Your Broken Heart is Calling You Home: Grief and Embodiment Expert Kate Leiper
This episode is going to meet the right people in the right moment, as every episode does. But it's especially sacred to me because for much of last year I had a broken heart. Kate's work has had a profound impact on my own healing and I wanted to invite her to speak on her experience with grief, how she's been able to channel it as a gateway to pleasure, and why a broken heart can be one of the most powerful catalysts in our life.
Trigger warning: This episode includes a mention of loss, sibling loss, and terminal diagnosis.
As Creatress of the SensuAlchemy School of Embodied Grief & Pleasure and the SensuAlchemy School Podcast, Kate completed a double degree in Drama and Education, a postgraduate and Masters degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy before she realized there was something big missing on her own path to healing. A longing to feel whole and reclaim personal power led her to the world of embodiment and somatics. Alongside further studies in integrative trauma modalities and certifying as a Feminine Embodiment Coach, Kate navigated the devastating diagnosis, surgeries and eventual death of her younger sister to brain cancer in 2019. This heartbreaking loss, plus a miscarriage and personal health crises, led Kate into developing a powerfully embodied, pleasure-oriented approach to grief and loss.
Some of the topics we explore in this episode:
- Kate's personal journey with grief after the loss
- Why it's difficult to fully experience our grief and be honest about our experience with it
- When we experience loss, we often lose so much more than the loss itself. Identities shift, perspectives on the world shift, relationships shift. We are never the same again. Kate shares some wisdom on navigating this experience.
- The alchemy of grief and pleasure
- Supporting yourself and others with grief
To connect with Kate and her work:
kateleiper.com for all upcoming information about SensuAlchemy School Experiences and Trainings.
Also a free gift! An embodied audio experience called Be Held & Behold to feel and be supported by the power of grief and pleasure alchemy - kateleiper.com/beheld
You can find Kate on Instagram @kate.leiper
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