Retreats are a place to connect, expand, and nourish. The food is vital to this, and our chefs are well connected to intentional food preparation.

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what is a yoga chef?
Yoga literally means “to yoke” – meaning to combine mind, body, spirit, and practice. Just as we combine these qualities on the mat, so can we in the kitchen. As yoga retreats become more prolific, there is a growing need for grounded conscious chefs to cook for retreats, individuals, and groups. We are here to support this movement!
what our chefs offer 
*Custom menus centering around your retreat’s intention
*Farm-to-table rustic cuisine
*Vegan, raw, and fusion cuisine
*Ovo-lacto vegetarian cuisine
*100% plant-based or primarily plant-based with sustainable animal products
*Ayurvedic preparation  for dosha-balancing or dosha specific meals
*Macro-biotic cuisine
*Paleo and/or plant-based paleo
*Gluten-free cuisine
*Oil-free cuisine
*Fresh nut milks, cold-pressed juice, superfood smoothies Coursed meals with servers
*Cooking classes and workshops to add to your retreat
*Sensitive to dietary restrictions and/or food allergies
*All food is prepared with extra LOVE
where we are now
*Northern California: San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Marin, Sonoma, Monterey
*Southern California: Los Angeles, San Diego
*Hawaii: Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Big Island
*Colorado: Boulder, Denver, Aspen, Telluride
*Washington: Seattle
*Oregon: Portland, Bend
*Anywhere! We have chef contacts across the United States, Europe, and Australia, we are always happy to support meetings and community growth whenever possible!
words from the owner
As a practicing yoga teacher myself, I understand on many levels the importance of having an on-site chef who understands holistic health and yoga philosophy.
The vast majority of our chefs are avid yogis,  and have ongoing personal spiritual practices, so we understand the importance of the food staying in alignment with all other aspects of the experience.
Our chefs work with yoga teachers and retreat leaders to create custom menus that support their physical and spiritual intentions.
I have been told over and over by retreat leaders and guests, that having conscious food, and a mindful presence in the kitchen, is integral for any successful retreat. Food inspires conversation, community, and synergy in any intentional setting.
It is a true honor to be invited into experiences like these to provide something as as vital as nurturing food so leaders can focus on their guests and attendees can focus on what is very important: healing.
We honor our chefs to set their own rates and define their own worth. Rates vary depending on food style, chef’s experience, logistics, and guest count, and while all chefs set their own rates, we adhere to industry standards. Newer chefs will have lower rates so they can gain experience, and seasoned chefs will charge professional rates.
In general, expect to pay a base rate of $20 per person per vegetarian meal when booking a chef for a multi-day retreat with at least ten guests.
Please let us know what your ideal budget* and desired menu are when you contact us so we can pair you with a chef within your range. There is never any charge for connection
sample menus
We work with a community of yoga chefs with unique training, philosophies, and life experiences; and so each will have unique menus.
Some chefs are more comfortable with casual family-oriented work, and some prefer high-end five-star seated dinners work.
All chefs have work with local ingredients and farmers to create vegan and plant-based menus for sit down dinners, but some may also offer Ayurvedic, raw vegan, paleo, pescatarian, farm-to-table (plant-based and/or meat and poultry), along with other styles.
Please contact us directly so we can connect you with a chef, or chefs, in your area who offers the style of cuisine you are looking for. There is never any charge for connection.
contact us today 
We work with independent local chefs who have an appreciation and knowledge of all the culinary abundance that California has to offer. Our chefs love sharing their love with visitors and locals alike, providing nourishment and inspiration. Each of our chefs is different – please contact us today to be connected to the chef (or chefs) that align with your needs and budget.
want to work with us? 
We want to grow our yoga chef community! Please contact us to see how you can join our family and do what you love! Ideal candidates have:
*Culinary experience and training
*FOH and/or managerial experience
*Training in any of the following: holistic nutrition, Ayurveda, raw foods, macro-biotics, traditional cuisine
*A personal yoga and meditation practice
*Local residents with a working knowledge of local produce, farmers, and customs
*Understand and embody a conscious playful spirit!