Amazing Vegetarian food
The vegetarian meals are cooked by Paddi who used to run Seventh Heaven restaurant in Galway city for over 12 years and has been lovingly preparing the food at Burren Yoga for over 10 years.
The vegetarian food at Burren Yoga has been described as restaurant standard and many people have said they have not eaten such good vegetarian food even in restaurants.
Paddi grows a lot of the organic vegetables and salads herself, and we source all the other organic vegetables locally direct from the growers.
If you are looking for vegetarian recipes then you are in for a treat. Paddi loves cooking and is only too happy to share her knowledge and to give you vegetarian recipes and cookery and baking tips while you are here.
Vegetarian Cookery courses
If you would like to take a cookery class with Paddi on any of our normal eco yoga retreats, just let us know in the comments box at the end of your booking form, and you will be welcome to spend time with Paddi in the kitchen either helping her prepare the dinner or simply watching and chatting to her and taking notes.
We used to run special cookery courses, but we have found that giving you the choice on what weekend or week long retreat you would like to take the vegetarian cookery classes, is the best way to arrange this.
The kitchen is the heart of the home
Many people are very surprised at the homely comfortable feeling they get when they arrive at Burren Yoga, and are often amazed at how ‘at home’ they can feel while they are away from their usual home.
The kitchen is certainly a very homely welcoming place at Burren Yoga, and when one arrives one is greeted by the smell of Paddi’s cooking as she prepares one of her famous vegetarian dinners.
The atmosphere is very light and friendly and the only time you will hear silence in the kitchen is when Paddi’s amazing meal is served up, and one enters into another world of taste delights and wonder at how good this food tastes.
Paddi loves to find an excuse for a special feast, and you can be sure that on New Year’s eve, or on somebody’s birthday, or just on some evening during the retreat Paddi will find some way to make this an even more special meal.
We can cater for any special diets including vegan, wheat and dairy free, coeliac, or any special diet to cater for allergies or intolerances.
Please make sure you let us know about any special diets when you fill in your booking form.
Paddi’s Blog of Vegetarian Recipes
Vegetarian Cookery Book
Paddi published her Vegetarian Cookery book in 2008 and many people have said the book is very easy to follow and uses easy to source ingredients which you can usually find in your own local farmer’s market or local vegetable shop.
You can order Paddi’s vegetarian recipe book at Other -> Shop
Traditionally a vegetarian diet was recommended part of the yogic way of life. The main reason for this is that vegetarian food has a much clearer effect on the human body and in particular one’s state of mind. This leads to much more steady levels of energy, and also to clearer states of consciousness during meditation.
Other foods such as meat can produce a tiredness and lack of clarity in one’s consciousness, thus resulting in difficulties with meditation as well as with health in general.
However Swami Satyananda said “Many people do more damage to themselves by worrying about their diets, than actually as a result of the food itself”. So he advised ”not to worry about your food, but simply to practice a lot of yoga and meditation, and eventually your body and mind will speak to you and tell you what it not good for you.”
The more yoga and meditation one practices, the more in touch we get with ourselves.
And eventually one will simply not feel good if one eats certain foods, and at that stage it requires no effort to just allow those food types to fall away. It is not like making a big effort to give something up. It is simply like watching one’s body move on and leave behind what is not good for it anymore.
Another interesting point is that each one of us needs to discover this for ourselves. And it can be different from one person to the next.
Sampling the local cuisine
During our guided outings, Dave will bring you to one of the local restaurants or cafes for lunch. Dave knows all the best places in the area and the restaurant owners look after us very well… giving us the best tables and making sure we are well looked after.
Although all the food prepared within the centre is vegetarian you are welcome to try whatever catches your fancy on the menus of these excellent places to eat.
The places we go include the Ballyvaughan tea rooms where Stephen Spielberg flew in especially for the cheese cake. Linnane’s Seafood restaurant and many more.
Teas and Coffees
We have real tea and real coffee at the yoga centre and a huge range of herbal teas.
Our water comes from our own well which is 160 foot deep into the Burren rock and comes out crystal clear with many natural elements which are very good for us. All the water is filtered and you are welcome to bring your own bottle to top up during your stay.
You are also welcome to help yourself to tea or coffee in the kitchen at any time during your stay.
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