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Welcome, Love


Welcome to In Her Skin
A safe place to explore our inquiries, conversations, and self-expressions on Embodied Truth
Created with love by Isabel Abbott + Stacy de la Rosa

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Welcome, Love


Welcome to In Her Skin
A safe place to explore our inquiries, conversations, and self-expressions on Embodied Truth
Created with love by Isabel Abbott + Stacy de la Rosa

there’s a story, of how this all happened. the one we each experienced through and within the body, and the one about how the word and image was unleashed and shared, birthing the beginning of in her skin.

it has always been a conversation and return to knowing, deeply personal and radically collective.

stacy wrote this post, about the stranglehold of body shame, what it looks like when we cease to see our bodies as doll parts and view ourselves as whole, the way a lover would.  a peek into her own journey of self-abandonment, unraveling, the goddess inanna and facing our own shadows. for her it serves as a love letter honoring the deliciousness of a woman’s body, through it’s various initiations – a woman returning home to be in her skin.

isabel had her own experience of an unlikely pilgrimage of returning to her own embodiment and knowing it as a holy human place in which to live her time on this earth. in this, she wrote “belonging to the body,” about wrestling with cancer and falling in love with flesh. about the need to leave the body, the tangles of sexuality, and the long road to finding my way back, returned.

both of them received a powerful ripple (and earthquake shake) response, as we continued to hear from women who were, themselves, wanting to walk through the doors of exploration, into the questions which ask to be lived.

our love and our creative collaborations of image andword has brought us, again and again, to questions of what it means to reclaim and live embodied, present to the wholeness of our own unique experience.


 

  • what would it be like to hold my own gaze and not look away?
  • how do i remain intact, when everything around me insists upon dissection and fragmentation?
  • can i choose to be present with my embodied experience, without being required to like it or change it or transcend it?
  • how will i respond to a world that is insistent on telling me how to be, what to do, and all the ways i am getting it wrong?
  • how much space am i willing to occupy in my own skin and life?
  • can i love my body as home, not in spite of but perhaps because of its broken places and soft want?
  • can i meet myself, remain present with myself, in my skin?
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and So it began...


in her skin sessions: bringing to light the questions and experience of our unique embodied truth. 

and So it began...


in her skin sessions: bringing to light the questions and experience of our unique embodied truth. 

about

  • two weeks of exploration and open doorways of listening and liberating voice.
  • the muse in your inbox: also known as daily emails of prompts for photographs, art, word and reflection.
  • at the close of the in her skin session you will also receive a pdf of all the questions and prompts we’ve been working and playing, allowing you to return, as often as you need and create again and again.
  • you can work the prompts privately, on your own time and in your own way, or choose to connect daily with those participating in the current session.
  • community. a private facebook group for those who want to share our images and words as well as the process of presence and creation.
  • hashtags for easy instagram sharing and following.
  • you do not need to be either a professional artist or consider yourself a “writer” to participate.
  • and so it’s clear, this is not a tutorial -how to take photographs or how to write a certain way.
  • it’s about pictures and words, uncensored and real. but really, it’s about showing up, in our skin, and for ourselves.
     

in her skin is. . .

  • a conversation, and a way to enter inside the living questions.
  • standing in the honesty of our own embodied voice.
  • exploration and creative curiosity.
  • the real things and the great unknown, the mystery and the visceral flesh.
  • hard truth telling and the soft landing of surrender.
  • you getting to decide how you want to show up, in your body and life, in image and on the page.
  • it is a way of seeing and of being.
  • not a how-to course (how to live or how to feel about your body, how-to tutorial for photography or a certain style of writing.) but it is a showing up in the mess and making meaning together experience.
  • it is not about forcing ourselves to fit someone else’s form. it is not fixing or making better, not about overcoming anything, or even being brave, as if we are required to have any certain embodied experience at all. no, this is about entering more fully into our human embodiment, whatever it may be, bringing to light the experience of our truth.
  • which is to say, it is presence, which is a true kind of love.
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hello


 

meet stacy + isabel

 

hello


 

meet stacy + isabel

 

i am photographer, writer, and artist.

seeker of the soul in all things and returning to the body, i create imagery that reflects a feeling once known and hungry to be known – my approach to photography is embodied, archetypal, sensual, and healing by nature.  

with a background in visual efx in film and graphic design, I am devoted to telling visual stories that translate the language of the soul. i work with those deep in their own process and living into their questions, sometimes i bring my camera. 

you can find more of me here.

i am a writer, artist and activist.

fallen in love with solid ground, with belonging to the body and the holiness of hunger, i write and speak on the sacred and profane, on choosing wholeness.

with a professional background as a birth and death doula, a sex educator and an embodiment and movement workshop facilitator, i work with those crossing thresholds, questioning their gods, wrestling with their love, grieving and dying into life.

you can find more of me here.

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beloved


In service of the collective and to support the resistance and radical love
required in these times, this session of In Her skin is our gift to you. 

beloved


In service of the collective and to support the resistance and radical love
required in these times, this session of In Her skin is our gift to you. 

in her skin | the beloved session

  • because the magic is what happens in the spaces between, the encounter, i + thou, the intimacy of our own abandon in knowing and being known.
  • because the beloved is in the union and communion with transcendence and our most human selves, the love of another and the return to our own well-earned wisdom.
  • ·because “this place where you are right now
    god circled on a map for you.
    wherever your eyes and arms and heart can move
    against the earth and sky,
    the beloved has bowed there, knowing
    you were coming”
    - Hafiz
  • because this body is our home so we seek to be our own soft landing.
  • because “You do not have to be good.
    You do not have to walk on your knees
    For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
    You only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves”
    - Mary Oliver
  • because prayer can be the language of our cells speaking, our own mouths opened in rapture and release, our own hands extended in honest offering of everything broken and beautiful.
  • because call it the presence of another, call it life force, call it your own heart still beating. whatever name we speak, it just might be possible that we are loved and beloved on this earth and that our own embodied loving is the source of our strength. 
     

 

The details for this session:

  • The Beloved session will run from February 13-24th
     
  • Two weeks of images + words,
    exploration and conversation, real and uncensored.
     
  • The muse arrives in your inbox three times a week in the form of letters of love and prompts for photographs, art, wrods and reflection. 
     
  • A private, safe online community will be created for those who wish to share images and words as the process of presence and creation. 
     
  • In service of the collective and to support the resistance and radical love required in these times, this session of In Her Skin is our gift to you. 


This session is now closed. To be the first to hear about upcoming sessions, we invite you to join our mailing list. 

We offer scholarships for every session of In Her Skin. Scholarships are possible because of your generous donations. 
100% of your donations is used to pay the full registration fee for someone needing support.
Because this we know to be true: we need each other. Deeply.
 

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In Our Skin


live one day workshops

 

In Our Skin


live one day workshops

 

in her skin | belonging to the body
a one day workshop
with Isabel abbott + stacy de la rosa

 


enter into your living questions.
name yourself for yourself.
make art and move the body, protest and feel the loud no echo out into a room,
connect with others and your own pulse
and anchor down deep into the clarity of your own consent.
break something open, or hold it with all the gentleness in the geographies of your own flesh.
pay attention, without interference or the assumptions another knows better or best.
feel the boundary of your own body, that which belongs to you
and that which is free to be let go.
hold your own gaze, or the eyes of another, and for those moments, not look away.
locate the voice always there, belonging to the body,
intact when everything around you insists upon dissection and fragmentation.
be with others, where we come together to listen deeply to the body’s language and to tell stories,
witnessed and loved, knowing it as the way in and through to our own longing and language intricate as galaxies.


this is not about forcing ourselves to fit someone else’s form.
it is not fixing or making better, not about overcoming or transcending anything,
or even “being brave,” as if we are required to have a certain embodied experience at all.
rather, we create the space, honor the space, hold the space
with fierce love and radical commitment to releasing the lies told us
and burning to the ground the patriarchal kyriarchal systems that define the
meaning of woman, of art, of the body, this body, your body.
and you get to come, to show up as you are, and enter into
the discovery and creation and expression of your own embodied truth.
 

Saturday, May 6th
10am-6pm
Portland, OR
$140.00