UPCOMING Retreats & workshops

November 28, 2016
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Topic - Raising an Intuitive Eater & Cultivating Positive Body Image
Patroness Meeting
San Carlos, CA

November 29, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hosting Screening & Opening Remarks - Embrace Movie
Aquarius Theater
Palo Alto, CA
Click on links to watch the trailer or buy tickets.

January 6 - February 24, 2017 / 8 Fridays
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PT
Teaching - Mindful Eating Core Skills
Online Group
Online sessions the comfort of your home or office

February 5 & March 5, 2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Teaching - Mindful Self-Compassion 2-Day Core Skills Workshop with Mike Graglia
Vibe Yoga
Menlo Park, CA
Click on the links to learn more about Mindful Self-Compassion or this workshop.

March 31 - April 2, 2017
4:00 pm check-in - 11:00 am check-out
Retreat - Savoring Presence Retreat with Katherine Dittmann
Mayacamas Ranch
Calistoga, CA

Dates TBD
Times TBD
Teaching - Mindful Compassionate Parenting 2-Day Core Skills Workshop with Lorraine Hobbs
Location TBD


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Savoring Presence: Retreat at Mayacamas Ranch

How great would it be…

  • To feel confident in any eating situation?
  • To dramatically change the way you think about food and your body?
  • To really feel connected to and safe in your body?
  • To finally get what mindful eating really is?

It would probably feel fantastic.

Maybe right now, you are feeling disillusioned with the whole mindful eating and mind-body thing.

Maybe you’ve made some good progress down the mindfulness path, but suspect there is a missing piece.

Or maybe you are just starting out on this journey of self-acceptance and are looking for a kickstart.

And so we created:

Savoring Presence: Mindfulness Skills for Attuned Eating

…premiering next spring at the breathtaking Mayacamas Ranch in Calistoga, California.

Spend the weekend with us in the ideal setting to luxuriate in your own affectionate awareness, learning the skills that will prime your body to be receptive to the gifts of mindfulness and self-compassion.

Course Curriculum

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 payoff!

When: Friday, March 31 – Sunday April 2, 2017

Where: Mayacamas Ranch, Calistoga, California

Tuition: Early bird price until December 31 is $300 (includes 12 hours of instruction in Mindful Self-Compassion, mindful eating, and yoga asana). After, tuition is $375.

Luxury accommodations and all meals: $378 – $738 (this place is so worth it!)

Extras: salt-water pool, jacuzzi, inspiring views, sundeck, organic garden, and grand fireplace all on site. Plan to check out local wineries or go for a hike on Sunday afternoon before the trip home!

For more information, please see the retreat flyer.

Questions? Want more information? Enter your email address to the left for upcoming details! We are so excited to offer this special experience and hope you can join us!


Mindfulness in Practice Workshop
This 3-hour workshop for physicians, therapists and other healing professionals highlights the great benefit that mindfulness training can bring to clinical work. 

Didactic presentation, guided practice and discussion will suggest avenues that professionals can begin to use immediately to decrease burn-out and improve clinical outcomes.

Friday, March 4th, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
El Camino Hospital, Mountain View
Park Pavilion Room 0

Free of charge, 
3 CEUs for Nurses, MFT, MSW

For more information and directions, please see the Mindfulness in Practice Flyer

To register, please email the facilitators: Marcella Cox, MFT or Deborah Abraham, MFT

Self-Compassion and Recovery Workshop
This 1-hour workshop will highlight the multitude of benefits of cultivating self-compassion and how it can be integrated into recovery.

Didactic presentation, guided practice and discussion will provide tools that professionals can begin to use immediately — with themselves and their clients.

Thursday, March 10th, 8:30 a.m - 10:00 a.m.
Women's Association of Addiction Treatment
Santa Clara Chapter
1101 South Winchester #N-265, San Jose

For more information please contact: Marcella Cox, MFT.

About Self-Compassion
With 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. Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships.