Vegetarian Cooking Course

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th of September 2021

€ 390


We began running vegetarian cooking courses at Macalla Farm in 2004, mainly as a response to the requests of people who had participated on our yoga courses and were enthusiastic about learning how to cook our delicious yet simple vegetarian meals at home. Our open plan kitchen is ideally suited for interactive, hands-on courses and we have been refining our approach since those early days.


Our creative style of cooking has developed over the years and has certainly been influenced by the fact that we were growing more and more of our own produce. Local and seasonal has taken on a far more authentic meaning now that most of the ingredients come from the farm! To us, the quality of ingredients is paramount and many of our dishes, especially soups, are extremely simple. In general we eschew difficult to find ingredients that have become the focus of the latest trends and use instinct rather than complex nutritional formulas when putting together a meal.

Our interest in preserving and fermenting grew out of the need to deal with our seasonal gluts of various fruits and vegetables, while our bread making skills evolved out of the necessity: there was no bakery on the island. We are always happy to share our know-how in these areas.


Most of the people who come on our retreats and cooking courses are not vegetarians, and are amazed to see how easy it is to cook meat-less, seasonal meals which not only improve one’s health and well-being but are delicious. 

This fun weekend course is for those who wish to learn the secrets behind the delicious food served at the farm.
You will have the opportunity to connect with real, delicious seasonal vegetarian food, through the preparation (in some cases, the harvesting), then cooking and finally eating simple but delicious food. We dispel the myths that vegetarian cooking is involved and time-consuming.
The course includes discussions about food and diet, as well as a lot of cooking practice in the kitchen!


On this course you will learn

  • How to make a delicious vegetarian meal in minutes using fresh local ingredients
  • How to make your own sourdough bread
  • How to make lacto-fermented vegetables
  • How to use spices and herbs
  • Some mouth-watering vegetarian recipes



In line with our three tier pricing, the normal cost of this course is €390 with the option of a Supported rate of €320 for those who can’t afford the normal price and a  Supporter rate of €450 for those who would like to support our work and encourage us to continue offering supported rate on our courses. A 50% deposit, payable online by Paypal or by bank transfer, is required at the time of booking.

The cost includes:

  • 2 nights single room accommodation. If you are coming with a friend or partner you are sharing a room with, a €60 discount is available
  • All meals (delicious organic vegetarian food, most vegetables grown on our farm)
  • More than 10 hours of tuition
  • Observance of appropriate social distancing and all health and safety / hygiene protocols to ensure everyone’s safety


Friday 17th to Sunday 19th of September 2021

The course starts with the evening ferry on Friday evening, leaving the mainland at 18.45  and ends at 16.30 on the Sunday with the ferry back to the mainland


The price is based on single room (you may have to share a bathroom with one other person).  If you are coming with a friend or partner and sharing a room with them, a €60 discount is available.

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