The Body Knows the Way — Effortless Mindfulness

Nov 14th, 2020 @ 9:00 AM
- @ 5:00 PM

(All Event Times Listed are Central Standard Time)
St. Mary’s Sewanee
770 St. Mary's Lane
Sewanee, TN 37375

Spend a day with Gordon Peerman and explore effortless mindfulness during a day of quiet contemplation. Peerman’s 2019 book, The Body Knows the Way, will be the basis for the teaching. He will explore how simple shifts of attention into an effortless awareness can open the way to emotional healing and spiritual connection.

Combining insights from Christian contemplative and Buddhist mindfulness practice, Peerman integrates ancient spiritual wisdom with contemporary psychological understandings of the roots of depression in developmental trauma. The body knows how to hold sorrowful, furious, and despairing parts of ourselves in open-hearted, loving awareness. Sometimes the body needs to be reminded how.

During the workshop, there will be three periods of teaching, with time for personal reflection and quiet. Recommended reading in advance of the workshop: The Body Knows the Way: Coming Home Through the Dark Night available for purchase here.


The Rev. Gordon Peerman, DMin, is an Episcopal priest and leader of One River Wisdom School Nashville, a mindfulness meditation group in Nashville. He has been engaged with contemplative practices, including Centering Prayer, mindfulness meditation, yoga, and chi gong since 1975. He has taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at Vanderbilt and St. Thomas Health Services, as well as classes in Buddhist Christian Dialogue at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He lives in Nashville.


This event takes place via Zoom; to participate, you must have internet access and a computer or tablet with an internet connection.

You will receive additional information, including the Zoom link, at least 48 hours before the beginning of the event.

Bookings are closed for this event.