Rewilding Through the Body
With Philip Shepherd
As humans we have been divided from the body for thousands of years, taught by our culture to shroud its intelligence in neglect and Iive in our heads. When we withdraw from the body like that we habituate to a state of division in which we also feel divided from nature, the world around us, and the life of this earth.
Is this for you?
Join us for a 2 day workshop with pioneering embodiment specialist Philip Shepherd on a rare visit to the UK. He will lead us through gentle, simple and original practices that soften the divisions we unconsciously hold in our bodies. As the body’s intelligence is unlocked, it opens us to nature, to the present moment and to each other. This workshop will not only reconnect us to ourselves and our natural kinship with the world, it will provide us with practices we can return to for years to come.
Join us in the beautiful wilding valley of Embercombe for this very unique opportunity to work with Philip, in a small-group residential setting. All of Philip’s practices are designed to help us become more present: to ourselves, to each other, and to the world that holds our lives. Philip has characterized the nature of the present as “a wild peace.” To become fully present is to discover the peace in which you rest and the wildness that courses through you – the same qualities that suffuse nature, which is eternally at peace and unstoppably wild. By coming home to the body, home to the present, we discover kinship in every blade of grass, every birdsong, every passing cloud.
Whilst we are rewilding our 50 acres of woodland, meadow and lake, we are also considering what it means to rewild ourselves – through what we eat, make and craft, what actions we take in the world, what we believe and who we are. Rewilding through our bodies, restoring our physical sense of belonging within the more-than-human world, is a crucial part of coming back into balance with it in nature.
2pm 9 May – 4pm 11 May
£380 – full residential price
Limited bursary places are available for £310 on application
Philip Shepherd is recognized as a leader in the global embodiment movement. He is the creator of The Embodied Present Process™ (TEPP), which he developed over 40 years of teaching embodiment practices, and shares worldwide in both in workshops and Facilitators Trainings. TEPP uniquely combines the two resources necessary for embodiment: effective practices, and a deep understanding of our culture’s blind spots, which tend to keep us in our heads. TEPP is based on Philip’s two books – Radical Wholeness and New Self, New World – which articulate the causes, perils and challenges of our culture’s disembodiment. Philip’s personal journey to embodiment includes cycling alone as a teenager through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan; studying classical Japanese Noh Theater; co-founding an interdisciplinary theatre company; writing two internationally produced plays and a television documentary; and playing lead roles on stages in London, New York, Chicago and Toronto. In the non-Covid world, he travels the world sharing workshops and running year-long Facilitators Trainings with his co-director and wife Allyson Woodrooffe. His website and online courses are found at EmbodiedPresent.com, and he has a new book, Deep Fitness, coming out on October 12, 2021, which he co-authored with Andrei Yakovenko.
Allyson Woodrooffe, Philip’s life partner and co-director of The Embodied Present Process, is a passionate body-based coach who has been weaving creativity into daily life in one way or another since childhood. She worked in film, photography, stained glass and graphic design before training and certifying as a certified professional Co-Active coach and as a Facilitator of The Embodied Present Process. Since then she has been introducing embodiment and creative practices into her coaching and workshops, helping her clients find new expression sourced from within. Allyson will be available through the workshop for one-on-one assistance, to make sure no one feels left behind, and to support participants during practices.