I keep saying it - if everyone in the world went on retreat (of any kind) once a year, the world would be a better place - and once again I want to shout it from the roof tops. I will suffice by quietly singing it to myself in my kitchen :-)
I am back in Chicago after a whirlwind trip to Canada this summer. Family reunions, a wedding, a new baby niece, time on the tractor at Mom and Dad's farm and one awesomely spectacular Soul Shine Mountain Time Health and Wellness Yoga Retreat.
We called it a retreat, but 30 students, 5 teachers, 9 classes a day for 5 days maybe should be more accurately called a yoga intensive I have been told! What a spectacular community of teachers and students, sharing, exploring and opening themselves to one another and themselves - and what an honour to have been part of it! Head over to our retreat page to check out the photos from our time in the mountains and see what is up and coming in the world of Full Element Yoga!
My role during the retreat was to make sure everyone was fed - and I take that role seriously! Two months of pre-planning and cooking, three vehicles of food and a lot of local garden hunting ensured that things ran pretty darn smoothly. Here are the recipes from our epic week of eating and yoga in the mountains!
NOTE - there is a catch (actually two) - I tend to cook loosely and intuitively which means I don't measure, I taste and add a LOT, I don't write directions and I use my recipes as a guide, not a rule. So if you were at the retreat and ate the food there but when you follow the recipe at home it does not turn out the same please contact me and I am always happy to talk through a recipe! Second these portions are for 40 people so invite some friends over!
People often ask me what my cooking 'style' is and I always struggle to explain it because it is so broad. The best summary is that I will cook anything as long as it is delicious, healthy and wholesome. That means free of chemicals, preservatives, additives, and byproducts. It also means everything in moderation, just because coconut oil is healthy does not mean we should add it to everything! Just because honey is a sugar does not mean we can not have it once in a while! You will not find any dry, bland, cardboard reminiscent food here, healthy can still be crave worthy! There is everything from gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, organic, local, and season recipes here, I hope you find something tempting!