One-Day Eating Psychology Retreat (Postponed)

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Date(s) - 03/21/2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Somewhere deep within the modern health-conscious woman, there’s a knowledge that eating is not meant to be so consuming, defining, or polarized with lists of permitted foods and forbidden foods. Somewhere deep…in her aboriginal mind, she knows…this is not what this life is about, nor is this the embodiment of real health.

Without a wiser sense of the nutritional terrain (that carves out space for both the salivating animal and the focused will of the spirit), she’s got a real ordeal ahead of her. If she blindly turns toward diet culture for guidance, anything but perfection or control may feel like failure. She either strives even harder or delays starting anything.

But following a less trodden path, she learns a new and counter-culture way that is guided by her heart and preferences, and stokes her metabolism by moving toward Nature instead of against it. – Laura Burkett




On Saturday, March 21st, I will be offering a day-long eating psychology retreat in my Eastown office in Grand Rapids, MI.  Generally, this retreat will be a good fit if you tend to find yourself experiencing a split with your eating or attitude toward eating, meaning you might go through periods of dietary restriction followed by periods of dietary “indulgence” and want to learn how to transform this pattern or simply feel drawn to learning the deeper dimensions of nutrition, eating, and body weight.

During our time together, you’ll learn sound dietary principles that support metabolic functioning and learn exactly what needs to happen to reduce polarized eating patterns based on client case studies over 10+ years.  We’ll address the deeper dimensions of perfectionism, nutrition culture in the West, common fears that arise in this work, personal evolutionary steps toward more empowered eating, and specific practices to heal your eating in a personal way, deeply rooted in the Feminine.

Prepare to feel uplifted and encouraged!  Though my language is primarily leans towards women, class is open to anyone who feels drawn to the themes presented here.


Location: Real Food Wellness (1430 Robinson Rd. SE, Suite 219, Grand Rapids, MI 49506)
Date:  Saturday, March 21st
Time: 9:30am-4:00pm
Cost: $95

(CLASS IS CURRENTLY POSTPONED in lieu of COVID-19 in an effort to care for our community  - new date announced once it is more stable to do so.  Be well!) 



Laura Burkett Gutierrez has been serving West Michigan as a coach, counselor, and teacher since 2009.  She bridges ancient and modern nutritional science, eating and depth psychology, and Internal Family Systems theory to fully support clients.  Read more at