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FROM JUDGEMENT TO JOY is a series of free workshops to help you break free from shame, obsession and insecurity when it comes to your appearance, so you can start enjoying your body and your life to the full.

I struggled for most of my life - for around 30 years - with poor body image. Having recovered around 6 years ago, at the age of 40, I started writing a blog to try to articulate the insights that helped me recover.

Each workshop will take one of my blog posts as a starting point for discussion.  You can find all my blog posts here: mariamorgan.info/blog

The intention behind the workshops is to create a safe, confidential space for you to explore themes and ideas that will support your healing, growth and change.

When we're suffering with negative thoughts and feelings about the way our bodies look, we are suffering from the impact of believing painful lies about who we truly are, and where our worth and wellbeing come from.

Most of us will have picked up these lies, or misunderstandings, from the culture in which we live - parents, relatives, friends, bullies, the diet / fashion / beauty industries, media etc. When we see through these lies, we free ourselves from their grip and experience a fresh perspective, and our suffering - and all the attitudes, feelings and behaviours associated with it - falls away. Sometimes this happens suddenly. More commonly, it's a gradual process of awakening.

The truth will set you free.

It can be helpful to look in the direction of truth with other people with the same intention. Turning away from your habitual thoughts can feel uncomfortable and scary. It takes courage and humility. Having support often helps to keep you focussed on recovery.

As someone who has already been on this journey, I will be there to guide and encourage you.

FORMAT
  • Each workshop will last no longer than 90 minutes, but may well be shorter depending on how many people attend, and how talkative you are!
  • I will open each workshop with some introductory words and by reading one of the blog posts - I will let you know the topic in advance of each meeting.  Each post is only a 2- or 3-minute read.  
  • I'll then open up the meeting for discussion and give everyone the opportunity to share their reflections.
  • If there are more of us, I will use the breakout room function on Zoom to divide attendees into smaller groups, so everyone can have plenty of time to speak and be heard.

SCHEDULE
I will run the workshops twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Please find the dates and times below.

TUESDAY WORKSHOPS
Time
British Summer Time 10.30am - 12pm
Ethiopia 12.30pm - 2pm
Eastern Time U.S. 5.30am - 7am
Pacific Time U.S. 2.30am - 4am
For other timezones, go to: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/

Dates
  1. 18 June
  2. 25 June
  3. 2 July 
  4. 9 July
  5. 16 July
  6. 23 July

SATURDAY WORKSHOP DETAILS
Time
British Summer Time 4.30pm - 6pm
Ethiopia 6.30pm - 8pm
Eastern Time U.S. 11.30am - 1pm
Pacific Time U.S. 8.30am - 10am
For other timezones, go to: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/

Dates
  1. 22 June
  2. 29 June 
  3. 6 July
  4. 13 July
Please note that I'll be happy to continue with the Saturday workshops in August/September if there is sufficient demand.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Once you register for the workshops at the link below, you'll be emailed the Zoom details.

๐Ÿ’ž«CLICK HERE to be emailed the Zoom link and schedule for the free workshops»๐Ÿ’ž

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Who are the workshops for?

The workshops are for you if:

๐Ÿ˜ฉ You constantly judge how you look, and you rarely, if ever, feel like your body looks ‘good enough’.
๐Ÿ˜ฉ You worry a lot about what other people think of your appearance and crave constant validation. Or you’re simply resigned to feeling ugly.
๐Ÿ˜ฉ You spend a lot of time, energy, and money (if/when you have it) on trying to improve and/or maintain your appearance.
๐Ÿ˜ฉ You feel too insecure about your body to enjoy dating, romance, or intimacy.
๐Ÿ˜ฉ You engage in obsessive behaviours, including weighing yourself, mirror checking, over-exercising, taking selfies, taking hours to get ready, disordered eating etc.
๐Ÿ˜ฉ You worry about the impact of ageing on your appearance.
๐Ÿ˜ฉ You keep your life small to avoid the pain of being criticised or rejected.

And if you'd like to:

๐Ÿฅฐ learn how to appreciate your own unique true natural beauty;
๐Ÿฅฐ free yourself from the burden of worrying about what you look like, especially as you get older;
๐Ÿฅฐ feel more secure in your own sense of unconditional self-worth;
๐Ÿฅฐ have the confidence to go on dates or enjoy your relationship with your current partner more fully;
๐Ÿฅฐ enjoy the sensual and sexual pleasures your body has to offer you, as it is right now;
๐Ÿฅฐ spend your money on useful/fun things rather than on risky/costly attempts to change your body;
๐Ÿฅฐ start thriving instead of just surviving.

Is there anyone who the workshops would NOT be suitable for?

If the following apply to you, the workshops probably won't be right for you at this time.

โŒ You have a fundamental belief that recovery is not possible for anyone, and you find it insulting for anyone to suggest that it is.
โŒ You are in a crisis and are in need of urgent medical care. Please note that I am not a doctor and I don't diagnose anyone or treat any specific medical condition. I share my experience of healing, which many people find beneficial, but it is no substitute for medical intervention. If you have concerns about your health, please consult a qualified physician in the first instance.
โŒ You are only looking to commiserate with other people about how awful it is to struggle with body image issues. During the workshops you'll have space to fully and openly express your pain and suffering which is so important for healing, but I will also encourage you to explore your potential to heal, learn, grow and change.
โŒ You are solely interested in finding ways to change your appearance and do not recognise the psychological component of your suffering at all. You are most welcome to participate if you'd like to look different and if you are doing things to change or to try to change your appearance. But if that's all you're interested in, then these workshops won't be for you.
โŒ You are not willing to respect differences when to comes to people's sexuality, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, values, socio-economic background, ability or health. And you make assumptions about people on these grounds which you're not willing to question.
โŒ You are not willing to respect the confidential nature of the meetings and refuse to keep what's shared private.
โŒ No bullying, shaming or harassment of other attendees or myself will be tolerated.
โŒ You are looking for 1:1 coaching and are not willing to share the time fairly with other attendees. I will provide individual support as much as time allows, but there are limits to this in a group setting.

Will the workshops be recorded?
No, the workshops will NOT be recorded. This is for several reasons. My intention is that this will help attendees feel more comfortable to open up about issues they feel vulnerable about. I also think presence and participation can be very important factors in healing, so I want to encourage you to come along and take some time for yourself and enjoy being in the company of people who can relate to what you're going through.

Do I have to have a Body Dysmorphia Disorder (BDD diagnosis) to attend?
Do I have to appear on camera?
If you feel self-conscious about how you look, you are welcome to attend with your camera switched off. I'd encourage you to be brave and switch your camera on if you possibly can, even if it's just briefly, but you'll be put under no pressure to do this.

Will I have to speak?
  • The workshops are meant to be interactive.  After I have read the blog post and briefly introduced the topic, I will invite attendees to share their reflections. 
  • My intention is that each attendee will have at least ten minutes to speak, if they wish.  
  • If four or more people attend, I will use the breakout room function on Zoom and split attendees into smaller groups, so each person has plenty of time to share and doesn't have to speak in front of a large group, which some people find intimidating.

How much do the workshops cost?
They are completely free. I'd be grateful for honest feedback on how you find them if you attend.

Are you a therapist?  What are your credentials?
  • No, I am not a therapist.  I do not treat or diagnose medical conditions. If you need medical advice, please consult a doctor.  
  • I simply share the insights that helped me stop judging my appearance and start enjoying my body and my life to the full after a decades-long struggle with body image and disordered eating.
  • I have found it helpful to explore an understanding of who we truly are, and how our experience of life is created, often referred to as The Three Principles, as articulated by Sydney Banks, in my healing journey.  This informs the perspective I share.
  • I participated in a 6-month coach training programme with Rohini Ross and Angus Ross to study this understanding.

How can I know if the workshops are right for me?
  • You can watch my free one-hour talk to see if my perspective resonates with you.
  • You don't have to share my perspective to participate in these workshops, but there must be respect for different points of view and a willingness to explore different perspectives in the interests of experiencing less suffering and more wellbeing.
  • Also, they are free, so why not come along and give them a go?!  You don't have to come back if you don't like it!

Do you offer more support?
  1. Yes, I offer one-to-one coaching on Zoom. You can find out further details here: mariamorgan.info/coaching
  2. I also intend to create a membership to support people who are struggling with body image in the future. You can find out about that and join the waitlist here: mariamorgan.info/the-lens-of-love-community You'll then be notified when I launch it.

๐Ÿ’ž«CLICK HERE to be emailed the Zoom link and schedule for the free workshops»๐Ÿ’ž

ANY QUESTIONS, JUST SHOUT!
You can email me at maria@mariamorgan.info.  

Love,

Maria
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