Maximizing Health and Wellness on the Gluten-Free Diet Retreats
with Expert Celiac Dietitian, Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN

Fall 2015 - Winter 2016

New Hampshire
October 23-25, 2015
Riverside Inn, Intervale, New Hampshire ( a gluten-free B & B)
Extras: yoga, reiki, leaf peeping, trail hikes and local walks
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January 29-31, 2016
Center for Spiritual Renewal, Santa Barbara, CA (our own gluten free chef)
Extras: yoga, massage, meditation, trail walks and hikes, tennis, swimming
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Topics Covered in Your Intensive, Fun Nutrition Classes:
Calming inflammation and Healing the Small Intestine
How to Select Foods with the Key Vitamins and Minerals You Need
Healthy Cooking Demos
Supplements (vitamins/minerals, probiotics, enzymes)
Labs and Nutrient Levels - what you need to know
Healthy meal and Snack Planning
Gluten free Grains and Fiber
Label Reading
How to Select High Quality, Healthy Gluten Free Products
Adjustment/living with Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

In addition, you will receive:
  • All gluten-free meals and snacks (approved by Melinda)
  • Raffle prizes: cookbooks, resources, gluten-free food samples
  • Extensive handouts based on the lectures
  • Sampling opportunities for specially selected gluten-free foods
  • A discussion with the retreat chef who exclusively prepares our meals
  • Extensive Q & A time with Melinda

Expected Audience: Individuals 18 years and older with celiac disease or a gluten-related disorder; registered dietitians (CEUs) and nurses; chefs and cookbook authors

New Hampshire: a gluten free chef serving us breakfast and snacks in a dedicated gluten free B & B all to ourselves; gluten-free lunches and dinners will be catered by a local chef well-versed in gluten free and food allergies/intolerances
Santa Barbara: a chef trained by me and well versed in gluten free, serving exclusively gluten free food in a beautiful 1930's estate house all to ourselves

Sponsors: LOTS OF SAMPLES of top quality gluten free food, supplements, and products that are hand-picked by Melinda for their commitment to safety, health, and taste

New Hampshire: $550* per person includes 5 gluten free meals and tea/snack time, 2 night's lodging (some rooms have jacuzzi) at a gluten-free B & B, 8 hours of nutrition classes and food demos, discussion with the chef, all B & B amenities, access to leaf peeping walking and hiking trails; *Price may vary slightly based on room choice.

Santa Barbara: $550* per person includes 5 gluten free meals and tea/snack time, 2 night's lodging at a beautiful estate home, 8 hours of nutrition classes and food demos, discussion with the chef, all retreat amenities (tennis courts, swimming pool, lemon/orange orchard and vegetable gardens, walking trails in the Santa Barbara foothills, meditation hut, evening meditation); *Price may vary slightly based on room choice.

For Dietitians/Nutrition Professionals: Applying for 8 CEUs through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (add $10 for administrative fees)

Optional: massage and reiki, yoga classes at both retreats (not included)  

Get in Touch: The retreats sell out early each time!
Please email me if you would like to be put on an early notification list

How to Register: Registration includes an initial personal conversation by phone with Melinda. Personal checks and a completed registration form will be accepted through the mail. 

Please email me to express your interest in either retreat:

Photos & Testimonials from Past Wellness Retreats and RD Trainings

Maximizing Health and Wellness on the Gluten-Free Diet
March 7-9, 2014
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad, CA (just north of San Diego)

Click Here for Weekend Program Summary

Click Here for Photos from the San Diego 2014 Wellness Retreat

Intensive Dietitian Training - 3.5 CEUs
Celiac Disease and the Gluten Free Diet: Current Practices for Dietitians
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad, CA (north of San Diego)
March 9, 20142:00-6:30pm
Click Here for Summary of Clinical Review

Photos from Retreat in 2013

Read 2 great blogs from participants from the Feb 1-3, 2013 weekend.

Testimonials from past retreats:
"Gluten and I parted ways several months ago, and my life has improved exponentially since then. I now know that all the increasing aches and pains and inflammatory response symptoms I've lived with for the past two years were caused by my newly-diagnosed gluten intolerance.  What I didn't know was how to navigate this new territory of gluten avoidance.
Attending the workshop held recently at Omega Institute helped me to move beyond my own "I can't..." thinking to all the "I can...." possibilities available to me. Melinda's presentations on the pathology of gluten intolerance and celiac disease, the diagnostic tests available, nutritional supplements, and dining, shopping and traveling tips are invaluable."

"I have recently been diagnosed with celiac disease so the information from Melinda was invaluable. This is not just some new fad diet I am trying; it's now my lifestyle, not one that I choose but a matter of health. I am so grateful for Melinda and was put at ease due to the overwhelming situation I was thrown into. She gave me so much info but in a way I could understand, not by reading the info but having it explained in a way that pertained to me."

The Riverside Inn, Intervale NH
The estate is surrounded by acres
of gardens, paths and orchards.
Inner patio at the
Center for Spiritual Renewal
A beautiful New England fall
Beautiful East Beach