Fat Affirmative Tactical Camp (finally!!!)

Finally! Y'all have been asking for years, and finally we’re gonna get our own fat centered retreat. As plans were fomenting and the myriad details were getting organized, we’d been referred to the project lovingly, simply as fat camp. You know, cuz we’re fat and its gonna be at a campground. Then, well into the process, as we included more fats into the conversation, we came to full realize the term “fat camp” has heinous implications. As we are wont to do here in Portland’s pro-fat community, we’re reclaiming it! Fat Affirmative Tactical Camp is officially a born. 

It is our mission to offer opportunities radicalize our relationships with our bodies and our fatness further along the spectrum from mere ‘positivity’ or ‘acceptence’ to full blown, pro-adipose, Fat Affirmative. 

We believe in the alchemic blend of understanding that surviving, resisting and thriving, in spite of the very real experiences of oppressions specific to anti-fat bias and other marginalized identities can be a unifying force in our collective liberation. 

[ We'e building out all the details, stay tuned! Last update 5/8/17. Put an earlybird reservation on it for 20% off! ] 
What we have so far: 

Friday, Sept 29th - Monday, Oct 2nd 2017

Four Days, three nights, lodging in rustic bunk beds, gourmet hearty meals*, big ol’ crowd of fatty fat friends, and the entire camp ground in beautiful Walton, Oregon! By us fats for us fats, centering the experiences of the fattest amongst us. Absolutely NO diet talk or weight-loss glorification.**

Everyone who reserves their spot at Fat Affirmative Tactical Camp will have access to the private attendees-only Facebook group. There, we’ll collaborate on some of the programming details to ensure maximum fatness and well-being. Opportunities to lead, participate in conversational, casual, fat-centric workshops. Jonnie & Mack have a couple options to offer as well. We’ll finalize our line up by majority vote as capacity and resources allow.
Awkward and Social Bench; we’ll have a designated spot for folks who are feeling friendly but having a hard time approaching in the moment. Those of us who are more extraverted will be happy to check in and strike up a conversation. We’ll not foster in any kind of  in-group/out group clique cultureand are committed to everyone feeling seen, welcome and comfortable.  

Accessibility; we're
told there is mobility-device access to most parts of camp, however we're headed out for a tour May 9th to get specific measurements and details. email us with questions at fatcamp@fatyoga.org 

*Vegetarian friendly options available at each meal. Allergy restrictions respected and accommodated as best as we’re able. We may not be able to accommodate everyone’s needs however we’re gonna do our damnedest, drop us at line at fatcamp@fatyoga.org

**Smaller fats speaking of these things is an entirely different conversation than larger fats and there must to be space for the conversations of those most marginalized in our fat community. This piece will be addressed in-group by participants prior to camp starting to create best practices via the private FAT Camp fb group. 

Farewell to Fat Yoga

Fat Yoga has run its course. You’ve offered so much love and support these last six years and contributed in profound ways to the human Ive become. You’ve taught me that resisting, surviving and thriving, despite pervasive anti-fat oppression can be a unifying identity towards dismantling white supremacy. I'm grateful to each of you who sought me out, who accepted my awkward overtures of friendship. I’m so honored to be in radical, fat-loving community. Recent self critiques have me taking ownership and responsibility for my own unclear, muddy boundaries. The toxic alchemy of trauma induced self depreciating and white supremacist orientalism means I have crumpled people's feelings and been crumpled too, along the way. It's time I take accountability for these and other self care needs; that I may offer my best self in the most effective service to our collective liberation. 

If you've been missing me like I've been missing you, come out and see me for a class before we surrender keys to the studio. All classes through July 15th, 2017, Community Classes, (public and offered freely); donations are appreciated to help offset closing & living costs during this transition. Do NOT let capitalism win, come stretch with me even if you’re broke too. I want to see you. After July 15th, I’ll be getting the studio ready to hand off.

Happily there is still opportunity for our fat citizens to preserve 6340 for the community space it always coulda shoulda been! The Fat Self Center has a few challenges and tons of possibilities! I’ll assist in transitioning the relationships with vendors and landlords to the new leadership. If this is something you're interested being involved with, there's more info here. Marina can be reached at Marina@fatselfcenter.org

All Fat Track autopays stop June 30th, ensuring most of July's expenses are covered. No autopays July 1st or after. If we have unfinished business, please reach out and remind me. I'm happy to be accountable and make amends. My recent mental health and anxiety makes the phone impossible, however come see me or drop a line on fb or email mack@fatyoga.org, I will get back to you.

I am taking the summer to evaluated and adjust my fat roles. Grief for my father is tied to opening the studio nearly five years ago. Friday would have been his 61st birthday, late August, his death-day. I need to finally grieve and mourn and let myself feel those things. Clearly therapy - finding the right therapist proves to be a full time gig itself. I’m seeking a quiet data-type job with medical benefits. I must talk less, listen and write more. I need to divest and pass along the rights of FY to SAAPYA. I need some introvert time, and I appreciate y'all letting me. I believe in the kind of fat movement we’ve already cultivated; together, we’ll cultivate Fat Flex.

I do hope too see y’all at Fat Affirmative Tactical Camp! Collaborating between a few of us rad fat locals, we’ve reserved an entire scouts-type campground! For many of us, our primary fat community is online. My own journey from weight neutral, through body positive to now fat affirmative is because many of you shared your experiences with me personally. We aim for this same kind of shift for all of us at FAT Camp. We’re gonna fortify our Summer of ’17 eating, laughing, flexing, sharing stories and rejoicing in our collective fatness together. If its everything we imagine, maybe we’ll have another in 2018. 

Lastly, to honor my commitments and the legalities of FY, the videos are still available. I do not wish to personally profit from ‘yoga’ therefore starting in August, proceeds from the videos rentals/purchases will be divided between two Black, Queer, fat, disabled women who have graciously agreed. Both are dedicated activists, one is a teacher, the second an artist without stable income.  Each prioritizes nuanced, free education online everyday. Neither of them need my help and I am grateful they share of themselves, ensuring a better world. 

I already miss y'all and because capitalism, I may have limited availability for private/semi-private or pop-up classes in the interim, at the Fat Self Center, send me a message on fb or mack@fatyoga.org

My gratitude for reading all the way to the end. Everything I am is because of you all.