Group Support

For everyone, everywhere with everyday eating issues, I run on-line and in-person groups. Of course, I also work one-on-one with clients, but if you’re serious about changing for the better, there’s no two ways around it: you gotta have plenty of support. Because, you and I both know, it isn’t easy to stick to your personal change plan all by your lonesome. But oh what a transformative and lasting difference group support can make!

Groups positively and effectively transform you for so many reasons, but here are the top three.

1) Hope: Groups work because they instill hope. There’s something about meeting people who have been successful that inspires the thought: “Gee, if she could do it, maybe I can.”

2) Universality: Hearing how other group members struggle similarly reminds individual members that they are surely not alone, that there’s a universality to suffering.

3) Altruism: The give-and-take of groups rewards each member with a greater sense of altruism.

In short, from this more optimistic, interconnected, compassionate place, positive change happens.

Self-Compassion-Based Eating Awareness Training:
Semester I/Weekend Workshop: Winter 2017.

What: Weekend workshop for overcoming overeating with Jean Fain and self-compassion researcher Dara James.
When: March 3-5, 2017.
Where: Tempe, Arizona.
Who: For everyone, everywhere struggling with everyday eating issues, from yo-yo dieting and compulsive overeating to mindless eating and binge eating.
Cost: $550, includes two-and-a-half day workshop and group lunch at a local restaurant.
Information: Email me at jfain@hms.harvard.edu.

Informed by the cutting-edge research on eating issues, Self-Compassion-Based Eating Awareness Training teaches you how to curb overeating, feel your hunger, trust your taste buds and become deeply satisfied with the quality, rather than quantity, of food. All of which helps you eat less and weigh less without dieting. Derived from principles of mindfulness meditation popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindful eating research by psychologist Jean Kristeller and proven practices by self-compassion researcher Kristin Neff, you not only learn to cultivate loving-kindness and mindful awareness, you develop a sense of inner choice over your eating.

Over the course of this two-and-a-half day workshop, you learn everything participants in the original eight-week training learn, plus lunch at a local restaurant. In learning the basics of self-compassion meditation and mindful eating, you practice self-compassion in formal seated meditation, walking meditation and mini-meditations. You also practice guided meditations to get in touch with hunger and fullness cues, and, ultimately, to gain a sense of inner choice over what, when and how much you eat. In preparation for the restaurant lunch, the group eats together in the office, starting with a bite-sized snack and working up to a favorite food you’d like to eat in moderation. Homework includes mini meditations and mindful eating at area restaurants or at home.

For more information about the workshop, area accommodations and/or to start the enrollment process, email me at jfain@hms.harvard.edu.

Self-Compassion-Based Eating Awareness Training: Semester I, On-Line or In-Person

What: Eight-week group for overcoming overeating.
When: No groups currently scheduled for 2017.
Where: For local participants, there's a Concord, MA in-person group. For those who prefer on-line, there's a Skype group.
Who: For everyone, everywhere struggling with everyday eating issues, from yo-yo dieting and compulsive overeating to mindless eating and binge eating. Not for anyone with anorexia or other life-threatening eating disorders.
Cost: $450 for eight, 75-minute sessions.
To Learn More: Email me at jfain@hms.harvard.edu.

Informed by the cutting-edge research on eating issues, Self-Compassion-Based Eating Awareness Training teaches you how to curb overeating, feel your hunger, trust your taste buds and become deeply satisfied with the quality, rather than quantity, of food. And, early studies suggest, you can lose weight! Derived from principles of mindfulness meditation popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindful eating research by psychologist Jean Kristeller and proven practices by self-compassion researcher Kristin Neff, you not only learn to cultivate self-compassion and mindful awareness, you develop a sense of inner choice over your eating.

Over the course of eight weeks, you learn to practice self-compassion in formal seated meditation and mini-meditations that can be squeezed in to even the busiest schedule. You also practice guided meditations to get in touch with hunger and fullness cues, and, ultimately, gain a sense of inner choice over what, when and how much you eat. The group eats together each meeting, starting with bite-sized snacks and working up to more triggering foods, like chocolate cake and chips. Homework includes daily meditation and the mindful eating of snacks and meals at home and in restaurants.

For information about the next training or to start the enrollment process, email me at jfain@hms.harvard.edu. If you prefer the support of a recorded training, you can buy the digital download by clicking here.

Self-Compassion-Based Eating Awareness Training:
Semester II, On-Line or In-Person

What: Eight-week group for diving deeper into mindful eating and self-compassion.
When: March 2017.
Where: For local participants, there's a Concord, MA in-person group. For those who prefer on-line, there's a Skype group.
Who: For graduates of Self-Compassion-Based Eating Awareness Training, Semester I, or anyone with equivalent experience.
Cost: $450 for eight, 75-minute sessions.
To Learn More: Email me at jfain@hms.harvard.edu.

The second semester of Self-Compassion-Based Eating Awareness Training is a chance to dive deeper into basic practices (self-compassion and mindful eating) introduced in the first semester, plus boost skill and confidence for handling everyday eating challenges (from cravings and the diet mentality to social eating and food fears).

For information about the next training or to start the enrollment process, email me at jfain@hms.harvard.edu.

Mindful Eating Support Group:
Semester III, On-Line or In-Person

What: Mindful-Eating support group meeting eight times every other week.
When: Enrollment currently closed.
Where: For local participants, there's a Concord, MA in-person group. For those who prefer on-line, there's a Skype group.
Who: For graduates of at least one semester of Self-Compassion-Based Eating Awareness Training or anyone with equivalent experience.
Cost: $450 for eight, 75-minute sessions.
To Learn More: Email me at jfain@hms.harvard.edu.

This support group for graduates of at least one semester of Self-Compassion-Based Eating Awareness Training was created to help one and all continue treating themselves kindly and eating mindfully. Over the course of eight sessions, members actively support one another’s progress, practice various meditations and face feared or “forbidden” foods.

For information about the next support group or to start the enrollment process, email me at jfain@hms.harvard.edu.