Are you craving to tell the story of your day, your truth and share it with the world?
Are you ready to build a stronger relationship to yourself?
Are you hiding from cameras in your life, sure that you are not photogenic? This class is for you, my friend.
You are invited to join Be Your Own Beloved and to begin a journey to see the person in the photograph and in the mirror as a friend and shift stories of self-hate into tales of self-love. Yes, this class is about self-portrait photography but it is also so much more.
This class can be a doorway to a new way of seeing yourself: with more kindness, more self-compassion and to begin to treat yourself with the same reverence that you would someone who is beloved to you.
You deserve that same reverence, that same appreciation.
Yet for so many of us, it tends to be the opposite.
We think we aren’t photogenic. We see photos of us as proof of stories that keep our negative self-image thriving. We stop after taking one photo that we don’t like, closing the door to seeing ourselves with kindness.
Yet this is why taking self-portraits has so much potential to be healing.
Why hundreds of folks from around the globe have found transformation in their self-image through this class.
Because we get to decide what we take as the truth of how we see ourselves.
We hold our own map towards self-love or self-hate & we have the opportunity to guide our own way there.
The magic of Be Your Own Beloved is two-fold.
First is the prompts, arriving in a really gentle format each day into your email inbox. Each day for the first 30 days of the month there is an activity to explore which explores this path of self-portraiture as a tool for self-compassion. Some of them may be done with ease, and yes…some might be out of your comfort zone (but truly, that is where the transformation happens).
The other powerful element to the class is the community. In this class, we gather in a private Flickr Group and share our photos and this is where the second layer of healing happens. We have bravely taken our daily photo and we share it with the group and are encouraged, supported, seen.
We find ourselves experiencing compassion from our community which can’t help but invite us to treat ourselves with that same kindness too.
The Flickr Group was incredibly supportive and loving. I have never used Flickr and had no idea what to expect. The feeling of safety and trust is incredible. People’s willingness to be vulnerable is so compelling – such an honour to be trusted and supported and seen and accepted. Amazing.
So much beauty shared. I have been absolutely astounded by so much positive energy.
I did not expect all of the support and love that I felt from the other participants. I didn’t know that this would be such a safe place. It was helpful for me to see and hear about other people”s struggles, to realize that we all battle the same demons, to understand that I am not alone. It was so powerful to share in everyone’s story, to revel in their bravery and to cheer them on.
You truly don’t need to have ever taken a self-portrait or selfie before to say YES to this class. In fact, that is exactly who I created it for. For folks (like I was when I started this process) who are ready to write a new story of their self-image.
To be open to seeing yourself in a new way.
To quiet everyone else’s voices of what or how you are supposed to be and listen to your own voice, your own choices.
Wait….but isn’t self-portraiture or “selfies” supposed to be narcissistic or self-centred (click the video for some insights into this myth)!
Be Your Own Beloved is an adventure into exploring self-portraiture as a self-care practice. We will create space during this month to cultivate self-compassion through self-portraiture!
It is structured as a 30-day photo adventure designed to cultivate self-compassion through the practice of taking self-portraits.
They say it takes 28 days to change or start a new habit, so in the month of February, you are invited to take part in a self-portrait activity each day as we cultivate self-love and make a habit of seeing ourselves with kindness.
The way the course is structured is gentle but the effects of taking part are powerful! Each activity will take only minutes of your time but you will notice, when we take these little steps each day, they add up to create something pretty powerful during the month as a whole. Not only that, but through the process of taking a self-portrait each day, we begin to re-write the stories that are tied up with our relationship to our self-image.
While we will be focusing on our own self-compassion adventure, we’ll be doing so in a community space! You will be welcomed with open arms into a beautiful community from around the world.
- Daily self-portrait activities & explorations delivered to your inbox!
- An invitation to the community course space, our Class Flickr Group
- A Daily Worksheet with Journalling/Reflection Questions
- A Be Your Own Beloved PDF including the class prompts and journal questions
- Supportive encouragement & feedback from Vivienne (as well as from your incredible classmates)!
- A Live Community Call midway through class. If you aren’t able to join the call live, recordings will be available for you!
- A Video Resource Library with 10 Videos to support your journey and answer your questions! As soon as you register you’ll receive access so you can start exploring the videos even before class begins.
Dates: February 1st-March 2nd, 2018
As soon as you sign up you’ll receive access to the Video Resource Library to explore before class begins.
What you’ll need for class:
- A camera of any sort! A DSLR, point and shoot or iPhone are all great options.
- Access to the Course Flickr Group (its not mandatory to participate in the Flickr Group but is a really powerful, enriching experiences so I encourage you to at least come visit the group). This is also where I provide feedback & encouragement on your photos.
Be Your Own Beloved February 2018 Session
$129 CAD (Approx 104 US Dollars)
Registration is now closed for this session but if you’d like to get a sample of what the experience will be like (and get on the list to be the first to be notified for next session) head on over here to sign up: http://eepurl.com/dlpqOT
If your email address is different than the on you have listed on Paypal, let me know when you register or via the contact form as I’ll be in touch soon to confirm your spot and send over the invite to the resource space for you to explore before class begins!
Be Your Own Beloved + a 1 on 1 Skype Mentoring Session with Vivienne
$179 CAD (Approx 145 US Dollars)
Registration is now closed for this session.
As a companion to your Be Your Own Beloved experience, you can now book a 30 minute Skype Mentoring session with me during your Be Your Own Beloved class. I’ll give you one-one-one support around what might be coming up in the process and help you find more resilience and empowerment around your relationship with photos.
All prices are in Canadian Dollars and Paypal will let you know the price in your currency.
For those of you on the fence, trust me. Sign up. I’ve taken two courses with Vivienne and I’ll surely sign up for more. Vivienne is compassionate without being schmaltzy, creative without being flighty, and meets learners where they are. Her ability to create a community seems easy but as an online educator, I know how hard it is. Her classes are well worth the investment and they made me love the camera and myself.
So far this has been a real awakening for me in so many ways. And I had no idea that it would be. I have never ever spent this much time in front of the camera. I feel so much love. It is startling. I find myself wanting to take better care of myself, to look better, dress better toconvey who I am as a person. And the really cool thing is seeing glimmers of the person I thought I had lost.
I had no idea that a self-portrait class would yield such a peaceful heart! I didn’t realize that the practice of consciously taking my picture could help me feel so much better about how I look and to be so much more accepting. Thanks Vivienne!!!
This was one of the most helpful loving things I have ever done for myself.
To me, the idea of a self-portrait, or really most any photo online = utter terror. Vulnerability off the charts. Issues galore attach themselves to the shutter of the camera and bring forth sweats of anxious “no f’n way”. Tag a photo of me on Facebook? I will untag and maybe report it…no need for discussion. And yet I was drawn to this course by Vivienne’s transformative and empowering stories about the experience. As I seek to extend and expand my own interactions with a photo a day as a spiritual practice, I let curiosity win out over fear and signed on. “Count it as professional development” I convinced myself.
Now, a month later, after posting my last two pictures to the classroom site, I’ll say this was no mere continuing ed experience. The learning of this experience has been great and worthy, no doubt a reflection in days to come. I just want to say THANK YOU Vivienne and the amazing classmates who shared so much courage and strength in such a simple and profound daily workout.
Vivienne…. I LOVE the way you teach/lead and engage with your class! I’ve taken many online classes and yours is the first and only class where I felt completely connected to you, our teacher. I think the opportunities you offer to connect via Instagram and Flickr, both through the photo comments and the discussions, are excellent. Mostly I appreciate and admire the fact that you were so interested in all of us that you not only checked on our pictures regularly but actually commented on each and every one of our photos! I really love that…. and I’ve never had that happen in an online class before. Thank you so very very much for everything you gave us during the class, and that includes your tons of wonderful soul nurturing, heartfelt information, and also your constant presence in the class and your kind and caring attention. You are very special and the work you are doing here is truly wonderful and so very, very important. You are helping to heal the planet, one soul at a time…
I took the last session of Be Your Own Beloved. Is it okay for me to join in again?
Yes, absolutely! I use all of these prompts regularly and I definitely experience them differently depending on the day, so I think it would be mighty powerful to dig deeper into prompts you’ve done before. So YES! Come join in again!
Is this a self-portraiture class?
Be Your Own Beloved is an adventure into self-portraiture, but as you’ll discover, self-portraiture isn’t just about capturing our image but rather it is about seeing ourselves in a new light and in that way, this class is indeed about self-portraiture. That said, there is no pressure to take a specific type of self-portrait at any time during the class. You can take photos of your feet or something in your hand. You will be asked to take some sort of a self-portrait each day as part of creating a self-care practice through self-portraiture but I promise you it will be oh so much fun and you will feel very supported!
Do I get feedback on my photos?
We have a course Flickr group where we will be sharing our photos throughout the class. I will be spending lots of time in the Flickr group exploring photos and I love to comment on photos and cheer you on! The feedback you will get throughout the course will be encouraging and as you’ll find, it becomes fun to cheer each other on in this adventure! You will definitely receive supportive feedback from me (as well as your peers) on many, if not all of your photos during the class.
Can I do the Mentoring Session after class is over?
The mentoring session is only available during or within the month after the class is finished as it is designed to support you during the experience or to help you integrate the process in the weeks after class is finished. There are no exceptions. That said, I have other Mentoring Sessions that you can do any time throughout the year and as you’ll see the offer combined with the class is a really special deal for course participants!
It says the prices are in CAD. What would that be in my currency?
Indeed, I’m Canadian, so the prices in Canadian currency but when you put the class into your cart, paypal will let you know what it will be in your currency before purchasing the class. You can check here to get a sense of what it would be though it may be a slightly different rate via paypal.
If you have any further questions about this don’t hesitate to click the contact form and connect with me!
Is the class for women only?
No, the class is welcome to all genders and all bodies. While the class is often mostly women registered, it is open to men and folks who identify outside of the gender binary. I use gender neutral pronouns in the class to welcome folks of all genders and to not assume the gender of anyone’s partner either. Safe space for all of us, including women, trans and genderqueer folks, LGBT community and men dealing working through body acceptance is of the utmost importance to me. Each class I’m in awe of the diversity of backgrounds and life experiences we each bring to the group and the safe space we create together.
Are the Videos in the Resource Library available with subtitles?
Yes. I’ve subtitled all of the videos in the library for you! You’ll be able to just click the Closed Captioning button on each video to access them while watching on a computer.
I’ve also made you a video with some of the common questions I get from folks wanting to join in for the class!