Date(s) - February 25, 2017 - February 26, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Move out of your head and into your life.
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.
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.