Kitchen Ritual Cooking Retreats
Kitchen Ritual Retreats are your opportunity to reconnect to the magic of cooking.
Come remember what it is to feel nourished. Experience how joyful cooking can be when you can enjoy the process from start to finish, instead of treating it as a grueling chore. Through mindful group cooking sessions, guided meditation exercises, and contemplative journaling, we will examine our relationships with food, while building culinary skills to take home and share.
Each retreat will include both cooking theory and practice, while introducing different themes and cuisines, with a focus on seasonal ingredients. Kitchen Ritual retreats are open to all, regardless of your comfort level in the kitchen.
October 4–6 2019 // Ojai, CA
Heart & Hearth: Cooking to Awaken Love
“It’s in our DNA to do this.”
This was declared by one of my dear friends at my last cooking retreat while we peeled, chopped and cooked our dinner, and it is profoundly true: humans have always gathered around the hearth. We are hardwired to make food to nourish ourselves and to share with others. It is our nature to congregate around the table as we share our heart’s deepest dreams, fears and desires.
During this retreat, we will explore our innate drive to gather in the kitchen and its relationship to supporting us in all areas of our lives. Through the lens of the ancient science of Ayurveda, we will learn about foods that ground, nourish and rejuvenate the physical body and mind and thus pave the way for us to thrive.
The setting for the weekend is a magical estate nestled in Ojai's secluded East End, where two kitchens await us, ready to be filled with tastes, smells and our collective mindful energy. Hiking trails, gardens and trees welcome us to soak in the splendor of nature when we are not in the kitchen.
This intimate retreat will include:
Hands-on cooking sessions, including an in-depth class on Vegetarian Indian Cooking
Introductory-level Ayurveda education session
A visit to the Ojai Farmers Market to source our final meal together
Guided meditation and Yoga Nidra sessions
Free time for connecting, hiking, relaxing, reading
Recipe packets to take home
Two nights accommodations and all meals
Timing & Logistics: Please plan to arrive in Ojai on Friday around 2 p.m. We will begin promptly at 3 p.m. that day. The retreat concludes on Sunday around 1 p.m.
For those who will be flying in, Santa Barbara is the closest airport, although you will find more flight options and better pricing if you fly into LAX. If you choose to fly in and out of LAX, I am happy to coordinate a rideshare for you with one of our local participants.
Pricing & Accommodations
* Prices listed are per person. Double occupancy prices are for 2 people sharing a queen bed. All rooms except the private studio have shared bathrooms, shared by maximum 2-3 people. For those with significant financial need, contact Meredith about work-trade options.
Main House – Large Queen Bed Room (1 available)
$685 single occupancy/$635 double occupancy
Main House – Small Queen Bed Room (1 available)
$635 single occupancy/$585 double occupancy
Main House - Twin Bed Room (1 available)
$575 single occupancy only
Main House - Shared "Indoor Camping" (2 twin daybeds available in private sitting room - BYO bedding; 2 spots available)
$475 per person
Guest House - Private Studio (1 available, includes queen bed & private bathroom w/ shower)
$735 single occupancy/$685 double occupancy
Guest House - Queen Bed Rooms (2 available)
$585 single occupancy/$535 double occupancy
Commuter Rate - For Ojai locals, or those wishing to arrange their own accommodations offsite
$405 per person
To register, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your desired accommodation and I will get back to you to confirm availability. Payment accepted via Venmo or Paypal, or via other arrangements. Balance due at time of booking, or a payment plan can be worked out as needed.
About the location: This retreat will be hosted at a small, private retreat center in Ojai's East End. Built in 1908, this historic property was once home to J. Krishnamurti, and features a main house and guest house, a yoga studio space, outdoor koi garden, and a bio-pool for swimming. The secluded property is a perfect location for star-gazing, enjoying sunset views over the Topa Topa mountains, and a place where your soul will feel at ease. Click the gallery images below to see this stunning property in its full splendor!
Want to host a Kitchen Ritual retreat in your part of the country? Contact Meredith using the button at the bottom of this page.