"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Mindful Eating: Cultivating True Nourishment
Andrea Lieberstein
Saturday, April 8, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code AL1D17.
OPEN-Register Here

Through mindfulness, mindful eating and heart-based practices, we can cultivate the clear seeing, heartfulness and stillness that helps bring our eating and life back into balance. When we eat mindfully, we involve all the senses by engaging our mind and body in a particular way. Join us for an experiential daylong retreat focused on cultivating mindful awareness and nourishing the body and mind through an immersion in selected mindful eating and heart-based practices, mindfulness meditation, walking and gentle yoga. We will explore the role of loving-kindness, self-compassion and nature awareness practices in establishing a strong ground for nourishment to balance our eating and living.

To support cultivating our awareness, we will quiet the mind and open the heart through gentle yoga, sitting and walking meditation. Through mindful eating and mindfulness practices, we learn to pay attention to what our body really needs and why. We can experience food as pleasure and nourishment while finding our right relationship to amount and quality in each moment. This is a day of true nourishment not only for the body but for the mind and heart as well.

Teachings are appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program when working with clients. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals- Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe how mindfulness can help identify true needs and interrupt the craving cycle;
  • Identify three mindfulness practices that can help break the cycle of using food as a sole source of comfort;
  • Describe three mindful eating awareness practices;
  • Describe a mindfulness and heartfulness practice to work with craving.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or (415) 488-0164 x224.

Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”

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Continuing Education

This course offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and nurses. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing Board to see if credits for programs from APA or BRN approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP10318 for 6 contact hours. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.

Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include movement. For more information, including attendance and cancellation policies, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

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