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During this trying time, UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have transitioned all of our Fall courses to an online or hybrid format. Online classes will have pre-recorded lectures each week and guided assignments from the instructor. Hybrid classes are fully online with live virtual class meetings each week using our Zoom conferencing system.

Are you ready to transform your body into its optimal state-of-being? Learn how to use the natural healing power of food to rejuvenate yourself from the inside-out. This interactive 4-day retreat teaches a proven, practical and delicious way to fight and protect against obesity, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disorders and cancer. Designed by nutrition researcher and preventive medicine physician Gordon Saxe, MD, PhD, lessons draw from nutrition science, epidemiology and time-tested principles (and delightful cuisines) from around the world.

Experience a cooking class series that teaches a proven, practical, and delicious way to renew the body from the inside-out, fight and protect against obesity, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disorders and cancer. Enjoy delicious, balanced, and easy-to-prepare whole-food, plant-based meals with organic ingredients sourced locally.

By enrolling in this cooking retreat, students will:

  • Understand the effects of dietary patterns on health and illness, and the common denominators of health around the world and throughout the ages
  • Enjoy delicious, balanced, and easy-to-prepare whole-food, plant-based meals sourced locally with organic ingredients.
  • Explore methods to get the best texture and flavor from more than twenty different types of grains and legumes.
  • Learn the tricks to picking the perfect vegetables and fruits.
  • Discover new food preparation skills and cooking techniques that draw out healing properties and most flavorful qualities of foods, herbs, and spices.
  • Gain practical tips, customized tools, and menu plans to fit your unique lifestyle.
  • Access:
    • Hundreds of free, health-promoting, quick-and-easy recipes.
    • Course materials, handouts and worksheets.
    • Ongoing support network and tools.

New Fall 2020 quarter Offering: The Natural Healing and Cooking Classes is Offered Online 

Ingredients cooking kit is mailed to the student. International students are welcome to join though they will be asked to purchase kit ingredients on their own. 

This class meets live on-line on Sundays at 1pm-3:30pm.
(Zoom Meeting links will be sent the week before class begins):

Sunday Oct 25th, 2020
Sunday Nov 1, 2020
Sunday Nov 8th, 2020
Sunday Nov 15th, 2020
Sunday Nov 22nd, 2020
Sunday Nov 29th, 2020
Sunday Dec 6th, 2020 
Sunday Dec 13th, 2020

*No In Person Classes Scheduled DUE TO COVID19*

The In Person Natural Healing and Cooking class is typically offered twice a year (Winter and Summer) and is historically compromised of either 4 back to back days of in person instruction (Thurs-Sun, 10am-5:30pm), or 2 weekends back to back of Sat-Sun instruction consisting of 4 weekend days total. It is held at one of the teaching kitchens in San Diego (specific kitchen subject to availability; most likely the location below). Be advised priority enrollment is given to Integrative Nutrition Certificate Candidates. If you are not part of the certificate program and would like to enroll, please contact to ask if you can enroll in the course. If you secure a spot in the course, and a certificate candidate request a spot in the course after you, you will be asked to give up your enrollment with a full refund.

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito
1221 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024
From Encinitas Blvd:
-Turn onto Melba Rd
-Drive past the Oakcrest Country Park parking lot
-The Teaching Kitchen parking lot will be at the top of the hill on the left-hand side
-It a short walk to the building. Teaching kitchen is located at the far end of the building
*Parking is free

To complete Part II of the Integrative Nutrition Certificate, you must also complete the Nutrition Practicum course.

Other Credits: BRN/RD: 25 CE hrs. BRN does not award partial credits

Note: You do not have to be enrolled in the certificate to take this course space allowing. Be advised priority enrollment to in person courses is given to Integrative Nutrition Certificate Candidates. If you have questions please reach out to 

Course Number: FPM-40623
Credit: 2.50 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Integrative Nutrition

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