The program, called the Engine 2 Immersion and led by Engine 2 Diet Founder Rip Esselstyn and other national experts, will offer participants an in-depth education on a plant-strong diet, new fitness and exercise options, as well as strategies for sustaining lifestyle changes.

Up to 20 participants will join 70 to 80 Whole Foods Market Team Members in learning a plant-strong way of eating through discussions on medical research, comprehensive nutrition information, as well as interactive cooking workshops and extraordinary outdoor activities in the Sedona high desert. 

“This is the first time Whole Foods Market has opened up one of its internal health and nutrition immersions to customers. It’s all part of Whole Journeys’ and Whole Foods Market’s mission to nourish customers and help them create more connection with the food they eat,” said Kathy Dragon, Executive Director of Whole Journeys. “Whole Foods Market’s internal immersion programs have helped thousands of Team Members jump start their journey to health, so we are excited to extend the experience to others interested in making positive lifestyle changes.”

Rip Esselstyn has inspired thousands of shoppers and Team Members to make healthier food choices as a partner in Whole Foods Market’s healthy eating education program, Health Starts Here™, which emphasizes whole, unprocessed foods that are rich in nutrients and contain healthy fats.

This health-focused trip also delves deeply into psychological and practical methods for successfully implementing lifestyle changes, with lectures and breakout sessions led by esteemed doctor Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., famed nutritionist Jeff Novick and renowned psychologist Doug Lisle.

The weeklong retreat includes 18 plant-strong meals, lectures, workshops and other activities, as well as two biometric screenings in the $3,500 registration fee. A typical day includes a choice of morning workouts from moderate group exercise to yoga or hiking, breakfast followed by two to three thought-provoking and entertaining lectures from the speaker panel. Following a hearty lunch, the afternoon includes two additional discussions as well as several hours of free time to enjoy and explore the Sedona area. There are nightly hands-on cooking demonstrations, followed by a gourmet dinner and an evening activity.

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