A Symposium on Embodiment
Presented by the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School and Wonderstruck
The theme of the symposium is “Embodiment,” but we are particularly interested in accounts of the subtle body, and other extra-ordinary or super-normal embodied possibilities.

The symposium is a collaboration between the Harvard Divinity School Center for the Study of World Religions' new initiative, Transcendence and TransformationWonderstruck, and Five Books. We hope to bring together members of the T&T initiative and other experts on extraordinary embodiment for a three-day gathering in a beautiful setting.
Borgo Finochietto
Bibbiano, 53022, Buonconvento, SI, Italia
Date & Time
Friday, July 29 at 18:00
August 1, 2022 at 13:00
Everyone attending the conference is a participant! We expect an active dialogue and lots of questions, discussion, and inquiry. Below are a selection of the participants.
Father Francis V. Tiso
Catholic priest, scholar, and author of Rainbow Body and Resurrection
Charlie Stang
Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School
Sravana Borkataky-Varma
Historian and HDS lecturer (website)
Sophie Roell
Sophie Roell is co-founder and editor of Five Books.
Simon Cox
Independent scholar, translator, and author of The Subtle Body
Elizabeth Rovere
Clinical psychologist and host of the Wonderstruck podcast
Brian Muraresku
Giovanna Parmigiani
Anthropologist of religion and scholar of Contemporary Paganisms
Julia Hintlian
Doctoral student in the History of Christianity
Rev. Rita Powell
The chaplain for the Harvard Episcopal Community
Joe Loizzo
Founder & Academic Director of Nalanda Institute
Gio DiRusso
Doctoral student in  the Committee on the Study of Religion
Mary Reilly Nichols
Director of yoga program at Nalanda Institute (website)
Sarabinh Levy-Brightman
Religious Literacy Project Fellow at HDS
Justin Beebe
Chair of Physical Therapy Department at Simmons
Rachael Petersen
Writer, environmental consultant, and visiting Fellow at HDS
Brandi Beckett
Daoist, artist, and martial arts instructor
Daniela Riva
Expert of Sacred Dance of India
John Vervaeke
Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Toronto
Brian O'Kelley
Russell Brand
Comedian, actor, and podcaster
Charles O'Kelley
Law professor
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Location and Travel
Borgo Finochietto
Bibbiano, 53022, Buonconvento, SI, Italia
We have reserved the entire property for the symposium from Friday through Sunday. We plan to provide transportation for guests from nearby airports or train stations. Please email us at when you have your travel plans.

Check-in on Friday is at 15:00, and we will have a welcome dinner and drinks beginning at 19:00.
Friday Schedule
6:00 PM
More details to come!
Saturday Schedule
7:30 AM
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Sunday Schedule
7:30 AM
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 Join us July 29 to August 1
We look forward to hosting you!

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