Community News, Nutrition, Special Events

A Glorious Day for our Harvest Celebration!


What an amazing October day we had this year for our Harvest Celebration 5k/10k event!  I noted that it was 70 degrees out when I was packing up the gear!  It was great to have a bunch of children, many dog friends and partners out for this.  Every year it gets bigger!


Big thanks go out to Vida Integrated Health who provided massage treatments after the run!  And also thanks to our door prize sponsors: Fancy, Schmancy, Andaluz, Freggies, Tutta Bella, Tin Umbrella, and Communichi.


Thanks also to everyone for bringing such fantastic dishes for the potluck.  We voted on one best main dish and one dessert with Lynne and Leslie each taking home the big prize:  a massage from Alicea Cole !  Below are the recipes for each of their dishes!


Leslie’s Recipe:  Spicy Squash Salad with Lentils and Goat Cheese
Adapted from Bon Appetit

3/4 cup black or green lentils
6 cups peeled, seeded and cubed butternut squash or sugar pumpkin (1-inch cubes) (from about a 2-poudn squash)
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon hot smoked Spanish paprika*
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
4 cups baby arugula (I skipped this)
1 cup soft crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced mint leaves (optional; I used this, but added it after I took a photo)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, plus additional to taste
Roasted seeds (about 1/2 cup) from your butternut squash or roasted pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss squash or pumpkin cubes with 2 tablespoons oil, cumin, paprika and salt. Arrange in a single layer on baking sheet and roast 20 minutes. Flip pieces and roast for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until tender. Cool.

Meanwhile, soak lentils for 10 minutes in a small bowl, then drain. Cook lentils in boiling salted water until tender but firm, about 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water, then drain and cool.

Combine lentils, pumpkin, any oil you can scrape from the baking sheet (I didn’t get enough for this to be worth it) with arugula, if using, half of goat cheese, mint, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon oil. Season with salt and pepper and extra vinegar, if desired (we felt it needed it). Divide among plates and pass with remaining goat cheese to sprinkle.


Lynne’s Winning Recipe:  Gluten Free French Apple Tart

Adapted from recipes by Ina Garten and Jacques Pepin

Pamela’s Gluten Free Bread Mix
2 1/2 sticks chilled butter or Earth Best Buttery Spread
Extra butter for top of filling
4 T sugar
4-5 firm apples
Apricot preserves

Pie crust:   Make pie crust according to instructions on side of package but add an extra 4 T butter (2 1/2
sticks total).  Quickly knead into a ball, wrap and chill for an hour. Roll crust out between two sheets of
parchment paper to 1/4 inch thick. Peel off and discard top sheet of parchment. Transfer rolled crust on
the bottom sheet of parchment to a large cookie sheet pan, trimming edges to make a rectangle.  Chill
crust while preparing the apples (keeps crust from shrinking while baking).

Apples: Peel and core apples and slice  1/4 inch thick. Place overlapping slices of apples diagonally down
the middle of the tart and continue making diagonal rows on both sides of the first row until the pastry is
covered with apples slices. Sprinkle with sugar. Dot with butter.

Bake tart in 400 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour or so. Bake until the pastry is browned as well
as edge of apples. Bake long enough so there is some caramelization. Brush tart with warmed/melted
apricot preserves.  Loosen the tart with a spatula so it does not stick to the paper as it cools. Slide off
paper when cool to a plate or cutting board.

Community News, Motivation, Partners

Strong Supportive Hands

Booty Camp has a way of attracting the people who, like SSBC are unique and motivated to build something really special.  I sat down with Alicea Cole, our wonderful camp massage sponsor, who has been a participant and contributor within the Booty Camp Community for many years!  Alicea shares more with us here, as well as a special offer to all booty campers!

Every time I spoke with Alicea I was struck by her infectious enthusiasm for her work and how she sees the links between her practice and Booty Camp because they both centered around the same values; holistic nourishment, community and non-competitiveness.  Alicea is loyal, kind to the core and great at what she does!  She brings 16 years experience to her massage practice.  Alicea has been with booty camp since it began in 2008.

Why is Alicea Massage a sponsor? She credits Booty Camp for helping her stay a happier and healthier therapist and person.  Alicea says “Booty camp is part of taking care of myself. Booty camp allows me to be a nurturing giver in the rest of my life.  It keeps me strong physically and mentally, it keeps me feel better about myself.”

Alicea also participated in our video testimonials this spring. If you need any inspiration look no further!

Where’s your Booty Camp Home: Volunteer Park! 7:30am class!

What exercise would you actually do on your own?

“I actually do the clam shells at home, I love them!”

What exercise would you never do on your own?

“Burpees or mountain climbers, I barely do them in camp ha! ”

What’s a favorite Booty Camp moment?

“The first time I walked up the steps of the water tower in Volunteer Park and I could make it the whole way without stopping. That was a good feeling.”

What’s your secret to making it to camp?

“Prepare. Have your clothes ready the night before”

Do the math. Give me two words that make up Booty Camp:

Booty camp = Strength + Commitment

Wishes for fellow campers…

Alicea wanted to note that most of us spend a LOT of our time as women nurturing others.  Alicea challenges all of us to take more action to re-charge ourselves “It’s like re-filling a well” she says.

And what about that super gift I mentioned? Alicea’s generosity is palpable she has a seriously super Booty Camp special for us… any enrolled camper gets $10 off their massage EVERY TIME they come in. Whoa. That’s a booty camp first.

How do I get one of her famous massages?

Call her or write her at… Alicea Cole Massage Therapy, 206-902-7745 or

psst… your insurance might cover massage even though you don’t know it. Alicea is covered under several insurance carriers (including Regence). Call her today to find out!

-Contributed by Booty Camp Blogger Becka Tilsen

Community News, Special Events

Farewell Notes from Trainer Stephanie

Last week the Booty Camp family got together to celebrate an amazing 2.5 years with Trainer Stephanie at Seward Park and bid her farewell.  Stephanie said of her party, “it was amazing, I’ve never had a party thrown for me. I’ve never sat there and just been loved like that.”  In addition to so many words of gratitude and admiration, campers showered Stephanie with several gifts including a lovely painting by Booty Camper Dodi Fredericks (whom you might remember from our blog profile two weeks ago) and a gorgeous farmstead basket from Camp Founder Jessica’s Southside Smallholding.

This week we caught up with Stephanie for a some final thoughts from her as a booty camp trainer…

How did Booty Camp impact your life?

Oh! Well to start I haven’t been sick since I started booty camp!  I haven’t had a cold in 2 ½ years.  Being outdoors that much and that consistently did that.  Getting to know the women in the community. It’s the best thing. It forced me to keep learning. It’s a culmination of different parts of my life.  I used to be a competitive athlete and then a massage therapist and a teacher. And this is the first time I’ve had all three elements combined: athletics, physical care of other people and teaching.  Each of these informs the other. The training has made my massage practice better too. It’s largely made me feel more whole.

How did you come to be a SSBC trainer?

I was looking to expand into personal training and part of my certification was doing an internship. I came on as an intern and stayed as a trainer. I’ve always liked to be outside. I’m not a gym person.

What’s your secret to becoming such a good trainer?

I never stop learning. I’m always reading stuff.  I’m trying things with my own body.  Having been a massage therapist for so long I’m used to the deeper more intimate connection you can have people. I’m able to keep that with a group. I try to get to know each camper as an individual. I still feel challenged every time I make up a workout. I still wonder how it’s going to work. I feel a little nervous and anticipatory when I make up a new workout

What booty exercise do you do on your own?

All of it [laughs] I did a Tabata set on Mt. Rainer the other day!  I run on my own, I would do burpees on my own. One of the things I got from Booty Camp is that I like to get in a good workout and sweat everyday.

What exercise would you never do on your own?

Seriously I will do all the ones people usually hate like mountain climbers, burpees the best part of working out is the cardio part, I like that kind of burning feeling that really get my heart rate up.  I sometimes wimp out at upper body stuff because I spend time doing massage.

What memories sit with you now?

There are so many memories. Accidentally losing someone on roving, all the babies that have born.  All the places we get to go and explore.  The wildlife. We had an eagle fly over us the other day with a fish in its talons. Those moments where the sun is coming up and there’s fog on the water and it’s just breathtaking.

Any last words of wisdom for your campers?

Oh wow, always make time for yourself. Keep exercising. Watch your form, listen to your body, your body is smart and it’s telling you what it needs to do.

Thank you Trainer Stephanie! We have learned so much from you. We’ll miss you greatly, but know you are still a part of our booty camp community!


Community News

A Renaissance Woman in our Midst!

Today’s camper profile started with the search for the chef who brought the unbelievable Warm Yam Salad to Theresa’s going-away party.  Really it was out of this world.  Once we sleuthed her out we discovered that it was none other than the Booty Camp veteran Dodi Fredericks…. who has been gracing our camp party tables with amazing dishes since the second year of the business (Jessica remembers her waltzing in to the holiday party that year with a huge platter of a gorgeous salmon lox hors deourves!)

Dodi is a Landscape architect by day and a watercolor artist by night.  She just opened a new show next door to the Seattle Art Museum.  Go see it before September 30th and don’t be surprised if you see other SSBC campers there too.  Campers frequent Dodi’s art shows and some even have her gorgeous paintings hanging in their houses.

We had a chance to get a few more details from Dodi and also her yummy yam recipe below:

Which camp is home to you?  

Stephanie’s 7:30am at Seward Park

How long have you been at camp?

4 years ago, I started in a really hot summer [when Jessica was the only camp trainer].  I found it when I picked up a card at Café Vita on a whim.

Why Does Camp Work?

It’s a new level of fitness that people haven’t imagined for themselves. There’s something about the level of accountability and the personal connection with trainers and the people in the class that makes the commitment more durable.

One way Booty Camp positively impacts your life?

Oh my gosh, there’s so many ways. I sleep better, I feel better, my mood is better in the winter. I’m self-employed now and it’s very easy to have an unstructured life… and booty camp provides good structure to the day.

What’s your secret for ensuring that you make it to camp?

I don’t think about it. I try not to even get into that mindset. I’ve been going so long it’s habitual.

Camp exercise I would actually do on my own?

I have been doing the NY Times Scientific 7 min workout that is similar to some of what we do in camp with the oft used Tabata protocol type portions of workouts Stephanie pushes us thru in camp.  It’s scientifically researched to give you the most benefit for the least amount of time. I’ve also grown to like running from booty camp.

One of Dodi’s beautiful Watercolor Paintings

[laughs] Burpees! They’re probably miserable because they’re good for you.

Favorite Booty Camp Memory?

Very early in my booty camp career I had never done much running. I went to camp one day and found out we were running the whole loop. I thought I will never run that far, then I did it.  We can do more than we really know we can.

Fun fact about Dodi:

I’m an army brat and we moved every 2 years when I was growing up. When I got out of college and came to Seattle I thought: I’ll never move again. And that was 40 years ago.

Booty Camp = 

Health + Fun

Thanks Dodi for sharing your fine self with us and the world…  here is another gift from Dodi, the seriously delicious Warm Yam Salad


  • 4 large yams (raw), cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Korean red pepper flakes (used for kimchi) to taste (or red pepper flakes, hot paprika, or ancho chili) salt to taste
  • Preheat oven to 400°. Toss yams with oil, red pepper and salt. Spread in one layer on a rimmed cookie sheet or roasting pan. Roast about 15 minutes until soft inside and browning on outside.
  • 1 inch piece ginger root, peeled and minced
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely minced
  • 3-4 sprigs Thai basil, minced
  • 10-12 sprigs cilantro, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 3-4 Tablespoons roasted unsalted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 lime sliced in wedges

Mix ginger, garlic, basil, cilantro, oil and salt. Sprinkle over warm potatoes. Top with peanuts and a squeeze of lime.

Serves 8

Community News, Motivation, The Moves

Put a Bird on it!

Whew what a session!

We had lots of fun in the everyday July sun with all of our dedicated campers in Seward and Volunteer Parks.  Seward Park Trainers Stephanie and Jessica, and Volunteer Park Trainer Michelle started picking up the pace in our workouts and with such wonderful weather we were able to use all areas of the parks without limitations.

Put a bird on it! Trainer Jessica was joined by a sweet juvenile pigeon for the duration of a workout! No it’s not photo-shopped, and yes it was a live bird!

Down at Seward we used the 20 some empty but heavy metal trash cans that littered the amphitheater as spontaneous workout tools that were left by the annual Filipino festival on the weekend.  We played on the trails, the benches, the hills, and made up unique challenges for our workouts.

The most magical thing happened on the second to last day of camp… a pigeon joined Trainer Jessica’s workout standing nearby her and then jumping on her arm as she warmed up.  Jessica let the pigeon stay and in fact it stood on her head for most of the workout.  (Apparently it was a lost juvenile homing pigeon… it meeped so sweetly and luckily an early bird staff person was in the office at the Audubon Society headquarters nearby and we delivered the bird to them.)   To quote one camper: “This was the best Booty Camp entertainment ever.”  Indeed!  To see a video of the action please check out our Facebook page HERE.

On the last day of camp down at Seward Park we challenged our campers to do a 5k route with a hefty hill challenge in the middle for the morning workout.  It was a wonderful feeling to have 3 campers who had never done one before arrive without any expectations and rise to the occasion making it the whole way!  Congrats also go out to Mary R. who, after three camp sessions went from a 15 min mile to an 11 min mile.  It is on these days that we all are re-inspired to continue inspiring and keep on keepin’ on!

Community News

A Farewell to Trainer Theresa

At the end of last session we bade farewell to Booty Camp Trainer Theresa Freeman.  Theresa was with us for FOUR years every morning and is adored by so many for the friendly tone she uses as she totally kicks our booties everyday of camp.   SSBC blog sat down with her one last time for some final notes.

How did you come to be a booty camp trainer?

I was actually a camper at Volunteer Park camp first.  I wanted some cross training for the Seattle Half Marathon of Fall 2009. By the time was in my 2nd session of booty camp, I got inspired and thought ‘I could do this!’.

What was it like when you started teaching?

At first I was very nervous and especially when I had a new person in class.  It took me a lot of time to get over that.  I would think ‘are they going to like it?’, ‘are they going to have a good experience?’ I wanted to make sure that I was giving a thoughtful well organized class for people at all different levels. The gals were so nice, they definitely made it easy to be there.

What’s your secret to becoming such a good trainer?

I went to lots of conferences at the beginning to see what other instructors were doing.  I always started from scratch every week.  With the exception of a few times I was sick I never repeated a class. My kids used to tell me ‘mom just use an old one no one will ever know’, but as campers were changing and abilities were changing I felt like I had to keep up.

How did Booty Camp positively impact your life?

There are millions of ways. It made me a regular exerciser. It gave me 8 hours a week outside in seward park.  It’s hard to be crabby when you’re outside in the park.

What exercise would you do on your own?

I love anything that is full bodied, I love it when we are balancing and using a weight.  I remember people would say ‘hey it’s not core day!’

What exercise would you never do on your own?

I don’t love stairs, I don’t mind hills but I don’t love stairs.

Fun facts:

I would get sore too, I remember telling Lisa and she said ‘and you’re not even doing the full workout!’


What memories sit with you now?

Times when people felt compelled and let their real selves out, happy or sad. That kind of sharing doesn’t really happen that often. Everyone was just so real and supportive of each other and loving of each other.

I remember one time a camper was crying in class and later we found out she was pregnant.  And recently a camper’s cat died and she didn’t tell us at first but then decided to share it.  These moments let you know a little bit more about them, help us understand each other.

I even like the memories of running in sheets of rain, huddling under trees.  And of course there are the big stories like the camper falling into the lake. She thought it was funny and when she told her daughter she thought her mom was really cool.

Any last words of wisdom for your campers?

I hope that you take a minute to see what a treasure you have: the support, the camaraderie, the mental health benefits, and physical health benefits to getting out into the elements. Do not be distraught over the cycles of life. There are times when exercise falls to the bottom of the list. Remember not to beat yourself up, its just life, its just about coming back. We have medical things; we have family things; we have work things. It’s about coming back


We celebrated Theresa’s time with us at a party at Jessica’s urban homestead.  Here is a slideshow of photos from the party.

Theresa, you will be greatly missed!

– Contributed by Camper Becka Tilsen

Community News, Special Events

Join us at the Refuse to Abuse 5k

Today’s blog post is different.  Today I want to tell you about an opportunity to get your exercise on while building a safer world for women and girls (psst, that makes things safer for eeeeverybody).

The event is a 5K run around Safeco field Saturday on July 20th in partnership with the Mariners/WSCADV (The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence) Refuse to Abuse campaign. This run is really fricking cool you guys and here’s why:
  • The Seattle Mariners are the first major league baseball team in the nation to engage professional male baseball players in speaking out against domestic violence.
  • The campaign is SMART they use popular players and speak out including teaching little league coaches how to transer the ethics of the baseball game into an awareness of healthy relationships. Here’s an example of a Refuse to Abuse poster with a popular player on it:
    • “You treat your family at home the same way you treat your family on the field. With Respect.“ Check out more posters here they give me goose bumps.
    • The event is a fundraising run/walk around every level of Safeco Field, from the top to the tunnel to the final lap around the field. Stepping out on the field level of a major league ballpark is an awe-inspiring moment that few have experienced. Race participants from our sold out inaugural event couldn’t stop raving about it.
    • The event is AT NIGHT 7pm so no getting up early on a Saturday morning. Sleeping in and exercise? Weeeeeeeeee.
    • If you want to see a video of the 5K click here, you might even catch a picture of me (you very own Becka Tilsen) from last year making a ridiculous face.

Why do I know so much? I have the great privilege of being on the board of this amazing organization and believe me when I say that this is just the beginning of the aaaamazing things that WSCADV does everyday to end violence. WSCADV is a national leader in forwarding a comprehensive and thoughtful programing.  They are the serve and support all the DV shelters and programs across the state. That’s over 70 member programs.

Soooo!? Do you want to do it?? If you are too excited to even get to the end of this blog Register here.  It would be so fun to have a posse of booty campers there representing camp!  I won’t be running since I have to work the event. But I’ll be there at the finish line with some snacks and enthusiastic cheers for you. I’m also happy to help people connect with each other so if you are registering shoot me an email at  The deadline is 7/19. Register TODAY.

-Contributed by Camper Becka Tilsen

Community News

A Bright Light at Camp

You only have to meet Jenn Seva once to know what a total and complete badass she is.  I met her at the most recent SSBC run the moment she completed her FIRST 10K.  She didn’t know me from Adam (or Steve) but she immediately told me to give her a double high-five. And of course, I complied.  I have a feeling that Jenn is the kind of person who could get a double high-five out of just about anyone in the world.  Connecting, commanding, bright, present. That is Jenn Seva.

Jenn calls herself a loyal on-and-off booty camper since SSBC began (that 5 years – whoa!).  She lives in Columbia City and works in Business Development for Geocaching.  If you are one of the few who haven’t heard Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunt where players try to locate hidden containers using a smartphone or a GPS device. Geocaching’s mission to inspire outdoor play.  Sound familiar?  Intrigued?  I was.  Look below for Jenn’s friendly challenge for you.

But FIRST The Booty Profile:

  1. Which camp is home to you? “Stephanie’s 6:15!”
  2. Booty Camp = ”Strong Women. Like you!”
  3. Camp exercise I would actually do on my own? ”Push-ups on the dock.”
  4. Favorite Booty Camp Memory? ”When the eagle visits us in the morning.”
  5. 5.     Camp exercise I would never do on my own?  ”Tabata” (high intensity cardio interval training, for example: 20 seconds of high cardio with 10 second rest…blech!)
  6. What’s your secret for ensuring that you make it to camp?  “I commit the night before. I say I AM going. I remember that when I don’t go I really regret it.”
  7. One way Booty Camp positively impacts your life? “There are a lot of ways. This is the only ‘gym’ that has ever worked for me. And that’s because it’s not a gym, it’s outdoors.  A 10K would have been impossible without booty camp.”
  8. Favorite Jam to listen to while driving to camp?  “NPR. At the 10K I had This American Life podcast playing. It kept me company.”
  9. How did you feel after you ran that 10K? “Pumped and pleased. It was an inspiring location. I thought ‘My God! We can run a 10K in our neighborhood that shows us The Olympics, the Cascades, Mt. Rainer! Amazing. Nicely chosen route! I look forward to the next one!”

10. Little fun fact about Jenn: “I have found almost 1000 geocaches.”

A Challenge For You From Jenn

Go out and find the geocache nearest to your house.  As of this posting there are  2,085,461 in the world, one of them is sure to be near your house. Go here: and find out!

-Contributed by Becka Tilsen

Community News

Working it out with Camper Lisa!

Today we are featuring the incomparable Lisa Beaulaurier in our who’s who camper profiles.  “Because a day without floor sliders is a day without sunshine.”  That’s probably my favorite quote from Lisa B. If you’ve been at camp with her for 10 sessions or 10 minutes you know what I’m talking about.  Smart, hilarious and sometimes irreverent Lisa puts the friendly sass into camp.  She also keeps it real and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.  Lookin’ lively nearly everyday and sporting her 8 lbs. weights, Lisa brings both grit and levity to camp and shows us all how to keep on keepin’ on.

Now that you know all that, it won’t surprise you that Lisa spends most of her time working with the movement that brought you the weekend.  Yes that’s right Lisa is a Lead Union Organizer at SEIU local 925. What is she working on these days? Lisa organizes family child care providers and center staff working hard to make sure we have strong services especially for low-income children.  Look below for how YOU can take action today to support a powerful and progressive labor movement.

Here’s some fun facts and some tips from Lisa about how to rock camp:

How long have you been at camp? 

Lisa JUST celebrated her 5-year anniversary with Booty Camp this month!!

Why do you come to camp?

I love my class, the other women in the class, it’s a very welcoming place.”

How has Booty Camp impacted your life?

I work a lot of hours, I work late in the evenings, and morning is the only time I have.  Booty Camp keeps me connected to doing things that keep me healthy.

What’s one Camp exercise you would actually do on my own?

“Can’t think of one. That’s why I come to camp!”

What’s one Camp exercise you would never do on my own?

“Who likes the burpees??”

What’s your secret to making it to camp?

“Make it a habit. I don’t think about it. I just set my alarm for 6:45 everyday. I just get up and do it. And I’m always happy I got there.”

Favorite jam to listen to while driving to or from Booty Camp?

NPR – The Stephanie Miller show.

Booty Camp =

“Physical and Mental Health”

Take Action:

Lisa asks us to call our senators and tell them this:

“Close tax loopholes and fund early learning and education.”

Lisa says if we could just make that call, “that would be huge.”  Sounds hard? Here’s a quick and easy way: Call  1-800-562-6000.  It’s the legislative switchboard.  You give them your message and your address and they will route it to your legislators.  Easy-peasy.  I just made the call and the whole thing took under 2 minutes.

Thanks for being super awesome Lisa and keeping it real!  See you at camp!


-Contributed by Beck Tilsen


Community News, Nutrition, Special Events

An Anti-Inflammatory Chef Amongst Us!

This week SSBC Blog will hear from some of our badass Booty babes who come out every morning and rock the Booty Camp.  This week’s feature is TINA FOGALL.  Read on to hear about Tina’s passion for nutrition of the sweetest variety and how you might get a chance to taste for yourself.

Wait. Why will you get to taste it? Ok we’ll cut to the chase.  Because TINA is the chef for the Booty Camp Restorative Retreat coming up on May 3-5.  Details below.

But first… Tina + Booty Camp Fun Facts:

  1. Which camp do you hail from?  Seward Park 7:15am with Trainer Theresa
  2. How long have you been with the booty?  1.25 years in camp
  3. What keeps you coming back to camp? High praise for trainer Theresa! “she has this way about her that is nurturing and supportive while still providing a structure and discipline. She is a part of my life.” 
  4. What’s your secret to getting up in the morning? “I get up before I can even think about it. I just get up and go”
  5. Food before camp? “I eat an apple or banana with almond butter.”
  6. Favorite move? “I love drinking bird and even do it in my kitchen”
  7. What has Booty Camp done for your relationship with exercise? ”I still don’t love running but at least I don’t hate it anymore. Running with a group is pretty awesome.”
  8. What has Booty Camp Done for your life? “ It’s my morning family I couldn’t live without it!”

When she’s not rocking the Booty Camp Tina spends most of her work time stirring a bubbling pot sweetness.  She is the owner and operator of Big Spoon Jam where she uses her dual degree in nutrition and culinary arts to concoct the most interesting creations in Jam this side of the Mississippi.  Think jam is jam?  Check them out here where you’ll find: Blueberry Balsamic, Raspberry Rose, Roasted Apricot & Smoked Salt, and her new favorite Foragers Preserves; a mix of wild blackberries infused with Douglas fir tips.  Tina says that the Douglas Fir is not only high in vitamins and anti-oxidants but “it transports you and tastes like the forest itself.” Tina says.  Mouth watering yet? We thought so.

Like Southside Booty Camp Tina’s dream job had to be a vehicle for her to connect with her community.  So it’s no wonder that she will be our chef for the first Booty Camp Restorative Retreat. Tina says that the retreat is a chance to disconnect from life’s stressors and reconnect with yourself, with nature, and with a community of supportive women.

Tina has been working with eating in the clean or  anti-inflammatory style lately and she plans the most amazing menu for the Restorative Retreat that can act as an intro to this way of eating.  We will eat foods that reduce inflammation and support healthy balance, digestion and metabolism.  Have you been meaning to do an elimination diet but it feels too daunting to take it on by yourself?  Come start one with us and let Tina take care of you.  And boy we are in luck because Tina’s motto is “Everything I cook has to be delicious or I don’t want to eat it.”  Yum!