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  • SANDHI HOUSE 14 Largo Santa Marta Ericeira, Lisboa, 2655-357 Portugal (map)
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Somatic Stress Release Intermediate

5 Day Training on the Ocean

Prerequisite: Somatic Stress Release Level I: Foundations

Learn to restore your biological stress response system with Dr. Scott Lyon's 5 day Somatic Stress Release™ Immersion.

You will learn how to enhance your capacity to identify internal responses to stressors, and mobilize that energy towards restoration and ease.

Somatic Stress Release™ empowers you and your clients to holistically discharge stress, blocked emotions, and body tension, as well as relieve stagnated energy while restoring resilience.

Empower your self, through your self!  

Somatic Stress Release™ addresses the underlying psycho-physical patterns associated with stress while promoting well-being through the lens of body-oriented therapies.  

Stress related health challenges are now a widespread global issue. Chronic stress wreaks havoc on our health, impacts biological energy conservation, and makes us less attuned to the need for self-care. When a person encounters stress they form neuromuscular patterns to manage and protect themselves from the situation. A person maintains this activation even after the stressor is eliminated. This behavior prevents them from properly processing or mobilizing the stress. Similarly, individuals can get trapped in thought cycles which continually activate a physiological response, limiting their tolerance and capacity to manage additional stressors.

A physiological stress response happens throughout every system of the body, ultimately interacting with every cell. It’s no wonder that stress responses are interwoven with our emotions, immune function, thoughts, breath, and movements. Somatic Stress Release is a holistic approach that recognizes the complex layering of each individual's relation to stress. Stress manifests itself in each person’s body differently. Understanding this unique body response allows each person to process and navigate the intricate layers of stress. One of the most effective pathways towards that awareness and negotiation is through feeling a deeper sense of and connection with the body-mind, an approach called somatics.

In this somatic approach, there is a recognition that we engage with others and the world through sensations and movement. As stress is something experienced and expressed through the body, a somatic or body-focused approach can more quickly address habitual responses to internal and external stressors.   

These modules prepare you to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the biological, social, and psychological aspects of stress.

  • Identify somatic symptoms and triggers for emotional and physical distress.

  • Learn to work with stress as it is reflected in facial expressions, posture, muscular patterns, or other forms of body language.

  • Learn cognitive reframing and stress tolerance techniques.

  • Explore self hypnosis for relaxation.

  • Learn neuromuscular repatterning procedures to release unconscious habituated stress cycles.  

  • Identify yours and other’s resources for negotiating stress.

  • Learn embodied mindfulness and resilience training techniques.

  • Engage in movement meditations and breath work to release trapped or stored arousal energy.

  • Stop burnout and rebuild depleted biological resources.

  • Learn to take control of your relationship to stress in order to live a life of greater well-being.

  • Apply manual-therapy techniques to guided meditation.   

Module 2:  Intermediate

  • Proprioception Re-Patterning

  • Nutrition for Stress Reduction

  • Experiential Anatomy Of Stress 2

  • Iliopsoas Complex Release Work

  • Body Work and Manual Therapy for Stress Release

  • Introduction to Restorative Yoga

  • Eye Work

  • Breath Work

  • Somatic Application of Polyvagal Theory

  • Level II of Somatic Stress Release techniques

*This Intermediate course is open to anyone who has completed the Level I: Foundations course. Please bring your manual from Level I: Foundations as new handouts will be given to add to your 3-ring folder.

*Two online support sessions will be offered after the training to help participants integrate the material.

*Participants will receive a certificate of participation in Level II Intermediate of Somatic Stress Release™ upon completion of this module, and may receive 30 hours of CEU’s from the Yoga Alliance.

Certified Somatic Stress Release™ Practitioner
Upon completion of all 3 Somatic Stress Release™ modules and 4 private sessions with Dr. Scott Lyons, a Somatic Stress Release™ Practitioner or an Embodied Flow™ Somatic Movement Therapist will receive certification as a Somatic Stress Release™ Practitioner.


Wednesday – Sunday:  9:00am - 4:00pm 


Sandhi House

Largo de Santa Marta Ericeira 14b, Portugal


Ericeira is a fishing village 50 km (31 miles) northeast of Lisbon, 25 km (16 miles) from Sintra. and 10 km (6 miles) from Mafra. It has the Atlantic Ocean as an eternal companion. 

Ericeira has a very cozy city center; the harmony of the "old village" with its narrow cobblestone streets, characteristic housing, singular monuments, the sea, the fishing, the cuisine -with seafood at number 1- the bold Atlantic views and the multiplicity of cultural programming interlace here in a grand way to welcome its visitors.  Ericeira offers a diverse variety of restaurants and terraces, both in the center as at the beach side, which makes it an ideal place to sit down for a coffee and enjoy the local pastries, or to go out for a lunch or dinner in one of the local restaurants. Beside of this, our Sandhi House offers free healthy breakfasts for her guests and delicious lunches and dinners on request!

Within walking distance from Ericeira center, you will find bigger supermarkets like Intermarché, Aldi, Lidl and Continente. 

Ericeira, located where the high cliffs of the rocky coast meet the Atlantic Ocean, it is Europe’s first World Surfing Reserve and is famous for its beautiful beaches. You can come along on one of the stunning cliff walks, starting just around the corner and of course we highly recommend you to take (some) surf class(es) once you are here.

Lodging & Meals

*Rooms in the area are limited, so we highly suggested staying on site.     

50 Euro per person, per night

Prices Include:

  • Lodging in double rooms

  • Breakfast

  • Cleaning of rooms, twice a week

  • Towel change & linens

Meals by Request:

Lunch - 20 euro per person

Dinner - 25 euro per person



  • Yogurt

  • Variety of fruits

  • Nuts

  • Homemade granola

  • Juices

  • Coffee

  • Tea


  • Vegetable soups

  • Salads

  • Bread

  • Hummus

  • Eggs


  • 3 Courses: starter, main course and dessert

    Lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables

    Special menus include fish and meat on request

*Deposit of 10% to be payed within 14 days from booking date (non-refundable).

*Full payment must be made at least 14 days before arrival.

Course Investment

Early-bird price (if paid before Sept 1, 2019):  1000 €
Normal price: 1100 €