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Announcing the Abundia retreat, 2011

The Abundia retreat, founded by five fat, size-positive therapists, has been an annual Chicago-area tradition since the mid-1990s. I attended once in the late 1990s, and I was one of the two youngest women there. It was the first real-life size acceptance event I'd been to, and it was wonderful - like being surrounded by fat, loving, accepting aunties. I was so glad that I'd taken the risk and gone to the retreat.

In the past, these retreats have had speakers and various types of discussion and activity sessions. it looks like this year's retreat is going to be more loose and casual.

There's an Abundia Facebook group and an Abundia web page.

Here are the details:

  • When: Friday-Sunday, November 4-6.
  • Where: Illinois Beach Resort, Zion, IL.
  • Cost: The Abundia group room rate is $79 per night for a Standard Room.
  • Booking: Please book your room before Friday, October 7, 2011. Make your reservation directly with the Illinois Beach Resort, and ask for the Abundia rate: 866-452-3224.
  • After booking: Please contact Jeani Habegger McAleer. She’ll be keeping a count of the number of attendees. She can also answer any questions about the hotel.

A group of early arrivers will check in on Thursday. Join us! Our group will have a private conference room all weekend, as well as a large suite for socializing and fun. Because the weekend is unstructured, there is no program fee this year. The pool was recently damaged and is closed until 2012, but all other facilities will be available to us.

In-room refrigerators are available free of charge and are based on availability. Meals will be handled by each individual. Choices include on-site restaurant and lounge, local delivery services, and local restaurants. As the weekend draws nearer, we hope to plan and announce the location of several group meals; and we welcome your suggestions too!

Still Have Questions?
We know exactly how you feel! We also had to overcome our worries and fears before we attended our first retreats. So, we sincerely know how you may feel. If we can answer any of your questions, please contact us:

  • Jeani Habegger McAleer: jeanimcaleer -at-
  • Durette Hauser: durette -at-

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