"We are neither Vegan nor Vegetarian, but as lovers of tasty, farm-produced, organic food (of all kinds), we are always keen to extend our range of culinary skills and experiences." Jane - Bristol


These retreats take place on a beautiful organic farm in the Cotswolds using ingredients from the 10 acre vegetable garden and the farm creamery.


October 4th - 6th 2019 FULLY BOOKED

Inspiration for a healthy plant and dairy based diet - just perfect for people wanting to eat less meat in their diet.

A two and a half day vegetarian cookery retreat geared to make you a natural in the kitchen set on a beautiful organic farm in the Cotswolds.
The weekend includes two and a half days of hands on and demonstration cookery lessons creating and sharing seasonal and organic feasts with two nights accommodation.

The cost for the 2.5 days includes all food, ingredients, equipment and accommodation.

Tea, coffee, herbal tea and homemade cordials will be available throughout the weekend. Alcohol will be available to buy in the evenings.

Depending on numbers we sometimes offer a non-residential place on this course. The cost is £350 and includes all meals. Please email Hilary for availability.

A taste of the course:

• Breakfast - green smoothies along with protein and veg packed ways to start the day.
• Salads for all seasons – including the basics of making dressing, composing salads and garnishes.
• Soulful soups - made with homemade stock and seasonal veg.
• Basics of sprouting seeds - learn how to grow and use.
• Five course fine dining menu - including tips on timing and presentation.
• Healthy brunch recipes.
• Sweet and natural - delicious and healthy recipes for a sweet tooth.
• Tour of certified organic vegetable garden and farm.
• Knife skills, a variety of cooking methods and vegetable preparation techniques.
Cupboard essentials for the natural kitchen.
Foundation in cooking a variety of grains, beans and pulses
Complete pack of all recipes cooked over the course


Begin your stay on Friday early afternoon with a tour of Abbey Home Farmyard and its organic gardens that provide the inspirations for the dishes created throughout the weekend and then settle in the kitchen for a hands on cookery lesson, followed by dinner.


Rise and shine to the beautiful surrounding of Abbey Home Farm before joining us in the kitchen to learn the basics of a delicious and indulgent healthy brunch. We all have a place in our heart for a cooked breakfast, but these late morning masterpieces showcase seasonal veg.

Short break then back into the kitchen to create a feast for the lunchbox. Busy lives means we often grab something on the go. Create soups, salads, nibbles and sweet treats are great to have on hand for a busy week and lazy weekend. Recipes will be inspired by what is available from the vegetable garden.

After lunch there will be a break for you to relax and enjoy a walk in the woodland or a nice cup of tea and a book in the common room. After a rest, back in the kitchen to create a restaurant quality five course meal based on flavours of the world. Learn the secrets of the influential flavours as we teach you how to find your own ethnic flair.


Rise and shine for a hands on cookery lesson featuring green smoothies and quick breakfasts. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and is often overlooked. After a short break, return to the kitchen for an inspirational cookery lesson on creating memorable vegetarian Sunday Roasts.

The food will be mainly plant based including some dairy and eggs from the farm. Vegan and gluten free options are available, please notify when booking. Food is 100% organic.

***Erin is a professional vegetarian and whole foods chef and has been teaching cookery for over 15 years. Her awareness of cooking beginning before she could walk, banging pots and pans instead of toys while watching her Mum cooking in the kitchen. She is also a gardener and brings to the table a deep rooted belief in cooking from seed to plate.
Erin is the founder of The Natural Cookery School, manages a community allotment in Tewkesbury and can also be found as a guest chef at The Organic Farm Shop.

FIVE DAY SEED TO PLATE cooking and gardening course AUGUST 12 - 16 2019
more details here


Abbey Home Farm is a 1600 acre mixed organic farm on the edge of Cirencester. Guests stay in the brand new bedrooms made from wood from the farm, nestled into the side of the wood overlooking the vegetable garden and beyond. All rooms open up onto a wide south-facing veranda and are ensuite with underfloor heating. We provide organic cotton bed linen which is hand block printed in the farm's own tiny workshop in Rajasthan .There is a large communal space for eating, chatting and relaxing.


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