Do you find yourself looking in the mirror and telling yourself how much you hate your body or some part of your body? Or not wanting to have photos taken of you because you do not like the way you look? Or delaying pleasures like massage or new clothes because you believe your body is unacceptable?
Writing For Healing: Learning to Love Your Body helps participants to explore issues relating to body image and acceptance. Too often self-acceptance and body acceptance are equated with dieting and losing weight. The goal of this group is to encourage the healing process of accepting your body, to move to loving and fully inhabiting the body you have; weight loss is not a goal here.
You will be supported to write the stories that you may not have told anyone before about how you feel about and in your body. The course is confidential -- everyone agrees to keep each other’s stories private and contained. Guidelines for listening to the work of others and offering feedback will be given in order to create a safe space for each member.
Please note: While writing is highly therapeutic, this class does not offer group therapy or individual counseling. We share stories, but we do not seek advice or try to advise one another.
This is an 8-week class for women with issues relating to their bodies and size. Members may choose to discuss emotional aspects of food and eating but this group is not about weight loss. Members will spend time each week writing at home. Prompts and exercises will be offered for each week to help guide writing. Members may choose to share what they have written, though there is no requirement to do so.
We will use a private discussion forum for discussions about the assignments, about body issues, about writing, about the process of personal exploration through writing. Our network will not be visible to anyone outside of our group and accessible only to members. Ten days after the ending of the class, I will delete all writings and discussion.
Because of the format, people are free to participate each day within their own schedule, which will make it easier for everyone to participate.We will create a safe space for this work by committing to full confidentiality when reading the work posted in this class. Feedback will be supportive, with an eye to the visions and the goals of the writers. Our goal is to facilitate healing and personal growth, not to focus on the mechanics of writing.
The class will be limited to 8 members. The charge for this course is $200, payable via Paypal. Individual consultations are available for an additional fee upon request.
Email me with questions or for further information about this group or visit my blog, Jung At Heart . Please put Writing for Healing in the subject line.
Writing For Healing: Learning to Love Your Body will begin in late July 2011