Frequently Asked Questions
When will the next workshop begin?
January 12th-Feb 5th! Full schedule is listed above. For more information, click the individual workshop options to see which option is right for you!
If I sign up for the VIP option, do I still need to buy the standard workshop?
Nope! The VIP option includes the standard workshop.
When does the workshop meet and what do I need to join?
This is a virtual workshop that meets twice a week on Zoom. You will need a notebook or somewhere to record your thoughts and participate in the exercises.
I also recommend that you have someone in your support system (a therapist, close friend, partner) that can help you decompress or further process some things that may come up for you during this work. Often when excavating our personal relationships with diet culture, we realize the pain goes beyond cultural or social-- issues with food or body image may be a component of the pain we have, but often the real shit is rooted in the stories we've been taught by those closest to us. If you do not have someone in your support system to help you navigate this work, please reach out to join the Every Buddy is a Babe program, so I can pair you with a seasoned mentor from the group.
What is the refund policy?
If you change your mind before the first class, you will be refunded in full. If you are unhappy with the workshop after the first class, you are welcome to withdraw and will be given a 50% refund.
Are there scholarships available?
Scholarships for the current cycle are open! Though scholarships are awarded to many different kinds of people, preference is given to POC, trans and non-binary folks, immigrants, people with disabilities, and fat folks. Please reach out to [email protected] to apply.
Is this the same workshop that was previously offered?
Yes, this is the same workshop. If you attended previous workshops, you have a lifetime membership to the babedom and you are welcome to participate as many times as you'd like.
Is this only for fat people? Or women?
Not at all. Body shame lives in people of all shapes, sizes, genders, and ages. While the workshop does have a focus on marginalized bodies and primarily centers fat experiences, I find that examining and working to dismantle our internalized anti-fat bias is something that benefits our collective liberation. Regardless of our own size, we are conditioned to see larger bodies as a moral failure and to fear fatness—usually under the guise of beauty, desirability, and "health". Those fears and anxieties lead to body shame, body dysmorphia, and disordered eating for people of all sizes.
I have found that using my own personal lens of being a bipolar, queer, fat woman is the most helpful way to facilitate this work. If you are somebody, you are a babe! And you deserve to feel radical self love!
Do I have to attend the classes or discussions?
If you can make it, you totally should. The Sunday sessions are community oriented, and most folks say the group hangs are the best part! But if you can't or if Zoom freaks you out, that's 100% OK. You'll still have access to the educational videos, materials and the Facebook group.
Are you a medical professional?
Nope! I am a singer/songwriter/poet who is also a fat person! I have done years of research for my own growth and body healing journey (and book!), and I am constantly asked "what worked for you?" This workshop is meant to be an answer to that question. I intend these 4 weeks to be a collaborative experience for you; to introduce concepts and texts from actual professionals while you build community with other folks who are on a similar journey. Consider me your cheesecloth for body positive concepts, exercises, and books. This workshop is intended to be educational–NOT to treat physical or mental illness. Please consult a licensed service provider if you need help.
If you are battling an active eating disorder, are in recent recovery, or feel that participating in discussions about food, exercise, or body shame may disrupt your healing rather than help, please consult with your recovery team before enrolling.
What principles are you going to cover?
This workshop is strongly anti-diet. With few exceptions, I believe intentional weight loss is incredibly damaging and is essentially a prescription for disordered eating. I believe in creating a new approach to health where weight is a neutral component. You are more than welcome in this space even if you are pursuing weight loss or thinking about pursuing weight loss—in fact, I highly recommend this workshop to evaluate if intentional weight loss is truly serving your long-term goals. While openness & vulnerability in this group is foundational, openly discussing active weight loss pursuits is antithetical to this work.
In this workshop, we examine the current systemic and cultural treatment of marginalized bodies, the historical treatment of marginalized bodies, how weight stigma affects opportunities and access for fat people, intersectionality, how capitalism plays a key role in body shame, and how we might imagine a new world for all marginalized bodies. We begin with an external lens initially, because it’s important to see how oppressive systems manipulate us to be consumed with our own perceived failure–ultimately, none of us should need a workshop like this, and yet, so many of us do. That alone should be a red flag that the systems we adhere to are not working!
The second half of the workshop is devoted to self-work, reflection, and to introduce new ways of thinking about food, movement, and our behaviors. I will be using the principles of HAES, intuitive eating, joyful movement, mindfulness, meditation, and CBT to guide us through the Great Unlearning!
What if I have don't have any negative body issues?
First of all: BABE! WE STAN! YES BODY LOVE! YES RADICAL SELF LOVE!
This workshop is geared more toward folks who will be learning new tools, rather than seasoned self love pros, but sometimes a refresher can be helpful!