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New Client Session with Paul Richards

New Client Session appointment slots are available to book if you have never had a session with Paul, or if your last session was more than two years ago. If you have had prior sessions, click here to book in our returning client calendar.

Individual sessions with Paul are powerful opportunities for gaining clarity and new direction.

Clients often describe sessions as unique, transformative experiences, and the phrase 'life-changing' arises again and again in client feedback.

The purpose of a session varies according to the needs, interests, and circumstances of the recipient.

Sessions can be an opportunity to be deeply seen in a new way, or can address specific problems such as relationships, professional decisions, or psychological issues. They can also explore the recipient's own capacity for expanded perception.

Quite often, an individual session offers a freshness of viewpoint that provides new insights and astonishing degrees of new confidence and change.

Session length: 60 minutes ($240) 90 minutes ($330)

Format: Via telephone or Skype

Phone number to call at the time of your session: (541) 482-7182

Skype address: 'sentecentersessions' (please let us know at least one day ahead if you plan to use Skype.)

**If you do not find a time or date that works for you, email the Senté Center at [email protected] or phone 541 482-7182. We will work with you to find something that works.

The Nature of a Session with Paul

Paul is a highly trained, skilled "perceiver" with a professional background in advanced martial arts and aerospace. He is a warm, articulate person with a love of creativity and excellence. In his sessions he offers his remarkable skill in mapping people and processes.

Individual sessions with Paul are creative and masterful demonstrations of the use of subtle energetic senses that in fact everyone possesses and can choose to develop.

As a recipient, you can expect to feel deeply seen, empowered and changed.

A Note on Health Care Issues in Sessions

Sometimes Paul may share observations about a client's physical or mental health. In these cases, he does so as an observer and not as a health care expert. His observations are not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. While reports relating to health situations can often be remarkably accurate, sometimes important conditions can fail to show up when viewed energetically. If Paul does not report a health problem, the recipient cannot assume that it does not exist. We urge clients to continue with their normal health checkups and medical support activities regardless of the content of our sessions.

The Structure of a Session

All individual sessions are currently offered by telephone or Skype. For the first half hour of a session, Paul will avoid gathering information verbally from you and will not inquire about your history or interests. He prefers to have a "blank slate"--no preconceptions.

You will be asked to read something neutral out loud for a few minutes that contains no personal information (e.g. a book or magazine.) Recipients are then invited to sit quietly and simply listen. At the halfway mark, you will be invited to assume an active role and ask questions.

A Record of Your Experience

All individual sessions are recorded via MP3 format. Within one week of your session you will receive an email with a link that allows you to download your session recording and permanently save it on your computer.

If you do not have a computer, please let your practitioner know prior to the session that you will need an audio CD mailed to you.

Recordings provided by the Sente Center to clients are generally of high quality, but are not guaranteed (equipment failures may occur and Sente Practitioners cannot monitor this while performing a session). There will be no refund of any portion of session fees if a recording of a session does not turn out for any reason.

Master recordings are the property of the Center, are retained as in-house administrative records of the sessions, and are stored confidentially in an archive to which only Paul and designated Center personnel have access, and are subject to eventual destruction at the option of the Center.

Guidelines for Experiencing Sente Client Sessions

Here is what we think you should know in order to get the most out of your upcoming session experience: Recipients can and almost always do derive a variety of practical benefits as the subjects of individual sessions, but we hope that a major part of the recipient experience is the simple enjoyment of an opportunity to view a demonstration of a skilled and deliberate use of advanced attention and non ordinary senses in a positive, intelligent, and compassionate framework.

We would like to inspire people to wonder about the nature of human beings and the world around us, and to contemplate the mysterious prospect that people are more than our daily experience suggests.

Individual sessions are primarily art forms. Although they often contain reference to life issues, we do not experience or intend them as problem solving or life management exercises. The specific promise of a practitioner is to be as honest as possible about what he or she is actually seeing in the session and to present what seems appropriate to offer in a manner that is, in the reader's best estimate, as compassionate to the recipient as possible.

Here are a few guidelines for Sente session recipients:

Take everything we say with a grain of salt. Nothing is more laden with cultural and psychological baggage than predicting the future. Despite this, looking ahead is occasionally a part of our process. Many of our forecasts do come to pass, or we wouldn't include them in our performances, but we don't see actual futures and often we describe things whose meaning never becomes clear. Instead, it appears that we see probabilistic impressions of possible future events, which means that we are speaking about things with a greater or lesser chance of coming to pass, rather than absolutes. Never or almost never is any potential event we describe inescapable or fixed, from our viewpoint. We report what is merely the most obvious viewable future at the moment of the session, for us, and this can change in an hour or a day.

We do not include these views in order to help people avoid catastrophe or to get tomorrow's racing results today. Certainly we do not guarantee futures that we describe, nor do we indemnify people from potential negative events. We attempt forecasts mainly to expose the fact that it is occasionally possible to glimpse things that in normal terms should be impossible to see, because this in itself has inherent significance.

Make your own choices. If you receive an impression from us relating to an otherwise unknowable aspect of past, present, or future, take it into consideration but recognize that this process is limited, has no special authority, is inherently difficult, and is not offered in order to simplify or intrude into your decision making process. It is intended only as a gentle supplement to your combined total view relating to any given issue. We offer our opinions to you, to do with as you yourself see fit.

Don't assume that if we can't see something, or don't mention it in a session, then it isn't there. This is particularly important in matters of either mental or physical health care. We sometimes offer energy based observations about physical things, including your physical body, or will comment on mental states or processes. In this process we may draw attention to energy anomalies that may suggest possible health issues or concerns. But we are no substitute for qualified medical professionals and we urge you to seek the help and advice of licensed medical/mental health care practitioners for all your health care needs.

Never skip a health care visit, medical test, or evaluation with a qualified professional because of anything you hear in a Sente client session.

Whatever conclusions you may draw from your session experience, it is always our wish to remain respectful and supportive of each recipient's psychological, religious, or scientific worldview, and to remain free of any intent to advocate or persuade.

Finally, feel free to ask us for more clarification during your session if you don't understand our choice of words or feel unclear or uncomfortable about what we are describing.

While we welcome feedback after sessions, and are responsive to reasonable requests for clarification and support from our clients, we make no commitment to provide additional individual guidance or ongoing advice as a form of extended benefit associated with the session experience.

While having a Sente client session is something to take with reasonable seriousness, nearly everyone finds them fascinating, useful and extraordinary. We at Sente genuinely love to offer client sessions. We feel that it is an honor to be entrusted with your attention.

We wish you a wonderful, amazing time.

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Cancellation/Refund Policy

If you cancel your appointment with at least five business days' notice before your appointment, you will be issued a full refund within 30 days of your cancellation date. No-shows and late cancellations incur the full cost of the appointment. If you cannot keep your appointment, you may choose to gift or offer your appointment to another client. If you can give an appointment to another client, please notify us of that person's name by emailing or calling us.

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The appointment was fantastic. I didn't know what to expect and was blown away. I've been ruminating on Paul's words for days since. It was a very special moment for me that I will remember for years.

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Paul Richards
Paul Richards

Science and Technology

Paul Richards is an extraordinary educator and lecturer in the field of advanced Attention, Martial Arts, and Perception.

Paul has a professional background in Aerospace and Technology. He is an accomplished martial artist and holds the black belt rank of fourth dan, and the title of Renshi (teacher of warriors). He has been actively practicing martial arts for 42 years.

Throughout the 1980's as an application engineer and high reliability project manager, Paul contributed to the Space Shuttle program, the Supercollider, the Keck Telescope, and other advanced technical projects. He served as...

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...vice president of two aerospace companies, and as president of a third.

In 1988, Paul resigned from his aerospace position to form a training facility, the Senté Center, to advance the scientific understanding of extraordinary perception, and the fields and forces that underlie human interactions and performance. He began consulting on ways to enhance professional and personal presence, and performance.

The Study of Consciousness

From earliest childhood Paul experienced visual impressions of energy fields that appeared to suffuse people, as well as frequent spontaneous episodes of precognition. He was technically oriented, and by his teenaged years he recorded his observations in a notebook he carried with him, which could be compared to predicted events as they occurred. By his mid twenties he had built up enough data that he provisionally accepted the existence of non-physical field interactions.

He sought further concrete training and so participated in an embryonic research study of extrasensory phenomena at the UCLA Neuropsychology Laboratory. After his period at UCLA, Paul continued active study with a psychologist and consciousness researcher. Later mentors included two advanced practitioners of the meditative arts of Ramana Maharshi and Sai Baba. He received thirteen years of highly specialized individual training in advanced attention and perception.

Martial Arts
During Paul's years at the University of California, he joined the world of Shotokan Karate and became a lifelong devotee of martial arts, training under the auspices of the late tenth degree black belt, Hidetaka Nishiyama and his proteges, Sensei'sTokojiru Mori and Steve Ubl.

In later years he trained extensively with Sensei George Clark and with Sensei Aaron Ortega, the son of noted martial artist Sensei Jerry Piddington.

Music, Writing, and Radio
Paul is an accomplished musician and the author of several books (both fiction and nonfiction). He also penned numerous training manuals mapping the energetic systems of humans and the environment, and a number of technical articles in the field of aerospace technology.

As a young man, he worked in the American music industry, producing, performing, and writing for Ranwood Records and independently. He had material published by Elton John’s Rocket Records, among others. For five years he produced the Max Image Radio Theater, which was distributed over the National Public Radio satellite system.

The Sente Center

Paul established an independent consulting practice while living in New Zealand, and later moved to Ashland, Oregon. There, together with his wife, lecturer and former Nurse Practitioner Patty Richards, he founded the Senté Center in 1992. Among their specialties is teaching the energetics of extraordinary relationship—about which the two co-wrote the book, Wild Attraction.

Currently, Paul lectures full time at the Center, produces educational programs, and has created an extensive archival library on attention, perception, and profound movement. He continues to offer individual and group training in the fusion of science, art, and the intelligently mapped extraordinary capacities of human beings


"That session was fantastic, just the support and focus I need."

CB Editor, OR

“Paul Richards is without a doubt the single most important and influential coach I have had the great fortune to work with. I trained in opera at the Manhattan School of Music as well as at the Juilliard School. Throughout my training I worked with the best opera coaches in the world. Paul Richards offers a level of mastery and insight that is unparalleled. His work crosses over into seemingly unattainable, elusive realms of self-mastery and potential. Yet with Paul as a guide these realms are experienced and accessed. Paul has an uncanny ability to sense how far one can go in any given moment or opportunity, beyond what one may feel themselves is possible. For example, he is able to push me farther in one session than years spent working with others did not achieve. He is a deceptively challenging coach, though, as he pushes with the utmost grace and respect. In my opinion this trait is one of the most important. I trust Paul implicitly with my creative voice. His attention is a precious gift that has been a miracle in my life. Paul is demanding and inspiring, but most importantly fun! I am infinitely blessed to call him a mentor and friend.”

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