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Cooking Holidays in Ludlow

Tired of dieting which has no obvious results? Want to improve your way of living and be healthy? Then join Green Mountain at Fox Run. We are committed to help our guests learn how to cook healthy dishes, eat and leave healthily. We also help our guest on how to sustain the healthy lifestyle they will learn about during their holiday with us. Our behavior, fitness, and nutrition offerings are designed to complement and reinforce each other. Each week, new topics are introduced to provide deeper insights and practical strategies for motivation, lasting change and integrated health.


  • Daily cooking class
  • Nutrition and behavior consults
  • Daily gentle yoga, pottery/crafts class
  • Instructions on how to eat and live healthy
  • Insights and practical strategies for motivation
  • Lasting change and integrated health
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 13 nights accommodation


13 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Green Mountain at Fox Run

In 1973, Thelma Wayler took over an empty dorm at Vermonts Green Mountain College to found the countrys first and only residential weight loss program exclusively for women. A visionary, Thelma knew diets didnt work almost forty years before the idea became accepted as it is today. Today, Green Mountain operates out of a former ski and corporate retreat on a hill overlooking Okemo Mountain and the Okemo Valley Golf Course.

Set on 26 wooded acres, the retreat is a low-key, relaxing retreat with informal classrooms, well-equipped physical activity rooms, a spacious dining room, and a comfortable living room. Thelma helped women lose weight by providing a powerful experience of eating well, movement and positive thinking - the basis of our Integrated Health Model.

Most importantly, she fostered the freedom to make choices based on what we want, not on what we feel we should. We continue to teach women that making free choices, and then accepting the responsibility for them, is at the core of success in achieving goals in any area, including weight management.

Thelma instituted a healthy weight loss program based on science, not fad, and we have always operated under the direction of a highly professional team. Today, our staff include experts in nutrition, exercise physiology and emotional health like registered dietitians, exercise physiologists, mental health professionals, physician and an expert in human metabolism, professionals in the nurturing arts, including yoga and massage therapy.

The atmosphere is one of relaxed camaraderie, and the emphasis is on informal, healthy living rather than pampering, although massage and other amenities are available. Up to 40-45 women can be accommodated in single, double and triple rooms. In this way, we can offer a more personalized experience that facilitates the development and planning of effective strategies for long-term success.


2-week Fit Woman Program

For busy women who want to practice their new skills and develop a plan to take home. The core of the program has remained similar to Thelma Waylers original vision. The language of intuitive eating and intrinsic exercise has codified Thelmas approach and now we have layered in newer practices:

Our mindfulness and meditation classes help women get in touch with their bodies and what they need. Our behavioral workshops address the new challenges modern women face in juggling careers, kids, and aging parents as well as the non-stop pace of life with technology. Our fitness program complements the hiking and snow shoeing Vermont offers with exercise classes you would find at home, such as Pilates, Zumba, and yoga.

Healthy Weight Loss Program for Women

Despite what you may believe about your ability to lose weight from past diets, the truth is, it takes tremendous effort to fight your bodys nature and restrict yourself from food or to exercise just for the sake of burning calories. Diets are simply not sustainable.

At Green Mountain, we help you find your healthy weight by learning how to eat what you want in a way that makes you feel well, move your body for pleasure and well-being, begin to change negative body image, and manage other stress that may send you to food when youre not hungry. Our program helps you overcome the attitudes and behaviors that get in your way, including struggles with emotional and binge eating.

A Non-Diet Weight Loss Retreat That Helps Women Find Peace With Food, Body and Self

  • Our healthy weight loss program for women shows you how to unravel the complex relationship among food, emotions, body image and behavior so that your body *can start working for you, not against you. Youll enjoy:
  • 24 hour access to fitness and recreational center
  • Balanced chef-prepared meals and culinary cooking demonstrations
  • Fitness classes, strength training, and outdoor activities which can be modified to accommodate all levels and body sizes
  • Personal health assessment
  • Workshops and support groups facilitated by full-time psychologists and registered dietitians

Integrated Health Workshops in Behavior, Nutrition and Fitness

  • Nutrition and Eating Behaviors
  • Our Normal Eating Restructuring program includes a wide variety of foods that are enjoyable and satisfying at regular interval while accommodating special dietary needs.
  • Identifying your eating style
  • Healing with foods
  • Mindful or intuitive eating
  • Fitness and Movement
  • Women of all sizes, ages and fitness levels are able to participate. Our safe and supportive environment allows you to explore a variety of fitness activities every day.
  • Adapting exercise for your body needs
  • Overcoming exercise obstacles
  • Design your fitness plan
  • Behavior and Emotional Health
  • Learn how to manage stress, explore negative self-talk, connect to your feelings, identify eating triggers, and formulate real, practical solutions.
  • Emotional eating
  • Overcoming binge eating
  • Food addiction, relapse prevention

Green Mountain at Fox Run Weight Loss Schedule

Beginner daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 08:00: Tai Chi
  • 08:00 - 08:45: Breakfast
  • 08:45 - 09:45: Exercise for everybody, short loop walk, exercise modifications
  • 09:45 - 11:00: Principles of intuitive eating, re-defining healthy eating, cardio on the fitball
  • 11:00 - 12:00: Lower body strength, Green Mountain express
  • 12:00 - 13:00: Lunch / mindful eating practice(optional)
  • 13:00 - 14:15: Designing your personal eating plan, managing emotional overeating, Vermonting walk
  • 14:15 - 15:15: Aquatics - weightless workout, stretch and relax
  • 15:15 - 15:45: Snack
  • 15:45 - 17:00: Relapse prevention strategies, managing binge eating, upper body resistance training
  • 17:00 - 18:00: Gentle yoga, nutrition and behavior consults, personal training sessions, fitness center
  • 18:00 - 19:00: Dinner
  • 19:00 - 20:00: Open studio - pottery / crafts, cooking class, behavior consults, spa services

Already active daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 08:00: Morning momentum
  • 08:00 - 08:45: Breakfast
  • 08:45 - 09:45: Okemo Hill walk, cardio interval
  • 09:45 - 11:00: Are you addicted to food?, becoming an intrinsic exerciser, tabata circuit
  • 11:00 - 12:00: Low impact aerobics, advanced lower body strength
  • 12:00 - 13:00: Lunch / mindful eating practice(optional)
  • 13:00 - 14:15: Green Mountain's option approach, changing body image, snowshoeing intervals
  • 14:15 - 15:15: Hike up vista trail, zumba dance
  • 15:15 - 15:45: Snack
  • 15:45 - 17:00: Overcoming exercise obstacles, managing binge eating, pilates
  • 17:00 - 18:00: Gentle yoga, nutrition and behavior consults, personal training sessions, fitness center
  • 18:00 - 19:00: Dinner
  • 19:00 - 20:00: Open studio - pottery / crafts, cooking class, behavior consults, spa services


Our facility is on 26 acres of peaceful, private woodlands. Put your stress on hold and take in the inspiring nature of the seasons. Because we are open year-round, you can be dazzled by winters brilliant blue skies and fresh snowfall, or by the eruption of new life and rushing rivers in spring. Summer offers lush mountains and refreshing lakes, and, of course, our spectacular fall foliage is world-renowned.

Enjoy the performing arts? Nearby Weston is home to great summer stock. Vermont is also home to the renowned Bread and Puppet Theater, which takes place each August. If you enjoy shopping for antiques, Vermont is the best. The charming town of Woodstock is center for galleries, arts, and local crafts. And if youre a fan of outlet shopping, Manchester cant be beat.

Perhaps the best way to spend your free time is simply driving around the countryside, shopping here and there to sample all that Vermont has to offer! Farmers markets, auctions, town and village festivals on the Green, thousands of antique shops and craft fairs and centers are all part of the allure of Vermonts magic.


Healthy eating at Green Mountain

Youll be pleased to discover that healthy eating never tasted so good! At Green Mountain, we serve balanced low-gluten meals that are carefully prepared with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. About 98% of our dishes are made in-house, from pizza dough to salad dressings, with an emphasis on healthful oils, plenty of vegetables and no refined sugars.

Our beef is naturally-raised and grass-fed, chicken is free-range and eggs are cage-free. All our proteins, including tofu and soymilk, come from local New England producers. Produce is organic, when possible, for those items which tend to have a greater pesticide residue.

Gluten-free dishes, also all house-made, are as delicious as our regular menu and available upon request with a slight surcharge. Gluten-free or other special meal plans may also be recommended if you have had an individual nutrition consultation via our Healing with Food program.

Sample menu

Our breakfast buffet includes selections such as a 10-grain hot cereal, scrambled eggs with salsa, veggie sausage, waffles, pumpkin seeds and seasonal fruit.

Lunch features familiar favorites, such as soups, wraps and free-range chicken salad made with a healthful twist, and introduces new whole-grain foods such as millet cheddar cakes and amaranth salad. Asian and Mexican buffets add additional interesting choices.

Nourishing pick-me-ups such as house-made hummus with veggies, fruit smoothies or the ever popular Green Mountain Truffles satisfy at Snack.

Dinner showcases satisfying meals of well-seasoned wild or sustainably-farmed fish, locally grown beef, pork or chicken, and always an interesting starch rounded out with a bountiful amount of antioxidant-rich vegetables.

Things to do (optional)


  • Basin bluegrass festival
  • Craftsbury antiques & uniques festival
  • Killington music festival
  • Marlboro music festival
  • Quechee hot air balloon festival
  • Stowe Oktoberfest
  • Vermont festival of arts
  • Vermont Mozart festival
  • Washington county fair

Parks and outdoor recreation

  • Appalachian Mountain trail (hiking)
  • Camp Plymouth State Park (canoeing/kayaking)
  • Calvin Coolidge State Park (hiking)
  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (free public programs)
  • President Calvin Coolidge State Historic site
  • Quechee Gorge (VTs little Grand Canyon)
  • Vermonts long trail

The arts and shopping

  • Bread and Puppet Theatre
  • Dorset Playhouse
  • Fletcher Farm - school of arts & crafts with gallery
  • Manchester Designer Outlets
  • Northern Stage, Killington
  • Paramount Theatre, Rutland
  • Southern Vermont Arts Festival - Craftproducers
  • The Hood Museum of Art
  • The Weston Playhouse - summer theater
  • Warren Kimble Gallery
  • Vermont Open Studio Weekends

Spa treatments

  • Aromatherapy massage: A choice of four aromatherapy treatments all using gentle massage and blended essential oils to achieve the desired result.
  • Deep tissue massage: A full body therapeutic massage using firm pressure.
  • Hot stone & deep tissue combination: Hot stones are first used to loosen and relax the muscles in preparation for a deep tissue massage.
  • Hot stone massage: The combination of warm stones and relaxing techniques of massage help create a well-grounded and centered experience.
  • Localized therapeutic massage: A therapeutic massage that is ideal for those who have chronic tightness, pain, and discomfort in a specific area of the body.
  • Mini massage: A therapeutic massage generally focusing on one area of the body. This is a great way to keep problem areas loose and functional while exercising.
  • Reiki: Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction, promoting deep relaxation and an overall sense of well-being.
  • Replenish scalp & hair conditioning treatment: Jojoba and pure essential oils are first used to dissolve impurities and sebaceous matter. An energizing leave- in conditioner for both hair and scalp is then used to relieve dry tight scalp and reduce flaking. Hand and foot massages are also included to achieve a totally relaxing experience.
  • Sugar polish foot massage treatment: A blend of organic sugars in a base of rich organic oils soothe, moisturize, and polish while massage relaxes and re-energizes your feet.
  • Swedish massage: A massage centered on overall wellness using light to moderate pressure to achieve relaxation and return the body to homeostasis.

What's included

  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Activities
  • Fitness assessments
  • Free WiFi
  • Gratuities
  • Guest speakers
  • Meals
  • Program materials
  • Taxes
  • Workshops

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

  • BOS: Boston International Airport, MA (Preferred Airport) - 3 hours (Dartmouth Coach Transfers Available)
  • RUT: Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport - 30 minutes
  • LEB: Lebanon Airport, Lebanon, NH - 45 minutes - 2 hours
  • MHT: Manchester Boston Regional Airport, Manchester, NH - 2 hours
  • BTV: Burlington International Airport, Burlington, VT - 2 hours
  • ALB: Albany International Airport, Albany, NY - 2 hours
  • BDL: Bradley International Airport, Hartford, CT - 2 hours

Arrival by bus

  • Dartmouth Coach from Boston, MA to Lebanon, NH - 45 minutes
  • Greyhound from Manchester, NH to White River Junction, VT - 45 minutes

Arrival by train

  • Rutland, VT - 30 minutes
  • White River Junction, VT - 45 minutes
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