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chard pesto for buckwheat penne

I wanted to do something simple on the Saturday evening of our first weekend retreat here, as there were more fancy protein-packed meals planned for lunches. For the lovely and gluten-free Savitri buckwheat penne looked good. I was thinking something fresh to complement the umami taste of buckwheat, but also a creamy texture for full …

sembazuru – one thousand cranes

Om May 27th 2017 Viveka Gardens recieved a generous, auspicious and beautiful gift, full of grace from artist Ikuko Danby, a sculpture called Sembazuru. It is full of symbolism. The installation was quite an event on the most shakti-filled May day: magical. Ikuko writes, SEMBAZURU is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held …

26 May yoga and food growing workshop

Do you need to ground yourself? Feel the joy of new growth? On this day workshop you can have the benefits yoga sessions, food growing and a super-delicious wholesome vegan lunch. Enjoy ashram-style living for the day at rural retreat place Viveka Gardens. Viveka Gardens Yoga Farm: a retreat place where community and visitors can ground themselves through …

the unique benefits of yoga exercise

Sophie came to a yoga workshop; she’s a Zumba teacher and I went to one of her classes. She has infectious enthusiasm and it was fun – I loved it! She needs to stretch more, she says, and I need to move more. If only we could swap classes but we both teach at the same …

cherry chocolate cake

Uh-ho forgot to take a picture of this one before it got eaten – twice that has happened! Totally vegan but still an old-fashioned cake with sugar,wheat and soya, so not for everyone. It is delicious and has a ganache type icing. Nice to serve with soya cream. There are a lot of currant bushes …

subji

Mangiamo! Let’s eat! Eating together round the big table is at the heart of the retreat community here at Viveka Gardens Yoga Farm. Dhal, rice and subji – and maybe chapatti, but that’s another story – is a meal that will extend to feed all. You don’t want to miss out on chutney with tamarind, …

hungry gap soup

Though April and early May can feel like full spring there’s not much harvest yet. Carrots and certain over-wintered brassicas like kale, or spring greens may be coming on. Roots like swede and celeriac, which love a Devon soil, have been in harvest. This year there has been an early glut of carrots. Celery may …

passion cake

Sometimes it’s nice to do a bit of old fashioned baking. The sweet, warm aromas, the cutting of the cake around a table with friends: it’s full of heart. The purist vegan in me is a little offended by analogues – here soya flour providing the binding agent lecithin that you would get from albumin …

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