For anyone with a body
I Have a Body! is a group learning experience that provides you with community plus the key information for your body liberation journey.
You hear a lot of people talking about body positivity these days, and sure, you agree with them theoretically. But feeling positively about your own body?! Woah. Perhaps you have an obscure to-do list in the back of your mind: “Figure out body image issues” or “Stop hating on myself in the mirror,” but you’ve never had much luck getting there on your own. Perhaps you have some questions about your eating habits like, “Why am I always thinking about food?” or “Is it okay that I ate those cookies?”
You don’t have to figure this stuff out on your own. If you’re feeling ready to try something radical, like true body acceptance, join this group.
Wouldn't it be great to...
Wake up in the morning, throw on some clothes, wink at yourself in the mirror and then focus on all the things you truly care about? Like raising kids, making art, slowing climate change, defeating white supremacy and capitalism, hanging out with your friends, doing your job, tending your garden... instead of obsessing about some rolls on your body? Or worrying about how much you've eaten?
Make a conscious decision to prioritize body liberation
Ask for help. There's no reason to do it alone
Learn practical tools and body liberation theory
Build community with other body-loving badasses
Make art or protests or rituals in support of total body liberation
Hey, I'm Talia.
I’m a singer, songwriter, activist, facilitator and certified professional coach. I want to live in a world where all bodies are accepted and loved.
There’s a lot of shit in this world that contributes to negative body culture: white supremacy, transphobia, misogyny, ableism, ageism, homophobia… you know, that kind of shit. In this program I focus on fatphobia: the fear of fat (though it’s all connected).
I haven’t always been so into my body. I fluctuated throughout my life between being somewhat neutral to actively hating and trying to control the size of my body through food and exercise. This was confusing because I grew up in a strong, political, feminist household. I knew that trying to control my body felt misaligned with the values I was raised with, but I couldn’t help it! The body-hating world around me was too powerful.
As a result, it was hard to show up fully in liberation movements, because worrying about my body kept me distracted. Then one day, I realized I had a choice: I could continue to try to control my body forever, or I could finally let go. What a relief. Turns out, I needed some practical tools and emotional support to truly embrace body acceptance. (The same way that as a white lady I can’t just say I’m anti-racist: I’ve got to actively do that work). I received excellent coaching from Isabel Foxen-Duke and Virgie Tovar and rebuilt a trusting, loving relationship with my body.
Choosing body acceptance felt like finally being aligned with who I really am. That’s why I now work to share the tools for body liberation. I believe it is our birthright to get to love and be in relationship with our bodies. If that sounds appealing to you, I hope you’ll join me.
A little more about me...
Some of my identities: I’m white, Jewish, temporarily able-bodied, thin, cisgender, and married to a man. I live on Chochenyo Ohlone land, also known as Oakland, California (where I'm from).
4+ years coaching
Coach certification through Leadership that Works and next level certification through the International Coach Federation (total coaching hours: 250+)
15+ years leading groups
20+ years as a social change activist
35 years having a body
My clients include: cisgender women and men, nonbinary, straight, queer, aged 25-75, white, POC, single, partnered, parents, thin, fat, and "I have no idea what size I am."
Want to learn and grow with me?
6 MONTHS, 12 SESSIONS
November 16, 2020- May 28, 2021
Every-other-week session time & day TBD by the applicants.
Group calls take place via Zoom for 100 minutes each.
A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
Body Liberation Tools
It turns out, there are actual tools for body acceptance work! You can’t just wish them into being; you have to learn them. I’ll be sharing all the tools with you over the 6 months.
I’ll be giving you optional assignments to help deepen the learning and make it part of your everyday life. Assignments include: journaling, reading, making art, listening to podcasts, and doing worksheets.
The real trick to lifelong body acceptance is to have a cadre of people who can support you and speak the same body language. That’s why I created this cohort—to help build connections. You’ll also have the option to join the Facebook community so you can be connected for life.
For those ready to stop the body shame and embrace body acceptance, you can add-on coaching: where the big shifts happen. Coaching is a safe place for sharing all the feelings. It works by taking power from the shame, and building up the voice that’s ready for liberation.
Fun and Joy
I spent over 10 years leading youth groups, which basically means I’m really good at fun. This makes body liberation learning extra awesome. ;)
THIS GROUP IS FOR YOU IF:
You're ready to give up dieting and worrying about your weight
You want to align your value of body positivity with a practice in your life
You care about justice and liberation for all
You want to learn to approach health from a weight neutral perspective
You want to connect with other body-loving badasses!
THIS IS NOT THE GROUP FOR YOU IF:
You're still pretty committed to controlling the size and shape of your body
You don't believe that body positivity is connected to liberation
You are actively struggling with an acute eating disorder and have not yet sought treatment
IDK, if you love the 45th president you're probs in the wrong place (in more ways than one...) (As in, this course will be taught from a lefty feminist perspective)
Pair it with coaching
My goal is for you to have the tools to stop getting confused and distracted by our body-hating culture and instead focus on the rest of your big life. This cohort is not group therapy nor group coaching. For those ready to make a big change and embrace body acceptance work, it is recommended that you sign up for the cohort plus private coaching (more information on packages below). Coaching is what helps turn theoretical concepts into an embodied reality, so that after our 6 months together you're truly experiencing a new, deeper relationship with your body.
I Have a Body! cohort
The perfect pairing
I really think you're gonna love this. But if after the first cohort session the program is not right for you, receive a full refund and keep the materials! I want this to be awesome for you.
(This applies to the cohort fee; private coaching sessions are nonrefundable)
More $ Stuff
Payment plans available at no extra cost. I appreciate when folks who are able pay the full amount up front.
Because of the way wealth distribution is messed up in this country, reach out if you are Black, Indigineous, or a Person of Color and the pricing structure would be a significant hardship.
Not sure which package is right for you?
HOW TO JOIN I HAVE A BODY! COHORT 1
STEP 1: Fill out an application by Oct 22. This is not to evaluate you, it's to help both of us make sure this is the right program for you (& to pick a meeting time)
STEP 2: Watch your email for a response from me by Oct 29. (In the meantime, get everyone to vote in the November election!)
STEP 3: Submit payment via venmo or paypal. Assuming the program is the right fit and the timing works for you, reserve your spot by following instructions in the email to send payment.
STEP 4: Begin your body liberation journey! The first meeting of I Have a Body! will be the week of 11/16.
If you’re struggling with food or body stuff, it's not your fault. We’ve been given very few tools for dealing with it. Fortunately, I’ve spent the past 5+ years collecting tools and I want to share them with you.
Note: Cohort 1 is open to people 18+. If you are under 18 and interested, reach out for other options.