University of Wisconsin–Madison

Exploring Body Mapping as Wellness Practice


Join Dr. Kate Phelps of the UW–Madison Gender and Women’s Studies department and the 4W Initiative for a morning of learning about body mapping as a wellness practice! An arts-based therapy, body mapping explores elements of embodiment through a “mapping” process which integrates art, journaling, reflection, and more. Come learn how body mapping can render visible joy, growth, curiosity, and all other forms of emotion and experience that manifest within the body. Presentation on body mapping practice and a conversation to follow.

March 23, 2023
8–10 am at Union South, Varsity III

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About the Presenters

Dr. Kate Phelps is a lecturer in the Gender and Women’s Studies department and the Director of Creative Embodiment and Embodi-mentoring for the 4W Initiative. She teaches body politics, fat studies, feminist theory, and introductory gender studies courses. Her research interests are at the nexus of body politics, gender, embodied experience, and feminist praxis. Her work leading and facilitating body mapping workshops creates space and opportunity for people to explore their embodiment in playful, powerful, and transformative ways. Her workshops are centered around cultivating compassionate care for the self and for communities and rendering real that which may go unseen or unspoken in embodied experience. Her focus on embodi-mentoring embraces the nonlinearity of living in a body, and facilitates exploration between and among initiation, growth, compassion, and liberation in embodiment narratives.

Dr. Kate Phelps, Lecturer, Gender and Women's Studies
Dr. Kate Phelps, Lecturer, Gender and Women's Studies

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