Gather to Eat
Gather to Eat
Food by itself, cannot nourish us wholly: body, heart, and mind. It needs something special from us that includes human attachment to fulfill its ultimate purpose. How does feeding and eating help us connect to each other? What can we do if food problems are pulling us apart? Being together involves more than just sitting to eat beside each other.
Gather to Eat offers an in-depth look at how you can invite your loved ones to rest in your care when it comes to attachment and food. How can you pair these two critical needs together, and how did they come apart? Eating is emotionally provocative. Food can be attached to joy-filled or upsetting memories. How can you create comfort food that is empowered by human connection?
Gather to Eat offers foundational insight instead of quick fixes. Based on developmental and relational science, we delve into how to gather our loved ones first, and then eat. Why does this matter? Because when they rest in your care you can nourish them best of all.
Some of the questions we consider:
- What kind of relational dance are you and your loved one doing when it comes to feeding and eating?
- How do you increase your kid’s receptivity to what you have to offer?
- How do you reduce emotional stress around feeding and eating?
- What can you do with picky eating and how can you look at it differently?
- What challenges do your sensitive kids have in trying new food, and how can attachment help?
- How do we know if someone’s eating issues are part of a stress response, and how can we help if they are?
- How can the science of play help us understand how our kids become competent eaters?
- What do we do with our feelings around food, especially if they are negative and challenging?
The good news is whether we are trying to make headway on eating problems, deal with picky eating or food battles, or want our kids to develop as healthy, competent eaters, our relationship is the vehicle for making headway and change in the home, school, or community setting.
Gather to Eat
$ 185 CDN (early bird rate)
Live online and also at your own pace
Q and A session
Resources and recommendations
Certificate of completion
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Three myths that guide eating practices today
What relational dynamics drive your feeding and eating practices?
Picking apart picky eating through developmental science
Harnessing the power of attachment to increase receptivity
Sensitive kids and their unique feeding and eating challenges
The role of play in becoming an eater, and playful contexts to eat in
The gut's stress response and eating problems
Healing our troubled relationship with food
Using attachment rituals to strengthen connection
Playing matchmaker to food through Nature
Understand the developmental and relational roots of becoming an eater
Be equipped to deal with picky eating or food challenges keeping connection in mind
Define the relational dance you are doing while feeding your loved ones
Learn how to pair food and attachment together to create comfort food
Examine what strategies you are using from a behavioural/learning stance that can create food problems
Make sense of how the gut and emotions are intertwined
Take the lead in creating emotional and relational safety around food
Become a matchmaker to help kids learn about food through nature and play
“It isn’t really about food; it is about the relationships surrounding food rituals and how important they are in our personal development. I now see it as a key part of my tool box in helping young students and their families.”
– ED Wittchen, Superintendent, Mother of Earth’s Children’s Charter School
Gather to Eat is right for you if you are:
- Looking for how to feed others from a place of caring connection.
- Wanting to create ideal conditions for feeding others in the home, school, or community-based programs.
- Needing support in taking the lead to create emotional safety and rituals in your eating context.
- Interested in developmental science and an understanding of emotional well-being when it comes to feeding and eating.
- Fascinated by the new science on the gut and it’s connection to emotional well-being
- Interested in relooking at food through a relational lens and how it symbollically conveys connection
- Reclaiming your cultural roots through food and feeding practices
- Wanting additional support alongside other helping professionals in making headway on serious food problems with a loved one.