Creatively Embodied is the body image group to join if you want to experience your body with less criticism and more compassion in a way that feels authentic and meaningful to you.
No art skills or 'talent' needed!
When and where?
In person: Melbourne at The Swell Centre
Online: via Zoom (links sent upon booking)
Australia - Melbourne In Person
Saturdays - 10.30am - 12pm
Start: 6th February 2021 for 7 weeks
Australia - Online (AEDT)
Wednesdays - 6.30pm - 8pm AEDT
Start: 3rd February 2021 for 7 weeks
Tuesdays - 6.30pm - 8pm EST
Start: 2nd February 2021 for 7 weeks
UK - coming soon
Creatively Embodied is a body image group using therapeutic art making to help build skills and insight to nurture a more peaceful relationship with yourself and your body. Over the span of seven sessions you will discover and learn in-depth ways of using the concept of a 'body narrative' to explore the themes, characters and dynamics of your story to re-experience your body in a less critical and more compassionate way. I will guide you through this process to support you to feel empowered to reclaim your body narrative from society and embody your right to re-define your story.
As an art therapist, I create unique and powerful healing tools using basic art materials to support people healing through body image issues and body disconnection - and you don't need to be good at art to benefit. During Creatively Embodied you can expect each session to combine psychoeducation, healing discussion and therapeutic art making as an experiential approach to strengthen your relationship with yourself and your body.
What you get from Creatively Embodied:
Seven, 90-minute sessions with a registered art therapist and body image specialist.
A small group environment with a maximum of 6-8 participants - lots of genuine connection with likeminded people.
A therapeutic, creative method captured in takehome resources and worksheets you can use time and time again to continue your body image healing even after the groups ends.
A nurturing, reparative space to express and honour what it's been like in your body without needing to use words alone.
Guidance and real-time practice for how to use the creative process to see your body from a compassionate, less critical lens.
Why art making?
Art has an important role in this group – it’s not there to make you feel bad about your skills or lack of 'talent'. In fact, talent or skills has nothing to do with the way we use art in this group. Art making helps you access and express your inner world and develop interoceptive awareness. This inner awareness helps you build your body literacy and supports you get to know the unique language of your body. This is important as interoceptive awareness plays a role in emotional regulation, positive body image and embodiment. As art making is woven throughout, it means you are using your whole brain, rather than just the top 'cognitive' part. This helps integrate what you learn and discover in our group in a way that’s uniquely meaningful to you, instead of just understanding it on an intellectual level.
Values you can expect from Creatively Embodied
As a facilitator, I am committed to ensuring group spaces are fat positive, anti-diet and trauma-informed. The education in this group will be grounded within social justice and intersectional feminist understandings of the body. You are not required to have an indepth understanding of these perspectives, but agree to have an open, curious mind.
Session topic overview
Each session will follow a similar structure of welcome/check-in, psychoeducation, verbal sharing, art experiential, verbal processing and closing ritual. Verbal sharing/processing is also optional, you do not need to share if you don't feel comfortable and will still benefit.
Session One: Body image basics and foundations
Session Two: Your body narrative - themes
Session Three: Unpacking your body narrative - the three main characters BN, BC and HC
Session Four: The BC and HC - relational dynamics, body scapegoating, internalisation
Session Five: The BN and HC - relational dynamics, attachment and emotional regulation
Session Six: Revisiting the body narrative - reframing and reexperiencing
Session Seven: Integration, reflection and closure
Materials you need if attending online
Colour pencils and markers
Oil pastels (12 colours is often enough)
Watercolour and 3 brushes of various sizes
Air dry clay or ceramic clay 1kg or 2lb
A visual journal at least A4 or 8x11in
Pencil and eraser
Any other art material you enjoy or want to try
Fees and payment options
Online via Zoom: $410 AUD
In Person: $440 AUD (art materials and visual journal provided)
To secure your place: Booking requires a $90 AUD non-refundable deposit with the balance or first instalment due at least 7 days before the start date - an invoice will also be sent to you with the balance to finalise when you're ready by the due date. Upon booking, you will receive an intake form and welcome letter within 24 hours. Please ensure you can commit to the session schedule when booking as I cannot offer refunds after the balance is finalised. Extenuating circumstances considered.
Payment plans: $90 deposit upon booking, two instalments of $175 - 1st payment due 7 days before start date, 2nd payment due before Session 4.
Please ensure you can commit to the session schedule (available on booking page) when booking as I cannot offer refunds after the balance has been paid or instalment schedule has commenced. Extenuating circumstances considered. Withdrawing from the group with short notice or during the group means your space will not be filled.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us or use the chat box below and ask away. No question is too silly!