2017 Annual East Coast Workshop

Live Wide Open

National East Coast Retreat at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY

September 15 – 17, 2017

“With my feet truly on the ground, my mind becomes clear.”
(A recent workshop participant)

Why settle for a life half lived?

The very senses that we take for granted, can be cultivated and deepened, opening wide the door to wholehearted living. Sensory Awareness is mindfulness in action. In this retreat, we explore ordinary activities in stillness and in motion and learn to awaken the sensitivity that is our birthright. Engaging in everyday situations with presence and awareness, we naturally bring fresh life and a deep knowing to our living world and the people in it. 

Join Sensory Awareness Leaders Guild members

Judyth Weaver      Stefan Laeng-Gilliatt      Ray Fowler      Michael Atkinson

and other Sensory Awareness leaders and friends, old and newat the beautiful Garrison Institute, overlooking the Hudson River, in Garrison, NY.


Register Now  to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount.

Judyth O. Weaver 
began working in Sensory Awareness with Charlotte Selver and Charles Brooks in 1968. She leads workshops in Canada, Japan, Mexico and the U.S. She is a somatic psychologist, with an extensive background in Somatic Experiencing, Gestalt, Pre- and Perinatal therapy, Rosen method, and T’ai Chi Ch’uan. 
For 25 years, Judyth has been deeply involved with the Tibetan Nuns Project, providing support and education to these courageous exiles.  Whatever she is offering, whether working with groups or individuals, adults or babies, Sensory Awareness is always the basis of her work.



Stefan Laeng-Gilliatt has studied Sensory Awareness and related practices since 1980. Born in Switzerland, he relocated to the US to assist Charlotte Selver in 1994. Drawing at times from his background in Buddhism and Gestalt Therapy, Stefan offers individual sessions, classes and workshops in the US and Europe. Currently, he is working on an oral history and biography of Charlotte Selver’s life. Stefan is Executive Manager of the Sensory Awareness Foundation.



Ray Fowler has been a student of Sensory Awareness for forty-five years.  He studied with Charlotte Selver for thirty-two of those years.  In addition to offering a workshop on Monhegan Island each summer, he has given workshops at the Gestalt Therapy Institute of New York, Johns Hopkins University, Middlesex County College and Ohio University.  Ray is also a Juilliard-trained orchestral conductor (BM and MS) and a forever-surprised father.


Michael Atkinson, took his PhD in Phenomenology and for decades has explored the psychology of perception and the construction of meaning, literary and lived. Michael began his study of Sensory Awareness in 1974, is the current President of the Sensory Awareness Leaders’ Guild, and an ordained Buddhist Dharma teacher interested in the relation of Sensing to the psychology of contemplation.

The Potential for Joy in Every Moment

Sensory Awareness Student and SAF board member, Dilrini Ranatunga, talks about her experience of the practice at the Sensory Awareness Foundation’s National West Coast Workshop at Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park, CA, in 2016.

Registration Form

Privacy notice: We never share your contact information with anyone.

Directions to the Garrison Institute.


Lodging rates are for the whole weekend and include both housing and meals. Accommodations will be available on a first come first served basis.  Space is limited, so please reserve early.          

Continuing Education: 9 CEs potentially available.

SAF cannot offer CEs to professionals licensed in New York. However, we are approved to offer 9 CEs by the California State Board of Nursing and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Many states recognize these CEs. 

If you are from a state that recognizes CEs from the California State boards, please let us know ahead of time.

Tuition Scholarships:

There are some tuition scholarships available.
Call Stefan Laeng-Gilliatt at (603) 525-7289 to see if you qualify.

Cancellation Policy

Refund minus $50 administrative fee when canceling prior to fourteen days before the workshop. No refund within fourteen days of the event.