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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 …

June 21 – 23 Summer Solstice Retreat

Please continue reading retreat information, rules and Ts & Cs The purpose of a retreat is to leave behind mundane matters to go within and find inspiration. At Viveka Gardens Yoga Farm we facilitate a space for this. Please continue reading retreat information, rules and Ts & Cs

Information for Karma Yogis & Wwoofers

Dates for 2019: 13 – 24 May, 17 – 24 June, 4 – 14 July, 30 july – 9 August, 19 – 29 September, 7 – 16 October Information for karma yogis/wwoofers Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Viveka Gardens Yoga Farm. The purposes of a retreat place are to leave behind mundane …

listen

After a practice in an Active Listening session one woman had tears in her eyes, ‘I realise I’ve never really been listened to.’ To be really heard is a precious thing. To really listen – without thinking about what you want to say, interrupting or giving advice, but noticing what is not said and feelings …

Moroccan lentil soup

Thursday soup for hungry karma yogis and after class is now a fixture at Viveka Gardens. It’s a joy to prepare using seasonal Devon veg: we’ve had green lentil, tomato and rosemary; tofu, miso and noodles; Indian yellow split pea; dried fava and herbes de Provence, for example. This one was inspired by student Ness …

asato ma sat gamaya

Here is one of the peace mantras chanted at the end of the class to close the space and send us on our way with a positive vibration. If you wish to learn them and join in, you are most welcome. The lines come from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, a 6th – 9th century BCE interpretation of …

the mysterious psoas

Inhale on 1, on 2 on 3. Exhale on 1, on 2 on 3. Leg raises can seem a little boring and I sometimes feel a pang coming to that point in the class. I try to encourage students not to throw them away by inviting them to count the breath, close the eyes and …

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