Explore More Summit Schedule

Five powerful days of talks designed to challenge us, stretch us, and invite us into a new dialog around our bodies and how we move through the world.

Each day's talks will be available to registered attendees for 24 hours beginning at 9am Pacific US/Canada each day. You can watch one or all of the talks as many times as you'd like during that 24 hour window. At the end of the 24 hours (similar to an in-person live conference), those talks will be removed and the next day's talks will be made available.

Be sure to check your email every day for that day's workbook and access to the talks.

All of the talks will have closed captions AND if you want to re-watch the talks, get access to the expanded workbooks, or join in the bonus activities, you can always
grab them for yourself on the bonus page.

Day 1: December 4, 2017

Lindsey Averill & Viri Lieberman

Lindsey Averill and Viri Lieberman of Fattitude the Movie speak at the Explore More Summit: Bodies Edition with Dawn Serra

In this talk, a few of the things we explore include:

- An exclusive 7-minute clip from Fattitude the Movie that you can't see anywhere else. We also talk about how fat bodies are portrayed in our favorite movies.

- All the ways culture has sold you on the idea of your body worth & how pop culture feeds those stories.

- Why beauty and body positivity aren't enough to break us free & to help us find ease with our bodies.

- How the experts in Fattitude stay motivated in the face of body stigma, plus how changing bodies can mean changing feelings.


Melissa A. Fabello

Melissa A Fabello speaks at the Explore More Summit: Bodies Edition with Dawn Serra

In this talk, a few of the things we explore include:

- Why Melissa doesn't get weighed at the doctor's office and why setting that boundary is so important.

- What healthism is and why our culture feels health is a moral issue. Policing people's health and believing health is what you look like leads us to terrible places. We explore why.

- What it means to have thin privilege and how thin folks who fit in clothes at most stores and airline seats can use their privilege to help make the world safer for fat bodied folks.

- The politics of eating disorders and why so many people don't realize they may have disordered eating based on who is left out of the research.

- Skin hunger & the importance of non-sexual touch


Ashleigh Shackelford

Ashleigh Shackelford

In this talk, a few of the things we explore include:

- Self-love, the weaponization of love, and why loving yourself is not the goal nor is it a requirement to deserving respect and dignity.

- Survival in a fat body and the armor we wear to survive. Ashleigh dives into what it means to center ugliness, exploring anti-Blackness, and fatness. 

- Desire mapping and examining our standards and desires and what they mean. How what we desire determines who we believe, who we feel deserves resources, who we center.

- Gender and how complicated it is for fat bodies. We explore non-binary and trans identity as well as how androgyny is only accessible to thin bodies. Plus, fuck flattering.

- Centering pleasure and being radically honest about the grotesque parts of ourselves (including Ashleigh's feelings about suicide as an option).

Lindsey Averill and Viri Lieberman of Fattitude the Movie speak at the Explore More Summit: Bodies Edition with Dawn Serra


There will be an exclusive seven-minute clip from Fattitude the Movie during Lindsey & Viri's talk. If you'd like to check out the movie trailer, you can watch it here.

Day 2: December 5, 2017

Corissa Enneking

Carissa Enneking of Fat Girl Flow

In this talk, a few of the things we explore include:

- Fat people can't change the culture. We can only survive it. How Corissa does that, where her slogan "fat bitch" came from, and who needs to be doing the work of de-stigmatizing fat.

- What can shift for you when you know how you look, who you are, and what your worth is, especially when dealing with visibility and online comments. Corissa is unapologetic about her value.

- Fat sex! We talk about feeling attracted to fat bodies, loving fat bodies, having sex in fat bodies, and why we're so dismissive of folks who find fat attractive.

-  What it means to Corissa as someone who is non-binary to also play with her feminine side as part of her business. Why we can cultivate certain looks for survival without feeling like it's a betrayal of self.

Melissa Toler

Melissa Toler speaks at the Explore More Summit: Bodies Edition with Dawn Serra

In this talk, a few of the things we explore include:

- The constant pursuit of weight loss distracts us from seeking real power. Weight loss is sold as a way to become empowered. Where we put our time and energy matters.

- The intersection of diet culture, race, and class. How thinness is also a valuing of whiteness and rejection of Blackness. Melissa's complicated journey through these stories.

- Why the rejection of diet culture is framed as a personal failing. Because women's body image is a collective issue. Why questioning everything we've been told is the start to finding out who we really are.

- What it means to opt-out of diet culture and these fauxpowerment messages about bodies and health.

- This shit is really really hard. So how do we do it? How do we navigate it? We explore embodiment practices & intuitive eating, as well as community and support.

Bruce Sturgell

Bruce Sturgell

In this talk, a few of the things we explore include:

- Why Chubstr focuses on masculine fashion instead of men's fashion. Bruce is clear on the importance of visibility and inclusion.

- Masculinity and how our culture denies masculine folks access to their feelings and feelings about their bodies. How is masculinity changing to include those things?

- What it means to be creating representation and visibility for fat masculine folks and why it's so important to show fat folks as aspirational and inspiring.

- Why fashion is about centering pleasure and self-express. Plus, what kinds of high fashion are available for bigger masculine folks? Bruce knows!

- Loneliness and the importance of having community for fat folks.

Day 3: December 6, 2017

Irene McCalphin

Irene McCalphin

In this talk, a few of the things we explore include:

- Irene talks about what it was like to be touched, worshipped, held, seen for the first time in her body. Irene's struggle and why she now demands and expects pleasure and centering in sex.

- Visibility, vulnerability, and taking risks. Why being defiant doesn't necessarily mean you're brave or without fear, but how it can fuel you anyway.

- Ungrateful fatty, tolerating terrible behaviors because you feel unworthy of love, and rewriting that story. In Irene's words, "the feast of centering yourself."

- Making yourself the hero of your own story. Irene's vulnerability is unmatched.

- Touch as healing, especially for marginalized folks. Holding space and why finding spaces to be touched is critical to integrating our trauma.

Caleb Luna

Caleb Luna

In this talk, a few of the things we explore include:

- Why the narrative of self-love is so complicated and frustrating. So much is out of our control. How has Caleb navigated this space?

- Fat community and how being in spaces with other fat folks has offered Caleb relief and acceptance.

- What it's like to be on Grindr and other hookup apps in a fat body. Caleb believes in desirability politics and challenging ourselves to expand who we see as sexy, and yet Caleb has found that the best sex happens with people who just inherently love fat bodies. How can we find balance in those spaces?

- Heft and largeness is valued in our society in very specific circumstances and vilified in other ways (like bodies). We roll around in what that looks like and why it's important to examine these stories and what they ultimately mean.

- Pleasure and how Caleb centers pleasure in their life.

Shilo George

Shilo George

In this talk, a few of the things we explore include:

- The importance of fat community and fat spaces, and also the complications and challenges that come with that when we're all oppressed.

- Shilo's Fat Femme Warrior Regalia art and why creating art that honors her indigenous roots and the trauma of her body mattered so much.

- Decolonizing body politics and centering the values of her Indigenous community and ancestors. Shilo is so clear that her ancestors will want to know how she contributed to her community, how she loved, not what she weighed.

- Rejecting European, settler values of beauty around thinness, whiteness, and colonialism.

- Body sovereignty and medical systems. How can treating our body as a sovereign nation (especially for Black & Indigenous folks) help us find our edges and our power in a system set on breaking us?

- Microaggressions and trauma in medicine towards fat & marginalized bodies. Shilo is working to heal this space & she shares how.

Day 4: December 7, 2017

Ragen Chastain

Ragen Chastain of Dances With Fat speaks at the Explore More Summit: Bodies Edition with Dawn Serra

In this talk, a few of the things we explore include:

- Why the medical approach to fat bodies is based in phobia and not science. Doctors often believe the cure to health is to make fat people look like thin people. Ragen dives deep into why that's so wrong.

- How to navigate doctor's appointments and the medical system when they're designed to make fat bodies & disabled bodies uncomfortable. Hospitals choose to not stock fat-friendly sizes & why it's important to advocate for your comfort.

- We celebrate pro-althetes getting knee surgery when we know their activities will ruin the replacement and they'll need another one soon, so why do we vilify fat folks who need a knee replacement? Ragen has awesome analogies for care & fat phobia.

- Fit Fatties Forum and celebrating movement that feels good in our bodies, even if it doesn't look like "exercise". Plus, why does Ragen push herself to do triathlons and marathons?

- Ragen's astounding relationship with her body and how she treats her body like a member of the same team rather than the enemy. How can we adopt a similar approach?

April Flores

April Flores speaks at the Explore More Summit: Bodies Edition with Dawn Serra

In this talk, a few of the things we explore include:

- How April got started in erotic modeling and porn as a fat femme.

- Why it's important to not only acknowledge that fat people have sex, but that fat people have great sex and there are plenty of people who enjoy our bodies, as-is.

- The importance of representation in porn in ways that center the experiences of marginalized bodies, like fat folks.

- Ways to incorporate accommodations into the sex you have. April talks about celebrating her body & the importance of believing compliments about our bodies.

- Plus, sex & grief and sex & cannabis - two of April's favorite things to teach about and talk about.

Bevin Branlandingham

Bevin Branlandingham speaks at the Explore More Summit: Bodies Edition with Dawn Serra

In this talk, a few of the things we explore include:

- The trauma of oppression and how embodiment and movement can help us fight against the messages that we are not enough. Movement as joy versus movement as punishment.

- Bevin created Fat Kid Dance Party, so we explore the rules she's established to ensure all bodies feel celebrated and seen. Let's celebrate awkward and cheer for self-care!

- Reiki, woo, and energy healing. Bevin invites us to consider other paths to healing.

- Developing your personal style as a way to center your pleasure and self-expression.

- Boundaries as self-care, prioritizing your health, needs, comfort, and joy. What does that look like for Bevin?

Day 5: December 8, 2017

Ivy Felicia

Ivy Felicia speaks at the Explore More Summit: Bodies Edition with Dawn Serra

In this talk, a few of the things we explore include:

- Chronic illness and pain. How do we hold space for those experiences and find ways to honor our body?

- Holistic wellness, body acceptance, and listening to our bodies. Ivy has incredible wisdom in these spaces.

- The importance of grieving changes in our bodies so that we can move through that grief to acceptance and spaciousness.

- Your body is always working as hard as it can on your behalf. How do you find peace and nourishment in that?

- Self-care - Ivy's radical approach to what it means to care for self. It's so simple and yet incredibly profound. Plus, why self-care means embracing our "no" even if it means upsetting people or changing our relationships with them.

Substantia Jones

Substantia Jones of Adipositivity speaks at the Explore More Summit: Bodies Edition with Dawn Serra

In this talk, a few of the things we explore include:

- What the past 10 years of photographing fat bodies for Adipositivity has been like for Substantia. What has she learned? How has she changed? What is it like to learn the stories and see the scars of so many bodies the world wants to make invisible?

- Why Substantia loves making people uncomfortable and pushing those buttons as a reflection of our cultural stories and values.

- Often people claim Substantia is "glorifying obesity." While she doesn't disagree, she does think she's glorifying much more than that. 

- What it means to follow the money and why the diet industry is a $66 billion behemoth that profits off our failure. How Substantia has moved away from the cultural scripts of body obsession towards body neutrality.

- Giving no fucks and aging. Substantia has thoughts on the power of getting older and on her continued activism as an artist. Plus, what it's like to shoot naked folks on the streets of New York.

Not yet registered for the summit?

The Explore More Summit: Bodies Edition kicks off Monday, December 4, 2017. Register for the summit to see the talks for free, plus you'll get access to the private Facebook group with over 1,600 community members, plus free daily mini workbooks each day of the summit.