We weaved together our learnings of the last 6 years running a culinary plant-based school and of the last 20 years in the fields of yoga, meditation, breath and traditional shamanic practices with a purpose of incorporating all that we’ve gathered along the way into a deeper multi-disciplinary experience of wellbeing, supported by traditional elemental practices and plentiful of delicious plant-based nutrition.
A fun-filled weekend retreat for the complete regeneration of body, mind & soul. A deep immersion in a multi-disciplinary experience of wellbeing, surrounded by incredibly beautiful nature and an uplifting group of people.
Plant food. Yoga. Movement. Cacao Ceremony. A Traditional Sweat Lodge. Holistic practices. Elemental nutrition. Nature. Meditation. Embodying thriving. An incredible indoor & outdoor location.
Set on the edge of London in a beautiful natural environment yet with plentiful transport links nearby, this retreat has both, the non-residential and residential options for those traveling from further away.
Guided by Joel & Aiste Gazdar, founders of Wild Food Cafe, plant-based chefs and multi-disciplinary wellbeing leaders.
Supported by the legendary Wild Food Cafe team and some very special guests.
Arrival: Saturday 9.30am /
Finishing: Saturday 9pm
Arrival: Sunday 9.30am /
Finishing: Sunday 4pm
Limited residential options available in an old country house mill. Available for an extra supplement of £50 – £90 per night. Enquire directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Harefield, Greater London
Nearest overground: Denham (20 mins from Marelybone)
Nearest underground: West Ruislip, Ruislip, Uxbridge (Central, Metropolitan & Picadilly Lines) + a 10-15min uber/taxi ride from there.
The food and wellbeing industry is in rapid transformation. It is no longer enough to be a classically trained chef or have a diploma in nutrition to fully understand, utilise and benefit from the ever emerging new products, techniques and approaches to health-promoting, creative raw-centric plant food – be it in a professional kitchen, a dynamic group setting or work with individuals. With this in mind, we combined a wealth of knowledge from Wild Food Cafe, Wild Food Cafe School and our personal journeys to create this comprehensive training programme aimed to provide professional plant-based chef and leadership skills.
This one-of-the-kind programme draws on rich, internationally acclaimed culinary expertise of Wild Food Cafe and provides comprehensive leading-edge tools for the raw & plant food chef’s kitchen and holistic wellbeing leadership for those who intend to incorporate new generation raw-centric plant food practices in their career, group work, professional or personal development.
Food and wellbeing has to do with so much more than what’s on our plate. This training is designed to provide a thorough foundation in understanding different food and wellbeing modalities and leadership practices that are all-inclusive, empowering to promote both, individuality and all-inclusivity in food and groups.
The programme is designed for those with a background (and/or interest) in food, nutrition and wellbeing looking to bridge the gap into the practical field of plant food.
All spectrum wellbeing practitioners and retreat leaders that work with groups; or simply those looking to gain new skills in life or are seeking a new career direction.
This training will give you confidence and strong practical skills to work in a professional plant-based kitchen; a foundation to understand plant-food and the art of nourishment from a broader perspective; open your own plant-food venture; or to incorporate leading-edge plant-food and holistic wellbeing understanding and practice into your existing project.
Full time / 6 days a week / 9am – 5pm (times might vary)
Students are encouraged to visit plant-food restaurants/ farmers markets throughout the duration of the course. Students will be preparing their own dishes/ menus for the group throughout the duration of the course culminating in a final tasting dinner on Saturday.
The first half of the day will be practical, working and studying in the kitchen along side a team of professional chefs. Afternoons will be dedicated for lectures, tastings and feedback.
Greater London / Uxbridge (20 min train ride from Marylebone) set in beautiful natural surroundings. Limited residential options are available. Please contact email@example.com for more details on accommodation options.
£1849 or 3 instalments of £620.
Final day to opt-in for an instalment plan: 29 November 2017.
This intensive week long full-time programme will provide a deep immersion into practical chef-lead plant-food training and cover comprehensive approach to making raw & plant-food: from understanding the new-generation plant based kitchen, plant-based chef techniques, equipment choices, food safety; to practical bases of the plant-based cuisine:
Plant-food kitchen practices: mis-en-place, health & safety
Equipment: high-speed blenders, dehydrators, food-processors
Sprouting & dehydration techniques
Working with nuts/seeds & replacements
Working with sea-weeds: Irish moss, agar agar, green and red sea weeds
Working with greens
Dips, mayos, creams, spreads and dressings
Understanding flavour and ingredient combinations
The architecture of recipes
Menu planning & execution
Integrating wild foraged ingredients
Becoming a plant-food leader is so much more than just becoming an expert of the recipes. For this reason we chose to include a robust wild wellbeing foundation curriculum covering a wider spectrum of individualised plant-food skills, integral understanding of pathways to nourishment and thriving, different approaches to raw and plant food, the latest practices and ingredients available.
Understanding different approaches to raw & plant food
Thriving on plant-foods; individualisation
Understanding: variety, creativity, seasonality
New generation plant proteins, superfoods and supplements: pros and cons
Sourcing your food: growing your own, organic, biodynamic, foraged and the difference
You will gain practical group facilitation and leadership skills that will provide you with a framework to have an all-inclusive approach and vocabulary and enable you to connect the wisdom of the food and nourishment with the wisdom of the body, mind and spirit. You will be able to transfer this skill to any group or individual work: from yoga classes, to women’s groups, food workshops and nutrition clients.
Leading groups and becoming a group facilitator in the fields of plant-food and wellbeing
Understanding and leading through the paradox
Removing barriers, accessing connectivity of the group
Using traditional modalities in food & individualisation
Using tonic herbs and medicinal foods in group and individual work
The training will be facilitated by Wild Food Cafe’s founders Joel & Aiste Gazdar, their professional team of plant based chefs and special guest teachers.
Kitchen based practical food training working in project groups of 3-5 students, with plenty of guided time for individual recipe preparation; evaluated group assignments and individual feedback.
Lecture style wild wellbeing training with handbooks, assignments and group work.
Informal Q&A sessions.
You will receive a Wild Food Cafe professional plant-based chef and wellbeing leadership training diploma after a successful completion of the training.
40 days prior to the training full refund minus the admin fees; 50% refund minus the admin fees hereafter. No refunds are issued two weeks prior to the training. Transfers to future programmes available subject to individual circumstances and availability.
I just wanted to say a sincere thank you for an amazing cookery course last month. I can’t describe how good your food tastes! Your flavours are magic! And the sweet/salty/sour combo you taught us, that is important for every recipe has made such a difference to my cooking! I have yet to come across any recipes as imaginative and tasty as yours. Thank you for making nourishment so delicious, fun and indulgentCharlotte, Banker, London
I am still buzzing from yesterday! I don’t know if I’m high on durian and cacao or if it’s the very positive vibes and love that you managed to infuse in all of us. Or both! Whatever it was it was really magical!Giuseppe, Film Maker, London
Fantastic! Didn’t find what I wanted but I found what I needed to find!Guy, London
“Best raw food restaurant in the world”American Express
“Creative, enticing plant-based food”BBC
“Among the best vegan desserts in London”Evening Standard
Among five best Paleo Restaurants in LondonVogue
Among nine best vegetarian restaurants in LondonThe Notebook