Body Intelligence Summit 2016

Lower Your Consciousness

With Philip Shepherd
Hosted by Dr. Katie Hendricks

Our culture is so habituated to living in the head that we have come to understand "embodiment" as something that happens when you sit in the head and notice the body, or "listen" to it. In this interview, Philip will be describing another experience — what it means to drop your center of awareness into the body and inhabit its connected, relational intelligence.

In this session, we'll explore:

  • The nature of human intelligence, and the role the body plays in that
  • How our culture separates us from the body’s intelligence
  • The significance of the brain in the belly
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Philip Shepherd

Creator of The Embodied Present Process

Philip Shepherd is recognized as a leader in the global embodiment movement. He is the creator of The Embodied Present Process™ (TEPP), which provides both a fresh philosophical overview of how our culture desensitizes the body, and a series of over 150 practices to help people renew their sensitivity to the world and reclaim their calm, centered presence in it. 

He shares TEPP worldwide through in-person workshops and Facilitators Trainings, and has articulated the need for a new, more embodied way of being in two books: Radical Wholeness and New Self, New World. Both books identify the causes, perils, and challenges of our culture’s disembodiment. He developed TEPP with his co-director and wife Allyson Woodrooffe, who also shares the practices in person. 

Philip’s personal path to embodiment includes a 2-year journey as a teenager, during which he traveled alone by bicycle through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India, and Japan. He has also studied classical Japanese Noh Theater; co-founded an interdisciplinary theater company; written two internationally produced plays and a television documentary; designed and built several houses; co-founded an arts magazine called Onion; played lead roles on stages in London, New York, Chicago, and Toronto; and earned a reputation as a coach, both with individual clients seeking a deeper experience of embodiment, and for corporate clients seeking to improve their presentation skills. His most recent book is Deep Fitness, which he co-authored with Andrei Yakovenko.