When I was in my early twenties, a couple of close female friends told me about their sexual assaults. I was horrified and sad and distraught. And I started to do research to learn the best way to support them and also to find other sources of support.
As I did the research I learned how often this kind of thing was happening. A recent survey by Stop Street Harassment came out this January and found that 81% of women have experienced some form of sexual harassment.
And the stats I was reading at that time were similar. I was shocked. How could this be happening so often?? And why was there so little discussion about it??
At that time, there was a lot of blame on those assaulted:
“Your skirt was too short.”
“You shouldn’t have kissed him.”
“You shouldn’t have been drinking.”
And because of the blame there was, and is, a lot of shame around it. Many of the women that I knew didn’t tell their stories to ANYONE until years after the event.
Because if you think it’s your fault or your ashamed about it, there’s no assault story to tell.
Sexual harassment and assault has been happening to women and girls for hundreds, if not thousands of years. And, in smaller numbers, it has been happening to men and boys as well.
And brave women and men have been working to right these wrongs for just as long as they’ve been happening. From quietly warning their friends about a particular professor’s office hours to opening sexual assault centres, a lot of work has been done.
And then, in the fall of 2017, the #MeToo hashtag exploded.
It was used 1.7 million times in 85 countries, according to this CBS article.
And it was built on all the year of hard work that has been done before.
But something, this time, was different. This was not the first time brave women had told their stories, but the technology allowed these women to connect directly to other women around the world.
You see, the mainstream media is still controlled by men. As of 2017, according to a report by the Women’s Media Centre, 61% of journalists are men and if you look at who’s in management positions it’s even higher.
And so the movement changed from quiet tears in women’s bathrooms, to quiet tears in women’s bathrooms around the world.
And some women felt less alone.
And some women realized it wasn’t “their fault.”
And some women got angry.
And some women demanded change.
And some women, well let’s be honest A LOT of women, cried.
Women around the world connected. And change began to happen.
And this issue was taken to a whole new level.
These issues are far from “solved,” but it’s a great step in the right direction…
And it’s shows that there’s a real power when women get together and talk and listen.
And that’s one of the reasons the workshop Fill Your Tank: A Workshop for Women who Run on Empty was created.
It was created to bring women together and to tap into that power.
The focus of the workshop is rest and rejuvenation so that you can continue to work on the issues and take care of the people that matter most to you.
Do you feel:
- Exhausted, over-extended, low?
- Like you have a thousand balls in the air and no matter what gets done, there is always so much more to do?
- Tired, mind racing and sometimes have trouble sleeping?
If the answer to even ONE of these questions is yes, then Fill Your Tank: A Workshop for Women who Run on Empty is for you!
This workshop will take you from a place where you feel tired and anxious to a place where you:
- Feel better
- Feel less alone
- And know exactly what you need to do on days when you’re overwhelmed
And, don’t worry, we won’t be telling you to meditate more!!
We love meditation but filling your tank involves taking things off your plate, not just putting more things on!
We use body-centred practices to tune into your true self and find what YOU need to fill your tank.
WHEN: Saturday July 7th, 2:30 – 5:30 pm
WHERE: 151 Sterling Rd., Unit 4, Toronto
COST: $40 (cash or e-transfer*)
*Please send all e-transfers to rebekahblok[at]hotmail.com before the event.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
Rebekah (left) and Bryn (right.)
Bryn Bamber, Career Burnout Coach
Bryn was 24 the first time she burnt out. She was working with youth in custody and their stories were breaking her heart and so eventually she quit. She moved to a yoga retreat and study centre for 2 years to put her life back together.
She now works as a Career Burnout Coach where she uses body-centred practices to help people like you connect to their intuition, reduce stress and find their gifts at www.brynbamber.com.
Rebekah Blok, Body Process Work, Energy Work, Dream Work
Rebekah made her first career choice out of fear and anger. Her engineering didn’t fuel her soul. She ended up feeling depressed a lot of the time.
She was hoping naturopathic medicine would be her way to a meaningful career and practiced from 2007-2016. She learned so much about seeing people in their body-mind-soul wholeness, but it wasn’t home.
Finding body psychotherapy was a game changer. As we go through life we get hurt, and out of self-preservation we create ingenious defences. Over time these defences get hard wired into our brains and bodies as neural pathways, physical tensions and muscular armouring. Eventually, these old patterns become prisons that prevent us from feeling and expressing ourselves in vulnerability and connection. Learn more about Rebekah’s practice at https://allofyouiswelcome.com/