When does the eCourse start?

The next class start date : (TBA) and will run for a total of 8 weeks.

We want to keep the class intimate, so we will cap the group at 50 participants.  When the class reaches 50, all interested participants will be placed into the next class,  which will start within a few weeks.

How does the eCourse work?

In this 8-week e-course/support circle, participants are asked to make a commitment to themselves, and to the group, for a 8 week  period.  This means dedicating a total of approximately 3 hours per week of “time to be at the café”.  Since this is a “move at your own pace” experience, it can mean spending as little a 5-10 minutes per visit to up to an hour or so at a time.  Some really enjoy simply perusing the café while others choose to dive right in and get as much out of it as they can.


Some days you will be given a 2-4 minute story or metaphor to listen to; other days will involve reading a book chapter or short poem.  Twice a week you will be invited to roll up your shirt-sleeves and complete a writing or drawing activity to help you go deeper into the topic presented. You will be given daily opportunities to communicate with others which can take as much or as little time as you like.


This is a place to explore all those issues that might be getting in the way of you receiving the fulfillment  in life that you desire.  You can choose to work  at your own pace and in the privacy of your own home,  but with the support of others who are on the same journey.  Here you will be guided to find freedom from struggles with food, fat, and dieting as you uncover your deeper hungers and discover other ways to nourish your soul.  Here you are given an opportunity to embrace who you really are and to find your voice as you do so.


See below for a more detailed description:


–       Each Sunday, Anita & Elisabeth will assign a chapter from Eating in the Light of the Moon, which will introduce the topic for the week.

–       Each Monday, you will be given a short poem to reflect upon — to help you take the concepts into a deeper level in your psyche.

–       Each Tuesday, you will receive an audio recording of Anita telling the story presented in that chapter – and an interpretation of how that story pertains to the topic at hand.

–       Each Wednesday, Elisabeth & Anita will invite you to answer a few  thought-provoking questions (on a downloadable worksheet) that are designed to help you understand the story, and the metaphors contained within it, at a deeper, more personal level.

–       Each Thursday, you will receive a brief audio recording from Anita with a metaphor related to the topic.

–       Each Friday, Elisabeth & Anita will guide you in activities that can help you dig even deeper and incorporate the weeks’ topic into your own life.

–       Each Saturday, Elisabeth & Anita will encourage you to create sacred space for yourself where you can listen to a playlist of heartfelt, uplifting inspirational songs that pertain to the weeks discussion.

–       Everyday of the week, you are invited to share your coursework with Anita & Elisabeth and your fellow participants from across the globe.  Here, you can communicate with, and respond to, the others who are at the Café with you.

Do I have to review coursework and complete assignments in a certain timeframe?

Your experience will be better if you participate in the e-course on a daily basis and follow along with Anita & Elisabeth and other participants at the Cafe; however, we know this is not always possible for everyone, so you can also take the class at your own pace.  You will be able to go back at any time during the 8 week period and catch up on anything you might have missed.

What is the week-by-week course outline?

Here are the topics we will be covering:

WEEK 1: Finding Meaning in Eating Difficulties

WEEK 2:  Recognizing the True Self

WEEK 3: Balancing Our Inner Feminine & Masculine

WEEK 4: Self Awareness Though Journal Keeping

WEEK 5: The Body’s Guidance

WEEK 6: Symbolism

WEEK 7: Soul Hunger: Feeding Your Heart’s Desire

WEEK 8: Riding the Waves of Emotion


What can I expect to get out of this course?

Participating at the Café will give you an opportunity to get some guidance and support as you explore what it is that you might REALLY be hungry for … as you will receive some very specific “tools” to help you develop the self-awareness you need to make different choices when tempted to fall back into old, less fulfilling eating patterns.


At the Café, you will discover how to:

–       See food and eating challenges as symbolic of deeper hungers.

–       Listen to your body’s many messages

–       Allow your innate Feminine energy to be expressed

–       Access your true feelings

–       Express yourself in a confident and effective way

–       Follow and trust your women’s intuition

–       Discover what true nourishment means for you

–       Connect with a community of other women seeking freedom from food and eating struggles

How much is the e-course?

The cost of the 8-week/ e-course/support circle is $497.00, less than $10 per day.    Payments can be made in in full or 2 installments.  Check with your therapist or Registered Dietitian if they have a promotional discount code to share with you.

How do I pay for the eCourse?

You can pay online on for the e-course through our secure site or by PayPal.

What materials will I need for the course?

Required course materials:

As a special bonus, Anita’s book: Eating in the Light of the Moon, will be sent to you.

Recommended Class Materials:

Get a journal, sketchbook, and gather your art supplies (colored pens & pencils).  You may already have some of these art supplies in your house … take a look around!

How much time do I need to dedicate to the Cafe?

Plan on a total of approximately 3 hours per week.  Reading the weekly chapter assignment can take around 20-30 minutes; the inspirational poem about 2 minutes. Listening assignments (2 per week) take from 2-4 minutes. Creative assignments should take around 45 minutes to one hour.  Listening to playlists can take about 10 to 20 minutes. Reading comments from others and creating a  response can take another hour of time – spread over the course of the week.

Is the course available worldwide?

Yes, It’s easy to register and participate from anywhere in the world!  Because there are no specific times you have to “show up” at the Café, time zones are not a problem.

Can I take this class with friends and family?

Yes!  You can get even more support if you do it with a friend or with a group you are already involved with.  You can do it with a Book Club or a support group. Invite others to join the Light of the Moon Café and use the topics presented here as launching off points for group discussions.

What happens when the e-course is over?

We offer three sequential eight week e-courses.  After the New Crescent Moon, there is another course, Under the Light of the Full Moon that you will be eligible to participate in,  and an advanced course, The Beauty of the Unseen Moon.  Upon completion of all courses, you will be invited to participate in a FREE, private Wise Women’s Circle via facebook where you can continue to connect with Café participants.

Will I be able to access my coursework/finish assignments once the class is over?

Once the class is over, you will be able to access your coursework, finish or review any assignments, listen to recorded teleconferences, and browse the shared work for a period of 2 weeks.

Is there a deadline for registering for the course?

Yes.  The deadline for class registration is October 23, 2016 at midnight ET.

Can I get a refund?

We offer a 30 day guarantee on the program minus the processing cost.

What if I have technical questions after I’ve registered for the course?

If you have a specific technical difficulty once you have already registered for the course, you can contact ruzuku directly at support@ruzuku.com.  For all other questions, please email us at info@lightofthemooncafe.com.

About Anita Johnston, PhD, CEDS & Elisabeth Peterson, RD, CEDRD

About Anita Johnston:

Anita Johnston, Ph.D., CEDS, is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified eating disorder specialist. She is the author of Eating in the Light of the Moon, which has been published in multiple languages, and she has authored book chapters in Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research Treatment Gap and The Psychospiritual Clinician’s Handbook, along with numerous articles in professional journals.


Dr. Johnston has been treating disordered eating for over 30 years.  She is the Co-founder and Director of the Anorexia & Bulimia Center of Hawaii. Currently, she serves as Clinical Director of ‘Ai Pono Eating Disorders Programs on Oahu as well as the ‘Ai Pono Residential Facility on Maui.  She is also Clinical Advisor to Focus Treatment Centers and Consultant to EATFED in Sydney, Australia.


As a recognized international workshop presenter, Dr. Johnston lectures around the world to professional organizations, conferences, universities, medical institutions, and the community at large.  She is best known for integrating metaphor and storytelling into her training as a clinical psychologist to explain the complex issues that underlie disordered eating behavior and other struggles with eating, weight, and body image. More … www.DrAnitaJohnston.com


About Elisabeth Peterson, RD, CEDRD

Elisabeth Peterson is a Certified Eating Disordered Registered Dietitian through IAEDP.  As the owner of Peterson Nutrition & Fitness in Richmond Virginia she became aware, years ago, that people struggling with eating disorders in her area had very limited resources geared toward understanding and recovery from eating difficulties.

Driven by a deep sense of empathy and compassion for that population she embarked on a journey to educate herself to understand and treat eating disorders.  In her practice it became apparent to her that the nutritional component alone would not lead to a cure.  She recognized that full recovery from an eating disorder requires the expertise of a team including Registered Dietitians, Physicians, Therapists and the support of others in the form of groups.

Elisabeth attended conferences and workshops presented by Anita Johnston and became enthralled with Anita’s approach through her book “Eating in the Light of the Moon.”  As Elisabeth found success in treating eating disorders supplemented by the premises of Anita’s book, she approached Anita to request permission to use her material as a foundation for new group therapy ideas Elisabeth wanted to develop for her practice.  Elisabeth collaborated with a colleague to create “Eating in the Light of the Moon” groups, which integrated art therapy, guided imagery, journaling, music therapy and discussion with the concepts of Anita’s book, all within the comfort and safety of a woman’s circle.

Elisabeth then created the “Wise Women” groups to provide a place for women to practice the skills learned in the “Eating in the Light of the Moon” groups and stay connected to other women who can empathize with their struggle and support each other.  The power of women sitting in circle and sharing their stories is phenomenal.  The healing success rate experienced from the collectivity of the treatment team bolstered by the strength of the groups based on Anita’s book spurned Anita and Elisabeth to collaborate and produce the “Light of the Moon Café.”  More…www.PetersonNutrition.com