When I held LOTM in my hand and began my journey with the cafe, I literally had a shiver run up my spine. I just KNEW that this is what I needed to fit the final puzzle piece of my recovery. Anita, Elizabeth and the wise women of this tribe have been feeding me nourishment through a virtual unbilical cord to my soul. I have been reading, examining, self-reflecting, agreeing and being astonished with the unbound wisdom that has been shared in these modules. I have felt a deep connection to my invisible brave sisterhood. I felt like your invisible hands have been holding me up as I move forward in my labyrinth. I know that the road to recovery is making me a braver, happier, more hopeful and more powerful woman. I feel privileged to have been able to witness the great insights made my sisters on this journey. I feel grateful for the safe space to speak my truth and for the gift of reclaiming my self.
CMI know that the road to recovery is making me a braver, happier, more hopeful and more powerful woman.
I have loved every bit of my journey with LOTM. I can’t thank you enough for giving me the gift of self-discovery. I really can’t think of anything I would change with the outline of the program. My only regrets are that the live calls were at a time I could not make. You have no idea how much this has changed my life! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. My only worry is what I am going to do when I have completed the tree modules…this has become a lifeline of hope for me!
CR- CanadaI can’t thank you enough for giving me the gift of self-discovery
When I heard Anita speak on a podcast, something just clicked. Her approach just made so much sense to me and resonated with me on such a deeply intuitive level. I just KNEW that this was going to work for me. I immediately bought the book. Finally I had a tool which would move me forward in my bumpy road to recovery. When I joined the cafe, I entered a world of wonder and connection with women on similar journeys of recovery. Light of the Moon is not a quick fix, but it is a roadmap to recovering your lost self from the grips of disordered eating. I learned so much about myself, about my true hungers. I now have a deep trust in my ability to overcome this battle I have been waging with myself for over twenty years. I am no longer my eating disorder. I am a happy woman who is full of hope. The road to recovery is filled with many discoveries and The Light of the Moon Cafe is a safe and supportive place to let your true self reveal itself to you. By entering on this journey, I gave myself the power to heal. Let it do the same for you.
CMFinally I had a tool which would move me forward in my bumpy road to recovery.
During the past eight weeks in which I've participated in the Crescent Moon module, I have felt an expansiveness within myself. It seems as though I now have a greater capacity to experience emotions, the joyous ones - happiness, wonder, compassion, and empathy, as well as the painful ones - sorrow, loss, grief, and sadness. I understand that I tampered my fear of emotions with food. I feel less and less need to do so. I also have a greater awareness of and appreciation for my intuition, and a greater willingness to trust it.
JenniI understand that I tampered my fear of emotions with food.
Years ago, I read Eating by the Light of the Moon and loved it. Perhaps I read it and intellectualized it. As I went through these videos, I felt a visceral shift and not just an intellectual knowing. They are, quite simply, excellent. I think the feeling of having and seeing someone talking to you helps me hugely, in addition to the powerful devices of story telling and metaphors, as well as the four (only 4!) steps to resolving food issues. Thank you so very much.
TheresaI felt a visceral shift and not just an intellectual knowing.
“An incredible journey of the heart, mind, soul, body, and stomach. This was a life changing experience in which I had the opportunity to explore the elements that lead to an eating disorder and ways to heal on a deep level. I am eternally grateful. The group was also an unexpected and amazing support.”
-Anonymous, NY, NYThis was a life changing experience
“Reading “Eating In The Light Of the Moon” and having the opportunity to participate and practice new behaviors in the Cafe Circle is changing my life. It is not a temporary change, there is no going back. I can’t un-know what I’ve learned. A deep cellular “knowing” and “truth” has been kindled inside of me. Reading “Eating in The Light Of The Moon” brings me a sense of calm and comfort I have never known or believed was possible. My ugly shameful and even grotesque disordered eating is morphed into a treasure of glistening gold. The book and cafe give me the tools through metaphor, inspiration and connection to safely see my disordered eating differently. I’m learning to approach myself with courage and compassion. This is the truest experience I’ve ever had in understanding my internal struggle with food. The facilitators have applied their professional expertise, therapeutic skills and compassionate understanding in crafting a shared and individual journey for your healing. I, personally am indebted. I’m grateful that in my exhaustion and exasperation with disordered eating, having tried and given up so many times that I mustered up the courage to invest in my recovery and healing by taking another first step. I hope you will, too!”
CRThis is the truest experience I’ve ever had in understanding my internal struggle with food.
I am so incredibly grateful for these last 20 weeks and for the community that has been created here. I have felt at home in this circle and in the land of metaphor. Things are slowly changing for me as I continue through the labyrinth, and I have been deeply effected by the themes and stories we explored. This was a brand new experience in looking at my eating disorder and that is saying a lot as I have been working with my ED for 30+ years. I am so happy that I gave myself the gift of the Light of the Moon Cafe. I want to thank you all for walking this path with me, thank you for sharing with me, inspiring me, supporting and listening to me – the strong and supportive community has been an incredible gift that I wasn’t expecting. The healing and exploration that happened in the Cafe will continue to ripple out into my life for years to come. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
SK, San Diego, CAThe healing and exploration that happened in the Cafe will continue to ripple out into my life for years to come.
“Before I started the Light of the Moon cafe course, I thought I was a lost cause. At 37 years old, I had been bulimic for over 23 years. And although I had already made a lot of progress with various groups and a lot of therapy, I still felt quite lost and the eating disorder still remained a bit of a mystery to me. I was still bingeing and still obsessed with food. However, I didn’t lack insight and had a lot of experience of trying to recover so I was skeptical that the course would have anything new to teach me. How wrong I was. I can honestly say that the cafe course shone a light into areas of my being and my thinking which I didn’t know existed and which I didn’t know could be different. Although it is an intense experience, it is not frightening, only exciting and inspiring. I feel like I am finally on solid ground. I am no longer afraid of food and trust myself completely. But more than that, I know on a profound level that I will be able to look after myself and navigate my course through life because my relationship with myself has changed. I respect and value my feelings and opinions. And I have a totally new perspective on the eating disorder – now, whenever I get off track, I can always trust that thoughts about food or weight will serve as an early warning signal. I never thought I’d ever say that I was grateful for the eating disorder but now whenever I think about a new diet or cutting carbs or feel fat, I know that there is something I need to address, some feeling which I’m not acknowledging. This course shows you how to do that. I cannot recommend it highly enough but it is essential to set aside the time every day to do the work. If you do, your experience of yourself and life will be so much richer and there will be no room for the eating disorder behaviors.”
-KS, EnglandI feel like I am finally on solid ground.
“Two of the most instrumental things in my recovery from my eating disorder were the support of other women and the concepts found in Eating In The Light of The Moon by Anita Johnson, Ph.D. In 2008, I took part in a group based on this book and joined a women’s support circle started by Elisabeth Peterson (RD) that focused on these concepts. During that time, my thinking changed, I was better able to understand my struggle with food and take the steps I needed to finally and fully recover. I was surrounded by other women who nurtured me as I healed and, in turn, allowed me to support them on their journeys to recovery. As I practiced new skills, I knew in success those women would celebrate with me and in the times I slipped, those women would never respond with judgment. In those times they responded with love and steadfast encouragement as they helped me to stand back up and keep moving toward full recovery.” The experience provided in Light of The Moon Café shares so many similarities to my initial experience with the support circle mention above. In fact, the Café has more power than I could have imagined. The daily activities and inspirations provide material to further your journey towards recovery while the other women in the group provide a supportive and healing forum to discuss all aspects of this process. The Café provides a virtual place to come daily as you nurture yourself and heal the wounds of disordered eating. Beyond that because there is no set time, it is easy to choose a time each day for the Café that can best fit into your busy schedule. I would encourage anyone struggling with food and/or weight issues to sign up for this course/group and experience the amazing power of the circle. “
-AB, USAThe Café provides a virtual place to come daily as you nurture yourself and heal the wounds of disordered eating
“The Light of the Moon Cafe was the most transformative and supportive healing circle I have ever been part of. I have struggled with an eating disorder for decades and finally found a place where true healing could take place. There was never any pressure or judgement. I simply showed up by opening the day’s lesson and did my best to complete it. The support and wisdom offered from the other women was beautiful. The women participating were of all ages which allowed for many different perspectives. The wisdom spoke right through the age of the woman speaking. I would recommend, with my whole heart ,this 20 week program. It was priceless. For those who suffer with the different forms that an eating disorder takes, this course is like coming to the safest most supportive home you could imagine.”
-DG, Alford, MAThe Light of the Moon Cafe was the most transformative and supportive healing circle I have ever been part of
“I found this class to be absolutely wonderful.. The daily emails and assignments always gave me hope and the support provided by the other participants was priceless. I felt the structure provided a safe space to allow vulnerability without fear of judgement. The contents of the course were structured in a very natural way. The other wonderful thing was the wide age range of participants. We were all ages. I recommend this course for anyone who struggles with an eating disorder.”
“The Light of the Moon Cafe is a wonderful course. Having an eating disorder is isolating so it felt wonderful to have a safe place to share with other women that felt like me.”
-Jeanie/HawaiiIt felt wonderful to have a safe place to share with other women that felt like me.
“This was a life changing course – filled with so many wonderful metaphors, images and with exercises to help me get in touch with self-care and my creative and authentic self. Thanks!”
-AnonymousThis was a life changing course
“An incredible journey of the heart, mind, soul, body, and stomach. This was a life changing experience in which I had the opportunity ot explore the elements that lead to an eating disorder and ways to heal on a deep level. I am eternally grateful. The group was also an unexpected and amazing support.”
– Anonymous, NY, NYAn incredible journey of the heart, mind, soul, body, and stomach.
“I was fortunate enough to read “Eating in the Light of the Moon” by Dr. Anita Johnston. The book is remarkable and a must read for any woman who has every struggled with body image or disordered eating. The Café brings the pages of the book to life in a way I truly never expected. I have learned so much about myself and feel I have blossomed through the process. Honestly the Cafe is for any women who has every taken herself to task for gaining a pound or not looking or being perfect in her own eyes, for any women who has surrendered her power to the media, outer influences or others and wants it back. It is an extraordinary journey to reveal the true you and I am so grateful to have experienced it.”
Susan, FLI have learned so much about myself and feel I have blossomed through the process.
“Wow, I am so thankful for you both! I believe this to be one of the most important journeys I have taken in my journey to overcome my disordered eating patterns. I truly understand now that this has nothing to do with food or fat, but is an amazing and powerful teacher to wake me up to what is really going on underneath my challenges. I have so many more tools for processing my emotions in healthy ways and for listening to and speaking my truth with confidence, which truly has been transformative for me. Thank you for helping me step into my true self, let go of my attachments to unhealthy relationships and find and implement my true purpose here. All of these things have contributed to a much more balanced relationship with food and my body! I am forever grateful for the work you are doing to free women from the bondage of food addiction, emotional eating and body image issues. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!”
M.R. WA, USAI am forever grateful for the work you are doing to free women from the bondage of food addiction, emotional eating and body image issues.