Join us for an unforgettable SUMMER Shiatsu

weekend retreat!


Price includes

  • 2 full days of tuition and personalised guidance
  • all learning materials
  • nutritious and wholesome lunches, morning and afternoon teas


20th & 21st January 2024


Katikati, Bay of Plenty


Autumn Falk

Join us for an unforgettable Summer Shiatsu

weekend retreat!


Price includes

  • 2 full days of tuition and personalised guidance
  • all learning materials
  • nutritious and wholesome lunches, morning and afternoon teas


20th & 21st January 2024


Katikati, Bay of Plenty


Autumn Falk

Discover a new level of connection and meaning in your healing work.

Shiatsu is the art of Japanese Massage, which integrates Chinese medicine theory and Japanese practice with Western physiology and anatomy. The word ‘Shiatsu’ comes from the Japanese words ‘shi’, which means finger and ‘atsu’, which means pressure. This pressure is created by the practitioners body weight through fingers, thumbs, elbows, forearms, feet and knees in contact with the recipients body.

Regular Shiatsu treatments can improve self awareness, energy levels, reduce pain, and maintain a physically and emotionally balanced state.

Join us for a transformative shiatsu retreat!

In this Summer Shiatsu Retreat, we will explore the dynamic qualities of the fire element, focusing on the four fire meridians. Achieving harmony through the bladder meridian, as water controls fire as needed.

Fire, being the most yang of the Elements, embodies ethereality, lightness, speed, and brightness. This workshop serves as an accelerated introduction to the elements, imparting comprehensive knowledge about meridians while emphasizing the swift, bright, joyful, and tactile qualities associated with summer.

As in each of our introductory courses, we utilize the bladder meridian as a foundation for learning and applying shiatsu techniques. The workshop covers the following topics:

  1. Exploring and comprehending the Summer (FIRE) energies present in our bodies and environment.
  2. Learning basic Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles for Shiatsu practice.
  3. Fostering a sense of community through sharing and connecting with fellow participants.
  4. Acquiring the skills to give summer-themed Shiatsu, and be able to give a 45-minute Shiatsu treatment to family or friends.
  5. The aspects of the element Fire such as Touch, Inspiration, Connection and Joy will be taken to another level

The workshop delves into the various facets of the Fire element such as Touch, Inspiration, Connection, and Joy. By delving into the background of Shiatsu Bodywork and its connection to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), participants gain insights that facilitate a deeper understanding of themselves during this season, along with practical tools to nurture a more open heart.

Autumn Falk

autumn falk

your shiatsu teacher

Autumn is an active member of the

Shiatsu Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SPAANZ)

My Shiatsu lineage goes back to my two influential teachers in Germany, Harald Gierl and Chris Saleski, who are strongly influenced by Master Ohashi and his Ohashiatsu method.

I feel influenced by Ohashiatsu and Zen Shiatsu which were both part of my training. Working with the energetic body feels natural to me and I enjoy to use barefoot techniques and the healing scarf.

Autumn Falk is a Medical Herbalist, Naturopath and Shiatsu Practitioner.

Trained by leading herbalists and iridologists in Germany, at the “Institute of Phytotherapy” (IfP) in Berlin, she completed her 3 year training in 2007. After the statutory exams, she graduated as a naturopath in 2008.
During this training Autumn came into contact with Shiatsu and found this form of body work to provide a welcome balance within the busy mental activities of study. Autumn began her three year Shiatsu training at the Shiatsu Schule Kreuzberg (Berlin) alongside her Naturopathy studies.

Autumn was born and raised in Germany. Upon completion of high school, Autumn travelled in New Zealand and decided this was the country of her future home. At this time however, she returned to Germany, to study. Having gained her qualifications in Germany as a Naturopath and then Shiatsu practitioner, Autumn moved to New Zealand in 2009 and is happy to be growing her clinic in the beautiful Bay of Plenty.

Autumn started teaching Shiatsu in 2015 and founded the Shiatsu Bodywork Academy in 2020.

"Autumn's teaching was insightful, relevant and easy to understand while also challenging the mind."

"A very thorough thought-out introductory course, delivered in a relaxed way. Loved it."

"Autumn is a lovely teacher, so passionate and wonderful at what she does."

"A wonderful combination of learning and healing."

Understanding of this discipline... has translated into a different perspective on human nature."

"It's amazing what you can learn and experience in only two days."

Course Schedule

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st January

8.30am doors open for arrival

9am start

10.30-10.45am morning tea

12.30-1.30pm lunch

3.30-3.45pm afternon tea

6pm finish

(times may vary slightly depending on group process)

Catering needs

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided for both days. There will be 2 short breaks for morning and afternoon tea and one hour for lunch.
All food provided will be free of animal products and gluten-free options available. Please let us know if you are celiac or have other dietary requirements or allergies via your participant information form, which will be provided once you register.

Payment options

We accept payments via

  • paypal
  • direct bank transfer

Please contact us directly if you would like to discuss payment plans for this course.

Email us:

Phone: 027 4595 898

Cancellation Policy

With 14 days notice, we will assist you to:

  • transfer your booking to the same course held at a later date, or
  • credit your payment toward another course of your choice, or
  • transfer your booking to another person

Refunds and other options by personal arrangement.

Courses canceled by Shiatsu Bodywork Academy are eligible for refunds.

See our full return and refund policy

Experience the transformative power of shiatsu.

Reserve your spot for only $350.