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.

Food Served at COR Retreat - Breakfast and Dinner

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.

The group is open only to COR Retreat alumni and volunteers allowing you to: 

  • Stay connected with & fellow COR Alumni.
  • Attend regularly scheduled Zoom Meetings to stay connected with other alumni in real-time. 
  • 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.

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

Read Cindy's story about her 90 pound weight loss and the improvement of many health conditions including diabetes after COR Retreat.    Read More »

Read how Chris has lost over 300 pounds since attending COR Retreat, and is now living a life he always wanted.   Read More »

Learn how Elizabeth gained peace and serenity around food while improving her weight and health.    Read More »

See how Jackie greatly improved her health, including sleep apnea, GERD and other health conditions after attending COR Retreat and working the 12 step program.    Read More »

See how Kathryn lost over 50 pounds and resolved numerous health issues after attending COR Retreat and working the 12 step program.    Read More »

Learn how Roger released 150 pounds and freed himself from the bondage of food after attending COR Retreat.    Read More »

Read how Vicki was able to achieve abstinence from both food and alcohol using the 12 step method of recovery taught to her at COR Retreat.    Read More »

Amanda shares her 100+ pound weight loss after gastric sleeve surgery and attending COR Retreat in Minnesota to learn the 12-step method of recovery.    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 »

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 100 pounds since attending COR Retreat.    Read More »

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

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COR Retreat Organization and Affiliation

COR Retreat, Inc. is a Minnesota non-profit corporation and a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. COR Retreat is operated by a small staff. The daily schedule at COR Retreat is facilitated by its Program Director and faithful volunteers who seek to “pass on” a solution of hope and recovery. The registration fees paid by COR Retreat participants cover only a portion of the cost of each retreat and  ongoing administration. The balance of the expenses are funded by donations from those committed to help others overcome their food addiction.

COR Retreat is not affiliated with the programs offered by The Retreat. However, COR Retreat is fortunate to be able to utilize the McIver Center and offer The Retreat’s award winning, and healthy, cuisine to its participants. COR Retreat is also not affiliated with and does not represent Overeater's Anonymous, Inc. or any other recovery program.