We offer homemade meals that are sourced from our own organic gardens most of the time so the food is as fresh and natural as possible and has a virtually zero carbon footprint. We buy our other ingredients as responsibly as we can; organic where that’s practical and avoiding highly processed products or stuff that’s been flown half way round the planet to get here. Our menu is seasonal and changes through the year, reflecting what’s abundant in the garden at the time.
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, nourishing and delicious vegetarian (but not necessarily vegan) 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 and we aim to provide you with a variety of meals over your stay that are homely, interesting and flavoursome!
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 more complex diets beyond that and if you have such constraints please ask your teacher to discuss them with us before you commit.
We provide three meals a day: lunch and evening have two courses and breakfast offers several choices (such as porridge, homemade granola and compote, juices, bread/toast, hard-boiled eggs and so on). Usually one of the lunch or evening meals is more substantial, the other will be lighter with fresh fruit provided for dessert.
Ground filter coffee and a variety of teas are always available, as is fresh fruit. Herbal teas and honey are also on hand in the dormitories. Where the practice allows, we offer homemade treats on your arrival and in the afternoon of full days.
Please note that we are no longer able to offer groups the option to self-cater.