Annette James is a certified mindfulness coach with Unified Mindfulness. She brings a warm, non-judgemental, open presence to support you in the self exploration that is your mindfulness practice, especially as it relates to the inner dramas of eating and food. Katie Gates is a food blogger known for her love of easy, satisfying, and healthy recipes. She wears many hats in Conscious Eating, and loves that her role is always changing to meet the needs of our members.
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Conscious Eating is about defining your own wise, middle path with food that is something between rigid food rules and constantly overindulging in response to craving. It's about gently shedding your shoulds and letting go of your stories about how you think you are around food, and tapping into your direct experience and body's wisdom to discover what serves you. We practice mindfulness techniques that are specifically designed to help you turn less and less towards food to avoid or fix emotional difficulty, and to navigate swirly food and body moments more skillfully from a calm center.
We teach secular, science-backed mindfulness practices that help you turn less and less towards food to avoid or fix emotional difficulty. By regularly practicing these techniques in seated meditation, you will find yourself taking your tools off the cushion into life, helping you navigate swirly food and body moments more skillfully from a calm center.
Our daily guided meditations are at the heart of our work together in Conscious Eating Community. Every morning at 7am PST, Annette guides a seated meditation to help you start your day feeling grounded in your body and connected with your wise inner guide. This daily 15-minute session also includes an uplifting gratitude practice and short, written daily reflection.
Twice per month, Annette offers a coaching call in the form of a fun "mindful dinner party" on zoom, followed by insightful discussion and coaching. Participants bring a snack, meal, or beverage and participate in a guided mindful eating or drinking practice, followed by practice reports and discussion. For the second part of this call, Annette offers individualized feedback and coaching around applying the Conscious Eating practices to members' specific challenges.
On the second Saturday of every month, Katie hosts a fun cook-along to introduce new ways of preparing delicious, healthy meals. Prior to these gatherings, Katie chooses a type of meal and provides a highly versatile meal template, encouraging everyone to personalize the recipe to whatever ingredients they like or have in their kitchen. We chop, chat, and cook together, and swap cooking tips about whatever random questions people bring to the table.
Each month we choose a topic or theme to dive deeper into as a community. This theme informs our Saturday workshops, the practices we choose for our daily meditation sessions, and our discussion topics. Past themes have included Working with Cravings, the Joy of Eating, Mindfulness and Technology, Self-Compassion, Body Positivity, Mindful Eating, and Mindfulness in Relationships.
You’ll be inspired and lifted up by others who are implementing mindfulness tools in creative ways, cooking healthy and delicious food, and who understand where you’re at and where you’ve been. Join our lightly structured community connection calls on Sundays at 9 AM, or attend our Thursday night member-led support calls for extra connection during the week.
Throughout the week we offer multiple opportunities for meaningful, live connection via Zoom. Our members log on with intention and feel inspired and supported, not distracted and drained. We use a platform called Mighty Networks that is well designed for human engagement and connection.
“I’m amazed at the amount of self-discovery that seems to be unfolding after just one week in this community. This community is the best gift I could give myself for the coming year.”
"It has taken me decades of work to grasp what you both, each in your own unique ways, have embraced and are now so lovingly and clearly teaching and sharing."
”The workshops, Annette’s daily meditation practice, the food inspiration, and weekly challenges are just part of the positive impact this program is having on my relationship with food. The kind encouragement helps me to stop berating myself and just keep coming back to the present acceptance and willingness to keep at it. The profound and comprehensive core program feels like we are all in this endless pool of wisdom together sharing our successes and redefining our failures as part of a wisdom path.”
"Just recently I experienced eating food for comfort that didn’t lead to guilt. I truly enjoyed it.....this was a huge step for me. I felt free."
”I joined this community a little over a month ago, and what a change a month makes! The combination of community, shared gratitude, mindfulness, joy around nourishment (and farmer’s markets!) strikes a wonderful, resonant chord. I am more aware of the world around me … sights, sounds, tastes, smells; and with that awareness, comes peace. My body is moving more freely, my clothes are fitting more comfortably, and my mind feels at rest. Here, I am home”
“Here you will never encounter any of the subversive messages to lose more weight or be thinner. You will find true freedom here, and the joy and safety to share with people who are truly accepting.“
”Tonight for the first time I wrote down what I will cook for my family and eat for myself completely painlessly… joyfully really. I think the attitude in this community of trusting myself rather than monitoring my motives has started to sink in to my being.“
“I love the underpinnings of this group, that we have cultivating community, daily mindfulness practices, and leanings towards nourishing healthy food. All foundations for a thriving life.”
We offer both annual and monthly membership options for our community, the annual option being the most cost-effective. We have found that our annual members get much more out of our community than monthly members. Transforming your relationship with food is ongoing and won't happen overnight. Investing in the year helps people commit to this work, benefit fully from our offerings, and really settle in.
We know that many people are on fixed incomes and tight budgets right now. If the price point we have listed on our landing page doesn't work for you but you think you would benefit from our community, please do reach out to us at email@example.com and let us know a price point that works for you and your budget. We don't want anybody to be shut out due to the membership cost and are happy to offer a sliding scale up to a 70% discount. Please note that our discounted memberships are annual only, but a 1 week free trial is included so you can decide if you want to commit for the full year.
Refund Policy: Refunds for annual memberships will not be available after the first two months. Within first the two months of an annual membership, refunds will be pro-rated based on monthly rate rather than discounted annual rate.