Late Summer News

This late Spring I had the opportunity to participate in a collaborative creative movement project inspired by Hazel Turrone’s creative vision and exquisitely filmed by Andreas John (In the Hands of Beauty). A number of local people who are deeply grounded in movement gathered and collectively joined hearts to explore what it is to move in a time of social distancing during the Covid 19 pandemic in the presence of glorious Vermont Spring woods. I was asked to bring in ceremonial sound through the Gong, the Crystal singing bowls, the drum and the chimes as the movers tuned in to what was being called forward in them. Andreas John filmed, late afternoon into the darkness. Here is the link to this short beautiful film, best listened to through headphones if possible.

On another note, I have offered a couple of Authentic Movement workshops out of doors this summer and am currently in the process of considering some outdoor Authentic Movement classes for this fall. Please let me know if that interests you. I am seeing clients on a limited schedule indoors this summer and it is going very well. I continue to do work over the Zoom platform as well for those who are more comfortable working in that way.

I have been invited to be the featured artist in the Chaffee Art gallery in Rutland this September/October and am excited to be now choosing the cold wax paintings now which will be part of that show. I am very inspired by that medium.

I am hopeful for our world, for what needs to change to change, for what needs to fall away to do so, and for what needs to rise up and prevail to find its way to the surface as we ride the waves and currents of this very challenging time. As much as I am able, I stay focused on and in the light , the beauty, with my eyes and heart open, seeing, witnessing, feeling, as we move through the difficulties we are face. I am hopeful for our world.

MidWinter News 2020

Cobblestone Beach, Grand Marais, Lake Superior

February 22, 2020

Dear Friends,

The light has changed and these past few days bring with them birdsong and melting snow. I am feeling and leaning into the change of season even though I know we have weeks of winter still ahead.

I just returned from Grand Marais and Lake Superior, where I taught an Authentic Movement Workshop and led a Family Constellation workshop. Both experiences were deep and wonderful; I felt very welcomed by the community. I must say that I was really taken in by the land and by the Lake itself. For weeks before I went I sensed the power of the Lake speaking to me , and now, back here in Vermont, Lake Superior’s shorelines, her waves, and ice floes are very much moving inside me, integrating. I am very grateful for this experience.

I had a very beautiful experience showing my paintings at The Garage Cultural Center in Montpelier and the Ava Gallery in Lebanon during the month of December. I am grateful to be able to express important and deep ways that my prayers for the Earth and Humanity come through my paintings. I will have another show in the Spring months for those who are interested. I will keep you posted on that.

On March 14, 2020, I will be holding another Family Constellation workshop in Montpelier at the Movement Center, Clothespin Factory where I practice and teach Authentic Movement. There are spaces for representatives available. The two focus client spots have filled. This is amazing and deep work and I highly recommend it. If you or anyone you know might benefit, it is worth the experience. The representatives receive deep healing movements as well. The work untangles and clears ancestral trauma, beliefs, entanglements. It is not uncommon for people to be carrying or trying to resolve issues that did not come from them but from generations before them. This work addresses that. In addition, it also puts one in touch with the great ancestral gifts, strengths and resources that are also sometimes blocked or hidden. March 14, 1:00-5:00, Preregistration ($35.00) necessary. Contact me at or 802 522-5032

I will be starting a new round of Authentic Movement classes in April. I will keep you updated. If any of you want to be specifically notified about constellation work, let me know as I have a mailing that goes out just for that when the workshops occur, I will add you to that list.

Wishing all of you harmony in the increasing brightness of the longer days, the lighter mornings, the lighter evenings, the days of continued cold even as the light shines brighter and at times, the dripping sounds of the melting snow.



Autumn News 2019

October has arrived and suddenly , it seems, the air has taken on the autumn chill.  My roses, however, which have given me endless joy all summer, are still blooming.  Frost has not yet hit.  The photograph above was taken on Prince Edward Island, the beach of red rock near where I stayed last summer.  It reminds me of New Mexico, and I have similar feelings about both places.  They call forward wild nature, vast silence, and an infinite peace.

This fall, my Wednesday and Thursday Authentic Movement classes are underway.  They will run through the Solstice and then will start back up again in January.  I am offering a Beginning Authentic Movement Series this fall which will begin on Wednesday evening October 30 and run for seven weeks from 6:30-8:30.  This is a wonderful opportunity to try out this form if you have ever wondered about it.  A great group formed already but there is room room for 2-3 more people. The cost is $140.00 for the seven week series.  Contact me if you are interested.

In November, I am offering a Family Constellation workshop.  This will happen on Saturday , November 16 from 1:00-5:00. You can find details in the calendar section of my website by clicking on that date.  This is really important work that cuts through entanglements in the energetic field of the family or system and allows healing and flow to begin or to restore.  It is powerful and it is real.  Often, we are carrying burdens that we cannot resolve because they do not belong to us.  This work deals with identifying and helping to resolve that. There is currently room for two people to present their constellation and have the group work with it and there are several spots open for representatives.  Contact me at to register.  Spread the word if you know others who would be interested.

I have recently been asked to go to Asheville NC and to Minnesota to offer  Constellation workshops and Authentic Movement workshops, so that may be coming up this winter.

I am always available for individual sessions.  These times are enormously open to change.  The energy is potent and very available.  I am in service to kindness and consciousness prevailing.

May our paths cross.

Summer Newsletter 2019

June , 2019

As we approach the Summer Solstice, I realize that I have not posted a newsletter yet this year and am surprised by that.  The year has been full.  Authentic Movement classes have been powerful and full.  I offered a Beginning class on Wednesday nights during the winter.  It was well attended and a beautiful beginning into the depth of this form.  If any of you are interested in practicing, please drop me a line and let me know.  It is through interest that the classes and workshops develop.

Kelley Hunter, astromythologist and I offered a workshop combining Authentic Movement and  the Astrology of Moving through the Eclipse Portal in the early part of the year.  We are currently planning another offering and the details will be formed soon.

I have offered several Family Constellation Workshops this year and will continue to do so.  These are usually offered on a Saturday afternoon in Montpelier, but not always.  If you have done this work, you know about its effectiveness and mystery in releasing inherited patterns and entanglements in ancestral and family systems.  If you haven’t yet tried it but want to or just want to know more, please give me a call and I am happy to talk about it with you.  I am planning to make some short videos to post that will address certain aspects.  I will post them on my website and on my Facebook page–Jan Sandman: Listening into the Center.  Constellation work can be done in a group and can also be done privately and over Skype or FaceTime.

In August, I will again be teaching at the New England Women’s Herbal Conference.  I will lead three workshops, one regarding Authentic Movement and Moving with the Plants, a Constellation workshop creating a Prayer for the Earth and the third, a Sound Healing Ceremony.   If you plan to go to the New England Women’s Herbal Conference this year, perhaps I will see you there.

Since March, I have been working in a new painting studio and loving it.  I just created a website for my art work and will be adding to it over time.  Here is the link in case you are interested.

And as always, you can contact me for private sessions.

I wish you all a glorious Summer Solstice.



Through the Eclipse Portal: Astrology and Authentic Movement

Moving through the Eclipse Portal: Astrology & Authentic Movement

with Jan Sandman & Kelley Hunter

In this workshop, we enter the field of the  Total Eclipse of the Moon on January 21st,a compelling opportunity to engage the energetic awakening, unexpected perspectives and surprising flashes of fresh developments on the horizon. The emotional desire of this Moon is to break through the eclipse shadows into the freedom of uncharted territory.

First, we feel our bodies into the present space. We then discuss current planetary patterns of the eclipse and how each person’s astrological chart may be impacted by this celestial gateway.

Our dive into Authentic Movement is a profound practice of accessing wisdom and inner knowing through trusting how the body wants to move from the inside out, with eyes closed. This wordless alignment of body, intuition and soul will open us to our unique inner guidance, for clearing and preparation for the year to come.

We bring language and visual expression back in, letting the stories and meaning be told, shown, written….

Let the resonance of the day linger through the Eclipse and onward. The pre-dawn sky inspires and conspires with a close alignment of the two most brilliant diamonds in the sky—Venus and Jupiter, Love and Wisdom.

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty, that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” -John Keats

Saturday, January 19, 10am – 4:30 pm, $120

at the beautiful, hand-crafted Bartlett House in Plainfield, VT

This small group event is limited to 12 persons. Bring your lunch. Register with a $40 deposit and your birth info by 1/12 to Jan or Kelley.

Kelley Hunter, PhD., longtime astrologer, consultant, teacher, artist fuses her background in depth psychology, holistic arts, myth and creativity into the Language of the Stars., / 802-456-1078

Jan Sandman, Authentic Movement teacher, Family Constellations facilitator, Healing Arts practitioner, author & artist weaves together group energy that allows traveling in the depths.,,  (802)229-4671


Autumn Newsletter

Dear Friends ,

As summer winds down, today is warm, sunny, humid.  In a couple of days, the weather will shift: cooler days and nights.

I recently returned from the NE Women’s Herbal Conference where I offered an Authentic Movement workshop, beautifully attended in  a gorgeous space.  It was an honor to be part of this event and to help its beginning to happen through movement.I recognize Helen Ward, Melanie Carpenter and Laura Julie Krouse and their co-joined effort and success to create a very deep and powerful gathering.

My Authentic Movement classes will begin mid September after I return from the beauty of Prince Edward Island.  I have room for one  or two people in the Thursday class. (9-11:00 every Thursday until mid December) Contact me if you are interested or know someone who may be. The description is on my website.

October 20th, from 1:00-5:00 marks the date for the next Family Constellation workshop.  This is beautiful, effective and powerful work.  I highly recommend trying it as either a representative or a person presenting a constellation.  Again, I am free to answer any questions that you may have. or 802 522-5032  You will find the description on my website. I hope that the summer has been restorative for you all.  It has truly been active and very alive for me.  I have a passion for growing roses and waking to them each morning.  I will miss them as the weather turns.

I look forward to the many opportunities for connecting this autumn.

all the very best,



Spring, 2018

Dear Friends,

Today, I put the  geraniums that had wintered over inside and were in full bloom out on the porch even though it is not yet May. I am ready for Spring, the soft rain, the brightening light, longer days, lighter or no layers needed, the soft ground. My birthday is in April and this rose was centered in a spring bouquet of flowers I received in honor of my birth.  I love all flowers but roses hold a special place as a representation of the layers of love in the heart and soul, layers of complexity, layers of beauty, layers of growth, connectedness, what is open, what remains hidden, what is possible, color, fragrance, patience, softness.  So this rose is inside and the geraniums are outside.  The rose is now receding while the geraniums burst.  Life.

A good friend died this past month…her death fast and holy, like a shooting star lighting up the heavens….bright, bright, bright and then gone.  She leaves in her wake the legacy of the profound ways she touched so many people, her deep faith in humanity’s goodness. And the reminder that every moment matters.

I am paying more consistent attention these days to exploring through painting, appreciating the mystery and delight of the process and how painting somehow has the capacity to reach something in me which then feels completed or expressed by the painting’s existence. I am fascinated by this and by how words are not a necessary part of this completion.  Life beyond language.

Several offerings this Spring and Summer.  On Saturday, May 19th, I am offering a Family Constellation workshop.  These workshops are very powerful and healing whether you come as a representative or as someone who is presenting a personal constellation for the group to work with.  They can clear both specific and universal disruptions in the flow of love that moves through the generations, and in fact moves through all things. The complete description is in the Calendar section of the website.  Just click on the date in the calendar and the full description will come up. Contact me to register, or for more information.

In midsummer, either July 6, 7 or 8, I will be offering a day long Authentic Movement workshop.  Details will follow soon, but do let me know if you are interested and I will be sure you receive a flyer.

This year, I have the honor of  offering an Authentic Movement workshop at the Women’s Herbal Conference on Friday , August 24th.  So many bright beings  come together at this gathering.  Perhaps I will see you there!

As always, I offer individual sessions, across the dimensions  of what I am versed in, from bodywork to sound healing, family constellations, authentic movement, spiritual clarity, energy work.

Thank you for reading. Let me know if I can be of service or if you would like to register for one of my offerings.

as the spring light shines,

as ever,



January, 2018

Dear Friends,

I welcome the New Year with hope, anticipation of beauty, and the calling forward of hardiness as we are greeted with such a deep and cleansing cold.

I am offering two workshops in the next few weeks.  The first one is a 5 hour Authentic Movement Workshop which will be held at the Zen Barn in Waterbury.  Preregistration is necessary. The cost is 1$90.00.  I am limiting the workshop to ten participants.  Serena Fox of Stowell Farm is organizing and promoting the event so, should you want to register, contact her at or visit her website   Complete details are on my Facebook page..Jan Sandman:Listening into the Center, or the Stowell Farm Facebook page or website.

This workshop is perfect for people to get familiar with and grounded in this form and then to dive deeply. This will be a very safe welcoming space for all that wants to move. If you have always wanted to experience Authentic Movement, this is the time. If you know others who may be intrigued, please let them know. If you have some experience in Authentic Movement and want to have the time to really study the mover/witness dynamic, this workshop is for you. If you are an experienced mover and want to move with Beginner’s Mind, this workshop is for you as well. Enrollment is limited to ten people. Please spread the word.

Think about  trying it out.

On February 10, I will be offering a Family Constellation workshop from 1:00-5:00.  This is deep, rich rewarding work, no matter how you participate, as a representative or as a focus client.You will find the description on the calendar page of my website.  Please call if you have any questions.   I would love to see you there.

On the Solstice, I held a Sacred Sound Gong ceremony that was attended by many people who braved the difficult weather to get there.  This is a beautiful event I have been offering for the past number of years.  The proceeds are donated to , an organization which supports peace and realization in all of humanity. Let know if you would like to be on the list to receive notification of this event.

Just before the Solstice, I visited my godsons and their family on Kaua’i . Such exquisite land. I will share a photo that speaks of the power of time and place and eternity.

I wish you all a deep start to this new beginning we are sharing.  May we all blossom.

all the best, always


November News

Dear Friends,

I am excited to say that I will be soon going to the beautiful Lake District of England to offer workshops on Authentic Movement, a deep practice of embodiment.  This year, the 3 day conference, created by Rumi’s Circle,  is entitled “Sacred Pattern: Balancing the Feminine and the Masculine. Elizabeth Hin will be the keynote speaker and Kabir Helminski is expected to speak along with several others who will speak and offer in various capacities.  I expect the event to be very rich and am honored to be a part of it.

At the Winter Solstice, I will be offering a Sacred Sound Ceremony, an opportunity to focus prayers and intentions for the coming year, while being immersed in the deep resonance of the Gong, crystal singing bowls and other instruments. I will be sending out details for registering in  late November  or early December.  Space is limited  to 30 and  fills to capacity each year.

The recent Family Constellation workshops have been very rewarding and rich.  I will be offering more in the way of Constellation work in the new year.

This year has been one full of deep opportunity for centering, expanding one’s heart and deepening one’s roots.  The leaves are nearly gone from our precious trees, and yet just yesterday, I picked a perfectly blooming rose from a newly planted bush.  The unexpected is with us right along side the day to day rhythms.  It keeps us awake, aware, alive.

Autumn Newsletter


The abundant harvest, the chilly nights, the crickets, the amazing light of the fading sun.  This sunset was taken in August on Prince Edward Island, a respite of profound peace and quiet , a resetting of an inner domain.

I bring that resetting forward into the autumn.  My Authentic Movement classes are beginning soon and extending into December.  They are essentially full at this point but do let me know if you are interested, as I will be offering a 5 hour workshop format on a weekend sometime this fall.  The date will be determined soon.  Stay tuned for that.

International Conference, Kendal England  The Sacred in the Feminine and Masculine November 10-12  I will be offering a workshop in Authentic Movement as part of  this conference. Beth Hin of the White Rose Foundation will be the keynote speaker.  Let me know if you would like more information.

Family Constellations are resuming again with the first gathering on Saturday September 23, 2017 from 1:00-5:00.  There is still space available.  This is powerful work that reaches deeply into inherited patterns, traumas and strengths to bring an alignment of love, honor and acceptance.  A full description of the work is on my website

Let me know if you would like to register.

I am in the planning stages of offering a Sacred Sound healing experience this autumn, in October around the time of Halloween.  More to come.

I hope to see you at some of these offerings and I wish you all a deeply rich and fulfilling Autumn