Will Johnson

Will Johnson received his B.A., magna cum laude, in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University in 1968.  After graduation, he worked for several years as an art critic in New York before moving to the west coast of North America where he began actively exploring gazing, moving, and sitting meditations.  He became a Buddhist practitioner in 1972 and was trained as a Rolfer™ in 1976.   He began the formal sharing of the practices of Embodiment Training in 1995.

He is the founder of the Institute for Embodiment Training. On this path of awakening, we view the body as the doorway, not the obstacle, to personal growth and spiritual transformation.  Through combining the orientation of Western somatic therapy with Eastern meditational practices, Embodiment Training leads you to the discovery of your natural, embodied state.  Like the Dzogchen rigpa and the Buddhist sunyata, the embodied state has been described as “like coming home at last.”  The practices mix bliss (the complete surrender to the deep energies of the body) with presence (immaculate mindfulness) and lead you on a journey of unfolding that takes
you ever deeper into the very center of your center.

Will and his wife, Coco live in Delicias, Costa Rica, just outside the little bohemian town of Montezuma at the southern tip of the Nicoya peninsula where they are currently building Bambu Hueco, the Hollow Bamboo Retreat Cottage, where they will start receiving people to enter into intensive 7-21 self retreat in spring of 2018.  During these retreats, people will have the opportunity to work closely with Will in their meditation practices and receive deep bodywork and dream sessions as support for their intensive practice.

He is the author of many books, including:

  • Balance of Body, Balance of Mind (Humanics, 1993)
  • The Posture of Meditation (Shambhala, 1996; also available in German translation as Meditieren in der richtigen   Haltung through Herder/Spectrum, in Italian translation as La Postura di Meditazione through Ubaldini Editore, and in Spanish translation as La postura de meditacion through Herder)
  • Aligned, Relaxed, Resilient:  The Physical Foundations of Mindfulness (Shambhala, 2000)

You can find more about Will and his offerings at http://www.embodiment.net

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By training and profession, I am a somatic educator. Over the past 25+ years I have trained in and taught modern dance, tai chi, Indian and Tibetan yoga, yoga therapy (specializing in back pain). I completed a 4-year professional Feldenkrais training in 2007 and a 3-year Embodied Life training in 2014. I also study and work with somatic meditation and the profound practice of embodied inner listening known as Focusing.