A Natural History of the Senses
The Open Body is a community of people practicing a deeper connection with the world. We recognize that we exist in ecology and our sensory experience helps us bridge the gap between our internal experience and our broader environments.
We offer an online program, publish essays, post to Instagram, and share our experiences on a Discord server for course alumni. The course focuses on practical methods, informed by theory and science, to awaken the senses and reconnect you with the world. More sensory experiences are in the works—sign up for the Open Body newsletter to join in on this evolution.
If you are like us, you feel the pressures of our times working towards disembodiment, social isolation, and ecological collapse. Opening ourselves to the world is more important than ever. Through sensory observation, felt response, and offerings of reciprocity, we create feedback loops of healing for all life.
We believe in the power of gift economies, and The Open Body is a gift offered to you. In this tradition, programming is structured in a pay-what-you-want format, accessible to all who wish to form a deeper sense of kinship. We invite you to join us in this journey back to our greater selves.
I’m Steve, and I once lived in a world of thoughts. As a designer and entrepreneur, I focused on using my intellect to shape the world around me. But when I awakened to my sensory body, the world began to shape me, alive in its own right. I discovered a profound peace from the fleshly knowing that I am connected to everything else. This transformation led me to a practice of deep attunement to nature, combined with methodical study of scientific, spiritual, and philosophical literature on the senses. I deepen into this practice every day through careful observation, ecological study, music, dance, photography, herbalism, and writing,
The Open Body operates on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush and Awaswas Ohlone peoples, recognizes that, as the original stewards of this land, the Ohlone understood the interconnectedness of all things and maintained harmony with nature for millennia, and honors the Ohlone for their enduring commitment to wahrep, Mother Earth.
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