The Spirit of Food Workshop & Retreat

 Leslie Leyland Fields & Melissa d'Arabian

 July, 2020 on Harvester Island, Alaska 

             The 2019 workshop was so successful, we’re doing it again in 2020! Exact dates TBA

Only 20 spaces Available

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For any who love to gather, cook, eat, pray, share, laugh, dice, sizzle, grate and feast! We’re serving up rich teaching on food and theology from renowned professor and food and faith expert Dr. Norman Wirzba and hands-on cooking with Melissa and Leslie. And of course, all-inclusive of whales, sea otters, seals, beach walks, bay tours, bon fires, and anything else delicious we can cook up.  

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Mom of four, television host and cookbook author Melissa d’Arabian ( embodies family home cooking at its finest. With a lifelong passion for cooking and varied life experiences, Melissa naturally connects with today’s diverse families as she shares empowering food and lifestyle solutions that are part of a bigger story about how to eat well, be a responsible consumer and spend with purpose — all while putting satisfying family meals on the table every day. Her distinctive ability to utilize tried-and-true techniques, smart grocery store budget strategies and superior resource management skills while creating approachable family-friendly recipes as flavorful and elegant as they are affordable have made Melissa a trusted, go-to resource for home cooks everywhere.

After she won Season 5 of well-known culinary competition series Food Network Star, Melissa's relatable cooking show Ten Dollar Dinners premiered on Food Network in August 2009. Each episode delivers on her $10 promise: four people, ten bucks, infinite possibilities, and proves a delicious budget-friendly meal can be made without compromise. A natural extension of her popular television series, Melissa's first cookbook, Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes and Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week (Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.), debuted in August 2012 and became an instant New York Times best seller.

Melissa also hosts Cooking Channel’s Drop 5 Lbs. with Good Housekeeping, a cooking and lifestyle series that premiered in January 2012 based on the magazine’s popular monthly column. The fresh, simple and healthy recipes she prepares further the show’s mission to make weight loss easier and more manageable. Additionally, Melissa has appeared on highly rated Food Network prime-time series, including The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Chopped, Food Network Challenge and The Best Thing I Ever Made.

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NORMAN WIRZBA was raised on a farm in southern Alberta. He is a professor of theology and ecology at Duke University Divinity School and a pioneer of scholarly work on religion, philosophy, ecology, and agrarianism. He is also the author of Way of Love, Food and Faith, Living the Sabbath, The Paradise of God, and From Nature to Creation.  He’s the father of four children and is married to Gretchen Ziegenhals. He likes to bake, cook and make things with wood. He also enjoys playing the guitar. He used to be a good athlete! He enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his family and friends. He tries to grow some food.


COST:  For 6 nights, 7 days, all inclusive: food, excursions, housing, presentations.

*Single room: $2800

*Double room: $2600

***Discount for married couples: $5000 for two.

(Note: most wilderness lodges in Alaska average $800 - $1200/night.)  

Applications are being accepted now! Space is limited. Please email

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