Welcome! We are so glad you are here. You deserve to heal with people that understand and know where you're coming from. In your healing journey,  you should be surrounded by people that share your identities.


 

You might be here because you are coming to terms with a potential eating disorder and/or it has been difficult for you to find safe and adequate spaces to connect with others that get you.

Here at Sage and Spoon we believe that race, colonialism, and socioeconomic oppression are critical and non-negotiable factors that need to be addressed when speaking of mental health, food, and body image. We prioritize the need for Black, Indigenous, people of color to have intentional spaces to fully thrive.

We see you! 

We have two Sage and Spoon support groups for you to choose from

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FOR WHO: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) 

WHAT: Free online monthly peer support group for folks struggling with disordered and body-image.

 

WHEN: Every last Wednesday of the month at 5pm PST/ 8pm EST. Dates may change due to holidays. Sign up for email alerts for updates.

 

WHERE: Zoom (sign up below for login details) 

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FOR WHO: Black folks

WHAT: Free online monthly peer support group for folks struggling with disordered and body-image.
 
WHEN: Every last Tuesday of the month at 4pm PST/ 7pm EST. Dates may change due to holidays. Sign up for email alerts for updates. First meeting will be held in March 2021.
 
WHERE: Zoom (sign up below for login details) 

 Since 2014, Nalgona Positivity Pride, community, and colleagues have actively been pursuing and creating community-based eating disorders awareness and resources for marginalized communities. Sage and Spoon was created because there is a need for more closed spaces designated for BIPOC where folks can feel seen and supported without having to explain themselves. 

About Our Facilitators

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Alishia McCullough (she, her) is a millennial Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist and National Certified Counselor currently residing in North Carolina. She is also an independent published author of the book Blossoming. Alishia is passionate about anti-racism, racial healing, and decolonization within eating disorders. She is motivated to increase access and create spaces for black, indigenous, queer, people of color to come together and heal in ways that inspire holistic wellness and culturally inclusive informed healing.  Outside of her clinical work, she is a Co-Founder of the AmplifyMelanatedVoices Movement  and the Founder of The Holistic Black Healing Collective. Her work has been featured by Target, Bustle, Popsugar, and Teen Vogue. Follow her Instagram here. 

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Ilya (he-they) is a Physical Therapist Assistant and Ace Certified Medical Exercise Specialist. He is also a grassroots organizer and educator whose work centers gender, racial and healing justice. Ilya decided to merge their love for restorative based movement practices and community advocacy to create Decolonizing Fitness, LLC which is a social justice platform that provides affirming fitness services, community education and apparel in support of body diversity. Follow his Instagram here. 

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Hilda Franco is a fat, queer, Xicanx, femme. She has been a community organizer for the past 20 years. For the last 11 years she has been doing gender based violence prevention and intervention work. During this time, she developed and managed youth advocate programs to engage young folks in DV and SA Prevention in Boyle Heights. She worked as a counselor/advocate on the Sexual Assault Response team doing crisis intervention at the LAC/USC Medical Center. And has been organizing grassroots efforts to support marginalized communities in developing art based programs to raise awareness around gender based violence. She specializes in designing and facilitating trauma informed, healing and justice centered programs and interventions for BIPOC folks.  Hilda received recognition for the trauma informed altar making project she designed and conducted, by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) in Sacramento. She has developed Trauma Informed Pedagogy guides for teachers and facilitators working with survivors of sexual violence, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ folks and foster youth. 

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is Sage and Spoon (SS) for?

SS is for Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) older than 18. Folks of all sizes and gender identities are welcome. 

 

What Online Platform is Used to Hold SS Meetings?

Zoom

 

What are the Format of the Meetings?

Style of meetings vary from presentation with slides, reflections, group sharing, & discussions. Each meeting has a different theme ranging from perfectionism and eating disorders, shame and pleasure, and coping strategies during uncertain times. 

 

Who Facilitates SS?

Although not a therapeutic group, SS for BIPOC is held by Hilda Franco, MS a queer, fat, femme Xicana (She/Her). Hilda is a trained counselor and a community activist. SS for Black folks is held by Alishia McCullough (she/her)(@blackandembodied) a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Ilya Parker (he/they) (@decolonizing_fitness) a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Can I Stay Anonymous?

Yes. Folks can opt out of using video conferencing and participation as well as change their display name.

 

Is Sage and Spoon Confidential?

Yes. Part of the group agreements include maintaining confidentiality. We also ask participants to use a headset if they don't have privacy in their physical space. 

Can I Participate in Both Sage and Spoon groups?

Yes, as long as the person's identity and experiences align with the groups target audience. 

Can Mixed Folks Join?

Yes. 

Who Funds Sage an Spoon?

SS is supported by restitution contributions by the general eating disorders awareness community.

Can BIPoC folks outside the US join?

Yes.

Is SS a therapy group?

No, it is a peer support group. We recommend participants to find other forms of support alongside SS.