Autumn Follow - Up Sessions in The Shape of Awake®

with Hope Martin

November 21st—December 12th

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For those of you who have done the Shape of Awake or Embodied Listening training with Hope Martin, we are scheduling four upcoming follow-up sessions where we will be reviewing, practicing, and building on what we learned.


The Shape of Awake retreat or Embodied Listening retreat with Hope Martin, or some background in Alexander's technique.

On registration page please write in the comment line when you have done retreat with Hope Martin. Also, if you are registering for individual days only, please indicate which days you plan to attend.


9am -12pm Eastern Time, Sunday Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Dec. 5th and Dec. 12


  • $40  per class / $50  patron price
  • $145 for all 4 classes paid in advance/ $180 patron price for all 4 classes paid in advance


To register, scroll to the bottom of this page. You can register for all four, or for individual sessions. To regiser for individual sessions, enter the price into "pay what you can" field.

Note: If you cannot afford to pay the full program fee, see our generosity policy.


Shape of Awake: Four Follow up Sessions

To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice. When you have this posture, you have the right state of mind, so there is no need to try to attain some special state. – Suzuki Roshi

Being upright is not just an arbitrary shape, it’s a perfect expression of meditation itself. In this week of practice, Hope Martin, a master teacher of the Alexander Technique, will help you establish ease, non-striving, and a friendly relationship to yourself in meditation and everyday activities. You will learn to make subtle adjustments to your head, neck and back to access effortless, balanced posture – both light and grounded. Principles from the practice of Focusing will be introduced to befriend habitually stuck places and to access the wisdom that resides in the holding pattern. Become aware of unconscious habits that result in tension, pain, fixed posture and mindset and shift to a more expansive, balanced and joyful way of being.

Learning to be more embodied, letting go of excessive tension, and allowing your nervous system to settle provides a powerful foundation to navigate the challenges of this time of uncertainty and change. The hallmark of the Alexander process is a quality of being that is expansive, balanced and open. It is the shape of equanimity. When strong emotions or anxiety arise,  abiding in your body free of protective holding patterns allows access to your fundamental resilience which can meet all aspects of your experience. 

Discover how being fully present and at ease in your body transforms your practice and your life! This experiential retreat offers a safe, supportive and caring environment to learn about yourself and to deepen your meditation practice.

About Hope Martin

Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for 33 years, trained Alexander teachers for two decades at the American Center for the Alexander Technique, and operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City.  She is a Meditation Instructor, a Focusing trainer and a close student of Pema Chodron for 28 years.  Her particular passion is in helping her students discover how easeful, upright posture is an expression of their human dignity, confidence, and innate wakefulness. To learn more about Hope’s work, visit



I learned so much about myself, and began the journey of accepting myself and holding myself in compassion. Now, I can be kinder to those around me, because I can be kind to myself.
-Kate Smith

Shape of Awake transformed my relationship with my meditation practice and with my world. I feel more open, vulnerable, and available, while also feeling freer and more grounded. Hope's clarity, directness, heartfulness, and deep experience were a powerful combination and a sorely needed antidote to the rampant disembodiment in our culture.
-Miles Bukiet

Hope's gentle encouragement to work with my physical and emotional discomfort helped me develop greater awareness of my recurrent holding patterns, greater trust in my body's wisdom, and greater capacity to relax. As someone who had always armored up to meet adversity, I have learned that I can drop the armor and engage difficult situations with greater gentleness and patience.
-Mark D.

Hope’s teachings put me more at ease with my breath and my body.  I now feel some joyful anticipation about mediation, instead of having to fight my resistance to it. I feel softer to my habitual patterns, and I understand the process of meditation more intuitively.
-Anne P.

I can now efficiently and comfortably meditate with physical balance and ease. That’s a big deal!
 -Doug B.


Online Registration

Please register for this program by clicking on the "Register Now" button below.  Please register at least one day in advance to allow for processing of your registration. Last minute registrations may not receive the Zoom link on time. Once you register, the Zoom link is sent out the day before or on the day of the program.