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DescriptionEvening Talk: Friday Oct 17 ~ 7-9 pm @ Unity Church So what’s this all about?
This Friday Evening Talk steps back for a bird’s eye view of our culture in order to make out why we act as we do with ourselves and each other, and with the world around us. What concerns me isn’t just the persistent damage we do to the ecosystem and other species, or the horrors of war, or the systematic violence inflicted on women; I’m also interested in why we deliberately create realms for ourselves – in malls and skyscrapers and on city streets – that are harsh, cold, ugly and inhospitable. We learn why we seed strife into every corner of our lives, our relationships, and into our own bodies, and how we can restore wholeness.Experiential Workshop: Sat + Sun Oct 18-19, 2014 ~ 10 am - 5 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 merely inaccurate – it has created a way of being that is disconnected, anxious and off-balance. Our primary challenge is to recover the harmony of our being. Philip has gained an international reputation as a teacher whose original techniques enable people to reunite their conscious thinking with the deep-dwelling intelligence of the body, and to do so in a way that grounds us in the present, and gently opens a door to the experience of wholeness. In the process, he provides tools to last a lifetime.
Class size limited to 16.
Philip Shepherd is approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. His provider number is 282. This workshop provides 12 CEUs.
Location + Logistics
Whidbey Island (details upon registration)
There will be a one-hour lunch break.
What to prepare
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
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. You might also wish to bring a notebook.
It turns out that for 10,000 years we have been developing a story of what it means to be human – and that story, unknown to us, tells us how to live. It tells us our place in the world and directs our actions. Unfortunately it is a story that leaves us divided within ourselves, and divided from the natural world, so that our interactions inflict damage both unwittingly and deliberately. We start learning the story as infants, before we are able to question it, and it defines what we consider to be normal. As long as the story remains invisible and unquestioned, though, it will continue to drive us even more deeply into imbalance.How does this work help?
It began as a simpler presentation of the material in New Self, New World – but it has since taken on a life of its own. It not only looks afresh at assumptions that blindside our choices – it addresses what we need to do, as individuals, to reframe a new, more accurate story about what it means to be human, one that can free us from our seductive fantasies and draw us back into accord with the gifts of being a human on this miracle of a planet.
As a teenager Philip cycled alone through Europe, the Middle East and Iran to arrive in India, where he studied Kathakali – an ancient form of dance drama that tells stories from the Mahabharata and Ramayana. He then went on to Japan to study classical Noh theatre. Since then has co-founded and written for an arts magazine, Onion; co-founded and directed an interdisciplinary theatre company; taught numerous workshops to help people seeking increased presence, creativity and freedom; written two internationally-produced plays and a documentary for CBC television; trained in Denmark with Eugenio Barba’s company; trained in Butoh dance and toured Canada with a show; edited a book of art criticism, The Compleat Art Critic; acted in several feature films opposite such talents as Mandy Patinkin and Delroy Lindo (Strange Justice) and Jon Voight (Jasper Texas); studied for five years with energy healer Denis Chagnon; earned a reputation as a corporate coach, helping business leaders hone their presentation skills; and played lead roles in theatre productions in Toronto, New York, Chicago, London and Hong Kong. He has also designed and built several houses.
Since the publication of his book, he has earned an international reputation as a workshop leader, lecturer and coach. Philip is currently a faculty member of The Institute for Sacred Activism, which is based in Chicago. His book, New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-first Century, is available from online bookstores as a real book or an ebook, and we hope it can also be found at your local bookstore. Philip is available for private coaching, group classes and weekend workshops. Please contact him for more information.
Philip currently lives with his wife and two daughters in a home he designed and built in a little car-free community on an island south of Toronto. He is working on his second book, and continues acting, coaching, lecturing, teaching and, yes, working as a carpenter to stay grounded and keep it all going. And he still travels by bicycle whenever he can. See more photos and other events by this presenter