The countdown has begun! The 2013 Abundia Retreat is coming soon – November 1-3, 2013!!

Thanks to VoluptuArt!

A big shout out to friend of Abundia, VoluptuArt! We are SO excited to include some of their gorgeous, fat positive pieces in our Silent Auction. Come ready to bid.

And a million thanks, VoluptuArt! Go like them on Facebook and visit them at today!


WE NEED YOUR HELP! We need volunteers for music, singing, drumming, dance party, karaoke or any kind of help with fun activities at the retreat. Please respond in a comment here or send a message to

Thank you!!

Abundia Registration Refund Policy

We all know that sometime life intervenes into our carefully made plans. Should you have an issue and need to cancel your paid registration to Abundia, the following refund policies are in place:

Cancel by October 1, 2012: 50% registration fee refunded

Cancel after October 1 2012: no refund available

Call Illinois Beach Resort directly to cancel room reservations. See their policy here.

Need a Roommate?

Looking for a roommate for the retreat? It’s a great way to keep costs down and make a new connection! Email if you’d like a roomie and I’ll hook you up.

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Call for Volunteers! Be a Part of the Retreat!

Friends: Abundia needs YOU! As we plan the November retreat (which will be here before we know it!), we need volunteers to pitch in on our Retreat Committees. Do you have talents or skills in planning, collaboration, creativity, or just plain being awesome? Please help out! We need help on the following committees:

Empowerment: helping women who might otherwise not be able to attend the retreat.

Logistics: Retreat space and setup planning

Development: Outreach and fund-raising

Programming: Retreat program planning

If you are interested in helping us with any of these areas, leave a comment here! Or email!

I try to look at my body, with all its melty, jiggling strangeness and remember that it is a product of years of abusing myself through calorie restriction, binges and purges, and yo-yo dieting. It’s been through so much; it doesn’t deserve my hatred as well.

Emily McCombs at xoJane  (via fatandtheivy)


[Image: A painting of a fat, light skinned woman with short, sandy colored hair sitting on the edge of a bed in profile.  She’s wearing dark lingerie with tiny while polka dots, and there is a pile of colorful clothing on the bed behind her.]

“Absent Bodies”

by Angela Pabón

The actual postmodern society through mass media, creates an endless cycle of deception and frustration in today’s women. A war against the weighing balance and the mirror, that ties women to a fantasy ideal of a body and a poor body image.

In this project I wish to speak about the bodies that have been excluded in the present cultural-historic moment. Absent bodies, because they’re not represented and are excluded, in a society where all the present bodies have to correspond to the homogenous model promoted by the media. Bodies like mine, that are out of the beauty and health norms of society.

Through watercolors and self-portrait as an expressive tool, I wish to expose mi body in different situations of passive frustration, when I encounter myself with the fashion industry; where my body is absent in its size and design rank.

This is the last painting of my three real-scale self-portraits.

210cm (6.8 feet) high by 240cm (7.8 feet) wide. Watercolors and collage on Fabrianno watercolor paper.

(Sumbitted by frenchtoastadventures)

Meet the Abundia Team – Megan!

Megan S.

Where do you call home: The northwest suburbs of Chicago

How did you discover FA/HAES: I was wandering the stacks of my local library nearly twenty years ago, when I stumbled upon Nothing to Lose: A Guide to Sane Living in a Larger Body by Cheri Erdman. It changed my life to consider the idea that I could be not only be healthy but LOVED and deserving of respect no matter what the number on my dress or scale.

How did you become one of the Abundia Team: I attended an Abundia Retreat in 2007, where I had the great fortune to actually meet Cheri and tell her how influential her book had been for me. Four years later, my good friends Jeani and Rebecca invited me to meet with a group of ladies who were concerned that Abundia might not continue. Before I knew it, I was volunteering to take part as one of the new leaders.

What is your FA/HAES philosophy: That every person has value, dignity, and deserves respect no matter their size or health status. And that a huge step toward being a truly healthy, happy person is to unhook from media messages designed to make us feel bad about ourselves in order to buy stuff that ultimately won’t help so we’ll need to buy more stuff and so on.

What’s your favorite FA/HAES website or book or resource: Nothing to Lose, of course. I also can’t recommend Jean Kilbourne’s Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel enough.  While not a FA/HAES book exactly, I think it’s so important to learn about how advertising, and the media overall, convince us that we are deeply flawed in order to sell their products. This manipulation is so harmful to our self-worth and our sense of empowerment and action. If you spend all your time trying to find the right hairspray to make your “problem” hair look amazing, (and believe me, I’ve done it), how will you have time to make the world, or YOUR world, a better place?

What one thing could you never give up: Cupcakes, and dogs. That’s two things.

Why are you amazingly awesome exactly as you are: I have an outstanding commitment to dessert and to trying to create a world where women love themselves enough to find the pleasure and joy in being exactly who they are, right now, no matter what the culture at large tells them is “valuable.” Also, I kill at karaoke.