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Mind, Mood & Food
Confirmed Course Faculty
Cindy Geyer, MD
About the Training
Mind, Mood & Food brings together leaders in integrative medicine and functional nutrition to empower clinicians and health-conscious individuals to improve their mental and emotional well-being through nutrition and to share the information with their patients, clients, students, and families.
Participants will explore cutting-edge research on how foods, supplements, and herbs can be used therapeutically to address the most common, as well as the most complex mental and emotional health challenges. This five-day training includes experiential learning – food demonstrations and whole-foods meals, mindful eating and mind-body approaches, and immersion in nature.
Join a team of world-renowned clinicians, nutritionists and mind-body practitioners as you explore
- Nutrition and the brain: cutting-edge science for emotional, cognitive, and behavioral disorders
- Healing foods to balance mind and mood
- Digestive wellness and the gut-brain-microbiome
- Energizing, relaxing, and clarifying mind-body techniques including movement, imagery and mindful eating
- Self-care practices to dramatically reduce stress and improve quality of life
- Dietary supplements to support brain health and healing
- How to repair the traumatized, injured, and aging brain
- A nutrition-focused physical that can signal nutrient deficiencies
Personally and professionally, this program was fun, thought-provoking, satisfying, and nourishing on so many levels. The presenters were so open and accessible in their delivery of information. I most highly recommend.
Kelly C., MS, occupational therapy
Terrific! The instructors were knowledgeable, accessible, and geared their presentations to the group of students who all came from different backgrounds. I recommend it to anyone in the health and wellness field to help them better understand the present and future of healthcare.
Joan S., certified holistic health coach
Who Should Attend
- Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
- Social Workers
- Physicians including Psychiatrists
- Physician Assistants
- Health Coaches
- Anyone interested in brain health
The Center does its best to provide partial scholarships to full-time students, medical residents and healthcare professionals working with underserved communities, Military and Veterans, and children in crisis.
- Please apply to your institutions for funding before applying to us. We are a non-profit with limited funds.
- Scholarship offers cannot be combined with any other discounts.
- We do not provide scholarships to those who already registered.
More information about tuition will be available shortly. Please check back soon.
Terms of Participation: In an effort to facilitate a positive experience for its program attendees, CMBM reserves the right to remove from attendance and from enrollment at any current or upcoming CMBM event or activity, anyone whose actions, in CMBM’s discretion and judgment, are disruptive or would interfere with the program or the attendees. In such circumstances, CMBM retains the discretion to grant or withhold refunds of registration fees, in full or in part.
The schedule will be posted closer to the training. Our first session will begin at 8:00 pm on September 20th and our last session will end at 12:00 pm on September 25, followed by lunch.
Information on getting to Esalen can be found here.
Continued Education Credits
Please note: While we try to keep up to date on CEU information for various professions, we recommend that you contact your licensing board directly to confirm that your profession will accept CEU credits.
Continuing education may be available for nurses, dietitians, social workers, counselors, and acupuncturists. Please check back closer to the training for more information.
Approved Continuing Education Credits
Location & Travel
Big Sur, CA 93920
You must register for the program before making your accommodations at Esalen. Esalen has limited quantity of each accommodation type so if you have a specific preference, we suggest contacting their reservations team to find out availability prior to registering with CMBM.
Esalen. The word itself summons up tantalizing visions of adventure, of unexplored frontiers, of human possibilities yet to be realized. There is the wonder of the place itself, 120 acres of fertile land carved out between mountain and ocean, blessed by a cascading canyon stream and hot mineral springs gushing out of a seaside cliff. There is the delicate and subtle Big Sur air of a late afternoon in May, the midnight mist of July, and the drenching February rain. There are October nights so clear the Milky Way can light your walk along the darkened garden path. And always there is the sound of the sea.
And then there are the people — the people who live there and love the land, and the 750,000 more who have come from all over the world to participate in Esalen’s 50-year-long Olympics of the mind, heart, body, spirit, and community, committing themselves not so much to “stronger, faster, higher” as to deeper, richer, more enduring in the fellowship of other seekers.
They come for the intellectual freedom to consider systems of thought and feeling that lie beyond the constraints of societal norms. They come to re-discover ancient wisdoms in the rhythms and tides of the body, and poetry in the pulsing of life itself. They come to rediscover the miracle of self-aware consciousness. Often they come away inspired by a fierce desire to learn and keep on learning through all of life, and beyond.
Esalen is a place with a global reach. In the words of Thomas Wolfe about America, It is a place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time.
Please schedule your flights so that you will not miss any of the lectures!
Esalen is located along a scenic and relatively remote stretch of California’s central coast, approximately 12 miles south of Big Sur.
Please call the Guest Services Office at 888-837-2536 if you have questions regarding your travel plans.
Shuttle to Esalen
Passenger van service to Esalen is available from Monterey, with connecting service from San Francisco and San Jose airports available separately through Monterey Airbus. Learn more about shuttle service.
Our closest airports are in Monterey and in the San Francisco Bay Area:
- Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) – 47 miles, approximately 75 minutes
- San Jose International Airport (SJC) – 120 miles, approximately 2.5 hours
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – 150 miles, approximately 3 hours
Before You Drive
Please check road conditions for Highway 1 in Central California prior to departure. There is construction work planned between Ragged Point (south of Esalen) and Esalen that may result in intermittent lane closures and brief delays. Use these interactive maps if you need help determining whether any trouble spots reported by Caltrans will impact your route.
From San Francisco or Points North
- Take US-101 S.
- At Prunedale, take Route 156 west to the Monterey Peninsula and Highway 1.
- Take CA-1 S approximately 45 miles, passing Monterey, Carmel, and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
- Nepenthe, a popular restaurant located on the ocean side of Highway 1, is 11 miles north of Esalen.
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is three miles north of Esalen.
- Look for the Esalen Institute sign on the right side of the highway, at mile marker 32.4.
From Los Angeles or Points South
- Take Route 101 north to San Luis Obispo, then take Highway 1 north to Esalen.
- We are approximately 100 miles north of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1.
- When you reach Lucia, a bend in the road where there is a restaurant and motel, you are 10 miles south of Esalen.
- Look for the Esalen Institute sign on the left side of the highway, at mile marker 32.4.
Alternate Route via Nacimiento-Fergusson Road
In the event of a closure along Highway 1, an alternate route connecting Highway 101 to Highway 1 may be available via Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. This is a mountain road that is subject to closure during winter months. Get detailed directions.
If you are interested in sharing a ride with someone from your area, we can add you to a ride share list. We will attempt to match you with other people who are scheduled to arrive at Esalen on the same day and from a similar location. To be added to the ride share list or to inquire about possible carpool matches, please contact Guest Services at 888-837-2536 or email [email protected].
Current Road Conditions
For traffic updates and other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, call (800) 427-ROAD (7623) within California and (916) 445-7623 from outside of California, or visit the Caltrans District 5 website.
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