Barb Thomas, C.H.N
Holistic Nutrition Educator & Whole Foods Culinary Instructor
It's True. I really do Love 2 Eat.
At heart, I am a cook and a teacher. I want you to be well, to be fed, and to know that cooking at home is the key to health. After all-
Knife Skills Equals Life Skills!
As a whole foods culinary instructor and nutrition educator, I am most comfortable in the kitchen, surrounded by people who want to learn how picking up a knife and cooking their own food can be revolutionary.
I attended the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition where I became a Certified Holistic Nutritional Practitioner, and I continue to instruct there to this day. I have also taught nutrition at the University of Calgary and instruct public and private cooking classes in Calgary, Alberta. As a nutrition educator, cook, busy mother, professional speaker, former actor and restaurant manager, I am most comfortable in front of a crowd, cooking and getting people fired up about health and food.
I had a private nutrition consulting practice for many years, where I learned that until people understand how and why to use real food in the kitchen, they will never wake up to the reality that food can be a powerful tool to transform health. My greatest passions are helping parents connect with their children in the kitchen and around the dinner table, and supporting women on their journeys away from exhaustion and back to health. I have formally held the position of Director of Student Services for the Rouxbe Cooking School, I am the resident and chef and write a cooking and health column for Impact Magazine, I am a Committee Chair for The Culinary Trust and a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, CSNN Alumni Association and a proud member of Food Secure Canada.
With my best friend and business partner, I also am the Co-Director and Owner of Go Goddess Retreats. At GoGoddess, we are dedicated to providing affordable wellness retreats for exhausted women, corporate teams, and people ready to make a profound shift in their health and life. You can learn more about us at gogoddessretreats.com
Our Book- Go Goddess!
I am the co-Author of the women's health book, Go Goddess! From Depleted To Divine which I wrote with the brilliant Jennifer Rochford. Go Goddess has helped thousands of women understand that being a healthy, strong and vibrant woman means putting yourself first. Find out more here.
Keynotes and Events
I am very proud to have done keynote presentations and cooking demonstrations and classes for many amazing organizations, committed to wellness. Here is a just a sample of some of the fabulous clients I have worked with:
Session Facilitator, International Association of Culinary Professionals Annual Conference 2016
Inspire 2015 Culinary Wellness Retreat- Keynote Presenter
Kananaskis Mountain Festival- Keynote Presenter- Women's Wellness Weekends
Canadian Culinary Federation
Amazing Women’s Conference- Keynote Presenter
Canadian School of Natural Nutrition- Faculty Member and Keynote Commencement Address to Graduates, 2013, 2014, 2015
City of Calgary MASST program- Cooking Class facilitator for At Risk Youth 2014, 2015
City of Calgary- Regular Keynote presenter
University of Calgary- Faculty of Continuing Education Instructor
Telus World of Science- Body Worlds Guest Lecturer
Alberta Recreation and Parks Assoc.- Keynote presenter for Communities ChooseWell Program
Long View Systems
Calgary Board of Education
Various television and radio appearances