Joie Grandbois is creating A Year of Embodiment
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patrons

Thank you for visiting my Patreon page.  I am grateful for your interest in my work.  I have created this page is to help support a special project of mine:  A Year of Embodiment

As a woman raised in a feminist home in our American culture, I grew up surrounded by contradiction when it came to my own body. I was told my body was mine alone, and yet I existed within a culture that told me my body only existed to serve others.  My copy of the book Our Bodies Ourselves told me that I should love my body’s form no matter what its size or shape, but I was also hit daily with messages that if my body did not conform to a certain standard that neither I, nor it, was worthy of love.  I was taught that sex was something to be celebrated and shared between two mutually consenting partners, yet time and again, my experience was that my consent didn’t matter.

I came to live with the contradiction of being in my body, but wanting to detach from it. I felt betrayed by my femaleness. This led to a sense of self-objectification. I began to see my body as an object to be manipulated to fit the standards imposed upon it, or one to be ignored when it did not comply.  My body was something apart from me and as such, it did not have a voice in my life.

It has been dance and movement, particularly the practices of Authentic Movement and Contemplative Dance, that have changed how I relate to my body.  I began to see my body not as an a burden that I have had the ill luck to be saddled with as a woman, but as my home.  And slowly, incrementally over a period of years, I began to recognize that my body is not just a vehicle for the non-corporeal ‘stuff’ that is me, it is me; all of me - blood, bone, heart, spirit - and it has a voice.

This decade of work has inspired me to create a Year of Embodiment.  As a woman about to enter midlife, this message of embodiment has become something I want to share with others; people of all genders and ages who feel alienated from their physical selves, so they may begin to move forward in life as whole beings. As survivor of sexual abuse and assault, I want to create avenues for other survivors to come home to their bodies. 

This year of embodiment begins on February 1st, my birthday.  It will cover several projects including:

  • On going embodiment workshops many of which I will make available to all regardless of economic circumstances. 
  • Regular blog posts on the subject of embodiment.
  • The creation of a performance art piece, In My Own Skin, inspired my own journey from separation to embodiment.
  • An embodiment show to take place in February 2019 for artists from a variety of disciplines to share works that speak to the concept of embodiment and to share their body's story.
  • And other possibilities such as monthly podcasts, video blogs, classes, art and more.

Any contribution will help, and all contributors of $3 or more are entered into a drawing for a signed print of my In Her Own Skin visual art series.  Also, for any annual contribution of $100 or more I will pass $5 along to another Patreon artist because I love supporting artists too! 

Thank you for your support and I look forward to sharing with you!
Tiers
Patron
$2 or more per month
Access to Patreon only posts and announcements and a personal thank you on my Facebook page.


Your total annual contribution of $24 equals the cost of one student attending one embodiment session. 

Supporter
$3 or more per month
Access to Patreon only posts and announcements, a personal thank you on my Facebook page, and one entry into a drawing for a print of all four images from my work In Her Own Skin.*


Your total annual contribution of $36 is equal to the cost of one student attending an embodiment workshop. 


*Drawing to be held in July 2018

Benefactor
$5 or more per month
The rewards of the $3 level, plus an additional entry into the drawing for a print of In Her Own Skin.


 

Your total annual contribution of $60 is equal to the cost for one student to attend an embodiment class series. 

Advocate
$10 or more per month
All the rewards of the $3 & $5 levels, plus special behind the scenes footage of works in progress and monthly video blog updates!


Your total annual contribution of $120 is equal to the cost of once month of studio space to teach one embodiment class. 

Helper
$25 or more per month
You will receive all of the rewards of the $3 - $10 tiers, plus every quarter I will send you a 4" x 5" original piece of embodiment artwork created by me!  Rewards will be mailed in April, July, October of 2018, and February of 2019.


U.S. shipping addresses only. 


Your total annual contribution of $300 is equal to the cost of producing one embodiment workshop.  

Sustainer
$50 or more per month
You get all of the rewards of the $3, $5, $10, and $25 levels, plus one print of your choosing from In Her Own Skin.


Your total annual contribution of $600 is equal to the cost of five students attending an embodiment workshop.

Local Champion
$100 or more per month
All of the rewards of the $5, $10, $25 and $50 levels plus I will give $5 each month to another Patreon artist, PLUS I will give special thanks to you when publishing a new online video, PLUS attendance at any of my  class or workshop offerings in Portland, Maine*.

* Must abide by class rules and prerequisites. 


Your total annual contribution of $1,200 is equal to the cost of offering one embodiment class series for ten students.  

Champion
$100 or more per month
All of the rewards of the $3, $5, $10, $25 and $50 levels plus I will give $5 each month to another Patreon artist, PLUS I will give special thanks to you when publishing a new online video, PLUS high quality prints of each of the images from In Her Own Skin


Your total annual contribution of $1,200 is equal to the cost of offering one embodiment class series for ten students.  

Angel
$250 or more per month
All of the rewards for $3, $5, $10, $25, $50 and $100 levels, plus the original In Her Own Skin framed work.  


U.S. Shipping address only.  Work will be shipped in July 2018.


Your total annual contribution of $3,000 is equal to all of the technology costs for the Year of Embodiment. 

Goals
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Reaching this level of support per month will allow me to offer four free embodiment workshops per year.  These workshops will be open to five to ten students regardless of income. 
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Thank you for visiting my Patreon page.  I am grateful for your interest in my work.  I have created this page is to help support a special project of mine:  A Year of Embodiment

As a woman raised in a feminist home in our American culture, I grew up surrounded by contradiction when it came to my own body. I was told my body was mine alone, and yet I existed within a culture that told me my body only existed to serve others.  My copy of the book Our Bodies Ourselves told me that I should love my body’s form no matter what its size or shape, but I was also hit daily with messages that if my body did not conform to a certain standard that neither I, nor it, was worthy of love.  I was taught that sex was something to be celebrated and shared between two mutually consenting partners, yet time and again, my experience was that my consent didn’t matter.

I came to live with the contradiction of being in my body, but wanting to detach from it. I felt betrayed by my femaleness. This led to a sense of self-objectification. I began to see my body as an object to be manipulated to fit the standards imposed upon it, or one to be ignored when it did not comply.  My body was something apart from me and as such, it did not have a voice in my life.

It has been dance and movement, particularly the practices of Authentic Movement and Contemplative Dance, that have changed how I relate to my body.  I began to see my body not as an a burden that I have had the ill luck to be saddled with as a woman, but as my home.  And slowly, incrementally over a period of years, I began to recognize that my body is not just a vehicle for the non-corporeal ‘stuff’ that is me, it is me; all of me - blood, bone, heart, spirit - and it has a voice.

This decade of work has inspired me to create a Year of Embodiment.  As a woman about to enter midlife, this message of embodiment has become something I want to share with others; people of all genders and ages who feel alienated from their physical selves, so they may begin to move forward in life as whole beings. As survivor of sexual abuse and assault, I want to create avenues for other survivors to come home to their bodies. 

This year of embodiment begins on February 1st, my birthday.  It will cover several projects including:

  • On going embodiment workshops many of which I will make available to all regardless of economic circumstances. 
  • Regular blog posts on the subject of embodiment.
  • The creation of a performance art piece, In My Own Skin, inspired my own journey from separation to embodiment.
  • An embodiment show to take place in February 2019 for artists from a variety of disciplines to share works that speak to the concept of embodiment and to share their body's story.
  • And other possibilities such as monthly podcasts, video blogs, classes, art and more.

Any contribution will help, and all contributors of $3 or more are entered into a drawing for a signed print of my In Her Own Skin visual art series.  Also, for any annual contribution of $100 or more I will pass $5 along to another Patreon artist because I love supporting artists too! 

Thank you for your support and I look forward to sharing with you!

Recent posts by Joie Grandbois

Tiers
Patron
$2 or more per month
Access to Patreon only posts and announcements and a personal thank you on my Facebook page.


Your total annual contribution of $24 equals the cost of one student attending one embodiment session. 

Supporter
$3 or more per month
Access to Patreon only posts and announcements, a personal thank you on my Facebook page, and one entry into a drawing for a print of all four images from my work In Her Own Skin.*


Your total annual contribution of $36 is equal to the cost of one student attending an embodiment workshop. 


*Drawing to be held in July 2018

Benefactor
$5 or more per month
The rewards of the $3 level, plus an additional entry into the drawing for a print of In Her Own Skin.


 

Your total annual contribution of $60 is equal to the cost for one student to attend an embodiment class series. 

Advocate
$10 or more per month
All the rewards of the $3 & $5 levels, plus special behind the scenes footage of works in progress and monthly video blog updates!


Your total annual contribution of $120 is equal to the cost of once month of studio space to teach one embodiment class. 

Helper
$25 or more per month
You will receive all of the rewards of the $3 - $10 tiers, plus every quarter I will send you a 4" x 5" original piece of embodiment artwork created by me!  Rewards will be mailed in April, July, October of 2018, and February of 2019.


U.S. shipping addresses only. 


Your total annual contribution of $300 is equal to the cost of producing one embodiment workshop.  

Sustainer
$50 or more per month
You get all of the rewards of the $3, $5, $10, and $25 levels, plus one print of your choosing from In Her Own Skin.


Your total annual contribution of $600 is equal to the cost of five students attending an embodiment workshop.

Local Champion
$100 or more per month
All of the rewards of the $5, $10, $25 and $50 levels plus I will give $5 each month to another Patreon artist, PLUS I will give special thanks to you when publishing a new online video, PLUS attendance at any of my  class or workshop offerings in Portland, Maine*.

* Must abide by class rules and prerequisites. 


Your total annual contribution of $1,200 is equal to the cost of offering one embodiment class series for ten students.  

Champion
$100 or more per month
All of the rewards of the $3, $5, $10, $25 and $50 levels plus I will give $5 each month to another Patreon artist, PLUS I will give special thanks to you when publishing a new online video, PLUS high quality prints of each of the images from In Her Own Skin


Your total annual contribution of $1,200 is equal to the cost of offering one embodiment class series for ten students.  

Angel
$250 or more per month
All of the rewards for $3, $5, $10, $25, $50 and $100 levels, plus the original In Her Own Skin framed work.  


U.S. Shipping address only.  Work will be shipped in July 2018.


Your total annual contribution of $3,000 is equal to all of the technology costs for the Year of Embodiment.