Turtle Hindbrain

Cooling, slow, compassed movements & tricks to hack the reptilian brain, complete with sea turtle poetry

Hunkering down into the dark, introspective recesses of the reptilian brain, we'll engage a sea turtle poem with slow, sedimenting movements. we'll use tricks from neurophysiology to influence heart rate, breath, and blood pressure. The goal is just to find our terrapin self as something cool, compassed, and private to which we can always retreat.

*available for 48 hour upon registration.

Includes:

-a 60-minute accessible practice guiding you through movement, breath work, and visualizations that give an embodied experience of poetic language

-a music playlist lovingly chosen to capture the poem's ambiance (crafted to match the arc of the physical practice, so you can choose to practice with music)

-a link to the poetry, and a short reflection capturing the most striking phrases, themes, and imagery.

-a distilled skeleton of the sequence (poses, breath exercises, and visualizations) for your reference


In an embodied approach to language, the goal is to generate a spontaneous, authentic experience of a poem that you can hold on to (or, if you're a teacher, one you can share)! When we linger with poems not with our rational "thinky" brain, but with a more primal gut layer of our being, we can absorb their truth and beauty deeper into the psyche. When poems live there, they pop up more regularly in our everyday lives, suffusing our days with new meaning and presence. And isn't this the goal behind any practice?

*available for 48 hours upon registration


Your Instructor


Katy Hawkins
Katy Hawkins

Katy Hawkins, PhD, is a professor at Bryn Mawr College, Creator of Moving Poetics, and Director of Shiné: Mind/Body/Spirit in Philadelphia. Moving Poetics courses represent the culmination of her 27 years of teaching, in universities (Comp Lit and Gender and Queer Studies) and in her work of the last decade, teaching poetry through somatics. This cutting edge pedagogical inroad to critical thinking incorporates the urgent need for mind/body integration among students today.


Course Curriculum


  Introduction
Available in days
days after you enroll

Get started now!