Abundia Retreat 2016: Call for Speakers!

Greetings from the Abundia Board!

As we plan our 2016 retreat, to be held on November 11, 12, and 13, 2016, we need your help. We seek presenters and speakers who can equip our attendees with the tools to thrive in a culture that criticizes fat women. We are looking for inspiration to live fully and boldly. We also like to have fun!

We are open to workshops of any type-provided they focus on positive fat acceptance, Health At Every Size, or self-esteem for fat women. Following is a list of possible future presentations we seek:

• Intuitive eating
• Movement and exercise for fat women (yoga, Tai Chi, NIA, etc) • Body-positive meditation
• Art and crafting
• Writing workshop
• Fashion, hair, and makeup
• Fat-positive poetry, songs, prose
• Massage therapist

Compensation

Abundia is a non-profit organization. We offer negotiable compensation for speakers; but we cannot cover traveling expenses separately.

To Submit Your Workshop Proposal

We would love to consider you. Please send a one-page document in PDF format to info@abundia.org including the following information:

—Workshop title
—Workshop description
—Workshop goal
—Workshop length
—Any special space or equipment requirements —
Relevant experience
—Your location and contact information
—Your compensation requirements

Send us your proposal by April 1, 2016. We hope to hear from you! 

Exciting News!

The Abundia Board of Directors is extremely happy to announce that, retroactively effective January 16, 2015, Abundia is a nonprofit charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

What does this mean to you?

·       Your contributions of cash through our website, check or PayPal, are tax deductible.

·       When you register at the higher $230 level, $30 is tax deductible.

·       If you donate an item to the silent auction, you can deduct what you paid for it.

·       If you purchase an item at the silent auction, you may deduct the excess of the purchase price paid for an item over its fair market value

·       Although you cannot deduct the value of your services donated to Abundia, you may be able to deduct related expenses.

If you have made a donation or paid more than $200 to register in 2015, we will email you a receipt in the next few weeks. Receipts for silent auction donations and purchases will be emailed or available at the retreat.

If you have any suggestions of any programs or discounts we should explore, please contact peggy@abundia.org.

Peggy Morrow

Treasurer, Abundia Board of Directors

The Abundia Retreat 2015: Call for Speakers

Deadline Friday, March 20, 2015 About Abundia

Abundia is a yearly weekend retreat for (and community of) fat women who reject body-hate, food-restriction, and diet-culture. Instead, we embrace Health At Every Size, size-acceptance, and advocacy for fat people. abundia.org, Facebook

2015 Abundia Retreat Logistics

Date: November 6-8, 2015

Location: Illinois State Beach Resort in Zion, IL, approximately half-way between Chicago and Milwaukee. ilresorts.com

Call for Speakers

The Abundia Board of Directors is seeking speakers and workshop presenters for this year’s retreat. Past workshop topics include:

  • “Body Image/Body Love,” Golda Poretsky
  • “Finding Joy in Your Body,” Ragen Chastain
  • “Lose Hate, Not Weight,” Virgie Tovar
  • Water aerobics
  • Belly dancing
  • Curvy yoga
  • Fat life hacks
  • Medical advocacy
  • Health At Every Sizeâ
  • Drumming circle
  • Photo booth
  • Vision boards

We seek presenters and speakers who equip our attendees with the tools to thrive in a culture that criticizes fat women—and inspire us to live fully and boldly. We also like to have fun!

We are open to workshops of any type—provided they focus on positive fat-acceptance, Health At Every Size, or self-esteem for fat women. Following is a list of future presentations we seek:

  • Intuitive eating
  • Tai Chi for fat women
  • Body-positive meditation
  • Art and crafting
  • Writing workshop
  • Fashion, hair, and makeup
  • Fat-positive poetry, songs, prose
  • Massage therapist

Compensation

Abundia is a non-profit organization. We offer negotiable compensation for speakers; but we cannot cover traveling expenses separately.

To Submit Your Workshop Proposal

We would love to consider you. Please send a one-page document in PDF format and include the following information to info@abundia.org:

  • Workshop title
  • Workshop description
  • Workshop goal
  • Workshop length
  • Any special space or equipment requirements
  • Relevant experience
  • Your location and contact information
  • Your compensation requirements

Exciting News!

The dates for this year's Abundia Retreat have been set!

October 24-26, 2014!

It's a little earlier in the year than we've generally held it, due to conflicts at our retreat site. But so many of you have strongly indicated that you want to return to Illinois Beach Resort, so we've worked with them to find a weekend in the same general part of the year. We hope you'll be able to join us!

Stay tuned for more awesome news about our featured speaker and programming, coming up soon!

Getting to Abundia

We've had some requests for information on how to get to our retreat from the local airports and/or via public transportation. Here's what you need to know:

Abundia is held at the Illinois Beach Resort & Conference Center inside of the Illinois State Beach Park in Zion, Illinois. The easiest way to reach the resort from most locations is to drive. You can consult the hotel’s website at http://www.ilresorts.com/directions.cfm for specific directions. Please note: Some GPS and online map systems will mistakenly route you to a power station nearby instead of the hotel. Make sure you are entering on Wadsworth Rd. east of Sheridan Rd, and NOT on Shiloh Blvd.

If you prefer to take public transportation in the great Chicago area, the hotel is roughly a 10-minute taxi ride from the Metra station in Waukegan, IL. This station is staffed later and the train stops here more often than the Zion station, so please consider using the Waukegan station. You may want to call a taxi while you are on the train to schedule one for when you arrive. Taxis are not always available without pre-arrangement. Here’s a link to the Metra schedule: http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home/maps_schedules/metra_system_map/up-n/schedule.html. The Waukegan stop is on the Union Pacific North Line.

If you are flying in, and we LOVE all of our super far away Abundia friends! - you can hire a taxi at either Chicago aiport, O'Hare or Midway (they all do a flat rate to Zion). The hotel recommends American Taxi if you’d like to prearrange a ride; we also can recommend 303 Taxi. We are researching other options as well.

Anyone interested in setting up a ride share and splitting the cost, can email Jeani at jeani@abundia.org. If at all possible, she will help arrange ride sharing.

Abundia Welcomes Ragen Chastain!

We are so excited to welcome the amazing Ragen Chastain as our featured speaker at this year's retreat! Ragen is a gorgeous dancer and a powerful speaker on fat positive issues. I always enjoy her blog posts at her site, Dances With Fat, and I know she will bring such energy and spirit to the retreat. Our theme this year is Finding Joy in Your Body and Ragen definitely personifies this notion! As her blog's tagline says: "LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS ARE NOT SIZE DEPENDENT!" Her full workshop lineup looks spectacular:

Finding Joy in Your Body

Ragen’s opening workshop features her background and philosophy. She is a dancer, choreographer, athlete, (soon-to-be-marathon-runner), writer, and size-acceptance activist. Ragen kicks off the weekend with her signature passion for life, body diversity, and Health At Every Size. danceswithfat.wordpress.com

Medical Advocacy and HAES

Get specific suggestions and strategies to combat bad science and get the medical care we all deserve. Ragen addresses the AMA’s recent declaration of obesity as a disease, including medical advocacy cards you can take along to your next medical appointment.

Dance for Every Body

Where else can you get dance lessons from a professional dancer and size-acceptance activist? Ragen offers options for seated or standing movement, plus her presentation on “How to Dance on the Dance Floor!”

Your Sensual Body

Ragen presents “movement for the self” to help you find pleasure through the senses in the body you have right now. This workshop is about you, empowering you to find joy in your body and improve your well-being.

Don't miss out! Register Today!