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.