being more remote. Cabins sleep two and feature electricity and heat but no wifi or indoor plumbing. All beds are singles. A separate shower house is nearby, containing private showers and dressing rooms, and flush toilets. If this sounds a bit rustic, please consider booking a room in the Conference Center. Prices are based on stated occupancy.


Single Occupancy $1,830
Double Occupancy $1,675

Own Vehicle

Parking Space

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. Prices are based on stated occupancy.


Stay in Your Vehicle $1,310


Bring your own tent

Developed campsites are available for people who wish to bring their own tent. Sites offer access to showers and flush toilets. Although camping is usually available year-round, please be aware that we can receive significant amounts of rain from November through May.


Bring Your Own Tent $1,310


Drive yourself

Commute from off-campus each day and attend the full program, including all meals and activities.


Per Person $1245

Rates & What's Included

Details & Useful Information

Group Retreats at Mount Madonna


Fees are PER PERSON and include tuition, lodging, and meals for all days of the retreat. Rates stated here apply to this retreat only. Other retreat and program accommodations pricing may differ.

Children ages 13 and older
As adult
Children 5 - 12 years old
50% Off
Children 4 years and under

Rates: Group retreat rates depend on your choice of accommodations and include access to the Mount Madonna campus, lodging, and meals.

Arrival & Departure: Plan to arrive and check-in between 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Check out is at noon; however, you may stay for lunch following the program closing.

Reservations: Retreats must be booked a minimum of 48 hours in advance.

Meals: Two vegetarian meals are served during retreats, including brunch and dinner. Breads, spreads, and a tea bar are also available between meals.

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.
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Sunday - Friday, Oct 20 - 25, 2024


445 Summit Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076


Holloman Institute


  • Perry Holloman
    Perry Holloman

    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.

  • Johanna Holloman
    Johanna Holloman

    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.

  • Continuing Education:

    30 CEUs are available for this course.

  • Important Notes:

    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


    • Advance reservations are required for all visitors.
    • 48-hour notice is required to make a reservation.
    • Balance is due in advance (Visa, MasterCard, American Express only).
    • Please, no food, drugs, alcohol, pets, incense, candles or other flammables


    • Cancellation by September 8, 2024: full refund
    • Cancellation after September 9 but before September 22, 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 September 22, 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.
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