Berkeley 2020

We are canceling this event due to the Corona virus pandemic.
In its place, we are offering a free online retreat and weekly online classes.
Learn more here:

From Isolation to Connection – Comming to Our Senses in Difficult Times.

A weekend workshop with Sensory Awareness Leaders Guild Members

Lee Klinger Lesser, Richard Lowe, Jill Harris, Julie Esterly, Sara Bragin, Eugene Tashima, Stefan Laeng.

And, hopefully, you!

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When the winds of uncertainty blow strong, there’s an impulse to respond rigidly. We already know it’s the flexible branch that survives—thrives. The question is how to cultivate rooted flexibility. Sensory Awareness is grounded in our physical presence. Exploring the most basic facts of ordinary living, we discover the strength we need while remaining sensitive, open. Fully experiencing what is beneath us, we discover the support it offers—and learn how it is to live supported every step of our way. Clenched fist becomes open hand, truly able to give and receive. The contracted heart opens. Lived with such awareness, each moment can become a refuge in the storm.

Together we’ll cultivate sensitvity and strength through Sensory Awareness sessions focused on:

☙  Taking Refuge in the Moment  ❧

☙  Experiencing Deep Stabilty  ❧

☙  Responding to Life Without Falling Down  ❧

☙  Embracing Transitions  ❧

☙  Meeting What Comes with an Open Heart  ❧

☙  Eating With Our Senses Wide Open  ❧


We are pricing the workshop as low as we can to make it affordable to a diverse group of people.

Early registration fee (until March 20): $150 ($127 for SAF members)

The regular fee is $180 ($155 for SAF members).

Student special: $125 (contact

No one turned away for lack of funds. Please inquire with us at  

This is a non-residential retreat,
beginning on Saturday morning, April 18, at 10 am
and ending on Sunday, April 19, at 5 pm.

If you need inexpensive accommodations, you might want to look into making a reservation at the Berkeley Y. It’s within walking distance of Shambhala Berkeley. 

Register Online Now

Contact us at with any questions you might have at or (415) 634 5595.


Please arrive between 9:30 and 10:00 am on Saturday.
On Saturday, the workshop begins at 10 am and ends at about 6 pm.
On Sunday, the workshop begins at 9:15 am and ends at 5:00 pm.

Cancellation Policy

Refund minus $30 administrative fee when canceling prior to fourteen days before the workshop. No refund within fourteen days of the event.