Women, Food, & Forgiveness: The Heroine’s Journey

Marcella Friel

May 2–6, 2018

Tuition $250 + 4 nights

This program has been cancelled. 

Would you describe your relationship to food as challenging? Does the task of healing your relationship with food seem overwhelming? You are not alone—the journey begins with forgiveness and supportive community. Join Mindful Eating coach Marcella Friel in this warm and welcoming 5-day retreat for women, where she will guide you step-by-step through the Heroine’s Journey of recognizing persistent patterns, exploring your capacity for unconditional forgiveness, and discovering liberation.

Through meditation, journaling, discussion, ritual, and a simple stress-relief tool called EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques, or “Tapping”) you will:

– Learn why you can’t heal your relationship with food without forgiveness
– Embark on the unknown path of forgiveness (it’s not what you think)
– Make friends with your binges, cravings, and other patterns of self-sabotage
– Receive support as you summon the courage to forgive unconditionally
– Discover gratitude for what’s been given, what’s been taken away, and what’s been left behind

Watch Marcella speak about gratitude in the context of Shambhala Teachings.



Here’s what participants have said about Marcella’s previous Mindful Eating programs at Shambhala Mountain Center and elsewhere:

“Marcella was a wonderful educator/facilitator! Clear message, skillful training and heartfelt presence!! The training on EFT will be a highly useful tool that I will integrate into my life.”

“The program was an excellent balance of content, meditation, skill training and reflection!”

“I have not binged since that weekend with Marcella. I have not even wanted my ginger cookies that I have been totally addicted to for years now. I thought the result would be fleeting, but here I am weeks later without the cravings.” — Karen G.

“I was impressed with how quickly Marcella was able to help me tap on deep-seated emotions that I have carried around for decades. Within five minutes of tapping and speaking with Marcella, I was released of that intense pain.” — Katie V.

“Marcella is warm and funny and creates the safest space for everyone to have their most successful experience of themselves—creating a new vision of healthy food choices while calming the fears of failure.” — Cheryl R.

“Thank you for offering a safe and open environment for me to become more aware of my relationship with food. The experience was so positive that I would definitely come to your workshop again. Thanks you so much for sharing your knowledge and insights with such empathy.” — Pat S. 

Marcella Friel

Marcella Friel is a mindful eating mentor who helps health-conscious women love and forgive themselves, their food, and their figure. She is the author of two best-selling courses on DailyOM and of the book Tap, Taste, Heal: Use Emotional Freedom Techniques to Eat Joyfully and Love Your Body. Marcella’s writing appears in Elephant Journal and elsewhere.

In 2018, Marcella founded the Women, Food & Forgiveness Academy, an online mentorship program to guide women on the path of unconditional self-love and sustainable body-weight balance. Marcella lives in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Southern Colorado.

Visit Marcella’s website to learn more about her and her work.


Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.