My Body, My Food and I


An invitation for people to give creative expression to their relationship with their bodies and with food.

Embodying Selves is inviting people to participate in a series of workshops that will allow them to explore the way in which they see their bodies. Embodying Selves is a practice-as-research arts project that aims to increase awareness of the intricate link between people’s self-concept, emotional well-being and the way they eat.

Dramatherapist Lou Ghirlando designed the project based on inspiration gained from psychotherapists and dramatherapists who speak about the connection between emotional well-being and eating patterns, as well as the way in which people play out their psychological patterns in the way they eat.

She draws particularly on Susie Orbach’s Chair of the Dove self-esteem project and who is the co-originator of the Dove Real Woman Campaign. In her latest book, Bodies (2009), Orbach writes about the way in which society capitalises on bodies. As a result, people are de-sensitising from their own bodies which they regard as ‘products’ to be worked upon rather than being an integral part of themselves.

My Body, My Food and I will consist of three series of eight workshops that will be facilitated by Lou Ghirlando. These small group workshops will be held between August and December at the Osborne Hotel in Valletta. Through movement, story-work and images, participants will be encouraged to engage with and to grow in respect, acceptance and love for their bodies. This will promote further connection with their bodies and lead to a greater understanding of what is required to keep healthy.

In November 2014, the UK-based dramatherapist Catherine McCormack, who has extensive experience in working with clients with eating disorders, will give a public lecture and facilitate a professional development workshop for professionals working in this field.

In April 2015, a performance will be held reflecting this subject and will bring the project to a close.

The project is being supported by the Malta Arts Fund and the Theatre Studies Department, School of Performing Arts, University of Malta.

Fees have been reduced in acknowledgement of the contribution towards the therapist’s research on the theme. More information will be provided on application.

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