Under the Light of Full Moon
you find your way...
Next Course Spring 2021
Under the Light of full moon shines Light on the path...
So you can see where you want to go.
This is the intermediate follow-up course.
You have to take the New Crescent Moon first. And then you'll get to build on the insights you got there. You'll learn about the awesome nature of your Feminine Psyche. And how to work with it to transform your relationship with food
If you haven't taken the New Crescent Moon course, you can sign-up -here- to get on the wait list.
Under the Full Moon you'll develop emotional literacy and assertive communication. With a ton of support and guidance! So you can identify and express your feelings directly -- rather than through eating. And you'll learn how to work with, not against, your intuition. So you can get the clarity you need to break free from eating difficulties.
You'll shift how you see your body. Hard to believe, I know! Instead of hating it, you'll be awed by what it means to be in the body of a woman. You'll get to discover a new way of being. One that transforms your relationship with yourself, your body, and others in your life.
The Full Moon module illuminates the steps to take. So you can move towards a life that is YOUR life. A life that fulfills you and frees you from eating and body struggles. One where you'll glow with the full essence of who you are as a woman.
You'll identify and develop the skills you need. Create changes in your relationship with yourself and others. And free yourself from disordered eating thoughts and behaviors.
The weekly format is the same as the New Crescent Moon.
Spend 8 weeks in a Supportive Circle of Women with Dr. Anita Johnston
The Full Moon shines a bright light so you can see what's essential if you want to be free. Forever.
It illuminates the emotional, intuitive, and relationship-oriented qualities of the Feminine Psyche. So you can discover how to use them to support you on your journey towards wholeness.
At its heart, the Feminine is concerned
about relationship and connection.
Under the Light of the Full Moon, you'll explore new ways of relating to food and your body. With awareness and appreciation of the natural rhythms of the female body. You'll learn the communication skills you need to create relationships that are supportive. And nourishing.
Here, we bring compassion to all the rejected parts of our feminine nature. Those dismissed, disregarded, and shamed by our modern culture. You'll learn how to claim and develop your inner GPS. Your emotional, instinctive, and intuitive guidance system. So that it works for you, not against you. You'll discover how to get the nurture and comfort you have always hungered for. Without turning to eating and food.
Waves of Emotion
We begin this series by diving deep into the heart of the matter. Into the realm of emotions.
You'll explore the direct connection between emotions and eating behaviors. And learn a whole new way of relating to your feelings. Here, you'll see your feelings as gateways to wisdom and guidance. Rather than stumbling blocks to avoid or overcome. You'll discover how it's “emotional illiteracy” that leads to struggles with food. And how it's your attempts to block emotions (rather than the feelings themselves) that leads to disordered eating.
This is a big one! You'll learn about the “Archetypal Mother” that exists within everyone.
And everywhere. Whether we know it or not. She's the part of us that can give us just the right amount of compassion, guidance, support, and nurture we need. Without Her, we're vulnerable to harsh judgments and criticisms from ourselves (or others.) That's what drives us to seek comfort and solace in food behaviors. You'll learn how to access the powerful nourishment she has to offer — and how to find it elsewhere in your life
Here you'll get to understand the nature of “women’s intuition” as a different way of knowing.
You'll learn how to honor and listen to that quiet, inner voice from within. With curiosity. Instead of ignoring it or stuffing down those “gut feelings” with food. You'll reclaim your “inner authority.” And find out what you're really hungry for.
This week we look at the feminine cycle – from menarche to menopause.
And its powerful relationship to food cravings, mood swings, and negative body image. You'll get to shed many of the feeling of shame and loathing inherited from our culture. Because we weren't taught to value, honor and embrace the most profoundly feminine aspect of our bodies. Here, you'll learn how to appreciate and work with your cyclical nature.
Imagine exploring your feminine sexuality from a personal, subjective perspective. From the inside out.
By focusing on your desires rather than desirability. Our culture objectifies women’s sexuality and defines it by what it “looks like.” So many of us have feelings of confusion, fear, rejection, and sadness around our sexuality. Our disconnect from the deepest part of our feminine nature leaves us with a hunger that we don’t know what to do with. We try to stuff it down with food or starve it so it will go away. Here, you will find ways to recognize and reclaim your own unique sensual, sexual nature. What it "feels like." For you. And free yourself from society’s messages and early experiences where it was not honored.
Relationships: Honoring Self & Others
There's delicate balance between being in relationships with others. And being true to ourselves.
You'll see how tending to the needs of others without acknowledging your own needs leads to deprivation. An ever-present, hunger that nags at you. Constantly. In this week you'll learn how to be attentive and respectful of others. Without losing your voice or your authenticity. Without sacrificing your sense of who you are and what you value.
Assertiveness: Speaking your truth
You'll put it all into action, here. With practical ways to find your voice and speak the truth – in the kindest way possible.
You'll learn the Number One Skill for complete, lasting recovery from disordered eating. Assertive communication. It's absolutely essential! Because this is how you'll embrace the essence of who you really are. And set clear limits. Without being hurtful to others or yourself. Because it gets rid of the constant anxiety (which we try to fend off with eating behaviors) that comes from acting one way when we're feeling another. It'll put you on the path of heart. One which leads you towards people and situations that'll nourish you. And steer you away from those that won't.
Embodying the Feminine
What does it mean to be the embodiment of the feminine? To you?
You'll find out here. And see how it gets played out in different stages and phases of your life. You'll discover how women of all ages can connect with the many aspects of the feminine principle. Regardless of their chronological age. And use these energies to heal from disordered eating and negative body image.
What Others are Saying..
The fun activities in the ‘Under the Light of the Full Moon’ online class have been so enlightening. I loved learning about the course of women through history and how it connects to women today. Sharing ideas with participants from other countries was a warm bonding experience too. Take the leap forward through art, music, stories, selected readings, and audio messages for long lasting positive changes!
A.C., Toronto, Ontario Canada
"I can't wait for the 3rd course Beauty In The Unseen Moon to start! Going through the New Cresent Moon and now just finishing Under The Full Moon has been so helpful for me on my journey to recovery from Anorexia, body image issues, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
My cafe sisters are so supportive, understanding and inspiring and we all want to see each other succeed in our recovery process. For me being able to trust and allow myself to be vulnerable with women from all over the world and not be judged or criticized has truly been so freeing, heart-warming and safe! It was really comforting to see that I was not alone in dealing with my struggles.
Listening to Anita speak during the 3 webinars is amazing! Reading and listening to Anita's book Eating In The Light Of The Moon several times (and highly recommend it!) is so insightful. However, I found that doing this course and having assignments that correspond to the chapters really helped me to look at the chapters in a new light (so to speak). I was inspired by the responses not only from Anita & Cafe Team but from the other women in the circle.
Anita is so inspiring and so passionate about her work and has so much compassion with everyone she works with and meets. Being able to hear Anita crack the food code with metaphors is so amazing....she is so spot on with defining what you are truly craving for in your life. It is so cool to find out that the food I was either restricting or craving had to do with things in my life now or in my childhood that I wanted and/or needed but didn't get. Even though the 8 weeks seem to go by so fast you will learn a lot through the stories and metaphors all while discovering things about yourself! Thank You Anita & Cafe Team!
~ K.C. North Carolina, USA
FAQ's About the Program
When do the courses start?
We offer the beginning New Crescent Moon Course twice a year. It's a pre-requisite for the follow-up courses, Under the Light of the Full Moon, and The Beauty of the Unseen Moon. If you get on the mailing list –here- we'll let you know when the next one is coming up.
Self-study course is available at any time. You can sign up -here-.
Do I have to do the course and complete assignments in a certain timeframe?
With interactive classes, we all begin and end together. It's best if you can show up everyday and follow along. But life doesn't always work that way. So if you miss a day, a week, or even two, you can always get caught up.
With the self-study, you get to pick your timeframe.
How much time does it take?
Interactive Courses (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced):
For eight weeks you'll get daily activities. Something new every day. You can move at your own pace. But plan on spending approximately 3 hours per week at the Cafe. Honestly, if you want to get anything out of the course you’ll have to dedicate some time. Some activities take as little as 5-10 minutes. Others may take up to an hour or so.
You can choose to do a little each day, or do a whole bunch at once.
If life gets in the way, you can always go back and get caught up. But you'll get most out of the Cafe if you show up consistently.
Some days you'll have a 2-4 minute inspirational story or metaphor to listen to. Other days you'll read a book chapter or short poem. Twice a week you'll roll up your shirt sleeves to go deeper and complete a writing or drawing activity.
You can spend as much time on the forum as you want, sharing and asking questions. Anita responds to all the comments. If you are not the chatty type, it's okay to just check out what others are saying. It's amazing what you can learn from other responses!
Here's what a week looks like:
-- Sunday: We read a chapter from Eating in the Light of the Moon. It introduces the topic for the week (20-30 minutes).
-- Monday: You'll get a short inspirational poem to reflect upon (2 minutes).
-- Tuesday: You'll listen to a recording of Anita telling and interpreting the story from that chapter (4 minutes).
-- Wednesday: You'll fill out a "story questions" worksheet so you can find how it fits for you personally (45-60 minutes)
-- Thursday: You'll get an audio metaphor to listen to (2-4 minutes)
-- Friday: We'll have a drawing or writing activity (45-60 minutes).
-- Saturday: You'll create "sacred space" with symbolic objects and a playlist of inspirational songs to listen to.
Self-study Courses: You can take as long as you like. There is no schedule to follow.
Will I be able to access the course after it is over?
The interactive courses end after 8 weeks. But are open for several weeks longer if you want to review or catch-up. You'll be able to listen to recorded teleconferences and download materials. But because many of the comments in the forum are very personal, we can't keep it open longer than that. After you have completed all 3 modules you can join any new courses for 50% off.
You can access the self-study indefinitely. And do it over and over if you want.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the 8-week interactive course/support circle is $497.00, less than $10 per day. You can either pay in full or with 2 payments of $247. The self-study course is $197.00
If you have a therapist, dietitian, or coach, ask if they have a promotional discount code to share with you. You can get a 20% discount from them!
How do I pay for the course?
You can pay online on for the e-course through our secure site or by PayPal.
What materials do I need to take the course?
As a special bonus, you'll be given a copy of Eating in the Light of the Moon. You'll need to get a journal, sketchbook and some art supplies (colored pens & pencils). You may already have some of these art supplies in your house … take a look around!
What can I expect to get out of this course?
One of the past participants made a list that we thought we’d share with you. Here’s what she said:
The Light of the Moon Café helped me…
1. Be in a community of like-minded women who want to change our relationship with food, our body and our body image,
2. Identify the beliefs that no longer serve me,
3. Learn to eat without restrictions,
4. Learn to stop eating when I no longer feel physical hunger,
5. Identify what I truly hunger for,
6. Evolve into a love relationship with my body and my body image,
7. Have tools for assertive communication,
8. Apply curiosity instead of judgment,
9. And be patient with myself remembering that recovery takes as long as it takes
You’ll get tons of guidance and support as you explore what you’re really hungry for. And have been trying to feed with food. Or restrict with dieting. You’ll get specific “tools” to help you develop the self-awareness you need. So you can make different choices when tempted to fall back into old, less fulfilling eating patterns.
Is the course available worldwide?
Yes, It’s easy to register and hop on the Cafe 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. The live calls are recorded if they are not at a time convenient for you.
Can I take this course 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 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 can join, and an advanced course, The Beauty of the Unseen Moon. Upon completion of all courses, you can join a private Wise Women’s Circle via facebook where you can continue to connect with Café participants.
The self-study course, Cracking the Hunger Code, is great if you want to review what you have learned and explore a little further. It’s available at any time.
Will I be able to access the course after it 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 few weeks longer. Many of the comments in the forum are very personal, so we are not able to keep it open indefinitely.
With the self-study course, you can return to it at any time.
Can I get a refund?
Absolutely. If you decide this is not right for you, we offer a 30-day guarantee on the program minus the processing cost.
With the self-study course, you can return to it at any time.
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