PATH TO PANACEA
Holistic Nutrition & Culinary Education
Empowered to enhance the vitality of future generations by supporting families to explore positive practices. Mindful, adventurous eating habits cultivate a lifetime of health. Holistic culinary education and lifestyle programs are steeped in grandmother’s wisdom. We encourage wholesome relationships with nourishing foods by integrating an individual's innate curiosity with creativity and education.
VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMPS
We've been working hard to put together some fun and meaningful hands-on curriculum for kids and teens this summer. If you've got a Jr. Chef looking for nourishing, engaging, and delicious summer camp activities from the comfort of your own home, check out our offerings below!
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.
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.
“Cooking (from scratch) is the single most important thing we could do as a family to improve our health and general well being”
EXCERPT FROM REGGIO CHILDREN PUBLICATION ‘THE LANGUAGES OF FOOD RECIPES, EXPERIENCES, THOUGHTS’ BY REGGIO CHILDREN
“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.”
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."
"Alicia's passion for and creativity in getting students to understand content and apply it to their lives is immeasurable."