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., 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.

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


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

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