Philip Shepherd is recognized as an international authority on embodiment. He travels the world teaching The Embodied Present Process™ (TEPP), a unique set of practices he developed for reuniting the anxious, restless pace of the intelligence in the head with the deep, present and connected intelligence of the body. He is the author of two ground-breaking books, New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-first Century, and the newly published Radical Wholeness: The Embodied Present and the Ordinary Grace of Being. The books draw on a lifetime of research and experience and have been widely acclaimed for their original vision.
Philip has a passion for adventure and exploration, and throughout his life it has been coupled with deep connection to the body’s intelligence, and a burning desire for freedom. At 18 those passions took him from his native Canada to cycle alone through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. They prompted him to study classical Noh Theater in Japan, design and build several houses, co-found an arts magazine, Onion, co-found an interdisciplinary theater company, teach workshops on embodied thinking and presence, write two internationally produced plays and a television documentary, and earn a reputation as a corporate coach. Philip has also been an actor his whole life, and has played lead roles on stages in London, New York, Chicago and Toronto. The biggest adventure of his life, though, has been coming to terms with the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of wholeness, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.
Philip spends much of his time leading TEPP workshops and giving talks around the world, and is training and certifying others to facilitate his work. When not traveling, he lives with his wife in a quiet, car-free community in Toronto in a home they designed and built.
About The Embodied Present Process
TEPP is a series of practices that were developed by Philip Shepherd to help people gently undo the stress and imbalances that are caused by living in the head, and find instead what it means to rest in the deeper, connected intelligence of the body. The practices are widely varied – from quietly meditative to gently in motion – but they have two traits in common: all of them are very simple, and deeply transformative. In fact, those traits are related, because it is at the level of profound simplicity that we most clearly disclose the patterns that divide us. Once those unseen patterns are brought into the light, they begin to soften.
TEPP training is offered in weekend workshops, 2-day intermediate workshops, and five- and seven-day retreats, as well as in the year-long Teachers’ Training course. Whatever the format, the guiding principle of TEPP training is wholeness: how to recognize what keeps you from it, how to soften into it, how to trust it, how to open to its bottomless riches.
The TEPP philosophy understands that the wholeness of an individual can only be understood as a quality of relationship: your wholeness is not contained within your skin – it exists as a dance with the energies of the world around you. You do not just live in the world; the world lives in you. The present lives in you, and is most intimately experienced as it touches your core. The intimacy of that experience is what gave the work its name – The Embodied Present Process™ – for it is when the present is embodied in that way that you come home to your wholeness.
Radical Wholeness Workshops
The Radical Wholeness workshop is like nothing else out there. To describe it requires an understanding of how our culture as a system undermines our wholeness. Growing up within it, we normalize to living in division – to being divided from our breath, from the body's energy, from the Present, from our true selves. In this divided state we supervise our thoughts and actions and emotions, exhausting ourselves in the process. Living in wholeness is so much easier. It reunites your thinking with your body's intelligence and roots your life in the simplicity of your truth in the present. Radical Wholeness is a series of practices I've developed to help you do exactly that. And it provides you tools to last a lifetime.
Workshops take the form of: 2-day weekend workshops, 2-day intermediate workshops, and five- and seven-day retreats.
"I so appreciated the warm, inviting environment created in the Radical Wholeness workshop to support our personal growth, individually and as a group. And I wholeheartedly thank you, Philip, for being the kind of teacher who is also on the learning journey. You are a role model of living and leading wellbeing, and I am grateful."
"Philip’s workshop offered a wonderful opportunity to explore the experiential reality of contacting, being aware from, and living the experience of the wisdom of the ‘pelvic bowl’ … to practice this, with others, helped me to bring it more easily into the world, as I walk through both the mundane and extraordinary dimensions."
"If you’re considering taking the leap of faith and joining Philip in a weekend workshop…there’s a reason for it! Listen to the whole of your being and jump right in – you will not regret it. Thank you Philip for empowering me with the skills and techniques needed to “unlearn” what has kept me from mastering the core of my being and enjoying the Present as I now know it and feel it today. I am forever indebted to your wisdom and kindness."
Talk: A Journey to Wholeness
Philip Shepherd proposes a bold thesis with his new book Radical Wholeness: as a culture—and so too as individuals—we have become whole-blind. This is the core of a disorder that fragments our lives and is unravelling the ecosystems on which we depend. When we struggle to feel the wholeness of the self or of the present, we can only operate in a world of bits and pieces – and that affects everything we see and do. We feel anxious and disconnected from reality, because its nature is inseparable from its wholeness: to be desensitized to wholeness is to be desensitized to reality. In this wide-ranging talk, Philip brings to life the different world we could create by remembering the wholeness in which we abide. More crucially, he provides practical ways to help you do that, and newly discover the body, the present, and the resonance of your personal life.