Somatic Center

body awareness approaches to life, healing, and wholeness


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What is somatic therapy?

At the Somatic Center, somatic therapy involves working with the mind-body connection to improve quality of life and promote healing. Opening to a joyful life happens more naturally when our external lives mirror inner values and desires. Learn more.

Events & Classes

There are many ways to integrate somatic practices into your life. Check out descriptions and dates for upcoming events, programs and classes at the Somatic Center. Learn more.

How can mindfulness help?

Mindfulness meditation is the act of bringing moment to moment awareness to your life, judgment free. Learn more about the practice and check out the courses available at the Somatic Center.

What does sexuality have to do with it?

Love and intimacy are two of the most powerful healing forces in our lives, yet regularly get deleted from the conversation. That’s because it takes skill…to do these conversations justice. Learn more.

TG Events by Location

Tantric Ground Events by Location

Northampton (No’ho), MA

Hartford, CT region

Ashville, NC

Portland, ME region

Costa Rica

TG Events by Level
Tantric Ground Events by Level
Beginner Events – sensual, non-sexual tantra-light for the tantra curious, but with plenty of depth
  • Sept 8:        Tantric Ground Puja-MA
  • Sept 15-17: 2 Intro to Tantra Events in ME 
  • Sept 26:      Sexuality and Trauma-ISEE-MA
  • Oct 1:          Intro to Tantra 5 week series start-MA
  • Nov 10:       Tantric Ground Puja-Northampton, MA
  • Nov 11:       Alchemy of Eros: Creativity, Sexuality and Power-CT
  • Dec 15:       Tantric Ground Holiday Puja-MA
Intermediate Events – sensual, non-sexual, depth of presence required-clothing optional when explicitly stated
  • Sept 28:      Our Erotic Nature story swap-NC
  • Oct 13:        Body Mapping Through Consent-MA
  • Nov 24:       Conscious Connection Through Touch-MA
  • Dec 8:         Our Erotic Nature story swap-MA
  • Feb 17-24   on Being Human, Cahuita, Costa Rica
Advanced Events – clothing optional, could have explicit sexual content, depth of presence required


Feel like what troubles you is in your body? Here’s a tool for re-membering the body connections as a step along the way.


Anxious, stressed, overwhelmed? Here’s a tool that can make a difference right here, right now.


Longing for deeper connection? It helps if we’re self-connected first. Here are some tools that can help.


Are you interested in simple recipe for making more Love in the world?

Kristen Chamberlin, MS, LMT, SEP

Kristen is a Massage and Somatic Therapist, parent and dancer, with 25 years of experience using body-awareness approaches to resolving stress related medical conditions and trauma. Her work is informed by Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness, Yoga, Himalayan tantra and a love of the natural world. Learn more about her and the center.

Kristen Chamberlin, owner of Somatic Center

Somatic Center Blog

Sexuality & Spirituality Costa Rica

February 25th - March 3rd, 2018 Big Tree Family & Retreat Center Punta Uva, Costa Rica Are you: Looking to find a deep loving connection with another and with yourself? Wondering if you can find a lover who will openly explore sexuality? Longing to meet others...

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Tantric Ground Puja

A Tantric Ground Event Friday, Dec 15th, 2017 - Holiday Puja Northampton, MA 150 Main St., Studio Helix (3rd floor Thornes Market), Northampton, MA 6:30-10pm For the Holiday Puja, please bring a dish of your favorite festive food for our potluck table.  In addition to...

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Intro to Tantra

This Intro to Tantra event will take participants on a deep dive into the world of Himalayan Tantra.    We'll dispel myths, open to truths and drop into our soul's yearning for more love, passion and purpose.  In practicing skills for unconditional love, we create...

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The Hero’s Journey: Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

By the time the first Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class starts, I've already sat with each participant to hear their story.  Some are facing their mortality, others chronic debilitating pain and addiction, still others, family histories that limit their...

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Understanding and Healing Lower Back Pain and Hip Pain

Geomorphology of the Body When humans began standing upright and walking across the plains as bipeds, it completely changed the physics of the musculoskeletal system.  Since form follows function when it comes to anatomy, changes to our musculature were inevitable. ...

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Understanding and Healing Head, Neck and Shoulder Pain

Geomorphology of the Body The challenge any animal faces as it evolves from living in the ocean to living on land, is to figure out how to organize movement in a field of gravity.  Our musculoskeletal system is the 'technology' that allows us to do just that. In very...

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Touch & Play Asheville

Fertile Ground The upcoming (April 2018) Touch & Play-Asheville will explore the Fertile Ground cultivated in our lives and community when we embrace our primal nature –what it really means to be alive, free and connected. We build tools for conscious consent,...

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Mapping the Body Through Consent

Mapping the Body Through Consent Studio Helix, 150 Main St., Northampton, MA Oct 13th, 2017 6:30-10pm An evening of experimenting with conscious touch.  As humans, we need touch in order to really thrive in our lives. Yet, culturally, we are offered so little guidance...

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Our Erotic Nature Story Swap

December 8th, 2017 Northampton, MA ’Everyone thinks we’re going to hear all kinds of lascivious stories about sex in the wild.  In the end, its a whole range of beautiful and profound stories — the telling and listening of which cracks us open to our humanity, to our...

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All over wellness, body and soul—that is what Kristen provides in a single session, like no other practitioner I’ve ever seen.

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