You'll be surprised how good vegan food can be!
Olivia is passionate about food. She trained at Ballymaloe Cookery School and then furthered her interest to specialise in vegetarian cooking.
Where vegetarian and vegan food is concerned it’s all about getting a good balance of flavours, textures, colours and of course using quality, wholesome and fresh ingredients. Everything is cooked from scratch which is a rare commodity these days. We operate a zero-waste policy. Vegetable cuttings are used in our compost for our vegetable patches and there are seldom leftovers on the plates which we just love.
At The Courtyard Yoga Retreat you will be well nourished with beautiful healthy and nutritious meals. Our food is different from any other yoga retreat in Ireland. Many of the dishes have been inspired by my travels to India, Thailand, Vietnam, Loas, North Africa and of course her time spent at Ballymaloe Cookery School.
We use fresh herbs and spices extensively, herbs and spices enhance the natural flavour and the enjoyment of food and also have a therapeutic value. We grow our own herbs, and when we have plentiful we use our own carrots, potatoes, courgettes, lettuce, swiss chard, apples and other home grown ingredients from our vegetable garden. If you happen to come in strawberry season you will have the pleasure of fresh strawberries as we have an abundance at peak season! We also forage in the forestry nearby for nettles, wild garlic, elderflower, blackberries and wild raspberries.
Meal time is such an important and fun part of our yoga retreat, the food is always a popular talking point.