Date(s) - October 2, 2017 - October 6, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
One of my deepest convictions is that the work I do, if it were offered more widely, could enrich the lives of millions. And I don’t just mean in a ‘feel good’ way (although I have nothing against feeling good). I mean in a paradigm-shifting, liberating, life-altering, change-the-world way. The essence of my work centers on a resource that lies deep within us, and which our entire culture directs us away from. It is so systematically neglected that most people aren’t aware of its existence, and have limited access to it. But it is part of the body’s original blueprint and, like a neglected room, merely waits to be rediscovered: an inbuilt resource that is grounded in the calm of being. By helping us come to rest in the vivid present, it connects us to its companionship and guidance. If people could awaken to that resource within themselves, they could discover the ease that comes when we escape the restless confines of the head – that mode of being in which we endlessly chase and rearrange our ideas about the world – and land in our own shining, connected, embodied truth.
Of course, as an individual I can only share the work with, at most, a few hundred people in a given year: each weekend workshop is limited to eighteen participants. So I have begun training others in sharing the work, to help it reach exponentially more people.
When I first announced the Teachers’ Training, one of the first questions I faced was: if I’m teaching this method, this way to wholeness, this principled means of embodiment – what should I call it? Lots of possibilities have presented themselves, and I thought about it for months before I finally settled on a name: The Embodied Present Process™ (or TEPP for short). The name points to the heart of what the work is about. In a nutshell, the work is an embodied process of surrender to the present that ultimately allows it to touch your core and live there, in all its mindfulness. That could pretty much stand as the mission statement of what I do. And that is why it’s called The Embodied Present Process.
There are three main reasons that will draw people to join me on this adventure, and I honor them all:
- Some people will be primarily interested in becoming teachers of the weekend workshop
- Some people will already have practices as teachers, coaches, therapists or bodyworkers, and will be looking to enhance what they are doing by integrating practices from TEPP.
- Some will be there for the challenges and rewards of the personal growth it will support.
And many, I imagine, will be there for all three reasons.
The Toronto Island Teacher Training will run over three five-day sessions, spaced out over one year: September 12 – 16, 2016; May 8-12, 2017; and October 2-6, 2017. The number of participants will be limited to 16, and over the year they will receive as much support as I can provide. The course will include a teachers’ manual, at least one large group video call each month and informal calls the other weeks, and a key teaching aid. And it will also include fun, because it’s in the spirit of play that we most fully engage and learn. By the close of the third session, participants can apply to for a Certificate to teach The Radical Wholeness Weekend Workshop, which will be provided when we both agree they are ready. In teaching the workshop, they will also be able to provide Continuing Education Units to body workers and massage therapists taking their workshops.
Each of the five-day sessions will cost $900, which includes all the materials and support listed above (accommodation and food not included). Anyone who has taken the workshop will be eligible to apply, with special consideration given to those who have taken it more than once. Applicants will be expected to commit to all three sessions. CEU credits are available for TEPP participants at a cost of $15.
To register and for more information, please contact me.
To read comments from others who have gone through the TEPP teacher training, click here. (See the comments at the bottom of the page.)
Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts
Here’s some additional information about the workshop (*Not the Talks!):What to prepare (For the workshop - not for the talks!)
Some of the exercises require that you know a short text by heart. Rest assured, this is not something you will ever be asked to perform – it’s just needed for some of the exercises. You can use one you are familiar with, or find a new one. It can be anything at all – a nursery rhyme, a song lyric, a Shakespearean monologue, the national anthem, a poem, anything. It really doesn't matter, although it does help if it’s something you enjoy. It can get pretty tedious saying, “Row, row, row your boat” over and over. Just saying... Whatever you choose to memorize, it should be at least 45 seconds long, though any length in excess of that is fine. Having it WELL memorized is important.
What to bring (For the workshop - not for the talks!)
Apart from lunch and maybe a snack and a water bottle, you might wish to bring something to lie on for exercises (a yoga mat or even just a towel) and clothes that are comfortable to move in.
Lunch (For the workshop - not for the talks!)
There will be a one-hour lunch break.