November 2015 - Body Confidence (Nr Matlock, Derbyshire)

This retreat we wanted to celebrate and build confidence around our bodies. As we’d been going for some time, we felt it was time to up the ante and challenge ourselves a bit more. We decided to explore confidence around our bodies and include a challenging element of touch to the retreat. First we spent time discussing when and where we felt confident and comfortable, thinking about how that might change and what influences those feelings. Then we thought about touch and people discussed and showed where they felt comfortable being touched and where they felt less confident and why. This led to a practical session where people could invite touch, stating where was OK and where was off bounds, enabling us to also practice consent. The retreat was very challenging, fun, interesting and rewarding.