Joining me for this online retreat is an opportunity for an intensive immersion in your eating struggles. Each retreat is open to a maximum of 12 participants. We will spend two full days (from 10am to 8pm) together exploring our relationship with food and ourselves.
We will eat lunch and dinner together both days and work through the thoughts and feelings that arise. You may be feeling especially anxious to eat with others and I want to acknowledge this and reassure you that you won’t be the only one feeling this way. We will be slowing down the whole eating experience, connecting with our bodies and exploring whatever arises.
The aim of the retreat is to increase awareness of your psychological and emotional responses to food and bring more presence into your relationship with food. We will go over some of the concepts in my book and dive into what it takes to apply these to our every day lives.
I know it sounds like a bit of a misnomer to call a long weekend on Zoom a ‘retreat’, but this is an opportunity to retreat from your life and connect with others who know what it’s like to struggle with food. Attending this retreat online means you can be anywhere in the world and you will be in your own environment, which can enable you to notice your usual food triggers. My hope for you is to have an experience of new insights and reconnect with the parts of yourself that have been forgotten.
Next retreat date – 18th/19th September 2021. Price = £329
Can anyone attend?
This retreat is open to people aged 18+ who identify as struggling with binge eating or compulsive eating. It is not suitable for anyone struggling with bulimia, anorexia or any other restrictive eating disorder.
10 hours is a long day on Zoom. How many breaks will we have?
We won’t be spending the entire 10 hours staring at a screen. There will be plenty of breaks and I would encourage you to use this time to move about, get outside and do some self-reflecting.
Can this retreat fix my problems with food?
I don’t believe quick fixes are possible for most people when it comes to transforming your relationship with food. I believe the intensive experience of committing a whole weekend to this will facilitate new insights about how you think and feel around food. I will be sharing some ideas and tools that can help you move towards making peace with food.
What happens if I get overwhelmed?
This experience is likely to bring up a lot of feelings for you. There will be plenty of opportunities to share what’s going on for you with the rest of the group. If at any point it feels too much, you can take a break from the retreat and return when you are ready. I am very happy to explore what’s happening within the group context, but I am unable to offer one-to-one support whilst the retreat is in progress.
What should I be bringing to eat?
You can bring whatever you want. You may be tempted to believe you should bring ‘healthy’ food. We will be exploring how we make our food choices, so I don’t mind what you choose to eat, I’m simply interested in your reasons. If you have fear foods, it may be helpful to bring these.
How long will I have to prepare my food?
There will always be a break of at least a 45 minutes before we eat, so you will have time to cook a hot meal if you wish to.
Is this therapy?
This is a therapeutic experience, but it is not psychotherapy. This is an opportunity to retreat from your usual patterns and explore what is going on for you around food.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the weekend is £329.
What’s the refund policy?
Refunds requested within 7 days from purchase will be refunded in full. Refunds requested later than 7 days from purchase and up to 14 days before the retreat will receive 50% of the price refunded to you. No refunds will be issued within 14 days of the retreat.