Eat and live in harmony and balance

Next dates: ..... 2017

Are you looking to improve your health and vitality by following a healthier and more wholesome diet? Are you seeking inspiration to prepare delicious vegetarian meals on a daily basis? Are you keen to understand your physical constitution (dosha) and adjust your nutrition accordingly? Then this Ayurvedic cooking weekend retreat might be just what you need...

The Art of Ayurvedic Cooking

When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.

~Ayurvedic Proverb

As a sister philosophy of yoga, Ayurveda is the science of life and longevity (Ayu: Life, Veda: Knowledge). Its very simple yet wholesome approach looks at the microcosm of the human body as part of and one with the macrocosm of the universe. As long as we are not living in harmony with nature and our own constitution, we cannot consider ourselves truly healthy. Ayurveda teaches us a simple yet effective approach to our diet, and is considered one of the most important means to prevent and heal illness on a mental and physical level. This weekend retreat will give you a good theoretical and practical foundation to understand the art of Ayurvedic cooking and allow you to choose foods that are in harmony with your own personal needs. 

To see if the Krishna Village retreat experience is for you, read our FAQ for Retreat Guests and have a look at our Code of ConductIf you are dealing with any health issues, please also check our Are you ready page to make sure this is a suitable course for you.

Course content

Look forward to rich discussions, interweaved with hands on cooking exercises and an abundance of modern and ancient knowledge surrounding the benefits of Ayurveda. Cooking well should be easy and fun, so Devi will focus on a simple yet nourishing diet that's compatible with your busy day-to-day schedule.

  • Theory sessions: understand the complex and rich science of a balanced and healing diet, presented in an easy to understand way so that application in daily live is easy

  • Hands on cooking class: prepare a variety of dishes while learning about their ayurvedic qualities

  • Understand the broader spiritual aspects of the Ayurvedic diet  

  • Connect to our philosophy of "Simple living, high thinking" by visiting our protected cows, with the option to help milking them

  • Take home some of Devi's favourite recipes so you can continue your Ayurvedic journey in your day-to-day life

Learn how to make:

  • Paneer with fresh organic milk from the protected Krishna Farm cows
  • Fragrant spice masalas
  • Healthy teas and juices
  • Delicious breakfast preparations (porridges, fruits, pancakes, … )
  • A variety of vegetable dishes
  • Rich, tasty soups
  • Daal and rice
  • Healthy sweets
  • Recipes from all over the world - Ayurveda doesn’t only include Indian dishes

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free?

Devi will provide you with plenty of gluten free options. However, please be aware that the Ayurvedic diet is not vegan - we use a broad variety of dairy products like milk and ghee, as they are considered vital for holistic health.


Located between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, the Krishna Village can host up to 75 people in a combination of rooms, dorms and camping spots. There are usually around 30 full time volunteers who work in our organic gardens and maintain the grounds, 20 Yoga Teacher trainees, 10 long term community members and 15-25 retreat guests or Karma Yogis.

All rooms have shared amenities. The amenities block includes showers, toilets and a coin operated laundry (byo laundry powder).

Common areas include the kitchen & campfire area (the heart of the Krishna Village), the reading room (with Internet hotspot) and the yoga hall where we gather for classes. 

Single, Twin Share & Double rooms

The Krishna Village has 3 Double, 5 Twin Share and 8 Single rooms. They are all set in former shipping containers that have been renovated and turned into simple but comfortable accommodation. All Twin Share rooms are equipped with bunk beds. Bedding is being provided but you bring your own towels and toiletries. 

Camp ground

Set among beautiful mango and lychee trees in our eastern garden, our camp ground can host up to 30 tents and 10 camper vans. The area for the vans is equipped with electricity. The amenities block is only 50m away.


Delicious Vegetarian Food

The Krishna Farm has been producing organic veggies since the 1980s and has therefore fantastic conditions to grow excellent produce. We grow as much of our own food as we can, and otherwise buy locally wherever possible. 

We provide 3 delicious vegetarian meals every day, with lunches taking place at the Krishna Village community kitchen, and breakfast and dinners - mostly Indian style - served at the prasadam hall, next to the temple. 

All our food is prasadam - sacred food prepared in a consciousness of loving service. Like in other cultures, we offer our food before we eat to say Grace and thank the Divine for the sun, the rain, and all the visible and invisible blessings necessary to co-create a delicious meal. Feel free to sing along with us, or just listen and enjoy...

The Krishna Farm

Nestled in the foothills of Mount Warning, in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, the Hare Krishna farm “New Govardhana” is a 1000 acre property with orchards, certified organicveggie gardens, cows, horses, streams and swimming holes in abundance. 

New Govardhana serves as an ashram to a community of yogis who aspire to live according to their deepest vows and commitments on their path of service, spiritual contentment and happiness, Bhakti Yoga. Their service and dedication make this location a beautiful place of growth, healing and spiritual awakening. If you are interested, please come along and visit our beautiful Radha Govardhandhari temple and learn ore about the origins or our "simple giving, high thinking" philosophy. 

Cost & payment

Option A - "Ayurvedic cooking" weekend retreat only

The cost of the course including 3 meals/day and accommodation for 2 nights is:

Without accommodation: AU$ 199

Camping: AU$ 289

In twin share accommodation: AU$ 349

In a single room: AU$ 389


Option B - extended stay: "Ayurvedic cooking"" weekend + yoga retreat

Yoga week + weekend workshop incl 3 meals/day and accommodation for 7 nights:

Camping: AU$ 489

In twin share accommodation: AU$ 589

In a single room: AU$ 759

Before you book, please read our terms and conditions including our refund policy. Payment has to be received in full upon booking.

Make a booking

The course starts on Friday at 7:00pm and finishes on Sunday around 4:30pm, but you are welcome to stay on and enjoy the Sunday feast at the temple. Your accommodation will be booked for Friday and Saturday night, checkout is on Sunday morning. Included are all meals from lunch on Friday at 2pm until dinner on Sunday at 6pm.


"Monumental shifts"

"Michael is truly a modern day philosopher. He is imaginative, light hearted, and one of the most passionate people I have ever met. His uncanny and innate ability to apply age old wisdom and philosophy in such a fresh and relatable way is extraordinary. His talk on the Power of Forgiveness was awe inspiring, thought provoking, and challenged me to experience one of the most monumental shifts in perspective. I will forever be in gratitude to this fellow spiritual warrior." 

- Katrina Leavitt, Rhea Sunshine Yoga



Retreat Schedule


10:00am - 2:30pm - Arrival and settling in

3:00pm - Welcome Tour

4:00pm - Yoga class  

6:00pm - Pizza night (optional) or regular dinner

7:00pm - Welcome Circle with Devi


6:30am - Sunrise Yoga (optional)

8:30am - Breakfast

9:30am - Ayurvedic principles (theory class)

11:15pm - Cooking for the doshas (practical, in groups, lunch included)

4:15pm - Break

4:00pm - Sunset yoga (optional)

6:00pm - Dinner

7:00pm - Ayurveda theory / movie (1hr)


5:00am - Visit and milk the cows 

7:00am - Ayurvedic principles II (theory class)

8:30am - Breakfast

9:30am - Free time to relax and explore the farm 

12:30pm - Lunch

1:30pm - Kirtan and Yogic Living class (optional)

3:00pm - Sunday Feast program at the Krishna Temple (optional)

Meet your Teacher

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Devi Hema

Devi grew up and completed her studies as a Social Worker and a degree in arts and photography in Vienna, Austria. As a child of an Austrian mother and Indian father she was exposed to both cultures all her life, and developed a deep interest in topics like yoga and Ayurveda.

Devi completed her training as Ayurvedic cook at European Academy for Ayurveda in 2015.

Her professional cooking experience ranges from freelancing as a private cook and working as a chef in an organic vegetarian café in Vienna, to assisting in cooking for meditation/yoga retreats, and being one of the two managers in our Krishna Village kitchen.

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