Looking Ahead: Big changes and announcements for 2017
Looking Behind: A lot to be proud of in 2016!
In this Newsletter:
West Coast Workshop at Mt. Madonna in California:
April 21 – 23, 2017*
East Coast Workshop at the Garrison Institute, New York:
September 15 – 17, 2017*
Please note them and put us on your schedule for 2017.
Your deposits are fully refundable if these dates no longer work for you.
I became the Executive Director of the Sensory Awareness Foundation in January 2015. It has been an amazing two years!
This has been a big collaboration. Those of you who have contributed with money, time and your sincere presence and support are at the heart of this effort to bring Sensory Awareness to a wider audience.
I am very proud of our Deputy Director, Sara Gordon and the members of the SAF board: Michael Atkinson, Sara Bragin, Ray Fowler and Eugene Tashima. Their ideas, generosity and dedication have made our progress possible. I also want to thank Len Shemin and Carol Buck who were board members through 2015. We have really worked hard together.
The SAF is so grateful for our strong alliance with the Sensory Awareness Leaders’ Guild (SALG), largely due to Micheal Atkinson and Pat Meyer Peterson, (respectively the president and vice president of the SALG).
In particular, without Michael Atkinson’s tireless work and vision there would be no annual East Coast workshop nor would there be an extensive section of resources for leaders on our website.
However, at this point in my life, I am in a very different place. I need to slow down and have more time for reflection, more time to pursue other goals and interests.
Stefan Laeng-Gilliatt was available, interested and even excited about being our new Executive Director.
His writing and leading shows a deep understanding of Sensory Awareness that is grounded in training and experience in Gestalt Therapy as well as his many years as a Buddhist practitioner. He has many long-standing connections to leaders in Europe and he is fluent in German.
In short, we could not be more delighted. Stefan and I will work together in December and I will continue to be available to assist him as he gets used to the new demands of this job as it stands in 2017.
is also leaving the SAF board on December 31.
Eugene has been a committed board member since 2004! He feels that it is time to step aside and let some new members offer their insights and skills to the board. We will miss his gentle spirit, quiet strength and unwavering support.
For many years he has offered sitting meditation in the mornings at our workshops. His approach is unique and infused with his long practice of meditation, Tai Chi and Sensory Awareness. Many comment that it has changed their meditation practice forever. He is a gifted Sensory Awareness leader with many years of experience. We wish him all the best in the future and hope to see him at our workshops with his gracious wife and long-time Sensing practitioner, Helen Tashima.
Enric Bruguera has moved off of our board, but is still an advisor and volunteer on special projects related to Sensory Awareness in Europe, which he felt was a better fit for him and his busy schedule.
More change: There are now three new members on the SAF board!
Beate Heckner (California)
Ruth Kerr (Canada)
Dil Ranatunga (California)
It takes a special kind of person to volunteer for our board. Each of our new board members has demonstrated a sincere and strong commitment to this work over the past several years. They bring many skills with them that will help us to move into the future.
Please join us in welcoming these three new board members and our new Executive Director to the Sensory Awareness Foundation.
And please offer your gratitude to Eugene Tashima for his many years of service.
As for me, I have been honored to serve this life-changing work for the past two years and I hope to see you at one of our workshops in the future!
In deepest gratitude,
Our 2016 East Coast workshop at the Garrison Institute
Off the Cushion and Into Your Life, the SAF East Coast workshop in October, was at the Garrison Institute in New York. It was a wonderful gathering.
Moments, both deeply quiet and joyously raucous. Just like life.
See more photos of the workshop, here!
As usual, the SALG met for three days before the workshop. The warmth of these smiles reflects the connection we shared, from the oldest friendships to the newest members.
A big “Thanks” to Pat Meyer Peterson, who organized the wonderful meeting this year. (second from the left in the front row)
Board of Directors
Don Hanlon Johnson
Lee Klinger Lesser