on our retreats
The food on all
our courses is strictly vegetarian. We pay great
attention to the quality of ingredients we use and have spent a lot of
time sourcing suppliers.
the ingredients and fresh produce we use are organic or home grown.
We make a point of using local produce both from the island and
Westport (including delicious farmhouse cheeses and 'real' butter
available to us from an island farmer in the summer). We work on the
principle that fresh is best, and are growing all our vegetables and some of our fruits in our gardens and polytunnel.
We have milking sheep, and in the spring and summer, we produce our own milk,
yogurt, kefir, and some of our cheese.
We are a member of GM-free
Ireland Network and as such never use GM products.
We value good, clean and fair food and work to
biodiversity in our food supply, spread taste education and support
producers of excellent foods.
Drinking water comes from a private spring near the house.
All our bread is home baked using organic flours (sometimes in our wood fired bread oven).
Important: We do not cater for special diets other than vegan. If you have any special dietary requirements, please bring your own
supplies, as they will probably be impossible to get on the island. We
will do our best to accommodate vegans, although they won't be able to
eat all of what we cook, as we sometimes cook with dairy or eggs. If you are on any other type of special diet,
it might be possible to use the kitchen in one of the houses to cook
your own meal.
before you book to discuss this.
This is an example of menu served on a
baked organic spelt bread
baked organic wheat and rye sourdough
bean flavoured oat and wheat porridge with dates and hazelnuts
flavoured quinoa and millet porridge with coconut and raisins
fruit with cardamom
of local cheeses
of organic spreads and homemade jams
of organic herbal teas
and coconut soup
grown pumpkins stuffed with couscous, wild mushrooms and pistachio nuts
red cabbage with caraway seeds
grown steamed vegetables
and almond chocolate cake (dairy and wheat free)
organic fruit punch
Brunch is ready!
A number of people who have attended our courses in
the past suggested that we run yoga and vegetarian cooking courses and
share some of our trade secrets :). We are now running short vegetarian cooking courses
over some of the bank holiday weekends off season, and a longer "Mindfull eating" course in the summer. Check
the Courses page for details.