Paula Sager

Paula Sager, as a dancer and choreographer, came to embodied awareness and somatic inquiry through her studies and training with Aileen Crow (1984-89). Her practice of Authentic Movement began in 1990 in a group led by Diana Levy. The group was a creative wellspring for numerous endeavors including A Moving Journal, an international publication devoted to Authentic Movement and the diverse perspectives, questions, and offerings of its practitioners. Paula, Annie Geissinger, and Joan Webb co-edited AMJ from 1994 to 2006. 

In 1994, Paula began studying with Janet Adler, founder of the Discipline of Authentic Movement. Since then, Paula’s work with Janet and practice of the discipline with colleagues and with students has informed and infused her life with nourishment and guidance.

In her teaching practice, Paula offers individual sessions and solo retreats as well as group retreats at her studio in rural Rhode Island, in the USA and internationally. Paula is a faculty member of Circles of Four, a program founded by Janet Adler to train teachers of the Discipline of Authentic Movement.

Paula brings her experience as a somatic educator, her long-time study of Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy, and her passion for supporting the development of witness consciousness to her work with individuals, groups and organizations, which have included the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and the Mariposa Center, a social justice initiative focused on early childhood education. 

Paula has a degree in Dance from Bennington College and a graduate degree from the Barfield School at Sunbridge College. Her graduate research, Witness Consciousness in the Development of the Individual, with thesis mentors Janet Adler and Arthur Zajonc, focused on the development of the inner witness. Paula studied the Alexander Technique with Eva Karczag and Aileen Crow, becoming certified as an Alexander teacher in 1989. 

Paula has presented at American Dance Therapy Association and Body-Mind Centering conferences. Her articles and interviews have appeared in the Valley Advocate, A Moving JournalContact QuarterlyJournal for Authentic Movement and Somatic Inquiry, and Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. She is co-author with Lizbeth Hamlin of Red Thread, Two Women, a long-distance experiment in moving, witnessing, and word.

In collaboration with Janet Adler, Paula Sager and Bonnie Morrissey coedited Janet’s collected writings in Intimacy in Emptiness: An Evolution of Embodied Consciousness (Inner Traditions, 2022). Paula’s upcoming non-fiction book, The Watch: Witness to a Sense of Time, will be published in early 2025.

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