Jennifer Pastiloff travels the world with her unique workshop On Being Human, a hybrid of yoga-related movement, writing, sharing aloud, letting the snot fly, and the occasional dance party. Jennifer is a frequent contributor to SHAPE Magazine, and she has been featured on Good Morning America, New York Magazine, Health Magazine, CBS News, and others. When Jen is not traveling she is based in Los Angeles with her husband and son and a cup of coffee.
Radical Self Care, Sponsored by Gathered and Grounded
In a culture of social media, it’s easy to lose your sense of self and humanity to the images we project. Marlee Grace and Jennifer Pastiloff are two women who have forged new careers from the freedom of social media but have also learned how to foster genuine community within and outside of it. They ask and answer poignant questions we all have on and off our computer screens: How do we make life and work meaningful but not the same? How do we set boundaries? What does compassion look like in the age of the cyber troll? And how, in the midst of all we give to our brand, our work, our communities, do we manage to honor ourselves and grow authentically?
Beth Waltemath is a member of the Decatur Book Festival adult programming committee. She worked at Random House and Hearst Magazines in New York City before attending seminary. She currently serves as co-pastor of North Decatur Presbyterian Church. She continues to write book reviews and author interviews and teach classes on writing and publishing.
On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Getting Real, and Listening Hard
Jen did not intend to become a yoga teacher, but when she was given the opportunity to host her own retreats, she left her thirteen-year waitressing job and said “yes,” despite crippling fears of her inexperience and her own potential. After years of feeling depressed, anxious, and hopeless, in a life that seemed to have no escape, she healed her own heart by caring for others. She has learned to fiercely listen despite being nearly deaf, to banish shame attached to a body mass index, and to rebuild a family after the debilitating loss of her father when she was eight. Through her journey, Jen conveys the experience most of us are missing in our lives: being heard and being told, “I got you.” Jen will help readers find, accept, and embrace their own vulnerability, bravery, and humanness.