Self-Care update

Self-Care update

My zine Hell Yeah Self-Care has led to two exciting developments recently that I want to update you on.

Self-care box

First, the lovely people at Lagusta’s Luscious – a chocolate shop in the Hudson Valley of NY – have added the zine to their self-care box. If you order the box you get a hard copy of the zine along with fifteen pieces of their amazing chocolate, and a handmade candle in a ceremic cup. Some of the proceeds each time go to Trans Queer Pueblo, an organisation who support LGBT+ migrants of color. So do feel free to order the box here for anybody in your life who you think might appreciate it during these tough times.

Hell Yeah Self Care!

Second, you can now pre-order the workbook by the same title – Hell Yeah Self-Care – which my co-author, Alex Iantaffi, and I have written, to receive your copy in the new year.

Here’s the link to the Amazon, and Foyles pages for ordering the book. But please do order it from your local independent queer or feminist bookstore if you have one. In the UK we love Gay’s the Word and Pages in London, Category Is in Glasgow, and The Feminist Bookshop in Brighton. In the US Moon Palace Books in Minneapolis is a good friend to me and Alex.

The book Hell Yeah Self-Care develops the ideas and practices in the zine into a whole workbook full of activities, drawing on the content of some of my other zines, and also much of Alex’s work on somatic, trauma-informed, and systemic/relational self-care.

In some ways ‘self-care’ isn’t the best title for the book – or the zine – as what we’re talking about is really ‘collective care’ where we cultivate systems and structures of support and mutual aid. The book covers how we can develop our support systems, co-create consensual cultures and relationships, and do the inner work needed to care for ourselves, others, and the wider world.

Meg-John (MJ) Barker (they/them) is a writer, zine-maker, collaborator, contemplative practitioner, and friend. They are the author of a number of zines and popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including graphic guides to Queer, Gender, and Sexuality (with Jules Scheele), and How To Understand Your Gender, Sexuality and Relationships (with Alex Iantaffi).