Unstrung Letter E – Embodied Learning
By Mandoline Whittlesey
Embodiment: a process in which we bring our experience of the world into our bodies, in which we allow our bodies’ experience to be the learning….
So what is embodied learning? Who does it? Is it even possible to learn in a disembodied way?
Somatic practices (from the Greek Soma, “of the living body”) are those specialized in conscious embodiment, that is, choosing to include the body in a person’s learning process.
What are the advantages of conscious embodiment?
Cellular model for learning: How does a single cell, and the way cellular communities develop, provide insight into the function of our nervous system?
These questions find their roots in phenomenology, post-Jungian psychology, advances in neuroscience and centuries of intuition and experience … but my desire is to share this topic in a simple, interactive way, offering an accessible perspective on our life and learning.
I was asked to offer a reading list, but really this is not an academic lecture: I would rather suggest that you notice the sensations in your feet while you brush your teeth, observe how your breath adjusts to the next conversation you have, and really feel the next thing or person that turns you on!
Bring your minds, bodies, questions and experiences to share!
Listen to Mandoline’s lecture and discussion here: