After many weeks of hard work preparing for our Bhakti Yoga vegetarian cooking retreat with Kurma, the weekend for the retreat finally arrived. 23 guests attended to learn the ancient art of Vedic vegetarian cooking with our world famous Hare Krishna chef, Kurma. The weekend began with an introduction on Friday evening for all of the guests to orientate them with the schedule. We then chanted the Hare Krishna Mantra together as a group meditation.


Saturday morning began with a Yoga class at 7.00 am, which was attended by over half of the guests. After breakfast, everyone headed into the kitchen for a full morning of a hand on cooking class. Before lunch, Kurma gave a presentation on Ayurveda, or the ancient Indian science of health. After lunch there was another cooking demonstration, and the day ended with a sumptuous feast which was prepared by all the participants. In the evening we held another Kirtan, and watched a DVD about village life in India, where people live in harmony with nature.


Sunday was similar to the previous day, with the guests learning a new menu. After lunch we had our final farewells, and we presented gifts for all of our guests. At 3.00 pm everyone departed, feeling relaxed and rejuvenated from the Bhakti Yoga cooking retreat.

We look forward to speaking to you again next week. Until then, I remain yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada.

Keshava Dasa.