2023 Fellow

Prentis Hemphill
The Embodiment Institute


Personal Bio

Prentis Hemphill is a writer, an embodiment facilitator, political organizer and therapist. They are the Founder and Co-Director of The Embodiment Institute and host of the podcast, Finding Our Way. Prentis has practiced and taught somatics in social movement organizations and offered embodied practice in moments of social unrest and organizational upheaval. They have taught embodied leadership with Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity and generative somatics. They are a contributor to ‘You are Your Best Thing’, edited by Tarana Burke and Brene Brown, ‘Holding Change’ by adrienne maree brown, and ‘The Politics of Trauma’ by Staci Haines. They live in North Carolina on a small farm with their partner and small child while working on an upcoming book on healing justice.

Project Description

At TEI we are building a network of Transitional Characters supported enough to nurture change and transformation in every system in which they are embedded. We are committed to embodiment practices that name and utilize existing cultural practices, re-infusing meaning and intention into the practices our participants and communities already do. We center Blackness and indigeneity in our approach to healing and we offer an approach to wellness that is led by people of color, Black, trans and queer identified people. We are pushing the conversation on mental health, on healing and on societal change forward and offering a methodology and roadmap on how individual and collective healing can actually happen and how they can support connected, growing and expansive movements for social change.