Eat for your dosha: day cooking workshop

**this day is over now, but if you’d be interested for another time, please contact VG. See here for upcoming day retreats**

Are you looking to lighten up your diet and move more plant-based? Keen to try new flavours? Curious about protein from dhals and beans? It’s Veganuary! Come and enjoy communal cooking and eat like a yogi!

In Ayurveda (the traditional Indian health system and a sister science to yoga) your dosha is your constitution type. Vata, pitta and kappha, are the Sanskrit names for the doshas. In preparation for the day search ‘dosha quiz’ and find out your type.

Bring an apron, something to tie back long hair, a chopping board and knife. More boards and knives here. Could be an idea to bring plastic food containers too.

We will chop and prepare a full meal, fresh chutneys, snacks and deserts, and enjoy the fruits of our labour around the table together. Once we’ve tidied and washed up we’ll take a walk on the land here then over tea we’ll workshop our next steps regarding diet. No yoga this time – we’ll be too full!

This day includes:
-basic ayurvedic principles of diet
-spicing for dhals and other pulses
-reasons for certain restrictions for people on the yogic path
-prana, the vital force
-co-coached workshop on next dietary steps

Fiona is a long time yogi and yoga teacher, and has cooked in yoga centres and ashrams. Post-class soup and food on day and residential retreats is much appreciated. From google reviews of Viveka Gardens, ‘food’ is the most common key word.

Here at Viveka Gardens eating a compassionate (vegan) diet is a key element of the ethos. Knowing your dosha is one way to have personal insight to both work on and accept your body-mind nature. This day workshop supports all this in a light-hearted, fun and informative community way.

Feedback from previous workshops

‘Thank you for sharing so much knowledge about how to balance life with Ayurveda, the tasty and wholesome menu and all the recipes. I want to cook all of it again for family and friends’ Marie

‘A fabulous day with Fiona learning how to cook for dosha. It’s something I’ve wanted to focus on for a while and the day enabled a thorough immersion in her way of eating. It was with an interesting and inspiring group and we got to sit down and eat our dishes at the end. Highly recommended for anyone who needs some time out or a reminder of how to be kinder to their body’ Lesley

‘The workshop was delivered in a natural, relaxed and welcoming way. The Ayurvedic context was explained with a holistic approach to health which was really useful. We talked about different ingredients and their constitution, cooked an amazing array of dishes and relaxed with digestive tea following. I learnt a lot about new, different ingredients and my own diet. I could relate to the information easily and went away feeling positive, with personal targets in exploring more with my diet’ Sophie

‘Delicious! These are great recipes I will make at home’ M

‘Your chutney is the best! This will become a staple’ M

‘I’m definitely inspired to go more vegan and vegetarian’ J

‘This was fun and I learned a lot about spicing and cooking consciously’ S

‘Excellent day learning about ayurvedic principles and cooking lovely food which was then consumed with great enthusiasm by all. Thank you Fiona!’ Tim

Eat for Your Dosha: Cooking Workshop
Saturday 20th January 2024


Bursaries available for full time students and those on benefit or NHS workers: please contact in advance to arrange

10.00 arrival for…
10.15 Cooking workshop
1.30 lunch of the food we made together and wash up
2.45 walk, partly in silence
3.30 – 4.00 next steps workshop