Wherever you are on your journey of understanding and solving your battle with food, welcome.

COR Retreat:  A Food Recovery Program

Wherever you are on your journey of understanding and solving your battle with food, welcome. It is time to surrender and find serenity. We can help you on that path using the proven principles of a 12 Step recovery program.

"Cor" is the Latin word for "heart" or "soul".  Healing your spirit--your heart and soul--is at the center of the COR Retreat program of recovery from food addiction. 

COR Retreat is a residential retreat that teaches a way to live free from the obsession with food and the excess weight it causes.  It is a proven method to stop overeating.

Transformation has never been more possible. The COR Retreat program opens the doorway through which a solution for food addiction can be found. It is a path to spiritual fitness, emotional balance and recovery.

Join us in a safe and nurturing environment to map out your personal path to a more joyful, deeply satisfying journey of recovery from this condition that plagues so many of us.

Freedom from the bondage of food requires examination of the perceptions, attitudes and behaviors that keep us trapped in our addiction. Nowhere will you find a more profound or compelling opportunity to begin, deepen or recharge your recovery from food addiction than at COR Retreat.

COR retreats are scheduled throughout the year in the Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN, metro area at the McIver Center for Spiritual Development in Wayzata, MN. Join us for one of these five-day life changing experiences, filled with hope and a solution to your problem with food.


See how COR Retreat is Changing Lives


Upcoming COR Retreats

December 13-17, 2023
January 10-14, 2024
February 7-11, 2024
February 18-22, 2024 (EnCOR)
March 13-17, 2024

Registration closes 5 days prior to the start of each retreat.

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  • “I came here with a closed mind on my addiction to food.  I am leaving feeling healed and free!”

    - Patty

  • “Understanding that it’s not a lack of willpower was a very, very big thing for me.”

    - Laurie

  • “Thank you so much for the wonderful COR program-learning to apply the 12 steps to food addiction. I look forward to being happy, joyous and free!” 

    - Shannon

  • “What a powerful experience! Thank you for the opportunity to address my food addiction.  It has been a miracle for me.  My faith has been strengthened and renewed.  I hope everyone to follow can embrace this awesome program!”

    - Anastasia

  • “It was a fantastic experience.  This program has brought me closer to God and has helped me to explore my relationship with Him.  Relating the 12 steps to food addiction has been a powerful experience.  Burt and Michelle are wonderful leaders and do an outstanding job.  I would recommend that anyone with an eating problem attend this program.”

    - Rick

  • “After so many years of pain, I have experienced a rebirth. I will be forever grateful to COR and for the life-changing experience of this program."

    - Linda

  • This is such a safe harbor.  A storm can be frightening when you don't have a safety plan.  Many thanks for your guiding hands and love during this process of self preservation.

    - Cathy

  • I have "messed around" with diets for 20 years and not until this program of COR have I finally "clicked.''  So I can get with the decision to turn my will and my life over to the God of my understanding.  Then ACT on that!

    - Ginny

  • The COR program has been a precious gift.  I leave here today with my eyes, ears, mind and heart open.

    - Lori

  • Being at rock bottom and feeling little hope with my weight problem, I then heard of COR.  Desperate for a solution and a glimmer of hope, I attended the 5 day COR Retreat.  Today is day 5 and not only do I have hope, I have a solution and a new faith in myself.  We all came together as a group and found strength and courage within.  What a beautiful journey it has been.

    - Terryl

  • This program is a miracle.  I hope and pray this program will be the solution for millions of people.

    - Jean

The McIver Center

  • The McIver Center, Wayzata, MN
  • The McIver Center, Wayzata, MN
  • The McIver Center, Wayzata, MN
  • The McIver Center, Wayzata, MN
  • The McIver Center, Wayzata, MN

COR Retreat participants spend five days and four nights together at the McIver Center for Spiritual Development at The Retreat in Wayzata, MN. The McIver Center is located just 15 minutes west of Minneapolis, MN.

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Stories of Hope

See how Geoffrey was able to gain control of his life and his overeating habits after attending COR Retreat. Watch the Video »

See how Mary was able to gain control of her life, save her marriage and lose 175 pounds after attending COR Retreat and working the 12 steps with her sponsor. Watch the Video »

Hear how Kari achieved an 80 pound weight loss in one year by recovering from food addiction with the help of COR Retreat, changing her lifestyle and working the 12 steps with a sponsor.    Watch the Video »

See how Angel worked the 12 steps to overcome food addiction and see how she lost 70 pounds within 8 months of attending COR Retreat. Read More »

See how Bill created a more manageable life and lost over 100 pounds within six months of attending COR Retreat and working the 12 steps.   Read More »

Read how Christine found inner peace with food after attending COR Retreat, and has since lost 88 pounds in 11 months.   Read More »

Read how Chris has lost over 100 pounds since attending COR Retreat, and is now living a life he always wanted.   Read More »

See how Alissa found abstinence through the 12 steps at COR Retreat, and lost nearly 50 pounds in 13 months following the program. Read More »

Read about how Alex overcame a cunning and baffling sugar addiction and compulsive eating problem after he attended COR Retreat in Minnesota.   Read More »

See how Mike found abstinence after attending COR Retreat, and achieved happiness in his life by working the 12 steps.    Read More »

Linda Lou
Learn about Linda Lou's struggles with physical ailments and how COR Retreat improved her health, weight and quality of life.   Watch the Video »

See how Kathi has worked the 12 step program of recovery and lost 75 pounds since attending COR Retreat.    Read More »

Learn about Kari's rollercoaster ride on her journey of recovery from food addiction, and how COR Retreat has given her a fresh start.   Read More »

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