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Embodied Quakerism

Feb 7, 2022

An Online First Monday Lecture with Katy Hawkins
7:30pm - 9pm Eastern Time (US & Canada) via Zoom.

Free to the public! Registration required.

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How might our spiritual lives deepen by integrating an awareness of the body? This lecture will be an invitation to explore the role of physiological experience in Quaker practices like centering, discernment, and contemplation.

We will speculate briefly about the historical origins of disembodiment in our faith, then ground our attention in practice. We’ll reflect on our own lived experience of centering, discernment, and contemplation, and experiment with strategies from other meditative traditions and from current neurobiological research. In these reflections we’ll consider how Friends might build intimacy with somatic experience to grow closer to the Divine.


Katy Hawkins, PhD, has been teaching embodied Quakerism for more than 25 years, but only recently found a name for it or dared call it her ministry. She is a lifelong Friend who has been led outside of traditional modes of worship in her search for deeper, more emotionally and viscerally grounded experiences of the Divine. Her teaching is characterized by a longing for the genuine integration of body, mind, and spirit. Katy’s teaching searches for ways to fuse thinking, feeling, and intuitive knowing, to begin to repair their disconnect in Quakerism and in our culture more broadly. She is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting and a regular teacher at Pendle Hill, where for the last decade she has led retreats exploring a whole-self experience of the Divine. Learn more about Katy and her Moving Poetics classes here.

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