THE BODY RECONNECT TOUR USA 2019
The Body Reconnect Tour is a six city workshop tour coming to you in October 2019 presented by Ashlee Bennett and Danielle Galvin - all the way from Australia!
Los Angeles, CA: Saturday Oct 5th 1-6pm
San Francisco, CA: Sunday Oct 6th 1-6pm
Portland, OR: Wednesday Oct 9th 4-9pm
Orem, UT: Saturday and Sunday Oct 12th/13th1-6pm
Chicago, IL: Saturday Oct 19th 1-6pm
Nashville, TN: Friday Oct 25th 4-9pm
New York City, NY: Tuesday Oct 29th 4-9pm
Payment options: in full OR instalments.
Financial access: there are options for financial hardship (email us)
Dynamic 5 hour workshop involving verbal and non-verbal creative strategies and teachings for mental health, body image, embodiment
All art materials
Informative talks, resources and handouts on social and individual topics relating to embodiment
Meet and Greet
If your question remains unanswered - email us!
What is the access to venues like?
We are aiming for all venues to be on the ground floor with wheelchair access and close to public transport. At the workshop, we will be providing sturdy chairs without arms. If you have specific access needs, we want to hear from you if you have concerns or requests (email us)
I'm nervous about coming along by myself, advice?
This is very normal and there will be others who will be feeling similarly and also coming alone. We will be making the workshop as warm and inviting as possible and there is no pressure to be loud and interactive if you don't want to. This workshop is for you and you get to decide what how you use it. If you want to meet people going to the same workshop online prior to the event - we have a Facebook Group you can join for free.
Do I need to bring anything?
You may want to bring a journal, pen and an old shirt for the creative part. We will provide light snacks and beverages. Bring your open mind and leave your inner critic behind.
What if I'm not creative?
The first three hours will be a guided creative exploration and talk - many people freak out when they hear the word 'art' or 'creativity' especially if they've been told they're not good at it. The art part of this workshop is not about producing something that 'looks good' - just like how your body doesn't need to 'look good' to be worthy, neither does your art. It's about play, exploration, and the process of the doing. People have found this part of the workshop to be incredibly healing in ways they didn't know were possible for them.
I'm currently in recovery from mental health issues, is this workshop safe for me?
We have designed this workshop to be trauma informed, meaning that we are mindful that those in attendance will have experienced all sorts of challenges in life. You will not be required to do or participate in anything which makes you feel uncomfortable. Whilst this workshop isn't therapy, some of the activities and teachings may bring up some feelings for you which we will do our best to hold. If you have concerns, please email us.
I'm a super fat and can feel uncomfortable around small fats and smaller people - will I feel included?
People in all bodies having access to an inclusive space is our main priority. Our body positivity prioritises those who are most marginalised, the conversations throughout will be guided to inclusde a range of experience and ability without centering a specific body size. The first part of the workshop is about you and individual work - there isn't a standard to adhere to so you take what you need from the space to make it okay for you and where you're at. Danielle identifies as a mid sized fat, and Ashlee identifies as a small fat. In previous workshops we've done separately, we have had people all along the spectrum of body sizes.
Is the space LGBTQIA+ inclusive?
Yes, we welcome all members of the LGBTQIA+ community and we will be ensuring that it remains a safe space throughout the workshop and will have a zero tolerance for anti-social behaviour.
Can any gender attend?
It is open to any gender!
Can any body size attend?
Yes, if you have a body and can attend, you are welcome!
I can't get childcare - can I bring my baby or toddler?
Yes you may - as a note, there may be discussion that is of adult themes, and it may be an emotionally charged space for some during optional sharing time, so it is up to you to make that call.
Can I car pool or share accommodation with someone?
You can join the Facebook Group to find others who may be travelling from the same area as you to a workshop and see if anyone is keen for a road trip, or even sharing accommodation costs.
I can't afford the ticket - what are my options?
We understand this workshop is an investment of your time and your money. We have two payment plan options, and discounted financial hardship tickets payable via a plan. In special circumstances we will be able to offer a donated ticket through fundraising. If you believe you will really benefit from attending, please let us know and we will see what we can do (email us).
I want to donate a full or part ticket - how can I do that?
There is an option as you purchase tickets to add a donation, or a donation only option if you aren't attending by want to offer a space to someone else.
Why aren't you coming to my city?
Hopefully this will not be the last trip we make to the USA. For our first tour we have gone to areas with the most demand. We are two Australian's self-funding this tour without major financial backing and it would be the dream to visit more than six cities. We'll mix it up next time!