Body Wise Women: Making peace with your body through Story and Dance




Looking back on your life, have you ever had a seemingly random conversation or clicked on a link to a talk that changed the course of your life's path?


Have you ever come across a book through seemingly randomly events that opened you up to a new way of showing up for yourself?


When I look back now, I realise that this is exactly what happened to me when I discovered the Eating Psychology world. I "randomly" signed up for an online Nutrition conference and found the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. The founder of the Institute, Marc David had some really intriguing things to say.


"Each of us has a unique food and body story. Dynamic Eating Psychology affirms the importance of this epic story. It helps us transform our eating concerns through a deeper understanding of what they’re here to teach us, using the right skills, and within a context of love and insight. And it honours all of who we are as eaters – body, mind, heart and soul"- Institute for the Psychology of Eating.



This was a huge wake up call for me. At the time, I was at University. "It's the best time of your life, Amy" they said. Well, for me, it was actually one of the most painful and loneliest experiences.... I was studying nutrition and I was also bingeing and comfort eating almost every day. I was surrounded by people, and yet, I was constantly feeling alone and like I didn't belong.

I felt uncomfortable in my own skin and I couldn't bear it.


I realised that I had spent the majority of my life, up until I was 18, not really knowing how to feel. Not knowing how to deal with emotion and instead eating to numb the pressures, the pain and the discomfort. Not really being in my body, and instead living in my head. Through narratives that told me that I wasn't enough and that my body was wrong.

Learning more about Eating Psychology was a massive doorway for me to come home to my body, to really start to understand this amazing body that is doing it's absolute best for me, every single moment of every single day. It steered me to find a path of becoming friends with this incredible vessel, that allows me to experience the magic of being alive. Stories, archetypes and metaphors helped me better understand her language and really LISTEN to her. I started to dance and move in my own way, I started to give myself permission to feel good, I started to embrace my uniqueness and thankfully found a supportive and loving community of people doing the same thing.


Over the past few years I have been following this winding, beautiful, magic, often times heart-wrenching, path and have been to the heart of the labyrinth and back again many times over. Everything I have learned, has inspired me to be here. Co-creating this labour of love and sharing the Body Wise Women Course with you.





Following the threads and weaving the web


A few years ago, I came across "Women Who Run with the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Which completely blew me away and I discovered the power and medicine of story, metaphor and symbolism. I was fascinated by the archetypes in those stories and continue to read, listen and live all things story and started to see it could be embodied and applied as a potent resource in my own life and in the lives of my clients.


I was recommended to meet Suzanne the Storyweaver by a mutual friend and we ran a beautiful and enriching storytelling project together. Being in her presence and listening to her telling stories


Then, two years ago, for my 25th birthday Suzanne gave me “Eating in the Light of the Moon” by Dr Anita Johnston. She literally handed me this book that confirmed the things I felt in my bones and in my gut, that there was a connection between our relationship with food and story. So many of my passions rolled into one book!

When I started to read it, it was one Full-Body YES after another. My heart was singing, the insights were pinging and my whole being completely lit up.


One of the elements of coming home to myself and my body has been learning about my menstrual cycle. With the help of people like Red School and their book "Wild Power" I learned that each phase of the cycle can be so different and each season has it's own unique gifts that if we lean into, can significantly enhance our lives. They talk about our bleed being a very restorative and healing time. It can be inwardly focused, it can be creative and is a potential time for deep insight and wisdom to come through.


In September, I was having what seemed to be a very creative and inspiring bleed. I kind of had this download, this sprout of an insight ping through me: "I need to work with Suzanne and we need to run an "Eating in the light of the moon" book club".

I contacted Suzanne straight away with a great long message explaining everything and Suzanne was like “yes of course, we have to!!”


It started off originally as a book club and slowly with us feeling into it, talking about it, dreaming in to the possibilities of sharing it with other women we have transformed it beyond a book club into the Body Wise Women 6 week course. We have chosen some of the bigger, juicier stories that really resonate with us from the book, and also, woven in a few of our own threads to create a beautiful tapestry and mixture of both of our experience and expertise.




Together, we will explore a different topic/theme each week to gain a new, empowered perspective around our eating challenges, whilst tapping into the wisdom we carry within our bodies and connecting with other women in sisterhood and solidarity.


Upon reaching the centre of her being, she met up with the loving, nourishing Wise woman who lives within , whose sweet, strong voice would speak to her and teach her to fulfill her heart’s desires.

And as she made her way back out into the world, guided by the soft, reflective light of the moon, she found herself getting stronger and stronger. Her step became lighter and easier, and she became more and more comfortable in her own skin. She had the courage to speak her truth, over and over, and the strength to set her limits, time and time again, so others could not trample on her newfound self.

And so it was she found her way home” - Dr. Anita Johnston, Author of Eating in the Light of the Moon


We will connect in a safe and confidential virtual circle and each session will include:

  • Embodiment practices such as Groove*, movement, visualisation and dance

  • Traditional story

  • Reflection and journal/creative time

  • Conversations and discussions

  • Sharing your thoughts

We will also have a Facebook Group available for you to stay connected in between weeks, share any insights, resources, etc.


What this course is about:

  • Reframing and redefining words and terms (eg: wild, feminine, fat,etc)

  • Harnessing and embodying the magic of metaphor, story and archetypes as a powerful tool to create a more peaceful and empowered relationship with yourself, your body and your food.

  • Tapping into the power of your imagination

  • Unlearning harmful diet culture narratives and creating more wholesome narratives to enhance your life

  • Learning new skills, tools and ways to connect with your whole being, body, mind, heart and soul.

  • Cultivating nourishing and soulful self-care habits, rituals and practices.

  • Learning more about yourself and how your body works.

  • Discovering and celebrating your own uniqueness whilst connecting to a sisterhood of women.

  • Having fun, trying something new and enjoying how amazing your body is!

What this course is NOT:

  • Although this course is therapeutic in nature it is NOT therapy or counselling. We really urge you to take care of yourself, trust your intuition and take the action you need to talk to a therapist or counsellor should you require a more in depth approach. Please let us know if you would like us to recommend a practitioner to you.

  • It is NOT a diet, and although we will be talking about our relationship with food, we will not be giving any dietary advice.

"Stories have metaphors, stories have archetypes, they have an ancient, ancient language that we learn first as children, even before we speak we learn about metaphor and archetypes. Those type of things that are in our DNA from ever since we gathered around fires and first had stories, that is deep, deep within us" - Suzanne Arnold

About Suzanne:


"Who am I?

Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister, Aunty, Friend. Experienced storyteller, aka, Suzanne the Storyweaver; celebrant, ceremonialist and holder of space at Elemental Celebrations,….and so much more!

I turned 60 this year and when I look back over my life I am filled with gratitude for all the living I have done, all the challenges I have met and all the opportunities I have taken. The key elements of my life have been and continue to be, community and story.

I have been facilitating and holding space for women since my 20’s, as a community artist, a puppeteer, a storyteller, a celebrant and a woman.

I remember the first time I ran a workshop for woman only, I was 26 years old and thrown in at the deep end. That session taught me so many things but what I remember most was the ease of being with that group of women. The understanding, the support, the laughter, the listening, the sharing of our stories, the sisterhood in the space was palpable, We had by the very act of coming together, created a sacred space, an intentional space, space outside the ordinary. I have never forgotten those 2 hours, they changed my life and set me off on a path where I have sat in circle and created sacred space with so many women over the years. We have laughed and cried and shared deep wisdom.

My journey as an intentional storyteller began 13 years ago. I have always told stories and been an avid listener but, over time, the stories I read and heard, started to offer up a healing. A deep healing. A subtle and personal healing. As I have honed my craft as a storyteller, it is that aspect that has called to me and that I am passionate to share.

I am a Crone, and a wise woman. I bring wisdom, intuition, compassion, humour, empathy, mischief, knowledge, heart, nature connection, Spirit and the experience of being born a female in a patriarchal world. I stand in my Power and I look forward to circling with you" - Suzanne


You can find Suzanne at:

https://www.facebook.com/suzannestoryweaver

https://www.facebook.com/suzannethestoryweaver

https://www.facebook.com/elementalcelebrations

Instagram @suzstoryweaver





About Amy:


Amy is a Certified Groove Facilitator, Eating Psychology Coach, Workshop Facilitator and founder and Director of the social enterprise, SoulShine.


Having navigated her own body image and food challenges, Amy felt deeply called to support and empower others in the area of Eating Psychology.


Amy has spent almost ten years exploring the most powerful and empowering ways to support and empower her clients in their relationship with their bodies and their food. She offers a rich tapestry of knowledge, tools, practices and resources, drawing from nutrition, eating psychology, body positivity, body neutrality, fat liberation, Grooving, embodiment practices, storytelling, mythology and archetypes, and Reiki healing.


The result is Intuitively Nourished: a programme created to support women to make peace with their bodies, build confidence and resilience, and experience greater peace, trust, freedom and ease in relation to food.


Amy is passionate about changing the narrative around eating challenges, and transforming the shame stories so many women carry about themselves and their bodies. In group settings and on a one-to-one basis, she creates a safe, nurturing and empowering space, in which women can tap into the incredible wisdom that resides in their bodies, souls, minds and hearts, so they feel truly nourished in all aspects of their lives.


Amy is continually in awe of the magic that happens in these spaces where our human fullness is welcomed, witnessed and held with kindness and acceptance.


To find out more about her work, please visit


https://www.soul-shine.org.uk/inuitively-nourished


Or find her on FB @groovewithamy and Instagram @intuitively_nourishedwithamy




If you are ready to sink deeper into trusting the wisdom that resides within your body and are hungry for a new story around your relationship with food and eating, then please come and join us!


Together we will connect in story, metaphor and the magic that resides at the very core of who we are and create the truest, most beautiful story for our lives.


Please find all the details for the Body Wise Women Course here and get in touch with us at info@soul-shine.org.uk


We really look forward to circling with you soon.


So much love,


Amy & Suzanne x


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