2/3 One-day Retreat - Seasonal Eating to Thrive

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2/3 One-day Retreat - Seasonal Eating to Thrive


2/3 Seasonal Eating to Thrive Winter Retreat - 9:30 - 4:00 - Cupertino

Nature has a plan, invest in it! Why reinvent the wheel?

Receive a 10% discount! Use code THRIVE at check out.

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

We’ve lost touch with the seasons, its rhythm that serves our bodies best, and the knowledge of why seasonal foods are the perfect choice in our pursuit of health. 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 and energy level and more. Nature provides the perfect “diet”! This combined with traditional cooking and preserving techniques gives us the perfect roadmap to help. By following what nature provides in each season, our eating habits and health will naturally change and balance allowing an equilibrium to occur. No more diets needed! During our time together we will transform our relationship with food and the annual new year’s resolution will be a thing of the past.

  • Address will be shared after purchase. Home is close to DeAnza College.

Classes are nonrefundable but feel free to send someone in your place if you are unable to attend.

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    "During the winter months, all things in nature wither, return home, and enter a resting period…”

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    We’re busy, and have health concerns that need our attention. At the Seasonal Eating to Thrive Day Retreat we’re going to take the time to plan for this winter’s season and for success. We’ll also help one another with community planning, encouragement, and cooking together. Wether you're home with the kids, working 60 hours a week, retired or just starting out, this retreat is for you!

    In addition to learning the value of eating seasonally, we'll focus on the four “P's”:


    • Winter is the perfect time for resting and relaxation, pondering and planning.
    • Working with our simple Community Cuisine Planning System will put together a month’s worth of menus. We’ll cover tools that will work for varying personality types and phases of life.


    • We’ll include strategies and lists for shopping the best sources for clean, healthy, seasonal foods.
    • We’ll combine quality ingredients and seasonal foods that have not been in storage or traveled the globe and are full of nutrients. Those nutrients equal flavor!


    • We’ll cover do-ahead prep techniques that are help you do “dinner a 30” while also being nutrient dense.
    • We’ll practice these techniques in class, two dinners and one breakfast.


    • We’ll cook together, experiment together and taste together. 
    • And then we'll dine together!

    The Day Includes:

    • Full day of instruction and planning in a beautiful kitchen in Cupertino with Barbie Aknin & Caprice Hardy
    • A working binder with seasonal recipes, Community Cuisine Planning System planning forms, sourcing list, recipes, tips and tools. Includes an emailed PDF version.
    • A cooking class and lunch prepared by Barbie with your help!
    • Community Cuisine’s private Facebook group where we can share triumphs, questions, recipes and ideas.
    • A $20 gift code to use towards a future class
    • We’ll have an intimate group of like minded people with a shared goal.
    • You'll leave with a one month meal plan for supporting a clean, nutrient dense, new year.

    This retreat is about community support and a positive health change for 2018. We want to support you. We're here for you. To help you get there, contact us for payment plans or several discounted price work scholarships (assisting at the retreat) available.  

    Our venue:

    Our venue is a home in Cupertino that is run as a cooking school. It's packed with every kitchen tool needed with lots of counter space, high ceilings and lots of light.