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Therapy and Workshops

Bodymapping from the work of Dr Jacob Meiring, narrative theologian and therapist

In bodytheology, I work with individuals and couples in trying to re-author dominant stories in their lives. My approach focusses on how people create meaning through their bodies. Focus areas include relationships, gender and sexuality, trauma, burnout and fatigue, body image, religion and the body, workshops on bodymapping (art-therapy), and people with disabilities. Read more…

Consulting for NGO’s and Public Initiatives

Dr Jacob Meiring shaking hands with Desmond Tutu
Meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at Vreeland (NL) on 8 April 2014

I consult regularly for NGO’s and public initiatives. I have acted as a consultant for the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the Artscape Theatre Centre, SBA and Coram Deo by evaluating programs, advising on disability and the arts, empowerment through language and the training of other narrative therapists.  Read more…

Academic Research, Lecturing, Writing

Promotion of Jacob Meiring on the thesis 'Theology in the flesh: exploring the corporeal turn from a southern African perspective', VU University, Amsterdam, April 9th 2014.

I completed a Masters in practical theology (narrative therapy) and later a PhD (theological anthropology) at  the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. As a research associate at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch, I lecture, publish and present my interdisciplinary research which focuses on the embodied sensing of meaning, body theology, storytelling, Ubuntu and social justice. Read more…

Public Speaking

I had numerous public speaking engagements for the National Research Foundation (NRF) on postgraduate studies; presentations on my use of bodymapping in narrative therapy; speaking to care workers on burnout and compassion fatigue and presenting my research at national and international conferences on the body and theology, narrative therapy, the notion of the body, masculinities and social justice issues. Read more…