13 - 19 December, 2020


Satsanga Retreat, Goa, India

Your Teachers

Julie Martin & Kristin Berta

Play and explore with Julie Martin and Kristin Berta during this 6 day retreat in Goa India. Combining movement, stillness, art and dance to explore our creativity and use it to heal, relax and feel empowered.

No experience required - Everyone is welcome!

We are all born creative! It comes naturally, as children, that we pick up crayons, paint and paper. We dance, play, express ourselves and explore. In the beginning we didn’t need to be taught we just knew what to do. But many of us walk away from our inner artists as adults or even as older children when we start comparing ourselves to others and we form ideas about ourselves, talents and creativity. Many of us think it is not our domain to paint, play with art materials, dance, write or just express ourselves because we are not “talented”. People have used art, music and dance for healing and empowerment from the time of the hunter gatherer. For ceremony, for marking history and establishing culture. It is in our nature. Our creativity is a powerful tool for healing, stress reduction, self-empowerment and more. 

In this retreat, no previous experience is required. This week is not about learning to dance, draw or make fine art. Rather this is an opportunity to play and explore your being. To unravel the stories we’ve held inside for fear of being judged. To awaken the energy that longs to be heard, seen, felt and expressed. We will create, discover and connect to ourselves and for ourselves. The joy of the process is the focus, not the outcome.


  • Daily morning somatic meditations & pranayama 
  • Daily morning embodied yoga sessions
  • Daily creative afternoon session with Sacred Dance, painting, drawing, colouring, writing and sharing
  • Delicious Vegetarian meals 
  • Free time on Wednesday afternoon to explore local markets etc
  • Yoga Nidra on a few evenings
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Therapy and Treatments available on request (not included in price)


What to expect during the week

Julie Martin and Kristin Berta (Salarlist/art of the soul) are joining forces with a shared passion for curiosity and exploration in movement, stillness, art, dance, writing and expression. They will take you on a journey, establishing trust in yourself, erasing your inner critic and guide you to open up to the parts of yourself you haven’t seen in a while. 

Every Morning we will start with pranayama and meditation led by Julie, followed by grounding asana practice and begin each day with an intention. 

The afternoons will be filled with Sacred Dance, painting, drawing, colouring, writing, sharing and exploring outlets of creativity. We will venture into nature to use our surroundings as inspiration and will have time to reflect and gather ourselves, coming back to the known in order to venture back out into the unknown. 

We endeavour to connect you to your heart and soul through these practices so that by the time you leave you will be in touch with your most creative self and shine into the world. 

We hope you’ll join us for this inspiring and empowering week that we are both so excited to share with you.

Location - Satsanga Yoga Retreat in Goa

This retreat will be held at the wonderful retreat centre, Satsanga, in Para, Goa with lush surroundings, amazing vegetarian food, swimming pool and only 15 minutes drive to the beach you will be held in comfort and looked after so that your attention can remain on you and your process. 

This family-run retreat centre and guest house takes care of everything while you are on your retreat. Their team of warm and friendly staff, (most of whom are from the village), will look after and treat you like a friend or family member, with a smile on their face and care and attention second to none. Many comment this is what makes Satsanga so special!

The food you eat and fuel you drink is everything. Our kitchen serves full-body satisfaction on every plate and in every glass, leaving your body buzzing in gratitude.

Learn more about Satsanga


Early Bird: £895 (paid in full before 15th September 2020)

Normal Price: £995

This price is per person sharing. 

Price includes accommodation, all meals, tuition and all art supplies. Please bring a blank journal.

** We also have a Sacred Dance Teacher Training at Satsanga the just before this retreat. Get a 10% discount from the total price if you register for both.

About Your Teachers

About Julie

Julie Martin wants you to think outside the box, get off your mat, shake up the old dogmas and find freedom to unfold into the beauty of a yoga practice that emerges from the inside. Her particular passion for human movement means continual investigation of new anatomical approaches, working with natural movement, range of motion, integrated stability and letting go of some of the old asana myths in order to move with the body and not against it. The practice is always an enquiry, a somatic exploration of sensation, movement and more

About Kristín Berta 

Kristín Berta is a social worker, family therapist, yoga teacher and intentional creativity teacher from Iceland. She did her level II yoga teacher training with Julie Martin in 2019 and yoga Nidra teacher training the same year. She is passionate about working with kids, adolescents, adults and families through their hard times, trauma and personal growth in healthcare, child protective- social service and private practise for many years. 

Kristín always loved to paint and create but life circumstances and the inner critic pulled her away from the paintbrush for years. After difficult and stressful times in her life she found the love for creating and painting again and it helped her heal and cope during those times. She has had various art trainings, including being an intentional creativity teacher. And has also trained as a mindful art and yoga teacher and guided drawing for healing trauma/sensorimotor art therapy. Kristín established her private practice, Sálarlist (Icelandic: Art of the Soul) in Iceland and now helps people connect to the creative part of themselves and discover the healing and meditative power of painting and creating. It is her passion to hand the paintbrush to others and help them open up to the creative part of themselves, paint, play, heal and make peace with their inner critic. 

“We are all creators”

Payment Terms

Refund / cancellation policy

In extenuating circumstances, such as bereavement or serious illness, the course can be deferred to a later date, subject to availability and deferral fee. No refunds, credits or transfers are available on cancelation prior to, during or after the start date of any event.

Deposit and Balance

In order to secure your place you will need to pay a non refundable deposit of £250.00
The balance of the fee is due no later than 60 days before the start date of this retreat.

In Person Offerings

Level 2 Teacher Trainings