March 11, 2017 - March 12, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?” Thomas Merton
We are taught from childhood that mind and body are separate. This lesson is not just a fiction – it is a deeply damaging one. It has created a way of being that is disconnected, anxious and off-balance. There is actually no such thing as a mindless body: its tissues are suffused with intelligence, and it houses two of our three brains – the one in the heart, and the one in the belly. Our primary wound, then, is not a split between body and mind – it is a wound within the mind itself, one that compartmentalizes it, keeping the representational, abstract reasoning of the brain in the head separate from the felt, integrative genius of the body.
Much wonderful work is offered to help us get in touch with our bodies. This workshop addresses something else: a marriage of the unique insights of the head with the body’s genius. Until those divided parts of our mind are united and coordinated, we cannot experience the unity of our being. The best we can do is switch between them, as though we had to choose one or the other. And in our culture, the default mode is the head.
Philip Shepherd has gained an international reputation as a teacher whose breadth of vision and original exercises enable people to escape the enclosed chatter of the head, and ground their thinking in the calm, deep-dwelling intelligence of the body. His workshop provides tools to last a lifetime, even as it gently opens the door to a radical experience of wholeness.
Class size limited to 18.
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