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Bodywork for Depression & Anxiety: Highlands, NC

CE Hours:   21 + open to the public
When:   Mar 11 @ 9:00 am - Mar 13 @ 5:00 pm

Mar 11 @ 9:00 am - Mar 13 @ 5:00 pm

FULL.  Our next Bodywork for Depression and Anxiety training is on March 22-24 in Crozet, VA • June 26-28 in Tazewell, TN • July 15-17 Durham, NC.  All currently have space available. 

Date:  Mon, March 11 – Wed, March 13, 2019 9am-5pm
NCBTMB CE’s:  21 and open to the public
Price:  $450
Instructors:  Tracey J. Moon LMBT & Sharon Nash, MA

This three day training is being held at The Mountain Retreat Center in Highlands, NC, a place chosen for its peaceful and inspirational views in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Enjoy the quiet of a walk in the old growth forest with rare white oaks or contemplate in the beautiful mountaintop labyrinth.  The Mountain is located just four miles from the resort town of Highlands, NC.  On-site accommodations and healthy meals prepared by a professional chef.

Course description:

Depression and anxiety has become an epidemic in our society with more people than ever seeking relief through both conventional and alternative methods. Trauma, loss, and the everyday challenges of daily life can create constriction and loss of connection in the physical and emotional body. From these big and small traumas, our body begins to form in a way that sets in fatigue, exhaustion, distress, difficulty focusing, irritability and physical pain.

The physical toll of depression and anxiety reveals itself in the body through tension, pain, misalignment and discomfort. In this course you will learn specific hands-on massage techniques that unwind targeted areas of the body that have been contracted, bringing more flow and movement into the structure. We will look at the science behind depression and anxiety, what is happening in the brain as well as the importance of understanding conventional treatments. We will explore emotional anatomy, including how the body is shaped by our thoughts, feelings and beliefs, and discuss how mindfulness practices can help free us from negative thought patterns. We will incorporate movement and grounding body-centered practices can help support a distressed emotional body system.

You will learn simple body-centered practices to help people feel more alive, connected and embodied through breath, bioenergetics, massage and compassionate presence. Through these embodied practices you will discover the body’s innate ability to recalibrate, reset and restore to its natural flow, beyond depression and anxiety.

This hands-on and highly experiential class is intended for the bodywork practitioner to support clients in the healing of depression and anxiety however, this training is open to everyone interested in empowering massage and bodywork tools to help feel more vital in everyday life.


Can I commute if I don’t want to stay on-site for the training?

We highly recommend taking advantage of this retreat location and staying onsite whether you live locally or are traveling from afar.  It is The Mountain Retreat Center’s policy that you must live within 30 miles of the retreat center in order to commute, otherwise the rates below for accommodations and meals apply.  Room’s are situated on top of the mountain with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge mountains.

What is the price for on-site accommodations and meals?

Costs listed below are per person for each night and include Monday and Tuesday night accommodations and all meals daily during the training beginning with lunch on Monday and ending with lunch on Wednesday.

$95 Triple room (three twin beds), per person with private bath
$110 Double room (two twin beds), per person with private bath
$150 Single room with private bath

Can I room with someone I know?

Yes. When you register please let us know that you are attending with someone and that you would like to share a room with them.  If you are coming to the retreat alone and would like shared accommodations, we will pair you with a same-gender roommate.

 Are meals available during the training?

Yes. The Mountain Retreat Center provides delicious, healthy meals during the training.   If you have any food restrictions, sensitivities, allergies or dietary needs, please let us know in advance.  All meals are included during the training when you stay on-site.  If you live locally and commute, breakfast and lunch is included in your $30 commuter fee.

Will there be time in the schedule for rest, hiking or massage therapy services?

The training runs from 9:00am-5:00pm each day. Mornings and evenings will be available for personal time.  For those of you who would like to extend your retreat experience, you may wish to come in a day early or stay an additional night after the training.

Can I arrive a day early or stay a day late to extend the retreat?

Yes. You have the option during the registration process to add Sunday night or Wednesday night.  Breakfast on Monday/Thursday is included in the price however dinner on Sunday/Wednesday night (before and after the training) is not included when you add an additional night.  Price for an additional night is $75 per person, includes breakfast and can be added during the registration process.

I’m a massage therapist – can I receive continuing education hours for this training and retreat?

approved-providerYes. Bodywork for Depression & Anxiety is NCBMTB Approved and massage therapists will receive 21 CE hours (Georgia massage therapists:  this training will meet your requirement for hands-on CE’s).  You will receive a certificate of completion electronically to submit to your state licensing board or for recertification with the NCBTMB. If you are a licensed massage therapist in the State of Georgia – please read important details here about your continuing education credit.

What should I bring?

We’ll need one massage table for every two people attending. You will receive a welcome email after registering with a list of what to bring.  This email arrives within 24-48 hours of your registration.  If you didn’t receive it, please check your spam box and add the email to your contacts.

How do I get to The Mountain Retreat Center?

The retreat center is located about 1.5 hours south of Asheville, NC, 2.5 hours northeast of Atlanta and 3 hours west of Charlotte, NC in the Blue Ridge Mountains at 3872 Dillard Rd, Highlands, NC 28741.

I still have more questions, how do I get in touch with you?

Please write to one of the facilitators:  Tracey at or Sharon at You can also call 919-907-0579.


Mar 11 @ 9:00 am
Mar 13 @ 5:00 pm
Event Category:
21 + open to the public


The Mountain Retreat Center
3872 Dillard Rd.
Highlands, NC 28741 United States
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