Receive a Samacitta bodywork session

The body doesn’t lie.  It is honest.  The intention of the body is to simply be, to be as nature intended - to heal, to grow, to flourish and to follow and be directed by the natural innate cellular wisdom that is held within.  

Influenced by yoga and ayurveda and by the natural tides of the sea and the rhythm of the breath Samacitta bodywork is a full body meditation using the healing art of touch, giving attention to the breath, to subtle movement, to sound and to essence.  Long strokes with fluctuating pressure, depending upon the flow of the body.  The purpose being relief, alignment, release and to restore to self.   To discover and open the places where we hide and bury our secrets, so that we can release the old and create a newer freedom and spaciousness within.  To let go of the fear, the shame, the anger, the thoughts and misdirected beliefs that create patterns and habits and that continue to pervade our sensory, cellular being from the inside out. 

Katrina trained in AyurYogic bodywork and AyurBalance bodywork 12 years ago, prior to that she was giving ‘un-trained' sessions.  She began her own journey into embodiment about 20 years ago following a long spiral into despair and addiction in her teens and 20s, followed by chronic illness and spiritual and physical and mental breakdown by 27, and then with her spirit on the floor and with the gift of desperation, she began to receive bodywork, and, little by little, grew inspiration from receiving and from the deep progress she had encountered and the change she experienced on the inside, and so she went on to train and learnt how to be the giver of bodywork sessions.  It was through the art of touch and awareness that she was able to really honour her true self and the body's innate natural capacity to heal itself.  With training in India from the teachings of master teacher Kusum Modak at Rasovai and then further training in with Ellen Watson from the Esalen®️ Institute in Esalen®️massage/bodywork -  Katrina gives sessions today using different parts from each modality - creating a hybrid Samacitta session.  It is an intuitive session on the table - fully-body deep bodywork including neck, face, hands, feet and belly: areas which are often missed and yet so vital to go deep into.  The belly is the ‘brain’ of our cellular being and generates our core energy and life force/ agni or fire - and very often there are blockages here that have been buried for years and, that, after time and movement, can transform. Sessions can give a renewed sense of liberation and connection to our 'real' or true selves. 

Sessions are approximately 90 minutes and pre-booking a telephone consultation beforehand to get started is preferable if it is your first experience of massage or energy bodywork.   The consultation is free and gives an idea of what you are seeking and what you may need. Katrina gives London sessions periodically (every other month) - but these need to be booked well in advance, to allow for travel time and planning.   

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Having worked in the holistic field for many years it was a joy to come across Katrina. Her specialist bodywork is second to none. As a nutritionist I have sent clients to Katrina and seen how much they have improved as a result.
Tara Inchbald Holt, Medical Nutritionist, Edinburgh

Katrina gives knowledgeable sessions that flow with intuitive ease. I benefitted from a 90 minute session that allowed for a deeply relaxing and meditative experience. I highly recommend.
Seona Elise Robinson, Owner EcoYoga Ltd
Edinburgh

Katrina’s energy and hands gave me one of the most magical experiences and I thank her for that - it was like receiving a session from an angel!
Athina Vakali, Yoga teacher, Athens

Katrina’s loving spirit and shining intelligence carried me through a very dark period, into light.
Her wisdom and articulacy are a blessing to all who encounter her.
Her kindness unparalleled.
Charlotte Adler - Portrait Artist, London

Thank you for yesterday - you are an angel. I love that you reminded me on a deeper a level. I love that we are reconnected. You are very, very special.
Jacqueline H, Master Life Coach, London

You really are very good at this aren’t you!
Alice Hart-Davis, Journalist, London

Katrina is an old soul...
Her sensitivity, intelligence & the perilous journey she has travelled enables her ability to identify accurately with each & everyone she encounters.
I will always be in her debt...
Moira Elias (old enough to be her Mother) Art Philanthropist, Montreal & Edinburgh

You are such a beautiful, powerful healer Katrina.
Laura McNaught - London, February 2016

I think often of the phenomenal session I had with you. It’s about your healing touch and your soulful aura, and also what you said. It was the first time someone—a stranger no less—told me, with such compassion, that she recognized what I was going through in the way you did. It was such a simple gesture...but so profound. It gave me the license to release more deeply.”
Karlyn K - on Retreat in Italy, August 2016

Bodywork is not a massage; it is therapy for the body and therefore works right into your spirit, into your soul & so your well-being. Katrina makes it feel like a shared experience and an art-form. Both during and afterwards, I felt held, protected and a powerful sense of connection to my feelings. She has great strength yet gentleness in how she works through your body in a responsive way intuiting which part to focus attention on. It was for me a unique experience and I would highly recommend Katrina.
~Kate W on Retreat in Italy, August 2017

Samacitta retreats are like spiritual surgery or psychic transformation...   

An integral and holistic approach to wellbeing is what Samacitta retreats are all about.  Working with your own highly qualified yoga instructor and holistic therapist, you will delve into immersion with any combination holistic coaching, yoga, nutrition and bodywork and holistic philosophy to help restore you back to balance in mind, body and spirit and give you personal insight.  With a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 14 spaces on any retreat,  our current retreat  venues are in Italy, in Puglia at La Rosa dei 4 Venti, near Brindisi at a luxurious masseria and at a creative and tranquil mountain retreat venue near to Rieti called In Sabina.  Both have been featured in Angelika Taschen’s book entitled GREAT YOGA RETREATS which gives a client's and yogi's view of the best venues around the globe.    All are ideal for meditation, down-time, reflection and time out to restore and return to a greater sense of being from the inside out, rather than from the outside in.

La Rosa dei 4 Venti, our retreat venue June 23 to 30, 2018

La Rosa dei 4 Venti, our retreat venue June 23 to 30, 2018

If you are interested in joining an upcoming retreat at La Rosa dei 4 Venti, in Puglia  please register your interest by clicking on CONTACT US below or send us an email at life@samacitta.com.   Our next retreat is 23 to 30 June, 2018  - we will have  Monica Marini teaching yoga at La Rosa dei 4 Venti in Puglia which is an exquisite retreat space set in the centre of Puglia near to Martina Franca with a huge yoga shala, a pool, home-grown vegetables, vegetarian chef-cooked food and lots and lots of space to rest, restore, and soak up Nature... Spaces are limited to maximum 14 so please don’t delay in booking! We need deposits by 1st December, 2017 for the June 23 to 30, 2018 Puglia retreat.    If you don't get the chance to join us in June in Puglia, in September Eve Pettitt will be teaching yoga on our Become the Witness retreat, this time in Tuscany (venue to be confirmed) from 1st to 8th  September, 2018.  In 2019 we will have retreat space at In Sabina from 4 to 11 August, 2019, where there is a vast wooden yoga deck in the middle of the countryside and a house which sleeps 12 to 18 and pool amidst 4 hectares of blissful Italian countryside.   Each retreat is unique of itself with something extra special about the venue and the quality of the silence or the space,  each a private immersion, each led with a unique style and approach and varied asana teaching but all with the common thread of self-acceptance and surrender to our true self. The aim is to allow for you to connect deeply with yourselves and to get beyond personality into becoming the observer, the witness and the voice within to connect to life force itself, the the inner and to find a deeper sense of being - to find more alignment with your higher selves, to hear and listen to your soul and to allow silence, contemplation and the inner truth and the ever-present knowing within to come forth so that you may have respite from that incessant monkey-chattering mind and literally rest yourself within your body and feel totally at ease in your own skin.  We invite you to literally dive into being - into a richer, deeper experience of yourselves.      There will be twice daily asana practice, meditation, free-time and integration time and bodywork time at each retreat.  Please join us. 

I cannot thank you enough for organising such a beautifully curated week of spiritual yoga practice, sumptuous and healthy meals, a perfect venue and most importantly — sharing it all with such an exceptional group of people. I am looking forward to the next one next year!
~France B - in Italy, August 2017

The drive here has allowed me to reflect on my time on retreat with you all. It really feels as though this came at the perfect time to wake me up.
Thank you for taking such good care of me, and for infusing the retreat with your generous spirit.
~Tamara B - in Italy, August 2017

What a truly wonderful week - loved every bit of it and you made it just that more of a ‘special’ one, thank you so much Katrina.
~Lubna Al-F, in Italy, August 2017

Thank you dear Katrina for your insights, your kind hands and your gentle guidance and organization. It was a blissful week.
~Denise K, in Italy August 2017
At our 2018 venue in Puglia at a luxurious trulli-style masseria near to Martina Franca - June 23 to 30, 2018

At our 2018 venue in Puglia at a luxurious trulli-style masseria near to Martina Franca - June 23 to 30, 2018

Dining at La Rosa dei 4 Venti - Puglia - June 23 to 30, 2018

Dining at La Rosa dei 4 Venti - Puglia - June 23 to 30, 2018

Hang out and read in the library room at La Rosa dei 4 Venti, Puglia

Hang out and read in the library room at La Rosa dei 4 Venti, Puglia

The gardens and natural stone relaxation space at La Rosa dei 4 Venti, Puglia

The gardens and natural stone relaxation space at La Rosa dei 4 Venti, Puglia

The Pool, La Rosa dei 4 Venti, Puglia

The Pool, La Rosa dei 4 Venti, Puglia

Bodywork and massage room at La Rosa dei 4 Venti, Puglia

Bodywork and massage room at La Rosa dei 4 Venti, Puglia

One of the bedrooms at La Rosa dei 4 Venti, Puglia - every room whether single or double occupancy is en-suite with it’s own bathroom

One of the bedrooms at La Rosa dei 4 Venti, Puglia - every room whether single or double occupancy is en-suite with it’s own bathroom

Yoga Shala at La Rosa dei 4 Venti, Puglia

Yoga Shala at La Rosa dei 4 Venti, Puglia

Yoga teachers and chef  (L to R):  Eve Pettitt, Patricia Bullen (a retreat chef in 2017) & Katrina Johnston (retreat host & bodyworker)

A note about INSURANCE

While our yoga teachers, bodyworkers and venues all have appropriate teaching/holistic therapy and/or venue insurance in place - in addition, please ensure you take out the appropriate holiday / travel insurance.  The yoga teachers and we, Samacitta, (retreat host) and retreat venue owners take no responsibility whatsoever for personal accidents, injury, damage, loss, expense or inconvenience whether to person or property which the guests or any other person may suffer or incur arising out of or in any way connected with Samacitta retreats.  In Samacitta (retreat host) and venue owners accept no liability for loss of or damage to the guests possessions on the owners property or land however caused, or at any other time during the retreat.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted in writing. If your cancellation is received 30 days in advance of the retreat, your payment will be refunded less a £150 processing/administration fee. If you do not send advance written notice of your cancellation within 30 days of the start date, or if you do not attend the retreat due to illness, change of circumstance or any other reason,  or if you attend and either arrive late and/or then leave early for whatever reason, your payment is non-refundable and non-transferable.  

Do you feel stuck?  Do you feel as though your true self is trapped behind a brick wall, and therefore even when you are with people you feel isolated or alone with your suffering?  Perhaps your children have fled the nest, perhaps you are going through menopause, or perhaps you are just starting university and moving away from your comfort zone? Perhaps you have recently suffered a bereavement and you use a lot of energy hiding or avoiding your true emotional reality and ‘stuffing your feelings’ with spending, busy-ness, work, food, sex or television or over-using the internet.  This can lead to a acute sense of inner loneliness and isolation or disconnection from who you really are.   You need not be alone - there is always hope for change...

Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourself is talk to someone impartial - it might only take an hour or two or a few sessions to regain perspective.  Talk with someone who can listen, assess and hear the ‘real' you when you are unable to hear or see him/her for yourself - when you feel lost and have perhaps lost perspective on your own life...  

Katrina Johnston, founder of Samacitta, gives one-to-one holistic coaching and therapeutic mentoring sessions either in person or by Skype or by telephone.  

If you are struggling and would like to give holistic coaching a try, why not begin with a free 30 minute call to see where you are at and to see whether it makes a difference for you and whether  you would like to try further sessions.  If you are in recovery from addiction and need extra support then therapeutic mentoring may be the answer for you.  

Katrina trained in London with Jacqueline Hurst, Master Life Coach, at the Life Class School.  She has also worked for Start-to-Stop Recovery Centre in London as a consultant therapeutic mentor for those with addiction issues, whether substance or process addictions such as food, work, sex or gambling. Mentoring sessions, which encompass elements of coaching, is a more direct, focused and strategic process, in that an individual works on “next steps” to take.  Mentoring is not psychotherapy or past-oriented, but instead focuses on the present, in addressing an issue and engaging possibilities that can support success, achievable outcomes and goals for people in recovery from addiction. Individuals often seek guidance or mentoring related to personal and professional work, relationships, creative projects, life transitions or when looking for new openings and possibilities beyond what they have achieved or previously considered. Ideal for people in work, relationship, health, financial or identity transitions.  Katrina has nearly 20 years experience working on a voluntary basis with people with addiction.   

If you would like to make an email enquiry please do: to life@samacitta.com or click below to book a free consultation.