Expanding Culinary JoyExpanding Culinary Joy is the second course of the Conscious Eating Instructional Series. It expands upon the basics of rainbow green live-food cuisine preparation with guided hands-on training. Here, the art of live-food preparation is fine-tuned in this fun and interactive course. Under the guidance of  expert Tree of Life instructors, your lessons will cover a wide spectrum of recipes from entrees, snacks, desserts, nut milks and more!  By the end of the retreat you will have mastered the skills needed to be a confident, graceful raw food chef. Many people take this program to broaden their personal culinary repertoire.

The preparation of live, plant-source only foods becomes an act of love that fosters a deep sense of interconnectedness. As awareness of one’s deepest nature matures, food is seen in a whole new light.  Gradually, the implications reveal themselves holistically as they relate to all levels of being.

During Conscious Eating, the prerequisite to this workshop, you will be given a comprehensive recipe book that include dishes covered in the courses as well as many more. Upon completion you will receive a certificate from The Tree of Life Foundation.

Additional Program Features

  • Body

    Yoga or Qi Gong Classes 5 Days a week. (Kali Ray TriYoga™ style when Yogini Shanti Golds Cousens is available)

    Nature & Hiking Trails

    Far Infrared Sauna

    Chlorine-Free Hot Tubs

    Salt Water Swimming Pool (unheated)

  • Mind

    Daily informal discussions on varied subjects that support your transition and transformation

    Conscious Eating II Food Prep Classes

    Weekly Sprouting Class (learn to grow your own sprouts and wheatgrass)

  • Spirit

    Morning and Evening Meditation

    Satsang (Spiritual Q&A), Kirtan (Devotional Chanting) or other Spiritual Programs

    Shaktipat Initiation (Friday Evenings) when Dr. Cousens is onsite

    Optional Inipi (Native American Sweat Lodge) held approximately once per month

    Experience the World’s Largest Chartes Labyrinth

  • Support

    Holistic Lifestyle - Immerse yourself in a healing and supportive environment without distractions.

    Eco-Therapy. Spending time close to nature is a healing force all of its own. The Tree of Life experience takes you back to basics.

    Digital Detox (if you so choose). There are no TVs at the Tree of Life, and we offer wireless internet only in one building.

    Social support. Spend time with like-minded guests and a staff.

    Access to the Tree of Life Wellness Spa

  • Lifestyle

    Sprouting Class & tour of Tree of Life Sprout House

    Q & A with Acclaimed Raw-Food Chef and Educator

    Experience life at a leading plant-source only holistic center. How do people that raw this way raw? What products do they use? How does it work for them?

  • Nutrition

    100% Organic (no-exceptions!), plant-source-only, raw (live) food, gourmet meals at the world renowned Tree of Life Cafe.

    In addition to the meals provided by the cafe, you'll also get to snack on the demonstrations

    Unlimited Wheatgrass Grown with Ocean Minerals and Effective Microorganisms



  • Ecocasitas – Included

    • 8 Single Occupancy Rooms
    • 4 Shared Bathrooms
    • Outdoor Kitchen Area
    • 2 Infrared Saunas
    • Short walk to cafe, wheatgrass, hot tubs and sundecks
  • Orchard House – Included

    • 4 Guest Rooms w/ Twin Beds
    • Shared Living Room
    • Kitchen (no stove)
    • Laundry Room
    • 15 minute walk to cafe, wheatgrass, hot tubs and sundecks


  • Ecocasitas Plus – Upgrade

    • 2 Additional Rooms, each with a Queen Bed and Private Bath
    • $45/night Additional Cost
  • Garden House – Upgrade

    • 2 Guest Rooms with a Queen Bed and Full Private Bath
    • Shared Living Room, Kitchen, Laundry Room and Infrared Sauna
    • Garden House Room 1: $85/night additional cost – single or double occupancy
    • Garden House Room 2 (larger): $100/night additional cost – single or double occupancy
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  • I loved the experience. The Conscious Eating I and II courses are amazing.

    Isabel S.
  • I had a fantastic experience. I totally recommend the Tree of Life for anyone interested in a healthy lifestyle for the body, mind and spirit.

    Lisa W.
  • Don't miss this opportunity if you are interested in living a quality life, filled with health and spirituality.

    Will D.

Program Price

  • Save $200 when you signup 2 months before the start of the program!

  • Save $100 when you signup 1 month before the start of the program!

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have developed a pre-registration approval process that allows our medical staff to review each individual’s health history to determine if our program, lifestyle, and environment are a good fit for your unique needs. To request approval to attend a program, please submit a completed Health Intake Form (HIF) for review by our medical staff. A Tree of Life Center US Program Consultant will contact you once the review is complete to provide you with the outcome of the review and assist you with registration.

Programs include meals or juices for fasters, accommodations, and all events that we hold here during that time period.

What is not included in the price?

Three things that are good to budget for (and not included) are spa services, airport transportation/rental cars, and store items.

Dr. Cousens is here at the Tree of Life Center US during our Diabetes Recovery, 21-Day Transformation, Zero Point, Conscious Eating I, Essene, and Portals Programs. If you are coming to the Tree outside of these programs, there is no guarantee that he will be here on site.

Generally, Dr. Cousens keeps a limited number of personal consultation appointments available for program participants. This is not guaranteed, however.  There is an additional fee of $500/per hour for consultations. You must schedule any appointment with Dr. Cousens through the Front Desk. If you wish to make an appointment with Dr. Cousens while attending a program, it is strongly suggested that you call to make your appointment at the earliest possible date before you arrive  (520-394-2520, ext.4).