NEW ONLINE RETREAT
Exploring Your Body Story
December 4 - 6, 2020 or January 22 - 24, 2021
A three-day online weekend retreat with daily workbooks, journaling prompts,
recommended reading, and videos to support your retreat experience.
We all have a story.
Your body has its own story and it deserves to be told and heard.
By you and for you.
Body stories are more commonly told about us, or are framed for us, by dominant culture, family members, medical systems, media and more.
What is a Body Story?
It’s a lot like it sounds; it’s the story of your body as you experience it. It is the story about what it has meant to live in your body.
Our bodies have been with us through everything we’ve experienced in our lives. Every breath we’ve taken…every beat of our heart. It has survived our scrutiny, our shame. It has been impacted by the oppressive ideas that have been fed to us. It has changed with our relationships, our loves, our fears and our struggle. It has survived living in a culture that encourages many to act violently upon their bodies in order to try to fit into a narrowly defined standard of acceptance. It has underscored your very perception of what it means to be you…and to be alive.
And the real story is often invisibilized, even to us, by the ideas that are upheld by dominant culture. Why? Our truth is powerful enough to change us and our world.
Join us for a three-day online retreat experience. Create the time and space to be with yourself, explore and learn at your own pace and in community.
This retreat is an invitation to dig in deeper, to delve beyond the action plan for your body and into the roots of your coping, and hear stories that expand your understanding of your own narrative. Here we will work towards building trust where there has been mostly blame and a well of deficiency.
This retreat will happen over three days and be organized in the following way:
- We will meet live on Zoom all three days of the weekend retreat from 1 to 3 p.m. PST to learn together. We’ll get to hear guest speakers Savala Trepcynski (Friday) and Angela Braxton-Johnson (Saturday), and then on Sunday, you’ll be given an opportunity to share your body stories in small groups.
- We will send you daily workbooks with journaling prompts, recommended reading, and videos to support your retreat experience and help you explore your body story.
- Body Trust Providers Shelby Gordon, Rachael Ringwood, Angela Braxton-Johnson and Kristy Fassio will be present to help hold space and facilitate small group breakouts.
Please note we will not be recording the live sessions from 1 to 3 p.m. PST every day, so we encourage you to mark your calendars and plan to attend to learn with us in community. Some retreat material will be pre-recorded and provided to support your experience outside of our time together.
GUEST SPEAKERS AND OUR BODY TRUST PROVIDERS TO SUPPORT YOU:
There is power in being witnessed and there is power in hearing your own truth reflected in someone else’s story. Deepening your understanding of your body story creates an opportunity for more healing and is a core element of reclaiming body trust.
Our stories have the power to connect us with shared collective traumas.
Exploring, naming and reclaiming our body stories helps us externalize and locate the problem outside of our bodies.
Our stories remind us how our coping has been wise and helps us survive. And how your body, in all that it is and represents, is your living, breathing manifested story.
None of us are disposable. All of our stories have value.
We need to claim our stories.
We need to hear untold stories.
This retreat is open to:
- Women and all people who have lived experience of misogyny.
- People of marginalized genders, including women, non-binary folks and trans men.
- All cis and trans women, as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women.
A Note about Accessibility:
Transcripts will be provided for all video recordings. Sign language interpreter available upon request.
Will you join us? SpACE IS LIMITED SO MAKE SURE TO SIGN UP SOON!
We have two sets of dates scheduled for you to choose from:
Standard Pricing $200 > For those who have sufficient resources and can cover themselves
Equity Pricing $125 > For those with marginalized identities and those in need; limited to 25% of registrants
Standard Plus $250 > For those who have enough resources to cover themselves and donate to increase access for marginalized folks and those in need
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If none of the above options work for you, let us know what is possible here.
Attention Helping Professionals, we know you have questions!
For an extra $35, join us for a special call to answer your questions about how to support your clients in bringing a liberatory lens to their body stories. Provider calls will be held one week after each retreat. December’s group call will be on Friday, December 11th from 1-3 p.m. PST. January’s group call will be on Friday, January 29th from 1-3 p.m. PST. Both calls will be recorded.