Sustainable Community Meals
Ethical and eco conscious practices are important to us at the RisingSoul Community. Therefore we are always striving to reduce waste, unnecessary journeys, avoid plastic and eat a sustainable locally sourced plant based diet. We support local producers and the village wherever we can. We recycle and are developing upcycling projects along with our own vegetable gardens and the restoration of the fruit trees and orchard on the property. We understand that everyone has their own personal dietary needs, so don’t worry we’re not here to judge and we will always cater for you as an individual where required to the best of our ability. We eat twice a day together as a community around 10am & 17.45 pm the tea house is open through the day where you can purchase healthy snacks, lights meals, homemade treats, juices, teas & coffees.
We have adopted some abandoned puppies and a cat. So everyone around here gets involved in market day!! We also have our own plumbs, apples, grapes and berries growing on the property and began to develop a small herb and vegetable garden in the spring which is ever expandng in 2023 we have added tomatoes, peas, beans, potatoes, courgette, and other cole vegtables plus four more beds for next year and a community garden. In addition to a water saving tank to collect water for the gardens.
At he RisingSoul Community Retreat, we start the day with the sunrise and a range of herbal teas, local honey and fruit for those that need, just before 7.30 Kundalini or Pranayama practice which is held in the meditation room or veranda. We believes that a great way to start the day, it boosts wellbeing and productivity and works in balance with meditation and yoga.
Mornng practice is followed by Yoga or Qiqong depending on the season see Community Schedule a self service buffet style healthy breakfast with delicious home made spiced porridge, sourdough bread, local yogurt, honey, fruit and locally grown salad vegetables and tea and coffee with non dairy milks is served. We like to keep things fresh so you will find that there are always new additions to breakfast and we do take requests and encouraged and welcome guests to share recipes and culinary skills.
(Please note that on all Yoga Retreats prices all fully inclusive and include all meals, tea, coffee and healthy snacks.)
After that eating at our our community and yoga retreat space is very much a communal affair, we keep the kitchen fully stocked. Most of the time we have talented vegetarian and vegan chefs preparing our main meals for us or our community residents who are experienced vegetarian cooks. But we also have days when we ask our community guests to pair or group up (depending on numbers) and take a turn to cook for the whole community.
After dinner we practice Karma Yoga so community guests and community friends will take turns to help with residents and volunteers to clean up and prepare the eating areas or contribute in other tasks such as harvesting from the garden or collecting wood. Community meals are normally enjoyed in our outdoor kitchen and dinning space.
It’s a great way to share international cultural, cuisine, build friendships and share skills whilst saving time on shopping trips and reducing fuel and transport impacts. The best bit is you get to enjoy a fabulous breakfast, lunch and light dinner prepared by your fellow community guests, travellers or our talented volunteers. At the weekends we give our volunteers and resdents a well deserved rest providing brunch and dinner only. Guests can help themselves to snacks or cook for themselves and are responsible for cleaning up and leaving the kitchen as they found it.
If you prefer to cook for yourself there is a Self Catering guest kitchen in the lodge and you can also opt out of community meals on certain days. So if you have a trip planned or wish to eat out its an inclusive and flexible way to eat together without restricting peoples personal food choices, we just use a easy book and pay system to keep things organised.