WHAT IS BODY PEACE?
Body Peace is a first-of-its-kind virtual body image and Eating Disorders conference. Taking place October 4th-6th and hosted by Body Brave Canada and National Initiative for Eating Disorders, the Body Peace Conference seeks to create a space where individuals can receive practical training and information about eating disorders and body image. Focusing on the value of lived experience as evidence, this year’s conference will bring together survivors, caregivers, and health professionals to learn from keynotes, speakers, and panels, as well as from each other.
Non-profit organizations Body Brave, National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED.ca) have teamed up to bring you Body Peace 2019! We have also partnered with the Waterloo-Wellington Eating Disorders Coalition to bring you some of training sessions and workshops.
WHY BODY PEACE?
Because we want to offer a conference that…
Uplifts and magnifies underrepresented voices.
That highlights the voice of lived experience alongside clinical voices.
Breaks down stigma and promotes empowering approaches to healing.
Offers a space where individuals from different walks of life can collaborate and innovate.
Challenges barriers, emboldens conversation, and equips people with the tools to create lasting change in their lives and practice!
Over the three days of the conference, Body Peace 2019 will offer three different areas of focus: Innovation, Representation, and Collaboration. The first day of Innovation will highlight clinical and nonclinical innovative approaches, fresh ideas, and new perspectives in the realm of body image and disordered eating. Focusing on Representation will highlight the dynamic and diverse voices of those with lived experience, caregivers, and clinicians. Body Peace 2019 is a space to uplift and magnify the voices of those who have been underrepresented. On the final day, Collaboration will focus on the ways we can all collaborate, joining our voices to break down stigma and promote empowering approaches to healing.
Body Peace 2019 is a conference designed to challenge barriers, embolden conversation, and equip people with the tools to create lasting change in their lives and practice. We believe that the impacts of this conference have the capability to go well-beyond these three days.
WHO ATTENDS BODY PEACE?
This conference is for anyone who is interested in learning more about eating disorders and body image including healthcare professionals, caregivers of someone who is struggling with an eating disorder, someone with lived experience of an eating disorder. It is designed to be accessible and practical. Participants will take away concrete skills and tools that can be used at home and/or at work. This is not an academic/scientific conference and no prior knowledge of eating disorders/body image is required!
WHERE IS BODY PEACE?
Body Peace 2019 is being hosted on the virtual platform Zoom. Please note that Zoom is free to use. Holding the conference virtually allows us to reach a large audience, in a way that is widely accessible. Using this platform means that participates will have the opportunity to engage with one another, to share ideas, and to learn from each other’s experiences. Hosting a virtual conference acknowledges the barriers that many people face when wanting to be involved in events such as this. Time, distance, and financial restraints all keep people from being able to participate in meaningful dialogue that can benefit their work, their relationships, or their own mental health. Body Peace 2019 is intentionally designed to accommodate the accessibility needs of our audience, and maximize the participation of traditionally marginalized groups.
WHEN IS BODY PEACE?
October 4, 5, 6 2019. 9am-7pm EST. For the schedule, please click here.