TIME TO NOURISH, RELAX AND GET INSPIRED!
This Vibrant Vegan! holiday offers a healthier approach to life and delicious plant-based food, space to rejuvenate, learn, develop and chill in beautiful surroundings, reconnect with nature and a sense of well-being.
This is a celebration of good living!
Your host is Lee Watson (vegan chef and traveller, author of cookbook ‘Peace and Parsnips’ and beachhousekitchen.com, co-host of ‘Meat vs Veg’ TV program) and his team of inspiring and talented teachers, will lead you through a varied program, designed for you, offering new skills, experiences and confidence.
Lee cooking at the Ludlow Food Festival last year
Vibrant Vegan! is all about energising, enjoying and learning, with an emphasis on vibrant and colourful, seasonal plant-based food. It’s about enjoying life, finding balance, healthy indulgence, finding peace and learning skills to promote well-being and compassion, for ourselves and others.
You’ll meet like-minded people and form new friendships, supported all the time by Lee and his team. Activities are all optional (see below), we’ll have workshops ranging from healthy vegan cooking, empowering mindful walks, a fermentation masterclass, creative crafts using locally foraged produce, bonfire storytelling and hot chocolate, candlelit meditations and more. A time to feel grounded and nourished.
Our venue is Trigonos, a lakeside retreat centre, nestled in the stunning valleys of Snowdonia, famous for it’s seasonal and delicious food, comfortable surroundings and excellent hospitality. A location described as; ‘heaven on earth!’
Energy balls and healthy truffles, ideal fuel for yoga, long walks and swimming – many treats await!
Whether you’d like to learn how to prepare fresh and delicious plant-based meals, perfect your yoga, have an adventure in wild nature or just spend time curled up with a book in front of the fire, there is time and space during Vibrant Vegan! for all.
You will feel all the benefits of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. Healthy and vibrant living is fun and accessible to everyone.
Morning lakeside walk – Trigonos
Trigonos is a retreat centre set in the picturesque Nantlle valley, just beneath Mount Snowdon, beside a peaceful lake and forests. A variety of comfortable rooms are available, many with beautiful views.
Lee is a chef at Trigonos and has hosted a number of holidays and retreats here. Trigonos is a ‘secret garden’, a place to get away from the outside world for a while and reconnect with nature, find peace and calm, engaging with new found friends and the breath-taking scenery of Snowdonia.
Trigonos sits below Mount Snowdon, spectacular views await!
Being a vegan chef, healthy and delicious food is one of the main focuses. Lee has created menu’s, using local, seasonal and organic ingredients, some of which are even grown on-site.
From quick dishes you can try easily at home, to desserts and cakes, homemade breads, to curries and attractive salads, a wide range of skills and dishes will be covered. Vegan roast dinner, soups and stews. Prepare for the autumn, with tips on preserving and fermenting.
Autumn is a time of abundance, this is reflected in the meals, a huge range of flavours and textures, with lots of treats along the way. This is plant-based food that everyone will enjoy!
Lee will also be hosting two cooking demonstrations (see below), where you’ll see how to cook some of the dishes you are enjoying, plus pick up many new cooking tips. Lee’s demonstrations are upbeat and fun, with opportunities for you to put an apron on and get involved.
All meals are prepared by the Trigonos team, with love and care, served buffet style in the dining room, overlooking the mountains and lake.
You’ll enjoy delicious plant-based treats cooked by Lee and the Trigonos chefs
The progam for Vibrant Vegan is varied and involves a host of wonderful, experienced teachers and experts:
A cooking demonstration, One World Vegan Holiday 2017
Lee’s vegan cooking demonstrations
Lee will host two vegan cooking mornings where you’ll learn practical skills and knowledge to make creative, nourishing and delicious plant-based food at home. Meals everyone will enjoy, vegan or not!
Learn how to make an awesome Vegan Sunday Roast – simple and tasty gravy, perfect Yorkies, a show stopping centre-piece, Rainbow Tart Tatin, vegan cheese,
a knockout Indian feast with curry and avocado naan, decadent desserts and cake, beetroot and squash buns and sensational umami burgers and chorizo (which can even be bbq’d).
The food you want to cook and eat!
You’ll leave feeling inspired to get cooking at home, with a recipe booklet covering all the main recipes from Vibrant Vegan!
“Every meal is a celebration! An opportunity to nourish ourselves and others and fall in love with food and life.” Lee
Laura’s blissful morning yoga
Yoga is an excellent practice to incorporate into our lives. It offers a chance to find balance, positive energy and peace. Laura will be our yoga teacher for Vibrant Vegan!, the classes will be found useful for all levels, absolute beginner to experienced yoga practitioner.
Laura’s yoga promises techniques to ease stress and tension, stretch and strengthen out bodies and connect in a positive way with ourselves.
Dinas Dinlle is such a stunning beach
Tom’s mindful beach walk**
Tom is an inspiring and experienced leader of groups into the wilderness with his company ‘Nomad – Journey with Purpose’, with a focus on re-establishing our relationship with nature and how that reflects within ourselves and others.
We are so lucky to have him join us to lead an afternoon beach walk along the stunning Dinas Dinlle (loads of pictures of this in Peace and Parsnips), a mini adventure and loads of fun, with breath-taking views of the Snowdon Range, Llyn Peninsula and Anglesey.
This is no ordinary stroll. This is walking with purpose, walking to discover more about ourselves and our environment.
Tom will also be joining us around our Autumn equinox bonfire, where he and Lee will be telling stories and reading poems. You are invited to join us in sharing a story or poem, or just warm your hands by the fire and contemplate the trees, lake and stars.
This quote sums up Tom’s style:
“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers…” Cecil Beaton
Down at the Trigonos farm, picking curly kale. The abundance of autumn!
Janice’s Fantastic Fermentation Masterclass
We have never met anyone as passionate about fermented foods! A real Fermentista!! Janice is a macrobiotic health coach and writes the wonderful blog ‘Nourished by Nature’, running regular fermentation classes in and around her Glasgow home.
We love Janice’s enthusiasm for healthy, seasonal and nutritious food, she is a real inspiration for us, and believes:
“We can all make a very positive difference to both our own lives/health, and also environmentally through minimising the negative impact we create from the foods we choose and how we source them.”
Janice will show us how delicious fermented foods, made with simple techniques, can heal ourselves on every level and taste amazing! We’ll be sampling seasonal kraut, some fermented relishes/chutneys/dips and also some seasonal kombucha flavours!
Owain’s vegetable farm tour
Owain is our resident veg superhero! We’ll go for a short tour around the Trigonos farm, where all veg and fruit is grown using organic principles, taking in foraging spots. Owain is an experienced horticulturalist and has been growing veg at Trigonos for years. He will be able to answer questions and help us to appreciate the importance of amazing, fresh produce, with plenty of growing tips.
Gillian’s autumnal craft workshop
An afternoon making celebratory door wreaths with locally foraged and hand grown woodland produce and fruits like acorns, alder masts and tiny pine cones.
Gillian Monks is a local druid, quaker, friend and best selling author of last years ‘Merry Midwinter – How to re-discover the magic of Christmas time’.
We’ll spend the afternoon creating autumnal wreaths, broaches/ posies, pine cone gnomes, or anything your imagination conjures. An afternoon with Gillian will help us to learn new skills and celebrate the rhythms, abundance and beauty of nature.
“I have a deep reverence for all that is and a great compassion and love for life.” Gillian Monks
Jane’s candle-lit meditation
Jane is Lee’s partner and will be leading our evening meditation, bringing us closer to our breath and a sense of peace and well-being. The perfect practice for helping to quieten the mind and get a blissful nights sleep. Jane likes to keep things simple and believes that even a little meditation can change our lives!
Jane is also famous for her awesome smoothie recipes, which we’ll enjoy every morning at breakfast.
Our days are full of activities, all optional, time is given for you to do your own thing, explore the local area and countryside, or just curl up with a book in the library.
Evenings will be spent with drinks by the open fire, an ideal chance to talk, relax and reflect.
Other extra activities, that can be booked at your own cost, include:
A range of massage therapies
Sunset at Trigonos can be an incredible time
Four nights comfortable accommodation in tranquil surroundings
Jane’s epic morning smoothies
Full bespoke recipe booklet
Two morning yoga and meditation classes
Two creative vegan cooking workshops
‘Vibrant Vegan!’ healthy living talk and Q+A
The fundamentals of vibrant living and well-being in mind and body
Stunning mindful beach walk
Autumn equinox bonfire with storytelling
Trigonos vegetable farm tour
Wild swimming in the lake
(Swimming in the lake is entirely at your own risk)
Nutritious breakfast buffet with home-baked bread and preserves
2/3 course lunches and dinners with vegan cheese boards
Prepared by the Trigonos chefs using carefully sourced
local, seasonal and organic produce.
Afternoon sweet treats, cakes, and ‘special’ hot chocolate
Free-flowing fresh coffee, tea, herbal infusions and fruit bowl – very important!
Open log fire for cosy gatherings
Free wifi and access to library
Vegan chocolate tasting – now a legendary part of our retreats!
Plenty of time to just be, find peace, chill
and explore the stunning valley, forests, lakes and quarries
Gluten-free, sugar-free and other dietary requirements are catered for and welcomed.
Jane and Lee with another glorious Trigonos buffet
Single, Double, Twin
£579 per person
£499 per person
Non-resident rates are also available on request.
Call Trigonos 01286882388 (9:30am – 5:30pm)
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Vibrant Vegan! Down on Dinas Dinlle, the beach where we’ll have a mini-adventure
What a Vibrant Vegan! Day looks like (example):
8:00 – 9:30 – Relaxation Morning
Lie in, practice your own yoga in the studio, swim in or walk around the lake*
9:45 – 10:30 – Breakfast and Jane’s Smoothies
11:15 – 12:30 – Vegan Cooking Demonstration and Talk with Lee
12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch with Homemade Soup and Loaves
15:00 – 18:00 – Beach Walk with Tom and Lee
19:00 – 20:00 – Dinner with Vegan Cheese Board
20:30 – Fire and Storytelling with Tom and Lee
Come and join us!
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU!
** Transport to the beach walk will be using the vehicles we have available. If you are driving, and have a free seat, we may ask if another guest can take a ride with you.