Food is at the core of our lives. Feeding ourselves and our families is a basic daily need, and shopping, cooking, and eating takes up much of our time and energy. What we eat and how we feel about food has been shaped by our personal history and culture, and these patterns are often habitual and unexplored. It is easy to take the blessing of a full belly for granted, and ignore the impact of our food choices on our health, communities, and the planet.
This weekend, we will explore our personal relationships to food from childhood to present through reflection, story sharing, stream of consciousness writing, and mindful cooking and eating. We will spend time in the Esalen farm and garden, talking with farmers, meditating, and harvesting, so that we can more fully awaken to the miracle of organic food production and how food can be a strong source of grounding and connection with this earth that sustains us.
Myra's cookbook, The Earthbound Cook, will be our handbook for discussions about sustainability issues relating to food. Each participant will receive a free copy.