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Published October 2nd 2013
Your Weekend of Zen
This Vegan Cooking and Yoga Retreat at the Hepburn Retreat Centre (about 10 minutes north of Daylesford) is a chance to deepen your understanding of both topics. It is a blend of yoga each morning and vegan cooking/raw dessert classes throughout the day. These retreats usually occur several times per year, please see their
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Who Should Attend? This is a retreat ideal for both inexperienced or seasoned yogis and anyone interested in vegan food. The yoga sessions are tailored to students of all levels and the vegan cooking classes are also appropriate for people across the board. With meals being loosely planned, this leaves room for impromptu recipe ideas and input from the guests - so depending on the availability of produce, the combinations are endless. There are also specific classes on essential vegan ingredients as well as an edible weeds walk, so anyone who is new to either of these topics will also benefit.
These classes are held in the mornings and are focussed on opening the heart. The classes are very accommodating for any injuries you may have. There is the opportunity to work in partners and as with many yoga classes it is finished with a relaxing meditation.
Vegan Cooking Most of the food is gluten free and is run in a very informative and relaxed manner. Meals are often cooked in smaller groups, rotating to share equal efforts in preparing the banquets and cleaning up.
Dinner at the Vegan Cooking and Yoga Retreat - Hepburn Retreat Centre
Raw Desserts This demonstration is designed to gently introduce us to raw foods (as no fancy dehydrators or equipment are needed to replicate these recipes). You might have the opportunity to taste test along the way in between taking notes and asking questions.
Raw Rum Balls at the Vegan Cooking and Yoga Retreat - Hepburn Retreat Centre
Free Time There is time during the weekend set aside for leisure which can be spent on reflection, a massage, a walk around the gardens, a short trip into Daylesford or generally connecting with others. There is also the opportunity to play guitar and sing together of a nighttime (or sit and listen if nerves get the better of you).
The venue itself is ideal for hosting retreats. Accommodation is single, twin or triple share with a large kitchen and communal dining room. There are mature gardens surrounding the property and a small collection of books to read at your own leisure. The yoga room is also quite spacious allowing for comfortable practice despite the number of people in the class.
What to Bring? Be sure to bring bedding, something to scribble all your notes on, your yoga mat and an open heart.
This is a worthwhile experience providing potential long term friendships, thought provoking conversation, informative cooking lessons and introspective yoga classes.