An ecofeminist program & community to reconnect you to earth, body and ancestors

through the sacred technology of food.

 

 

 

 

Gathering around food is a sacred act.

From birth to death and every significant milestone in between, food is used to mark important rites of passage and celebrations in our lives. Yet we’ve forgotten that big things happen when we gather around food. We’ve forgotten that connection happens when we gather around food. Connection to family and friends, connection to earth and heritage. Connection to ourselves.

Instead of relishing the sacred power of food we fear, shame and police it . . . and ourselves.

Are you too busy counting calories or macros to notice the real nourishment that’s on your plate?

Do you feel held hostage by the loud (and often contrary) messages the “experts” have about what food should and shouldn’t be?

Do you intuitively know that food and eating is supposed to be sacred . . .  and easy?

That’s why I created Gather.

  Gather is an ecofeminist online course and community about how food connects us. How food connects us to the wisdom in our bodies, our culture, our lineage, our communities and the earth.

 Not only have I created this program, but I spent 2007-2011 researching and writing my master’s thesis on this very subject at the University of New Mexico. This is my unique expertise in the world.

This isn’t a new diet or an anti-diet. It’s a missing and important piece about how we think about and utilize food.

Our fast-paced and modern lifestyles have created a disconnect between what we think food is and what food really is. Diet culture, consumerism and the culture of instant gratification have whittled away at the power of food to connect, soothe and empower.

Are you ready to have a relationship with food that connects you to your power and your community rather than isolating you in restriction?

Are you ready to Gather at the sacred table?

GATHER BEGINS AGAIN SOON!

With Gather You Will Learn . . .

  • How food creates the template for all human communication and bonding
  • What happens spiritually, emotionally and socially when we restrict or demonize food
  • How food can awaken ancestral wisdom in your body and why this is key to a healthy relationship with food . . . and a healthy future for the world
  • The “ancestral code” in your DNA that informs your food preferences, quirks, and habits (it’s real!)

  • How diet culture is stripping us of actual culture and perpetuating misogyny and xenophobia . . . and how to stop it
  • Why cookbooks and recipes are actually part of your feminist legacy and how to pass it on
  • How you can bring a little more spirit and soul into your cooking repertoire while using food and mealtime to create sacred gathering
  • How food is a physical manifestation of your relationship to the natural world and what it can tell you about spiritual health
  • How our relationship with food is intertwined with our relationships to the earth, our ancestors and our bodies
  • And so much more!

 

What’s Included:

10 Weekly Prerecorded Lessons

Private Coaching Thread

5 Weekly Live Chats & 2 Live Video Calls

Integrated Course & Community

GATHER BEGINS AGAIN SOON!

Here’s How The Program Will Work:

Gather is organized into five separate elements: Food, Earth, Ancestors, Body and Community. We’ll spend two weeks on each element for a course total of 10 weeks with 10 weekly lessons.

There is a community/forum incorporated right into the course platform where you can ask questions, share experiences and tell stories as they arise.

Each Sunday, a new lesson will be delivered as  prerecorded audio and video. This lesson will include clear and practical action steps to take towards implementing the material into your daily life.

Each week will also include a live chat, hosted in the course platform. There will be two live q & a calls– one during week five and one during week 10. Below is a outline of the core curriculum.

The Curriculum:

WEEK 1:

Your Personal Food History

In this lesson you’ll learn:

  • How to identify the four layers of your food history
  • Which foods are core identity foods and wisdom they hold for you
  • Why comfort food is a source of personal power and how to tap into it
  • The politics of food, cooking and body autonomy

WEEK 2:

Food Skills Made Easy

 

In this lesson you’ll learn:

  • The myth of the family dinner and how it’s been used to trap you
  • How to learn how to cook and to actually enjoy it
  • How to cook a fantastic meal when you’re short or time, ingredients or enthusiasm
  • My secret strategy for balancing convenience with skills in the kitchen

WEEK 3:

The EcoFeminist Kitchen

In this lesson you’ll learn:

  • What EcoFeminsim is and why it belongs in the kitchen
  • How food and food skills connect us to the earth
  • Easy tips for creating an EcoFeminist kitchen for any lifestyle
  • How to take EcoFeminism beyond the kitchen
  • Why Diet Culture is misogynistic and xenophobic

WEEK :4

Seeds For The Future

In this lesson you’ll learn:

  • How food is a bridge between our bodies and the earth and why we can’t forget this
  • Why NOW is the time to reclaim ancestral knowledge of the earth– before it’s too late
  • How to cultivate and pass on the skills your descendants need from you, now
  • Three simple rules for being a good steward of the earth for the future

WEEK 5:

Ancestors, Sex & Legacy

 

In this lesson you’ll learn:

  • How the relationship your ancestors had with food is still informing your own relationship with food
  • The ancient relationship between food, sex, gender roles and the devaluing of domestic labor
  • What food can tell us about a potential sexual partner
  • Live Q & A call this week

WEEK 6:

Ancestral Connection & Reverence w/ Food

In this lesson you’ll learn:

  • How to create an ancestral altar
  • How and why to properly make offerings to your ancestors
  • How to connect with a well-ancestor from one of your lineages
  • How to honor the ancestors with food without making an altar

WEEK 7:

Diet Culture: Warnings & Considerations

 

In this lesson you’ll learn:

  • The sinister origins of Diet Culture
  • The negative consequences of purity culture and the “wellness diet”
  • Why we fear food and fat (and why we shouldn’t)
  • How Diet Culture causes trauma and trauma causes beliefs (and what to do about it)
  • How Diet Culture is shaping more than just food choices and body image

WEEK 8:

The Care & Healing Of Your Body

 

In this lesson you’ll learn:

  • How to differentiate between your own body’s wisdom and conventional wisdom
  • How to begin to trust your body again, especially in regards to health and diet
  • How to address fear/nervousness/resistance to breaking up with Diet Culture
  • How to identify harmful loops of food beliefs and behavior and break them

WEEK 9:

Food As Sacred Technology

 

In this lesson you’ll learn:

  • How to create a simple and effective spiritual practice to bridge all of the elements of this course
  • Why cookbooks and recipes are part of your feminist legacy
  • All about the feminist tradition of creating a spiritual heirloom known as a grimoire
  • How to curate and create your own kitchen grimoire spiritual heirloom

WEEK 10:

Putting It All Together

 

In this lesson you’ll learn:

  • How to create a simple and effective spiritual practice to bridge all of the elements of this course
  • The inter-relational map of food and culture
  • Next steps for community/communal health
  • Revisit your personal food history for a new narrative
  • Final live Q & A this week

GATHER BEGINS AGAIN SOON!

“I’ve been learning so much from Darla about ancestry, food, and women’s connection to it all. She has incredible knowledge that I’m so happy she is sharing with us because it’s invaluable and part of our inner healing, family healing, and creating social change. I cannot recommend Darla and all of her work enough!”

Cameron Airen

Feminist Mindset Coach & Gender Consultant

“This is such a long overdue conversation we need to be having with ourselves. Thank you, Darla, for bringing this to the forefront. This is far too important not to be discussing.”

Chayla Baer

Alchemedium, Guide & Channel

BONUS! CONTINUED EDUCATION:

After the 10-week course is completed, you’re welcome to stay a part of our community for as long as you wish. You’ll have access to the curriculum and all future live chats and calls with other cohorts. In addition, each month (when the course is not in session) I’ll be interviewing a guest expert or suggesting a book, movie, interview or documentary of the month and hosting a discussion about the topic. You will have access to all of these bonuses for as long as you choose to remain in the community and at no additional cost.

Here are a few of the guest expert interviews all ready to go:

Marcie Goldman

Feminist Nutritionist

Tiana Dodson

Body Liberation Coach

Jenn Campus

Food & Folklore Writer

Elsa Asher

Hebrew Ritualist

 

Are you ready to experience food as a nourishing oral history?

Are you ready to let food connect you with the wisdom of your body and of the earth?

 Are you ready to Gather at the sacred table?

GATHER BEGINS AGAIN SOON!

About Darla:

Hello, I’m Darla. And food as sacred connection is my area of expertise. Gather is based on my original research in fulfilling the requirements for my master’s degree in intercultural communication from the University of New Mexico and on what I’ve learned over the last 10 years while consistently working with spiritual mentors.

But more than that, this membership has been born out of my lived experience.

I grew up in my maternal ancestral homelands— the Okanogan Highlands of Washington State. I know what it’s like to be membered into a landscape. To know the names of the mountains and stories of my ancestors in those mountains. I know what it’s like to know where and how to fish, hunt and pick berries on the same land that my ancestors depended on for sustenance.

I also know what it’s like to try to connect what’s been disconnected. My maternal grandmother was forced into an Indian Boarding School as a child to be forcibly assimilated to Western Culture. We lost the language, the ceremonies, the stories and the culture (and so much more) just two generations ago.

Finally, in 2011, I moved to a high mountain farm in Costa Rica because I fell in love with a Costa Rican. Nearly eight years later and I’m still here, raising two little boys and trying to give them roots where I am rootless. I’m learning how to love, tend and live in a landscape to which I am utterly foreign and which is also a stranger to me (a big contrast to the landscape I grew up in).

This course has lovingly been created to include everything I know, use and experience when connecting with who I am and the people and landscapes that mean the most to me, even when they aren’t physically present, through food.

Will You Gather With Us?

GATHER BEGINS AGAIN SOON!

“Working with Darla has been one of the most transformative and supportive experiences on my spiritual journey. Darla’s work and expertise is unique and her ability to weave together ancestral healing into so many forms is really a gift. I feel like I’m just getting started and I’m so grateful to have her guidance as a teacher moving forward.

Nelle Ackerman

Full Circle Student

“I have worked with and learned from Darla in a multitude of capacities. Everything I hear from her is such medicine and teaches me so much: how to protect and cleanse my energy and the energy of my space; how to heal myself, my family and my ancestors and continue that healing in everyday practices; how to connect to the world around me and myself more wholly; how to do genealogy research in a way that recognizes my privilege; how to connect with my ancestors in ways forgotten to me through white supremacy’s stealing and suppression of ancient cultures; and more. And she does all of this without any spiritual bypassing, without any glossing over, and as someone who recognizes that we all have a shadow self and go through dark nights of the soul. I would highly recommend Darla and her work. You’re in for a beautiful ride”

Melissa Elaine

Full Circle Student

 

 

FAQs

 

Is there a sliding scale or scholarship?

Click here to be notified when a sliding scale and/or scholarships are available and make sure you’re following me on Instagram: @darlaantoine

What is the refund policy?

We have a 14-day money back guarantee. Just request a refund within 14 days of the start of your Gather cohort and you’ll receive a full refund minus $50 in administrative and payment processing fees.

Is this program for me?

This program is for spiritually-centered women, femmes and other seekers who want to break the chains of diet culture while learning how to nurture themselves, their loved ones, the earth and their legacy through food. This is not a diet, it’s a radical paradigm shift in how to view and use food. There are no rules and no dogma attached to what, why or how to eat– just a strong ask that you consider food as a sacred connector. If you can get behind all of that, you’ll love this course.

Will I lose weight?

You might! The goal of this course is to shift the way you experience and utilize food. Freeing your energy around food and allowing yourself to seek the comfort and connection you’re seeking through food can very well cause you to lose weight but it is not the goal or the promise of this course. Alternatively, if you’ve spent many years restricting your food and your energy around food, you may experience weight gain when initially dropping diet culture. Most people eventually come to a comfortable and satisfying homeostasis some time after dropping diet culture.

Is there a Facebook community as part of this course?

Nope. I myself don’t use Facebook and prefer to keep the membership format as simple and clean as possible. However, the course platform is wholly integrated with a community that, honesty, is cleaner and smarter than Facebook. Check it out today! Your first week is free and you can cancel at anytime.