Do you wonder why you eat sometimes….when you know it’s not really what you really want, or later, you’re upset about it because you’re stuffed, exhausted, or disappointed, again?
The urge to reach for food, or eat when not hungry, or think about food obsessively, or create plans to starve oneself or diet are all ways to deal with thoughts and feelings you aren’t comfortable with in the moment you’re thinking and feeling them.
Eating for emotional and psychic reasons seems normal. Food can be comforting, distracting, temporarily satisfying, and even feel like a drug. But it isn’t really any of these things.
You can stop acting on your cravings. Through pausing the cycle of think-feel-eat….the urge or need to eat dies away.
Warning: this retreat is not about nutrition. It’s about emotions, impulses, cravings, fear, powerlessness and self-criticism. It’s a retreat about noticing, and awareness, and watching thoughts that scream at you to eat (or diet), rather than following them like they’re in charge.
Even if you’re an expert in diet and exercise….people who come to Eating Peace can learn how to work with the act of eating so they never have to over or under-eat again.
Eating concerns can dissolve for you.
With deep intimacy and connection, with yourself, there is no need to eat , or to think and feel, in an unbalanced way. The war you've been waging with eating, your weight and certain foods (and feelings) can end.
In the Eating Peace retreat, you can experience a deeper approach to understanding your own behaviors, actions, cravings, and dynamic with food.
In this immersion together, I offer exercises and stories that shifted my way of thinking about food and eating. I give these same experiences to everyone who attends the retreat. You might experience slowing down enough to truly enjoy your food, relax in your body, and get excited about becoming truly intimate with yourself. With deep intimacy and connection, with yourself, there is no need to eat , or to think and feel, in an unbalanced way.
Here are a few of the experiences you’ll encounter in the Eating Peace Retreat with Grace:
How to identify what you’re thinking and believing that leads to eating off-balance
The process of awareness and changing your mindset, beginning with self-inquiry, that interrupts the cycle of reaching for food, obsessing about food, managing food and eating, or feeling guilty about food, eating or your body
Living a new way, with new thoughts to direct your behaviors (the living turnarounds) and accessing a new feeling of relaxation and awareness when it come to hunger, fullness and your emotions
Mindful eating practice
Moving meditation – we will do a walking meditation and dancing to practice taking care of your own body, your own movements, in a peaceful joyful way–-and to identify your stressful thoughts when they arise
Art work- everyone will work with their hands for one exercise and piece of artwork to bring the practice of creativity into your eating peace literally (in-person only). No one needs to know anything about how to "do" art to do this exercise.
The Work of Byron Katie – our primary way of being with self-inquiry and deep investigation of the patterns we are stuck in, and how to break out of them. We’ll use some important exercises to sink into our personal awareness of what’s going on with eating, food and self-judgment or self-care
A map you can take with you to continue your journey in your daily life after retreat
Will you join me? I can’t wait to spend this time with you to experience peace with food and eating.
working with grace
“Grace is a yummy gumdrop. On this retreat, I think I’ve trusted food for the first time.” ~ Choi
“I honestly can’t think of anything that wasn’t helpful in this experience. I love that we dove right in the first night going deep vs letting it build. Every exercise, question, writing, sharing, small journals for eating were perfectly timed. Grace simply is a master of modeling respect and love for others. I am a fan for life.” ~ Tracy
“I never thought of myself as restricting food since I’ve never been anorexic, but now I see some food being “bad” is restricting. Now I can see food as fuel for my body and not good or bad. This was a perfect blend of The Work of Byron Katie and new exercises. Grace was present, compassionate, and kept us focused. I loved how she demonstrated The Work and was willing to answer any questions.” ~ Wendy
“I can feel a deep, beautiful connection to people/women who I barely know. Life is truly beautiful without my story. I love Grace. Her bubbly personality, and giggle is warm and infectious. I cannot wait for Breitenbush (I already signed up).” ~ Kim
“The underlying current of negative thoughts about myself surrounding food, weight and diet became clearer to me–particularly through the writing and meal exercises. Grace is phenomenal. She makes the retreat a 10/10; no matter what made me uncomfortable her energy and presence made it a safe environment. Her guidance and sharing of her experience were invaluable.” ~ Participant January 2020 Retreat
“I learned that I don’t need to eat the amount I am eating, and I can slow down. Grace was excellent. She knows how to manage and use opportunities for learning. It was wonderful.” Participant January 2020 Retreat
“Grace was awesome. Wise, insightful and available. I was very comfortable with the setting, the people, and how Grace handled everybody’s anxiety, questions and emotions.” ~ Participant Eating Peace Experience
“I can eat mindfully. The meditation meals were very helpful. Grace was wonderful. She really knows the Work of Byron Katie and how to apply it to disordered eating. It was wonderful to meet such a wonderful group and hear their stories.” ~ Katie
Because of this online version of eating peace retreat, people are welcome to join from all over the world in different time zones. All sessions will be recorded, and you may watch a recently recorded session within a few hours from the live session. You are encouraged to keep up with the retreat by taking your needed sleep break, then watching the session you missed upon waking and following along, for example. It is ideal if you find time to attend at least one session a day live with the group and Grace.
Session One ONLINE:
8:30am-11:00am Pacific Time
11:30am-2:00pm Eastern Time
Break: (meal prep)
11:00am-11:30am Pacific Time
2:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time
Meal Together + After-Meal short session ONLINE:
11:30am-1:30pm Pacific Time
2:30pm-4:30pm Eastern Time
Partner Pairing (optional) between days ONLINE. You will be matched with someone in your same time zone and you can partner pair to A) eat with them for the meal and/or B) trade facilitation in The Work.
Sample schedule for someone in Central European Time Zone
For example, if you live in Europe, you will attend our first live session from 5:30pm-8:00pm your local time. You could depart at the BREAK/Meal Prep for your evening. The next day, the first or second meal of your day (breakfast or lunch), you will watch our recording together of the Mindful Meal and Inquiry if you missed it live. You will also connect with your paired partner (who will be assigned to you) to do The Work for one hour some time before the next live session begins once again at 5:30pm your time. You could also attend the live meal at 8:30pm your time--this will work easily for some people. The meal/inquiry session will end at 10:30pm your time and you will have participated in every event, live.
Sample schedule for someone in Eastern USA Time Zone:
Live session 11:30am-2:00pm ET (have a snack before so not too hungry to wait until 2:30pm for a late lunch)
Break for 30 mins for meal prep 2:00pm ET-2:30pm ET
Lunch+inquiry 2:30pm ET-4:30pm ET with the group live
Partner pairing with one assigned person might be 6:00pm-7:00pm ET the same day, OR, next morning 8:30am-9:30am ET before our session begins at 11:30am ET (you will decide what time works best for you and your assigned partner).
Session Recordings Available approximately 3 hours after live session.
PROGRAM INVESTMENT FOR ONLINE EATING PEACE RETREAT:
The number of hours involved support a deep immersion into practicing a new way with food and eating. The experience comes alive for many in a profoundly experiential way previously not found in navigating eating troubles.
Other similar programs in ending eating wars range from $1,295-$5,000 for a week--even online. To make this possible for people during these times of inability to travel, a sliding scale is offered. The investment to sustain this event and cover hours, expertise, technical and administrative support, and all details of this event is at least $495 with the option to choose what feels right, and contribute more if you're able.
If you are unable to make this investment, the range for your contribution begins at $395, and you will be welcomed with open arms if this is the amount possible for you. The minimum sustainable amount for the retreat is $495.
Your support may also help someone come on partial scholarship, and contribute to the expansion of this transformative work.
To register, simply choose the green button below for the online retreat and once you are at the check-out page, enter the number you find in your heart for your contribution.
Refund policy: A full refund is offered if your cancellation is 14 days or longer from the event. If you cancel within the final 2 week period before the event, a $100 administrative fee will be kept.
"Grace is lovely. Willing, receptive, welcoming to it all. She lives The Work. The eating process, as difficult as it was, was immensely helpful. I loved eating together and seeing how others related to food and to life." ~ Laurie
"The underlying current of negative thoughts about myself surrounding food, weight and diet became clearer to me--particularly through the writing and meal exercises. Grace is phenomenal. She makes the retreat a 10/10; no matter what made me uncomfortable her energy and presence made it a safe environment. Her guidance and sharing of her experience were invaluable." ~ Participant January 2020 Retreat
"I know that speaking shame is the way to help it have less power, but to experience this around food and body was profound. It all worked for me, the content was just what I needed. Grace is amazing, She was able to meet each person just as they are." ~ Emily
IN SEATTLE, USA: Many want to travel from afar to our retreat location in Seattle, and we love when you stay onsite. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for lodging options (first come, first serve) and to learn all you'll need to know about traveling to Seattle via plane, bus, train or uber (or wherever our retreat is being hosted).
For retreats held that are not in Seattle location, please note who is Retreat Manager for lodging and/or enrollment arrangements.