Yo-yo dieting. Restriction. Always trying to lose weight, but never managing to keep it off for very long. Feeling frustrated or ashamed with your eating habits. Sound familiar? You're not alone. For many, overeating can feel like a never-ending struggle. Empower yourself to leave these old habits behind for good at Finding Freedom with Food – a therapeutic wellness retreat to honor mind and body.
We have teamed up with the compassionate experts at Riley Wellness Group to create this innovative retreat experience. This focus week will combine cutting-edge mind and body-centered therapies for a balanced and realistic approach to treating compulsive overeating (also known as binge eating, stress eating, emotional eating, and loss of control eating).
This retreat is an opportunity to welcome the new year by devoting time to focus on your own health and well-being. The week will begin with our signature wellness program and will culminate in four days of expert-facilitated self exploration and education. Our goal is to empower you to start a journey to long-lasting change and wellness.
This non-judgemental and safe environment is the ideal backdrop for you get to the core of your self-defeating behaviors and finally heal your relationship with food, exercise, and your body. You will learn truly to truly nourish yourself by connecting with your inner wisdom. Abandon shame and guilt; discover the peace and joy that you deserve.
- Cutting-edge education about the root causes of binge eating, emotional eating, and compulsive overeating
- Mindfulness-based therapies
- Body-centered, somatic therapies
- Discovering joyful movement
- Balanced approach to nutrition
- Shame and guilt reduction therapies
- Expressive therapies
- Referrals to specialized ongoing coaching support
What You Will Take Home
- An entirely new attitude toward food, exercise, and your body
- The ability to enjoy foods you love
- A feeling of empowerment and aliveness
- A realistic and sustainable home-based nutrition and exercise plan
- Extensive resources for continued support
- A renewed ability to find joy in your life and in your relationships
Meet Our Experts
Shannon Worley, MSW, LCSW
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.
Lindsay Ford, Registered Dietitian
Lindsay Ford is a Registered Dietitian that 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 Fitness 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