The Five Senses and the Nature and

Function of Sensory Experience

February  6 - 7, 2021

Shelburne, Vermont

a two - day course for acupuncture practitioners 

presented by Megan Godfrey



As five element acupuncture practitioners, our five senses, to hear, see, taste, feel, and smell, are diagnostic tools. Sensory awareness is foundational to understanding the nature and function of the elements. And they are an extraordinarily insightful backdoor into understanding the relationship between body and mind. They define the intersection between our experience of things (body) and what we think about things (mind). This weekend will be entirely devoted to a deep dive into sensory experience and the relationship between experience and thought within the five-element paradigm.

This course begins with a review of the energetic architecture of our body. From this viewpoint we begin to understand the inherent relationships between our heart, mind, and sensory experience within the function of our body. We will look at the nature and function of each of the five sensory experiences, as well as what each of the five sensory experiences accomplishes in ordinary life. We come to see that our senses are emissaries of the elements. Each sense and sensory experience is essential to manifesting the function and wisdom of its corresponding element.

This workshop will end with a diagnostic lab where we will explore and deepen our capacity to hear, taste, see, smell, and feel. With these tools, we can identify with greater confidence the color, sound, odor, and emotion of patients, and therefore, their constitutional natures.

Drawing on my training in somatic meditation practices, I will teach meditation practice both days as a means of deepening our understanding of sensory experience. In particular, I will talk about the significance of sensory experience in meditation practice.

It will be very helpful for participants to have taken my foundational courses, both The Elements and Pathways and Points. In the first, I articulate the nature and function of the elements in depth. In Pathways and Points, I discuss the energetic architecture of the body. I will draw on these bodies of knowledge and incorporate them into this weekend course.


Day 1

9 am – 12:30 pm

Review of the energetic architecture of the body, yin and yang, heart and mind

Introduction to sensory experience and the 5 primary sensory functions

Sensory experience and the 5 aspects of mind; the 8 buddhist ayatanas (sense base or field of cognition)

Outer and inner sensory experience

Sensory experience: uniting yin and yang

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Lunch (provided)


1:30 – 2 pm

Introduction to Somatic Meditation

2 – 5:30 pm

To Hear: its nature, function, and experience: quiet and wisdom

To Taste: its nature, function, and experience: one taste 

To See: its nature, function, and experience: duality, self and other

To Smell: its nature, function, and experience; purity


Day 2


8:00 – 11:30 am

To Feel: its nature, function, and experience: embodiment, shape-shifting

Sensory lab: the three chous, a somatic (felt) introduction to 'body'


11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch (provided)


12:30 – 1:30 pm

Somatic Meditation with instruction on sensory awareness


1:30 – 4:30

The 5 Element constitutional diagnosis

Practitioner-patient interaction lab: developing sensory acuity

Working with emotion: method of inquiry

Please arrive 20 minutes early each day to get settled and be ready to begin on time.

Registration Information Coming Soon

Fees and cancellation policy

The fee for this course is $250. This fee includes lunch both days. All fees are due upon registration. If you cancel more than two weeks before the course, your money will be refunded, minus a $30.00 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued if you cancel less than two weeks before the course. You will receive your NCCAOM CEU certificate at the end of the day on Sunday. 

Class Location

This class will take place at the Shelburne Town Hall, second floor (see signs as you enter the building) in Shelburne Vermont. There is ample parking outside the Town Hall. 


Travel, Lodging and Dining

Here are links to local resources for area lodging and dining. This is a relatively quiet travel time in Vermont, and you should not have trouble booking lodging. That said, because Vermont is a travel destination, I would encourage to you book your travel plans soon. Shelburne is a 20-minute drive south of Burlington on Shelburne Road, Route 7. Bus service is available from Burlington via Green Mountain Transit: See the Shelburne Road schedule.



What to Bring

Please bring a light shawl to stay warm during meditation. If you have them, bring meditation cushions for meditation both days. You may also sit in a chair for meditation. Water, tea, lunch and snacks will be provided both days. You may also choose to bring a water bottle. Winter can be cold in Vermont, dress warmly!


For further questions, please contact Megan at or 802-985-5480.


14 NCCAOM pending core competency CEUs for acupuncture practitioners