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

~ Chef Frank Giglio

If you need to change your diet or learn more cooking skills for health reasons, weight issues, can’t-get-dinner-on-the-table issues, or just because you love to learn, this weekend is for you!

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.

Spring is the season of new life. Come Spring, we get restless for change, for cleansing and newness, for the sun and renewed energy, for recommitting to our dreams. Nature gives us what we need to support this mood. A growing garden, green Spring vegetables, fresh eggs, and the sun feeds our body, energy, and mind.


Invest in your health overlooking the Monterey Bay!

Advertisers tell us that we don’t have time to cook, promoting convenience over nutrition. The truth: the tastiest, most nutritious foods are made from scratch according to the seasons and can be very simple to prepare. Seasonal whole foods not only provide us with numerous health benefits and nutrients that our bodies need, they 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. We will help one another with planning and encouragement and you’ll go home with:

  1. A deeper understanding of how to cook nutritious, delicious food using traditional cooking techniques of the past blended with new ideas

  2. New cooking skills that will get you in and out of the kitchen quickly

  3. A unique meal plan designed by you that can be changed and repeated throughout the season

  4. A binder with your plan, support materials, resources, tools, and LOTS of recipes

  5. Follow up support

  6. A 10% discount for classes taught by Barbie in through August 2019

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

  8. 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 during three cooking classes covering meal prep do-ahead preparation methods for “dinner in 30.”

Retreat Includes:

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

  • 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 August 31, 2019

Our Accommodations:

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.

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 our health goals for the upcoming season while also receiving new knowledge and cooking skills. I am excited to host my second year of this retreat and to focus on Spring, the season of new life. I hope you will join us and find new knowledge, support, hope, and community!

Rooms & Pricing:

  • Queen Bed, Private Room, One Person: $875

  • Queen Bed, Private Room, Two People: $625 per person

  • Queen Bed Shared Plus One Real Twin Mattress on Floor with Comforter, Three People: $595 per person

  • Twin Bed, in private common room. There are four beds in a large room with a patio: $575

  • Twin Mattress on floor with comforter & pillow tucked away in various spots throughout the house: $525

  • Commuter: $395

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

  • A 4% fee is added if paying by credit card.