Radical Wholeness Workshop
Let's get radical. Discover a new way of being.
"After the workshop I felt more of myself with a gentle stillness that helped me cope with the fastness of life." – Workshop participant
We are all born with a deep yearning to grow into the freedom and ease and richness of our lives. Yet that desire is thwarted by the values of our culture, which teach us to live in our heads. Divided from the breath, the present, and the profound intelligence of the body, we sit in our heads and strain to make sense of it all.
The Radical Wholeness Workshops show you how to identify and undo the divisions that keep you from wholeness, and helps you experience the body as you never have before. The cornerstone of The Embodied Present Process™ our workshops are playfully experiential and provide you with new skills to last a lifetime.
A taste of the workshop
Enjoy this 5 min video about the Radical Wholeness workshop.
Our culture encourages us to live in our heads, exiled from the grounded, subtle intelligence of the body. The simple practices of this workshop empower the journey back home to your wholeness.
Embodiment is central to our humanity. As such, it enriches relationships, careers and ordinary moments. TEPP enriches life.
If you've noticed the effect of self-help programs fading quickly once the program ends ...
If you are aware of the intelligence of the body but lack clarity on how to integrate it ...
If you have difficulty escaping the chatter of the head ....
If anxiety runs like an ever-present undercurrent through your days ...
If you long to feel creative freedom in the way you live ...
If you want to feel truly at home in your body, your life, and the world ...
Then we invite you to discover a truly different approach.
No dogma, no belief system.
Come home to the vivid intelligence of your body.
Why this workshop is like no other
The big hurdle we face in coming home to ourselves lies in the paradox of how to come home to the body while living in a disembodied culture. TEPP doesn't ignore our culture, it steps outside of it. The practices of the Radical Wholeness workshop are playful, simple and gentle, even as they deliberately expose the limiting patterns in which we are all entangled. Because those patterns live within the body, subjugating its intelligence. Once you encounter them, once they are felt, they begin to soften. And as that happens, you find yourself living with more spaciousness. You discover the ease and security of an embodied life.
TEPP is not about sitting in the head and "listening to the body." It is not another way to enhance our self-absorption and self-supervision. It is about listening to the world through the body, and finding both companionship and guidance there. It's not about subduing the brilliant intelligence in the head, it's about bringing it into balanced unity with the body's intelligence. It's not just about being present in the body, it's about escaping the frenzied self-consciousness of our culture and attuning to the spacious ease and grace of the Present, with which you are in continuous exchange. TEPP returns us to our birthright as children of the earth.
All that, and it's fun, too!
What makes the work Radical?
• Because we will bravely challenge a six-thousand-year-old paradigm that binds each of us in our daily lives to division, disconnection, willfulness, and isolation…
• Because we will playfully discover how cultural patterns of restriction are held in the body, and through that discovery return to the spaciousness of presence and the grace of being...
• Because we will experience true embodiment as radically NOT what we have been told it is by many well-intentioned teachers...
• Because the path to freedom is located within your body, is traveled through surrender, and is inextricably linked to the body of the world...
• Because this workshop challenges our assumptions of what it really means to be human.
Developed as an experiential complement to Shepherd’s groundbreaking books New Self, New World and Radical Wholeness, this workshop offers skills and practices to last a lifetime. As they help you deepen into the unified intelligence of your being, you'll feel yourself carried into the intimacy of the world. An experience of radical wholeness is simply an experience of your wholeness, rooted in the nourishment of the Present.
The workshop and our primary wound
Because our culture values what the head knows over what the body knows, we tend to either downplay or pre-organize what we are feeling. We judge, calculate, and strategize, barely noticing the discomfort created by our fevered obsession to know what is happening in the abstract without feeling what is happening in the Present.
Living your days in the abstract knowledge of things rather than in the intimate companionship of the world promotes a sense of disconnection and anxiety. It also illustrates the foremost lesson of our culture: that our thinking works best when it is separated from our being.
That division is upheld by patterns of habit embedded in our neurology, where they enjoy a sort of diplomatic immunity. As long as they remain unseen within you, those patterns will override your body's intelligence without ever being held to account. Compromising your wakefulness to the world, they invisibly frustrate your attempts to land in your wholeness – even as you wonder why it's so difficult to do so.
Ultimately, this cultural schism between thinking and being separates you from the core understanding of all the body knows: that it belongs to the world, expresses the world, and shares in all that happens to the world.
When our thinking unmoors itself from the body, it cuts itself away from that embodied knowing; and then we come to feel individually alone in the world, and to believe as a culture that we are superior to the world and distinct from it and that the fate of humanity is somehow set apart and independent from that of life on earth.
When you return to the body's intelligence, and reunite with it, you return to the reality of belonging. That is what the journey of the workshop explores.
Questions you might have
What are the COVID protocols?
Last updated April 2022.
Negative Test Result
Because we will be spending two days together as a group in an enclosed space, we ask everyone to take a rapid antigen test (home or lab) in the 24 hour window before the event starts. If you test positive, we will issue a full refund.We understand that an antigen test isn't possible for anyone who's recovered from Covid in the last 90 days. If you have Covid symptoms on the day of the workshop, please stay home. We will issue you a full refund.
If you're not ready to travel to a workshop, we also have online self-directed courses and a membership community and virtual workshops via Zoom.
What do I need 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 poem, a nursery rhyme, a song lyric, a Shakespearean monologue, the national anthem – as long as it is in a language you are fluent in, and is at least 45 seconds long. If English isn’t your first language, feel free to bring something in your mother tongue. Having it WELL memorized is important.
We would also ask you not to treat this text as song – it is to be spoken. And it helps if it’s something you enjoy.
I’ve read Philip’s books and heard some interviews, how will the workshop be different?
The workshop is mostly experiential. The exercises we practice are gentle – sometimes you work with a partner, sometimes we are in a circle and sometimes you explore on your own. There is some getting up and down from the floor but all of it can be adapted to suit any physical challenges. For a more detailed description of the workshop, please check out this post.
What should I wear?
We encourage you to wear casual clothing that you can move comfortably in.
What should I bring?
Apart from perhaps lunch (some workshops are not close to restaurants - please check with us if unsure) 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.
Are the exercises physically challenging? What if I have limited mobility?
The work we do is experiential, and certainly involves the body – but all the exercises can be modified to accommodate limited mobility so that everyone can benefit from them and no one gets left behind.
I’ve taken the 2-day workshop already. Is there any point in taking it again?
The Radical Wholeness 2-day workshop is a standardized series of exercises and practices, wherever it is taught. Many people have taken it more than once – a few people as many as five times. When asked about this, one of them explained that it’s a little like doing the downward dog pose in yoga. It’s not something you do just once and don’t come back to. It’s a practice that grows and deepens as you return to it. Others have reported that each time they take the same essential workshop, it is a totally different experience for them. It’s always a pleasure for me to see familiar faces returning to the work.
If you are looking for a more intensive experience, you might be ready for an Intermediate or 5-day workshop or to explore the Facilitator's Training.
Can I come for just one day?
All of the Radical Wholeness workshops are planned with a clear arc that helps you dive into embodiment. So participants are expected to plan on being there for the entire length of the workshop.
Are there discounts or concessions available?
Yes! We never want financial constraints to prevent someone who feels deeply drawn to the work to attend an event. Concessions are available for some workshops. Please reach out to us and let us know which event you're interested in, and we'll see what we might arrange.
Other discounts we offer:
All past Radical Wholeness 2-day workshop (with Philip Shepherd) participants receive
15% off Radical Wholeness workshops
$100 off Deep Dive Retreats
All TEPP Facilitator Training graduates receive
25% off Radical Wholeness workshops
$250 off Deep Dive Retreats
$250 off each session of a subsequent TEPP Facilitator Training ($750 in total)
Current TEPP Facilitator trainees receive
50% off Radical Wholeness workshops during the training year
$250 off Deep Dive Retreats
What's the refund or cancellation policy?
To view the refund or cancellation policy click here.
Where can I see a list of all events?
Please click here visit our Events page to see all upcoming events.
I've completed the workshop, where do I go from here?
Become a TEPP Facilitator
Once you've completed a Radical Wholeness Workshop, you might feel ready to take your journey deeper and share with others. The TEPP Facilitator's Training is a year-long and intensive course that will help you learn how to teach embodiment.
Continue learning online
Before or after the Radical Wholeness workshop, you can take your embodiment practices anywhere with you through our app TEPP.life. Online courses led by TEPP co-director Philip Shepherd will help you navigate your way to wholeness at your own pace.