A 2 day expressive arts exploration of our love-hate relationship with our bodies in an intimate circle of women with your inspiration guide,
Susie Stonefield Miller
and guest facilitator, Laurell Bertino
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 15-16
I've spent decades averting my eyes when I look in the mirror. Those times I looked, really looked, I wasn't happy with what I saw. I don't curve in all the places women are supposed to curve. I have a big round belly, always have. It's my natural state.
In some ways I think I've cultivated a strong sense of denial about my body. I've looked in the mirror and thought, "Ok, you look thin" and then later seen photographs of myself and been surprised at how fat I looked. Disconnect.
What if you loved your body whole-heartedly?
What if you really looked at yourself, eyes wide open, and what you felt deep inside was profound appreciation and pride?
How would that affect your life?
My relationship with my body has been one of tolerance. And I don't mean that in a good way. Tolerance, surrender, acquiescence. All of those feelings of waving the white flag. "Ok, I give up. This is me." But all that pulls me down.
Rather than judgment, criticism, denial, shame, and sadness, I want to EMBRACE ME. I want to LOVE my body. I want to find a new paradigm full of passion, delight and bliss.
Frankly, I'm not really interested in self-compassion. What I really want is self-PASSION!
The best way for me to work through these kinds of stories, emotions and thoughts is with art journaling. In my journal I can follow my intuition, pulling out the words and images, the texture of my emotional landscape to really expose my heart. There's really nothing like my art journal for the emotional excavation that happens within.
Wouldn't it be amazing to feel full-on pleasure and joy every time I looked at myself in the mirror? What would change in my life if I felt that way? I don't know many women who fully love their bodies. I don't know many women who accept their bodies without judgment.
And that, my friends, is just a tragedy.
We are bombarded with images our whole lives of women who are worthy only when they are (fill in the blank) _____________ [thinner, sexier, have bigger breasts, less hairy, younger, blonder, curvier, better mothers, more active, and on and on].
I want to help you deal with these same conversations in your head. I want to help you get through that morass and find a way into a new relationship with your body. A relationship of Body Passion.
The way we'll do it?
Art journaling, of course...other visual arts endeavors...movement...intimate women's community...photography (simply, on your smart phone)...telling your story.
A two day retreat connecting in the studio on the topic of our love/hate relationship with our bodies.
Whether you're battling decades of shame over weight issues; whether your heart pangs when you think of the years you tried to get pregnant and couldn't. Whether you are still surprised when you see your reflection and the woman with wrinkles looking back at you doesn't feel like the 16 year old inside you. Whether you are struggling with chronic pain, chronic insomnia, or hormone fluctuations and menopause. This is for you.
This is for YOU.
We will dive deep.
We will examine our own scripts, the words we repeat over and over which get in the way of actually seeing ourselves without judgment.
We will share openly with each other and support each other in transforming our view of ourselves...our hearts, our skins, our wrinkles, and muscles, our bones that stick out, and our rolls of fat.
We'll explore the parts that bring us the most heart pain (aka: shame).
We'll push the edges and try on, in a safe environment, the concepts of self-love, self-acceptance, and pride.
This will be different from my regular art journaling classes in that I will be directing your process in the journal with guided visualizations and prompts.
We'll also be leaning into some risky territory with selfies, photographing ourselves (parts and whole), then using these photos in our pages.
Gulp. Did that one make your stomach lurch a bit? Yes. Risky territory. But you'll be surrounded, held. You'll be in a circle of women who have all come together to do this work, to witness you, to hold space for you...
In The Body Passion Project you'll have the opportunity to face yourself and shift your relationship--for the better. You'll use creativity as a vehicle for self-expression, healing, and transformation.
Susie Stonefield Miller
Owner of Unfold Studio. Artist. Teacher. Certified Person-Centered Expressive Arts Facilitator. Inspired life Guide.
For more about Susie click HERE.
Laurell is a Professional Clinical Counselor Intern who provides individual counseling as well as Mindfulness Meditation and Expressive Arts Therapy groups with a variety of adult populations in Calaveras County, California.
Laurell has an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Redlands, an M.A. in Education from Pepperdine University, and a Certificate in Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy.
On the weekends she loves to sew, read, walk along country roads and play at the creek with her 3 year old fairy granddaughter.