Summer Residential Intensives

Learn to facilitate healing for early developmental trauma in babies, children or adults

In 2014, Myrna and her husband Ken began offering two week Pre and Perinatal Education residential intensives every summer at their retreat center nestled in the pristine mountains surrounding Nelson, British Columbia. They continue to be an enriching experience to all that attend, and the center is now branching out. 

The intensives cover Preconception, Birth and the Attachment Period 

This retreat will include in depth personal experience as well as a chance to practice skills to utilize everyday in your work while in a safe, nurturing, supporting surround. The intensives are very appropriate for Craniosacral Therapists and anyone who works with families in the child bearing or early years, or who works with adults therapeutically.


Summer 2020

 PLEASE REGISTER FOR 2020 level 1, 2 and 3 BELOW

LOCATION of INTENSIVES:  Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
Each Summer Intensive runs Monday - Friday for Two Weeks

*Please plan to arrive on the Sunday prior to the start of your Intensive. We will gather at 7:00 pm for dinner on Sunday.

You are free to spend your weekend exploring the beauty and pleasures of Nelson or quietly integrate the study material.

This educational retreat, in the pristine mountains of the Nelson area, offers the lake and gardens to hike, bike, kayak and enjoy other various water sports. The community is alive with vibrant arts and music to enjoy as well.


Those 2 weeks reconnected me to not only my own self but to the understanding that is was not just about me.  I felt compassion for my own Mom and how hard it was for her as well. 
It opened a window in my heart that had been sealed from the time I entered into this world.  I am grateful for all of you being a part of the journey of my soul.
It was amazing and as time goes by and I reminisce it becomes even more magical.
— Denise Amato, RCST, Eastern USA
Myrna Martin Summer Intensive Prenatal Perinatal Education

Level One Residential Intensive

THE LEVEL ONE INTENSIVE Is limited to 12 participants:

  • Level 1 will not be offered in Nelson, BC in 2020

  • July 6 - 17, 2020 in Bellingham, WA or

    • with Elsa Asher, Clara Cunningham & Eileen Sendrey

  • July 20 - 31, 2020 in bellingham, wA

    • with Elsa Asher, Clara Cunningham & Eileen Sendrey


WEEK 1:  Preconception, Prenatal Period, Attachment Process

WEEK 2:  Birth

Understanding the primal period, from preconception through the first year of life is vital for anyone who works therapeutically with people, including infants, children, families or adults. The intensive includes doing many shorter exercises in triads, with hands on support, as well as cognitive learning, including handouts, videos and live teaching. We study practical strategies for healing early developmental trauma as well as have opportunities for personal healing work and practice facilitating others. This Intensive is at least 50% experiential. Each participant has an opportunity to do a longer 2 hour session with the facilitators. 


Level two Residential Intensive

  • Level 2A July 6 - July 17, 2020 or

  • Level 2B August 3 - August 14, 2020


  • Ancestral Double Binds

  • Chemical Imprints (prenatal, birth and early post birth drugs)

  • Surgical Imprints (cesarean birth)

This intensive is highly experiential.  In preparation for level two, participants will be asked to research their family history, stories and patterns.   We will experientially and cognitively learn how to work with these double bind imprints in a liberating way for ourselves and others. The skills and processes learned are transferable to our personal lives and to many different types of professional healing practices. Each participant will also have a 2 hour session with the facilitators in a small group setting. 

This retreat is for people who have already attended a beginning intensive, or others who have education in Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health on an individual application basis.


level 3: Practitioner Skills Residential Intensive

  • July 20 - 31, 2020

  • July 12 - 23, 2021 in Bellingham, WA

    • With Myrna Martin and Shannon Zaychuk

This Intensive will be very experiential, with the emphasis on practitioner skills  &  there will be a preparatory project on relationship patterns.

We will be studying how to  work with couples and 1:1 with adults from a somatic and attachment perspective. We will study the adult attachment style interactive nature of couple and other adult relationships, such as in small process oriented group work. Early developmental imprints will be considered. We will explore the larger relational field through a family constellation model. Each person in the intensive will be supported to do a family constellation.

level three applicants:

  • have taken the two previous Residential Intensives,

  • or are Past graduates of Myrna’s PPN trainings

  • or are Graduates* of Ray Castellino’s; Annie Brookes; William Emerson’s, and David Sawyer’s extensive trainings

*These graduates need to email Myrna prior to submitting an application at

level 4: expressive arts in ppn

details to be announced

The curriculum will focus on sand tray, art, movement, (including Continuum and other movement), and sound.  It is open to graduates of Myrna Martin’s and Ray Castellino’s Professional Trainings, and people who have completed  Level 3 of Myrna’s Summer Intensives.

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Domes are made of a heavy vinyl, and have two twin beds, dresser, lamps, carpet, screen door




Cabins have two twin beds, dressers, lamps, carpet & a screen door.

Cabin rooms will be assigned to people with accessibility issues first, and then on a first request basis.


Enjoy locally sourced organic meals prepared for your specific dietary needs. 
Vegetarian or non-vegetarian; dairy and gluten free options are also available.  
Fee: $525.00 incl tax


Arrangements may be supported for people coming from the USA to fly into Spokane, Washington to connect and share a car rental to Nelson.

Often, reasonable prices are available to Castlegar, BC airport .


To Apply:

Fill out the appropriate application form and email a photo of yourself with your name in the subject line to Myrna,


Details for Canadian Residents

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Details for U.S.A. and International Students

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I just wanted to thank you so much for a wonderful training this past week. I am soo grateful for all that you are teaching us. This work is opening up whole new worlds for me and rocking everything I see in front of me for the rest of my working days! I’m excited enough that my fear about what all this means pales beside my enthusiasm ………yay!
Although I had studied pre and perinatal work for some years before, this training with Myrna Martin greatly deepened my ability to slow down, track, bridge, and work with small groups. I have even more reverence for the impact of imprinting from early times, from both a ‘positive’ and negative perspective. Personally, I am integrating myself more deeply and bringing this to all my relationships.
— Student, DCRMT, Embodiment Facilitator, BCST
Myrna’s Training has been a huge blessing to me personally and professionally. It has really ‘connected the dots’ for me in so many ways in my Craniosacral Therapy practice, especially in my work with pregnant women and small children. Myrna is a gifted and generous teacher, and her many years of experience in the Perinatal field really show in the depth and breadth of her training program.

Myrna is simply a fabulous teacher, full of heart and warmth, and this Intensive embodied this fully, Ken and Myrna’s home, gardens, meditation space…just pristine and beautiful - Totally worth coming!

Listen to Lee Reed, a student of  Myrna Martin, as she shares how Pre and Perinatal Education has influenced her life and work.

True community..I really really really experienced the power of the surround, mutual support and depth in our process and cognitive learning.
I really enjoyed and very much appreciated seeing the healthy loving co operative relationship between Myrna and Ken.. and all extensive learning and experiences.