The COR Retreat Experience
COR Retreat is a five day and four night experience. Get ready to change your life!
Upon arriving at the McIver Center there will time to settle in your private room, become familiar with the facility and grounds and get acquainted with the other retreat attendees.
Each day of the retreat has a specific focus. However, there are some consistent daily agenda items. Every day begins with a morning meditation and daily reading. The COR Retreat program sessions are led by facilitators who are successfully using this program in their own recovery. These sessions will be followed by a structured reflections and discussion group led by COR Retreat staff. Ample breaks in the day will be provided.
At COR Retreat we serve real, "clean" food. No foods that have empty calories. We serve in amounts that are determined by a food plan that is nutritionally sound.
In order to take advantage of the beautiful, tranquil location of COR Retreat, there will be time scattered through all five days for quiet reflection, walks in the woods, meditation and naps. Each evening will close with a time of gratitude, personal reflection and assessment of the day.
On the first day, the schedule begins following dinner with a review of the COR Retreat program materials and what to expect in the coming days. Participants will be encouraged to share the stories of their struggles with food and the challenges that they have created in their lives. The lecture topic the first evening will define compulsive overeating and related food issues.
The second day of the retreat is focused on physical recovery. Lecture content will address the role of powerlessness plays in a compulsive relationship with food. Tools of recovery, successful eating plans and the role supportive personal relationships and community resources will be discussed as part of the healing process.
The third day of the retreat is focused on emotional recovery. Lecture content addresses the unhealthy role food and food issues can play as coping mechanisms to “medicate” unresolved emotions, life’s challenges and feelings. Day Three further explores the tools of recovery available to resolve unhealthy food relationships and open a doorway to a life of fulfillment, joy and a healthy relationship with food.
Day Four of the retreat addresses the final and most important aspect of food addiction recovery – spiritual healing. Lecture content, individual reflection and group discussion revolve around the reality that we cannot and do not need to travel this path alone. The tools of recovery presented in Day Four include defining what spiritual health means to each of us, how to achieve and maintain spiritual fitness and the need to share that understanding with others who are still suffering.
The last day of the retreat is set aside to identify action steps, identify community resources and identify potential barriers to being able to successfully realize recovery. The retreat ends with a lunch and the opportunity to say good-bye and see-you-soon to fellow participants.
Support after COR Retreat: COR Connection
COR Retreat has a private online social group to support COR alumni through the food addiction recovery process.
Located on Facebook, and open only to COR Retreat alumni and volunteers, the group allows you to:
- Stay connected with & fellow COR Alumni.
- Share information, links and resources with others.
- Share inspirational photos and videos.
- Discuss recovery topics that affect you and other COR alumni.
- Post photos and videos.
Meditation at COR Retreat
Recovery Yoga at COR Retreat (optional)