2016 Abundia Retreat Schedule: November 11-13

As of 10/16/16


Following is a preliminary listing of this year’s workshops. Activities and times are subject to change.

We welcome your feedback!

Friday, November 11

3 pm

Hotel Check-In

3 – 6 pm

Retreat Check-In

3 pm

Vicki Jennings
Margaret Reed

Clothing Swap Opens: Open All Weekend
No cost and no limit on number of items to bring and take. Bring clothing and outerwear—no bras, undies, bathing suits, or shoes. Bring clean clothing, in good condition, and on hangers. You may "try on" and "swap" clothes all weekend.

3 – 5:45 pm

Jeani Habegger McAleer

Grown-Ass Women Color, Too: 2!
Join us for a no-pressure, hangout coloring session. We'll supply fat-positive coloring pages and all the supplies. Artistic talent not required.

6 - 6:05 pm

Welcome from the Board

6 - 6:45 pm

Group Dinner

7:00 – 7:45 pm

Megan Stemm-Wade
Rebecca Targ

"Speed" Introductions

8 – 9:30 pm

Judith Matz, LCSW

Attuned Eating
Judith is the director of the Chicago Center for Overcoming Overeating, an organization dedicated to ending preoccupation with food and weight. She discusses three steps to help develop a satisfying, healthy, and peaceful relationship with food.

10 pm - 12 am

Heidi L. Davis

Game Night
Bring board games, cards, and drinks (soft or cocktail). We'll supply the snacks.

10 - 11 pm

Private Swim
The hotel pool is reserved for Abundia attendees only. The pool is located downstairs and is very private. Jacuzzi and steam room too!

Saturday, November 12

Breakfast On Your Own

9 am - 8 pm

Karen Dreas

Personal Massage
Karen is an Abundia veteran and licensed massage therapist, experienced with large and differently-abled clients in her full-time practice. Sign up at the registration desk for a 30-minute/$35 massage or 60-minute/$70 massage.

9 - 10 am

Sandy Dixon

Private Water Aerobics
Sandy is a former Abundia leader, past aerobics instructor, and current RN in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Come for the movement, or just hang in the pool.

9:30 am - 9:30 pm

Peggy Morrow
Phyllis Warr

Raffle Items on Display
The raffle raises money for the Abundia Empowerment Fund and other operating expenses. Check out handmade jewelry, home décor items, hand-knitted hats, fat art, and Abundia swag. See Peggy and Phyllis for tickets.

9:30 - 11 am

Peggy Morrow

Paper Fan Decorating
Peggy makes one-of-a-kind mosaics and is an avid crafter. She leads this unique session for creation of an Abundia keepsake. We bring all the supplies.

11:30 am - 12 pm

Brenda Byrne

Guided Meditation
Brenda is an ordained Methodist Minister. Join us for a series of two meditations in mindfulness, a centering experience, which can lead to decreased anxiety and increased peace.

12 - 12:45 pm

Group Lunch

1 - 2 pm

Cassandra Jones-McBryde

Selfie Activism
Cassandra is a fat-positive activist and executive producer of the Fuller Woman Expo. She explores the historical context for selfie activism, social connections, and how selfies can be used to find self-love. Selfies will be shot and printed for you to take home.

2:30 - 4:30 pm

Caitlyn Quigley

Chair (and Other) Yoga
Caitlyn is plus-size yoga instructor and graduate of Healing Yoga Foundation's 500-hour teacher training. Her session is designed for students in chairs, with modifications for standing and floor. This complete session includes a warmup, poses, cooldown, meditation, and time for questions.

4:30 - 6 pm

Free Time

6 – 7 pm

Group Dinner

7:30 - 10:30 pm

Heidi L. Davis
Elaine Poché

Pajama Party
Our first-ever pajama party features "Best Pajama Contest," "Show & Tell Sharing," snacks and cocktails, temporary tattoos, games, hair and nails, and more. Come in your best pajamas!

9:30 pm

Peggy Morrow
Phyllis Warr

Raffle Drawings

10 pm - 12 am

Anne Anatra

Photo Booth
If you want to wear it, unwear it, or pose with it, Anne will take your photo. This is a chance to bring clothes, props, and play dress-up for yourself or with friends. Anne takes digital photos and sends them directly to you post-retreat.

10 - 11 pm

Private Swim

Sunday, November 13

Breakfast On Your Own

9 am - 12 pm

Karen Dreas

Personal Massage
Sign up at the registration desk for private massage.

9:00 – 9:45 am

Eileen Rosensteel

Sunday Spirit
Eileen is an ordained Priestess of Being in a feminist Wiccan tradition. Join her story-telling session for tales of fat goddesses.

10 – 10:30 am

Brenda Byrne

Join us for another mindful meditation.

10:30 – 11 am

Free Time

11 am - 12 pm

Heidi L. Davis

Closing Session

12 pm

Hotel Check-Out

12:30 - 2 pm

Optional Brunch at Hotel Restaurant
$40 for Buffet at Allgauer's. Reservations required.

2 - 3 pm

Retreat Teardown
Help tear down, clean up, pack up, and carry out.