Teen girls aged 12-18 are invited to participate in a free, transformational workshop that will take them on a journey toward self-acceptance on Saturday, February 4 from 10am – 1pm at The Green Pineapple Wellness Center on 1130 Duval Street. Facilitated by Deborah Lippi, Ph.D., “Embody Love,” will gently guide teens in setting new goals to change the way they feel, think, and speak to themselves and others about their body image and beauty.
"Imagine a world full of inspired, strong, empowered girls and women, each embracing their self-worth and that of one another, without limits or conditions,” says Lippi, founder of The Green Pineapple Wellness Center and Embody Love facilitator. “This is why what we’re after.”
Self-worth and body acceptance are national issues that start as young as six years old. According to 2016 statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, more than 53% of teen girls feel they should be on a diet or already are, and more than 42% of girls in 1st through 3rd grade want to be thinner. Embody Love is an international movement created to help shift this, offering opportunities that challenge and transform limiting self-beliefs and strengthen resources to help maintain healthy relationships women and girls have with their bodies and the world.
“Teens will be given the opportunity to see themselves and their peers through new lenses, ones that do not condition love based on external appearance or limit worthiness to a particular waist size,” says Lippi.
Lippi, a former counselor for over a decade at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea School, completed her “Embody Love” facilitator training in England last summer with women “of all ages and stages” from all over the world. Her desire to make a positive difference in what it means to be a woman today while helping change the future for girls is a driving force behind her commitment to wellness at her center, which is comprised of an organic café, life coaching facility with certified coaches, boutique, and yoga studio.
The interactive workshop exercises include dismantling the “beauty myth” found in the media, an exploration of tools that help change the conversation from criticism to kindness, ways of seeing and experiencing ourselves as worthy from the inside out, and a yoga practice that will lead teens into body acceptance and allow them to let go of comparisons and ideals about the way they look.
“Let’s create a conversation that moves away from "I'm so fat", "I'm too thin", and "I don't look good enough" to "I have purpose" and “I am worthy of love and respect", and "I have so much to offer," she says.
The workshop will conclude with a tea party for the participants at The Green Pineapple Organic Cafe. Though the workshop is free to all participants, donations are appreciated to help promote future workshops. Reserve your limited spot now. For more information, call305.509.7378 or visit Greenpineapplewellness.com.