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2013 Engine 2 Immersions!

*many thanks to E2-er, Stella for this amazing photo from our San Francisco Immersion!

We need your help!

We are looking for the perfect spots for our 2013 Engine 2 Immersions! If you’ve been to a beautiful farm, scenic events venue, or out-of-the-ordinary conference center or hotel – that you think would be great for E2 to host a ‘Farms 2 Forks’ event at, please let us know!

We are in the process of determining which cities to head to and finding the perfect environment for our immersions.

So let’s have it, where do you think we should go? Please include venue names and what you LOVE about them, the more we know, the better.

Thanks!

The Engine 2 Team

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224 Responses to “2013 Engine 2 Immersions!”

  1. Donna Haselow says:

    How about Capay farms in The beautiful Capay valley in Northern CA? They are an organic family farm that supplies many of us Vegheads in The SF bay area with home delivery of fresh organic produce. And they have farm tours!
    http://www.farmfreshtoyou.com/index2.php?cmd=aboutus
    PS they are inland and not as cold in the Summer! ROFL

    • phillip says:

      I wish you guys would come somewhere up towards Bismarck, ND or The Billings, My area. I think you could change a lot of lives in the Northen plains. There are a lot of over weight people with diebetes, especially in the Native American population. There aren’t many healthy choices in this area.

  2. St. Louis, Missouri. LOTS of STLs interested in being plant strong. Great central location for those in St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, etc.

  3. Erin says:

    Shawnee resort in the Poconos PA! Please do a local east coast one :-)

  4. Sue says:

    How ’bout Phoenix?

  5. Margaret leeson says:

    Please bring the immersion to the Boston area!

  6. Allison says:

    It would be great if you could host immersion classes at The Astor Center! Great location, fabulous spot!

  7. Chris S says:

    The Oaks at Ojai…

  8. Susan says:

    How about the Oaks at Ojai? http://www.oaksspa.com/

  9. Kristi says:

    San Luis Obispo, Ca or Paso Robles, Ca have beautiful farms, vineyards and gorgeous hotels.

  10. Denise says:

    Los Angele!

  11. Elaine O'Connell says:

    How about Denver or Boulder Colorado?

    • Michelle says:

      Omni Hotel in Broomfield is just outside of Boulder, or the St. Jullian Hotel in Boulder.
      Would be awesome to hold one near Boulder

      • Michelle says:

        Althought Boulder is one of the healthiest cities, in the country, and there are lots of farmers markets, lots of spas, yoga studios, and gyms, therre is not many places for knowledge to be shared about eating healthy. Our young children are suffering for the lack of teaching being handed down and are just becoming fast food junkies….

  12. Kris says:

    Kansas City area…

  13. Sue Henry says:

    How about Salem or Portland Oregon? Would love it here!

  14. shannon says:

    Would you ever consider coming to BC, Canada?

  15. Lori says:

    Three Brothers Wineries in the Finger Lakes of NY- beautiful site, near 2 large cities, in the heart of wine country- and lots and lots of people with poor eating habits!

  16. Laurie Campbell says:

    Toronto – dont forget about us up here!!!

  17. Lisa says:

    Definitely one in New England… preferably Maine :) We have many, many beautiful spots to choose from!

  18. Terri says:

    You probably won’t hear this one. Michigan’s beautiful, pristine, and extremely rural UPPER PENINSULA. We need to know HOW and WHERE to get these foods, living in an area that is winter 6 months of the year. Marquette, Michigan is located on beautiful Lake Superior, has a local group called Northern Vegans, http://www.northernvegans.com, and could sure use your help. There is a food co-op there, and one of the managers of that co-op, Natasha Lantz, has a seat on the farmers task force for the State of Michigan Food Policy Council. She could give you any information you would need. We need HELP!

    • Marti says:

      I second Michigan! We definitely need an immersion!

      Maybe not the U.P. maybe west side, near Lake Michigan or Ann Arbor even….shoot….I’m willing to go just about anywhere!

  19. Stan says:

    Cleveland/Akron area.

  20. Amy says:

    Nashville, TN! Our mayor is trying to get this town on track, but we could use some help. It’s also a good central location in the South. Lots of farms in the area, including 100% organic Delvin Farms (www.delvinfarms.com). We also have a great Farmer’s Market for events http://www.nashvillefarmersmarket.org) and our new convention center is opening up in the spring. (www.nashvilleconventionctr.com)

    • Stephanie H says:

      I agree! We need somewhere more southeast like Nashville or Louisville! If anywhere needs to learn about plant based eating it’s the places that are in love with their southern cooking!

      • Donna P says:

        Didn’t see this entry before I posted mine but yes yes yes to Nashville !!! Perfect location for an E2 Immersion. The fall here is beautiful but I would come at ANYTIME you came ! :) also lots of people jazzed and on E2 here after Rips visit to our Whole Foods in Franklin. I keep requesting for them to order more E2 books because I keep sending my friends in to buy them all up!!! :)

    • Gwen says:

      yes!! come to Nashville! We would love it! Arrington Vinyard or Gentrys farm would be great!!

      • Bethany says:

        Yes, Arrington Vineyards is beautiful, and so is Gentrys Farms! We would love for you to come to Nashville!

  21. Jeannine says:

    BC, Canada.

  22. ali tibbals says:

    Biosphere II outside Tucson, AZ. is easy to get to from Phoenix also. And Garden of Eden in the middle of nowhere in Southern Arizona, but it is a vegan, raw foods get-away.

  23. Kim Wilson says:

    Los Angeles area!! Underwood family farms in Moore park or tanaka farms in irvine. Or maybe Utah at thanksgiving point?

  24. Debbie says:

    You need to make a point to come south where several states have the highest rate of diabetes and obesity. For example, Alabama, MS, LA. Keeping my fingers crossed!!!

    • jennifer says:

      I agree, being in Memphis, TN. We get neglected.

      • KathyD says:

        I add one more vote for the south – southeast in my case. North Carolina. Also, Virginia, DC, Georgia, all would be good picks.

  25. Susan M says:

    I second the Boston immersion suggestion and recommend holding it at the Endicott Estate in Dedham, MA.

    The Endicott Estate is a grand 19th century mansion situated on a 15-acre panorama of lush green lawn that is punctuated by stately elm, spruce and weeping willow trees. It offers the perfect location to host a wide variety of formal and informal functions, from weddings, receptions, and cocktail parties, to business meetings, outings, art shows and more.

    The Estate is also located only 2 miles away for the Whole Foods in Dedham, MA! :)

  26. Heather says:

    Soloman Farms in Fort Wayne, IN would be a great location! This beautiful farm is on 170 acres with a very nice barn they use to hold events & a farmers markets, plus a garden, animals, a pond and more! And, it’s on a walking trail!

    http://www.fortwayneparks.org/images/stories/Parks/SalomonFarm/Salomon_Farm_Brochure.pdf

    Plus, we’re 2-3 hours from a lot of big cities including chicago, indianapolis, columbus, ohio, coldwater, mi and more!

  27. Trish Poteet says:

    Indianapolis would be perfect! Easy to get to, and there’s several good venues, but the first that came to mind is Mallow Run Winery, http://www.mallowrun.com, located in the countryside south of Indy. There’s a growing interest in healthier lifestyles here, but we need more practical training and information!

  28. Michelle says:

    Come home to Cleveland or Akron, Ohio!! I’m sure the Clinic has a great spot. Otherwise, there are convention centers, or smaller venues like The Glidden House, Wildwood Cultural Center (Mentor), and a bunch of places in Akron. We have a bunch of vegetarians/vegans around here who would welcome the opportunity.

  29. Dina O'. says:

    Soule Homestead in Middleboro MA would be a great place. It is less than an hour outside Boston, they are organic and have the ability to host larger events. Regardless, the Boston area would be awesome or somewhere on Cape Cod.

  30. Dawn says:

    Fort Worth/Dallas area would be awesome – I have never been to this place but have heard about it and it looks like the perfect place:

    http://www.adayawayretreat.com/

    • Beth del Valle says:

      I also recommend the DFW (Dallas/Ft. Worth) area. Not only would it accomodate the huge metropolis area, but it is also within driving distance for Oklahoma and the ArkLaTex areas (Arkansas/Louisiana/Panhandle Texas). Check out the website for the Southfork Ranch where they film the famous Dallas TV show. I know… Southfork Ranch where they filmed Dallas??? Yes, the following quotes are from their website: http://www.southfork.com
      “With distinctive event options for groups of ten to ten thousand, Southfork is a three-time winner of the “Facility of the Year” Award from the DFW Chapter of Meeting Professionals International.”
      “This legendary facility has more than 63,000 square feet of indoor event space, ten ballrooms, and acres of sprawling Texas ranchland…”

      • Rachel says:

        Yes, Dallas/Ft Worth would be amazing! I am in the Oklahoma City area, and that would be an easy drive for people out this direction. That Southfork Ranch looks perfect!

        I also second all the comments for Utah or Phoenix area!

  31. Rhea Langemo says:

    St. Paul/Minneapolis metro area! Sorry I can’t give any specific locations…there are many larger venues, but also many possibilities of more suburban locations that may be more conducive to your needs! Just come in the summer/fall! :)

  32. Joanne Romel says:

    How about Virginia? This place is owned by one of my son’s friends and her family. It’s an absolutely gorgeous spot, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains; family owned and family farmed….

  33. Angela Howell says:

    Please do one in the southeast. The Dolce Atlanta Peachtree is a beautiful place in Peachtree City.

  34. Gretchen Shapiro says:

    Greater Cleveland, Ohio! Many lovely sites and your parents live here!

  35. Billy says:

    Chicago is a world class city. I have found that it is very accommodating to oil-free vegans. I would recommend that you find a venue in Naperville or Wheaton IL. Both are about thirty minutes from the city, but the land costs would be substantially cheaper.

    Also you should have a TEEN IMMERSION retreat. Again, the Chicago would be an ideal place.

  36. Beki Lincks says:

    Just moved to Tennessee a year ago from Portland, Oregon and people here need the knowledge to find plant strong foods and the resources to shop. My first choice would be Maryville College in Maryville TN. There is the Clayton Center for the Arts on campus for a great auditorium. Second choice would be Knoxville, TN..lots of great facilities on the campus and a green community is beginning to make themselves known.
    Tennessee is one of two states in the US that OUTLAWS the practice of Naturopathic Medicine…and they have the highest ratio of prescriptions per person in the country.
    You are preaching to the choir on the west coast. HELP US!!! Thanks

  37. Randi says:

    Dallas Ft Worth please!!!! Ranches and convention centers galore!!!! Can’t wait to have you!

  38. Mary Ponder says:

    Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio – Because nearly 1/3 of our 3rd graders are overweight or obese. If we can change the parents, we may be able to save these children. Jungle Jims is an international Market just north of Cincinnati, they have a large produce selection and there are 2 Whole Food stores, and a Trader Joe’s, plus other smaller operations; our communities are set to be changed. There are also WeThrive movements trying to educate our communities.

  39. Shannon Woods says:

    Selfishly, I would like to see you guys in Seattle; however, I just returned from Omaha, NE and never saw so many obese people in one place in my life. I think you should stop through middle America. They don’t have the message yet that beef and dairy are fattening!

    • Kimberly Bryan says:

      Ahhhhhhhh……
      I also would loooooooove for you to come to Seattle!!!!!
      But, Shannon has a very valid point. Soooooooooooo, I vote for both locations! :)
      Seriously, please come to the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
      ~ Kimberly

  40. MJZ says:

    Houston!

    • Michelle says:

      Heck yes! Don’t know if there would be a farm in the actual city, but I’m sure that George Historical Ranch near Richmond/Rosenburg might work.

  41. ali tibbals says:

    OOPS , not Garden of Eden, it’s called Tree of Life, in Patagonia AZ.
    The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center is located in Patagonia, Arizona, U.S.A. 866-394-2520

  42. Megan says:

    Minnesota E2 Immersion, please!

    Check out this awesome site:
    http://www.sfa-mn.org/

  43. Jamee Dyches says:

    Utah is home to hundreds of beautiful outdoor settings where you could hold an immersion. I work at the Whole Foods in Salt Lake City, and I always have people asking me about veganism and plant-based diets, or just simple questions showing interest in health foods/super foods like chia seeds. SLC was also recently named the next great vegan city by VegNews, so I think there would definitely be an audience for an immersion here!

    • TJ Woodd says:

      I agree!! Salt Lake City , UT.

    • Bambi D says:

      Would love them to come to SLC. Tons of active people intrested in heath and a event like this will have a lot of people going.

      *btw, I love Whole Foods, I’m at your location every month.

  44. RobinXVX says:

    Take it on a europe tour ! would be asome but amsterdam in the netherlands would be great !

  45. Allison says:

    Anywhere in the eastern half of the US. We live in Florida and will come to the first one that’s anywhere in the east. Sorry no specific venue, but I wanted to give my input! Can’t wait for the dates to come out!

    • Taylor. says:

      Florida would be great, specifically Central Florida. There is a good size vegetarian community. There is a great venue called Leu Gardens and many others I could suggest if you are interested.

  46. Lissett says:

    What about Gaithersburg, Maryland!!!!!!

  47. Sarah says:

    Ohio or Indiana

  48. Tracee says:

    French Lick Springs in French Lick, Indiana.
    http://www.frenchlick.com/hotels/frenchlick

  49. Dana says:

    Please come to WV! We have one of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer in the nation. The Greenbrier resort in Lewisburg is lovely, but out of reach financially for many of our states’ residents. Perhaps you could hold it at one of our many beautiful state parks- Blue Stone or Pipe Stem to the south, Stone Wall the north or Cacapon to the East. The northern/eastern parts of the state are an easy drive from Pitt, DC, Bal- so you’d still be able to easily draw folks in from other areas. Thank you!

  50. Tiffany says:

    Somewhere close to the Smoky Mountains,TN!!

  51. Kelly Bigley says:

    Savannah, GA at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa which neighbors the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. It is located on the Savannah River across from historic Downtown Savannah. Absolutely beautiful venue.

  52. Bridget says:

    Come to Santa Monica!!! We have an awesome farmers market and the weather is always great!!!

  53. Daryl says:

    Any place where you don’t have to use Port-o-potties.

  54. Jane says:

    Please come to Carmel IN, an Indianapolis suburb!The city has Whole Food store :). Many locals are health conscientious. Venues: The Fountains in Carmel, Montage in the north Indianapolis. Bonus: A fabulous Carmel Performing Center, the Palladium, to enjoy concerts. Also, Carmel Farmer’s Market is a plus. And Carmel is 15-40 mins to all Indianapolis attractions and shopping malls.

  55. Emily says:

    Please come to Tampa, FL!! We have several beautiful locations, and need the education! We have several farmers markets that have not taken off and do not provide regular organic or local options. We do have a downtown Whole Foods though, and a few co-ops :)

  56. Colleen Watson says:

    Ithaca, NY would be great! Or Watkins Glen, NY!

  57. Anne Krause says:

    Rothbury, MI at the double JJ ranch. The above website will show you what is possible at that site and has links to the amenities in the area. Its surrounded by rural farmland, mainly fruit and unfortunately a large commercial dairy, lol. The current annual festival includes sustainable products, recycling, and a farmers market. The areas population is already on board with plenty of organic gardeners. PLZ come here!!!

    • Lynnette says:

      I concur. Western Michigan is a beautiful setting. And it is doable from Chicago, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, or take the ferry over from Wisconsin. (It is accessible from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Detroit too)

  58. Devon says:

    Anywhere in Washington State. There’s many farms on the west and east side of the mountains.

  59. Mike says:

    Come to Highlands Hammock State Park in Central Florida (Sebring, FL)
    This is the perfect location for all Floridians statewide to gather in the outdoor beauty to relax and immerse with healthy eating in a stress-free environment. Visitors can camp in the park or stay in one of the local-area hotels.

    The park has a recreation hall with full kitchen, large seating area, restrooms and is available for large events.

  60. Janeen says:

    http://www.mononaterrace.com/

    With the Dane County Farmer’s Market every weekend in downtown Madison Wisconsin, the Monona Terrace would be a great setting for an Immersion Retreat.

    • dustin says:

      I’m with Janeen on this one! What a great city with a strong culture and support of local agriculture. The Farmer’s Market is famous and started as a result for locally grown, organic produce.

      http://dcfm.org/

      The Monona Terrace is a great meeting place with adjacent hotel facilities, sweeping views of Lakes Monona and Mendota which flank the only true isthmus in North America. We also have endless bike trails, walking/running paths, and enough lakes, rivers, and streams to keep any paddler busy. Please seriously consider Madison, Wisconsin as a destination for a 2013 Immersion Experience!!!

  61. debbie stevenson says:

    the east coast desparately needs this. orlando, gaylord palms is a great hotel cool atrium. Im not familiar with too many farms over here other than some really small ones. maybe some orlando folks do.

  62. Kelly says:

    Reno/Sparks Nevada!
    Tahoe is close too! There are so many organic people in Nevada, I think it would be great to get a lesson on eating healthy, and learning how a plant based diet can change your life!

    • Kelly says:

      Reno has a beautiful hotel- the Peppermill Casino/Resort and Spa. While it is a Casino, it might get people thinking about a healthier life style (and there are confrence rooms in the non-smoking section of the beautiful resort).
      Tahoe is beautiful! Sand Harbor is a beautiful place, and its outdoors (probably good for June-August venues).

  63. Robin says:

    North Carolina – we have a great farm and plant based diet advocate in Hallelujah Acres in Shelby, NC. I think Dr. Esselstyn is speaking to this organization in the fall.

    I know there are other farms closer to my house in Raleigh, tho I don’t know any specific ones. We have a great farmer’s market in Raleigh! Would love you see y’all here!

  64. Andrea Baker says:

    Come to the Virginia Country Side. We are close to Dulles Airport, there are several farms, B&B’s that grow their own produce…
    http://www.Mackintoshfruitfarm.com (Berryville, Va)
    http://www.laubergeprovencale.com (White Post, Va Owner is Celest Borel)

  65. okwoman says:

    How about Vernon BC Canada? Have the Immersion up at Silver Star Ski resort – a year round vacation destination – hiking, biking, etc. and no fast food outlets up there! Direct flights from Seattle, Vancouver and Calgary to Kelowna International airport.

  66. Ray M says:

    South Florida needs you! We need a Plant Strong immersion down here!

    How about the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Doral, FL? It is located close to MIA Intl. Airport and they have a Pritikin Center located onsite, so you could tap into some knowledgeable chefs if needed. There’s also world class golf and plenty of activities for the family to enjoy either onsite or very close by.

    Another well priced and hidden gem is the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island on Miami Beach. It’s not only a ballroom, but they also have outdoor venues, i.e., the Garden Outpost and Private Beach, that can be utilized. For Kids, there is Jungle Island (an animal theme park) right there and Miami Beach is just a stone’s throw away. For adults, the opportunities and activities in the area are too vast to list.

    One more popular destination in the area is the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, FL. A little further north and sitting between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, it is located right on the beach and has plenty of rooms and meeting space available. It is also just a stone’s throw from the Fort Lauderdale Intl. Airport.

    Hope to see you in South Florida area sometime soon!

  67. Debbie says:

    Vancouver, BC, Canada or someplace close by! The Pan Pacific Hotel would be a great venue, it’s right on the water in downtown Vancouver, or you could try a place like Kelowna (about 4 or 5 hours from Vancouver) at the Delta Grand Hotel & Resort, there are many beautiful places in and around Vancouver…lots are farms and guest ranches…Three Bars Ranch, Big Bar Guest Ranch. Whistler is also another great location (2 hours from Vancouver), a beautiful place to be in the summer.
    I know that many people would love to see you up here in beautiful British Columbia! I hope you will consider it :)

  68. Debbie C from MN says:

    Twin Cities area of Minnesota. There are lots of lovely farms in the area. The Minnetonka Orchards has a beautiful area for weddings and other larger group events.

  69. Cheryl says:

    Come back to the bay area, how about Carmel Valley
    Earthbound farms or the other side of Golden Gate bridge
    Zen farm(name may be wrong)

  70. Steph Marks says:

    Bring Immersion to Nashville, TN. There’s a great Whole Foods in the Green Hills area of town. We have one of the top 10 farmers markets in the US and some great community farmers markets. Even though there is a high rate of obesity here, the mayor of Nashville has launched a Healthy Nashville initiative and the events have been well attended. As a health coach, I would LOVE to see you bring your plant-strong wisdom to our city.

  71. Linda K says:

    Cleveland Clinic!!!

  72. Bambi D says:

    Salt lake City, UT. During the summer each weekend we have a farmers market in downtowns park. A lot of people trying to live heathy goes there and there is a lot of space for your event. Great way to get some publicity since there is always a news team in the area. ;)

  73. Kristine says:

    San Diego, CA (or southern CA) – I’m not sure about venues, but maybe some other SoCal peeps will chime in with some ideas!

    • Jennifer Edwards says:

      San Diego area would be phenomenal! La Costa Resort in Carlsabad, perhaps? Temecula at one of the wineries there?

  74. Bethani Stellwag says:

    Lafayette/West Lafayette, IN. The home of the Purdue Boilermakers and many individuals who would love to join the immersion. :)

  75. Natausha Lusk says:

    A L O H A !
    The beautiful Big Island is home to lush gardens, rainforests, waterfalls, pristine beaches, Kilauea’s actively flowing lava, and so many natural beauties. A good portion of our population is health conscious. Several weekly farmers markets, restaurants featuring only locally grown products, organic farms, school gardens, and Community supported agriculture boxes are some of the healthful options here. So, there are several locations to host one of your traditional immersion programs.

    However, as an educator in the public schools in Kona, I see a tremendous need for health education. Often changes in lifestyle begin with our youth. At our school, we had a federally funded fruit and veggie initiative where once a week students would receive a small cup of the featured fruit or veg. Currently, the program is questioning continuing services to our school because of our size. Our enrollment for elementary school is 1,080 students!

    Sadly, even as we try to promote healthy lifestyles, the cafeteria continues to serve frighteningly unhealthy food filled with empty carbs, ‘meat fillers’, canned striped ‘fruits’, leaving students lethargic at best for the afternoon learning sessions.

    The kids are crying out for better health education and change in the health of their families. It’s time to get the Kona Community fired up about feeding their families PLANT-Strong!!! Come to Kealakehe Elementary School in beautiful Koba, Hawaii!!!

  76. Annie says:

    Santa Fe or Taos, New Mexico! Both cities would offer a unique experience.

  77. Alyssa says:

    Whistler, BC!

  78. Christine Perez says:

    The Inland Valley of Pomona and surrounding cities would have easy access to this location at Fairplex! One of our Pomona fire stations is literally down the street from the Sheraton. It would be great to have them participate and ‘host’ Engine 2!

    http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=662

  79. Tracey Stillman says:

    Would love one anywhere in New Jersey! How about the Princeton or the Atlantic City area? My vegan college age kids would love to come too. Also, if you do, I have lots of experience in organizing events and would be glad to volunteer…

  80. Kim hawkins says:

    KITSAP CONFERENCE CENTER in Bremerton, WA. A short ferry ride from Seattle, easy to get to from all over the Great Northwest!

    http://www.kitsapconferencecenter.com/

  81. Sue says:

    Orlando FL area! We have such poor fresh produce, we need your help.

  82. Billy Howard says:

    Hyatt in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe. RenoVegans getting a lot of restaurants to offer vegan menus and getting publicity. More and more folks interested.

  83. Sonia Flores-Alba says:

    Orlando Fl, Tampa Fl or Miami Fl.

  84. Jessica Verseput says:

    St. Augustine, Florida- Casa Monica Hotel
    I have been to an event here and they did a fantastic job. Beautiful place and city!!

  85. Stephanie H says:

    Jekyll Island, GA just renovated their convention center, and would be a beautiful place to host it! It is about 45 minutes north of Jacksonville, FL. It’s right on the ocean but the island also has the southern charm of GA with the winding oak trees all over. And they have one of only 4 Sea Turtle rescue centers in the country there that you can visit.

  86. Elizabeth H says:

    There is a great farm in Mesa, Arizona called love grows farms http://www.lovegrowsfarms.com and another called schnepf farms located in Queen Creek, AZ. Both would be wonderful venues for an immersion!

  87. John Tolson says:

    My suggestion is Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, California. (it is just outside of LA County, in Eastern Ventura County. The site was used for the second and third season’s of “The Biggest Loser”. I would suggest going in the January- April months. The hills are GREEN; lots of hiking trails, beautiful scenery. Go to http://www.hummingbirdnestranch.com for images. Contact info-
    2940 Kuehner Dr, Simi Valley, Ca 93063
    805-579-8000
    Angela Fog
    Judy Reinhold (805-577-1818)

    Plenty of hotels in Simi Valley to accomodate. Simi Valley is also home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. It currently has the largest display of Disney Treasures outside of Disneyland. This exhibit will be here until April 2013.

  88. Fran says:

    is there any chance that any of these vegan retreats can be held outside the US? I live in Israel and we need help here too!

  89. Kimberly Bryan says:

    The beautiful Seattle area please!!!!!!
    I would even vote for BC Canada. Here’s why…. My husband worked for Costco in Bellingham, WA (just South of the Border) and witnessed daily our Canadian neighbors FILL their carts with dairy milk. In fact, our Costco is the largest distributor of dairy milk of all Costco stores in the US. It’s incredible! There is a need for awareness. I’d love to participate in that process! :)
    ~ Kimberly

  90. Kyle says:

    Charleston SC! The lowcountry is loaded with beautiful hotels and we are a dining destination. I am heading to a Vegan Pop-up Dinner at the Butcher and Bee this Wednesday. The Whole Foods here (Mt. Pleasant) has a great E2 advocate and that’s where I did my 28day challenge last fall. The islands boast numerous farms and in North Charleston there is a huge convention center (Charleston Area Convention Center) which is just ten minutes from the historic area. Charleston is tops on all types of destination lists each year!

  91. Cary Daly says:

    In Richmond, Virginia we have a Whole Foods in the Short Pump area that could help promote an immersion just outside of town at a place called the Rassawek Vineyard – these pictures from another event held there don’t do it justice (http://www.rassawek.com/gallery.php). Very beautiful, natural, and peaceful, rural setting.

  92. "E. Rachael" says:

    Trader Joe’s Store 178 2100 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA and Whole Food’s Market 390 Coddingtown Mall, Santa Rosa, CA and Whole Food’s Market 621 E Washington, Petaluma, CA, Whole Food’s Market 201 W Napa, Sonoma, CA

  93. Casey says:

    Come to beautiful southern California and you won’t have to wait till next summer – it’s always summer here! I’ve got three awesome places for you! I’ll let the websites speak for themselves! Can’t wait to attend one of your immersions!

    Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, CA (The Biggest Loser is filmed here! In the beautiful rolling hills of Malibu!)
    Calamigos.com

    Paradise Point Resort and Spa in San Diego, CA (America’s finest city! A breathtakingly beautiful location!)
    Paradise point.com

    Pine Hills Lodge in Julian, CA (Julian is historic for gold mining and now famous for apple picking!)
    Pinehillslodge.com

  94. Heather says:

    Definitely Southfork Ranch in Dallas!!!!

    We would love to have you host one here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. My husband and I would be the first to sign up!!! :)

  95. Clare C. says:

    Michigan has been suggested, and northern Michigan is beautiful, but I’d suggest something near Detroit – with at least some scholarships for those who can’t afford it. We need to look beyond the privileged and educated. The suffering from the standard American diet is immense and this movement needs to reach the poor if it’s really going to change things.

  96. Ray M says:

    After looking at some of your other immersions, looks like you definitely prefer a farm. We got one candidate here in South Florida, http://www.paradisefarms.net/Paradise_Farms/Home.html. And there’s plenty more the further North you go in Florida.

  97. Take it Down Under to New Zealand’s Mana Retreat in the Coromandel!

    http://www.manaretreat.com/

    I speak fluent Kiwi and American and offer local assistance :-)

  98. Molly says:

    I nominate beautiful San Diego, CA! I don’t know of a venue as I’m not sure how much something like this typically costs the organization putting on the event. I’m sure Dan Diego could offer you a wonderful locale and would draw many from all over! :-)

  99. Joan Nelson says:

    Salt Lake City! Choose from many venues- the Whole foods is at Trolley Square and many other locations! How about Park City??? They have dozens of cool places- or if you are looking for free and cheap- come to Honeyville-70 miles north of SLC – I live on 5 acres:) we can set up tents!

  100. Donna P says:

    Please come to Nashville!!! The Whole Foods in Franklin is where Rip came and did a 28 day challenge so there is a growing number of folks here excited about Engine 2 and I have been getting all my friends on as believers! Here are a few suggestions
    Arrington Vineyard 6211 Patton Rd, Arrington,Tn (25 minutes south of Nashville very close to the Whole Foods in Franklin) Kip Brooks is the owner
    Gentrys Pumpkin Farm 1974 New Hwy 96 West Franklin Farm (beautiful in TN in the Fall :)
    Madison Creek Farms 1228 Willis Branch Rd Goodlettsville TN (20 minutes north of Nashville ) there are tons of beautiful locations here that are also close to big numbers of population. You can be in the country around here a few minutes away from a thriving city so I hope you come!!!

  101. Allison says:

    Thousand Oaks, CA. At the Oaks mall parking lot on a Thursday, when wehave our farmers market.

  102. John says:

    How about Naples Florida! We have the Hyatt Coconut Point, first class hotel! We have many other venues for a great immersion. Could even do Hodges University with a huge conference room with a big kitchen.

  103. Brigitte says:

    Denver, Colorado — the Wells Fargo Center / Convention Center downtown is large, beautiful, and easy to get to by car or lightrail.

  104. Elizabeth says:

    Cataloochee Ranch in western NC. It’s about 45 minutes west of Asheville. Beautiful spot!

  105. Shannon says:

    How about close to home…Austin.

  106. Pat Yarzy says:

    I would love to see an immersion in Houston, Texas, or Clear Lake, Texas. A couple of locations could be the Reliant Center, or George R. Brown Convention Center has plenty of smaller meeting rooms upstairs. There’s a Hyatt hotel attached which also has restaurants and meeting rooms. I’m sure you would have a large turnout here.

  107. Debi Marrs says:

    Western PA…north of Pittsburgh. Maybe at new Whole Foods in Cranberry? Not sure of size needed, but I belong to a living foods group that would love your group to come to this area. Large conference room at airport Marriott?

  108. michelle says:

    anywhere near brisbane, australia please, so many beautiful places on the sunshine coast hinterland?

    • Pamela Wildermuth says:

      I would love to think that you could maybe take a trip ‘down under’ here in Australia.
      Yes, Michelle, Sunshine Coast, would work out great. Just to have it somewhere here in Australia, as we need help the same as others.
      I have followed ‘Plant base’ eating for 2 years.
      Pamela Wildermuth

  109. Zanna says:

    Please, please come to Maine, Portland area:)

  110. Cheryl Duvall says:

    the Portland Oregon area (near Bridgeport Whole Foods)
    or the Oregon coast

  111. Julie says:

    Oh please come to Australia…..Adelaide South Australia. They really need it here! I will take on helping to fill it! I know it will be a packed house!
    Forks Over Knives is being watched by everyone! The emersion is the next step needed in Adelaide~

    • Pamela Wildermuth says:

      Yes, Julie, I am in Brisbane and would travel to Adelaide to be part of an Emersion.
      Pamela Wildermuth.

  112. Sherry Brown Guillermo says:

    Kona, Hawaii please!!!!

  113. Cheryl Duvall says:

    In Oregon
    McMenamins has several beautiful choices such as Edgefield, Grand Lodge or Gearhart Hotel and a few others.

  114. Karen Stack says:

    Las Cruces New Mexico – lots of venues Call Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce — 575-524-1968
    Branigan Cultural Center
    Las Cruces Community Theater
    Las Cruces Convention Center
    New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum
    ALSO
    Mesilla New Mexico – the city square OR Historic Fountain Theater

  115. Brandy says:

    The Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City, NE would be great! You can imagine how much we need an immersion here in beef country!

  116. Bruce says:

    Savannah, Georgia. One of the most beautiful cities in America. Hopefully Paula Deen will not get her feelings hurt.

  117. Marie Appling says:

    Please have one near Jacksonville, FL! I agree with Bruce, Savannah would be great. There are so many areas in Florida, I cannot pin one down but I know you could find a beautiful garden here!!

  118. Tawni says:

    Schnef Farms in Queen Creek Arizona is nice. But for something closer to Phoenix, Desert Sky Pavilion in Phoenix Arizona might work too.

  119. Christa says:

    Hi Engine2:

    Here’s a great Farms2Forks location: Ontario, in Waterloo Region (which is West of Toronto).
    Waterloo Region Facts:
    • The area has strong farming roots, with lots of beautiful farmland around it and the Grand River running through it. It’s known for a variety of things including Old Order Mennonites, and currently is also a high tech centre
    • Waterloo Region population is just over 500,000
    • Easy commute from Toronto (Toronto population about 2,600,000, Greater Toronto Area has a population of over 6,000,000). Easy commute from Toronto to Waterloo Region by car, train, Go-trains (commuter trains), and busses
    • Hotels in this area are generally a little more affordable than Toronto.
    • 2 Airports serve this area – Toronto’s Pearson Airport and Waterloo Region’s International Airport
    • For travelers who are part of CouchSurfing.org there’s a good community here for hosting visitors to the area
    • Times to avoid as accommodations are scarce – Oktoberfest and the semiannual Home Hardware conferences.

    Possible sites in Waterloo Region
    The Hacienda: http://www.haciendasarria.com/
    A beautiful location with a courtyard that seats 200, a ballroom that seats 100, and a lounge that seats 50. The Hacienda hosts a community-based market garden for a local charity (here’s an article on the market garden in The Record –
    http://www.theworkingcentre.org/ct/hacienda/hacienda.html ) They also support other charities, including Nutrition For Learning

    Steckle Homestead: http://www.stecklehomestead.ca/
    A heritage farm, now run as a charity, with about 15 acres of land. The original barn, built with post and beam construction, can seat up to 170 people and has a stage as well as up to date electrical. There’s an on-site market stand where they sell produce.

  120. Marie-Hélène says:

    Montréal, Québec, Canada
    S’il vous plaît (please)

  121. Sharon E says:

    Come to the Kansas City area, please, oh, please. Folks on the coast have a lot more resources to support being plant strong – here in the middle states, we live in beef and dairy land which presents challenges to living plant strong. Plus, we are in the middle of the country which makes it easier for everyone to come here and lodging costs are much lower here than on the coasts. Some venue suggestions — Circle S Ranch near Lawrence, KS – http://www.circlesranch.com; The Elms in Excelsior Springs, MO – http://www.elms; the Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO – http://www.belvoirwinery.com; or Les Bourgeois winery in Rocheport, MO – http://www.missouriwine.com.

    • Sharon E says:

      Another great idea! Nevada (that’s Ne-VAY-da), Missouri is a small community in southern Missouri that has announced a partnership with Cerner Corporation called Healthy Nevada Project – to create a healthy environment. Nevada has a small college that might be a great venue – Cottey College is the only non-sectarian liberal arts college owned by women, for women and founded in the late 1800′s. An Immersion in Nevada might be subsidized and sponsored by the new Board and would be a great location and a great way to spread the word! Here is a link to a local news story about the initaitive: http://www.nevadadailymail.com/story/1872758.html

  122. Elizabeth says:

    It would be really neat if there was an E2 immersion at a farmed animal sanctuary, such as Farm Sanctuary (in Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA), Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary (in Willow, NY) or the Gentle Barn (in Santa Clarita, CA). I don’t live near any of these places, but I’d definitely travel to any one of them since animal advocacy and plant-based nutrition are my two greatest passions! I think that meeting the animals who are spared when we go plant-strong could serve as powerful inspiration for those who are struggling or new to the lifestyle.

  123. jan jones says:

    please come to Indianapolis! i would love to help recruite people to come! i dont have a specific location to recommend at this point but if you consider coming i would be happy to help research!

  124. Judy Hamelin says:

    We really do need you here on the east coast :) Virginia Beach would be nice, there are many places that could work and also our 1st Whole Foods Stores opens sometime in October!!!!!

  125. Leah says:

    Any chance you would consider Sydney, Australia. We really need you. I really need you!

  126. marilou dizon says:

    How about Sacramento California?

  127. Gwen says:

    I hope you get to Boston or the NH area :)

  128. Char says:

    Please come back to the San Francisco Bay Area! By the time I found out the immersions this year, they were all sold out. Thank you!

  129. Deborah says:

    May I suggest Genesis farms, Belvidere, NJ. The farm grows only biodynamic produce which is a step above organic and has been a CSA long before they came into vogue! Additionally, the farm provides seminars on how what we eat affects the planet. The farm is run by solar power and has its own Earth literacy program for students around the world. They walk the talk and would be a true asset for the E2 program. Look them up, they are a very well know and respected farm.
    Blessings
    Debbie

  130. Don says:

    Please come to Gilbert, AZ …. we NEED you!!

  131. Mary Faron says:

    If you are looking to be back in the Chicagoland area, I love ANGELIC ORGANICS in Caledonia IL 61011. They are a 22 acre family farm with owner Farmer John (of “the real dirt on farmer john” film fame) in charge of this farm/CSA . Fabulous veggies, kale and beet experts, they have inspired many successful CSA’s with their leadership. About 1-1/2 hour ride northwest of O’Hare airport, in central Illinois, near the Wisconsin state line.

  132. Happy says:

    Sydney Australia – Please :)

  133. Jennifer N. says:

    Ann Arbor, Michigan, home of the University of Michigan. A progressive area with a Whole Foods and several veg restaurants. Rochester Hills, MI, about an hour away, would be my second choice (also a Whole Foods there, but a little less veg choices than Ann Arbor and a little less progressive). Michigan needs some plant-strong education! It is one of the most unhealthy states in the country.

  134. Kara says:

    Please come to the Boston area!

  135. Ginny Ersery says:

    Lake Williamson Retreat Center
    Carlinville, IL
    http://www.lakewilliamson.org/

  136. okwoman says:

    We really need you in Canada – and selfishly I want you to come to BC, hopefully the Okanangan – because Canada is in a health care crisis too, and as a nurse, I know that there is nothing being done for prevention! HELP!
    I posted before – come to Silver Star Resort in Vernon BC.

  137. Shannon says:

    Minneapolis!! There are gorgeous places to stay up north. Lots of land, lakes, conference centers, etc. MN!!!

  138. jojo says:

    Portland, Oregon, please….

  139. jem says:

    i had a question and didn’t know where to post it
    I am having a difficult time finding pasta that is whole wheat. The wheat pasta I have found read whole durum and semolina. Didn’t Jeff say to stay away from these? Anyone have a recommendation? I live in a small town in Indiana so my choices are limited.

  140. Kris says:

    Please come to Albuquerque, NM! We’d love to have you! :-)

  141. patty mcbride says:

    Can you please let me know what your needs are in a facility?

    I live in Charleston, SC, an area that offers so much in the way of accommodations, venues, family owned farms, resorts, etc but just not sure what to recommend without knowing what you need.

    Thanks!

  142. Kathryn K says:

    Please come to Cincinnati! Cincinnati is a food desert, but many places are trying to fix that by building community gardens. Now the people just need to be educated on how to use their fresh produce; from good food recipes to how to purchase produce. As a volunteer, I know first hand that many do not even know what fresh produce looks like, let alone how to cook with it and use it to provide for what their bodies need. Cincinnati would be a great Midwest location for an Immersion!

  143. Carolyn says:

    Cleveland/Akron area…wonder about something near Peninsula, OH which is in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park? or something near Lake Erie with an option to visit the Cleveland Clinic?

  144. Virginia Roach says:

    I live in Columbia, SC The capital City of our State..We are getting our first New Whole Foods to Open in October.. What a GREAT way to have an immersion here and celebrate having this Fabulous Store !! I have only been Plant Strong for 6 months..But would truly Love the opportunity to go to an Immersion…Just to MEET everyone ! CLOSE to Home would be Fabulous !! Thank You to ALL of you for attempting to Open America’s eyes !!!

  145. Barbara Wagner says:

    How about Havre de Grace Maryland? Where the Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake bay. It is a quaint little waterfront town full of bed and breakfasts (The VanDiver Inn would be a good choice). It is ~1 hour from Washington DC, and Philadelphia. Half hour from Wilmington DE or Baltimore MD. Two hours or so from New York City. I would love to have an immersion in HdG!!!!

  146. Tim L says:

    The E. Carroll Joyner Park in Wake Forest, NC has an amphitheater, garden, and restored farm buildings. There is a farmers market in the downtown on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and many local, naturally grown farms in the area. Several hotels are nearby the venue. http://wakeforestnc.gov/residents/parksrecreation_facilities_joynerpark.aspx
    (P.S. the university of the same name is not here, that’s in Winston-Salem.)

  147. Cathy Marlow says:

    Lemon Grove CA (right next door to wonderful San Diego where I reside) I teach in Lemon Grove and it’s certainly a community in need (our elementary school has an organic farmers market every Fri thanks to our amazing principal who is trying hard to change things and a local grower (who was my room dad two yrs back)) They have a VFW that is supposedly big, a huge senior center, a rec center located right next to my elementary school and the middle school (where tents could be set up I’d bet and my principal runs both schools and is very interested in health). I already know a TON of people who’d come if it were there.

  148. michelle says:

    portland, me!!! we would love to see you here!!!

  149. Kerry says:

    Please come to Santa Cruz, CA (or nearby Capitola or Aptos). We are about a 30-40 min. drive from the San Jose airport. Possible venues include UCSC, Cocoanut Grove Conf. Center (right on the beach boardwalk), Kennolyn, or Happy Valley Conf. Center. We have two Whole Foods, smaller, local, organic grocery stores, and several vegetarian restaurants, but could still use some plant-strong education!

  150. Cynthia Swenson says:

    Yorkville IL-60 mi SW of Chicago-beautiful farms-Great hotel in town -Close to larger towns likeOswego Joliet
    St Charles,Naperville – Check Yorkville out!,

  151. Madalyn says:

    Please come to the CINCINNATI OHIO AREA! Just 5 min. away is Northern Kentucky, so you could reach a wonderful cross-section of the midwest! THERE is a popular Whole Foods in Cincinnati where customers come from Kentucky and Ohio to shop. The Cincinnati Convention Center is downtown, and the Northern Kentucky Convention Center is 5 min. away. Plenty of hotels overlooking the skyline, and beautiful parks minutes away. I agree with Katheryn K who wrote “Please come to Cincinnati! Cincinnati is a food desert, but many places are trying to fix that by building community gardens. Now the people just need to be educated on how to use their fresh produce; from good food recipes to how to purchase produce…..Cincinnati would be a great Midwest location for an Immersion!”

  152. RoseMac says:

    Raleigh NC, Fastest growing town in the US! Come visit!

  153. So forcing pedestrians to cross a surface street is safer than crossing over a depressed freeway? LOL

  154. Sharon McD says:

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE come to the Cincinnati/Northern KY area. I’m currently searching for a consultant that can teach me and my family the plant based diet way. We have so many very nice centers to host the “Immersion”. Northern KY convention center, Duke Energy Center. I know of about 30 people that would attend. Thank you.

  155. Sharon McD says:

    Oh, and forgot to add: You could reach a 3 state audience within KY, OH and IN.

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