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Discovery Circle with Dr. Renee Engeln, Northwestern University

Every month, on the last Friday of the month, we hold our Discovery Circle. This month, we welcome Dr. Renee Engeln from Northwestern University, to lead our circle. 


The Discovery Circle is a facilitated group session to share motivation, ideas, coaching, mentorship, and community. 

Dr. Engeln will give a brief talk on the topic of “beauty sickness” – a term for what happens when our focus on how we look takes time, energy, and attention away from issues that matter more to us. Afterward, she will lead a workshop using an empirically supported method for improving body esteem and mood by writing a letter to oneself. Please bring your laptop if you prefer to type your letter, or a notebook or journal if you prefer to write by hand.

Dr. Engeln will be available to sign copies of her book, Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women. Please plan to purchase the book in advance at your favorite local bookseller or online. 

NOTE: Just before and after, you are invited to spread out or find a nook in The Hivery to work on whatever you'd like. Work on a project, to-do lists, journaling, etc! Community Members get a 2-hour pass after the Discovery Circle. Please ask the Community Concierge at reception for access. The time is yours!

As seats are limited, advance online registration is required. Free for members. $30 for non-members. All are welcome!

Not a Hivery member yet? Learn more about membership and sign up here.

The Discovery Circle  is one of The Hivery's signature monthly programs. Mark your calendar for the last Friday of each month from 9:30-10:45am to join this program. 

Refund Policy
We know that life happens and things change. We will gladly offer you a full refund for a workshop or event when requested via email to at least seven days prior to the event. Please note that no refunds will be given to cancellations made within a week of a workshop or event.

+ A note about Photography/Videography

We love sharing beautiful moments that happen at The Hivery and often take photos and/or videos at events and workshops. Your entry at The Hivery constitutes implied consent to be captured and/or published by The Hivery lens. If you are camera shy, please let our staff know so we can seat you accordingly.

About Dr. Renee Engeln 

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Renee Engeln is a psychologist and director of the Body and Media Lab at Northwestern University. She is the author of Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women. Dr. Engeln’s research and writing focus on issues surrounding women’s body images, with a particular emphasis how elements of our culture make it so hard for women to have healthy relationships with their bodies. Her work has appeared in numerous academic journals and at academic conferences. She is regularly interviewed by media outlets, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune,, and the Huffington Post. Her TedX talk at the University of Connecticut has garnered over 450,000 views. An award-winning professor, Dr. Engeln teaches about psychopathology, the psychology of women and gender, social psychology, and the psychology of human beauty. She has been voted to the “faculty honor roll” for eight consecutive years at Northwestern University, and her students have selected her for their “Last Lecture” multiple times.