Befriending Your Body & Mindful Eating

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Join us for this all inclusive retreat with Dr. Susan Wnuk, Ph.D., C. Psych. and Chau Du, MSc., RYT, where you will learn to befriend your body through mindful eating. Mindful eating involves paying attention to all your senses while eating, including the taste, appearance, aromas, and physical sensations. Over time, practicing mindful eating helps you to make wiser, more balanced choices about food and eating. Mindful eating is about creating a new relationship with food and your body, rather than a type of diet. It involves paying attention to your body’s signals of hunger and fullness, your food preferences and knowledge, and your own history, culture and experience.

Integrating mindfulness practice with skills from clinical psychology, Susan and Chau will guide you to connect with your inner and outer wisdom in making choices to nourish your body and mind. In this retreat, they will facilitate various mindfulness practices, including eating and walking meditation, and mindfulness of the breath and body to cultivate awareness and nourishment.  Additional practices to foster self-compassion and acceptance will be integrated. They will also summarize research on the science of mindfulness and how this information can be applied to your daily life. Susan and Chau will provide a welcoming environment for participants to share their experiences, ask questions, and trouble-shoot obstacles to their unique practices.

Coverage for up to $500 for registered psychological services may be available through your extended health care plan or insurance. Please contact your insurance provider for information. A receipt will be provided by Dr. Susan Wnuk upon request.

Retreat Takeaways

  • Set a personal intention for befriending your body and food

  • Learn ways to befriend your body as a source of wisdom through acceptance and self-compassion

  • Learn your unique triggers for overeating, emotional eating and loss of control over your eating

  • Gain insights about the relationship between thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations associated with eating

  • Identify the stories about eating, your body and yourself that no longer serve you

  • Learn to use and trust your own body’s signals of hunger, fullness, and satiety to guide you when to start and stop eating

  • Connect with the nurturing qualities of food and practice honouring your own food preferences

  • Identify ways to incorporate mindful eating techniques into daily life on an ongoing basis, in order to cultivate a healthier relationship with food

Retreat Audience

  • Individuals wishing to incorporate mindful eating practices into their daily lives to cultivate a friendlier relationship with food and their bodies

  • Individuals wishing to learn new skills to address negative body image or eating habits like emotional eating, overeating and loss of control 

Retreat Includes

  • 3 nights accommodation at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in a Deluxe room

  • Welcome cocktail reception Friday evening

  • Mindful meals - breakfast, lunch & dinner on Saturday & Sunday; breakfast on Monday. Gratuities included. Dietary requirements can be accommodated.

  • Daily morning and afternoon workshop classes with Dr. Susan Wnuk and Chau Du

  • Daily morning yoga

  • Amenities at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

  • Free time daily

Retreat Rates

  • Be one of the first five people to book by September 3, 2018 to receive a complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Lake View room (subject to availability)

  • Single occupancy is available from $589 per night or $1,759 Canadian for the full retreat 

  • Double occupancy is available from $515 per person, per night or $1,535 Canadian per person for the full retreat

  • Rates based on a Deluxe room

  • Rates do not include taxes or service charges

  • Three night stay required (October 26-29, 2018)

  • US travelers will enjoy additional savings due to favorable exchange rate. Check Daily Exchange Rates. (Rates will vary and do not include credit card exchange fees. Subject to daily exchange rate changes.)

  • 2018 retreats require 50% deposit at time of booking, with full payment due at check-out. Cancellation within one month of program start date will result in full retreat charged.

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After participating in more yoga classes and events this year than in my entire life, I am yearning for the opportunity to attend a professional retreat. The opportunity to grow my practice, learn from talented students and teachers, and immerse myself in this gorgeous Red Feather Lakes sanctuary is the dream of a lifetime! Sara

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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