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Bodywork for Depression & Anxiety: Sewanee, TN

CE Hours:   18 + open to the public
When:   Jul 25, 2025 @ 9:30 am - Jul 27, 2025 @ 5:00 pm

Jul 25, 2025 @ 9:30 am - Jul 27, 2025 @ 5:00 pm

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“This course was awakening for me from start to finish.  I enjoyed not only learning about the effects of depression and anxiety has on the body but how to help clients heal through breathing, meditation, movement and bodywork.   The protocol will be valuable in my practice.”  N. Green, Douglasville, GA

“I didn’t expect how great and effective this course would be.  I wish I had gained this knowledge years ago.  So many people will be positively affected from these new skills that I’ll be incorporating in my work.”  T. Carter, LPN, LMT

Date:  Fri-Sun, July 25-27, 2025 • 9:30am-5pm each day
Location:  St. Mary’s Sewanee, 1100 St. Mary’s Ln. Sewanee, TN (between Chattanooga and Nashville)
NCBTMB CE:  18 and open to the public
Price:  $750 early registration price before 6/10 (includes accommodations and meals)
Instructors:  Tracey J. Moon LMBT & Sharon Nash, MA

This three-day Bodywork for Depression and Anxiety residential training and retreat is being held at St. Mary’s Sewanee, located in Tennessee between Nashville and Chattanooga.  Situated on a bluff, St. Mary’s is a beautiful place to learn, explore and rest.  Sewanee is a liberal arts university town with hiking trails, charming shops and restaurants close by.

  • Hiking trails, bluff overlook, labyrinth and plenty of places for solitude
  • Healthy, delicious meals with dietary restrictions accommodated
  • Arrive the night before the retreat for only $100 in double accommodations* including breakfast on Friday – highly recommended!

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.


What are the accommodations like?

Choose from two accommodation styles.  Anna House has 20 hotel-style private rooms with a private bath, porches and bluff views.  St. Mary’s Hall is a former girls’ school dormitory with private rooms and shared bathrooms located on each floor.  Both can be reserved as a single or double accommodation.

If you are traveling alone and prefer a roommate, we will pair you with a same-gendered roommate if one is available.  All-inclusive pricing is below (includes accommodations/meals and training):

St. Mary’s Hall, private dormitory rooms:

Double accommodation*, shared hall bath (two twin beds) $750
Single accommodation, shared hall bth (twin or double bed) $800

Anna House, private hotel-style: 

Double accommodation, private bath (two twin beds) $845
Single accommodation, private bath $895

What meals are included?

For those staying two nights, meals begin with lunch on Friday and end with lunch on Sunday.  For those staying three nights, meals begin with breakfast on Friday and end with lunch on Sunday.  The St. Mary’s chefs provide you with an experience that is delicious and nutritious.  If you have any serious food restrictions, allergies or dietary needs, please let us know in advance.

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

The training runs from 9:30am-5:00pm each day.  Early 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 arrive a day early.

Can I arrive a day early to extend the retreat?

Yes. You have the option to add Thursday night to this training during the registration process.  We highly recommended you arrive on Thursday night if you live more than 30 minutes from Sewanee, TN since class begins promptly at 9:30am on Friday.  The extra night price includes breakfast on Friday before the training starts.  Cost is $100 for double accommodations and $120 for single accommodations.

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 18 CE hours.   You will receive a certificate of completion electronically to submit to your state licensing board or for recertification with the NCBTMB.

What should I bring?

We 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 there?

St. Mary’s Sewanee is located 1.5 hours from Nashville, TN and and 1 hour from Chattanooga, TN.  1100 St Marys Ln, Sewanee, TN 37375

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.

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Jul 25, 2025 @ 9:30 am
Jul 27, 2025 @ 5:00 pm
Event Category:
18 + open to the public


St. Mary’s Sewanee
1100 St Marys Ln.
Sewanee, TN 37375
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