Mindfulness and its relationship to eating is a topic that always seems to engender the most enthusiasm and interest among clinicians as well as patients. Perhaps it is because we are already somewhat aware of the complex (and often troubled) relationship we have with food and eating in our own busy and stress-filled lives.
Whatever the reason, the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is working closely with two wonderful mindfulness teachers to offer two different venues for exploring this complex and multi-faceted relationship. Jan Chozen Bays, physician, Zen teacher and author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food and Char Wilkins,psychotherapist and highly experienced mindfulness teacher and professional trainer, are working with us as teachers for both of the following exciting offerings in the coming months:
Mindful Eating: Tasting Satisfaction
A Two-Day Workshop for Professionals
June 18-19, 2011
Alliant International University, San Diego, CA
Hosted by the Center for Integrative Psychology at AIU
“Eat when hungry, sleep when tired” is a simple, ancient Zen prescription for a satisfying and contented life. But for many people, simply eating is anything but simple. This weekend program will draw upon mindful eating-awareness exercises to help attendees develop an appreciation for ways in which they can help their patients or clients reconnect with kindness to the process of eating and to their bodies.
Mindful Eating, Conscious Living
A 5-Day Professional Retreat Training
October 2-7, 2011
EarthRise Retreat Center, Petaluma, CA
Following the very successful and popular format of combining a 5-day meditation retreat with formal professional training, this offering is intended to explore the intersection of mindfulness, eating and our relationship to food. This training will support and enhance participants’ personal meditation practice, which is the essential foundation for teaching mindful eating. It will provide practical ways of integrating mindfulness and mindful eating in working with patients, individually or in groups.
We invite you to look more closely at these two wonderful programs (or any of the others we have coming up) and consider joining us for one or both.