Hi, I am Gil Hedley, Ph.D., founder of Integral Anatomy Productions, LLC, and Somanautics Workshops, Inc. I appreciate your visit! My ultimate intention here is to share a larger vision of community and relationships based upon insights drawn from self-responsible and embodied life experience.
For over 20 years, I have enjoyed the priviledge of guiding thousands of "Somanauts" in the exploration of the human form. I created the word "somanaut" to describe those who explore the inner space of the body, and discover there the rich terrain of themselves. For those curious about my background, I earned a BA in Religion focusing on ethics from Duke University, and went into the academic study of religion for graduate studies at the University of Chicago, where I earned my MA in the study of religion and my Ph.D. in the field of theological ethics. I also trained in and graduated from an esoteric healing arts school, practiced and taught Tai Chi for a number of years, and was at various points certified as both a massage therapist and a Rolfer, though I no longer have any private hands-on practice, occupied as I am in developing educational programming and resources for hands-on practitioners from many modalities. I am basically self-taught when it comes to dissection (as well as videography, photography, and webmastering), and this explains the uniqueness of my insights as well as the humbling errors which I often make! Nonetheless I keep at it, and share my learning curve with others on the fly, and it seems to work well enough for many :)
The image of the sacred heart which graces the pages of this site represents to me the unity of the divine with these flesh and blood bodies of ours, and the sanctity of embodied life. After many years of believing that I needed to overcome and "get out of" my body to achieve holiness, I realized what I really needed was to enjoy and appreciate the incredible gift that my body is. The sacred heart represents that central insight for me, and much more.