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I Have a Body!

Tools for your body liberation journey

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?

The Flock

Yes, IT IS POSSIBLE to develop a stronger relationship with your body. Here’s how:

1. DECIDE

Make a conscious decision to prioritize body liberation

2. ASK

Ask for help. There's no reason to do it alone

3. LEARN

Learn practical tools and body liberation theory

4. BUILD

Build community with other body-loving badasses

5. CREATE

Make art or protests or rituals in support of total body liberation

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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.

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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).

My experience:

  • 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?

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Cohort details:

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.
  • Session #1

    INTRO TO BODY LIBERATION

    Meet each other and get the party started.

  • Session #2

    SETPOINT WEIGHT THEORY

    Learn a key concept for embarking on body trust.

  • Session #3

    INTUITIVE EATING

    PART I

    Begin to learn the principles of how to trust ourselves around food.

  • Session #4

    FATPHOBIA & HEALTH AT EVERY SIZE

    Learn about how to approach health from a weight neutral perspective.

  • Session #5

    INTUITIVE EATING

    PART II

    Continue the journey of totally trusting our bodies; including with what we eat.

  • Session #6

    REDEFINING HEALTH

    Reexamine our personal approach to health.

  • Session #7

    INTUITIVE MOVEMENT

    Redefine exercise and deepen trust with our bodies.

  • Session #8

    MEDIA INVENTORY

    Give ourselves a social media makeover.

  • Session #9

    LETTING GO OF THE "PERFECT BODY"

    Say goodbye to an old hope that's no longer helping.

  • Session #10

    REDEFINING BEAUTY

    Reexamine our personal approach to beauty (now that it's no longer about thinness).

  • Session #11

    BODY LIBERATION SUPERHEROES

    Create art and envision what is

    to come.

  • Session #12

    CLOSING & ONWARDS

    Make a plan for moving forward and celebrate our journeys.

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.

Individual Assignments

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.

Community

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.

Coaching

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. ;)

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

I cannot wait for more people to experience this program! I Have a Body! offers the education and support that has been missing for me and for so many. 

 

Every session had insights into why body acceptance has been so illusive AND the tools to reimagine a liberating relationship with my body. Having the additional 1:1 time with Talia in coaching meant that I could continue processing my learning from the group sessions, and also gave me the opportunity to go deeper in understanding my own experiences with my body with a supportive coach. The cohort + coaching turned out to be an excellent combination and a great way to get the most out of my investment. Looking back, my only regret is that I didn't invest in this learning sooner!

 

Talia is an excellent guide for your body liberation journey. But more than that, she is a powerful activist who is contributing to a movement for us all to love our bodies.

—  Ally, I Have a Body! pilot participant & coaching client

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 want to learn!"

AKA Join the Cohort

Includes:

  • 30 min 1:1 intro call

  • 6 month cohort (12 sessions)

  • Body positive community

  • optional assignments

  • optional study buddy

  • 1 private coaching session by phone (45 min)

  • I Have a Body! swag :)

This package is for folks who:

  • Want to learn body liberation tools

  • Are not yet ready for regular coaching

Investment:

  • $390 for the cohort

"I'm ready to grow!"

AKA Cohort + Coaching

Includes:

  • 30 min 1:1 intro call

  • 6 month cohort (12 sessions)

  • Body positive community

  • optional assignments

  • optional study buddy

  • 2x/month private coaching sessions by phone

  • unlimited email access to Talia

  • I Have a Body! swag :)

This package is for folks who:

  • Want to learn body liberation tools and turn them into a real life practice

  • Are struggling with body image or food and want to embrace body acceptance

  • May also be interested in life coaching (career, art, partnership, etc.)

 

Investment:

  • $330 for the cohort (save $60!)

  • Sliding scale monthly rate for two coaching sessions/month​

Sliding Scale:

$400/month= financially thriving or have inheritance

$300/month= financially stable or will have inheritance

$200/month= just making ends meet

Looking for a more flexible or individualized experience? Check out my private coaching option.

Recommended Package!

I Have a Body! cohort

Private coaching

The perfect pairing

GUARANTEE

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?

FAQs

WHATS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

Cohort meetings: 6 months, every other week for 100 minutes (20 hours total)

Optional coaching: 2x/month for 40-50 min

Optional assignments: as much or as little as you want

Optional study buddy: also up to you, could be 15 min/month.

WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE TIME?

Most of my clients are leading pretty busy lives. 20+ hours can seem like a lot.

But how many hours have you spent struggling with body image? Isn't it worth finally giving your body the attention it deserves? Also, the cohort meetings will be recorded if you need to miss some.

WILL YOU DO THIS AGAIN? CAN I DO THE NEXT COHORT?

My plan is to do this again, but I will likely need to increase my rates next round, so I recommend applying now. Besides, why wait on doing the thing you really want? How cool will it be when you've finally started the journey to body acceptance?

WHAT IF I'M

NOT SURE?

If you're not sure if this is the right program for you, or which package to choose, reach out for a free 20 minute call.

I won't pressure you, I honestly want to help you figure out what's best.

You can also attend my free Intro to Body Love Workshop to get a feel for my style.

WHEN WILL THE COHORT MEET?

Cohort 1 will run from November 2020 to May 2021. When you apply you'll indicate your availability and I'll pick the time that's best for the most people. 

IS THE COACHING ADD-ON FOR ME?

The cohort will be focused on teaching the tools and creating connections. It will be a fun, interactive experience. Coaching is a great way to take what you are learning and translate it into a tangible, embodied reality in your life. 

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.

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