About Judyth

Judyth WeaverOverview

Judyth O. Weaver is a multifaceted teacher and counselor, incorporating extensive training in diverse areas. She holds a Ph.D. in Reichian Psychology. Judyth is the creator and founding chair of the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute Ph.D. Program in Somatic Psychology. She taught at the California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco, CA) for 25 years and at other graduate schools in the S.F. Bay area as well as being founding faculty at Naropa Institute, now Naropa University, (Boulder, CO) in the 1970’s, creating it’s T’ai Chi Ch’uan program.

She is certified in Reichian Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, massage, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Pre- and Perinatal Therapy and as a teacher of Tai Chi Chuan, a senior teacher of the Rosen Method and Sensory Awareness.

A former modern dancer, she lived in Japan 1965-1968, studying classical dance (Kabuki and Noh), tea ceremony, and other aspects of Japanese culture. She then lived and studied at Shofukuji, a traditional Rinzai Zen Buddhist monastery, under Yamada Mumon Roshi. Since 1969 she has taught and led workshops at Esalen Institute in California, Hollyhock in Canada, and other educational centers in the western world, as well as in Russia, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico and India.

Her life-long studies have been in dance, body/mind/spirit integrative practices, Buddhist practice and Taoism. Judyth now lives in Seattle, Washington, having relocated there to be closer to her grandchildren.

Judyth maintains a private practice in Somatic Reclaiming, her development of body/mind/spiritual integration, which bases its work on the belief that we are all born basically whole, with what we need, but traumas, teachings, etc. confuse and deter us and that with support and awareness we can reclaim our natural inclinations and live the full lives that are our birthrights.

Judyth’s private practice is in Seattle, Washington and on Cortes Island, B.C. She also travels and teaches elsewhere throughout the world.

She is honored to be the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy.


Judyth was professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies for over 25 years. She also taught at other S.F. Bay Area graduate schools.  She co-founded Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and created its Somatic Psychology program, which was the first program in the world to offer a Ph.D. in Somatic Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Somatics.


Integrating her work and studies of the past 45 years, Judyth has developed her own process of body/mind/spiritual integration which she calls Somatic Reclaiming.

Somatic Reclaiming interview podcast


Judyth began studies in this work with Philip Curcuruto in 1974. Certified in Reichian Therapy through International College, in 1976, she received her doctorate in 1979 with her dissertation “Ways of Balance East and West:  T’ai Chi Ch’uan and Reichian Therapy.” She subsequently studied with Al Bauman and, since 1985, with Dr. Eva Reich.


A student of Sensory Awareness since 1968, she was authorized by Charlotte Selver in 1984 to offer this work and leads workshops in Sensory Awareness throughout the world.

Sensory Awareness workshop video


Judyth has studied extensively with Eva Reich, William Emerson and Ray Castellino. She is certified by Ray Castellino to conduct pre- and perinatal process workshops. Judyth offers these workshops regularly in Seattle, Washington and Cortes Island, B.C., Canada, and in other various locations around the world. Judyth works individually with infants and their families, and individually and in groups with adults to help repair issues around birth trauma and related situations.


Judyth is certified as a practitioner of this innovative approach, developed by Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., for working with shock and trauma affect.


Judyth has studied T’ai Chi Ch’uan since 1968 and in 1971 received permission to teach from Grandmaster Cheng Man-Ch’ing’s Shr Jung School for Culture and the Arts. She created the T’ai Chi program at the Naropa Institute (now Naropa University) in Boulder CO. She is senior student in this country of Pang Jeng (Ben) Lo. She teaches Cheng Man-Ch’ing’s Yang style short form in diverse locations and regularly offers t’ai chi retreats in Mexico in the winter and in the summer on Cortes Island in British Columbia, Canada.


Judyth studied Gestalt Therapy starting in the late 1960’s with Fritz Perls at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. She later studied at the Gestalt Therapy Institute in San Francisco, California and with other senior Gestalt Therapists.


Judyth is a certified practitioner of the fluid tide method of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, having completed an American training with Franklyn Sills.