2016 Annual East Coast Workshop

Off the Cushion and Into Your Life
Sensory Awareness: Meditation in Action
October 7 – 9, 2016
The Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York

Join us for the second annual East Coast Sensory Awareness Retreat. 

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Sensory Awareness is a contemplative practice which invites us to experience simple actions and states in great depth and clarity. It can enhance any meditative approach or become a lifelong practice that stands on its own.

Sensing is about showing up for life.

For all of it, grief and joy, comfort and discomfort, ourselves and the living world: An opportunity to meet each moment with awareness, tenderness, courage and compassion.

Sensory Awareness helps us to thrive in the midst of uncertainty. Sensing grounds us more deeply in our somatic experience, and we become more in touch with ourselves and, simultaneously, with the world around us. A natural and dynamic balance returns.  A new relation with gravity can bring a sense of the earth’s support to all that we undertake.




It is truly a practice for life…


…and for a lifetime.



The Garrison Institute is just an hour north of New York City and is easily accessible by car or train. On the grounds of this tranquil former monastery, located on the Hudson river, we’ll gather to explore the practice of Sensory Awareness together.





These highly respected members of the Sensory Awareness Leaders’ Guild will lead us throughout the retreat.



Lee Klinger Lesser began her work with Charlotte Selver in Mexico when she was only 19. Today, Lee teaches Sensory Awareness in both Spanish and English in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.  She has trained and authorized a new generation of teachers. After many years working in early childhood education, she now devotes much time and energy to an organization she co-founded:  Veterans PATH. Through retreats, mentoring, mindfulness and Sensing, they learn to heal the trauma of war and begin to rebuild purposeful lives.


Stefan Laeng Gilliatt offers Sensory Awareness and Mindfulness work throughout the United States and Europe. Having studied for decades with Charlotte Selver, Stefan also draws on his background in Gestalt Therapy and Buddhism. Stefan was the executive director of the Sensory Awareness foundation for several years. He is now at work on a biography of Charlotte Selver and continues to  preserve the history and philosophical base of Sensing through the Oral History Project which contains over 100 interviews with leaders and students of this work.
Pathways of Sensory Awareness


Judyth O. Weaver began studying Sensory Awareness in 1968, after returning from a Zen monastery in Japan. Judyth 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. For 25 years she 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, Sensory Awareness is always the basis of her work.



Enric Bruguera is a professional photographer and authorized leader of Sensory Awareness. Enric  began studying Sensory Awareness a quarter century ago and found that it opened a new way of living for himself and his students. With his wife, Nuria Vives, who is also a Sensing leader, he co-directs The Center for Somatic Education (Centre de Pedagogia Corporal) in the Catalonia region of Spain. With Nuria, Enric offers Sensing to midwives and women who are pregnant to facilitate gentle, nurturing birth experiences for both the mother and soon-to-be-born baby. And Enric also teaches public workshops across Europe as well as in Argentina, Chile, India and Mexico.



Sara Bragin found Sensory Awareness (and began finding herself in deeply important ways) when, in 1991, she attended her first class with Charlotte Selver and Charles Brooks. She continues to be an enthusiastic student of the work and is delighted now to have the chance to lead classes herself and bring the possibilities of new life to elders and people recovering from food addictions.  Sara has been a Physical Therapist, an ad writer, an oral historian, a psychotherapist and is now writing and performing her work. She will be leading an innovative session focused on eating, before and during lunch on Saturday.


Eugene Tashima discovered Sensory Awareness and began working with Charlotte Selver decades ago, a path that led to his authorization as a leader. Also a long-time student of Tai Chi, he has taught both of these approaches for some years. He is particularly interested in under-served populations where this work can make a striking difference, and so he finds himself in high schools, retirement communities and jails, as well as Buddhist Centers. He is a meditation and Tai Chi instructor and a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.  Eugene will be leading meditation on Saturday and Sunday mornings.


To find out more about:

The Garrison Institute: Facilities and Grounds at the Garrison Institute.

Directions and Transportation information: How to get to the Garrison Institute.

Check-in is 4 – 6 pm on Friday, October 7, 2016.  (The first session is after dinner: 7:30 – 9:30 pm.)
The workshop ends on Sunday, October 9, 2016 after lunch at 1:00 pm.
The Garrison Institute provides transportation to and from the train station in the town of Garrison.

Special Needs? Please talk to Sara Gordon (415-507-0996) about special dietary needs, mobility issues. She will let you know what is possible at the facility and what you need to provide for yourself. There is no elevator at Garrison. Talk to Sara about reserving a room on a lower floor if necessary.

CEUS: The SAF is a provider of CEUs for behavioral health and nursing professionals in California. We are also providers for NCBTMB, the national board for massage therapists, chiropractors and other body workers.

If you are from a state that recognizes CEUs from the California State boards, please let us know and you can earn up to 14 CEs. New York State does not have reciprocity.  

We must know beforehand that you want CEUS as there are forms to prepare.


This workshop had a waiting list last year, so register early to:

  • ensure your place.
  • have your choice of accommodations.

Use the Registration Form below to register on-line now!
OR  Call Sara Gordon to register: 415-507-0996 and ask about our discounts.




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