PATH TO PANACEA

Holistic Nutrition & Culinary Education

We enhance the vitality of future generations by supporting families in an exploration of positive practices.  Mindful, adventurous eating habits lay the foundation to cultivate a lifetime of health. Our holistic culinary education and lifestyle programs are rooted in the soil and steeped in grandmother’s wisdom. We encourage wholesome relationships with nourishing foods by integrating an individual's innate curiosity with creativity and education. We believe that teaching our youth about healthy eating and cooking is essential to enhancing community and preserving culture. 

 
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ZEN KITCHEN

A Culinary Social Club

If you've got a Jr. Chef in need of nourishing, engaging, and delicious culinary adventures from the comfort of your own home, look no further! For us, the kitchen is a safe and fun place to explore, ask questions, and learn. We believe that teaching our youth about healthy eating and cooking is essential to enhancing community and preserving culture. Food connects the family and the community and cooking for others shows that we care. We are excited to create a space where kids can express themselves confidently, learn from one another, and explore with all of their senses. This platform will bring interactive live virtual culinary experiences directly into your home. Kids will be able to ask questions in real-time, connect with other enthusiastic young chefs, and share their progress as we cook and practice techniques resulting in delicious family memories.

FIRST, LISTEN.
THEN, LEARN.
NOW, ACT.

21-Day Racial Equity
Habit Building Challenge

Join me (along with thousands of other people across the US) and commit to deepening your understanding of, and willingness to confront racism for twenty-one consecutive days. At the very least, the challenge will raise your awareness. But for many participants, it goes beyond that and changes the way they see and interact with the world.

We cannot talk or about the food system without addressing social justice. The movement toward a just and sustainable food system is interconnected to every other movement for liberation and equality. While our minds are rightfully focused on dismantling deadly power structures in policing, these systems are also at play in the way we grow, harvest, and eat food.

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Bio

Path to Panacea is the vision of Alicia Faris, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist with a passion for improving lives. Path to Panacea progressive approaches offer a plethora of dietary lifestyle programs, paired with education that empowers positive practices, and implements effective solutions. Alicia is a fun breath of fresh air, the adventurous educator introducing picky-eating youngsters to fantastic farmers’ markets, a creative culinary counselor for the entire family. If she's not teaching whole animal butchery to a class of 20 middle schoolers, she's likely harvesting wild herbs, or sipping on tea and taking in the sunset over Northern California.

MICHAEL POLLAN

“Cooking (from scratch) is the single most important thing we could do as a family to improve our health and general well being”

“But we must not forget that one of the most important links between people and food is the principle of pleasure; the pleasure that derives from using the senses but also the pleasure of discovery, the pleasure of manipulating raw materials to create foods, the pleasure of play and the pleasure of company, which at the table becomes conviviality.”

EXCERPT FROM REGGIO CHILDREN PUBLICATION ‘THE LANGUAGES OF FOOD RECIPES, EXPERIENCES, THOUGHTS’ BY REGGIO CHILDREN

Eating Outside of the Box

A REGGIO EMILIO APPROACH TO CHILDHOOD NUTRITION

With an image of the child as confident, capable, competent, curious, a co-constructor, and a natural observer, food invites children’s learning to be made visible in ways most creative and unique. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their learning experiences in the world. Children learn to nourish themselves using all of their senses. We encourage discovering new foods by seeing, touching, smelling, tasting and listening to them. As teachers, we take a very patient and observant path. Allowing children to explore new foods in a variety of forms over time allows them to develop adventurous eating habits and a deeper understanding of the diversity of food. 

Authentically inspired, children’s exploration of food in the learning environment encourages much interaction, sharing, and co-construction of knowledge. Inviting children to explore food connects the learning to a sensory experience that heightens children’s senses. Taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound are all intensely connected to the relationship between people and food. Food opens the mind and connects it to the body making for an authentic starting point where children can begin to communicate their perspectives, experiences, and understandings on so many levels.

In the home, the kitchen is where the family gathers, and where children should always feel welcome to enter and ask questions, explore, taste and be creative. We look at mealtimes as the experience of food, rather than simply the feeding of children. Every moment spent in the kitchen and around the table can be a valuable learning experience creating lifelong patterns. When food is intentionally and thoughtfully presented and shared by the whole family, time spent around the table turns to community ritual that everyone can look forward to.  

"I loved the individualized attentiveness of Alicia. Her enthusiasm, passion, and knowledge are encouraging no matter where you stand on your path."

-ALEXANDRE P.

"Alicia's passion for and creativity in getting students to understand content and apply it to their lives is immeasurable."

MICHAEL M.

Path to Panacea

San Francisco Bay Area, California

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