WHERE THE PATHWORK FIRST GREW AND DEVELOPEDNew York Region
The New York Region Pathwork (NYRP) is a group of about 100 spiritual seekers living in the tri-State area — New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
The New York Region Pathwork (NYRP) is a group of about 100 spiritual seekers living in the tri-State area — New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Most of us have been following this spiritual path for many years. The teachings of the Pathwork came through Eva Pierrakos beginning with the first Guide Lecture on March 11, 1957. At that time, Eva had a small circle of friends who had gathered around her for the purpose of spiritual growth and self finding. Eva was the daughter of the well-known Austrian novelist Jacob Wasserman, and the wife of the son of another famous European novelist, Hermann Broch. Later, she was to marry John Pierrakos, a disciple of Wilhelm Reich and the founder of Bioenergetics along with Alexander Lowen.
The wisdom that poured forth from Eva’s insight and connection to the spiritual realms found a growing audience. She delivered lectures once a month, and there were Question and Answer sessions as well. As the group became larger, the gatherings moved from Eva’s apartment on the East Side of Manhattan to a loft in the West Village. Then, in 1973, the growing Pathwork bought a retreat center in the Catskill mountains near Phoenicia, New York, which became the New York Pathwork Center. Larger numbers of people began to attend the Lectures and come to the Center for weekend workshops and training in the principles of the Pathwork. Several years later, the Pathwork expanded into a building on East 78th Street and also ran courses and workshops out of that “city Center.”
Eva died in 1979, after having delivered 258 Guide Lectures. By this time, the Pathwork had established centers and groups of people practicing the Pathwork principles in over 20 cities across the U.S. and around the world. Many of these Pathwork groups are flourishing today. Here in the New York Region, the Pathwork organization, incorporated as a non-profit educational institution, saw a slowing of activity, with less workshops and offerings. Many people took their knowledge of Pathwork principles and connection to the Pathwork Lectures and moved on, into other paths of spiritual development. Yet many also continued meeting together to read and study the Pathwork Lectures and attain greater spiritual awareness.
The New York Region Pathwork operates under the authority of a Board of Directors. Our current Board President is Laureen Dunne. We offer Friday Night Lecture readings in Manhattan, and occasional retreats and introductions to Pathwork concepts and weekend workshops.
Members of the Board
President of the NYRP Board
For many years, Laureen has been involved in personal growth, human potential and spiritual transformation. She has developed and facilitated workshops and training programs (mostly at the South Jersey Atlantic Coast) in the areas of stress management, addictions, resolution of childhood issues, confidence development and creating success.
Laureen has extensive counseling experience in the field of hypnotherapy. She also teaches awareness of energy flow so that holistic wellness can be better understood. Laureen is an ordained minister, a master clinical hypnotherapist and is board certified in Hypno-Anesthesiology. She is also an hypnosis instructor teaching others hypnotherapy and is a lifetime member of The International Association of Counselors and Therapists.
Her deepest love is that of the Pathwork Lectures. Instantly called to follow the teachings from 1991 forward, she enrolled in the New York Region Pathwork Studies Program and followed with the Helpership Development Program. To date, she is currently Board President of the NYRP, and happily practicing her helpership.
Secretary-Treasurer of the NYRP
Camille has served on the Board of the New York Region Pathwork since 2003. She has been Secretary-Treasurer of the New York Region Pathwork for six years. A speech pathologist, she has a practice in upstate New York, and is also a Pathwork helper. She graduated from the Pathwork Studies Program in 1997, and became a Helper in 2001. Camille’s commitment to the Pathwork is evident in her continued willingness to do a difficult job without compensation. Along with Gay Danna, Camille has coordinated Pathwork Continuing Studies for the past five years.
Member of the NYRP Board of Directors
Alan Saly is a communications and media professional working in New York City. I have had a life-long association with the Pathwork community, beginning in childhood when my parents first started attending Guide lectures. The Pathwork perspective of personal responsibility, and of the utmost effort being necessary in the personal search for spiritual understanding is basic to my life.
It is a joy for me to be able to bring my gifts in the area of communications and writing to our Pathwork community as we attempt to realize our vision of a supportive community where all problems can be faced, not feared, and where the atmosphere is one of peace and joy through dealing with whatever comes up. Along with my friends on the Pathwork’s board of directors, we are focusing on serving this community and this Pathwork in a spirit of humility and service.
Member of the NYRP Board of Directors
Kathleen Kiley Fisher is founder and president of Wellness Insights, LLC, Mind Body Spirit for Health. She is training to become a Pathwork Helper. She has created several health management programs that produce long-lasting behavioral change. Her spirituality and wellness training programs have been offered at hospitals, corporations, and state health agencies.
In 1975, Eva, chaneling the Guide, married two longtime Pathworkers at the Phoenicia Pathwork Center. This silent video captures the love between all of us at this beautiful ceremony.