Now Available: Contemplative Social Research

Bentz, V. M. & Giorgino, V. (2016)  Contemplative social research. Santa Barbara, CA: Fielding Press. Newly released, this edited scholarly work includes chapters on infusing research and scholarship with embodied, including Luann Fortune’s chapter, Retracing the Labyrinth, which describes her application of actual labyrinth walking to support indepth analysis in phenomenological research. To view an… Read More Now Available: Contemplative Social Research

Soon to be Released: Contemplative Social Research

Contemplative Social Research, edited by Valerie Bentz and Vincenzo Giorgino (University of Turin), brings together 11 chapters from scholars around the world on theories of self, mind, culture, and society. The University of Lodz, the University of Basque Country, the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona as well as Drexel, Claremont, Saybrook University, and U. of Pennsylvania… Read More Soon to be Released: Contemplative Social Research

This recording of a body scan exercise was a research tool for the self-study on use of body-scan technique for somatic awareness (Fortune, 2011). Fortune, L. D. (2011). Essences of somatic awareness as captured in a verbally directed body scan: A phenomenological case study. In R. L. Lanigan (Ed.), Schutzian Research: A Yearbook of Worldly… Read More

Embodied Research Techniques

Today I was fortunate to participate in a Labyrinth Workshop conducted by Turning Point Consultants (see This group has introduced a wide range of populations to labyrinth as a tool for completive practice and healing. Setting aside the profound personal experience I enjoyed, it reminded me of the power of labyrinth walking as a discernment… Read More Embodied Research Techniques

The Embodied Researcher: Stages of Change in the Research Process

by Luann Drolc Fortune, PhD Stage of Change theory (Prochaska et al., 1994) provides a frame for incorporating embodiment perspectives and somatic techniques into the research process. It assumes five stages: (a) precontemplation: what about this situation is calling to my scholarship; (b) contemplation: how is this question relevant; (c) preparation: how do I design… Read More The Embodied Researcher: Stages of Change in the Research Process