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Trainings offered here are intended for individuals, agencies and institutions interested in incorporating mindfulness and mindful eating into their professional work. The Center for Mindful Eating invites our members to publicize professionally-sponsored events on our website. For our posting criteria and submission form, please see our Professional Trainings Listing page (member log-in required).

We aspire to make The Center for Mindful Eating a community-driven network of shared resources. These Professional Trainings listings offered by TCME members is a valued component of our mission. The Center for Mindful Eating has published Good-Practice Guidelines for those wishing to teach mindful eating to the public as well as other professionals.

These trainings are offered independent of The Center for Mindful Eating which receives no compensation from them. TCME acknowledges that it does not control the content of these programs and offers them for informational purposes only.


Upcoming events

    • 24 May 2019
    • 27 May 2019
    • Boulder Creek, CA

    This three-day retreat led by Andrea Lieberstein, MPH, RDN, RYT and Venerable Jampa Sangmo in the beautiful redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains will focus on cultivating mindfulness and compassion and the meditation practices of Mindful Eating. When we eat mindfully, we involve all the senses by engaging our body and our mind. We utilize color, texture, smell, taste, and sound to nurture our experience. We learn to pay attention to what our body really needs and why. To support cultivating our awareness, we will quiet the mind and open the heart through yoga, sitting and walking meditation. Through these practices of deepening our inner awareness of the body and mind, we will experience wisdom and compassion, which is our true nature. We will be working with teachings of the Buddha and contemporary applications, how to stay present and embodied in the moment, aware of and working with mind states that create obstacles to awakening, while cultivating qualities that enhance well-being in everyday life. This will include the exploration of craving and grasping, and cultivation of compassion. We can experience food as pleasure and nourishment while finding our right relationship to amount and quality in each moment. Mindful eating and living can nudge us beyond what we’re craving so that we wake up to why we’re craving it. We can learn to live life with more equanimity and ease, with the skills to make conscious choices.

    Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

    Continuing Education

    This workshop is eligible for 16 hours of Continuing Education credits for Psychologists, Mental Health Professionals (LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs), Registered Dietitians, and Nurses.

    For more information and to register visit: or email:

    This retreat begins May 24 at 5 PM PST and concludes May 27 at 2 PM PST.

    About the teachers:

    Andrea Lieberstein

    Andrea Lieberstein, MPH, RDN, RYT, is bestselling author of the book, “Well Nourished," a mindfulness and mindful eating expert, speaker, trainer, mindfulness-based dietitian nutritionist, mindfulness meditation teacher for 25 years and a champion for leading a Well Nourished Life. She leads mindful eating and Well Nourished trainings and retreats internationally, coaching and training professionals and the general public. In her private practice, Andrea works with individuals to have more peace, balance and joy in their relationship with food, nutrition, body-image, and stress-related issues and health concerns or whom simply want to bring their lives back into balance and vibrancy through mindful eating and living. She spearheaded mind body programs at Kaiser Permanente Northern California centers for many years and has degrees from Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. Andrea has practiced mindfulness meditation and yoga since the mid-1980's, and is inspired daily by a regular yoga and meditation practice and the healing power of nature.

    Ven. Jampa Sangmo

    Venerable Jampa Sangmo is a Tibetan Buddhist Nun. She was born in Hermosa Beach, California. Her practice began with Vipassana Meditation where she did numerous long retreats. She came to Tibetan Buddhism in 1993 and began her studies with several Buddhist Masters including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, H.E. Choden Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She took robes with her teacher Khensur Jampa Tegchok Rinpoche in 2008. She has lectured and led meditation groups and retreats for Chevron International, Facebook Menlo Park Campus, Road Scholar (formally Elder Hostel), Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Ocean of Compassion, Land of Medicine Buddha (LMB), and Vajrapani Institute. Jampa Sangmo’s teaching emphasizes the application of meditation to one’s personal, and work life, in order to enrich one's happiness and effectiveness. Venerable Jampa Sangmo currently resides in San Francisco and teaches meditation at Tse Chen Ling.

    • 07 Jul 2019
    • 12 Jul 2019
    • Kripalu Center, Lenox, MA

    For mental-health and healthcare professionals,

    Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT), developed by Jean Kristeller and supported by National Institute of Health–funded research, addresses mindless and stress-related eating, disordered eating patterns, and obesity through the application of mindfulness practices. This program provides intensive training in the application of the MB-EAT intervention in clinical settings.

    Informed by Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction work and the principles of food-intake regulation, the MB-EAT program employs mindfulness meditation, mindful eating exercises, self-acceptance and compassion practices, didactic instruction, and self-reflection to cultivate awareness and a more balanced and positive relationship to eating and weight.

    Those with a mindfulness meditation practice and related professional/clinical experience with eating issues are eligible to receive the full manual and are qualified to teach the MB-EAT program. Others receive an introduction to the practices of MB-EAT and gain valuable tools and information to integrate into their work.

    This is a weight-inlcusive training.

    This residential training is led by Jean Kristeller Phd and Andrea Lieberstein MPH, RDN, RYT

    For more information, visit, email or call 866.200.5203.

    • 10 Sep 2019
    • 14 Sep 2019
    • Great Vow Zen Monastery 79640 Quincy Mayger Rd Clatskanie, Oregon, USA

    This training is designed for professionals who have completed ME-CL1 foundational mindful eating professional training, have an ongoing formal meditation practice, and have led one or more 8-week programs based on the ME-CL protocol. 

    The heart of this second level training is an invitation for experienced mindful eating teachers to explore more deeply the principles that are the underpinnings of the ME-CL program and to step more fully into embodied mindful presence. Teaching from this platform highlights the need for the teacher to have an ongoing formal and informal mindfulness practice.

    This training will focus on the cultivation of intentional presence, authenticity, integrity and mindfulness-informed boundaries that support both the teacher and participants. We will examine the importance of meeting ourselves and our participants with steadiness and kindness, and carefully contemplate the place of compassion in this program. We will explore the psycho/spiritual aspects of eating which include craving, greed and aversion.

    Throughout this training there will be opportunities for teachers to explore the intention and rationale of mindful inquiry and practice the skills associated with this pivotal piece of the program.   This second training invites a higher level of collegial participation and sharing. There will be time to nurture these qualities and skills through silent mindfulness practice, teaching opportunities, discussion and personal mentoring by the teachers.

    Note: This is a required course for Teacher Qualification or Certification in ME-CL.

    Facilitators: Jan Chozen Bays, MD and Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW

    The program will be led by experienced clinicians, mindfulness teachers and retreat leaders, Jan Chozen Bays, MD and Char Wilkins, LCSW. Char is a MBSR teacher certified by the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA. Jan is a pediatrician and author of Mindful Eating, A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food. The program draws from Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), current research, and the instructors' combined 26 years of experience working in public and clinical settings with a wide range of people with distressed eating patterns.

    Registration will be limited for this experiential program in order to cultivate an intimate, personal and highly interactive workshop environment. 

    For more information, see

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