Eat and live in harmony and balance
Next date: 15 - 17 March 2019
Are you looking to improve your health and vitality by following a healthier and more wholesome diet? Are you seeking inspiration to prepare delicious vegetarian meals on a daily basis? Are you keen to understand your physical constitution (dosha) and adjust your nutrition accordingly?
This weekend retreat will give you a good theoretical and practical foundation to understand the art of Ayurvedic cooking and allow you to choose foods that are in harmony with your own personal needs.
The Art of Ayuvedic Cooking
When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.
As a sister philosophy of yoga, Ayurveda is the science of life and longevity (Ayu: Life, Veda: Knowledge). Its very simple yet wholesome approach looks at the microcosm of the human body as part of and one with the macrocosm of the universe. As long as we are not living in harmony with nature and our own constitution, we cannot consider ourselves truly healthy. Ayurveda teaches us a simple yet effective approach to our diet, and is considered one of the most important means to prevent and heal illness on a mental and physical level.
Look forward to rich discussions, interweaved with hands on cooking exercises and an abundance of modern and ancient knowledge surrounding the benefits of Ayurveda. Cooking well should be easy and fun, so Devi will focus on a simple yet nourishing diet that's compatible with your busy day-to-day schedule.
Theory sessions: understand the complex and rich science of a balanced and healing diet, presented in an easy to understand way so that application in daily live is easy
Hands on cooking class: prepare a variety of dishes while learning about their ayurvedic qualities
Understand the broader spiritual aspects of the Ayurvedic diet
Connect to our philosophy of "Simple living, high thinking" by visiting our protected cows and understanding the concept of ‘ahimsa’ milk
Take home some of Devi's favourite recipes so you can continue your Ayurvedic journey in your day-to-day life
Learn how to make:
Paneer with fresh organic milk from the protected Krishna Farm cows
Fragrant spice masalas
Healthy teas and juices
Delicious breakfast preparations (porridges, fruits, pancakes, … )
A variety of vegetable dishes
Rich, tasty soups
Daal and rice
Recipes from all over the world - Ayurveda doesn’t only include Indian dishes
Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free?
Devi will provide you with plenty of gluten free and vegan options. However, please be aware that the Ayurvedic diet is not generally vegan - we use a broad variety of ahimsa dairy products like milk and ghee, as they are considered vital for holistic health.
From 9:00am - Arrival and settling in
12:30pm - Lunch
4:00pm - Yoga class (optional)
6:00pm - Pizza night (optional) or regular dinner
7:00 - Intro and Ayurveda Theory with Devi and Mukunda
6:30am - Sunrise Yoga (optional)
8:30am - Breakfast
9:30am - 15:30pm Cooking for the doshas (practical, in groups, lunch break included)
4:00pm - Visiting our cows + ahimsa dairy
6:00pm - Dinner
5:00am - Sunrise yoga (optional)
8:30am - Breakfast
9:30am - Final Ayurvedic Theory Class
12:30pm - Lunch
3:00pm - Sunday Feast program at the Krishna Temple (optional)
Meet your Teachers
Devi was born into a family of mixed heritage from India and Austria. She has had an attraction to the wisdom of both cultures throughout her life.
While completing her studies as a Social Worker and a degree in arts and photography in Vienna, Austria, her deep interest in topics like yoga and Ayurveda led her to complete a training as Ayurvedic Chef at the European Academy for Ayurveda and learn from a range of wonderful Ayurvedic practitioners.
Her professional cooking experience ranges from freelancing as a private cook and working as a chef in several vegetarian cafés in Vienna, to catering for meditation/yoga retreats, and managing the Krishna Village kitchen.
Mukunda grew up in a spiritual community and has moved back and forth between India and Australia frequently throughout his life. Raised as a vegetarian from birth, wholesome, conscious eating has always been a strong value for him.
During this course, Mukunda will focus on the broader spiritual aspect of the Ayurvedic vegetarian diet. He assists Devi with his wisdom, big heart and vibrant smile.
Located between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, the Krishna Village can host up to 75 people in a combination of rooms, dorms and camping spots. There are usually around 30 full time volunteers who work in our organic gardens and maintain the grounds, 20 Yoga Teacher trainees, 10 long term community members and 15-25 retreat guests or Karma Yogis.
All rooms have shared amenities. The amenities block includes showers, toilets and a coin operated laundry (byo laundry powder).
Common areas include the kitchen & campfire area (the heart of the Krishna Village), the reading room (with Internet hotspot) and the yoga hall where we gather for classes.
Single, Twin Share & Double rooms
The Krishna Village has 3 Double, 5 Twin Share and 8 Single rooms. They are all set in former shipping containers that have been renovated and turned into simple but comfortable accommodation. All Twin Share rooms are equipped with bunk beds. Bedding is being provided but you bring your own towels and toiletries.
Set among beautiful mango and lychee trees in our eastern garden, our camp ground can host up to 30 tents and 10 camper vans. The area for the vans is equipped with electricity. The amenities block is only 50m away.
Delicious Vegetarian Food
The Krishna Farm has been producing organic veggies since the 1980s and has therefore fantastic conditions to grow excellent produce. We grow as much of our own food as we can, and otherwise buy locally wherever possible.
We provide 3 delicious vegetarian meals every day, with lunches taking place at the Krishna Village community kitchen, and breakfast and dinners - mostly Indian style - served at the prasadam hall, next to the temple.
All our food is prasadam - sacred food prepared in a consciousness of loving service. Like in other cultures, we offer our food before we eat to say Grace and thank the Divine for the sun, the rain, and all the visible and invisible blessings necessary to co-create a delicious meal. Feel free to sing along with us, or just listen and enjoy...
The Krishna Farm
Nestled in the foothills of Mount Warning, in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, the Hare Krishna farm “New Govardhana” is a 1000 acre property with orchards, certified organicveggie gardens, cows, horses, streams and swimming holes in abundance.
New Govardhana serves as an ashram to a community of yogis who aspire to live according to their deepest vows and commitments on their path of service, spiritual contentment and happiness, Bhakti Yoga. Their service and dedication make this location a beautiful place of growth, healing and spiritual awakening. If you are interested, please come along and visit our beautiful Radha Govardhandhari temple and learn ore about the origins or our "simple giving, high thinking" philosophy.
Cost & payment
The cost of the course including 3 meals/day, optional yoga classes and accommodation for 2 nights is:
Without accommodation: AU$ 285
Camping: AU$ 385
In twin share accommodation: AU$ 465
In a single room: AU$ 505
Before you book, please read our terms and conditions including our refund policy. Payment has to be received in full upon booking.
The course starts on Friday at 7:00pm and finishes on Sunday around 3:00pm, but you are welcome to stay on and enjoy the Sunday feast at the temple. Your accommodation will be booked for Friday and Saturday night, checkout is on Sunday morning. Included are all meals from lunch on Friday at 12:30pm until dinner on Sunday at 6pm.
"Open-hearted, peaceful, intelligent and fun"
"Devi and Mukunda are an open-hearted, peaceful, intelligent and fun couple. They create a little haven of great food and good vibes. There’s good people, informative classes, amazing preparations and a lot of hands-on experience. Thank you for being a charming chef and teacher for an awesome weekend. We learned, laughed and cooked! I highly recommend this experience.
- Alexandra, Linz (Austria)
"Entice the senses"
"Devi's vegetarian recipes entice the senses with tastes and flavours which effortlessly convert you to a vegetarian diet with every delicious mouthful! Thank you for providing an excellent experience. I feel that you have truly introduced me to something that I can implement into my life and I’m fairly certain that I will reap the benefits of this healthy lifestyle."
- Daniela Pum, Linz (Austria)
"Perfect starting point for anyone interested in healthy, conscious eating"
"Devi skilfully de-mystifies the art of Ayurvedic cooking! Ayurvedic wisdom is a perfect lens, a perfect starting point for anyone interested in healthy conscious eating. It focuses on individualism and helps to analyse all different concepts of eating according to whether they are good for you and your constitution or not. I truly gained a deep understanding of how to nourish myself, my family and friends."
- Margit Pointner, Vienna (Austria)
"New ways to nurture myself"
"Devi and Mukunda start by showing how to correctly make spice masalas and by the end you are empowered to understand and improve your whole eating habits! The workshop was fun, genuinely life changing and affirms the caring approach to nutrition I’ve been searching for. Thank you for teaching me new ways to nurture myself."
- Tamia, Vienna (Austria)