Women and Food: From Deprivation to Fulfillment - December 13-15, 2019 (Women’s Work and Empowerment Series)

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Women and Food: From Deprivation to Fulfillment - December 13-15, 2019 (Women’s Work and Empowerment Series)


Date: December 13-15, 2019
Time: Friday, 7:00pm-9:00pm;
Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm (break between 12:30pm-2:00pm);
Sunday, 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuition: $252.00
Early Bird: $219.00 (before 9/13/2019) - use promo code: food

Continuing Education (CE): 10.75 contact hours

Location: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

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Gail Feinstein, LCSW

Imagine a relationship with food that is fun, easeful, pleasurable and truly nourishing – and that the process of eating is filled with gratitude, joy and knowing “enoughness” – where deprivation and disordered eating does not exist. How might we create this possibility while living in a culture that promotes obsessive and restrictive thinking and patterns of behavior for women – where the prevalence of toxic, distorted and sexist messages denies and denigrates our femaleness. As a result, our struggles with food cause tremendous distress and disconnection from our bodies, shame, anxiety and despair. By paying attention to our fear of hunger, inhabiting our bodies and taking up space, we can rediscover our power and self-worth, while developing a healthy and joyful relationship with food and eating.

Through group-generated and somatically-based exercises, slowing down and relational mindfulness, we explore our eating habits and the creative ways we use food. We attentively engage in the process of eating – chewing, tasting, smelling, touching, etc., while attending to the thoughts, sensations and feelings that arise. We learn to treat ourselves with kindness and curiosity. We shift from accepting crumbs to claiming our rightful place at the banquet.

We begin to eat well and tend to the care of our body. We cultivate a nurturing partnership with food that supports and empowers us. We step out of the struggle with food by interrupting cultural messages – the critical, punishing voice that makes us want to use food to numb the discomfort and that offers us the illusion of control. We tune into our body’s wisdom and self-compassion, offering a more loving attitude toward ourselves. We transform deprivation into fulfillment and wholeness, and generate “enoughness” in our relationships with ourselves, our clients, and our world.

Finally, having experienced the power of these principles and methods for transforming our relationship to food, we will consider ways we can apply them in our work with our clients.

Learning Objectives
Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills for relating to food in a healthier way;

  • Discuss the impact of the culture on women’s relationship to food, eating and their bodies;

  • Apply Gestalt principles to cultivate a partnership with food;

  • Explain how self-compassion and kindness transforms the way we use food;

  • Explore the meaning that food holds for us and how we may use and abuse it;

  • Practice mindfulness to the process of tasting, chewing and eating; and

  • Apply the principles and processes for changing our relationship to food in our work with clients.