Upcoming Events

April 2017

“It’s All About Me” Codependency Recovery Seminar
April 29, 2017 from 2-4 PM
Avalon’s Women Center
Price: No Charge
Call to Register: 604.263.7177
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May – June 2017

“It’s All About Me” New Codependency Recovery Series
8 Thursday Evening Sessions
Arbutus Club Vancouver
Price: $880 (includes GST)
Call or Text to Register: 604.839.3413
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September 2016

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: DBT Group


Group therapy sessions including skills training in Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness

Learn more about Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Get your free e-book.

Find out about this highly-effective therapy and how it can help you transform your reality into a "life worth living".

DBT or Dialectical Behavior therapy is an excellent cognitive behavioral technique using mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness for those suffering from difficulties with their moods and addictions of all kinds.

DBT is a great tool to manage anxiety and emotional reactivity thus preventing relapse and/or dysfunctional reactivity from occurring.

This six week group therapy sessions will help you identify your emotions, learn to tolerate them and regulate them with mindfulness and other skills to have a more positive, balanced and peaceful life where you are more effective.

Sessions employ a rotating curriculum and accommodate a continuous intake.People can join at any point in the continuum.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Where: Edgewood Health Network, 1525 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1
When:  Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm -8:30pm (September 27, October 11, October 25, November 8, December 6, December 20, 2016 January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 21, and April 4, 2017)
Cost:    $504 for six weeks of group ($20 off for referring a friend) or $85 drop in fee
Phone: 604.734.1100 (Please phone to register.)

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The Joy and Wonder of Mindful Eating
4 Week Series:
February 9 to March 1, 2016
4 Tuesdays from 6PM-8PM
Bring a meal to eat (microwave available) and we will explore the 7 types of hunger
Location: 750 east 7th avenue in Mount Pleasant
Please preregister below by paying via Paypal, then call (604-733-7428) or email Gina (gina@ginavanderham.com) with any comments or questions.
$25 for drop-in or $90 for all four


The Joy of Mindful Eating in Vancouver
January 29 & 30, 2016
Happening at A Rocha Canada: Brooksdale Guest House
19353 16th Avenue
South Surrey, BC
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December 2015

The Joy & Wonder of Mindful Eating in Vancouver
Wednesday, December 16th from 12pm – 2pm
Happening at the Avalon Women’s Recovery Center
101 – 1548 Johnston Road
White Rock, BC  V4B 3Z8
For more information, contact Cindy Faulkner (Phone: 604-263-7177)


The Joy & Wonder of Mindful Eating in Vancouver
Monday, December 7th from 2pm – 4pm
Happening at the Avalon Women’s Recovery Center
5957 West Boulevard,
Vancouver, BC  V6M 3X1
For more information, contact Michelle Swan (Phone: 604-263-7177)


The Joy & Wonder of Mindful Eating in W. Vancouver
Monday, December 7th from 9:45am – 11:45am
Happening at the Avalon Women’s Recovery Center
#203 – 657 Marine Drive,
W Vancouver, BC  V7T 1A4
For more information, contact Heide Mayne (Phone: 604-913-0477)


The Joy of Mindful Eating Retreat

Stop the binge-purge or binge-restrict cycle.

Imagine what it would be like to never diet again

Dates: January 29 and 30, 2016

Plate of Food


I invite you to give yourself this gift. Take some time out of your busy schedule to discover tools to help you transform your relationship to food.

  • Mindful eating can help you accept your body as it is and move towards your ideal size.
  • Be more comfortable with your body and take care of it no matter what size it is. Start loving your body and yourself more.
  • Become more aware of what needs are being met by your disordered eating. Find healthy ways to get your needs met with your relationship with yourself and others.
  • This retreat is a good way to start moving away from the compulsive eating/restricting syndrome.
  • Stop limiting your foods to what you consider “good foods” and restricting the “bad foods”.


Retreat Description:

  • There will be a supportive, therapeutic and educational environment for you to learn and grow. The group is a way for you to share with others to know that you are not alone. You will be assigned a support buddy for continuing on after the retreat is over.
  • You will learn about the many types of hunger including stomach hunger, mouth hunger, and heart hunger. It’s not possible to be compulsive and and mindful at the same time. When you participate in the exercises you can slow down and savor your food. It will help increase your awareness of your thoughts and feelings. You will be better able to recognize when you are full.
  • Free follow up conference call (TBA in February 2015) to guide you in your journey of mindful eating.

Say good bye to the clean plate club forever!


Trees in the fog


About the Facilitators

Gina VanderhamAbout Gina Vanderham, MA, SD, ICADC, LMFT, SAP

Gina Vanderham has over 26 years in recovery from disordered eating and alcohol and drugs. She also has 22 years experience as a psychotherapist specializing in addictions of all kinds. These include alcohol and drugs food and co-dependency and women’s’ issues. She is a Licensed Marriage Family and Child Therapist, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor, Spiritual Director, Certified Employee Assistance Professional and Substance Abuse Professional.


ShallahAbout Shallah Panjwani

Shallah is a registered dietitian and a member of the College of Dietitians of BC as well as Dietitians of Canada. She has over 25 years of experience working in Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition, she has her certification in the prevention and recovery of Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating.

At A Rocha Canada: Brooksdale Guest House: 19353 16th Ave., South Surrey, BC

Retreat Schedule

Friday 7-9 PM: Includes lecture and exercises, including mindful movement and mindful snack and discussion.

Saturday 8:30-4:00 PM: Includes combination of lecture, discussion and mindful movement. We will practice mindful eating for breakfast, snacks and lunch. We will also take breaks to explore the beautiful natural retreat setting and the Arocha Rivertree Store (preserves, meats, toys, and homemade crafts).

Saturday will also include a special guest appearance by Dietician Shallah Panjwani.


This retreat is being offered at a low introductory rate.

$197 (+ GST) Deadline January 26, 2015


Accommodations: SOLD OUT!  Rooms are no longer available.

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The Joy of Mindful Eating Retreat


Mindful eating meditation can be a very a powerful and transforming experience.

Here is what some others have said:

I found the Mindfulness Eating meetup led by Gina Vanderham to be a profound and valuable experience. Gina really knows her stuff. She introduced the concepts well and made them easy to understand. She guided us through the process well. She was also a good model when she demonstrated how to do mindful eating and the noticing the sensations and feelings that can came up. She used her therapeutic skills effectively and gently helped me to “go deeper” into what thoughts and feelings came up for me. The insights and learning have stayed with me.

The Mindfulness Eating Meetup by Gina Vanderham was definitely food for thought. Leading up to the Meetup I found myself being more aware of what, where, and when I eat. That alone was helpful. The power of intention. What I found helpful in the actual Meetup was not talking while we were eating. Taking breaks and talking about how we felt was also helpful. Being aware of the tastes and feelings and the reasons we eat was interesting and I would like to practice this again. Thank you Gina for this gift of mindful eating.

“Mindful eating has been so helpful for me. I have learned with practice to slow down my eating and to be present with my food. Learning about the different types of hunger has been extremely beneficial. I am learning to distinguish the variety of ways my body feels hunger. This has been key in my recovery. Thank you.”

“I can’t believe it! I left food on my plate for the first time ever!”


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