PATH TO PANACEA
Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Real Food Educator
Our mission is to enhance the vitality of future generations by empowering families to explore positive practices; producing more mindful, adventurous eating habits to cultivate a lifetime of health. By illuminating personalized paths of holistic dietary and lifestyle programs steeped in grandmother’s wisdom, we encourage wholesome relationships with nourishing foods integrating a child’s innate curiosity with creative adventure and education.
SHOP HANDCRAFTED, ORGANIC CUSTOM TEA BLENDS IN HAND-PAINTED JARS
Stop by the Path to Panacea Etsy shop for handcrafted, organic custom tea blends for everybody on your list.
(Don't forget to treat yo' self too!) We've got dozens of handpainted jars, and also tea-only options!
Select the customized tea blend and a hand-painted jar of your choice. With each purchase, you will receive detailed information on the ingredients, benefits, flavors, and brewing instructions for your special blend. Each jar has a rewritable chalkboard label, making it easy to refill and reuse.
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.
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.
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.”
Group Classes and Camps
COOKING AND NUTRITION CLASSES THAT ARE FUN FOR ALL AGES
Tiny Chefs (Ages 2.5-5)
Cooking Classes and Veggie Exploration
FARM BOX EXPLORATION AND EMPOWERMENT COOKING CLASSES
Classes are available in a wide variety of settings such as schools, after-care, community centers, or group homeschooling programs.
Each begins by exploring a CSA seasonal farm box and investigating the wide variety of fruits and vegetables within. Using all of the senses, children are empowered to explore these new foods, and together we will dive into a skill-based cooking lesson resulting in a delicious snack to share.
These classes teach and continually enforce Path to Panacea's philosophy of empowering children and families to develop and sustain healthy eating habits through exposure to fresh, local, sustainable fruits and vegetables.
Learning objectives will be met through a series of weekly, cooking and nutrition education classes for children. The program model includes opportunities for parental involvement and for older children to participate as mentors with younger children.
Junior Chefs (Ages 5-12)
HOMESCHOOL, AFTER SCHOOL AND SUMMER CAMPS
We offer a variety of curriculums tailored to your student's needs. Offerings include after school cooking and nutrition classes, homeschool programming, weekly classes, or week-long summer camps. Get in touch to find out what programs we can offer your community, school, or organization.
Personalized Nutrition Consulting
THERE IS NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL WHEN IT COME TO HEALTH
My passion is to connect my clients back with their own body, to help them break-through limiting beliefs and discover the potential of their health and happiness.
I am focused on educating and guiding clients into a way of eating that meets their physical, mental and emotional needs, as well as fitting in with their own culture and way of life.
Counseling will include a comprehensive analysis of one’s diet and health history, identification of nutrient inadequacies as well as an assessment of the body’s ability to absorb and use nutrients. A holistic nutritional practitioner focuses on finding the cause of ill-health and in doing so explores all components of an individual including diet, emotional well-being, spirituality, work and physical health.
Whether it's weight loss, specific medical issues, or improved overall health and well being you seek, I'm happy to help and support you on your journey. Schedule a FREE consultation below.
Nourishment, Education, and Adventure
THE FUN PATH TO STRESS-FREE MEALTIMES AND ADVENTUROUS EATERS
Path to Panacea offers a fully customized farmers market excursion, paired with a fantastic family cooking class. A day filled with fun for parents and children of all ages, lead by Alicia Faris,
Certified Holistic Nutritionist/Educator
Farm Box Cooking Classes
WAYS TO USE SEASONAL PRODUCE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
We will provide a cooking class for the whole family based on local, seasonal, produce. Explore new flavors and creativity in the kitchen as we guide your family through a culinary journey. Led by Alicia Faris, Certified Holistic Nutritionist/Educator
These classes are available as a one-day event or seasonal weekly camps. The kid-tested tested curriculum is fun and adaptable for all ages and all settings!
Empowered Eater Program
EMPOWER CHILDREN TO BE MORE MINDFUL, ADVENTUROUS EATERS.
To help families make surprisingly simple shifts towards real food programs, we incorporate interactive farmers market and grocery store trips, pantry makeovers, cooking classes, and a customized, approachable, manageable, and maintainable empowered eater program.
Believing that children are capable and involving them in their feeding journeys gives them the courage that they need to try new things and learn from each encounter with new foods. We use the knowledge of a child's nature to nurture him in the best possible direction.
This results in healthier kids that have lasting long-term positive relationships with food, and feel empowered to try new things and make healthier choices. The whole family can enjoy stress-free mealtimes rich in community and conversation.
“Cooking (from scratch) is the single most important thing we could do as a family to improve our health and general well being”
"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."