“The real adventure consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes” – Proust
It’s no wonder we feel anxiety, disconnection and stress in our lives: we live in a culture that actually promotes those feelings. Our architecture, language, customs and hierarchies all subtly inform us that to be a human being is to be independent: not just from nature, not just from each other – but even from our own bodies, so that we end up living in our heads. In this free-wheeling talk, Philip reveals how the particulars of our familiar environment create our deep sense of disconnection – because once you see how that happens, you create a new possibility for yourself: you can begin to step out of the undercurrent of anxiety, and return to a way of being that is deeply embodied, grounded in the present, and at ease in the world. A feed on the oxygen of fresh ideas and liberating perspectives, this is more than just a talk – it includes a couple of simple practices that can help you come home to yourself.
Price: $10 if you prepay by Feb 20 HERE
$15 at the door
Philip Shepherd is recognized as an international authority on embodiment. His unique techniques have been developed to transform our experience of self and world, and are based on the vision articulated in his celebrated books, New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century (2010) and Radical Wholeness: The Embodied Present and the Ordinary Grace of Being (Nov. 2017). The approach he takes heals the frantic, restless pace of the intelligence in the head, which tends to run on overdrive, by uniting it with the deep, present and calm intelligence of the body. This is an antidote to the prevailing view of embodiment, which involves sitting in the head and ‘listening to the body’; by contrast, Philip’s approach helps us listen to the world through the body. His personal path to understanding has been shaped by his adventures as a teenager, when he cycled alone through Europe, the Middle East, India and Japan; by his deep commitment to and studies of bodywork; by his experiences as an actor, playing lead roles on stages in London, New York, Chicago and Toronto; and by the burning desire for freedom that has illuminated his entire life. He currently spends his time teaching international workshops and retreats, giving talks, and helping others learn how to teach his weekend workshop with year-long Facilitators’ Trainings.