Transitioning to vegetarian and vegan cooking can be challenging. It is difficult to become vegetarian when not knowing where to start or what to do in order to have balanced, tasty, and healthy meals. Many people feel overwhelmed and frustrated not knowing how to properly use all of the spices and vegetarian-friendly products out there. In some cases, people are afraid of cooking vegetarian meals thinking they might not get enough protein, vitamins, or nutrients. And for some, the idea of vegetarian foods is that they are not tasty and flavorful, so they end up eating boring and bland foods.
You want to be vegetarian but continue to slip back into eating pork, beef, poultry and seafood because you lack ideas or recipes to eat vegetarian. You feel guilty about not being vegetarian but at the same time it feels like it is so much easier and affordable to be non-vegetarian. You struggle with being vegetarian and your family is non-vegetarian and you don’t know how to make vegetarian-friendly meals that are tasty, healthy and won’t upset them. You’re tired of feeling unhealthy and dislike the feeling of eating heavy, rich foods, and would like to feel light and full of energy again. You are overwhelmed by all the misinformation about vegetarianism but don’t know what is truly best for your body and your spiritual path.
You will continue to feel bored, uninspired and lack the motivation to make vegetarian meals which might lead you back to eating meat again. Instead of eating fresh, home-cooked light and healthy vegetarian meals, you might continue to eat fast-food or junk-food out of comfort and convenience. This might make you feel lost on how to be a vegetarian because you do not know how to cook. As a result, you may experience guilt and continue eating in an unhealthy way, which ultimately affects your spiritual path and growth.
The first step of the spiritual path is to be non-violent — to feel and be one with all living beings therefore you do not hurt, harm, or kill any other soul. The first step of non-violence is to be vegetarian to avoid bringing pain and suffering to others such as pigs, cows, poultry, sealife, etc. The best way to minimize the violence while still being healthy is by eating the lowest category of life which are grains, beans, nuts, vegetables, and fruits. They do not experience pain as their state of consciousness is like a “vegetable state” where there is no pain and suffering. Learning to be vegetarian and practicing non-violence is key to the path as you stop collecting bad karma through violence. Your body also becomes healthier and lighter so that you can process the spiritual energy and you eat lighter foods in order to enter deeper states of consciousness through meditation.
Yes, FINALLY! We’re offering the Vegetarian & Vegan Cooking workshop you’ve been asking for! In our Vegetarian/Vegan Cooking Workshop you will learn more about the importance of being vegetarian for spiritual purposes, have a four hour hands-on training by making Siddhayatan’s traditional vegetarian/vegan meals, learn the importance of a balanced diet, techniques to use spices to flavor your meals, discover protein replacements so you don’t miss out on your favorite meals and flavors, and learn some of our most popular dishes at the retreat so you can make it at home with confidence for yourself and your family.
With this workshop, there will be no need for your meals to be boring or bland! Learn easy and practical recipes to replicate at home. Once you know the basics of our recipes you will be able to simply multiply your recipes and options!
Role of Vegetarianism
We offer our Vegetarian Cooking Retreats on an ongoing basis. Refer to our calendar to view our next scheduled retreat.
Because of the nature of a cooking retreat it’s recommended to speak; however, yes, you can have a silent retreat too. You can ask your questions by writing them on a piece of paper, or you can ask your questions in class, then return to your silence once class is over.
Yes, you can participate in multiple workshops during your retreat if other programs are being offered. During a 3-day stay, we do not advise more than two workshops. To learn more about adding on an another retreat, click here for more information.
Yes, you can come a few days earlier or stay a few days later before and after your program begins. This is considered a personal retreat that can be added on to your stay. Click here for more information on extending your stay.
Yes, we do offer private consultations in 30 minute and 1 hour sessions on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can request your private consultation at the time of registration or during your program. To learn more about the private consultation, click here.
Due to the nature of our programs, we prefer that your children do not come with you. We do not offer day-care or baby-sitting services. However, we encourage you to come during our Spiritual Children’s Camp. We offer this camp several times a year. Therefore, while your children are learning you can then participate in the workshops you’d like. To find out more about our spiritual kid’s camp click here for more information.
In addition to all the AMAZING teachings and the beautiful retreat experience provided to you during this retreat we want to share with you additional super super deep teachings (YES, super super) of spirituality to help you strengthen what you will learn in this retreat as well as to continue to move forward on your path of self-discovery, self-improvement and soul-awakening. As a BONUS we will give you access to a 3 month EXCLUSIVE online membership area, Truth Seeker Circle. Under this exclusive membership you will receive access to the Truth Seeker Circle, Beginner’s Spirituality Series, and the Paryushan Series. A value of $90!
Siddhayatan’s monks, nuns, and team have big hearts and are highly trained to provide you with guidance on the spiritual path, techniques to purify your body and mind, and teachings to uplift and awaken your soul. Learn more.
Maximize your stay while you are at Siddhayatan by adding another available workshop, extending your stay, adding hatha yoga, signing up for a private consultation, or doing a water fast. Learn more.
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