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

Marcella Friel

April 19–23, 2017

Tuition $250 + 4 nights

Do you feel pain around your relationship with food? Does the task of healing your relationship with food seem overwhelming? Perhaps you’ve tried to forgive yourself but you just find yourself stuck in the same old patterns.

Join mindful eating coach Marcella Friel in this extraordinary 5-day retreat for women, where she will guide you step-by-step through the Heroine’s Journey of unconditional forgiveness and liberation.

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

• Understand why you can’t heal your relationship with food without forgiveness
• Embark on the 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

You will leave this retreat feeling like you’ve lost 150 emotional pounds.

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 passionately promotes healing foods and personal transformation. In 1994, she escaped the Bay Area book-publishing scene to cook for 16 cloistered meditators at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. After a monk commented that cooking was her right livelihood, Marcella began her odyssey to learn and teach healing with natural foods.

In 1998 Marcella attended the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in New York City on a partial scholarship from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. While living in New York, she developed and ran two nonprofit programs to teach whole-foods cooking skills to low-income adults and children at risk of hunger.

Years later, back in California, Marcella ran the kitchen at Spirit Rock Mediation Center in West Marin County. She also taught fledgling chefs the theories and practices of preparing natural foods at the Bauman College Natural Chef Program from 2005 to 2013.

A student of the Shambhala teachings since 1987 and a teacher since 1996, Marcella has taught mindful eating in the context of oryoki practice at Warrior Assembly and Summer Dathün programs.

Marcella currently runs Tapping with Marcella, a food and body image coaching practice that uses EFT (“Tapping”) to help health-conscious adults love and forgive themselves, their food, and their figure.

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


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