Engine 2 and Forks Over Knives are kicking off the 2014 series in beautiful, sunny Phoenix, and are sure the warm, inviting February weather will bring people from across the country for a weekend of inspiration and change in the desert.  We will be gathering at the Hyatt Regency, right in the middle of cosmopolitan downtown Phoenix, with easy access to the airport and everything that the city has to offer. With the Esselstyn family leading the way, we will tackle a myriad of topics designed to increase your plant-based knowledge, and send you home overflowing with information for yourself, your loved ones, your coworkers, and anyone else you encounter! Join us in the warmth of the southwest for a weekend that is sure to change how you look at food!

This event will take place in the Regency Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. The Hyatt is located about 12 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. You can expect spacious seating, great acoustics, easy access to restrooms, and a comfortable temperature all weekend long. We have negotiated a highly discounted room rate pf $169 per night for Engine 2 Retreat participants. To reserve your room today, click here.

We strongly encourage you to stay at the host hotel, as this will allow you to seamlessly enjoy Engine 2 group workouts each morning, as well as to have easy access to your room throughout the retreat. Comfort is key!

This Engine 2 Retreat begins at 5:00 PM on Friday, February 28th and concludes at 5:00 PM on Sunday, March 2nd. Speakers and schedule are subject to change.

  • 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM: Registration and Meet & Greet with fellow participants
  • 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM: Rip Esselstyn - “Welcome & Overview“| An overview of the U.S. healthcare crisis and a definition of the Standard American Diet (SAD).
  • 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM: Dinner
  • 7:15 PM to 8:45 PM: Keynote Speaker – Thomas M. Campbell, M.D.
  • 6:30 AM to 7:15 AM: Optional workout
  • 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM: Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM: Rip Esselstyn – “The Story of Engine 2” | How did an Austin, Texas firefighter convince his fellow meat-eating brethren to start eating less barbeque and more tofu?  He started with just one man….and sparked a national movement. This is that man’s story.
  • 9:30 AM to 9:50 AM: Break 
  • 9:50 AM to 10:50 AM: Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. - “What Causes Heart Disease?” | A comprehensive look at the evidence linking the SAD with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as the evidence that we can prevent and reverse it by adopting a plant-perfect diet – explained by the physician who inspired President Clinton to stop eating burgers & fries and start eating hummus.
  • 10:50 AM to 11:10 AM: Break

  • 11:10 AM to 12:10 PM: Doug Lisle, Ph.D. – “The Pleasure Trap” | How do our instincts work and why are they are constantly being led astray by the modern food supply?  With this groundbreaking exploration of evolutionary psychology, Dr. Doug Lisle explores how our instincts are not our friends when it comes to food.
  • 12:10 PM to 1:00 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM: Dr. Michael Greger – “The Role of Diet in Preventing, Treating, and Reversing the 15 Leading Causes of Death”
 | Dr. Greger has scoured the world’s scholarly literature on clinical nutrition and developed this brand-new presentation on the latest in cutting-edge research. Focusing on studies published just over the last year in peer-reviewed scientific medical journals, Dr. Greger offers practical advice on how best to feed ourselves and our families to prevent, treat, and even reverse our top 15 killer diseases.
  • 2:00 PM to 2:20 PM: Rip Esselstyn – Stretching
  • 2:20 PM to 3:20 PM: Dr. Doug Lisle, Ph.D. - “Getting Along without Going Along” | A fascinating lecture about how to move comfortably through the social conflicts that result from healthy living.
  • 3:20 PM to 4:20 PM: Q & A Panel featuring Drs. Caldwell Esselstyn, Doug Lisle, and Michael Greger | An opportunity to ask the experts your pressing health and nutrition questions.
  • 4:20 PM to 4:40 PM: Break 
  • 4:40 PM to 5:40 PM: Natala Constantine - “Survival of the Fattest” | Natala, who has lost 200 pounds, gotten off of 15 medications, and reversed her type 2 diabetes, shares her personal ongoing success story, while exploring the scientific reasons for weight gain, as well as the societal impacts and emotional devastation caused by this epidemic. Using her own success as a case study, Natala shares simple things that everyone can do to take back their health.
  • 5:40 PM: Buffet Dinner
  • 6:30 AM to 7:15 AM: Optional workout
  • 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM: Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM: Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. - “Curing and Ending Heart Disease” | Dr. Esselstyn shares the story of his pioneering research linking a heart-healthy plant-based diet with clinical proof of the reversal of heart disease – a reality that even most cardiologists are not aware exists as an option for heart patients.  If you or someone you know is taking a statin drug, they cannot afford to miss this presentation.
  • 9:30 AM to 9:50 AM: Break

  • 9:50 AM to 10:50 AM: Ann Esselstyn - “Living Plant Perfect” | An explanation of how you can use the foods from your local grocery store to build a plant-strong kitchen.
  • 10:50 AM to 11:10 AM: Break
  • 11:10 AM to 12:10 PM: Natala Constantine - “Calorie Density: The Principles Behind My Weight Loss ” | The science behind consumption of nutrient-rich, calorie-light foods and how they can cause the body to shed pounds while reducing the risk of most major diseases.
  • 12:10 PM to 1:00 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM: Colleen Patrick-Goudreau - “Shifting the Paradigm: Eating Joyfully, Healthfully and Affordably”| With her characteristic combination of common sense, humor, and compassion, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau helps us recognize – and change – our habits as they relate to how we shop, cook, eat, and talk about plant foods. Colleen will guide us through the grocery store, sharing her favorite kitchen tools, helping us re-think what a meal looks like, debunking myths and how much time it takes to cook healthfully, and so much more. 
  • 2:00 PM to 2:20 PM: Break
  • 2:20 PM to 3:20 PM: Dr. Doug Lisle, Ph.D. - “Self Esteem” | Doug saved the best for last: this lecture explains in mind-blowing fashion how we all can overcome our intrinsic food challenges and live the life that we deserve.
  • 3:20 PM to 3:40 PM: Break & Stretching
  • 3:40 PM to 4:40 PM: Jane Esselstyn, R.N. - “Power 10: Plant-Strong Cooking Demonstration”| Learn how to prepare easy, exciting, and delicious recipes that your family and kids will love, through an energetic and fast-paced hands-on cooking demonstration that offers tips and tricks for both the novice and expert.
  • 4:40 PM to 4:50 PM: Break
  • 4:50 PM to 5:30 PM: Rip Esselstyn – “Hope” | Rip shares why he is hopeful about America’s chance to finally get our nutrition course corrected, and how we can all be inspired to bring a plant-strong message home to our communities, friends, and loved ones.


Engine 2 Retreat schedules are subject to change.