Seasonal Eating to Thrive Retreat – Winter

January 25-27, 2019 / Soquel

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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)

Seasonal Eating to Thrive Retreat – Winter

Nature has a plan, why reinvent the wheel?

To help you get there, we've extended our 10% at check-out. Join us!

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.

We’re busy, and have health concerns that need our attention. At Seasonal Eating to Thrive 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 and you'll leave with a one month meal plan for supporting a clean, nutrient dense, new year.

You'll go home with:

  1. A one month meal plan that can be changed and repeated through the winter season

  2. A binder with your plan, cooking and health related info, tips and tools

  3. Recipes and new cooking skills

  4. Follow up support for three months

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

  6. And lots more! See below ~

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!

Retreat Includes:

  • Two nights and exclusive use of the historic Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast with early check-in and late check-out

  • We’ll have an intimate group of like minded people with a shared goal and no more than 12 guests

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

  • Three cooking classes taught by Barbie Aknin ($310 value)

  • Education, discussion, and planning time with Barbie and Caprice to help make your desired lifestyle changes a breeze

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

  • Includes an emailed PDF version.

  • A trip to Live Earth Farm for a tour and discussion on seasonal eating with owner and Farmer Tom Broz.

  • A private beneficial herbs workshop at the inn with Carin Fortin, founder of Blossom’s Farm, Corralitos.

  • Monthly follow up calls and support with Barbie or Caprice.

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

  • End of the season celebration cooking class and dinner in San Jose on Saturday, March 24th. ($95 value)

  • 15% off all cooking classes taught by Barbie Aknin. Good January through March.

  • A 10% discount on following Seasonal Eating to Thrive Retreat through 2018

Sand Rock Farm

We’ll have exclusive use of the historic Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast which is tucked beneath giant California Redwoods on ten private acres. It was originally a 1000-acre ranch and winery built in the 1880's and is conveniently located right off Highway 1, towards the mountains and close to Aptos. We can wander paths and enjoy the lush landscaping and many fountains. All rooms feature jacuzzi tubs, natural amenities, robes, WiFi and cable tv.

Tom Broz

Carin Fortin, Founder, Blossom’s Farm

Carin Fortin is a native of Switzerland, teacher, herbalist in training, BDANC, student of Biodynamics and Anthroposophy, and certified permaculturist. She makes bitters, tinctures and tonics inspired by her family’s tradition and using Blossom’s herbs. She co-founded and currently runs Blossom’s Farm in Corralitos CA.


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