ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Cheryl Pallant is an award winning author, poet, dancer, healer, somatics and writing coach, professor and workshop leader. She is the author of twelve books. Most recent is Her Body Listening, a collection of poetry, Ginseng Tango, a memoir about living in South Korea and Writing and the Body in Motion: Awakening Voice through Somatic Practice, on somatic writing.
Other books include Contact Improvisation: an Introduction to a Vitalizing Dance Form, on dance; poetry books, Continental Drifts, Morphs, Uncommon Grammar Cloth, and Into Stillness; chapbooks, Poetry by Chocolate, The Phrase, Declaration of Independence, and Spontaneities, and a chapter on dance, zen, embodiment, and evolutionary spirituality in Spiritual Herstories.
She received the Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts. Into Stillness was Finalist for the Virginia Books Award and the Southeastern Book Association. Her essay “Gifting Poetry” was chosen as Finalist for the Bechtel Prize. She teaches at University of Richmond and leads workshops on writing, poetry, contact improvisation, Writing From the Body, contemplative movement, meditation, mindfulness, embodiment, and healing at schools, hospitals, and art and spirituality centers throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Cheryl practices meditation, drawing from more than four decades of Transcendental Meditation, Tibetan Bon Buddhism, and Soto Zen, and is an interfaith minister and co-founder of Integral Meditation Group. She received a PhD in Somatic Writing and certification in Reiki and Healing Touch, training also in Process-Oriented Psychology, Authentic Movement, and yoga. Ongoing interests include tango, bicycling, hiking, somatics, Integral Theory, sustainability, and delight. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.