Imagine cooking and enjoying home-cooked, healthy and tasty vegetarian & vegan meals infused with love, good vibes, and spirituality. Now you can learn some of our most popular dishes while relaxing, taking a break from your busy life, and enjoying a spiritual retreat experience!




Wishing to learn tasty vegetarian recipes?

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.




Could this be you?

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.








Not cooking yummy and healthy vegetarian meals?

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.




Why Vegetarianism?

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 collect bad karma through violence. Your body also becomes healthier so that you can process the spiritual energy and you eat lighter foods in order to enter deeper states of consciousness through meditation.



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Schedule and book your Vegetarian Cooking Retreat today. Give yourself the time, space and perfect place to get away and reconnect with yourself.

About the Vegetarian Cooking Retreat


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!

VEGETARIAN COOKING RETREAT FEATURES


4 Hours

Enjoy the benefit of hands-on educational vegetarian cooking classes.

Create Meals

Immediately put into practice what you are learning and create meals to be enjoyed at Siddhayatan.

Role of Vegetarianism

Deeply understand the importance and role of vegetarianism in your life and for spirituality.

Healthy Spices

Explore different spices used in vegetarian cooking and when and why to use it to promote healing and healthy living.

Sattvic Food

Know why one should eat lighter vs heavier foods and the spiritual/health consequences of each.

Protein Replacements

Learn about different protein replacements so that you can consume enough protein and still enjoy the flavors from the past.

Practical Recipes

Learn specific easy and practical recipes to make at home and to share with your loved ones.

Veganism

Learn vegan non-dairy meals for even lighter and healthier living.

EXPERIENCE

Enjoy the ultimate spiritual retreat experience at Siddhayatan.
Nature
Enjoy a beautiful day sitting at one of our ponds or forests meditating. Watch breath-taking sunsets and expand yourself into the clear starry skies and Milky Way.

Spiritual Environment
Be surrounded by monks, nuns and those in training in a peaceful, quiet, and positively energized atmosphere. Enjoy the peace and presence that emanate from them.

Ashram Living
Enjoy the relaxing environment of warmth and coziness through simple, clean and comfortable rooms and facilities. An ashram is a place of spiritual learning and not a hotel, spa, or gym.

 

International Cuisine
Dive into delicious, simple, healthy vegetarian meals from a multitude of cultures. We often serve Indian, Asian, Italian, Mexican and other tasty dishes.

Universal & Non-Religious
Feel free to be and express your true self in a safe, non-judgmental, respectful and welcoming place. The teachings are universal and can be enjoyed and practiced by anyone regardless of faith or non-faith.

Caring Environment
By attending you support humanitarian efforts. Currently, we provide access to elementary education for children in India and we are combating human trafficking by raising awareness & inspiring the youth to take action to help end modern-day slavery.

Your Retreat Includes


Accommodations

We provide simple, clean and comfortable accommodations as part of your all-inclusive retreat. You have a choice of either shared, private or full-private accommodations depending on your preference of stay. Rooms include linen, heat and a/c.

Personal Experience

Class sizes range from 3-10 to give you a personal, intimate and custom experience. With small groups sizes, you are able to absorb the teachings deeply, get to know teachers on a more personal level, and get personal guidance when learning techniques associated with the class.

Chai (Tea)

Enjoy hot homemade ginger or cardamom Indian chai (tea) with us in the afternoons. Sit with other guests outside, absorbing the warmth of the sun and immersing yourself in the peace and beauty of the surrounding nature.


Vegetarian Meals

Enjoy a variety of international vegetarian and vegan meals for lunch and dinner with the company of like-minded individuals. A simple breakfast is also included. Vegan meals and special-diet meals are available upon request. 

Mantra Chanting

Chanting divine sounds (mantras) to increase inner peace, concentration, calmness, knowledge, contentment, prosperity in all aspects of life, overcome life's difficulties and fear, detoxify the body, mind & soul and purify negativities.

Yoga Mandiram

Have full access to our yoga-meditation mandiram when available. Our quiet mandiram is a very peaceful, energized, healing and perfect space to practice yoga and meditation.



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FAQ about the Vegetarian & Vegan Cooking Retreat

When is the next Vegetarian Cooking Retreat?

We offer our Vegetarian Cooking Retreats on an ongoing basis. Refer to our calendar to view our next scheduled retreat.

Can I practice silence when I attend this 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.

I’d like to take two workshops (or more) during my stay, is this possible?

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.

Can I come a day or two earlier or stay a few days later?

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.

Is it possible to schedule a private consultation during my retreat?

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.

Can my children come?

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.

BONUS

An online membership to help you on your journey.

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!
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Flexible Scheduling

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Scheduled Workshops

To attend a scheduled retreat, visit our calendar.


Reserve Your Space


  • Standard
  • $350
  • Shared accommodations
  • Shared hall bathrooms
  • 3 retreat classes
  • 4 mantra chanting sessions
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 3 days / 2 nights
  • Bonus
  • Register
  • Half-Private
  • $420
  • Private accommodations
  • Shared hall bathrooms
  • 3 retreat classes
  • 4 mantra chanting sessions
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 3 days / 2 nights
  • Bonus
  • Register
  • Full-Private
  • $490
  • Private accommodations
  • Private bathroom
  • 3 retreat classes
  • 4 mantra chanting sessions
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 3 days / 2 nights
  • Bonus
  • Register
  • $500Extra
  • One-on-One with Master
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Choice of Arrival Date
  • Choice of Accommodations
  • Early Check-In
  • *Upgrade is Optional
  • 12-month Bonus Access
  • Register + Upgrade


* Require a Vegan or Gluten-Free Diet? We can meet your needs.
** Would you like to complement your stay with another workshop? Click here for more details.

Meet the Teachers

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

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.

How to Pay?

We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and kindly appreciate cash or check payments as we incur a 3% fee for each credit card transaction. We do accept all major credit cards.

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