Dear Fellow Traveler,
Being a human on this planet and inhabiting a body is not so easy in this day and age.
Everywhere we turn, it seems there’s someone telling us to be different than what we are; be thinner, younger, nicer, more generous, richer...and the list goes on.
With our connection to the internet, these messages are incessant. They seep into our subconscious and affect the way we care for ourselves, and the way we are in relationship with others.
“Body Positive” has become a buzzword. Corporations have caught onto the trend, selling clothing and even diets marketed as “Body Positive,” when in reality, these companies are doing nothing more than diluting and sabotaging the term, confusing and doing harm to the public as a result.
Whether you are at the start of your Body Positive journey or you’ve been working to positively change your relationship with your body and food for a while, this workshop will be the start of a new chapter for you. It can also provide you with continued support and comfort long after the event.
If you’re like many of the people we’ve worked with, early November is the perfect time to take a day just for YOU. It’s a time to check in with yourself and prepare for the onslaught of the holiday season, which, as you know, can cause all sorts of anxieties, and even be a trigger for negative self-care behaviors and unhappiness.
“I am still processing the amazing, enriching, transformative experience of this weekend. Gratitude doesn't seem like a big enough word for the feelings/ideas that are continuing to blossom from within after soaking up the love and the continuing awakening. My processing is occurring on every level—not just in my thoughts, but the thinking part of me definitely experienced and continues to chew on new and expanded understanding and appreciation of beauty and also of intersecting identities and privileges. Thank you for being part of this movement and healing. I can't wait to see this revolution continue to unfold.”
I live what I teach. I’m not interested in giving people rules for how to live their lives. I know the experience of hating my body and struggling with an eating disorder, and have spent more than three decades connected to my body in a loving way. My relationship with food and movement is peaceful, but this doesn’t mean I’m in balance at all times with my self-care. Being human to me isn’t about being perfect; it’s doing my best each day to take care of my wants and needs. I believe that life is a wild and precious ride, and I work to stay conscious so I won’t miss any of it, the pain as well as the triumphs. I am committed to growing from all that happens to me.
I create safe, inspirational spaces where healing happens. In my workshops and through my writing, people enter a community where judgment is suspended and there is no need to compare oneself to others. I offer a clear mirror in which people can see their true reflection and connect to essence and life force. Each person’s story is heard and honored—it’s a come-as-you-are party! No need to “fix” or change anything to be received with respect and love. I see the magnificence of the individuals I work with, and do my best to help them remove the obstacles that keep them from seeing the same.
I wrote my book, Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!), to help readers lovingly reconnect to their innate wisdom and become free from stifling cultural messages that keep people trapped in self-hatred and obsession with weight and image. My passion is watching the light that emerges when people recognize and embrace their magnificent, authentic selves.
As Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Body Positive, I have spent more than two decades training teens, young adults, and professionals to use our research-based curricula to create Be Body Positive programs on school campuses and in therapeutic and community settings. It has been an honor to participate in the lives of thousands of people as they liberate themselves from self-hatred, and learn to value their beauty and identity so they can use their energy and intellect to make positive changes in their own lives and in their communities. Teaching my one-day workshops for the public is one of my favorite parts of my job.
I look forward to working with you!