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Retreats Food

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:30 am

I am wondering what kind of food is served on retreats where you go and if anyone has cooked on a retreat if they have any recipies they would like to share which were popular?
also what kind of food is allowed in the Eight Preceptors or a monks Diet after noon, and before Noon?

where I go it is all Vegitarian, and mainly Thai Style Food although I have not found out what any of it is called to try to make it myself!
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Retreats Food

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:08 am

Greetings Manapa,

The Goenka vipassana course I went on turned me into a fan of porridge. Their porridge was delicious, but I'm since made an abridged/simplified version of it, which according to my son is the best porridge in the world.

The not so secret ingredients are sultanas, cinnamon and honey.

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Re: Retreats Food

Postby Ben » Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:13 am

Hi Manapa

Most of the vipassana retreats I've been involved with have been in Australia though some in India and NZ where there have been some variations on the menu items.
In Australia, I think there is a common cookbook for the SN Goenka retreat centres. I was the kitchen manager on one course about 20 years ago. Breakfast - as Retro has said - is characterised by porridge with muesli, stewed fruit & yogurt on the side and toast and its multifarious breakfast condiments and access to a variety of herbal and black tea. The lunch menu changes nearly everyday on a 10-day course. From memory, some of the dishes include stir-fry vegetables and tofu with ginger and soy with brown rice, mild curry with raita and dahl, lasagne, baked vegetables. Every day a salad is also offered. Every second or third day a desert is also offered in the form of home-made 'anzac'-style biscuits (rolled oats, sultanas, sugar), carob balls, something similar to sticky date pudding with custard.

Most of the 'new students' go nuts over the food and most 10-day courses I've sat I've witnessed students on the last day requesting recipes. Personally, I think its due to nine-days of noble silence, 12+ hours meditation per day and the absence of any other sensory pleasure that distorts the perception that the quality of the food is spectacular. The more courses I do, the more I am revolted by the food and the less of it I eat!

If I were to design a menu for a retreat, I would keep the menu nutritious but simple. I'm a believer in ensuring that the food doesn't become a pre-occupation for the participants.
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Re: Retreats Food

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:50 pm

Most retreats serve vegetarian foods. But I have been on a few that have served both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. But you can always specify in advance which one you want.
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Re: Retreats Food

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:49 pm

hi all
the goenka retreats sound good as any retreat I have been on is one (yes that is one as in only one) meal served at 11am!
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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