Food on Residential Groups

Our Approach To Food –

...is basically to keep things simple; mostly vegetarian, mostly organic, with a mindful awareness of what we eat, how we eat and how much we eat.

What you can expect on all our residential groups and retreats:-

  • Plenty of mostly organic fresh fruit and veg
  • A selection of breads , pastas, rice cakes etc which will include gluten free options
  • A selection of beverages (coffee/tea/herb-tea) which will include caffeine-free options
  • Dairy – Cows milk/cheese/butter/yogurt ; Goat or Sheep cheese / yogurt ; soya milk / tofu ; rice milk ; non-dairy margarine
  • A selection of spreads including honey / tahini / peanut butter / jam / marmite / houmous
  • A selection of grains & pulses including brown and white rice / millet / plenta / lentils / various beans
  • Porridge / muesli / corn flakes
  • A selection of dried fruit and nuts
  • Free Range Eggs
  • Olive oil / vinegars / tamari / miso / selection of herbs and spices

 

Your Preferences and Needs–

If you want or need, foods that aren’t on this list, please bring your own. The only exception to this will be if you are travelling by train and can’t fit things in your luggage; or if you have a medical condition that demands that you eat or avoid certain foods, in which case please discuss your needs personally with Colin or Fanny.

 

Food Awareness on Retreat

Your Food Needs

  •  If you like to eat, or want, foods that aren’t on this list, please bring your own. The only exception to this will be if you are travelling by train and can’t fit things in your luggage; or if you have a medical condition that demands that you eat or avoid certain foods, in which case please discuss your needs personally with Colin, Fanny or me.
  • Our Approach To Food – All the activity of our minds, our self-image, our psychological patterns and our games, is basically (and mostly unconsciously) intended to mask the underlying pain of separation. And at the centre of any sense of separateness is a hole, an emptiness, a lack. This Awakening work often highlights the sense of separateness, often in reaction to the sense of connection that can be increased in the group work. The difficulty is that most of us then try to fill the hole. And food is one of the first ports of call. We often hear people saying that they don’t eat so much at home, or wondering why they’ve over-eaten on retreat. And this then has a knock on effect as people then show up in the next session feeling physically full and uncomfortable, which makes the group process harder for everyone. So we will be actively encouraging you to eat less, to eat more consciously, to feel into what may be driving you when you reach for a second helping. Not out of a sense of meanness; there will still be plenty of good food and a wide variety of options. But because we want to put our energy fully behind the reason we’re all here doing this work, and stop supporting any patterns of avoidance through eating.
  • Let’s Keep Things Simple – a basic vegetarian diet provides adequate nourishment for the few days of a retreat. Unless you have a severe medical condition that requires you to eat a special diet, we ask that you please go along with us on this. In particular we ask that you avoid cooking meat and fish – this can be an issue in some of the venues we use, as well as being difficult for some other participants.