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Engine 2 Retreats: Phoenix

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Every time we have a Retreats Weekend or Immersion it takes us a few days to process the event afterwards. You would think that being our 4th year doing events we would get tired or even bored but that is not the case at all. Each event we get this huge surge of plant-strong excitement and energy.

It’s mostly the people. We meet so many incredibly people who are in all stages of their plant-strong life. This time around we met people who had reversed heart disease, T2 diabetes, who had lost weight. We met people who had never heard of Engine 2 before, and one man who told us on the way to the event he stopped at McDonalds to get his “last meal”, he ended up LOVING all of the food and said he would be plant-strong for life.

We hear stories of families who helped someone they love come to the retreat because they care so much about them. We have people come up to us in tears after they make a connection they never have before.

The retreats take a tremendous amount of work to pull off. We are so thankful for an incredible team that makes it all happen. From the people who help put goodie bags together, to the speakers who give so much of themselves to share important, health-changing information. It is worth every single ounce of effort because we get to hear stories from people well after the weekends who tell us how much the events helped them.

Thank you to all of you who came out to the Phoenix event, we appreciate you so much. We hope that you stay in touch!

The E2 Team

 

*many thanks to Venous Sadeghi for providing us with many of the photos above :)

About the author

NatalaE2
Natala is the director of communications for Engine 2 Diet, she is also one of our coaches on our support site, Engine 2 Extra. A few years ago, Natala was at the end of her rope. She was on almost 15 medications daily, had out of control Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, issues with nerve damage, and was morbidly obese. She was just over 30 years old. She decided to take her life back by becoming plant-strong. She has lost over 200 pounds, got off of all of her medications and now has great health numbers. Natala plays the violin and studied music therapy. She became passionate about plant-strong nutrition, received her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, a certificate in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently pursuing a degree in nutritional sciences. Natala is also a featured speaker at our Engine 2 Retreats she talks about the reality of our nations obesity epidemic as well as providing practical steps to becoming a healthier person.

One Response to “Engine 2 Retreats: Phoenix”

  1. Leah says:

    I was so pleased to see you were featuring Colleen Patrick-Goudreau at one of your events. She is an intelligent, well-spoken, important advocate for all of the amazing benefits of eating a plant-based, vegan diet. Her message of compassion (which was not even shared at your event) is an incredibly important one. While watching “Forks Over Knives” tuned me in to a vegan diet, it is inspiration from people like Colleen Patrick-Goudreau that guides me in this beautiful journey. I am saddened that she has not been invited to speak again and at the 2-dimensional precedent this sets for future E2 events.

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