“During the winter months, all things in nature wither, return home, and enter a resting period…”
The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Of Medicine (NI 1995, 6)
"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
“Far beyond an artful interest, cooking is one of the most influential factors in your health care plan.”
~ Chef Frank Giglio
Nature has a plan, why reinvent the wheel?
Seasonal Eating to Thrive Retreat is a quarterly cooking retreat that coincides with nature’s seasons.
The four seasons provide a natural rhythm to keep us in optimal health. Traditionally, each season brings new foods to the table. Eating seasonally supports health and wellness by helping our bodies adjust to the weather, our energy and activity levels, and more.
Nature provides the perfect “diet”!
Today’s advertisers have given us the message that we don’t have time to cook and that convenience trumps nutritional value. What they don’t tell us is that the simplest, most nutritious way to eat is laid out for us in nature.
Plus, seasonal whole foods not only provide us with numerous health benefits and nutrients that our bodies need, they just taste better! During our time together, your relationship with food will be transformed. We’ll cover cooking techniques for all skill levels and create personalized recipe planning that is practical for any lifestyle. The annual need for new year’s resolutions will be a thing of the past! Whether you’re home with kids, working 60 hours a week, retired, or just starting out, this retreat is for you!
Thinking about coming? In order for me to gather all that’s needed, I’d love to hear from you by January 10th. So let me sweeten the deal! Sign up by 1/10 and receive a $40 gift coupon to use on any future class or event. I have lots planned for the new year!
We will help one another with planning and encouragement. You'll go home with:
A transformed relationship and deeper understanding of how to cook nutritious, delicious food using traditional cooking techniques of the past blended with new ideas
A manageable understanding of how to prepare nutritionally dense foods
A unique meal plan designed by you that can be changed and repeated throughout the season
A binder with your plan, cooking and health related tips, tools, and LOTS of recipes
New cooking skills and techniques that we'll practice
Follow up support for three months
An invitation to our cooking class and reunion dinner in April
A new group of like-minded friends and supporters
And lots more!
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 three “Ps”:
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.
Prepare: We’ll cook together, experiment together and taste together during four cooking classes. We’ll also cover do-ahead preparation methods for “dinner in 30.”
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
Education, discussion, and planning time 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
10% off all cooking classes taught by Barbie in San Jose through April 2019
A 10% discount on following Seasonal Eating to Thrive Retreat through 2019
Our private home overlooking the Monterey Bay boasts floor to ceiling windows, patios and the expansive garden. 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, One Person: $875
Queen Bed, Private Room, Two People: $775 per person
Queen Bed Shared Plus One Real Twin Mattress on Floor with Comforter, Three People: $650 per person
Twin Bed, in private common room. There are four beds in a large room with a patio: $625
Twin Mattress on floor with comforter & pillow tucked away in various spots throughout the house: $575
THE commuter price includes everything listed in the program other than accommodations. AirB&B spaces are available in Soquel.
Past retreat participants, don’t forget to use your discount code!
A 4% fee is added if paying by credit card. Email me to pay by check.