Savoring Presence Retreat: Mindfulness Skills for Attuned Eating with Katherine Dittmann
Mar
31
to Apr 2

Savoring Presence Retreat: Mindfulness Skills for Attuned Eating with Katherine Dittmann

The program is designed to support the mind-body connection through both seated and physical mindfulness practices. The key to successful mindful eating and meditation is embodiment, which can be difficult for those with body aversion. You can make it as gentle or as direct as you decide it to be. We will be there with you at every step.

The Savoring Presence Threefold Path:

Savoring the Moment: Simple meditations and practices from the Mindful Self-Compassion curriculum tailored specifically to address critical thoughts about food and the body and distressing emotions.

Savoring the Breath: A mixture of gentle and more active yoga asana to facilitate a direct and positive experience with the body. No previous yoga experience is needed. The more connected you are to your body, the easier it is to eat mindfully, access your appetite cues, make intuitive food choices, and prevent emotion-driven eating.

Savoring Food: Guided mindful eating experiences while enjoying local, organic meals made right on the ranch just for us. This is where your new skills pay off!

Questions? Want more information? Contact me for upcoming details! Katherine and I are so excited to offer this special experience and hope you can join us!

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Class 10 - Mindful Eating Workshop - Endings and Beginnings
Mar
10
12:00pm12:00pm

Class 10 - Mindful Eating Workshop - Endings and Beginnings

In class 10 of 10 of this experiential online mindful eating workshop you will identify and reflect on practices that worked best for you, and you will learn ways to sustain your regular mindful eating practice. You will also learn self-compassion tools to help motivate you to return to mindful eating should you take an unintentional break from your mindful eating practice.

Many people beat themselves up when they perceive themselves failing at keeping up with routines of diets, exercise and even meditation. Instead of judging yourself and berating yourself, you can be self-compassionate towards yourself and let go and begin your practice again. Self-compassion can motivate you with kindness to maintain your practice, as well as do other activities that are in your own best interest. 

Learn core skills of mindful eating from the comfort of your own home or office. During this 10-week workshop you will be supported with all the tools and techniques you need to start a regular mindful eating practice. No meditation experience required.

Contact me for more information or to register for this 10-week online mindful eating workshop.

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Mindful Self-Compassion2-Day Core Skills Workshop with Mike Graglia
Mar
5
10:00am10:00am

Mindful Self-Compassion2-Day Core Skills Workshop with Mike Graglia

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn't receive enough affection during childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It's a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. 

With mindful self-compassion, we’re better able to recognize and to face when we’re overstressed, overworking, overeating, overanalyzing, or overreacting and to take a kinder and more sustainable approach to life’s challenges. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves. Self-compassion also provides the support and inspiration required to make necessary changes in our lives and reach our full potential.

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Class 9 - Online Mindful Eating Workshop - Working With Heart Hunger
Mar
3
12:00pm12:00pm

Class 9 - Online Mindful Eating Workshop - Working With Heart Hunger

In class 9 of 10 of this experiential online mindful eating workshop you will learn how to recognize “heart” or emotional hunger, and to find ways to satisfy heart hunger that do not involve eating. 

Many people realize that they eat – or overeat – for emotional reasons. Mindful eating can help us become aware of the true origin of hunger – whether we are physically hungry or if the heart is hungry, that is, if the heart is longing for something that is not food.

Learn core skills of mindful eating from the comfort of your own home or office. During this 10-week workshop you will be supported with all the tools and techniques you need to start a regular mindful eating practice. No meditation experience required.

Contact me for more information or to register for this 10-week online mindful eating workshop.

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Class 8 - Mindful Eating Workshop - Cravings
Feb
24
12:00pm12:00pm

Class 8 - Mindful Eating Workshop - Cravings

In class 8 of 10 of this experiential online mindful eating workshop we will explore the process we call “craving” which is a “bundle” made up of thoughts, emotions, physical sensations in the body, and behaviors.

When our hearts are hungry, we may find ourselves craving something to fill or soothe the empty feeling. Often we turn to foods that momentarily alter the unwanted feelings we are experiencing. Craving feels all-consuming, as though we have no choice and are driven to eat in such a way that we end up feeling guilty and ashamed that we have no willpower, which may trigger more eating. 

Learn core skills of mindful eating from the comfort of your own home or office. During this 10-week workshop you will be supported with all the tools and techniques you need to start a regular mindful eating practice. No meditation experience required.

Contact me for more information or to register for this 10-week online mindful eating workshop.

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Class 7 - Online Mindful Eating Workshop - Food & Mood
Feb
17
12:00pm12:00pm

Class 7 - Online Mindful Eating Workshop - Food & Mood

In class 7 of 10 of this experiential online mindful eating workshop you will expand your understanding of how habituated thoughts, emotions and moods have become “automatic pilots” for eating patterns, and that by being aware of these you can use your mindful skills to slow down, interrupt and even change the process. You will also learn to be aware of how certain foods can cause potent changes in mood. 

Certain foods have memories for people - warm loving memories, distasteful or painful memories, or funny, romantic, sad memories - the list is endless. We have begun to see how our thoughts and emotions can influence how, what, when and where we eat; now we will explore how mood can influence our food choices. 

Learn core skills of mindful eating from the comfort of your own home or office. During this 10-week workshop you will be supported with all the tools and techniques you need to start a regular mindful eating practice. No meditation experience required.

Contact me for more information or to register for this 10-week online mindful eating workshop.

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Class 6 - Online Mindful Eating Workshop - Slowing Down & Pausing
Feb
9
12:00pm12:00pm

Class 6 - Online Mindful Eating Workshop - Slowing Down & Pausing

In class 6 of 10 of this experiential online mindful eating workshop you will learn the option of slowing down your eating, and to investigate what changes occur in body, mind and heart when you do. 

In our fast-paced society, we often eat quickly to get on to the next thing on our To-Do list. Even during colonial times, foreign visitors were amazed at the "gobble, gulp and go" habits of Americans at the dining table. These habits are now spreading around the world through the popularity of "fast foods." The satiety hormones that signal that we have had enough to eat begin to be released 20 minutes after we begin eating. If we eat too quickly, we cannot judge how much to eat, and are more likely to overeat. By simply slowing down the pace of eating we find more enjoyment and increased skill in judging how much is enough. 

Learn core skills of mindful eating from the comfort of your own home or office. During this 10-week workshop you will be supported with all the tools and techniques you need to start a regular mindful eating practice. No meditation experience required.

Contact me for more information or to register for this 10-week online mindful eating workshop.

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Mindful Self-Compassion 2-Day Core Skills Workshop with Mike Graglia
Feb
5
10:00am10:00am

Mindful Self-Compassion 2-Day Core Skills Workshop with Mike Graglia

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn't receive enough affection during childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It's a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. 

With mindful self-compassion, we’re better able to recognize and to face when we’re overstressed, overworking, overeating, overanalyzing, or overreacting and to take a kinder and more sustainable approach to life’s challenges. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves. Self-compassion also provides the support and inspiration required to make necessary changes in our lives and reach our full potential.

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Class 5 - Online Mindful Eating Workshop - Fullness and Satiey
Feb
3
12:00pm12:00pm

Class 5 - Online Mindful Eating Workshop - Fullness and Satiey

In class 5 of 10 of this experiential online mindful eating workshop you will learn how to check in with your body and recognize sensations of different levels of fullness. You will also identify eating patterns which disrupt your natural appestat, and you will experience the difference between fullness and satiety. 

Young children have a natural “appestat” (appetite regulator) that helps them recognize when they are full. However we often lose track of this signal in adult life and do not recognize when our body is telling us it has had enough food.

Learn core skills of mindful eating from the comfort of your own home or office. During this 10-week workshop you will be supported with all the tools and techniques you need to start a regular mindful eating practice. No meditation experience required.

Contact me for more information or to register for this 10-week online mindful eating workshop.

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Class 4 - Online Mindful Eating Workshop - Emotions & Body Awareness - How we connect and disconnect
Jan
27
12:00pm12:00pm

Class 4 - Online Mindful Eating Workshop - Emotions & Body Awareness - How we connect and disconnect

In class 4 of 10 of this experiential online mindful eating workshop you will learn to tune into your body in a safe, non-judgmental way and to become aware of how emotions are connected to physical sensations in the body. 

Our body has a wisdom that is different but not separate from our minds. Our emotions, which are felt in our bodies, can help us make wiser choices if we are aware of them. Learning how to bring non-judgmental attention to our emotions and our body can positively influence how we take care of ourselves. 

Learn core skills of mindful eating from the comfort of your own home or office. During this 10-week workshop you will be supported with all the tools and techniques you need to start a regular mindful eating practice. No meditation experience required.

Contact me for more information or to register for this 10-week online mindful eating workshop.

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Class 3 - Online Mindful Eating Workshop - Identifying Conditions Patterns Around Eating
Jan
20
12:00pm12:00pm

Class 3 - Online Mindful Eating Workshop - Identifying Conditions Patterns Around Eating

In class 3 of 10 of this experiential online mindful eating workshop you will discover some of your reactive habituated patterns around food and eating. We will also explore how to bring curiosity instead of judgment to those patterns. 

Our eating habits developed as a result of many influences including such things as culture, family customs, advertising and peer pressure. Most of our conditioned habits are harmless, but some are deeply hidden and more problematic, causing us to be out of balance with food. Mindful eating can bring some of these unconscious patterns into the light of awareness, freeing us to choose healthier ways of eating. 

Learn core skills of mindful eating from the comfort of your own home or office. During this 10-week workshop you will be supported with all the tools and techniques you need to start a regular mindful eating practice. No meditation experience required.

Contact me for more information or to register for this 10-week online mindful eating workshop.

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Class 2 - Online Mindful Eating Workshop - Hunger: What is it?
Jan
13
12:00pm12:00pm

Class 2 - Online Mindful Eating Workshop - Hunger: What is it?

In class 2 of 10 of this experiential online mindful eating workshop you will explore your experience of hunger and learn to check in with your body and recognize sensations of hunger and begin to discern levels and kinds of hunger. 

Many people who struggle with distressed eating never feel satisfied. By bringing mindfulness to the experience of eating we can explore the different kinds of hunger we all experience so that we can take better care of ourselves.

Learn core skills of mindful eating from the comfort of your own home or office. During this 10-week workshop you will be supported with all the tools and techniques you need to start a regular mindful eating practice. No meditation experience required.

Contact me for more information or to register for this mindful eating workshop.

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Ralston Middle School Parent Talk - Eating & Body Image Issues
Jan
13
9:30am 9:30am

Ralston Middle School Parent Talk - Eating & Body Image Issues

Marcella will speak to middle school parents about the dangers of dieting, why diets don’t work and will address the problems with youth and dieting. She will also discuss the epidemic of body image dissatisfaction among teens and adults alike in our community. You will come away with strategies for helping your teen and yourself develop healthy eating behaviors and positive body image. For more information about Marcella Cox, LMFT, please visit www.marcellacox.com

 

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Class 1 - Online Mindful Eating Workshop - What Is mindfulness? Why and how to apply it to eating
Jan
6
12:00pm12:00pm

Class 1 - Online Mindful Eating Workshop - What Is mindfulness? Why and how to apply it to eating

In class 1 of 10 of this experiential online mindful eating workshop you will learn about mindfulness, as well as why and how to apply it to eating.

Mindfulness is an innate ability that we all possess. Paying attention, on purpose and without judgment is a skill that can be learned and practiced so that we can take better care of ourselves. In this session you will tune into your senses as a way to discover how to be present with the Seven Hungers.

Learn core skills of mindful eating from the comfort of your own home or office. During this 10-week workshop you will be supported with all the tools and techniques you need to start a regular mindful eating practice. No meditation experience required.

Contact me for more information or to register for this 10-week online mindful eating workshop.

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Mindful & Compassionate Parenting Program
Jan
1
12:00pm12:00pm

Mindful & Compassionate Parenting Program

Upcoming programs
Mindful & Compassionate Parenting Program
Program developed and co-taught with Lorraine Hobbs, Director of Youth and Family Services at UCSD Center for Mindfulness
Contact Me to find out dates and locations for upcoming trainings

A Core Skills Training in Mindful & Compassionate Parenting
Parenting is full of challenges and can lead to emotional exhaustion and caregiver fatigue. Mindfulness and self-compassion can help us navigate this landscape with greater skill and ease. This 2-day core skills training is a combination of empirically based practices from the Mindful Self-Compassion Course and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction along with developmental and attachment research.  It is designed to teach parents the art of being fully present with their child with greater kindness, consideration and compassion.

Many parents and professionals agree that the demands of life affect our ability to practice patience and deep listening with our children. This inattention can contribute to frustration and confusion for both parent and child. By identifying reactive patterns and exploring options for attending to the unplanned stressors in our lives, we can improve our ability to respond skillfully to our own needs and to the needs of our children.  In this workshop, we will introduce the foundations of mindfulness and the effects of mindfulness on stress reactivity.  We will explore principles of self-compassion as a method for self-care and practice the art of deep listening as a model for teaching kindness and compassion to our children. These essential parenting skills model for our children how to manage their own stressors and live a life with greater freedom and enjoyment. 

Benefits of Mindful & Compassionate Parenting:

  •  A deeper awareness of your own stress reactions
  • Respond to difficult emotions with kindness and understanding
  • An increased ability to respond more skillfully to the unplanned and stressful moments with your child
  • Learning to listen with kindness and attention to yourself and your child
  • Learning to problem-solve with your child with patience and wisdom
  • Increasing your child’s emotional strength and well-being
  • Improving your child’s capacity to respond with kindness to others 

Questions? Want more information? Contact me for upcoming details! We are so excited to offer this special training and hope you can join us!

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Making Friends With Yourself
Jan
1
12:00pm12:00pm

Making Friends With Yourself

Upcoming programs
8-Week Making Friends with Yourself Program
Fall, Winter & Spring Groups
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
One Life Counseling Center, San Carlos, CA

To view the group flyer, please click here

Contact me to find out more information about groups in 2017.

Adolescence is a time of change, growth and all too often, struggle.  Making Friends with Yourself is an 8-week program designed to help teens cope more effectively with the ongoing challenges of their day-to-day life. It brings together the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion: Mindfulness teaches us to be present with difficult emotions, and self-compassion helps us to respond to these emotions with greater kindness and self-care. 

At any age, self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience to meet struggles, as well as a foundation to relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically oneself. Self-compassion also provides the support and inspiration required to make necessary changes in our lives and reach our full potential.

Through developmentally appropriate activities and meditations, teens learn specific tools which help them navigate the emotional ups and downs of this life stage with greater ease.  A preliminary research study on this program has demonstrated significant decreases in depression, anxiety, perceived stress and negative mood from before to after taking this course. Making Friends With Yourself has been adapted from the adult Mindful Self-Compassion program (created by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD) by Karen Bluth, PhD, Associate Director, Mindfulness-Based Stress and Pain Management Program at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Lorraine Hobbs, M.A., Director, Youth and Family Programs, University of California, San Diego Center for Mindfulness.

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Hosting Screening & Opening Remarks - Embrace Movie
Nov
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Hosting Screening & Opening Remarks - Embrace Movie

When Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013 it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy.  EMBRACE follows Taryn’s crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies. 

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