One came from a monastery, one came from a psychotherapy practice. Jan Chozen Bays and Char Wilkins met six years ago while serving on the Board of Directors for The Center for Mindful Eating (tcme.org) and its been a spirited, often humorous, and valued partnership ever since.
Although they took different paths to meditation and becoming more mindful in their everyday lives, they experienced the possibilities these practices could have in helping people re-discover a healthier and more joyful relationship with food and eating.
Both Jan and Char have taught people how to take better care of themselves by using their own innate wisdom to determine when, what and how much to eat. Still they knew that if they could teach other professionals to teach mindful eating, many more people would benefit.
Together they created the Mindful Eating-Conscious Living training for professionals working with people with disordered eating patterns. With Jan’s background as a Pediatrician and Zen abbot, and Char’s years as a therapist and certified MBSR teacher, their training covers the body, mind and heart of our relationship to food, eating and the body.
Jan’s book, Mindful Eating: Re-discovering a Joyful and Healthy Relationship with Food, which is the basis for the ME-CL training, has been translated into seven languages. The trainings are currently available in the U.S., Europe and Mexico.