Allyson Woodrooffe is the co-founder with Philip Shepherd of The Embodied Present Process (TEPP) and an embodiment and pregnancy coach, working both one on one and with intimate groups.
The first half of her working life nurtured her creative side – as a filmmaker, photographer, stained glass artist and graphic designer. Since completing a Masters in 2013, she has dedicated her time to journeying deeply into the realms of intelligence and presence available through the body, first by becoming a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and then training with Philip as an Embodiment Facilitator and now as a co-director of TEPP.
She has recently also trained as a doula with Doula School to support her work with pregnant women and has also studied - for her own benefit - functional movement (Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman and with Yoga Detour) and High Intensity Strength Training (with New Element Training).
She brings the strengths of all these modalities and her own natural compassion and embodied intuition to all her work, which is dedicated to helping women move into an embodied clarity in which anxiety is eased and a grounded resilience discovered.
Allyson and Philip have lived and worked together for over 30 years. Together they have built theatre sets, made films, built a house and raised two remarkable children.
My path to embodiment
I have always 'felt' wholeness, sought wholeness, 'known' wholeness, even if those weren't the exact words I used to describe it. I found companionship among the tall pines at my grandparents' farm or listening to the frogs in a nearby creek. In my teens I stumbled into a 6 month outdoor education program and discovered the hidden strength in my body, the ability to drop into its deep-dwelling intelligence in order to do what my cranial brain had deemed undoable. The gifts of that program afforded me a life-long love of moving and feeling strong in my being. Those early experiences of wholeness, of being in my body and feeling intrinsically part of the world around me have accompanied me through adult-hood as I dive deeper into the mystery of life.
I look forward to exploring those mysteries with you.
Education & Certifications
Master of Arts, York University
Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, CTI
2016: Women Entrepreneur’s Network “Vulnerability and Breath Workshop”
2015: GE Healthcare “Working on Purpose” Workshop with Amanda Matjejicek
2015: Bedford Basin Yacht Club Team Development for Sailing Coaches
2013: Popular Culture Association of Canada Flash Mobs: Community and Social Media
2013: Qualitative Analysis Conference Flash mobs: Creating the experience of community through digital technology
2013: Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium Series Flash Mobs: Making Meaning Through Social Media
Work with Allyson
Philip Shepherd is Allyson's life partner and is recognized as an international authority on embodiment. He is the founder and co-director of The Embodied Present Process™. Philip's unique techniques have been developed to transform our disconnected experience of self and world, and are based on the vision articulated in his celebrated books, New Self, New World (2010) and Radical Wholeness (2017). He leads workshops around the world, creating a network of people practicing embodiment.