Your body is not a project, or a problem to be solved.

But unlearning the lies we have been taught about bodies? Yeah, that is a bit of a project. It takes persistence, ongoing support, and practice.

We believe Body Trust® is a radical reclamation of what was always meant to be yours.

We believe Body Trust is repair work.

We believe you can deeply reckon with the Body Project you inherited.

Welcome to The Body Trust® Project: A School for Unlearning

NINE MONTH ONLINE PROGRAM

Healing isn’t linear and it’s not a one-shot deal. It is a continual unravelling. And an unlearning of patterns that have been used to help you survive.

MAYBE YOU...

✔ Learned your body was a problem when you were a kid and have been trying to feel better about it ever since.

✔ Have been hustling in response to the culture’s limited ideas about attractiveness and desirability.

✔ Want to feel like you can put dieting, food restriction & restraint, and binge eating down.

✔ Have been dieting, strategizing, scheming and hoping for longer than you wish was true.

✔ Are trying to unlearn diet culture and body blame.

✔ Feel out of alignment in regards to how you feel about your body versus the body acceptance you have for others in the world.

✔ Take on anti-diet programs because you might lose weight, even though deep down inside you know that is not what this is all about.

The Body Trust Project: A Nine-Month School for Unlearning is an invitation to continue your process in community and with ongoing support.

Our next round will begin summer/fall 2022. Sign up below to receive updates.

Our next round will begin summer/fall 2022. Sign up below to receive updates.

You are already whole.

We'll say that again: You are already whole.

The Body Trust Project acknowledges that we have an ever-changing relationship with our bodies for a lifetime. With that in mind, the The Body Trust Project: A Nine-Month School for Unlearning includes:

✔ Meeting once a month for 90 minutes of unlearning and exploration

✔ Workbooks and curated resource lists to help you divest from diet culture and sink your roots more deeply into Body Trust

✔ Love notes (in email form) to remind you of the process

✔ Three Zoom meetups to connect with others in the school and share your process in affinity groups

Meet Your Partners in Body Trust

 


Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC

Hilary is a licensed professional counselor who advocates for a renewal of healing frameworks that externalize the problem focus from the bodies of people and are informed by a relational, systemic and social justice lens. You will most often find her loving up on her family and fan-girling over her pets and fellow fashionistas.

 

 


Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD

Dana is a registered dietitian whose work focuses on humanizing health care, advancing health equity, and advocating for body sovereignty and food justice. Dana is passionate about music and loves to dance like nobody's watching. She believes water is life and is happiest when close enough to hear the ocean or a waterfall.

Unlearning diet culture and oppressive ideas about your body is for you just as it is for everyone else.

There is not a different set of rules for you.

It may be true that your concern and management of your body, appearance, size, weight, shape, or fitness has been the center of your inner world for longer than you ever wanted or dreamt was possible. Most folks take it on before the age of 10.

Social constructs of health, size, beauty, race, gender, age and ability all have a stake in how free, connected and embodied you get to be. They have impacted how whole you feel and how much of you is known, seen, held and supported.

The coping and rituals that have arisen from the body project may have protected you or made living in a culture of domination more manageable. It has likely been the way you have tried to mitigate weight stigma.

SO WHAT COULD BE?

✔ When you cross the bridge from diet culture to body trust, what’s on the other side?

✔ A relationship with yourself that you can stand to be in for a lifetime

✔ More joy, freedom, ease and satisfaction

✔ Increased connection to your truth; your own knowing

✔ Resilience to navigate bad body days

✔ Foundational practices to return to again and again (that don’t require you to abandon yourself)

✔ The experience of feeling more at home in your body

✔ Time and energy for more meaningful passions

Body Trust is a radically different way to occupy and care for your body. It is a pathway to reclaim your body and is completely counter to conventional “wisdom” about food, body image, weight, and health in our culture.

BODY TRUST IS...

✔ Getting out of your head and back into your body.

✔ Rejecting restriction and deprivation as a lifestyle or path to health.

✔ Developing a relationship with yourself and your body that you want to be in for a lifetime - flexible, compassionate and connected.

✔ Letting go of rigidity and perfectionism.

✔ Grieving the illusion of control, the thin ideal, the big reveal, the lost time/energy/money, the harm done, and much much more.

✔ Turning towards your body, looking and listening with kindness and curiosity.

✔ Stretching the outer edges of your body positivity until all bodies belong and are celebrated, including yours.

✔ Learning to see and name beauty where it hasn’t been named before.

✔ Listening to your body and discerning the wisdom that comes from within.

✔ Allowing pleasure and satisfaction to inform and teach you as much as what you know to be "good" or "healthy".

✔ Knowing that when you eat past full or don't eat enough, your body's hunger cues can help guide you.

✔ Becoming attuned to your body's subtle and not-so-subtle cues.

✔ Acknowledging the incredible ways your body shows up for you every day.

✔ Moving your body in ways that connect you to sensation, pleasure, and joy.

✔ Rooting self care practices in weight-neutrality and trusting your body to sort out the weight.

✔ Advocating for bodies with different access and privilege than your own.

I was surprised by how much of an impact this program had on me. It truly made me reevaluate my thinking and beliefs. ~anonymous

We have to unravel, unlearn, and allow ourselves to become different in order to have a different experience. In order to heal. And to set our sights on freedom.

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You are not too late.

You couldn’t have already done this. We are awakening to new paradigms together. And including ourselves in our desire for change in the world is not always our first instinct.

Self-loathing and shame don’t work as motivators. They don’t create lasting or meaningful change.

It is, in fact, our own unraveling and unlearning that changes us. It unburies us. It helps us believe in our own story again. Our stories are hardwired to the truth.

We know the world around you may not be awake to this body-inclusive, anti-diet paradigm. Your loved ones don’t get it and maybe aren’t willing to hold your story. They don’t understand your path and can’t support your way out.

Leaving diet culture behind isn’t always easy to explain, especially when you are still trying to figure it out for yourself and don’t quite have the language to talk about it. And yet, maybe it hasn’t felt right to go it alone either.


Our healing work helps us create the new world we desire for others. We collectively have a tremendous amount to revise, reclaim, heal, repair, speak and hear in order for all bodies to be free.

We see you. You want body liberation for everyone else. We just want you to include yourself, too.

Simple is sometimes exactly what we need to make something matter. Simple makes learning possible.


 

So what do you get?

✔ One 90-minute webinar once a month hosted by Hilary & Dana. We will take a deep dive into one topic each month (keep scrolling for monthly topics). These webinars will be recorded so you can listen anytime. Or over and over again.

✔ Two Saturday Zoom meetups with affinity breakout groups led by Body Trust Providers .

✔ A School Homecoming Dance because, well, Body Trust is a homecoming and Dana loves to dance.

✔ You will be sent workbooks and curated lists of resources to peruse at your leisure to support your unlearning.

✔ You will receive suggestions for practicing and embodying the material in real life.

✔ We will send a couple of email love notes to remind you of the topic we are unraveling. And to remind you of your desire for truth, healing and reclamation. To invite you to reconnect to the project.

✔ You will be held in a nine-month process with Hilary & Dana, who have been immersed in this work for the last 15+ years and know how to support you and how to cut through the B.S.

✔We will teach you what we know about Body Trust

Together we will geek out on evocative material, evolving ideas, and lessons for getting free.

MONTHLY TOPICS & TIMELINE

Month 1: Entering the Wilderness
Many of us move around the world like floating heads, pretty disconnected from the body. The process of reclaiming Body Trust can feel like entering the wilderness. We are leaning into our vulnerability to brave unchartered territory and honor how we lost trust in our bodies in the first place. We will explore theories of embodiment and how we begin to reclaim our body stories.

 

Month 2: Divestment as a Form of Care (Guest Speaker: Desiree Adaway)
What if the type of care we are advocating for isn’t a form of self-care but rather a form of DIVESTMENT? Divesting from diet culture, fatphobia, and healthism. Divesting from shame and perfectionism. Divesting from white supremacy. Divesting from beauty. We want to geek out on this concept we learned from our beloved friend and mentor Desiree Adaway.

 

A black woman sits in front of a white backdrop and holds a small head of Boston lettuce. In this close-up view, only her upper torso, chest, arm, hand, shoulders, neck and face can be seen. She's wearing a casual and colorful striped dress in pinks and blues, a silver necklace with a heart pendant, and bright pink lipstick. Her hair is a medium-length, wavy deep blue wig, and she has a tattoo in the shape of a heart on her shoulder. She's comfortable and confident in her body, and pretty dubious about the lettuce.This woman's mixed ethnic heritage includes black or African American, Caucasian, and Italian ancestry.Environment: white backgroundMood: dubious, doubtful, amused, fed up, annoyed, irritatedThemes: body positive, plus size, fat acceptance, intuitive eating, health at every size, HAESEthnicities, genders and abilities of note: Black, African American, Caucasian, ItalianLocation: Washington State, Pacific Northwest, United States

Month 3: Reckoning with Your Eating
Claiming your identity as an eater can be fraught with fear, shame or confusion. We believe Body Trust is a birthright, and somewhere along the way this trust is disrupted. When this happens we often begin to navigate the world of food and eating with a dieting mind. Before we can reclaim Body Trust, there is a reckoning. We reckon with the lies we’ve been told, how we’ve been harmed. We reckon with hunger and fullness...with desire and pleasure. Until we come to terms with our identity as an eater, it’s hard to experiment and take risks with our eating.


Zoom Meetup | Body Trust Provider Affinity Breakout Groups

 

A plus-size woman of African-American ethnicity relaxes on a driftwood log on a sunny evening. She's wearing a brown hat, puffy black jacket, denim jean jacket, earrings, and black top and skirt. Behind her are a sandy beach, small waves, water and low mountains in the distance.Month 4: Ending the Hustle
Diet culture teaches people to approach the body and food with rigidity and perfectionism. The way society talks about nutrition and health, you’d think one meal or day of eating has the power to heal or kill you. Starting with unrealistic expectations and then being hard on yourself when you can’t pull it off is how the weight loss and cosmetic fitness industries make money off of your shame. We want to help you end the hustle. Because if we’re really honest with ourselves, are we, as a society, hustling for “health” or are we hustling for worthiness?

 

Month 5: Boundaries Don’t Have to Suck (Guest Speaker: McKensie Mack)

The ways we learn to cope with food and leave our bodies has been about learning to survive because our boundaries, our bodies, and our own knowing has not often been respected. We need to find a way to inhabit our own being that can be protected in new ways. Reconnecting with your needs and boundaries is a Core Element of a Body Trust Practice. We will work to celebrate our yes’s and honor our no’s. In her book Pleasure Activism, adrienne maree brown writes, “Your strong and solid no makes way for your deep, authentic yes...by practicing saying no, you will cultivate a yes that is rooted in having agency, having power, and having respect for your boundaries.” Let’s say yes to all of this!


School Homecoming Dance

 

This conceptual photo illustrates the concept of body positivity. A young African American woman poses partially nude and holding a pink metal heart ornament with the letters LOVE and a pink ribbon. Her skin has not been retouched, and her natural skin and stretch marks are visible. Her arm, belly, and legs are shown in the photo. This image would be perfect for illustrating body love, weight neutrality, body positivity, self image, self esteem, health at every size, or body image.

Month 6: What Does Grief Have to Do With It? 

The path to reclaiming our bodies and increasing resilience to shame and stigma is one permeated by grief and letting go. We grieve the illusion of control, the thin ideal, and the time wasted on a failed paradigm that’s brought us so much pain. We allow for grief over and over again, knowing that without it, we may only move forward on shaky ground.

 

Month 7: Pleasure as a Measure of Freedom (Guest Speaker: Dawn Serra)

What makes you feel good? What turns you on? How often do you  r e a l l y  like what you eat? Access to pleasure is often tethered to the question “how much is too much?” It’s common for people’s complicated relationship with food to come from a disrupted relationship with desire. Rediscovering, embodying, and allowing for pleasure is an act of resistance in a culture that has made indulgence a “dirty word”. Pleasure takes up space and says I’m here. Let’s explore how pleasure, in the absence of shame and guilt, heals.


Zoom Meetup | Body Trust Provider Affinity Breakout Groups

 

A Caucasian woman in her 30s who wears plus size clothing does yoga poses on a lake shore in bright, golden evening light. She has bright pink hair and pale skin, and is wearing workout gear that consists of a burgundy cropped top and briefs. Her yoga mat is a bright warm pink. She's very flexible and strong, and is an excellent example of confidence and positive body image. Lighting: natural light, high key, high contrast, sunset Environment: lake, shore, outdoors, mountains, nature, wilderness, water Mood: confident, happy, strong Themes: flexibility, strength, yoga, fitness, exercise, health at every size, joyful movement, positive body image, body confidence, body positive Ethnicities, genders and abilities of note: Caucasian Location: Olympic Mountains, Washington State, Pacific Northwest, United StatesMonth 8: Reclaiming Movement (Guest Speaker: Angela Braxton-Johnson)

Many of us grow up experiencing the joy of active play, sport, dance and other ways of moving our bodies, only to have these activities co-opted by diet culture later in life. We begin to view our bodies as machines that must be tightly controlled, believing in the calories in vs. out equation we’ve all been sold, and seeing physical activity as a way to compensate for our food intake. Movement can foster attunement by providing opportunities to get below the neck and experience the body from the inside out.

 

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Month 9: Making Your Healing Bigger Than You

This movement needs all of you, not just the part of you that wants freedom for everyone else. As Sonya Renee Taylor recently reminded us, our liberation is bound together. When we include ourselves in the process towards body liberation, we contribute to the movement. When we ground our healing in our story we increase our agency and our voice. Once we’ve developed deeper roots in our Body Trust Practice, it becomes easier to speak up and advocate for a body compassionate and weight-inclusive world. And when we speak for a cause, our commitment to the cause strengthens. We’ll talk about ways to continue with this work, and to lend your voice to radical liberation for all.

 

If you can't make a live date, no worries, webinars will be recorded and sent out within 48 hours to watch on your own time.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Desiree Adaway
Liberatory Praxis

Bunny McKensie Mack

McKensie Mack
Boundary Work™

Dawn Serra

Dawn Serra
The Power in Pleasure

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Angela Braxton-Johnson
Reclaiming Movement

So...what do you think?

This will be our work together.

As your un-teachers, we would love to support you with the tools to align your most loving, most equitable, most understanding and fiercest self in Body Trust®. We will be unlearning alongside you.

Let’s be clear. This program WILL NOT include:

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Group
therapy.

People are used to a certain kind of course from us. This school is a bit different because it is a lecture-style offering. Much of your listening, learning and reflecting will be done on your own time, so see how this feels to you before you sign up. If you’d like more support for your process, we have an amazing community of Body Trust Providers available for 1:1 support.

We would love for you to join us next round.

THREE PRICE OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM TO MEET YOUR NEEDS.*

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*Payment plans available.
*People will not be turned away for lack of funds. If our equity price does not work for you, you may request additional equity pricing. In some programs, the number of low and no cost spots available are limited. We do our best to accommodate the majority of requests.

Hilary and Dana have been doing this work for well over a decade. They are experts at demonstrating kindness and compassion while calling out social injustice and body oppression. The School for Unlearning is a reflection of their latest knowledge and experience to date. The materials and topics are thought provoking and applicable in real life. The School is a place to find unconditional support, deep discussions, and a community committed to inclusivity, honesty and healing. ~D.W.

Are you a helping professional participating in the School for Unlearning?

We have a Provider Track ADD-ON Option* which includes three 90 minute Q&A calls on how to support your clients in Body Trust and unlearning (one call per quarter), and these calls will be recorded and sent along with some of our favorite resources for providers. Price add-on summary below.*

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*Registration for the School for Unlearning program is required to participate in the provider call add-on.

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