Somatic Perinatal Process Workshop Cortes Island, B.C.

This workshop setting offers the opportunity to, with understanding and compassion, uncover, explore and support healing of our own prenatal, birth and other early imprinting. By connecting to these layers of physical and emotional experience within a safe and sustaining environment, there is the potential to repattern our bonding and attachment and clarify, ease, and transform early trauma and current unsupportive reactions. Read More

What is a somatic perinatal process workshop and how does it work?

The field of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Therapy has grown from research showing that babies within the womb, during birth, and post natally feel, have consciousness and memories, and react specifically to their experiences. Read More

Somatic Reclaiming Podcast (2011)

Judyth is interviewed about her work and Somatic Reclaiming for United States Association for Body Psychotherapy’s (USABP) Somatic Psychotherapy Perspectives. Listen to the podcast here.

Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Therapy

Often we find that the problems we encounter in life have their roots in the imprinting we experience before and during birth and through early childhood. Read More

My Connection with Reichian Therapy and Wilhelm Reich

I came to working in this field of somatics and somatic psychology by searching for answers for my own physical and psychological questions. Read More

The Wilhelm Reich Project

The Wilhelm Reich Pardon Project was an effort to encourage individuals to write letters describing Reich’s beneficial impact on their lives and work, and requesting that Reich receive a posthumous pardon. Read More

How I Teach T’ai Chi Ch’uan

I feel very fortunate to have had contact with Professor Cheng Man-Ch’ing in the late 1960s and early ’70s. I first went to him to be treated from his vast knowledge of Chinese medicine. I would wait through many hours of T’ai Chi Sword form in his New York Chinatown studio before having my appointment with him. It was all very informative and healing. Read More

Preventing Trauma in Infants (2010)

Prior to the conference Mary sent we panelists an email with some questions. Read More

Somatic Awareness/Sensory Awareness – A Path of Unraveling Trauma (2010)

The theme of “unraveling trauma” is a very important choice of words to describe the way we must work with trauma. Read More

Elsa Gindler and her influence on Wilhelm Reich and Body Psychotherapy (2009)

I was very honored to be invited to be a keynote presenter at the European Association for Body Psychotherapys November, 2008 conference in Paris, France. Read More

Eva Renate Reich

Eva was the eldest daughter of Dr. Wilhelm Reich and one of his original students. She became deeply engaged in the field of orgonomy and worked with her father on a variety of experimental works. Read More

Memories of Eva Reich

A dear friend and mentor, at one point, Eva asked me to be her biographer. We would sit in her warm farmhouse in the evenings and she would tell me stories of her life. I’d like to share some of them with you. Read More

Sensory Awareness – The Heart of Somatic Psychotherapy: From Sensory Awareness to Somatic Psychotherapy (2008)

I wrote this article to be included in the proceedings of the 5th National Conference of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy, held in Philadelphia, Pa., July, 2008, in relation to my presentation there. The title of this Conference is “Getting to the Heart of the Matter,” my article and my presentation is about how Sensory Awareness is the heart of somatic psychotherapy. Read More

Sensory Awareness – The Heart of Somatic Psychotherapy [Japanese, 2008]

Sensory Awareness – The Heart of Somatic Psychotherapy [Japanese, 2008] Read More

Somatic Reclaiming: A Mind/Body/Spiritual Integrative Process

Developed By Judyth O. Weaver, Somatic Reclaiming is based in the practice of awareness – sensory, structural and emotional. The presence of awareness is essential to any element of lasting change. Only with awareness, and the experiencing of what we are doing and feeling, can we have the choice and the ability to change – or not change – as we so desire. Read More

Why Pre- & Perinatal Psychology and Therapy? (2008)

In my work I have encountered many people seeking various types of counseling saying something like “I have done so much therapy/analysis/etc. Some of it was very good, but there is still something I have not been able to access-it seems there is something missing.” The field of PRE- & PERINATAL PSYCHOLOGY AND THERAPY, which is now more appropriately being called PRIMARY PSYCHOLOGY & THERAPY, has a critical place in the realm of helping people understand and heal their life-long traumas. Read More

Experiences in the Zen Monastery (2007)

I have been asked to write about my experiences in the Zen monastery in Japan. Here is a little bit about what for me was a magnificent life-changing experience. Read More

What is a somatic perinatal process workshop and how does it work?

The field of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Therapy has grown from research showing that babies within the womb, during birth, and post natally feel, have consciousness and memories, and react specifically to their experiences. Read More

Emotional First Aid (2006)

Emotional First Aid is a term that can be used for a type of body/mind integrative psychotherapeutic process used in situations calling for immediate, direct response such as a person might need in an acute or subacute situation of distress or overwhelm. Emotional first aid is different in each situation. There are no rules, except these: To be open minded to the possibility that very severe or acute body symptoms may be caused by acute emotional repression. To be on the lookout for clues in the actual life situation of the person who comes for help. To know that words alone cannot always relieve the energy stasis. Read More

The Influence of Elsa Gindler-Ancestor Of Sensory Awareness (2006)

This was written as a chapter in a book published by Hogrefe Verlag in Germany in 2006 as Handbuch der Korperpsychotherapie (Handbook of Body Psychotherapy). The editors of this extensive undertaking recognize the two primary ancestors of body-psychotherapy to be Wilhelm Reich and Elsa Gindler. Wilhelm Reich taught and influenced many psychotherapists in Europe and later in the United States. Elsa Gindler’s work influenced many in Europe and some of those eventually came to the U.S. and taught. Read More

Getting to Mu (2005)

At our first meeting, the abbot of Shofukuji, a 300-year-old Zen monastery in Kobe, asked me about myself. I was 26, I told Yamada Mumon Roshi, and was a dancer. I’d come to Japan to study traditional dance, and I’d come to him because I wanted to experience Zen more fully. Mumon Roshi laughed. “Now you will be learning the highest form of dance,” he said. “Movementless dance!” Read More

Breath – Our Healing and Awareness Tool (2003)

This article was written for inclusion in the program of a symposium on Breath – “˜AL WAT ADEMT’ where I was the keynote presenter, Holland, 7 February 2004. In more than three decades of working with others, I have discovered the power of the authentic breath. I have also discovered the scarcity of our trust in our own natural resources, especially the breath. This is really a scarcity of trust in ourselves, in our own being, in our whole true nature. My interest is in helping people find their way back to their true selves, not necessarily in teaching them anything new. Read More

Integrating Sensory Awareness and Somatic Psychotherapy (2004)

This article was published in The USA Body Psychotherapy Journal Volume 3, Number 1, 2004. I had the honor of being guest co-editor of that issue which was devoted to the work of Charlotte Selver and its influence on Somatic Psychotherapy. Read More

Encounters with Grandmaster Cheng Man-Ch’ing (2003)

This was written for inclusion in a book on the life and work of Grandmaster Cheng Man-Ch’ing. My Brief Encounters with Cheng Man-Ch’ing and how his Influence and that of his T’ai Chi Ch’uan Affected my Life. I first met Grandmaster Cheng Man-Ch’ing in Chinatown, New York in 1968. Read More

More Background About Sensory Awareness (2003)

Sensory Awareness is the practice of coming more in touch with oneself. Not attached to any theory or method, the work transcends dogmas, disciplines, and forms. It brings us to immediate, direct experience through which we can rediscover and return to our own natural ways of being – to our birthrights. Read More

Somatics and the Term “Bodywork” (1999)

This is a letter I wrote to members of the Somatics/BodyWork community after the Somatics Congress in February, 1999. It states my position on the use of terms such as “bodywork” which furthers the body/mind split. It was edited and printed as a guest editorial in the SOMATICS SOCIETY Newsletter, Winter, 1999. I propose to our community a change that I think would have far-reaching, beneficial consequences. Read More

Our True Nature: The Soul’s Way (1998)

To me the soul is the most important, ineffable aspect of our existence. It is the us that is before we come into our physical self, it is the aspect that holds us all together while we are on this plane, and it is the essence of us that continues after we have physically ceased. Read More

Touching Our Human Essence – Leading Sensory Awareness Classes in Different Cultures (1997)

My teacher asks me what the differences are of leading the work in different cultures. My answer is basically, “none.”The culture that Sensory Awareness works with is the human culture; the specific country, language, or way of dressing is not the level where we meet. Our work goes underneath the vagaries of cultural experience and reaches down to the foundational essence of human nature. Read More

These Are Her Experiences: An Account of a Somatic Journey

This is an unusual report on the process of a person’s work in the field of somatic exploration – most especially focused in the work of sensory awareness and also very much with the body/mind/spiritual integrative work of t’ai chi ch’uan. Read More

These Are Her Experiences: Hilary’s Account

This will be an unusual report on the process of a person’s work in the field of sensory awareness. Unusual because it is an account of a person working in this area of sensory awareness with two different teachers. “The Sensory Awareness work from both of them has opened a whole new way of living for me. They have different styles of leading because of different backgrounds.” Read More

An Explanation of the Development of My Somatic Psychotherapeutic Work (1994)

Eva Reich asked me to write a chapter for a book about her work that was being prepared in Germany. I wrote to the editor in order to make contact and to give her an idea of my work and what kind of article I could write. I expected her to respond to my letter and give me perimeters to begin working on a piece for her book. To my surprise she accepted my entire letter as the chapter for the book! Read More

About One of the Tibetan Buddhist Nuns in Exile that I Sponsor

Lobsang was my first Tibetan nun sponsored. I received the sponsorship of her through the Tibetan Nuns Project here in California. They sent me her photograph with a biography. She was number 437. She looked so young in her photograph, with her round face and slightly questioning expression. Read More

The Source of The Human “No”

This is an important statement written by Wilhelm Reich a long time ago. It is still very pertinent. I give it to all my students to read. I want to share it with you too. Read More