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Fall, the season of harvest, traditions and celebrations.

"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

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 an equilibrium to occur.

You'll go home with:

  1. A transformed relationship with food and a deeper understanding of how to cook nutritious, delicious food

  2. An encouraging and manageable understanding of cooking techniques and how to prepare nutritionally dense foods

  3. A one month meal plan that can be changed and repeated throughout the Fall season

  4. A binder with your plan, cooking and health related tips, tools, and LOTS of recipes

  5. New cooking skills that we'll practice

  6. Tips and a plan for your holiday entertaining

  7. Follow up support for three months

  8. An invitation to our cooking class and reunion dinner in January

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

  10. And lots more! See below ~

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

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We will help one another with planning and encouragement.

We will cook together, learn new skills and, of course, eat together. In addition to learning the value of eating seasonally, we'll focus on the four “P's”:

  • Plan ~ We'll use our Community Cuisine Planning System that will work for varying personality types and phases of life.

  • Purchase ~ We’ll include strategies and lists for shopping and cover the best sources for clean, healthy, seasonal foods.

  • Prep ~ We’ll cover do-ahead prep techniques that will help you do “dinner a 30” while also being nutrient packed and delicious.

  • Prepare ~ We’ll cook together, experiment together and taste together during four cooking classes.


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Cheryl Buck ~

As one of the 1.6 million people who heard “you have cancer” in 2016, Cheryl has committed herself to health education and changing the conversation around cancer and other chronic diseases. She will add to our time together by sharing the principles of nutrition discovered by Dr. Weston A. Price. These principles have been studied and supported by The Weston A. Price Foundation.

From Cheryl ~ I grew up eating without thinking. I ate what my parents fed me (the standard American diet of the 1950s and 1960s) and never gave it a second thought.

Then, in 1999, I stumbled upon a cookbook that used the principles of Dr. Weston A. Price and found a recipe for sour cream cultured with vili, a Finnish food traditionally used by my ancestors. This got me thinking that different cultures of people made different types of foods and I realized that, in my suburban community, we did not have any food traditions aside from those associated with holidays. I began to wonder if traditional foods and preparations of the past could be an important key to my wellbeing. Inspired by this cookbook, I researched Dr. Weston A. Price and my mind was opened to a new world of possibilities.

What were the characteristics of traditional diets and could these inform my own food choices? Could I be healthier and happier if I applied these principles? After almost two decades of study, I know the answer is yes!

Read more about Cheryl and The Weston A. Price Foundation here.

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Barbie Aknin ~

From Barbie ~ 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. I am excited, at this, the end of the first year of hosting these retreats, 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.

Retreat Includes:

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

  • We’ll have an intimate group of like minded people with a shared goal

  • All meals - Friday dinner through Sunday brunch prepared by you with Barbie

  • Three cooking classes taught by Barbie

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

  • A working binder with seasonal recipes, Community Cuisine Planning System, sourcing list, recipes, tips and tools

  • An emailed PDF version of the curriculum and recipes

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

  • 15% off all cooking classes taught by Barbie in San Jose through December 2018

  • A 10% discount on following Seasonal Eating to Thrive Retreat through 2019

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 simple private bedrooms each with a double bed. There is an additional large private room with lots of windows and four comfortable twin beds. Slumber party time! Two 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, four Rooms only: $995

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

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

  • TWIN MATTRESS (real mattresses) on floor with comforter & pillow which can be added to a private room with guests or tucked away in various spots 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!