Befriending Your Body

A workshop to redefine beauty narratives and get grounded in worth.

With a barrage of media messages, a constant temptation to engage in comparison, addictive social media habits that perpetuate a singular idea of beauty, and even our own inner bully – women are inundated with suggestions and opinions that can affect our self-esteem from the inside out. Our feelings and narratives about our bodies carry so much importance, and we want you to be equipped to befriend your body. The goal for this workshop is for women to set new intentions about how they feel, think, and speak to themselves and others. You will explore your own internalized beliefs about beauty and self-worth and will be given the tools to understand that these negative beliefs have a detrimental impact on how you view yourself as purposeful and worthy. You will walk away from this workshop with the tools to grow into cultivating a healthy relationship with your body.


July 31, 2021


12:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Norway Hall

Get Directions Cost:

$50.00 General

$30.00 Student

Amy Brandy counselor

Amy Brandt

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Amy Brandt is a Marriage and Family Therapist based in Bellingham, WA. Amy sees our bodies, minds and souls as integrated and integral parts of us. In order for our minds to be healthy, Amy believes our bodies and souls have to be as well. She brings this holistic lens with her into her work with clients as she makes a personal and detailed treatment plan to help people process trauma and teach tools to enable them to be a healthier and more integrated version of themselves.
Amy loves adventures in nature, including running, skin, hiking, and picnics. She has a deep need to create beauty wherever she goes and often does this through cooking, painting, playing music, and gardening.

Tayler Body Positivity Advocate

Tayler Robertson

Student, Body Diversity Advocate

Tayler Robertson is a third-year news/editorial journalism major at Western Washington University. It is one of Tayler’s life and career goals to change the way industries view fashion for different bodies. While she has had ups and downs with ideas of her own body, Tayler has not stopped uplifting other women to showcase their own beauty. Whether it is a simple social media repost or a direct message to a woman commending her for coming out of her comfort zone, Tayler strives to help create a loving and supporting body positive community. When she isn’t reporting, Tayler likes to cook homemade meals and try new restaurants around the Bellingham area.

Summer Maas founder of healthy whole and free

Summer Faith Maas

Co-Founder of Healthy, Whole, and Free

Summer is all in for Jesus, her husband Calvin, and their two growing boys. As co-founder of Healthy, Whole, and Free, it’s her joy to help women live life to the fullest by pursuing health in community, all while keeping their eyes fixed on Jesus. She is passionate about the Body of Christ walking in the fullness of their giftings and that’s why you’ll find her teaching Revelation Wellness ® Fitness classes a couple times a week at her local church in Lynden, WA.

Corenia Murphy Counselor

Corenia Murphy

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Corenia Murphy is a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in working with those who would like to heal their relationship to their bodies. Corenia helps clients who are seeking restoration after learned shame, trauma, pelvic pain, chronic illness, and the impact on their well-being. She helps guide clients in the work to restore the relationship to their body, and to their stories. Corenia is passionate about her work and loves helping people find parts of themselves again.

Samantha Smith counselor

Samantha Smith

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Samantha is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Bellingham, Washington. As a therapist, Samantha works with older adolescents and adults to uncover the truths of who they are in order to live a more wholehearted life. She helps clients who are struggling with a variety of issues including depression, trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, grief, abuse, shame, and difficult life transitions. She offers an eclectic approach to therapy, utilizing creative, emotionally-focused, cognitive, and body-based techniques to address the unique struggle of each client. Samantha is currently working of her Ph.D. in Practical Theology through the University of Aberdeen. Personally, Samantha is married and has three children. When not working, she might be found spending time with them outdoors, sewing or embroidering, riding her bicycle, or reading in a local coffee shop.

cindy smiling with nature in the background

Cindy Brinn

Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist/Diabetes Educator

Cindy is a retired nutritionist with over 35 years of experience helping individuals develop and achieve their personal goals around food. She has helped clients navigate confusing nutrition information, unique nutrition needs and various medical conditions. Combining practical tools and an empowering holistic approach, Cindy has helped thousands of individuals find their own way through the food maze, achieving health and wellness and including the foods they love. In her retirement, Cindy loves hiking and gardening, but currently much of her time is spent caring for her delightful granddaughters and loving but aging parents.

Q: What should I expect the day to look like?
A: This will be a workshop-style class, meaning we will have multiple speakers teaching on different topics all related to body image and self worth throughout the day. The teaching team for this workshop is made up of incredible women including counselors, and everyday chicks prepared to share about their own authentic journeys. You can expect to learn, process, and grow as you dive into recognizing unhealthy narratives and gaining the tools to live into truth.

Q: Do I need to bring anything with me?
A: You may want to bring a journal and pen to take notes with, but otherwise we will provide any materials you may need.

Q: Will there be any snacks at the workshop?
A: We will have individually packaged snacks and treats available in order to stick with covid safety guidelines. We look forward to having a safely social workshop, complete with snacks and some mingling.