Philip Shepherd

Philip has been called a Renaissance Man. The course of his life has been pulled and stretched along a crazily meandering path – but in retrospect it all makes sense. Best known as the author of New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the 21st Century, Philip has worked as a writer, actor, workshop leader, director, editor, personal coach, house builder, dance dramaturge, teacher and lecturer.

As a teenager Philip cycled alone through Europe, the Middle East and Iran to arrive in India, where he studied Kathakali ­– an ancient form of dance drama that tells stories from the Mahabharata and Ramayana. He then went on to Japan to study classical Noh theatre. Since then has co-founded and written for an arts magazine, Onion; co-founded and directed an interdisciplinary theatre company; taught numerous workshops to help people seeking increased presence, creativity and freedom; written two internationally-produced plays and a documentary for CBC television; trained in Denmark with Eugenio Barba’s company; trained in Butoh dance and toured Canada with a show; edited a book of art criticism, The Compleat Art Critic; acted in several feature films opposite such talents as Mandy Patinkin and Delroy Lindo (Strange Justice) and Jon Voight (Jasper Texas); studied for five years with energy healer Denis Chagnon; earned a reputation as a corporate coach, helping business leaders hone their presentation skills; and played lead roles in theatre productions in Toronto, New York, Chicago, London and Hong Kong. He has also designed and built several houses.

Since the publication of his book, he has earned an international reputation as a workshop leader, lecturer and coach. Philip is currently a faculty member of The Institute for Sacred Activism, which is based in Chicago. His book, New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-first Century, is available from online bookstores as a real book or an ebook, and we hope it can also be found at your local bookstore. Philip is available for private coaching, group classes and weekend workshops. Please contact him for more information.

Philip currently lives with his wife and two daughters in a home he designed and built in a little car-free community on an island south of Toronto. He is working on his second book, and continues acting, coaching, lecturing, teaching and, yes, working as a carpenter to stay grounded and keep it all going. And he still travels by bicycle whenever he can.

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