ME-CL1: Mindful Eating-Conscious Living


A Foundational Professional Training.

25.08 – 30.08 2018

Place: Kringler Gjestegård – just outside the airport of Oslo.

The intersection of mindfulness, eating and our relationship to food is the focus of this professional training. Inherent within that juncture are the thoughts, emotions and physical sensations that impact how we relate to food and our body in skillful and unskillful ways. The training emphasizes experiential engagement in mindfulness meditation practices and mindful eating awareness exercises, so that the participant will be able to pass the benefit of these exercises on to clients and patients in a variety of settings. These practices and exercises are integral components of the eight-session Mindful Eating Program Manual- Teacher’s Guide, designed by Bays and Wilkins, which provides the organizing structure from this training. Every participant will receive a copy of the Teacher’s Guide.

ME-CL1 provides professionals with a curriculum from which participants will explore and teach core aspects of mindful eating. Mindfulness can deepen through the exploration of our relationship to eating and food and provide an opportunity to see more clearly the connection of body, mind and heart. By bringing awareness to and through the senses we can become more mindful of how, when, where, what and why we eat. Participants will explore the joys and sorrows held in eating and food, the disconnects and communions, and the aversions and desires- all of which can be opportunities that facilitate moving toward a healthier relationship with food, emotions and the physical body.

This training will support and enhance the attendee’s personal meditation practice which is the essential foundation for teaching mindful eating. It will provide practical ways of integrating mindfulness and mindful eating in working with patients, individually or in groups. The program draws from Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), current research, and the instructors’ combined 35 years of experience working in public and clinical settings with a wide range of people with distressed eating patterns.


The program will be led by experienced clinicians, mindfulness teachers and retreat leaders, Jan Chozen Bays, MD and Char Wilkins, LCSW. It offers participants an opportunity to explore the implications, personally and professionally, of assimilating mindfulness practices and mindful eating skills into their professional work. Since a personal practice is held to be the foundation from which to deliver mindfulness skills in the clinical setting, daily meditation practice, mindful movement and a half-day retreat are essential components of the program.

The ME-CL1 training includes didactic instruction, experiential meditation and eating exercises, group inquiry and dialogue, current research, and time for personal reflection. This training offer a multi-faceted approach to mindful eating and is designed to encourage participants to use the eight-session Mindful Eating framework to create an approach that is appropriate to the needs of their population.

After completing the training attendees will be equipped to facilitate the mindful eating program in their setting. Attendees will receive a link and password to all mindful meditations directly related to the curriculum and relevant handouts, all to be used with the Teacher’s Guide.

Registration will be limited for this intensive program/retreat in order to cultivate an intimate, personal and highly interactive training environment.


At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • demonstrate delivery of a range of eating awareness practices
  • facilitate the eight-session Mindful Eating program in their setting, adapting it to their clientele.
  • articulate the pivotal importance of mindful inquiry and investigation in teaching mindful eating practices
  • appreciate and understand their own unique qualifications, strengths and weaknesses in regards to facilitating mindfulness and mindful eating in their work
  • develop or deepen their own mindfulness meditation and mindful eating practices and understand the impact and importance of these personal practices in the successful delivery of the curriculum
  • articulate habituated patterns of mind, emotions and body sensations related to eating behaviors

Target Audience

This 5-day intensive, experiential program is intended for professionals wishing to incorporate mindful eating and supportive mindfulness-related practices in their one-on-one clinical practice and/or into group work in which eating, food and body are aspects or the central focus. The program was designed for clinicians in mental health or healthcare fields and clinicians-in-training in these fields.

This program is also relevant for therapists and counselors who do not specialize in eating-related disorders. Eating and food are unique gateways to self-awareness and understanding for those who experience anxiety, depression, abuse, stress and/or illness.

Participant Guidelines

It is our experience that successful delivery of mindfulness-based facilitation requires facilitators to have a commitment to an ongoing, daily mindfulness meditation practice. To this end we have created recommendations for acceptance to this training.

  • Professional degree in mental health-related field (e.g., psychology, social work or counseling) or currently enrolled in graduate training toward licensure. It is not expected or necessary to be an eating disorders specialist.
  • Or professional degree in health care field (e.g. dietician, RN, APRN, PA, physician, psychiatrist) or currently enrolled in graduate training toward licensure. Appropriate for those working with, but not limited to, bariatric surgeries, weight management, diabetes, eating disorders.
  • Or a professional degree in ecology, biology or food technology science
  • Attendance as a participant at an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive (MBCT) or Mindful Eating-Conscious Living (ME-CL).
  • A personal commitment to an ongoing regular meditation practice and a weekly movement practice.
  • Added value: Attendance at formal 5-10-day meditation retreats or formal meditation training

Program Format

Based upon the foundational assumption that the only true teaching of mindfulness comes out of regular and systematic personal practice, this 6-day training is steeped in mindfulness practice.

Early morning and evening practice sessions are a crucial component of the training itself and will include a variety of mindfulness practices including sitting meditation, mindful movement, and mindful walking and body meditations. Selected meals will be taken in silence, some being designated as mindful eating practice sessions. Several evenings will include silence from the conclusion of evening practice until breakfast the next morning, and a half-day guided retreat will be provided.

Group Size

In order to facilitate the individualized and intensive nature of both mindfulness and mindful eating, the training will be limited in size to 40 participants with a minimum of 2 experienced teachers to keep the student-to-teacher ratio low and the learning environment intimate and direct. Smaller breakout groups of 10-12 participants will be able to meet with one teacher.

Retreat Setting, Accommodations and Self-Care

The choice of a quiet retreat setting is intentional to facilitate mindfulness practice, reduce outside distractions and create a safe and productive holding environment for the unfolding of the work and the group.
The training will be held in Kringler Gjestegård – 15 minutes by car/taxi from the airport Gardermoen (outside Oslo city).

The airport: Gardermoen

The retreat center is situated in Åsvegen 775, 2032 Maura. It is an ideal place to integrate the ME-CL1 training and to promote connectedness among the participants. The training is intended to be a protected forum for facilitating experiential learning, group cohesion and dynamics, and deep abiding attention to self-care and compassion.

The rooms are clean and pleasant, and adequate but minimalistic, to encourage focused attention to the work itself.

Meals are prepared and presented with deep intention to be healthful and nourishing by staff that is sensitive to the intention of the setting and the needs of the participants.

Breaks will be provided to allow for participants to walk, hike, run or explore the surrounding environment as a means of supporting the sometimes challenging work itself and to facilitate self-care.

Needs Assessment

The utilization of mindful eating in a clinical context is a burgeoning area of study and practice in the mental health and healthcare fields. The number of research articles, books and popular press articles on the topic is growing exponentially and the demand for quality professional training in these practices and techniques is growing each year.

To help meet that need, this and other mindful eating trainings are being offered through the MeNu Centre for Mindful Eating and Nutrition in Europe, Mindful Eating Mexico, Nirakara in Spain and the Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute, University of California at San Diego, USA, as well as at other sites across the country and around the world.

Registration and Application Essay

These are the eight question you must fill out in detail. Please read each question carefully and answer completely.

  1. Do you have a degree? If so, what is the degree and in what field/discipline?
  2. Do you have a Professional degree? If so, what is the degree and in what field/discipline?
  3. Please describe the setting in which you will be teaching mindful eating skills, and any experience you already have facilitating such skills.
  4. Do you have a regular meditation practice? Please state the tradition, number of times a week you practice, length of each session, and number of years you have been practicing. Please describe in 50 words or less.
  5. Please state your participation in teacher-led silent mindfulness meditation retreats of 3 days or more only. Include the tradition, beginning and ending dates of the retreat, location and teacher’s name. (NOTE: Mindfulness-based trainings such as MBSR, MBCT, MSC, MBRP or others, do not qualify as silent meditation retreats.) In a silent meditation retreat, you are silent unless spoken to by the teacher.) Alternately you may state your formal meditation training, stating the tradition, your teacher’s name and the frequency and length of training.
  6. Have you completed an 8-week MBSR, MBCT or ME-CL program as a participant? If so, state the program name, beginning and ending dates, location and teacher’s name.
  7. Do you have a mindful movement practice such as yoga, Tai chi or Qiqong? Please state the tradition, number of times a week you practice, the typical length of each session, and number of years you have been practicing. Please describe in 50 words or less.
  8. Please explain why you want to take this ME-CL1 Training in 200 words or less.

Please attach your most current CV.

An introduction to the ME-CL Certification Process

The 8-week mindful eating program which you will be trained to teach during the ME-CL Level 1 Foundational Training, is a complex, multi-dimensional group process. Regardless of your professional training, personal meditation practice, level of understanding of disordered eating patterns and diagnoses, or experience with group process, we strongly recommend you be mentored through your first teaching of the 8-week program.

We consider mentoring to be the foundation of our certification process. It is a partnership between teacher–in-training and an experienced ME-CL mentor. The purpose of this partnership is to support the new teacher during the facilitation of each class, answer questions they will have, and to provide constructive feedback.

Ultimately the goal of the certification process is to develop teachers who will provide their participants with the highest quality experience in learning how to relieve the suffering inherent in food and eating, and help them re-discover a healthy and joyful relationship with food.

We bring to the design of this program and the certification process, decades of experience in meditation, mindful eating, working with people who suffer from unbalanced eating in both medical and mental health settings, depression and anxiety disorders, trauma histories and physical pain. We are aware that teaching this program takes great equanimity, patience, curiosity and kindness, not to mention courage. The certification process ensures that you have the support you deserve in maintaining the integrity and standards of this 8-week program.

Certification is a process of ensuring that an ME-CL teacher has achieved a level of teaching that clearly demonstrates competency and best practice skills. There are now a number of certification programs in mindfulness-based interventions (MBI’s) . We have worked to make the ME-CL Certification process practical, accessible, and relatively straight forward. The ME-CL Certification Process requires two phases of mentorship with a qualified ME-CL mentor. Each phase consists of 12 mentoring sessions via the online Zoom (free) platform.

Phase One is usually done during the first program you teach so that you have weekly support in reviewing the class you have taught and preparing for the next week’s class. The purpose of Phase One is to establish a basic level of training and proficiency sufficient to be able to teach Mindful Eating-Conscious Living (ME-CL) to patients and general public. Achieving these requirements will establish you as a “Trained Teacher of ME-CL” and is a prerequisite to becoming a Certified Teacher.

Phase Two is usually done during the teaching of your 4th program. In this phase you are honing your teaching skills, deepening your established meditation practice, and becoming a confident and competent teacher. A teacher who is certified is authorized to advertise as a “Certified Teacher of ME-CL” and you are authorized to call your program “Mindful Eating-Conscious Living.”

In between Phase 1 and 2 you must teach an additional minimum of two programs and attend the Level 2 training.

During each of the two phases you will be expected to submit for review your recorded meditations that used by the participants, all handouts, and videos/audios of you teaching particular aspects of the program.

On the final day of your ME-CL1 training in Norway, August 2018 we will go over the Certification Process with you.

A detailed description of requirements can be found on the University of California at San Diego’s Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute.

Registration Fee

Education part 1: 8000 NOK + full board accommodation in a double room: 9000 NOK. Total NOK 17 000.
Education part 2: 7200 NOK + full board accommodation in a double room: 8000 NOK. Total NOK 15 200.

Supplement Single Room                                      400 NOK /night / person

This includes:

  • Trainers fees
  • 6 days of full board with all vegetarian meals and 5 nights in shared bedrooms
  • Coffee, tea and fruits during the day
  • The pleasure of staying at Kringler farm in the beautiful silent nature of Norway. For more information about Kringler Farm please look here:

Registration Procedure

An email with answers to the above 8 questions and your CV may be sent to

STEP 2 :
Together with the international staff we examine objectively each application essay, based on the Participation Guidelines as outlined in the «General Information».

Tentative Schedule

Saturday August 25th
Registration: 2:00–5:00 pm
Dinner: 5:30–6:30 pm
First Session: 6:45–8:45 pm

Thursday August 30th
Session Ends: 12:00 pm followed by lunch.

Recommended Reading

  • Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Foodby Jan Chozen Bays
  • Mindless Eatingby Brian Wansink
  • The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s LifeBy Parker Palmer
  • Mindfulness and the Therapeutic RelationshipEdited by Steven Hick & Thomas Bien
  • Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddhaby Tara Brach
  • The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Beingby Daniel Siegel

Suggested Reading

  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illnessby Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Zen of Eatingby Ronna Kabatznick
  • Art of the Inner Mealby Donald Altman
  • Mindfulness in Plain Englishby Henepola Gunaratana
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Mealsby Michael Pollan.
  • Eating the Moment  by Pavel Somov
  • Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating & Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Foodby Susan Albers
  • Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicineby Saki Santorelli

Frequently Asked Questions

I am flying in for the training. What are my options and what do you recommend? You have to take a taxi from Oslo airport to Kringler Gjestegård. It takes about 15 minutes. If you arrive on August 25th and would like us to send out your e mail address to the others that will arrive the same day please let us know.

What time should I plan to arrive? When do we finish?
We will begin checking people into the retreat at 2 pm on the first day of the training. However, it may be possible for you to arrive before 2 pm and have access to your room. We ask that you plan on arriving no later than 5pm so that we can begin with the full group in attendance at dinnertime. We plan to end the retreat by noon on the last day followed by lunch so please plan your travel accordingly, using the time guidelines above. Sometimes situations arise in which people have to leave the retreat earlier than noon on the last day but we strongly urge you to avoid this if at all possible.

Is there wireless service/cellular phone use?
Please do not expect to get consistent, reliable wireless internet service while at the retreat center. It is most advisable to leave your computer at home because of the retreat nature of the training, however we recognize that sometimes computer use is a necessity. Most cellular phones will work in this location. Again, however given the nature of the training there will be limited opportunities to use them, so informing those who may need to contact you of these limitations ahead of time will be helpful.

Is it possible to stay extra nights at the facility or arrive a day or two early?
The retreat center could be booked both right before and right after our training, so arriving early or staying an extra night or two after the retreat has to be confirmed by the retreat center directly.

What do I need to bring?
If it is at all possible, please bring a meditation cushion (zafu) and a yoga mat. We will have a few cushions but not enough to go around, so if you have one and can squeeze it into your luggage or bring it as a carry-on please consider doing so. It is always advisable to check the weather forecast prior to traveling, to help guide you in proper clothing choices.

What should I expect regarding the format of the training?
This training is taught in a retreat format, which means there is a great deal of mindfulness practice embedded in the training, and we want to reiterate that now so you are not surprised when you get here. The venue very much facilitates this format; we will meet, eat and be housed in a relatively secluded area. There are no other large groups planned in the center that week so it should be relatively quiet and secluded. The rooms are clean and comfortable, but not by any means luxurious.

What should I read prior to arriving?
Check the “Schedule and Required Reading” page of the specific training you are registered to attend.

What if I require some special accommodations or have dietary restrictions?
While you are asked to note specific food restrictions on your registration application, if there are any additional food or medical concerns we should be aware of please let us know of these in advance so we may assist you.

Cancellation Policy

A refund (minus your NOK 2000 non-refundable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted in writing on or before 15. June 2018.
No refunds will be allowed after this date.

In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled, ROS – Counseling on Eating Disorder is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.

Contact Information

ROS – Rådgivning om spiseforstyrrelser (Counseling on Eating Disorders)
Contactperson Irene Kingswick

Strandgaten 6
Postbox 36, Sentrum

Mob: +47 950 80 140


ROS ungdomspanel

Gjennom stiftelsen DAM, har ROS – Rådgivning om spiseforstyrrelser fått støtte...

Da maten ble alt

Maten hjalp meg å fortrenge, den fikk det vonde til å «forsvinne».

Mindful Eating

Overvekt og fedme – en mestringsstrategi? For noen er dette en...




8. august 2022
16. august 2022
22. august 2022
Kurs: Mindful Eating
24. august 2022

ROS – Rådgivning om spiseforstyrrelser er et lavterskeltilbud og en interesseorganisasjon for alle som er berørt av problematikk rundt mat og kropp – for de som har eller har hatt en spiseforstyrrelse, og for deres pårørende.

Vi bruker Cookies for å forbedre brukeropplevelsen av sidene. Les mer om personvern & cookies her.