Sandra Gonzalez

September 2-9, 2017 – Silent Meditation Retreat with Sandra and Susan Schepp-  Sandra will be returning from Nicaragua to hold retreat together with Susan. They’ll alternate giving talks, and both will take part in group dialogues and be available for private meetings. Space is available for full and part-time participants.

Register for Retreat in Springwater with Sandra Gonzalez

Read an article by Sandra on Right Action.

Read an article by Sandra on the facilitator/participant relationship.

Hear a talk by Sandra from May 2015 on the topic “Watching Fear.”

In October (Oct. 13-16, 2017) Sandra will lead a retreat in Argentina. It will be held at the Irenaika Retreat Center, Ingeniero Maschwitz, northwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Corrine Stoewsand, the founder of the International Forum for Mindfulness is organizing this retreat. For information please contact her at To see the flyer for the retreat in English please click here. To see the flyer in Spanish please click here.

On Oct. 25 Contact Talk Radio broadcast an interview with Sandra by Ami Chen on the topic Beyond Teachers and Teaching. You may hear the interview by accessing

Sandra Gonzalez has led retreats in both English and Spanish for several years. She began working with Toni in 1988. Previously, she studied at other meditation centers.

Sandra spends most of the year in Springwater. She also leads or participates in several retreats away from Springwater each year.

Sandra was born and raised in Nicaragua. She has three children and seven grandchildren that she visits regularly. She can be contacted by e-mail in English or Spanish at

The following quotation is from an article by Sandra from the Summer 2007 Newsletter entitled “Awareness invites Awareness: A Meditative Way of Being Together.”

“Presence invites presence when there is no resistance, no ownership of ideas, experiences or things, no worrying, no hurrying, no judging, no defending–just the ease of life when we meet without wanting things to be otherwise. Certainly we all can participate; presence is free and available to all of us. There is a true beauty in this.

Looking deeply right now into the question, “What is it that truly touches us?” The truth of it all is that I don’t know. Presence/tenderness/love cannot be known but can be felt and touched very palpably. Whatever I have named or described, is not it. One can describe what took place the best one can, but the description is not the actual thing. Words cannot reach it, nor define it. Definitions and descriptions are merely attempts by the mind to describe the indescribable just for the sake of sharing. So be it.”