The essential part of your retreat.
The food served will help you set the tone of your retreat, be it organic, vegan, vegetarian, raw or simply good food done well.
Bespoke menus designed with your vision in mind, giving your guests a fully immersive dining experience.
With a wealth of knowledge of health focused foods (including Auryvedic principles) from around the globe such as Indian, Mediterranean, Asian and traditional British.
I work effortlessly around your style, incorporating your meal times as a seamless, full retreat experience for your guests.
Through Auyreveda principles we try to simply prevent illness and bring balance and harmony to our bodies.
I blend my own spices to create aromatic, individual Churna, which are used in the dishes
(and for specific dosha recipes) to help balance your guests bodies.
Dishes such as Red Lentil Dahl, Kitchadi Detox Bowls or Cardamon Rice Pudding even down to Chai Cheesecakes and Saffron and Almond Sleep Tonics are some of the wonderful tastebud busting offerings which can be produced.
Allowing the natural removal of the 'Ama' to help fire up their own 'Agni' gaining strength through the foods served throughout your retreat.
The menus created for your retreats don't necessarily need to be based upon or hold any Auyrevedic principles.
DID SOMEONE SAY SMOOTHIES?
Simply the best way to start the day.
Maybe Matcha, Cantaloupe and Apple or Banana, Oat and Honey, or opt for homemade lemonades ….
Rose, lemongrass and Raspberry or Mint, Cucumber and Ginger….. refreshing, delicious and lip smackingly awesome.
Specialist smoothies and juices designed with your guests individual Dosha in mind.
After your guests first yoga or meditation of the day what better way to refuel than a sumptuous array of fresh fruit platters, oat milk and blueberry pancakes, or even Eggs Benedict.
Fresh baked pastries, homemade scones and coconut and chia porridge…..
The choice is endless…..
Light lunches begin and end with soups.
Hearty, filling and social.
From Goan spiced sweet potato and feta, to Vegan French Onion, Cream of Mushroom and Minted Pea and toasted seed soups…..Served with a crusty loaf of fresh baked soda bread…..
A million flavours to suit every retreat guest…..
Of course, if salads are more your vibe for a lighter lunch, then Watermelon, Feta and Rocket or Roasted Vegetable Quinoa may be in order.
Your vision is achievable.
Cake. I mean, who doesn’t love cake?
Especially after bending in a Vinyasa all morning!
Spoil your guests with a Sacher Torte, a Cherry Fudge Cake, Vegan Brownies or Carrot and Pineapple cake….
Happy tummies adore cake…
Dinner time is the heart of your retreat meals.
The social time, the connection time, the conversation time….
Whilst simpler foods can be made such as big pots of chickpea curry, vegetable lasagne or cottage pies, why not push the boat out and serve something a little ‘more’
Thai steamed Moules, ‘in shell’ Scallops with Cheddar Gratin or Seabass Fillets, with Fig and Pancetta salad, salsa verde…..
A yoga retreat doesn’t need to mean split peas and mung beans…..
Completing my YTT 200 at Green Yoga in Mallorca, I currently teach in studio and Zoom classes in the UK and Spain.
I am drawn to the Yang dynamic of Vinyasa, complementing it with the Yin aspect of Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga.
Allowing the inward journey of Yoga Nidra and healing capabilities of Sound Therapy to shine in my teachings.
I have a fundamental understanding of the power of 'Less is More' especially in this fast paced world we often find ourselves in.
I hold my own public liability insurance.
Guided meditations and restorative sessions working closely with the Chakra System, using a combination of Crystal Singing Bowls, Tibetan Bowls, Tuning Forks, Tingsha and Bar Chimes, all with the aim to calm the autonomic nervous system allowing people to sink freely into a 'rest and repair' state.
Healing from within using gentle and calming vibrations.
A LITTLE ABOUT ME
I started my restaurant career back in 2002. opening the Bluetomatocafe in Rock, Cornwall.
Leading the cafe towards growth and expansion I channelled all of my energies into delivering the very best product I could.
Inevitable pressures of catering life, led me to finding Yoga.
I have personally practiced for over 15 years, completing my teaching in 2018.
My passions are Cooking, Yoga, Travel and Enjoying this Life.
I live by the sea in both Cornwall, UK and Mallorca, Spain.
See What Others Have Shared
"Marc has catered for my last few retreats and is booked for my entire 2022 season..
His food is exceptional, and more importantly he's a lovely, amenable person. He's based in Cornwall but travels, and caters all over the country (and Europe).
He's excellent, extremely competitively priced and utterly unflappable by the most demanding of students.
Most of the student feedback from my last retreat was more about the amazing food than the yoga. That should tell you all you need to know!"
Brewer Street Yoga
"The Anahata Chef is a one of a kind and rare gem in the world of retreat catering.
His passion for both food and yoga translates into every dish and my guests and I adored every meal.
A privilege for our bodies and tastebuds"
The Bearded Naked Yogi
"I have had the pleasure of working with Marc on a number of occasions on wellbeing and yoga retreats.
The food Marc provides is nutritious delicious and well thought out, working with balancing the various doshas.
Marc's yoga practice works to balance the body, mind and spirit, using intuition and care.
Together we have provided sound healing sessions, allowing our clients to rest, relax and rejuvenate.
Holistic Therapist, Reiki Master, Sacred Space Holder
April Rise Studio
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WILL I TRAVEL TO LOCATIONS?
In short, yes.
I regularly travel to retreats throughout the UK, Europe and further afield.
DO I BRING MY OWN EQUIPMENT?
Usually no. However, for larger retreats I have catering sized pans if needed. I do not bring BBQ’s, external cold storage, cookers or crockery.
WILL I NEED HELP TO CATER OR ARRANGE FOOD DELIVERIES?
I usually do not need help.
For larger retreats (over 20 people) this will be discussed.
All food delivery/buying will be arranged by me.
WILL YOU BE JOINING IN WITH THE RETREAT?
This is an individual thing.
Some retreat organisers like interaction between myself as the chef and the retreat guests.
(E.g, guests helping to serve, clear tables, wash up, etc)
Other organisers like a more professional approach where my role as chef would be considered a ‘non speaking’ role…
CAN YOU OFFER ‘COOKING WORKSHOPS’?
Workshops or cooking lessons are available.
WILL I NEED ACCOMMODATION AT THE RETREAT? AND WHO PAYS?
With early starts and late finishes it is wise to arrange accommodation within the venue or close by for me.
The cost of this accommodations falls to the retreat organiser and would not be covered by myself.
WILL I BE EATING AT THE RETREAT?
I will be eating whilst at the retreat. Usually it will not be with the guests whilst they have their mealtimes.
All food consumed by me will be at the cost of the organisers.
DO I CLEAN THE KITCHEN?
The kitchen would be solely under my control. (Unless otherwise agreed)
I work to all current Health and Safety legislation.
WILL I TEACH YOGA OR LEAD SOUND BATHS TO YOUR GUESTS?
That is to be discussed upon contacting me with your vision.
Some retreats like just a chef service, some like to combine sound baths into their schedules, or even use me to ‘fill in’ should a teacher not be available.
I can lead yoga classes/lead sound baths if desired, however an extra ‘teaching fee’ will apply.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM BOOKED FOR YOUR RETREAT BUT FALL ILL AND AM UNABLE TO ATTEND?
Whilst I sincerely hope this doesn’t happen, we must plan for every eventuality.
Should I be incapacitated, I would do my utmost to find a replacement colleague for my role. (Although I must add, I won’t be able to find a chef, yoga teacher and sound therapist in one person)
Appropriate insurance on the organisers part should be taken out to cover such eventualities.
HOW MUCH DO MY SERVICES COST?
Upon initial contact and understanding of your brief, location, style or retreat etc, a full and comprehensive price list will come out to you.
HOW IT WORKS?
You tell me your style of retreat and your budget for the food per person.
I give you bespoke menu suggestions.
I take care of all shopping/ordering, planning, deliveries and cooking.
You give me funds to cover purchases, I give you all associated receipts.
I work around your schedule for mealtimes.
I charge a flat daily rate for chef services.
Yoga Teaching and Sound Baths are considered extra services and have a flat hourly rate.
To secure The Anahata Chef, a non refundable deposit of 25% of the flat charge is payable upon booking.
The rest is payable 30 days prior to the retreat starting.
All Major credit cards are taken.
Did I answer all of your questions? Please reach out to me if not and I will gladly answer your questions.