Our Food 2017-01-18T08:24:55+00:00

“Food, Glorious Food”

At Gayles we recognise that everyone has different needs and resources and so we do our best to meet with your requirements; we provide full catering with freshly prepared, uncomplicated but delicious vegetarian meals. We revise the menu specifically for each retreat, taking into account the focus of the practice as well as the availability of the produce from our gardens. We are also happy for organisers to make their own arrangements (although we make a surcharge for their use of the kitchen facilities).

All our food is vegetarian and we can offer alternatives to dairy and wheat products. We are happy to cater for you if you are vegan, dairy or gluten-free if you let your organiser know when you book on to a retreat. As a rule, we cannot cater for specialist or individual diets beyond that and if you have such constraints you are welcome to bring your own food and to use the kitchen facilities in the dining/social area.

We provide three meals a day; lunch and the evening meal have two courses and breakfast offers several choices (such as porridge, homemade granola and compote, bread/toast, hard-boiled eggs and so on). Usually one of the two main meals, (lunch or the evening meal) is more substantial, the other will be lighter with fruit provided for dessert.

A variety of teas (and coffee) are always available, as is fresh fruit. Herbal teas and honey are also on hand in the dormitories.

Homely, nourishing and delicious food

“The food was incredible – I absolutely loved mindfully eating every morsel! Thank you” – A guest on Yanai Postelnik’s Insight Meditation retreat, 2015

If we are catering for you, you can expect homely, nourishing and delicious food with varied, seasonal menus and the best ingredients that we can practically provide.

We use as many ingredients as possible from our own lovingly tended, organic gardens and when we shop we try to do so responsibly; sourcing locally from smaller traders, buying organic goods where we can and avoiding processed or additive heavy products, as well as ones that are ethically or environmentally suspect or have been flown across the world to our shelves.

Simplicity and generosity

We value simplicity and generosity and, in short, we prepare and serve the food with respect and care using the best ingredients that we can and keeping as much as possible homemade. Alongside the recipes that have proved to be popular with people we often try out (carefully tested) new ones and are always on the look out for fresh ideas and approaches to bring to the table.

All our food is vegetarian and we can always offer alternatives to dairy and wheat products. We are happy to cater for you if you are vegan, dairy or gluten-free if you let your organiser know when you book on to a retreat.

Our Organic Vegetable Garden.

Our Organic Vegetable Garden