No one should be ruled by food or preoccupied with yo-yo dieting.
At Skyterra, we believe you should be able to feel comfortable in your body. That's why we offer an expert team of licensed therapists and registered dietitians who specialize in disordered eating patterns to help you feel confident and like yourself again. Empower yourself to leave these old habits behind for good at Finding Freedom with Food, Skyterra’s therapeutic wellness retreat to treat compulsive overeating, also known as binge eating, stress eating, emotional eating and loss-of-control eating. Stop dieting and reclaim your relationship with food.
Achieve long-lasting change and wellness during your Freedom With Food experience at Skyterra. We maintain a non-judgmental and safe environment so you can finally heal your relationship with food, exercise and your body. for a balanced and realistic approach to treating compulsive overeating, also known as binge eating, stress eating, emotional eating and loss-of-control eating.
Our wellness retreat is small and intimate
Here you’re not just a number. You’re the whole package.
We understand it's not about the food.
Reset and uncover the root of your struggle in a supportive environment and surrounded by caring experts.
A team experienced in emotional and binge eating education
Therapists and registered dietitians who specialize in disordered eating
Guests like Rachel tell us, “The best thing about being at Skyterra is dropping the diet mentality and instead, thinking about the food that gives me energy and makes me feel good."
No matter what lifestyle change you seek, you'll be well-supported and never judged.
What our guests are saying
I went to Skyterra to work on my physical and emotional health in September of 2019 and completed a 4-week stay. I participated in the Freedom with Food program, as well as the LoseSmart program, and had an indescribable experience.
The classes offered for Freedom with Food were extremely informative and helped me to better understand my unhealthy eating choices, how to cope with emotional and compulsive eating and also how to deal with myself more kindly in certain situations. I began to understand why I turned to food in emotional times and was given the tools and coping skills to overcome those unhealthy actions going forward...
The diet industry doesn't have your well-being in mind. We do.
What is wellness?
Wellness is a multidimensional process at the center of the Skyterra philosophy. It is about more than just being free of illness. An expression of mind and body, wellness happens when everything flows toward optimal health and happiness. Above all, wellness is a proactive process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more fulfilling life. Most of us need guidance in this process from time to time.
As you'll see from our many 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor, Google, and Facebook, Skyterra Wellness Retreat has helped hundreds of people lose weight and realize their wellness goals. Let Skyterra guide you in your process too. Call us for a free consultation to see how we can best help you.
Your wellness is our mission.
At Skyterra we know you want to feel in control around food. In order to do that, you need to break the cycle of overeating. The problem is that dieting has failed you which makes you feel hopeless. We believe your life shouldn’t be ruled by food. We understand knowing how to eat can be confusing in today’s diet culture which is why we have an expert team of licensed therapists and registered dietitians who specialize in disordered eating patterns.
- Begin your wellness journey and see results in just one week with time to take care of yourself, slow down and reset.
Two Weeks(Most Popular)
- Save up to $350
- For more dramatic results toward changing your relationship with food, stay at least two weeks for healthy habits that are more likely to become part of your established routine.
Three Weeks +
- Savings start at $1050
- A stay of three weeks or more can provide the most significant benefits for guests who need extra time to relax and recharge.
Every week, includes
Meet the experts:
Director Freedom with Food Program and Embrace Program
Shannon Worley MSW, LCSW was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina about an hour southwest of Lake Toxaway and Skyterra. After graduating from high school, Shannon attended the College of Charleston and then received her BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Asheville. Shannon holds her Masters of Social Work (MSW) and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She has been working in the mental health and wellness fields for ten years and has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.
Shannon is passionate about her work and brings a holistic approach to support clients in moving towards emotional, spiritual, and physical wellness. She incorporates an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy model and philosophy as well as body awareness/movement and mindfulness/meditation to her approach. Additionally, she uses therapeutic yoga techniques to support healing. It is through her own personal lived experience with unhealthy eating patterns and life transitions that she came to therapy as her profession. She aspires to help support others in knowing that there is hope to reclaim a better relationship with one’s mind, body, and soul.
Because Shannon has experience in mindfulness-based approaches to support others in coping with anxiety, binge- and stress-eating, and life transitions, her work aligns seamlessly with Skyterra’s philosophy. She holds true the belief that everyone deserves to feel better. Her professional experiences have included program development, policy creation and clinical counseling within a community mental health agency, homes, and schools. Additionally, she worked as the director of a school garden and as a residential director of an all-female, therapeutic boarding school.
Some of Shannon’s favorite activities include traveling, running, hiking, reading, gardening, drinking great coffee, yoga, and baseball. She especially loves watching her 17-year-old son play baseball.
Lindsay Ford is a Registered Dietitian who believes in sustainable behavior change and honoring the body through nutrient-dense food choices. Lindsay aims to meet people where they are at, supporting their individual nutritional needs while working to create an environment in which food feeds both the mind and body. Lindsay has years of experience working with individuals battling eating disorders, those striving for weight loss and weight management, as well as those seeking enhanced athletic performance.
Lindsay’s passion stems from being a collegiate soccer player for Ball State University while battling severe disordered eating her freshman year. Her personal wake-up calls led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science followed by a Master’s Degree in Nutrition. Lindsay has run the Boston Marathon, prioritizes strength training, loves a good hike, enjoys cooking, and happens to be married to Jeff Ford, Skyterra’s Executive Director.
Selected Certifications & Achievements
- BS Exercise Science, Ball State University
- MS Nutrition, Ball State University
- ACSM Wellness Coach Training
- Registered Dietitian for Power Speed Endurance
- Registered Dietitian for Flexxbar Company
- Pursuing CEDRD certification
- Member of IAEDP; International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
- Member of SCAN; Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition DPG
What is binge eating?
Binge eating is different from overeating. A binge is not eating a lot of Halloween candy. A binge is not eating a pint of ice cream. A binge eating episode may entail eating a cheeseburger and french fries followed by a jar of peanut butter and then diving into two pints of ice cream. The shame, guilt and sense of failure then takes over. The rush and “high” from the binge quickly turns into a paralyzing “low.”
A binge may be pre-planned or it could pop up out of nowhere. Once the binge starts, one typically feels out of control and eats to the point of pain and discomfort. If these binge-eating episodes are happening, we strongly suggest that one seeks professional guidance. A team of a licensed therapist and a registered dietitian is an important place to start.
Binge Eating Disorder (BED), according to the National Eating Disorders Association, is a severe, life-threatening, and treatable eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food (often very quickly and to the point of discomfort); a feeling of a loss of control during the binge; experiencing shame, distress or guilt afterwards; and not regularly using unhealthy compensatory measures (e.g., purging) to counter the binge eating. It is the most common eating disorder in the United States.
Those with disordered food and eating behaviors, regardless of whether they fit the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder, often feel anxiety around food. These individuals may track daily food intake down to the calorie or specific nutrients in a more obsessive manor. Those with disordered eating may exercise obsessively at the gym or avoid social situations in which food is available.
Disordered eating is present when an individual engages in abnormal eating patterns or food behaviors on a regular basis. This does not generally apply to those with specific food intolerances or health problems or those who have no choice but to adhere to a certain nutrition protocol (e.g., Celiac Disease). People who turn to disordered eating often do so to cope with uncomfortable emotions or stress. Additionally, those with disordered eating patterns may overly focus on weight and calorie intake. This can be a way to control or distract from other areas of their lives in which they feel inadequate, or with the idea that reaching their goal weight will finally make them happy.
What about stress eating?
You may not have a full-blown eating disorder. However, we hear from so many people struggling with emotional eating who say they eat to cope, and experience moments of feeling completely out of control around food.
If this is you, then guess what? You are not alone. More often than not, people are not struggling with an actual eating disorder. So, what are people struggling with? What is really going on
Deep down…it isn’t about the food. It is never about the food. Disordered eating patterns such as restricting, food deprivation, chronic dieting, bingeing, excessive exercise, exercising to only lose the inches, compulsive eating, and night-time eating are all a symptom of something else. These behaviors have served and continue to serve a deeper purpose -- to provide a coping mechanism for unmet needs or as a protective mechanism.
Is stress eating the same as emotional eating?
Possibly. It depends on the frame and the context. Emotional eating may be done in a happy state, such as baking with a loved one and consuming the fruits of your labor. Any eating borne out of shame, loneliness, anxiety or stress is the behavior we hope to reframe in Freedom With Food.
How do I stop binge eating?
Learning how to reflect on your relationship with the underlying feelings related to binge eating, stress eating and emotional eating is critical. In Freedom With Food, we not only help you understand those feelings, but we provide the tools that can help shift your focus away from food and back to your truest self. Our licensed therapists and registered dietitians specialize in disordered eating patterns. We can help you identify your needs and show you how to skillfully meet them in a variety of ways.
Building a better relationship with food can take time, which is why we recommend anyone who purchases Freedom With Food stays for a minimum of 14 days. Our support doesn’t stop when you leave Skyterra. At the end of your stay, we’ll connect you with resources at home so you’re fully supported in your journey.