You are imperfect. Permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.
Our body image is a product of our personal experiences, family dynamics, personality, and social and cultural forces. Human society has at all times placed great value on the beauty of the human body, but our perception of our own body may not correspond to society's or our own standards and expectations. We will gather a group of women to explore aspects of our self-images and our relationship to our bodies. Working together we can reclaim our experience of bodies as vessels through which our lives are lived, rather than objects that are vulnerable to the demands, projections, and expectations of others. We will use movement, visualization, guided meditation, journaling, and play to develop concepts for a healing self-image. Based on these ideas, we will create photographic self-portraits using the healing power of the Esalen landscape, in individual, private sessions. Using Gestalt Awareness Practice, we will then work in a group setting with these portraits to identify, articulate, and integrate a more compassionate, confident, and stronger sense of self. This workshop is for women only.
Recommended reading: Weiser, Phototherapy.
($20 materials fee paid directly to the leaders)