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Movement-Based Spirituality

The Pres House Dojo

Dojo is a Japanese word that can be translated as “a place of the way.” Martial arts and meditation practice often take place in a dojo; the focus is on experiential learning. At Pres House, our dojo is a space for various movement-based spiritual practices.

Spiritual formation in churches often emphasizes words and thoughts with a focus on saying or believing the “right thing.” Our bodies are often ignored, forgotten, or even viewed with suspicion. In this way, faith can become a disembodied experience, especially when theologies treat certain people’s bodies (queer, female, BIPOC) as suspect and needing to be controlled.

A different way to approach spiritual formation starts with the conviction that we are created in God’s image as good, trusting that the Spirit is moving and at work in our very being. In this way, we are invited to listen to the wisdom of our bodies and practice moving in a way that shapes us into more loving, just, and faithful people.

It is through practice that we are transformed, because the things we do over and over become embedded in our very muscles and tissues. We cannot simply think our way into becoming more compassionate, peaceful, and courageous people; we repeatedly move our way into embodying the fruits of the Spirit.

The Pres House Dojo is part of Pastor Erica’s grant project, “Moving Our Way Toward Healing, Justice, and Hope: Somatic Spiritual Formation.” We are grateful to the Louisville Institute for their partnership and support!

Remove your shoes before stepping onto the mat.
There is a shoe rack on the right side of the room where you can store them. Bags and other belongings can be placed next to the shoe rack or on the window benches. No food or beverages should be taken onto the mat.

Make sure your phone is silenced and put away.
The dojo is a place to be fully present in our bodies; we put screens away so that we and others are not distracted. If you need to text or call, please step outside of the dojo to use your phone.

Close the doors.
Make sure to fully close the doors behind you to minimize distractions inside and outside the dojo.

Keep the dojo clean.
There is special equipment to clean the mats; if you sweat on the mat, use the cleaner to wipe it down. Make sure that items are put away and the dojo is kept tidy.

a space for movement-based spiritual practice

Here are some of the ways to come explore movement-based spiritual practice this semester in the Pres House Dojo:

Led by Erica & Evan

Each week we will play with different, gentle movements and meditation to practice listening to our bodies’ wisdom and embodying the spiritual commitments important to us. Weekly participation is encouraged as each week builds upon the previous one.

Hosted by Madison Choi Tae Kwon Do
If you have ever been curious about martial arts, or if you are looking for a place to continue your practice in college, Madison Choi Tae Kwon Do welcomes people of all physical abilities and experience levels. Plus, classes are free! Wear comfortable clothes and be ready to move.

 Tuesdays, 5-6:30 PM                       Thursdays, 5-6:30 PM
September 19, 26                                August 31
October 3, 17, 24                                    October 12
November 14, 21                                November 2, 30
December 19                                      December 14

In partnership with the Center for Religion and Global Citizenry
Spots are limited; please email to register.

September 13 (Wednesday), 5-6 pm
October 11 (Wednesday), 5-6 pm
November 16 (Thursday), 5-6 pm
December 6 (Wednesday), 5-6:30 pm ~ free dinner after class

When the dojo is not in use, you can check with staff members to see if it’s available for individual meditation and movement practice. Please observe dojo etiquette even if you are alone in the dojo.

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