Workshops and CE programs


An International immersion and experiential learning opportunity


This immersion program is designed to provide massage therapists and healing arts professionals with an opportunity to experience:

  • A unique CE experiential learning opportunity in Chiapas, Mexico with a course in Introduction to Shiatsu including 21 credit hours of CE for massage therapists, taught

by Susan Brown (NCBTMB approved provider #418)

  • A professional/cross cultural-exchange in Mexico with the opportunity to interact with and learn from practitioners in traditional and contemporary alternative/complementary healing arts sectors in Chiapas

  • Specialized day trips to area healing centers, cultural centers and eco-tourism sites

  • Day trips to Mayan pyramids & other historic sites to learn about history, current day life, and cultural perspectives on healing arts

  • This program is designed for licensed massage therapists seeking CE credits for license renewal, students currently enrolled in a therapeutic massage training or holistic health program, and professionals in the fields of health, healings arts and medicine.

Program cost and activities: $2,800 is the cost for the program. This includes:

  • 3 full days of training in Shiatsu, all supplies provided

  • Day trips (with possible overnight stay) to Mayan ruins and other sites

  • 9 days in historic San Cristobal de las Casas - UNESCO world heritage site

  • A number of activities to explore local culture, society, and healing arts in Chiapas

  • Full lodging, transportation to/from the airport and during the trip, and the majority of meals are provided

We strongly encourage people to apply who:

  • Are interested in engaging in thoughtful reflection on what health and healing mean to different people in different cultures and contexts, and self-reflection on how our own culture(s) impacts our professional practices.

  • Are interested in broadening their understanding of Mexico, thinking about what it means to be a global citizen and how this affects our work at home.

  • Are willing to push themselves, try new things, be open-minded, & interact with local community members, even if you don’t speak Spanish.

  • Are not at all opposed to lots of physical movement every day! We will be walking a lot on terrain that is rougher than the conditions you may be used to at home (ie. cobblestone streets, uneven sidewalks and unpaved, steep pathways).

  • Are very excited about traveling with and participating with a group of people.

Are you interested in the program? Here’s how to proceed. Space is limited, so act fast!

  • Contact Louise Loveland at to request an application.

    Complete application & submit to LifeTide Bodyworks. Deadline to turn in application is: 

    Oct. 10th, 2014.

  • We will contact you in a timely fashion about acceptance (Note: staff work hard to choose people who will be best suited for each year’s trip & to create a compatible

    group for traveling together.)

  • Once you are accepted, you’ll need to provide a deposit. Deadline to turn in deposits is: 

    October 23rd, 2014. Deposits are 50% of overall cost ($1,200). Deposits will only be refunded if trip is unexpectedly canceled by program staff.

Program Staff:

Erin Krauss, Program Coordinator - Erin Krauss is a bi-lingual, masters level social worker with years of experience working in North Carolina and Latin America, and she currently resides in Chiapas with her husband. Erin coordinates cross cultural learning programs that promote community building, global understanding and societal change.  

MSW, Graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill

Louise Devine Loveland, Program Coordinator - Louise has offered therapeutic massage and bodywork in the Southern Appalachians since 1988. Louise is the owner of LifeTide Bodyworks. She is board certified through the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and licensed in North Carolina and Virginia.

North Carolina LMBT #9149

Virginia CMT #0019009235

NCBTMB # 563792-08