Following on the heels of our recent successful 2-day workshop by Jan Chozen Bays and Char Wilkins entitled Mindful Eating, Tasting Satisfaction here at UCSD, we are launching a series of 4-week (90 minute sessions) experiential workshops on mindful eating for the general public. Exploring of the intersection of mindfulness, eating, food and physical health, The Practices of Mindful Eating and Healthy Living emphasizes engagement in formal and informal mindfulness meditation practices and eating awareness exercises as a means of bringing about significant changes in behavior, eating patterns and overall health.
Led by clinical psychologist, mindful eating authority and senior UCSD Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher Rochelle Voth, Ph.D., this workshop aims to help those who want to find new ways to relate to food, eating, weight and health through the practice of mindfulness. People with previous meditation experience and those new to the practice are invited to participate. Dr. Voth teaches MBSR at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness and also will offer this workshop in her private practice called New Mindful Life.
The practice of present moment awareness (mindfulness) is at the heart of all aspects of healthy living, as it allows us to see clearly into the choices we make, the emotional reactions we have and the things that are most important to us. Because of the universal nature of mindfulness, while this workshop is focused upon food, eating and weight, the skills gained will apply to all aspects of life, including relationships, work, and physical health.
Participants will explore the joys and sorrows held in eating and food, the disconnects and communions, and the avoidance and cravings – all of which can be opportunities for more conscious, mindful living and eating. Participants will also explore the accomplishments and challenges held in meeting the body, the acceptance and resistance, and the trust and uncertainty- which are also opportunities for more conscious, mindful well-being and health.
The first workshop begins on July 14 from 6 to 7:30 pm at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, 5060 Shoreham Place, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92122. For more information and details, peruse our schedule and register at our website or visit New Mindful Life’s site for the schedule at that location.
For healthcare professionals who wish to learn more about teaching mindful eating, you may wish to attend a 5-day Professional Training Retreat entitled “Mindful Eating, Conscious Living” on October 2-7, 2011 at EarthRise Retreat Center in Petaluma, California. This training will also be led by Jan Chozen Bays (author of the book Mindful Eating: A guide to rediscovering a healthy and joyful relationship with food) and experienced mindfulness teacher and trainer Char Wilkins, LCSW.