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Trauma and Food: how trauma impacts our relationship with food

Vivian Broughton

Saturday, 25 February 2017 at 09:30 - Sunday, 26 February 2017 at 17:30 (GMT)

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Food!  We eat every day, and often do not think much about it at all. We have to eat to stay alive, but for many of us our relationship with food is complex and confusing. Every day now we are bombarded with information and advice about food. Why? Eating is a natural part of being alive. All animals, insect and reptiles eat, every day, so why is it that we humans have so many difficulties around food?

Of course there are external reasons: over the past 70 odd years we have had some very bad 'official' advice about food, which many of us have taken, and we now seem to be obsessed with our eating habits, often feel out of control in our relationship to food, and we are culturally in the west facing problems of an epidemic nature with obesity.

But why would we put our faith in corporate and political advice about food rather than follow our natural instincts? Why do we externalise the authority?

In this workshop I want to explore with participants how psychological trauma from very early in our lives might influence our relationship with food... what exactly is food for us?

Our very first contact with food is through our connection with our mother... even in the womb, we receive food and nourishment directly from our mother through the umbilical cord... What she eats, we eat.

Then after we are born she continues to be the source of food, whether her milk or what other form of food she chooses to give us.

But is it really about food? Or is it about our need for loving connection with our mother, and her ability or not to meet that need for connection.

Might it be that for many of us as adults, our hunger that we try to address with food is actually a continual and never-ending hunger for the loving connection we couldn't find with our mother? Surely some aspects of our relationship with food must have its origins in our first contact with food and its giver.

I want to find out more about this topic... not just the more serious 'disorders' of eating such as anorexia, bulimia, binging or obesity... I have an idea that we all have something in our relationship with food that isn't quite what it should be. Whether we think we eat to live or live to eat. whether we feel obsessed with food, or have no interest in food, perhaps through this window we can understand more about ourselves.

~   During this workshop we will work with the Intention Method as a personal exploration to understand participants' issues around food and eating. We will also have a forum in which to discuss and understand the role of food in our lives, collectively and individually. 

~  As a group there will be opportunities for personal exploration using the Intention Method, and to participate in the exploration of others, and to join in the discussion and learning. 'Working places' will be decided by ballot over the weekend.

Please be aware that these workshops may involve emotional experiences as the underlying topic is the exploration of personal trauma.

If you are new to this work a good starting book is Becoming Your True Self.

You can find out more information about me here.

Payment Policy:

All fees must be paid in full on application. It is not possible to have a fee reduction if only part of the workshop is attended. If you have any difficulty with payment please get in touch with me, info@vivianbroughton.com.

Cancellations Policy:

Full refund less 25% up until 3 weeks before the first day of the workshop. You can transfer to a later workshop at no cost up until 3 weeks before the first day of the workshop. If the workshop has to be cancelled you will receive a full refund. 


Do you have questions about Trauma and Food: how trauma impacts our relationship with food? Contact Vivian Broughton

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Room 8 and 9, The NCVO
8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 25 February 2017 at 09:30 - Sunday, 26 February 2017 at 17:30 (GMT)


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