Reclaiming Nourishment:

How we gather first, then eat

FIVE-DAY INTENSIVE presented in-person by Deborah MacNamara

July 15-19, 2024
Parksville, British Columbia, Canada

Come join us as Deborah helps us put food and attachment back together again!

Be prepared to reminisce, shed some tears, make some resolutions, and see food in a completely new way. This is indeed a rare opportunity, reserved at this point for faculty, course assistants and Support Centre Members.

There are no prerequisites, although reading Nourished would certainly serve as the best primer.

We anticipate our limited seating capacity to fill up fast, so if this is an experience you do not want to miss, please act sooner than later.

Deborah has provided us with the following description of her week Intensive …

Course Description

The dance of dependence that was meant to underlie our feeding and eating practices has been dismantled and dehumanized with the loss of cultural foodways. Feeding others is now largely influenced by the same forces that guide the industrialization of food, nutritionism, and behavioural ideology and practices. We no longer see eating as an act of vulnerability orchestrated by satiating relationships we find rest in. We now turn to food and deify it as holding the secrets to our longevity and well-being. Even if we can recognize the divorce of attachment from eating practice and feel the void, how can we reclaim what has been lost? How can we stitch together the tapestry of human connection and eating that has been torn apart by forces far greater than us individually?

In this week-long intensive, we will walk through the minefield, examining the pieces that have come apart and gaining insight into what must be brought back together. We will step out of seeing feeding as a nutritional event and into the relational and emotional endeavour that it must be to truly nourish us. From the head to the heart, using theoretical frameworks to expressive arts, we will delve into how eating is meant to be navigated by the dance of dependence and how to recognize eating problems as a response to stress. We will consider the dynamics at play in eating and feeding others including attachment, vulnerability, development, and play.

This is an immersive and interactive intensive experience that will reshape you from the inside out, so that you will never look at food, or feeding another the same way again.


Bayside Oceanfront Resort
240 Dogwood Street, Parksville, BC, Canada

Located on Vancouver Island, the city of Parksville possesses an abundance of natural beauty and warm hospitality and is world-renowned for its wide tidal sand flats and sun-warmed salt water.

Visit the Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association website for a wealth of information. Parksville is a VERY popular summer destination, so don’t delay in booking your accommodation (see Accommodation, below, for access to special Bayside Oceanfront Resort room rates).


8:30 am to 1:30 pm from Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19, 2024
(includes two short 15-minute breaks with refreshments)

Afternoons and evenings are free to enjoy the beaches and other attractions nearby. We will be arranging some social events during the week so that we have the opportunity to connect with each other and with each other’s families.


This limited-seating event will NOT be advertised publicly.  Please do not share information about this event or share the registration link.


The tuition fee is $990 per person (CAD) and includes the 5-day presentation by Deborah along with handouts, refreshments, and access to an exclusive Info Centre on campus through which announcement and discussion forums are available.

Cancellation Policy

Participants may cancel their registration until May 15, 2024 and receive a refund, less a $40 cancellation fee.

Starting May 16, 2024, cancellations are not eligible for refunds or credits.

Questions? Contact Karen Guise via email or phone 604-263-4278 (Monday – Friday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm PT).


Travel arrangements and expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Travelling by plane
Most flights require a transfer in Vancouver (YVR) to a connecting flight to airports on Vancouver Island: Nanaimo Airport (YCD) (40 minute drive south of Parksville) and Comox Airport (YQQ) (1-hour drive north of Parksville). Or, one may be able to fly directly to Victoria International Airport (YYJ) (2.5-hour drive south of Parksville). Airport shuttles or car rentals to Parksville are available. Alternatively, one can arrive in Vancouver, rent a car, and take beautiful BC Ferries from Tsawwassen over to Nanaimo, then drive north to Parksville. There is no direct bus service from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Parksville.

Travelling by car from Vancouver
Take BC Ferries to Nanaimo from either the Horseshoe Bay terminal or the Tsawwassen terminal. Reservations are recommended.

Nanaimo Airporter shuttle services include 24/7 door to door service of Departure Bay, Gabriola and Duke Point ferry terminals as well as the Nanaimo airport. Service to Victoria Airport or Comox Airport available. Call for rates and book early.


Accommodation arrangements and expenses are the responsibility of the participant according to their own preferences and economic considerations. We have gathered some information about various places nearby, from campgrounds to resorts.

On-Site Lodging
Bayside Oceanfront Resort offers Neufeld event participants a special guest room rate. We have secured a small block of guest rooms that are available on a first-come, first-served basis for the dates of the event (earliest check-in July 14 and latest check-out July 20). Discounted reservations will not be accepted over the phone / via email. If you would like to take advantage of this special offer, reserve your room using the direct link below. This link is reserved for our group only.

Discounted room booking link:

  • $218 CAD per night for a townside Double Queen or King room
  • $309 CAD per night for an oceanfront Double Queen or King room

Other Lodging in the Parksville Area


The Beach Club Resort (within walking distance/oceanfront/full kitchens available)

Tigh Na Mara Resort (oceanfront and oceanside cabins and hotel-style rooms with full kitchens available)

Oceanside Village Resort (full cottages)

Other Options


Listings from Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association

Arbutus Grove Motel (kitchenette option)


Rathtrevor Provincial Park (oceanfront camping HIGHLY recommended by Neufeld staff!)

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

Park Sands RV Resort

Paradise RV Park (within walking distance to event venue)

Surfside RV Resort (within walking distance to event venue)

Riverbend Cottage & RV Resort

We hope you can join us for an inspiring week of learning and interaction!