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We have opened registration for the Feast of Knowledge, being held in New York City. Come join us! Here is the link and the info:


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feast-of-knowledge-nyc-2019-tickets-50301643570

Sun, March 17, 2019

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT



F.E.A.S.T. welcomes parents and caregivers, as well as all those interested in the support and treatment of eating disorder patients, to an unforgettable event. Meet caregivers from around the world, learn directly from top scientists and clinicians, and get a cutting edge look at new techniques and research. This one-day event follows the Academy for Eating Disorders annual conference in New York City and will feature speakers from that conference who will present their work in condensed form especially for parents and caregivers.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: $65 until December 31

REGISTRATION after December: $75

We will spend a day together learning, networking, and supporting one another in a special space: a library theater (www.caveat.nyc). The event will feature a casual family-style lunch, a book-swap, brainstorming, neurobiology exercises, and an opportunity to meet and talk with some of the leading advocates in the parent community along with some of the rock stars in the treatment world. You will participate in research, and you will go home with new skills and friends.

The theme of the event this year, appropriate to being in New York City, is "The Dance." The dance of genes and environment, of parents taking over and letting go of control during recovery, and of physical movement and exercise. The registration price includes the full day of activities, your lunch, and a coffee and snack break (you know we wouldn't let you go hungry!). Scholarship tickets may become available, and donations to cover other parents are warmly welcomed!

An evening event may be added, so let us know if you are interested and available for that as well!

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sk8r31
This is going to be a great event, building on the success of the first FEAST of Knowledge held this past April in Chicago.

I'm going, and hope to see some of you there!  It would be great to meet up in person.
It is good to not only hope to be successful, but to expect it and accept it--Maya Angelou
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LauraCollins_US
And, we've added an evening event as well.

I am so looking forward to seeing you there: old friends, new friends -- and introducing you to one another!

Laura

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feast-of-knowledge-nyc-2019-tickets-50301643570
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fok-after-party-dinner-awards-music-tickets-53376264845

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Laura (Collins) Lyster-Mensh
F.E.A.S.T. Executive Director
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toothfairy
Wow! So cool!
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sk8r31
I've got my tickets!  And booked travel....so looking forward to this!
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Kali

Hi Feast Community,

If you are planning on coming to the Feast of Knowledge now would be a really great time to sign up! I know it is still a couple of months away, but a mailing is going to go out the week of January 21 to some of the area eating disorder treatment centers and we want to make sure that all of you at ATDT have first dibs on tickets! 

So looking forward to meeting many of you at the events!
Also, don't forget to sign up for both the day and evening events! The day event will have speakers and the evening event will be fun; drinks, dinner and dancing!

warmly,

Kali

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sk8r31
Both the day and evening events are going to be great!  Hope to see some of you there.  
It is good to not only hope to be successful, but to expect it and accept it--Maya Angelou
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debra18
I signed up. Can't wait to meet everyone.
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jcutch
What is the book swap? Not sure if we are supposed to bring a book?
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LauraCollins_US
Thank you for asking, jcutch! We will be sending out details to all those registered for the event two weeks prior with details on the day's plan, the book swap, and what to expect.

In short, during the 4pm-5pm hour we will be all about books and writing. Meet some authors, get books signed, and bring any books you've enjoyed or learned from to give to other parents personally who are newer in the journey of learning about ED!
Laura (Collins) Lyster-Mensh
F.E.A.S.T. Executive Director
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daddyg
Carpooling From Connecticut 
I plan to go and can probably take 2 more people from Connecticut, I would be traveling from Colchester through Middletown and onto RT 95 if anyone needs a ride along the way.
D diagnosed with AN January 2015, attended PHP, IOP, Residential 18 weeks, back to PHP, IOP 26 weeks, at home struggling, with 1 doc 1 therapy visit per week, til Christmas 2016, back in residential treatment now.
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Kali
Daddyg, there is a municipal parking garage on Essex St. near Delancey.

Kali
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LauraCollins_US
Join us in person or online, and send us your songs to dance to: Announcing the full program, Menu, and Jukebox!
#Eatingdisorders #NYC #Dance
https://www.feast-ed.org/full-program-menu-and-jukebox-for-feast-of-knowledge-online-now 
Laura (Collins) Lyster-Mensh
F.E.A.S.T. Executive Director
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dacster
My family is considering attending the AED conference in NYC prior to the FEAST of Knowledge conference (we are still trying to line up work time off so haven't registered yet). Can anyone tell me whether it would be beneficial to attend? Are there parent/carer programs? Will my D be able to find useful programs and presentations? She has been in treatment for 5+ years now since 13 yo. Completed a week at the adolescent IFT at UCSD last year and struggling now (coming out of it and motivated tho). She is 19. Any thoughts appreciated. Also we are trying to get her ready for college in September in NYC. Looking to meet NYC therapists and nutritionists/dieticians. So is there opportunity for networking about that as well? Sorry about all the questions here - didn't see a forum for AED's conference specifically.
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Kali

Hi Dacster,

Here is the website for ICED if you would like to take a look. I've never been to it so cannot really say if it is appropriate for what you are looking for.

https://www.aedweb.org/events/event-description?CalendarEventKey=98bff542-3e01-49f2-a403-096b25bbe496&Home=%2Fevents%2Fcalendar

Hope you will join us for the FOK though!

If you are looking for therapist recommendations you could also try looking/posting in the provider section on ATDT and see if anything comes up there or ask around at FOK with some of the local parents.

 

warmly,
Kali

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Francie
This was a great event! I was happy to bring my hubby here. Thank you to the planners and volunteers for all the work put into this day. XO

Francie

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Kali
It was great to see you there, Francie! Sorry we did not get to talk longer.

warmly,
Kali
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deenl
It sounds like it was a wonderful event. Thank you so much to all the organisers and their supportive families. 

D
2015 12yo son restricting but no body image issues, no fat phobia; lost weight IP! Oct 2015 home, stable but no progress. Medical hosp to kick start recovery Feb 2016. Slowly and cautiously gaining weight at home and seeing signs of our real kid.

May 2017 Hovering around WR. Mood great, mostly. Building up hour by hour at school after 18 months at home. Summer 2017 Happy, first trip away in years, food variety, begin socialising. Sept 2017, back to school FT first time in 2 years. [thumb] 2018 growing so fast hard to keep pace with weight
  • Swedish proverb: Love me when I least deserve it because that's when I need it most.
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence Recovery, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle.
  • If the plan doesn't work, change the plan but never the goal.
  • We cannot control the wind but we can direct the sail.
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