Join me for my annual

Autumn - Seasonal Eating to Thrive Retreat

November 8-10, Soquel, Ca.

A quarterly cooking retreat that coincides with nature's seasons with guest speaker, Beatrice Levinson, Naturopath & GAPS Practitioner

“Far beyond an artful interest, cooking is one of the most influential factors in your health care plan.”

~ Chef Frank Giglio


Autumn, a season of harvest, traditions, back to school, and holiday gatherings.


Seasonal Eating to Thrive Retreat is a quarterly cooking retreat that coincides with nature's seasons.

Traditionally, each new season brings new foods to the table. These foods support health and wellness by being appropriate for the time of year, the weather, our activity, energy level and more. This combined with traditional cooking and preserving techniques gives us a roadmap to health. By following what nature provides in each season and preparing foods with proper cooking techniques, our eating habits and health will naturally improve and balance allowing equilibrium to occur.

Chef Barbie Aknin with guest speaker, naturopathic practitioner Beatrice Levinson, will focus on building our immune system and energy as well as supporting hormone health through food and natural remedies.

We will cover:

  • Maintaining an energy level and hormonal balance instead of holiday exhaustion

  • Protecting yourself and family from seasonal flus

  • Seasonal foods and the preparations that make them delicious

  • Cooking methods to optimize health

  • Navigating the holidays

  • Keeping a healthy weight through the holidays

Fall comfort food

Fall comfort food

Fun fermenting vegetables

Fun fermenting vegetables

We're busy, and have health concerns that need our attention.

At Community Cuisine Seasonal Eating to Thrive Retreats, we devote time to plan for each season and for success. We help one another with planning and encouragement. Then, we cook together learning new skills.

Whether you're home with the kids, working 60 hours a week, retired, or just starting out, this retreat is for you!

You'll go home with:

  1. A transformed relationship with food

  2. An encouraging and manageable knowledge of nutritionally dense foods and seasonal cooking techniques

  3. A working binder with the Community Cuisine Planning System, sourcing list, tips, tools, hacks, and LOTS of recipes

  4. New cooking skills that we've practiced

  5. A new group of like-minded friends and supporters

  6. And lots more!

"Barbie’s seasonal eating retreat with Community Cuisine was off the charts amazing. Everything about the retreat from start to finish exceeded my expectations. Eating to feed your body and soul and the concept of eating to heal your body is completely transformative. I’ve heard some of the things we learned before but it is so hard to sustain new habits. It truly was like parting the Red Sea. I feel like I can now do this on my own. I can feed myself and my family good tasting nutritious food without spending all day in the kitchen." ~ML


Barbie Aknin

As owner of Community Cuisine, I talk to students, friends and neighbors weekly about their health struggles or the struggles of loved ones. I have my own health concerns and want to make sure that my diet supports my health goals. Finding support, encouragement and knowledge in others has been of huge importance in my personal journey. This led to the creation of the Seasonal Eating to Thrive Retreats. I’ve created a time away in a beautiful and relaxing setting to focus on and plan your health goals for the upcoming season while also receiving new knowledge and cooking skills. As the weather turns, I am excited to focus on the celebratory season of Fall. I hope you will join us and find new knowledge, support, and community!

More about me here

Beatrice Levinson

Born in a family that used natural medicines, Beatrice Levinson began to study naturopathy right after high school. She graduated from two naturopathic schools in France: I.H.M.N. (Institute of Hygiene and Natural Medicine) in 1989 and I.M.T. (Institute of Medicine de Terrain) in 1992, and practiced naturopathy for 10 years in Paris.

In 1998, she moved to California where she opened her first practice in Monterey, CA, and a second practice in Menlo Park. At the same time, she continued to study advanced complementary medicine, including functional medicine, and trained as a GAPS practitioner, which enables her to accompany children on the autism spectrum.

In 2014, Beatrice moved to France (Var), and took over her father’s clientele in Paris, to share with her compatriots her sixteen years of education and practice acquired in the United States.

Retreat Includes:

  • Two nights and exclusive use of a private home overlooking the entire Monterey Bay in Soquel 

  • We’ll have an intimate group of like-minded people with a shared goal and no more than 15 guests

  • All meals - Friday dinner through Sunday brunch prepared by you (in class) with Barbie

  • Three cooking classes taught by Barbie Aknin

  • Education, discussion, and planning time with Barbie and Beatrice to help make your desired lifestyle changes manageable

  • A working binder with seasonal recipes, Community Cuisine Planning System planning forms, sourcing list, recipes, tips and hacks.

  • An emailed PDF version.

  • Extra surprises.

  • Community Cuisine’s private Facebook group where we can share triumphs, questions, recipes, and ideas.

Our Accommodations:

Our private home overlooking the Monterey Bay boasts floor to ceiling windows, patios and the expansive garden that draws you to the out of doors. The interior is comfortable, airy, and clean. There are five private bedrooms each with a double bed. Two of the bedrooms can accommodate a twin mattress on the floor for a third guest. There is an additional large private room with a patio and expansive views and four comfortable twin beds. Slumber party time! Two large shared bathrooms and a half-bath are in the hall. Outside, paths wind around the three acre property with an organic orchard and garden. Guests are free to wander the entire property on the half mile bark trail. Eighty hens and five roosters live on the property as well as bees with hives in a fenced in enclosure 100 yards from the house.

Rooms & Pricing:

  • QUEEN BED, PRIVATE ROOM: five Rooms only: $1,250

  • SHARED QUEEN BED, PRIVATE ROOM: four ROOMS only: $795 per person

  • TWIN BED: shared room - there are four beds in a large room with a patio: $695

  • TWIN MATTRESS: quality mattress on floor with down comforter & pillows which can be added to a private room with guests or tucked away in secluded areas throughout the house: $595

  • COMMUTER: $445

    • The commuter price includes everything listed in the program other than accommodations. AirB&B spaces are available in Soquel.

  • Receive a 3% discount if paying by check

  • We want to help you attend! Please contact me for a personalized payment plan.

  • Past retreat participants, don’t forget to use your discount code!