Pick-A-Date Personal Retreat in Santa Fe!

Our four night, three-day Pick-A-Date program offers the flexibility to schedule a personalized Santa Fe retreat on dates that work best for you. Come alone or bring up to four friends!

$795 per person
Call 917-975-9721 today to Pick-A-Date!

Pick-A-Date Overview

Diane will personally instruct and coach you side-by-side in the kitchen as you prepare delicious full meal menus designed especially for you utilizing the highest quality organic ingredients available. Programs are mostly vegetarian free of wheat, dairy, and refined sugar as well as any other dietary restrictions you may have.

Along with the daily hands-on cooking classes, you’ll discover the underlying Conscious Gourmet philosophy and how to apply its principles for creating craving–free, nutritious and delicious meals that support your personal goals.

The one-on-one instruction and hands-on practice will transform your life.

Here’s what participants have to say about their Pick-A-Date experience:

“Our lives are forever changed for the better because of your willingness to share your knowledge and skills PATIENTLY with those of us who have been distracted by other things for decades. Thank you so very much. Words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation… we have only begun our new journey.  Cheryl and Todd, AZ

I expected to learn new recipes and skills, but the planning tips and how to plan a balanced meal were great.  Mostly I appreciated how personalized the entire program was.”  Debra, MD

A Pick-A-Date Sample Program:

Knife Skills
Learn to hone your knives and your skills for a lifetime of enjoyment in the kitchen! Master knife techniques for mincing, dicing, slicing shredding and more! Learn how to select and care for your knives as well as how to sharpen your knife properly and safely—an essential to good cooking!

Daily Hands-On Culinary Classes
Complete menus from soup to dessert

Master the techniques for preparing:

  • non-dairy cream soups
  • whole grain and pasta dishes
  • high protein beans
  • calcium-rich greens
  • salads and dressings
  • naturally sweetened desserts

Three Lecture/Workshops

Discover a whole new way to think about food and how to use diet as one of the tools to improve the quality of your life including

  • the ABC’s of nutritionally balanced and satisfying menus
  • criteria for healthful food selection
  • how to stock your cupboards and the creative use of leftovers
  • understanding and managing cravings
  • how to break free of the allergy/addiction cycle and the toxic bloat that accompanies it
  • weight management, often a by-product of health-supportive eating, underlying conditions that often sabotage our best efforts in following a style of eating
  • pH balance for optimal health
  • the connection between food, mood and health
  • practical nutritional models for understanding the language of your body and selecting food that supports your unique body type
  • how to make conscious food choices that improve your health and well-being

The Pick-A-Date Program also includes a light breakfast most mornings and daily class time meals; Conscious Gourmet apron and three- ring binder with recipes and lecture handouts.

Schedule an optional personal consultation with Diane for an additional fee of $125.

Schedule Your Pick-A-Date Personalized Retreat

Contact Diane at 971-975-9721 or dcarlson@theconsciousgourmet.com to arrange your personal retreat dates.

A $250 non-refundable registration fee reserves your dates. The balance is due in full 30 days prior to the start of class.  Pay by check or PayPal.


The Conscious Gourmet is located on the south end of Santa Fe approximately 20 minutes from the main Plaza. Santa Fe offers a tremendous variety of accommodations, from well-known chain hotels and motels to historic casitas and plush SW theme hotels. Visit www.santafe.org for access to all area accommodations or contact Diane for a list of her nearby favorites.  Ask about our new Tucson location!


Numerous airlines fly into the Albuquerque Airport, a one-hour drive to the center Plaza of Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Municipal Airport is serviced by both United and American Airlines and is a 20 minute drive. Shuttle service and car rental is available at either airport.

Program Investment

A $250 per-person non-refundable deposit confirms dates for your Pick-A-Date Program. The balance is due 30 days before the class start date. No refunds or transfer of monies paid within 30 days of the class start date. No exceptions.

Extend your free time in Santa Fe!

Arrive early or stay late! Include an additional day (or more) of sightseeing in the “Land of Enchantment”– on your own or with Diane as your personal guide and chauffeur. Prices vary based upon your selection. Contact Diane for additional details.

A day trip to Taos – including the scenic High Road to Taos, Chimayo, Taos Pueblo, museums and galleries and returning along the Rio Grande.

Visit Madrid – a renovated ghost town South of Santa Fe on the Turquoise Trail which features more artists per capita than any other city in the U.S. Visit the Mine Shaft Tavern for some of the best blues and bluegrass music in the SW!

Tour Bandelier National Monument – explore ancient pueblo sites with a self-guided tour, Pueblo ruins and hike to and climb the ladders to the ceremonial kiva.

Hike the trails of the magnificent Sangre de Cristo Mountains beginning at an elevation of 7,000 feet—a hike for every level of expertise.

Ten Thousand Waves Day Spa – Pamper yourself in both indoor and outdoor hot baths, massage, spa treatments and for those who plan ahead, a destination Japanese spa and hotel in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Baths, Northern New Mexico – Retreat, relax and rejuvenate. Ojo Caliente is the only hot springs in the world with a remarkable combination of four different types of mineral water: lithium, iron, soda and arsenic. Their ten pools are filled with different types and combinations of waters with temperatures ranging from 80-90 degrees.

Explore the Santa Fe Plaza in depth with Canyon Road galleries, museums and shops; 200+ restaurants such as the well known Coyote Café and Café Pasqual’s for the finest in SW cuisine.

Cooking Class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking offers numerous classes in the finest SW cooking.

Visit Ghost Ranch – featuring the Georgia O’Keefe homestead (advance reservations required for the home tour). Enjoy the magnificent views on a hike to Chimney Rock.