It’s a chilly Monday morning at the Esselstyn Family Farm. I’m looking out the big window in the dining room out to a field with tables, chairs, and a big tent. All weekend the field was filled with hundreds of people, all at the farm sharing in plant-strong food, learning from the brightest minds in the world of health.
My favorite part of our retreat weekends is the stories. Not the stories of our speakers, or our staff, the stories of the people who come to the event. People come up to us and tell us their plant-strong success stories. Each one is remarkable. A woman came up to me who was so sick, she attempted to take her life, she found answers in plant-strong health, and today has reversed her very serious illnesses. A woman with stage 4 breast cancer who had been 100 pounds overweight, who is now in remission and 100 pounds lighter. A man told by his doctors that his heart disease was so advanced that he should go home and enjoy the rest of his life, which might be a couple of months, 2 years later he is loving life and has a healthy heart. A man who was battling debilitating joint pain, so much he had to quit hi job, he was given Engine 2, gave it a try and is now running 1/2 marathons. A woman was a 3 pack a day smoker, 75 pounds overweight with T2 diabetes who is now cigarette free, 70 pounds lighter and no signs of T2 anymore.
The people who show up are the most important parts of our events.
We want to thank every single person who helped make the weekend a success. From the volunteers who were up at 4am to set up, to the caterers, the lawn-care team, the sound and tech team, Bema and Pa’s Vinegars, all of the speakers, the town of Claverack, NY and the wonderful police officers who helped with trafic control, the Esselstyn family and most importantly all of the incredible participants!
We will be announcing the dates of our 2014 Engine 2 Retreats soon! It’s been an amazing season.